The 2015 SHOT Show Recap

We had so much fun this year at SHOT Show. We launched three innovative new products, along side LED LENSER, who launched amazing new groundbreaking lights and headlamps as well.

Here is a recap of the three new tools we brought this year:

  1. Tread – the 25 tools you can wear on your wrist. Inspired by a trip to Disneyland, and our President being asked to remove his Skeletool, we wanted something that was this bracelet is the ultimate accessory to everyday. TSA Compliant. Watch Optional. Black DLC or Stainless Steel. The bracelet will come up late spring 2015, and the watch should be here fall 2015.
  2. Rev – the entry level multi-tool. This tool was designed to be the light, easy to use, and low-cost entry-level multi-tool for users. Carrying 12 useful tools this becomes an upgrade from pocket size, but not as heavy or complex as the Wave, this tool makes a great household or light activity tool. Comparable to the Sidekick and Wingman, the Rev removes the scissors which are costly to manufacture and also the spring-loaded pliers, allowing us to give you a lower cost with same great quality.
  3. Signal – the survivalist multi-tool. This tool comes packed with the must-haves if you ever should come into trouble. A ferro rod to start fire, a whistle for communication and the favorite or useful outdoor tools like Pliers, wire cutters, hammer, saw and knife…among others.

All these tools are backed by our 25-year warranty, and will be available starting Spring 2015. More information coming, like final MSRP pricing, final release times, and where to buy information, as we get farther in development.

Want more? Check out our Leap children’s multi-tool for your 9-12 year olds. And buy them ready for purchase now, here. Available in green, red and blue.

Questions? Contact us at info@leatherman.com.

The wearable tool, the new Leatherman Tread

[UPDATE] Need more info on specs and links? Our Tread product page is now live, click here. 

This summer, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. will debut an industry first: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist. The Leatherman Tread is crafted of high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel links that include two to three functional tools each, making a total of 25 usable features like box wrenches and screwdrivers available at a moment’s notice.

“The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said President Ben Rivera. “I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying a knife, when what they had actually seen was my Skeletool. I was unwilling to give it up, so they made me take it all the way back to my hotel room. I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security.” When he returned from his trip, Rivera, who began his tenure at Leatherman Tool Group 24 years ago as an engineer, began by wearing a bike chain bracelet to see how it would feel. As his thoughts took shape, he brought his idea to the engineers at Leatherman who helped fast track his plans.

The Tread bracelet began taking shape. Each complex link was metal injection molded for strength and intensity. The bracelet was crafted to be fully customizable with slotted fasteners, so the user could rearrange links, add new ones, or adjust for wrist size to ¼”. Even the clasp is functional with a bottle opener and #2 square drive. Other link tools include a cutting hook, hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker.

“I began wearing prototypes myself to test comfort and usability, and to ask for feedback,” said Rivera. “Folks immediately associated the bracelet design with a watch and asked, where’s the watch? We decided to make a timepiece an optional part of the Tread.”

A version of the Tread bracelet that includes a watch will be available in Fall 2015. The Leatherman TreadTM QM1 will feature a unique Leatherman-designed and Swiss-made timepiece with precision quartz movement. A shock resistant sapphire crystal ensures scratch resistance for heavy duty wear, and the curved watch limits reflection and increases outdoor visibility.

Introducing the new Leatherman Signal Survivalist Multi-tool

If you are far away from civilization on an exciting outdoor adventure, or making sure you’re ready when the unexpected happens, the new Signal multi-tool helps the planning become just a little bit easier with vital survival tools like a ferrocerium fire starter and whistle.

“We spoke with a lot of professionally trained survivalists and if you’re lost, or need to stay overnight outdoors, the main things you want with you are fire, the appropriate tools, and a way to communicate without relying on technology,” described Jason Carpenter, Sr. Product Manager. “If it is part of the tool already, you won’t have to think about bringing it. You’ll already be prepared.”

The Signal was designed originally for the adventure enthusiast who participates in activities like hunting, fishing, geocaching, camping and hiking but has morphed into something that can keep you ready and safe in any stressful unexpected situation.

The Signal also comes complete with traditional Leatherman features like pliers, can opener, saw, awl, and removable pocket clip. In addition, it includes popular features like a hammer, replaceable wire cutters, diamond-coated file, and bit driver.

Coming in a black and yellow color scheme, Signal adds a new look and feel to Leatherman’s full-sized multi-tool line. “It was important to communicate that this was the first Leatherman of its kind. The rugged, nature oriented design was a focus during our research,” said Kenny Lohr, Industrial Designer. “Leatherman strives to be authentic, and we weren’t going to let Signal fall short.”

A recap on our chat with Ben.

In case you missed it, we recently had a Twitter takeover by our very own President, Ben Rivera. Ben sat on our Twitter account for one hour, from 2-3pm PST, and answered any questions coming his way as they piled in. We gathered some of the more popular questions, and have recapped the event for you here.

