rom our factory in Portland, Oregon, we’re committed to bringing you the best multipurpose products to help you solve expected and unexpected problems in everyday life. Our journey started over 37 years ago with the world’s first pliers-based multi-tool built by our founder, Tim Leatherman (yes, there really is a Mr. Leatherman!).
THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN MULTI-TOOL
The tool that started it all. The Leatherman was the first of its kind, creating a category of products that have kept people ready for the unexpected for over 34 years. Learn more about our story of perseverance, ingenious design, and equipping people to save the day.
When Tim started on the prototype for this new tool, he estimated it’d take him a month. Instead, it took the next three years to build the prototype he envisioned and filed for a patent. With the patent application and prototype in hand, he set off to sell his idea. Unfortunately, the companies he approached didn’t bite. For another three and a half years, Tim faced one rejection letter after another. Until he partnered with his college friend, Steve Berliner, and in the spring of 1983, they received their first order for 500 tools from Cabela’s and launched the first Leatherman tool, the PST.