Since 1983, Leatherman have been making tools that can endure just about anything and come back to work tomorrow. When Tim Leatherman and his business partner Steve Berliner started the company with the Pocket Survival Tool (PST) they had no idea that someday they would have more than 30 models and a full 90,000 square-foot facility in Portland, Oregon.
After spending his childhood in Oregon, Tim Leatherman stayed local and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. Time spent traveling abroad - which included staying at hostels and driving an untrustworthy $300 Fiat - convinced Tim of the need for a pliers based, multi-purpose tool. "I was carrying an old Boy Scout-type knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to making adjustments to the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!"
Back home in the states, Tim set to work developing and patenting his idea. Shortly after his return he partnered with college friend Steve Berliner to continue building concepts and reaching out to potential prospects for sales. On July 5, 1983 Tim and Steve officially incorporated Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. based on a few simple, but fundamental principles: manufacture the highest quality products that deliver excellent value to the consumer, while providing good, living-wage jobs to the local workforce. It was in that same year, after nearly a decade of knocking on doors and perfecting his idea, that they sold the very first Pocket Survival Tool (PST). And as the story goes...the rest is history.
Thirty years later Leatherman are still going strong in the U.S. crafting the famous multi-tools and knives that can endure just about anything and come back to work tomorrow. Although Tim is now retired, his American spirit of ingenuity, innovation and quality craftsmanship still thrives in Leatherman. When asked about the company's devotion to quality, Tim always replies, "It has to be perfect; my name is on every tool."
At Leatherman are a group of fixers, outdoor enthusiasts, former service members, adventure seekers and just plain doers. Every multi-tool and knife that Leatherman ship out the door is crafted by one of the 700 Oregonians who call Leatherman a great place to work. They stand behind their products with a no-questions-asked 25 year warranty.
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