While on a budget trip to Europe in 1975, Tim and his wife Chau constantly came across leaky hotel plumbing and road-side fixes for their cranky Fiat. Tim realized the need for a pliers based, multi-purpose tool. "I was carrying a scout knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to fixing the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!".
When Tim came back to the states, he took his “multi-tool” idea, some sketches he made on the trip and got to work. The company was founded in July 1983 by Timothy S. Leatherman and Steve Berliner in order to market his idea of a capable, easily portable hand tool with multiple functions. That same year Leatherman sold the first multitool, which was called the PST (Pocket Survival Tool), which they made and sold over one million of!
I think in the late 80's I got my first PST and literally wore it out, Now traveling RTW on a motorcycle for the last 7 1/2 years Leatherman is a staple part of my gear.
Not one, but currently THREE!
I have had a Leatherman on my belt for a long time, for years it was a Wave, that somehow got switched with a Wingman (that is my current belt tool), when using them with friends and never noticed for weeks. In my tool kit is a Crunch, simply for the small sized vise grips and of course the multi tools and now on my wrist is a Tread.
The above three tools have got me out of so many small jams i cannot even fathom the number.
Once I get back to the US I will add a Squirt ES4, for it's tiny size and great features for small electrical on a motorycycle.
So which is your favorite/s and why?