Product Comparison: Leatherman Charge ALX vs Leatherman Wave

General Specifications
Charge ALX
About the Product
One of our more popular tools, the Charge is ready for jobs big and small. This practical multi-tool combines some of our most requested features with premium materials and upgraded, replaceable wire cutters. Titanium handles make the tool lightweight and strong and an ultra-sharp S30V steel knife blade resists corrosion.
The Wave features tools that are accessible while the tool is in its folded or closed position, mimicking the functionality of a pocket knife. It also offers all locking features which means that every tool and knife on the body of the handle, with the exception of the plier head, will lock into place. In addition, every feature on the Wave can be opened and operated with one hand.
Size & Weight
4 in.
4 in.
2 in.
1.4 in.
1 in.
0.7 in.
0.53 lbs.
0.53 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Leatherman Charge ALX Multitool (830674)
  • Weight to performance ratio is excellent.
  • Well designed and durable for everyday use.
  • The weight and fit to the hand for me is ideal, seemingly with no detail unobserved, you can see that quite clearly, and all the gripping and contours are simply just right.
  • 9oz is heavier than you think.
  • It's heavier and bulkier than a pocketknife, but it's really not hard to get used to.
Leatherman Wave Multitool (830038)
  • It's a very reasonable weight, too, not as heavy as some I've had in the past, despite having a great selection of blades.
  • Once it arrived, and I could finally call it my own, a weight lifted off of my shoulders.
  • Definitely worth the investment over a cheap multi-tool. It is heavy (I am a backpacker) but usually quite worth the extra weight.
  • Nice design, nice weight, nice build quality. This model has the tools I would be likely to use if I were in the great outdoors.
  • I love the size. It's not too big and not too small.
420HC Stainless Steel
420HC Stainless Steel, Black Oxide
Number of Functions
Tools Included
Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Hard-wire Cutters, Wire Cutters, Crimper
Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Hard-wire Cutters, Wire Cutters, Wire stripper, 420HC Knife, 420 HC Serrated Knife, Saw, Spring-action Scissors, Ruler (8 in | 19 cm), Can opener, Bottle opener, Wood/Metal File, Diamond-coated File, Large Bit Driver, Small Bit Driver, Medium Screwdriver
Corrosion Resistant
Lockable Design
One-Handed Blade Opening
Spring-Loaded Design
Hard-anodized aluminum handles, Removable pocket clip, 154cm Stainless Steel Knife, Lanyard Ring, One-hand Operable Features
Enhanced for Strength, Improved Blade Design, Customizable Bit Drivers
What customers say about "Features"
Leatherman Charge ALX Multitool (830674)
  • Cutting tools tucked away on outside of handle, makes them readily available.
  • Separate phillips/flathead drivers so no need to change bits.
  • Belt pouch, pocket clip, extra bits included.
  • This is a great all-around multi-tool, which I primarily use for camping. It's allowed us to remove several tools from our camping supply bin, and it keeps them all handy.
  • Not the most comfortable grip.
  • Finish, if it's important to you, is imperfect. crimper is inadequate for the job.
  • Tool came with unusable nylon sheath instead of leather. This is my third charge and I can't go to work without it. Very good tool, just wish I had another leather sheath.
Leatherman Wave Multitool (830038)
  • Decided to upgrade and I'm SUPER pleased with the features, weight and it will last me a very long time. I've decided to buy another one to leave in the car.
  • The locking blades feature alone is a good reason to get one!
  • Best multi-tool I ever bought. It is sturdy, the blades are sharp, and it has useful stuff unlike some of the other tools with features nobody would ever use.
  • My husband was impressed with the features and quality of this model.
  • The Wave has all the tools I need for around the house and especially for fishing. It is well constructed and the one-handed knife open feature is great.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
25 year(s)
25 year(s)
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