FAQ About Leatherman Multi Tools

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About the Leatherman Tool Group Company (LTG)

A native Oregonian, Tim received his BSME from Oregon State University in 1970. After that, he held a variety of jobs, including positions as an English teacher and a helicopter mechanic. Time spent traveling abroad ultimately led to the Leatherman multipurpose tool concept.

From the beginning, Tim has built the company on a simple philosophy: manufacture product on time, meet specifications, increase value, and provide a pleasant work environment. When asked about the company's devotion to quality, Tim simply replies, "My name is on every tool."

Although he no longer spends much time on the manufacturing floor, Tim Leatherman is known for wearing his signature red shop apron every day to show his willingness to pitch in wherever needed. In the mean time, Tim is very involved in manufacturing and product development issues.



FAQ About Leatherman Multi Tools

Can I get on a commercial aircraft carrying my Leatherman tool?

Historically, Federal Aviation Administration guidelines permitted knife blades up to four inches long aboard domestic commercial flights. (Individual airlines were given the latitude to utilize more stringent rules at their discretion.) In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001
, the FAA has issued a series of new security regulations, including one referring to knives. This exact meaning of this new directive isn’t entirely clear, but as best we can tell, no knives (of any kind or size) will be allowed through security checkpoints. In other words, you can still travel with your Leatherman tool, but you will need to place it in your checked baggage rather than carrying it with you onto your plane. For the latest federal regulations, please visit www.tsa.gov.

Where does the Leatherman name come from?

Our tools bear the name of company president Tim Leatherman, who invented the original Pocket Survival Tool, now known as the PST.


Why should I buy a Leatherman multi tool?
Tim Leatherman's standards for quality, durability, precision and attention to detail are what make Leatherman tools like no other. Ever since Tim invented the category, we've focused on just one thing — manufacturing the world's highest quality multipurpose tools.


My tool broke. How do I get it repaired?
Easy. Please refer to our Warrantysection for instructions on submitting a warranty claim.


I can't live without my Leatherman for even a day. Can you just send me the parts I need?
Our products are designed to be disassembled by factory-trained technicians only. Repaired tools are reassembled (and the pivot posts cemented) to ensure proper tension for optimum tool performance. Attempting to disassemble a Leatherman tool yourself may result in lost components and compromised tool functionality. It may also void your warranty protection.


What kind of steel do you use?
Leatherman multi tools are made of 400-series stainless steel. Carbon content and heat-treated hardness vary depending on the specific implement.


If it is made of stainless steel, why do I have rust spots on my tool?
No stainless steel is truly stainless. It would be wise to think of it as corrosion-resisting steel. Corrosion can occur in the absence of proper maintenance, particularly in extreme conditions. Please visit our Maintenance Tipssection for hints on keeping your Leatherman multi tool looking good and functioning well.


Can I have a different blade installed in my Leatherman tool?
Each Leatherman tool consists of a combination of features that makes it a unique multipurpose tool. We cannot alter or substitute different blade components from one tool version to another.


Can I buy stock in Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.?
Sorry. Leatherman Tool Group is privately held and is very unlikely to go public in the foreseeable future.


My son/wife/girlfriend/brother-in-law/boss accidentally locked open all the blades in one handle of my Super Tool. How can I get them unlocked?
Use a separate screwdriver or similar device to unlock the blades. With the handles closed together, insert the screwdriver into the slot created by the handle spring (where the handle locks onto the tool blades). Gently pry up the handle spring until one of the blades can be released.

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