The second of Leatherman’s Supertool series of big, “professional use” multitools was released in the year 2000 as a direct replacement for the original Supertool. In addition to beefier pliers, the Supertool 200 introduced a more sophisticated tool locking mechanism, and rounded handles for additional comfort….
The new locking mechanism operates and looks exactly as those used on the standard sized Pulse released a few months before. The release mechanism requires the “rolling” of proudly displayed levers on each handle to disengage the internal lock, a feature that polarises opinions amongst users.Personally, I rather like the “thumb roll” release levers, but more from an aesthetic point of view than a functional one if I’m honest. The levers (particularly on new “tight” tools) can be quite uncomfortable or even painful if you don’t concentrate on what you’re doing. I think most people would agree that the mechanism is however very safe and solid, and were an improvement upon the original Supertool. Certainly, the Supertool 200 is a much more “ornate” tool than the Supertool, although this doesn’t seem that high a priority for professional users.
The rolling of the handle edges has to be one of the simplest, but most effective innovations on a Leatherman multitool ever! In later years, Leatherman introduced Zytel inserts to tools (Blast), but the rolled handles on the Pulse and Supertool 200 are every bit as comfortable when really bearing down on the pliers.
I currently have two examples of the Supertool 200, one in Stainless Steel finish and the other in Black Oxide, but they have seen very little use due to the fact that I have always used the Leatherman Core for the big jobs, and didn’t receive a 200 until later. However, it appears to be a very robust tool, offering some tangible benefits compared to its predecessor and is generally well regarded.My Stainless finished example, bears a NATO stock number, reflecting the fact that the Supertool 200 was /is a standard option for NATO troops.