How a Ratty Old Fiat Helped Inspire the Leatherman Tool

“One of my notes in essence says, ‘Add pliers to a Boy Scout knife.’” After landing in Amsterdam, Tim Leatherman and his wife decided to buy a car to drive through Europe. They’d come across a 6-year-old Fiat 600D for cheap. However, its age brought with it mechanical problems, and Leatherman often found himself wanting to attach a pair of pliers to a Boy Scout knife. He took this idea with him back home, creating the first Leatherman tool prototype three years after the trip. Read full article here


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