These thumb tabs fit the Leatherman Wave, Wave+, Charge+ and Charge+ TTI multitools.
Also see here if your looking for thumb tabs for other Leatherman products.
See the video at the bottom of the page for details and how to install. However: The product can no longer use set-screws and must be glued in place. Details in the product description below.
These two nylon tabs add extra grip to your Leatherman blades, allowing them to be opened easier, or even while using gloves.
The tabs are custom designed , taking into account the blade thickness and fit in the tool. They rise up a small amount above the surface of the tool.
Select from nine available colors. Order more than one set to get multiple colors.
The tabs have a lightly textured surface, and provide a good grip. The nylon material is porous, and will darken if exposed to grime. Select a black color if you believe this will be an issue. The nylon material is heat resistant, strong, and long lasting.
The thumb-tabs are compatible with my Charge TTI holster, they however are not compatible with the Wave holster. If you use them with the Wave holster, only one blade can use a thumb-tab.
Splitting up the tabs:
Each order includes two identical tabs. They come joined together on a set of sprues. They can be separated using flush cutters, or by simply snapping the sprue with your tool. Then file any remaining sprue material flat. The sprues are strategically located to be hidden after installation.
Adhering the tabs:
The tabs are designed to be held in place using super-glue (
cyanoacrylate). You will also need Acetone to clean up any overflow of glue.
To install: Insert the tabs into the blade, ensuring they sit flush with surface of the blade. Flip the blade over and apply a drop of super glue to the seam between the blade and the tab. The glue will absorb into the plastic, and also into the seam. If any glue gets onto the blade, wait about twenty seconds, and gently clean using a lint-free cloth with a small mount of Acetone applied to it.
Removing super glued thumb tabs:
Click here to watch the video showing how to remove the thumb-tabs.
Acetone can be applied to the back of the tab using a cotton swab soaked in acetone. Allow the actone to absorb into the nylon, then wait about thirty seconds before pushing the tab out from the back side. Clean up any glue residue using more acetone.
You can also soften the glue by gently heating up the blade to above 120°C. The nylon does not melt until over 200°C. (Do not apply heat directly to the plastic).
If you purchased these tabs before the super-glue only change:
A customer brought to my attention that the Wave and Charge both have a small metal tab that is pushed up into the blade cutout when the pliers are opened. A safety feature I had not noticed. This can push the thumb-tabs out of position.
You can modify your existing thumb tabs to be compatible with super-glue by removing the set-screws, and trimming the two larger tabs from the back side. Then gluing them back in place as noted above.
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