The Pocket Survival Tool is the founding product of Leatherman. Now, a limited edition remake has been released to celebrate the 35th year.
It was 1975 when engineering graduate Tim Leatherman took a road trip in a battered Fiat 600 on a shoe-string budget. A scout knife was all he had for everything, from slicing bread, to fixing leaky hotel plumbing and keeping his car on the road. But what Tim really needed was a pair of pliers. And so, the idea for the Leatherman multi-tool was born.
Back home in Oregon, he convinced his wife to give him one month to pursue his dream full-time, and got to work. Three years later he had a tool he liked, the newly patented Mr Crunch.
Knife companies thought his invention was a tool. Tool companies thought it was a gadget. Neither were interested. Tim got a ‘real job’ to support his passion and continued to try and sell his idea over the next four years.
But it was partnering with his college friend Steve Berliner that finally got Tim’s idea off the ground. The prototype was perfected and in May 1983, the first Leatherman order was placed – for 500 PSTs. By December the pair had produced and sold nearly 3,000 products. The Pocket Survival Tool continued to reign supreme until 2004 when it was retired.
There are only 100 of the Limited Edition PST’s available in the UK, each one is stamped with Tim Leatherman’s signature and comes with commemorative packaging. Get yours at www.leatherman.co.uk/heritage-pst/553.html