January 2004 News

Popular Leatherman Wave® multi-tool gets update

January, 2004, Portland, OR—It might be natural to look at reviews like this and think that the Leatherman Wave can't possibly be improved upon:

"All the experts selected the Leatherman Wave." 1
"This classic…crams the most utility into the smallest space."2
"Wave is a quantum leap forward for a tool that's already proven to be as useful as any single item on the planet." 3
"The Wave…is indispensable." 4
"Wave redefines the boundaries in multi-tool design." 5
"Well above the rest of the field in our test." 6

But Leatherman Tool Group couldn't leave well enough alone. Leatherman is adding internal locking blades, larger wire cutters, a ruler, and individually rotating blades for non-clumping access. The one-hand opening knife blades are now larger, with a broader area and bigger thumbhole for easier operation. Bronze bushings make knife access even smoother. Plus, two integrated bit drivers permit customized bit selection to fit most any activity.

These enhancements to a tool that was already Leatherman's best-selling full-size model have the company expecting continued popularity for Wave, especially considering the MSRP for the new model ($87) is actually $13 less than the current version.

Wave shares other improvements with five additional new multi-tools Leatherman is introducing this year. For example, an elliptical pliers hub design withstands more than double the squeezing load (133%, to be exact) of the previous version. Plus, enhanced geometry and beefed-up hardware where the handles attach to the jaws means the handles will withstand even extreme loads.

Thoughtful details like a removable pocket clip, a quick-release lanyard ring and extra space in the belt sheath for accessories are included to add value for the end user and maintain the popularity Wave has enjoyed since its initial debut in 1998. Retail shipping began fall of 2004.

About Leatherman

Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. is the inventor and world's leading manufacturer of compact multi-purpose tools. Owned, run and inspired by its founder, Tim Leatherman, the company has sold more than 30 million of its versatile tools since its inception in 1983.

1 Tactical Knives
2 Wired
3 Seattle Times
4 Vancouver Sun
5 Canoe & Kayak
6 Workbench