What’s a Leatherman®?

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Leatherman tools are compact multi-tools with various accessories, including pliers, knives, screwdrivers, and more. They are made by the Leatherman Tool Group and come in different sizes, styles, and materials. The first patent was obtained in 1980, and the tools are used for various trades and hobbies.

A Leatherman® is a type of compact tool that contains several accessories for different tools. There are many varieties of Leatherman® tools, varying in size, weight, material, and the number of tools they contain. They are made by the Leatherman Tool Group and are available through many different outlets, both in stores and on the internet.
The first patent for a Leatherman® tool was obtained by Timothy S. Leatherman in 1980. His original idea was to develop a utility knife that held pliers, an idea he came up with when a simple pocketknife was inadequate for the purpose. to fix his ailing vehicle. Eventually the instrument began to catch on as it was sold through mail order catalogues. In 1983, Leatherman formed the Leatherman Tool Group to manufacture and distribute his invention.

A tool common to many, but not all, Leatherman® tools is a pair of pliers located on one end of the device, with many of the attachments located on the “handles” of the tool. These accessories vary greatly between styles, but can include knives, scissors, screwdrivers, saws, wire cutters, bottle openers, flashlights, pruners, and more. The design usually leaves little unused space, and any gaps are replaced with tools when the multi-tool is designed.

A Leatherman®’s tools and body are typically made from a number of metals and materials, primarily including 100% stainless steel. Multi-tools can also be made from carbon fiber, titanium, and more. They can also be coated with scratch-resistant material, such as Tungsten DLC.

There are many incarnations of the Leatherman® tool, varying in size, style and accessories. Many of these tools are suited to more specific needs and may have several tools relevant to a specific trade, craft or hobby. Some of these include fishing, boating, camping, hunting, auto repair, and more. New Leatherman tools are introduced often and some are even sold as limited edition collector’s items.

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