I have had some version of a Leatherman Tool since I was sixteen and the supertool had recently come out for sale. On my sixteenth birthday I took my sixty dollars in b-day money and purchased the original supertool. Years went by with me loosing and replacing leathermans left and right. As we all know, once you have one and experience the perfection of function and durability, you'll just keep replacing them. I'm currently 28 years old and a former active duty Marine. While out with some friends of mine doing some beginner level rock climbing and rappelling, a young lady that was rappelling for the first time was about 5-6 feet down the rock face when she got her hair caught in the rappel device. After giving her options and help to free her hair, she was still unable to get it loose from the device. I knew she was going to freak out if she couldn't get her hair free soon and even worse if she continued going down the rope with her hair caught, she might very well have done some substantial damage to her scalp. I told her I was going to have to cut her hair loose and she quickly agreed that was fine with her. I grabbed some one inch wedding from my back and tied a hasty bowline knot around the anchor and ran it through my carabiner a few times and lowered my self down the cliffs edge just close enough to her to grab my Skeletool that was hanging from my harness by the carabiner/bottle opener and use the sharp blade to cut her free in no time. She was able to get down the rest of the way and I climbed back up to the top with my Skeletool. Any knife could have cut her hair but, no knife has given me a reason to obsessively carry it like Leatherman has. Nothing else is has good.
- Kevin C.
Ellicott City, MD