Ben’s most popular questions and his responses (summarized):

  1. Why doesn’t Leatherman create more fixed knife products?
    1. There are a lot of people who make knives and are really good at making knives. When we make them, we would like to make sure it’s perfect and unique to the market. I wish we could show you how many different prototypes we’ve made, but unfortunately we can’t.
  2. Why has Leatherman shifted its focus to skateboard and surfboard tools instead of more tools for more diverse groups?
    1. We make a variety of tools for specific groups, skate, surf and snow are just a version of that. We have developed good tools for emergency response, gun use, tradesmen, DIY, etc. We’ll continue to appeal to other markets, but developing tools that are up to our standards, while maintaining our current line, takes time and commitment.
  3. Which element of the multi-tool do you think absolutely every tool should have?
    1. The obvious answer if pliers, otherwise your multi-tool is probably a knife. My favorite feature is surprisingly the knife, in conjunction with other Leatherman popular tools. I love the Skeletool, the design and engineering is forward and modern.
  4. Why don’t you get into wearable tech?
    1. I think wearable tech is a good way for Leatherman to venture out, but we’re not experts at technology right now. What I like about the idea is that it’s relevant to today, and it keeps attention. People don’t need another copy of what’s already being done. We’ll probably focus on what we’re most educated in and continue to create new, modern tools.
  5. Can you make a full set of MUT style wrenches? A full metric or standard set would be perfect. 
    1. Oh, that’s an interesting idea. The next questions I have is who already does this, and how can we do it better so it’s different and helpful. I’ll keep this in mind.
  6. Can you start putting s30v blades on all your tools?
    1. We offer it on the Charge TTi, but it’s expensive. There is a variety of materials people prefer, we try to keep a little bit of it all. Realistically, the only time we could see this happening is if we ever figured out tool customization, but right now that would be too expensive.
  7. Can you create customization for tools, so we can pick the parts we want and create our “perfect tool”?
    1. Yes, but it would take a lot of time, and a lot of resources. It’s something we’ve definitely thought of a lot, but haven’t mastered yet. When we do it, we want to do it right. In manufacturing, logistics, design – there are a lot of ways it could go wrong that would still need to be worked out.
  8. Any plans on a Super Tool (or other tools) with a built in LED Light? 
    1. No plans, but we’ve thought of it. Again, it goes back to time and resources, we’d need to re-work and think this through. There are a lot of questions that would need to be answered to pull this off.
  9. Which tool do you suggest me to get?
    1. Without knowing anything about you, I’d say the Wave. If we got the opportunity to talk more, I’d ask more questions and get the chance to figure out what tool is perfect for you. Do you use a AR-15? Mut. Are you a fisherman? Surge. Do you work as an EMT? Raptor.

Thank you to everyone who participated! We had a great time. Stay tuned for more fun on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

LED LENSER: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Leatherman Sport: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. 

Handling Routine Car Maintenance with Everyday Tools

[GUEST BLOG]: Tools and auto repair have been long-time buddies for as long as we can remember. While some are fluent in auto maintenance, others need direction as to what tool works best for each need. Who better to tell you some of the top tools necessary for DIY auto repair and maintenance than The Armored Group, a company that renovates everyday trucks into armored trucks?

Here are some must-haves for your vehicle’s tool kit for any minor repair or maintenance task!

  1. Illuminate the Dark - No matter if it’s dark or light outside, you will definitely need a flashlight. Take these small rechargeable light options for example. These small handheld lights pack a punch with adjustable light modes, so you can see all the nooks and crannies of your engine or vehicle’s interior! All of the above options come with a five-year warranty!
  2. Pliers Hold ’Em - Pliers are a great tool for various maintenance tasks. Use the clamping version, such as Leatherman’s Crunch, to hold down a part end, while you use a wrench to loosen a bolt or other fastener. Needle-nosed pliers, on the other hand, have tapered, slender tips that are good for getting into those tight spaces.
  3. Precisely Tight Spots - Certain types of wrenches serve different purposes in car maintenance. Traditionally, wrenches for vehicle maintenance come in both US customary units and metric sizes to accommodate the different fits for nuts and bolts throughout your vehicle. If you don’t want a deluxe size set, try the pocket-sized, such as the Piranha 2!
  4. Choose Flat or Phillips - Screwdrivers are great for tightening or loosening clamps, as well as taking care of any screws that hold protective pieces to the main part you are seeking to reach. Opt for the bit kit accessory pack to attach to your Leatherman.

Granted there are many more tools that were used to create your vehicle, but for simple vehicle maintenance, having a flashlight, set of pliers, set of wrenches and sockets as well as the two types of screwdrivers will get the minor jobs taken care of. Need more ideas on how to use tools for everyday maintenance? Contact your local tool specialist today!

The Armored Group LLC takes ordinary trucks and converts them into extraordinary science marvels with their bullet-resistant plating and glass. Our vehicles have been used in military, tactical and even money-transporting businesses for over 25 years, and we will continue to do so to protect every passenger, every time. Fill out our contact form to get more information about our updated inventory today!

