September 2008 News

Getting a handle on knives

September, 2008, Portland, OR - This fall Leatherman Tool Group will introduce two new folding knife lines, Crater and Expanse. These new knives - 10 models in all - will replace the existing c, e, k, and h-series knives with improvements on the existing features and a more familial look for each series overall.

Handles, Weight and Size

The most noticeable difference with the new knives are the handles, and not just cosmetically. "We had great features in our old knives, but the handles were so thick and bulky just to house them", says Product Manager, Jason Carpenter. "Our goal was to lighten up and slim down these new knives while keeping the existing functionality. We also wanted to make sure that they could be more easily indentified as being a part of a family."

The new handles on the Crater knives are solid black, 60% glass-filled nylon. Expanse knives feature a combination black and silver handle made from 60% glass-filled nylon and reinforced with stainless steel. By improving the handle scale/frame design, engineers were able to make them about 30% lighter and slimmer than their original counterparts.


Both the series feature 2.6-inch blades, (33-models) and 3.1-inch blades (55-models). Crater series blades are cut from 420HC stainless steel and Expanse series from 154CM. Each knife comes with the option of a straight blade or a combination straight/serrated blade. The combination blade is indicated by an "x" in the model name.


Both series have updated features from the original set of knives. Crater and Expanse series 33-models are all locking liner knives with improved Blade Launcher technology for quick deployment. The 55-models are all lockback knives with thumb stud deployment. Across both series users will find features like bit drivers, fixed screwdrivers, bit storage in the handle and carabiners that fold away in the handle. All the knives feature a removable pocket clip.

Crater and Expanse knives will be available nationwide and online beginning fall 2008. MSRP for the Crater knives ranges from $24.00-$70.00 and Expanse from $44.00-$87.00. For more information on these and other Leatherman products, please contact Juli Warner at the information above.