Using a Generic Bit Kit on a Leatherman Crater

It’s only recently that I finished building my EDC kit, and it all started when I scrapped that awful clone knife and decided to get a real one. Again, as always, budget was the main problem here. I learned from being a Batman fan that superpowers don’t come cheap. And the same could be said for our everyday gear. Even the so-called budget lines are still far more expensive than cheap clones. Yet it’s all worth the pennies as you are assured that your gear won’t break in times of need.

And after almost four years, I still have my very first quality EDC gear with me.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that anything with a Leatherman name will last a lifetime. And for four years, my Leatherman Crater knife is still in a great condition. I carried that thing everywhere, from hiking, test laboratories, warehouses and even in self defense class. And among my small blade armory, the Leatherman Crater is the most used knife thanks to its extra feature. True to its multitool roots, the knife has folding screwdrivers, carabiner and bottle opener.

Right now, I decided to leave my knife in my working kit after discovering its hidden feature. Well, not so hidden as some of my friends already know it. We just found out that you can use cheap generic tool bits on the knife.

The Knife Itself
The Leatherman Crater, compared with the Spyderco Endura.

The model I got is the C33T, meaning it got two folding screwdrivers (flat headed and Philips screwdriver). Among my blade inventory, it’s one of the smallest with a blade length of only 2.6 inches. In fact, my other knives could easily dwarf the Crater, and this blade will look tiny compared to my Ontario Rat 1, or Spyderco Endura. Nevertheless, with the smaller blade I could do precision cuts far better than those folding monsters. The Crater is also the least threatening among my folders. Leatherman did a good job giving this knife a sleek profile without making it too tacticool. It’s simplicity on aesthetics, something that other knives like Mtech and Smith and Wesson failed to grasp.

And as I said before, this knife saw more usage than the rest of my blades. Apart from cutting jobs, I need screwdrivers all the time. Good thing that its screwdriver is just the right size for the screws we use in the production line. And the extra tools are no gimmick. They are sturdy enough for light to medium uses. Given that you don’t need extra torque, the Crater is tough enough to unscrew and disassemble a whole window type air conditioner.

But there are times when I needed different sized screwdrivers for emergency tasks. I got other tools for that, until one day when it lost a pivot screw.

When My Tool Failed
The generic bit kit of the Ganzo multitool.

Back then what I got was the Ganzo multitool when I needed different sized screwdrivers. It comes with generic bit kit, though I found the multitool to be troublesome to pocket. The thing is too big and heavy, and it made my pants sag. The tools are also harder to

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