The story of Leatherman goes something like this. Back in 1983, a young engineer named Tim Leatherman received his first order for 500 tools from Cabela’s after eight years of research, design and public disregard. Named the Leatherman PST (short for Pocket Survival Tool), his product was the first multi-tool centered around a pair of needle-nose pliers. It featured 14 essentials found in most every modern full-size multi-tool; pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers and a knife were packed among other instruments. And the rest is pretty much history.
These days, Leatherman manufactures $100 million worth of multi-tools annually from its Portland, Oregon, factory. The brand’s latest innovations focus on high-tech tools, one-handed use and specific activities like hiking, fishing or construction. But Leatherman’s most recent multi-tool, the Bond, revives the same design and set of tools found in Tim’s original Pocket Survival Tool.