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    • rtwPaul

      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?

    • rtwPaul

      not a sponsored post. to my knowledge there isn't such a thing on Cake.

      I never heard a Leatherman hurting someones hands before, that seems very odd, Gerber to me always seemed like a less well made tool, and simply a copy, but they are moving in there own direction now I guess.

    • boonie

      I have a Wave that I carry a fair amount, especially when working outside

      Northern Tool has a bunch of different knockoffs for $15-$20 that are nowhere near the quality but are cheap enough to stash in each vehicle, tank bag, etc and do a serviceable job in a pinch

    • rtwPaul

      I used to give the knockoffs as gifts, but was never really impressed with anyones copy, after a time they all see to fail.

      I really like the Wave very well thought out unit

    • lgorrie
      LGorrie (Australia)

      I've used a Skeletool for about three years and it never leaves my hip. Nothing clever, no complications, and does the job.

    • ji

      The original Leathermans hurt to use as pliers. That was something some other manufacturers fixed on their versions, and that Leatherman fixed as well.

    • ji

      I have a handful of them. I think I have an original, a super-leatherman or something like that, and a couple of Waves. I think there might be a few different versions of the Wave. I probably used my original the most, but that probably had more to do with my life back then. One of my Waves gets used weekly. I just replaced two outlets and a switch in the house with it last weekend.

    • Chris

      Thanks Igorrie and welcome to Cake. 😁

      I looked up Skeletool to see what they cost nowadays and got a bit of a shock stumbling on this model I didn't know about for emergency responders. It has a carbide glass break bit, I guess to rescue people trapped in their cars. Thank God there are emergency responders in this world but I can't imagine how I could ever be one.

      I watched a news clip showing smash & grabs in SF, where someone breaks your car window and runs off with your stuff. I envisioned they would use a big crowbar and there would be a smashing sound, but they actually use something like this. 31,000 times a year in SF.

    • lgorrie
      LGorrie (Australia)

      Mine is a bit older, the CX. Doesn't have the seatbelt cutter blade (that serated blade) or the glass breaker - I have a Smith & Wesson Rescue Tool (SW911B) for that.

      The blade on mine can be opened single handed and locks well but anything else requires two hands. And yes, using the pliers can be a bit tough on the fingers.

    • dr

      Skeletool CX is my preference too. it's thin enough to carry in waistband. The blade stock isa higher quality blade steel, and is wicked sharp, and holds it's edge well. I have others, but unlessi actually carry them, they don't get much use. Oh yes... If you've got the tool orienteda certain way it can totally squeeze a chunk of your hand while using the pliers. I have to be careful that the heel of the blade isn't next to my palm. But even with that minor annoyance, it's still my preferred tool for everyday carry. For perspective, I also have the wave. I have the Gerber speed pliers (in no way inferior to Leatherman) . I have several Swiss army knives. I keep them so i can have back up in the truck, or car. And because they look cool and have sentimental value. But they are all bulkier to carry. it's the skeletool or one of my knife-biased tools that gets daily use. The crunch is an awesome concept, and if I were to get another, for the toolbox, it'd be that.

    • dr

      Since pliers don't fall into my "must have" criteria, I also carry around some more knife-biased tools. The knife ona Leatherman is ok to use... But it is not ideal. It's more satisfying to me when the primary use of the tool is not compromised, and i findi reach fora blade more often than anything else. So I carry around more knife-biased tools frequently. The Kershaw select fire gets frequent rotation. Also the Kershaw funxion diy.

      https://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/select-fire

    • dr

      Leatherman does make knife-biased tools too. The last one that makes my every day carry rotation is the Leatherman Crater C33T. Also a very nice little tool to have tucked inside my waist band.

      https://www.leatherman.com/crater-c33t-28.html

      I have a preference for smooth blades over serrated blades... Easier to sharpen.

    • marchyman

      The original Leatherman (I keep one along with tire repair stuff on my GS) with the folding tools on the outside of the handle will leave some marks on your hands if you use significant force with the pliers. Many people didn't like that.

      About 10 years or so ago Leatherman came out with the Juice series -- non locking blade in various combinations, each member of the series having a different color. I wound up with the Purple model that lives in a pocket of my riding gear. I use about every part of the took except the knife blade. If I need a blade theres a mini-Griptilian in my pants pocket. I prefer locking blades that I can both open AND close one handed.

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