Leatherman Raptor Rescue multitool review – These aren’t ordinary scissors!

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REVIEW – I think it goes without saying that Leatherman makes some of the best multitools available. I own a couple of different models of theirs and have always thought them well-made and up to almost any task thrown at them. So when the Leatherman Raptor Rescue came up for review, I was very interested in trying them out. Granted, the Raptor Rescue is designed more for first responders, but who can’t use a good set of multipurpose shears?

What is it?

The Leatherman Raptor Rescue is a 6 in 1 multitool consisting of shears made of 420 HC stainless steel, oxygen tank wrench, glass breaker, ring cutter, 5cm ruler, and strap cutter.

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What’s included?

  • Leatherman Raptor Rescue multitool
  • Holster
  • Instruction manual

Tech specs

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Weight: 5.8 oz. | 164 g.
Closed length: 5 in. | 12.7 cm.
Open length: 8.0 in. | 20.3 cm.
Shear length: 1.9 in. | 4.8 cm.
Width: 1.9 in. | 4.8 cm.
Overall thickness: .67 in. | 1.7 cm.
Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel, Glass-filled Nylon, Carbide


Design and features

Obviously, the Leatherman Raptor Rescue isn’t your typical multitool. There aren’t any pliers, screwdrivers, and believe it or not, no bottle opener. The main tool here is the shears with the shape of trauma shears.

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With the thickness of the blades coupled with small serrations of the longer blade, it can cut very easily through cloth like denim and even through heavy leather.

For first responders, a ring cutter is also built into the opposite end of those blades. I can’t attest to how well that function works.

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The Raptor Rescue also features a foldable, lockable strap cutter and oxygen tank wrench.

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The strap cutter works well for its intended purpose as well as cutting cordage. I’ve also used it to open packages. And, as imagined, the oxygen tank wrench works perfectly.

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The next feature I’ve never found particularly useful on any multitool but if you need it, there’s a 5cm ruler along the edge of one scissor blade.

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Built into the handle, there’s a glass breaker and lanyard hole.

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I’ll say this is the first multitool where a glass breaker seems appropriate.

The final feature the Raptor Rescue has is several carry options. It comes with a holster and allows two different carry options, now completely folded up

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and fully opened.

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If that weren’t enough, there’s the pocket clip for you to use if the holster isn’t your thing.


The Leatherman Raptor Rescue lived up to my expectations of a Leatherman product. It deploys and collapses easily. The 420HC stainless steel is strong and cleans up easily. The glass-filled nylon handles are comfortable and have large holes to accommodate big hands or gloves. One thing that surprised me about the Raptor was carrying it on my hip. I thought it would be uncomfortable but I can honestly say it didn’t bother me in the least.

What I like about Leatherman Raptor Rescue

  • Leatherman quality
  • Made in the USA

What needs to be improved?

  • Nothing I can find

Final thoughts

I’m quite happy with the Leatherman Raptor Rescue. It’s not something I’ll carry every day, but I will keep it nearby. I always need scissors or shears and with the added convenience of other tools, carry options, and collapsibility these are great. I would assume for first responders these would be a no-brainer.

Price: $99.95
Where to buy: Leatherman and Amazon
Source: The sample of this product was provided for free by Leatherman. Leatherman did not have a final say on the review and did not preview the review before it was published.

2 thoughts on “Leatherman Raptor Rescue multitool review – These aren’t ordinary scissors!”

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  2. I have a pair at home. The ring cutter isn’t recommended for cutting the titanium or tungsten rings that some people (like me) wear.

  3. Love this tool!
    Use it almost daily at a level 1 Trauma centre. The blades have not worn out and easily cut through denim as well as multilayer bandages with ease after over a year of use.

    The ring cutter needs improvement- mine broke off completely after a being used a few times on silver/ steel rings only.

    Definitely recommend having a pair if working as EMS/ at trauma centres.

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