Introducing: Leatherman November 03 2014
We are pleased to now carry Leatherman, the original American made multi-tool, and ultimate pocket essential.
Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman and his business partner Steve Berliner, Leatherman make tools that can endure just about anything thrown their way and come back to work tomorrow, time and time again.
Tim Leatherman was inspired to design a "Boy Scout knife with pliers" while he and his wife travelled Europe and Middle East in 1975. He spent several years perfecting the "Mr Crunch" protoype and received his first U.S. patent in 1980. After additional refinement, Leatherman's first product was introduced in 1983 called the Pocket Survival Tool (PST)...it was a huge success.
Fast-forward 30 years, and countless models later, today Leatherman makes 17,000 tools per week out of their only manufacturing facility in the heart of Northwest region of the United States, Portland, Oregon (one of our favourite places), and has become the go-to provider for reliable, lightweight, handy multi-tools.
Almost ten percent of their manufacturing facility is given to the repairing and rebuilding of any tool that needs it. Their policy is to replace and return any tool sent in with an equivalent item, reducing the time the owner is without the tool, unless they request the same physical tool due to sentimental reasons. This is a testament to Leatherman's commitment to quality and proves that they really are built to last a lifetime.
Most Leatherman multi-tools are built around a pair of pliers, with up to 21 additional tools stored in the handles, including knives, screwdrivers, saws, wire cutters and strippers, bottle and can openers. There have been tales of mini-surgery, being cut out of wire fencing, emergency bike repairs, whittling out a spear for survival, or just slicing cheese at the campsite...there really is a Leatherman tool for just about any job out there.
Leatherman are extremely proud of their Oregon heritage and do a lot to promote the region. It's a place of immense beauty, and is a paradise for outdoor recreation of every sort. As a result, this provides the perfect natural playground to put Leatherman's to the ultimate test. Tested on the face of nearby Mt. Hood by employees on bike and hiking trails, in hunting shacks and campsites, ensures Leatherman's are fit for purpose in any harsh condition. This also means Leatherman is a company of campers, hikers, hunters, fishing fanatics, mountain bikers, and participants of pretty much anything that's fun to do outside - basically a company that shares our philosophy of "fresh air living".
Tim built Leatherman on a simple philosophy: manufacture product on time, meet specifications, increase value, and provide a pleasant work environment. Now retired, Tim still regularly visits the facility and plays an active role in the direction of the company going forward.
So no matter where you are, or what's in front of you, you'll always be prepared with a Leatherman in hand.
We stock the classic Sidekick full size mulit-tool (shown above), ideal for first-time users or the veteran, and the mini Squirt PS4, perfect as a key-chain attachment. Head over to our hardgoods section and learn more about these two handy pocket essentials.