Out in Portland Oregon, the Leatherman Tool Group creates original multi-tools perfect for many fix-it situations. Their dedication to quality craftsmanship, excellent value and providing good living-wage jobs are just a few reasons why we are proud to call them the May Partner Brand of the Month! (1)
Hello, Mr. Leatherman
Tim Leatherman, an Oregon native, received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Oregon State University. While on a budget trip to Europe in 1975, Tim and h is wife Chau constantly came across minor fix-it instances where they used Tim’s scout knife to get out of a jam. Tim was thankful he had his knife but knew a pair of pliers would have been much more useful.
When he returned home, Tim took some sketches of his “multi-tool” idea and got to work on a prototype. In the beginning, Tim estimated about a month to build the prototype. Three years later the prototype was finished he tried selling his idea. Unfortunately, knife companies thought it was a tool and tool companies viewed it as a gadget so neither were very interested.
Another three years later, Tim partnered with his college friend, Steve Berliner, and the pair received their first order for 500 Leatherman tools. In the first year of business, Tim and Steve sold 30,000 Leatherman PST (Pocket Survival Tools) which was much more than their projection of 4,000. Over the next decade they sold over 1 million PST multi-tools. (2)
Leatherman still builds and manufactures all their tools in Portland, Oregon, and tests them in the rugged Pacific Northwest. Leatherman is proud to build their products for builders, workers, problem solvers and pioneers because – they too are doers. They ensure all their tools are reliable for any adventure or task.
From life-saving moments to saving-the-day, people have found multiple uses for their Leatherman tool. The company is proud of their product and has compiled these stories from across the globe into the Tool Tales section of their website.
21136 Leatherman® Micra® – A popular mini-tool with anglers, hobbyists and those who can appreciate the best spring-action scissors around. Perfect for the tackle box, pocket, purse, fanny pack, or sewing kit. Great for gifting!
21131 Leatherman® Freestyle® – Use as a stand-alone tool or a companion tool for those activity-specific tasks that don’t feature pliers or a knife. Features an outside-accessible and locking blade and replaceable pocket clip.
21141 Leatherman® Super Tool® 300 – The award-winning, Leatherman® Super Tool® 300 is the multi-tool for the working man. Features the strongest pliers ever produced by Leatherman® with a sloped-top handle design for working in tight spaces. The rolled handles offer a comfortable grip and it comes in a premium leather sheath.
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