A spare is a fine thing to have. Shipped it off to Leatherman and they sent me the improved super tool 300 version at no cost and no questions asked. While not a Charge, Surge, or a Wave you'll get a good idea. As such, we have, as a world spanning community, put every type, size and version of multitool, multifunction knife, pocket knife and all related products to every test we could manage in as many places and environments as there are. I gave them to technicians, drivers, policemen, bellhops, and air crew. If you send it in just make sure you fill out the form telling them you don't want a replacement.
The Super Tool was produced from 1994 through 2001 where it was replaced by the Leatherman Super Tool 200. Think I'll keep it just as it is. Actually that photo shows my old one open, and the new one is in the pounch. For permission to use text or images, contact info smartknives. The company was founded in July 1983 by and Steve Berliner in order to market his idea of a capable, easily portable hand tool with multiple functions. The Oregon-based company distributes its high quality Leatherman multi-tools, manufactured in Portland, in more than 86 countries.
When the handles are closed, it prevents the blade from closing. Most Leatherman multi-tools are built around a pair of pliers, with up to 21 additional tools stored in the handles, including knives straight and , screwdrivers flat, , saws, and , electrical , bottle opener, and can opener. Whose brilliant idea was it to leave out the file? I've kept a Leatherman tool on my belt for many years, including when I was working on the ranch. Leatherman sold nearly 30,000 tools in 1984, fueling additional product development, and rapid growth both in the company and manufacturing capacity. But since it worked I just sucked it up until they came out with newer versions that fixed my complaints. The improvements are real, worth whatever got left behind. While it's not quite a lock, it works just as well for safety purposes, and it does so without adding weight or bulk.
On a multitool, a second blade ends up taking hotly contested real-estate that could otherwise be used for something more useful, or eliminated to shave off weight and bulk. About a month ago I saw him setting up a display at a supermarket and immediately noticed a different, larger sheath on his belt. I've had leatherman tools since they first came out and feel nekid without one on me. Ergonomics are not the best-and on Leatherman they often still aren't. And they were light and compact. We weren't live fire this time so I know it didn't belong to any of my guys. I agree it is the prefect size and balance between complexity and utility.
Are Blast and Fuse tools interchangeable with those on the Kick? Most folks have touched on the main issues already. When the handles are closed, it prevents the blade from closing. Because of its build, some chores were beyond its lightweight capability. The dates are only educated guesses. The same year, Tim Leatherman was inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in recognition of his design impact on the cutlery history. As far as serrated blades go, I have a few serrated knives that can be rotated in if I'm expecting to need one. How did you find this old page? In later years they spawned many competitors, and today they sell as collector's items at a premium price.
I have no clue as to why he thought that was a good promotional idea. I carry it fishing and being able to flip it to pliers with one hand, to unhook a fish is a plus. None of them are the same. Plier Head The plier head is of a combination type neither a true needlenose nor a true regular plier head and it makes for a great multi use plier head. There are times, however, when I need more tool. But it was so cool on a float trip to have pliers right there where you could get to them. I'll address your points one by one: 1 Opening pliers to get tools out: As far as I'm concerned, opening the tool to access the blades is not a bug, it's a feature.
Leatherman's best lock was the one used on the original Supertool, which added no weight, bulk, or moving parts. They were always recognized, well-received, and valued as a cherished gift. Its stamped 0295 inside the handles, that makes it 19 years old. Quite simple really- we are designers and do-ers, outdoors types and indoor types, mechanics, doctors, problem solvers and problem makers. It also doesn't take any extra space so they really don't lose anything by putting it in there. To elaborate on this business of pivots and blades, please see the following pics: Sometime around the year 2000? Besides, I couldn't have removed it with just a hoof pick either. As far as serrated blades go, I have a few serrated knives that can be rotated in if I'm expecting to need one.
The pliers on the Gerber don't even come close to the Leatherman. Which also allows for more leverage which in turn means more cutting capability. Funny thing, like you said, it flopped around like a butterfly knife. I used to carry a one hand opening knife for those times, but that was one more item I would rather not carry if I could combine functions. I wouldn't worry about the cost as they're all a good deal for the value you get. I had an old Wave I sent in as I could not access one of the tools anymore, they sent me back a brand new one at no cost! It was produced from 1983 to 2004. Unfortunately, stupid people ended up not figuring out how to use it and locked all of their tools in the open position.
Simply check it so if they cant fix it, you will get it back. Leatherman, a 1970 graduate of , and his business partner, Steve Berliner, formed Leatherman Tool Group in 1983. In the meantime, I think I'll search ebay for one from someone that doesn't realize what they have. If just a knife tip is broken off don't send it in. They were very uncomfortable when putting pressure on the pliers.
The Super Tool had a great run in it's 7 year run. But there's just something about the original that none of the newer models have. Alternative, put the foot back down and go find a different tool. What I thought to be some cheesy doodad that I would flip around like a balisong and produce pliers instead of a blade, turned out to be the single most carried object I have ever owned. While it's not quite a lock, it works just as well for safety purposes, and it does so without adding weight or bulk. The Awl This awl is not the sharpest of awls but it is a good awl nonetheless. It has a certain feel that I don't think they'll ever produce again.