Most A- grade blades still have their original shiny finish, with little or no signs of wear, similar to the example below.
Some may have wear and signs of use, similar to the example below. Because of their harder steel, Leatherman blades usually look better in this grade than the A- Swiss Army knives.
A- grade Leatherman tools may show minor wear on the screwdrivers and other tools. It may consist of scratching and slight rounding of edges, or minor twisting on the screwdrivers (especially the smallest one). The damage won't be very noticeable, and will not affect tool performance.
The best A- grade pliers show minor wear, similar to the example above.
Many will show slight to moderate wear on the pliers teeth, as shown above. It is common for the pliers teeth to be darkened slightly in the groove bottoms. Frequently, the pliers are the only tools that have any significant wear in the A- grade tools.
Grade A- Leatherman blades and tools move freely, with very little wobble or friction. Most Leatherman tools do not snap, but those that do still operate smoothly.
Grade A- Leatherman tools may show some scratching and wear on the body, whether it is stainless steel, aluminum alox, or some other material. For the aluminum body Leatherman tools (Juice and Squirt), at least 95% of the body will still have its original color finish. There may be scattered scratches or dents, or the finish may be worn at the very edges.