Some time in the swingin’ ’70s, Tim Leatherman (no kidding) was traveling around Europe and the Middle East with (among other things) his boy scout knife. As handy as it may have been, he found that it left something to be desired. Like pliers. And a screwdriver. So what did he do? Go home and duct tape these tools together? No. Tim had a better idea.

When he got back to Oregon, he began working on the project. After a few years of struggling, by 1983 he had patented the Pocket Survival Tool (PST).   Things began to take off, and in 1984, Leatherman sold 30,000 units.

Some time in the glorious ’90s, I got a Supertool. I instantly cut the tip of my finger nearly off. Was I angry about it? No way. You mess with the bull, you get the horns. A couple of stitches later, and I was good to go. According to the Leatherman website, the Supertool has 18 tools in one. I believe that I have used each one at least once (yes, even the awl). The Supertool is also now retired, but you are in luck. I will sell you mine for the collector’s price of $500. I will even throw in the leather case for free. Don’t say I never do anything for you.

I later got the Juice C2 (in Inferno Red). Living in the city, this is the one that I carry on a pretty much daily basis. It’s small, ergonomic, and has everything that I need.  If I had to do it again, I would probably get the Juice S2, which swaps out the corkscrew for scissors, but to each his own.

Leatherman Multi-tools.