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Leatherman Limited Edition Raptor

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Leatherman Limited Edition Raptor

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Sometimes, a different or special edition colorway is all it takes to elevate your EDC kit, or to get you interested again in an item that you’ve been ignoring or putting off buying for so long. The Leatherman Limited Edition Raptor does alternative colorways better by not only offering two different colored PVD finishes, but also adding useful glow-in-the-dark handles and a matching sheath as well. The original Leatherman Raptor has long been regarded by medical and first response personnel as one of the best tools for emergency situations. This new version comes in two colorways, with only 500 made of each and every unit serialized, with markings on the handle to signify this limited edition addition to your emergency kit.

Unlike the pliers-based multi-tools that Leatherman is known for, the Raptor is built around folding trauma shears made out of tough and easily cleaned 420HC stainless steel. The material is also used in knives, and makes sense for a tool meant to be used during medical emergencies. On the Leatherman Limited Edition Raptor, the steel hardware features a premium PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating that bonds on the molecular level with the steel itself, leaving a tough surface that resists wear and corrosion better. You can choose between a purple or a gold coating to better match or complement your kit.

The lower blade of the shears features a blunted tip to safely get under medical tape, straps, belts, or other binding materials, even under stress. On its side there are measurement markings for a 5 centimeter long ruler. An integrated ring cutter makes short work of wedding bands, small wires, or anything that might create swelling in appendages by limiting blood flow. There’s also an oxygen tank wrench, further reinforcing the kind of situations this tool was made to handle.

If you do find yourself in a circumstance where you need to free someone from a seatbelt, there’s a dedicated strap cutter that’s accessible when the Raptor’s handles are folded up. A carbide glass breaker also resides at the bottom of one of the handles. Speaking of handles, the ones on the Limited Edition Raptor are crafted from phosphorescent material, letting you locate this tool in low-light situations. The included MOLLE-compatible sheath also glows in the dark, assisting in quick re-holstering even with limited visibility.

Aside from using the sheath, you can also carry the Raptor in its compact, 5" collapsed form, hung onto your person or bag via the included pocket clip. As with all Leatherman multi-tools, it’s backed by their generous and long-standing 25-year warranty. This is one practical, field-tested, and trustworthy tool that deserves a spot in your first aid kit, emergency bag, or you daily carry. It’s especially relevant if you’re a doctor, first responder, or someone who likes being prepared for any eventuality.

The Leatherman Limited Edition Raptor provides a new and distinct aesthetic to a venerated design, transforming the utilitarian, multi-purpose emergency shears into a limited run collectible, without loss of functionality. The PVD coating gives the metal hardware more durability, while the glow-in-the-dark scales offer increased visibility no matter the lighting conditions. Grab yourself this EDC lifesaver in the purple or gold version at the link below.

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