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Before anyone tells us in comments, we’re completely aware that the MAKE Warranty Voider is a Leatherman Squirt E4 with MAKE’s logo and title screened on it.  MAKE makes no effort to hide that fact, even going as far as shipping it in the original Leatherman box.  So, you can consider this a hands-on both with the Warranty Voider and the E4.  And, (as we’ve said before) we’ll happily pay a few bucks extra for the addition of the phrase “Warranty Voider.”  How cool is that?

Read on past the jump for some hands-on time with an extremely cool pocket tool.

Unboxing

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Note: Click on small photos to see larger ones. 

When you open the yellow and black Leatherman box, you’ll notice that the E4 is wrapped in a copy of MAKE’s “MAKER’s Bill of Rights.”  Some excerpts:

  • “Cases shall be easy to open.”
  • “Profiting by selling expensive special tools is wrong and not making special tools available is even worse.”
  • “If it snaps shut, it shall snap open.”
  • “Screws better than glues.”
  • And, my personal favorite: “Metric or standard, not both.”

For those of you who haven’t seen a Leatherman Squirt before, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised at how small it is.  It’s just shy of 2-1/2″ long (including the key chain loop) and is light enough (at just shy of 2 ounces) to live on a keychain without wearing out your car’s ignition switch over time.  Or, to put it in better perspective, it’s not much bigger than a standard auto keyless entry fob.

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MAKE’s logo is screened on the opposite side of the Leatherman logo, so it looks very natural. 

Like any well-designed multi-tool, the ‘Voider packs in a ton of features in a small space.  Here’s a quick rundown of all the tools included:

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Wire Cutters: At the bottom of the pliers’ jaws (right near the hinge), both of the jaws are straight and sharpened to cut wire.  It’s not going to handle large gauges, but the ‘Voider isn’t really designed for more than 12-gauge wire anyway.

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Needle-nose Pliers: These are pretty self-explanatory.

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Wire Strippers: The ‘Voider’s pliers also have slots cut into them to simplify stripping 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20-gauge wire.  Each slot is conveniently labeled.

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An Extra-Small Standard Screwdriver: This tool unfolds from the outside of the ‘Voider, right near the Leatherman logo.

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A Small Standard Screwdriver: This unfolds from the outside as well, on the opposite side.  It’s also shaped to work as a small bottlecap opener.

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A Small Phillips Screwdriver: This unfolds from the same side as the small standard screwdriver.

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A Small Drop-Point Knife Blade: This unfolds from the same side as the extra-small standard screwdriver and is the same kind of small utility blade you’d expect to find in a small pocket knife.

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A Wood/Metal File: This unfolds from the same side as the small Phillips screwdriver and is medium cross-cut on one side and fine straight cut on the other.  The end is shaped to serve as a large standard screwdriver in a pinch.

 

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Tweezers: This tiny pair of tweezers slides out from the back of the ‘Voider on the same side as the knife blade. 

Read on to page 2 where we put the Warranty Voider to use.

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6 Responses to Hands-On: MAKE’s Warranty Voider

  1. eschoendorff says:

    What a cheesey idea. I totally want one!!!!

  2. Lee says:

    “Make:” should have been called “Hack:” A true maker builds from scratch and warranties aren’t an issue. So, now Make: has hacked the Leatherman and they are heroes. Not.

  3. Myself says:

    But the word “hack” has such baggage in the mainstream media. The magazine’s name is a clever PR move. It’s sad that it was necessary, but it’s working. I won’t begrudge them the word.

    Anyway, the tip of that straightblade “screwdriver” looks like it’s rounded to cam-out before you get any torque applied. What’s the deal with that? I might have to pick one of these up just to take some decent closeup photos of the screwdrivers in comparison with the Swisstech Micro-Plus.

  4. Raelx says:

    If I’m not mistaken the logo is laser etched, not screen printed. Cooler and more durable.

  5. Bob7k says:

    hahaha. exactly what i was thinking, better put it on an easy to remove chain for those people who hit the skys a lot, otherwise its down and away mister osama.

  6. american lockpicker says:

    I got one of those today. Mine says Radio Shack on it.

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