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First Look: Leatherman Raptor

The Leatherman Raptor is a pair of industrial strength medical shears combined with additional features geared towards the needs of a First Responder or Combat Medic.  I’m not an EMT or Active Military but I often include a pair of Maratac Combat Shears in my EDC.  They’re great for tough cutting tasks and they save me from dulling the blade of my carry knife on those jobs.

While at the NRA Convention this weekend, I spotted a pair that were on display. 



I had never handled the Raptor in person and I was surprised at how heavy and substantial the tool felt.  That’s good and bad.  It definitely felt like a well built tool.  On the other hand, it’s going to add additional weight (roughly 5 ounces more than the Maratac Shears) to my bag.  That doesn’t sound like a lot and it isn’t but it all adds up.  I try to save ounces here and there when I can. 

Still, the Leatherman Raptor does add other capabilities through the inclusion of the additional tools including a strap cutter, ring cutter, carbide glass breaker, oxygen tank wrench, and a ruler.  Those are good things to have in anyone’s carry, especially the strap cutter and glass breaker, in the event of an emergency. 

Besides that, I really like how the Raptor folds up into a nice tight form factor.  It also includes a removable pocket clip and a lanyard hole.




Leatherman also includes a carry holster.  Lots of options for storing this tool for pocket or bag carry. 



Based on reviews from First Responders and EDC enthusiasts on various sites, the 420HC (High Carbon) Stainless Steel shears are very heavy duty and have no problem cutting through heavy clothing, leather, zip ties, seat belts, etc.  I had read early concerns before launch about whether the Raptor can be autoclaved (for decontamination).  According to Leatherman, you can do that but based on the feedback they received from combat medics, that wasn’t a huge requirement.  I wonder about that so maybe some First Responders here that have tried the tool can chime in.

The Leatherman Raptor retails for $80, but it can be had for less.  I will probably pick one up at some point because I like that you can clip it anywhere and despite the additional weight, the added functionality makes it a good addition to my EDC.   

8 Responses so far.

  1. Tony says:

    I’ve been a firefighter/medic for 24 years in a good size southern city. I noticed these and I think on of our newer guys got a pair of these. Us old timers call these gizmos “geek toys”. Not seeing a thing here that a $5.00 pair of shears won’t do. Put the $60.00 street price towards a true multi tool.
    Personally, I carry a bench made rescue hook and a blunt tip small folding knife.
    Back to cleaning, who has an auto clave in the ambulance? Cheap scissors go in the sharps can. Do these come apart for sharpening?
    A seat belt cutter, and shears? why, I’m holding scissors. Glass breaker? Boys in 24 years, I broke one window and that was with a flashlight.
    Looking forward to your review Blaine


    • Blaine B. says:

      Tony – AWESOME post! I get the “geek toy” comment. Comments among professionals on other sites have been mixed. You definitely have a point about the set belt cutter being somewhat redundant. Would the cutter slice through a belt faster than you could cut through one with the scissors? Perhaps they’re are trying to preserve the blades on the scissors? Not sure.

      To answer your question… yes… my understanding is the scissors can be disassembled for cleaning. The hex screws are a little shallow but otherwise no issues there.

      With that said, I guess I’m a geek because I still think the Raptor is pretty cool. But if I had the other guys at my work chuckling every time I took it out, then I might feel differently. 😉

  2. Alan says:

    Pretty crazy for a pair of shears it reminds me of the Johnny Seven One Man Army toy rifle from long ago when I was a kid mixing it up with the dinosaurs.

    Anyone want to sell their Maratac combat shears I’m your north of the border buyer. Haven’t seen them here.

    • Blaine B. says:

      Alan – if I invest in the Leatherman then I’ll make sure to keep that in mind. Who knows…. you might open a package with a pair of shears from yours truly someday. 😉 Yeah, I know. I’m a tease. LOL.

  3. Tony says:

    No, No, don’t take the “geek” comment serious. I think these are pretty nifty, just not $60.00 nifty. Cutter vs. Scissors? Usually, I’ve found any material I get started can pretty much be ripped after the first cut. I greatly prefer the compact size of the Bench Made rescue hooks and use/carry the 7 and 8. And I have a Boker res com I think it is called, rounded tip/blade.

    Honestly, I’ve never had to “cut” a seat belt, so I think on a package like this, a cutter and shears is a little redundant. If you’ve got the shears whipped out just cut. Again, I plan to keep an eye out for a cheaper set of these. But if a guy asked me, these or a multi tool I’d highly recommend the tool.

    Still banned from EDC Forum? I see your name always lit up green LOL, Sent you a message a few weeks ago on the subject, not sure if you got it. It was heavy on the salty language LOL! Maybe it didn’t go through.


    • Blaine B. says:

      Tony – After they restored access to my account, I was able to login there. My name is always lit up green because I use Tapatalk and it’s still one of the forums on my account list. Now I just chose to not post on EDC Forums because they are decidedly anti-blogger due to the conflict of interest with Jon’s store and the mods overzealous deletion of threads and posts and/or changes to posts without warning or explanation has become extremely tedious. If they decide to someday relax the rules and become a truly open forum again without all of the over moderation, then I’d be happy to return. But, I don’t see that happening anytime soon with the current regime (for reasons that I won’t go into).

  4. Tony says:

    How can I contact you privately so as to not clog up the review posts?

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