I got this little jobber, the Leatherman Cam multitool, as a groomsmen’s gift from a longtime friend. I was totally blown away by the fact that such a convenient tool existed and the fact that this blows the cliche “cufflinks and flask” gift out of the water. Since my buddy and I have hunted quite a few times together, for geese, duck, and deer, this was the perfect gift, both for the sentiment and for the usefulness.
If you bowhunt, you know that not many multi tools exist that have everything you need in one single tool. When I bow hunt, I normally carry a standard Leatherman plier multi tool, broad head wrench, and a handful of hex head allen keys (wrapped in medical tape to silence them) until I just bought a fold-out wrench set. None of these fit in my pocket very well, so I usually tape them to my tree stand in a ziplock bag at the beginning of the season. And hope no one steals them along with my stand. In reality, it’s a pretty dumb idea.
So when I got this Leatherman Cam, I could immediately picture all the tools this thing replaces. And it all comes in a nice little form factor that’s not much bigger than a standard sized Leatherman tool, with about half the thickness.
Leatherman Cam Materials & Design
The main frame of the Leatherman Cam is black oxide powder-coated heated treated 420 stainless steel. Initially, you might think this is heavy, but its surprisingly light at only 2.6 oz, lighter than all those other tools carried separately for sure.
The main specs are as follows:
- 420HC stainless steel gut-hook (actually sharp out of the box – I used it to cut open a pack of socks for my tuxedo before the wedding)
- Steel pocket clip
- Integrated broad-head wrench
- Ceramic broad head sharpening rod (and knife sharpener too, technically)
- Integrated 1/4″ Hex bit driver with the following double sided hex bits:
- 7/32″ & 3/16″
- 5/32 & 9/64″
- 1/8″ & 7/64″
- 1/16″ & .050″
Yeah, all that in a tool that’s less than 5 inches long!
Leatherman Cam In The Field
Even though bow hunting season is over, I busted out my bow after I got home from the wedding to try out the Cam. While it’s a little awkward to pop out the center rubber tool holders from the center, it’s not hard to do. It’s something I might be a little careful about in the stand, but wouldn’t avoid doing.
To remove the sharpener rod can be removed by only slightly advancing the rubber holder out, after which you can slide it out. It then can be held by it’s plastic tip, or slid into the integrated holder on the Cam body.
Going further, once you’ve completely popped out the center rubber holder, each of the four double sided bits can be accessed. These also fit into the integrated driver notches (not the 1/4″ hex) on the Cam body. These were a little confusing at first, since they are not labeled very legibly. My first inclination was to fit the larger sized bits in the 1/4″ hex driver notch.
While it does fit into that notch, it doesn’t stay locked in place. However, when trying to fit the larger bits into the smaller driver notch, its very tight and you’ll wind up scratching the sides of the bit, which you can see in the picture below.
Moreover, the hex bits included are mainly for use with a quick adjustment of your bow accessories, like your sights, rest, or tightening down your quiver. They are not large enough for work on any of the bolts on your limbs and cams, which is fine. I don’t know why you would want to be messing with those while in a tree stand, anyways.
Leatherman Cam Final Thoughts
I think this is a very useful little tool to buy if you’re a bowhunter and want a conveniently packaged micro tool set. It replaced a handful of noisy tools into one multi-tool that can fit right into my camo pant’s pocket. At about $30 retail, its not as pricey as some of the other Leatherman multi-tools, making it an easy buy. Better yet, it’s a great price point to buy as a Christmas, birthday, or in my case, groomsmen gift for the hunter in your life.
I also forgot to mention that some of the other groomsmen, who are also hunters and outdoorsmen got some other Leatherman tools. The best man, an avid duck hunter, was given the Leatherman Pump, which swaps the carabiner clip for a shotgun barrel choke tube wrench and the ceramic sharpener for a disassembly punch. Another one got a Leatherman Rail, which includes a two prong sight adjustment tool and scope adjustment wrench.
To top it all off, we all got a Leatherman Micra, which I’ll be reviewing as well.