26 Things you probably didn’t know about Leatherman (but might have).

  1. Tim Leatherman graduated from Oregon State University. 
  2. Steve (co-founder) told Tim the company should be called Leatherman because he knew Tim would make sure every tool was high-quality if it had his name on it.
  3. The popular Wave multi-tool, was introduced in 1998, it’s over 10 years old!
  4. Tim and Steve first tried to sell their patent to someone, they wanted a quick sell, no one thought it would sell so they refused to buy it.
  5. The popular outdoor store, Cabela’s, was the first to purchase tools from Leatherman.
  6. It took Tim 8 years from starting a prototype, to his first sale.
  7. The factory, located in Portland, Oregon, has gone through 3 rebuilds adding on each time. It’s currently 90,000 square feet.
  8. Each Leatherman goes through 150 different steps.
  9. Our scrap steel is sent to a local company who melts it to recycle it.
  10. Our steel coils, which feed into our presses, weigh 800-3000 lbs.
  11. All our steel comes from Eastern United States.
  12. Our Plasma laser cutter can cut 300 knife blades an hour.
  13. Every Leatherman is hand checked by a Quality department member before sent to packaging.
  14. Tim originally wanted to add scissors to the PST, but the manufacturing equipment he was using couldn’t produce high enough quality scissors for him. He left them out of the original tool, but reworked the design and introduced them with the PSTII a few years later.
  15. We’ve sold 70+ million tools worldwide.
  16. Our assembly lines build between 12,000 and 13,000 tools daily.
  17. We can add engraving to each tool, online at Leatherman.com.
  18. We sell to 120+ countries worldwide.
  19. 1 in 5 Australians own a Leatherman, one of our most popular countries.
  20. Our warranty team fixes about 200 tools daily, and that’s just North America tools.
  21. Micra is our longest running tool, launched in 1996, still in circulation today.
  22. The Raptor can be taken apart into two pieces to be cleaned, but the rest of the tool isn’t designed to be taken apart.
  23. We produce over a million tools each year.
  24. Our biggest press can apply 300 tons of pressure, it’s mainly used to make our handles for our tools.
  25. We have one retail store, 2 miles from our factory in Portland, Oregon. The rest are sold by our loyal resellers.
  26. Tim’s first designs of the tool, were made of cardboard.

Tim meets with fans in China

Although we’re proud of our American roots, you can find Leatherman users all over the world. Tim Leatherman often makes appearances and attends events globally, sharing his story and business ideas. Here, he’s seen visiting with some Leatherman enthusiasts in China at a event promoting health, outdoor, and technology savvy brands and products. He spoke to the group about Leatherman and LED LENSER, signed tools and shared stories with fans.

Run it over!

[GUEST BLOG]: It has been a difficult week. Last Thursday I lost my Leatherman Wave. I work as the maintenance technician at a summer camp. I used to carry a Swiss Champ, but made the switch to Leatherman when I started the job a year and a half ago, I didn’t think I’d like wearing one on my belt, but I chose to wear two, instead.

I decided to go with the Wave and the Crunch. And while they both are like a complete tool kit on the ready, the Wave is especially my “go-to” tool of choice. I love the single handed blade deployment. The bit screwdriver keeps regular screwdrivers in the tool box. And I find that I use the file a lot more than I thought I would. Even the saw has been getting a lot of attention while building three log cabins recently. I have grown really attached to my Wave and can’t imagine going without it. But then I lost it. I searched everywhere. For the last week I have retraced my steps many times, but to no avail. I looked at Leatherman.com and began dreaming about a Surge as a replacement, but while I can’t afford to be without one the checking account says I can’t afford a new one either. So this morning, after one last ditch search, I gave it up for gone.

As I ended the day, I was walking through the gravel parking lot AND THERE IT WAS! It must have fallen out of my pocket since it was opened and couldn’t have fit in it’s holster. It had tire prints on it, but appeared to be okay. It was dirty, but a quick wipe on my jeans had it shining again. It had been snowed on, run over and frozen for several days, but as you can see by its “after” photo reunited with the Crunch, it’s in perfect condition! Thanks for making a great product, Leatherman! And thanks for making my job easier with my Wave which I use every day.

Sincerely,

Bill G.
Cisne, IL

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Leatherman Employees help the Sandy Ridge Trail

Here at Leatherman, we have a lot of biking, hiking, and outdoor enthusiasts. In November, a group of Leatherman employees and others alike joined in to help clean, organize and fine tune the Sandy Ridge Trail. We donated some tools and lights to help the teams as they broke up into groups to clean the trail.

“This weekend 120 people came out to help maintain the trail we all love to ride. As an army of volunteers we worked on every section of the SRT system: fixing breaking bumps, enhancing trail drainage, building up berms, fine tuning jumps and reworking sections of trail. We moved a lot of rock, stone and dirt, while having a lot of fun.​ ​Most of the volunteers came from ​Portland area, but we did have volunteers travel as far as ​Hood River and Castle Rock,” said Ted Dodd in an email after the event.

The next trail project is Sunday, December 7th, 2014. Find out more information, or how to participate, here.