Leatherman, it’s a brand name you instantly identify with working mans tools. The American brand founded out of Portland, Oregon in July 1983 by Timothy S. Leatherman and Steve Berliner. The idea was to design and manufacture multitools and knives. Leatherman was inspired to design a “Boy Scout knife with pliers” while Leatherman and his wife travelled Europe and the Middle East in 1975, often attempting to use a simple pocketknife to repair their repeatedly malfunctioning car and leaky hotel plumbing. He spent several years perfecting the “Mr. Crunch” prototype and received his first U.S. patent in 1980. After additional refinement, Leatherman’s first product was introduced in 1983 as the Pocket Survival Tool (PST) and initially sold through Early Winters‘ and Cabela’s mail-order catalogs. Jump forward to 2021 and Leatherman tools are arguably the go-to brand for any individual looking for a great, robust every day carry that serves a multitude of functions. The Leatherman ‘CRUNCH’ is a compact, 4-inch multi-tool with 15 all-locking tools, foldable pliers and much more. Locking pliers that fold away make the Leatherman CRUNCH unlike any multi-tool available today. The CRUNCH clamps up to a 1-inch diameter pipe, and if you remove the adjusting screw, you’ll find a hex-bit adapter built right in. With locking blades that release with the push of a button, the Crunch will work seamlessly across many different jobs. The all locking feature means that every tool and knife on the body of the handle, with the exception of the plier head, will lock into place. However the CRUNCH does feature both all locking tools and plier head. The all locking design enables the user to operate individual tools safely and effectively. By locking them into place when fully open, the user can put pressure on the implement while safely completing the job, before manually unlocking the tool to stow it away. This really is the perfect EDC and will serve its user for many years, never faulting or failing.
Leatherman CRUNCH £144.95, Available Leatherman.co.uk