Lost and Lucky
I lost my Leatherman about 18 months ago. I got it as a gift in the mid-1990s and it was the perfect tool for motorcycle rides and trips. It was also great for fishing and I kept it in my toolbox for odd jobs around the house. When I found the sheath empty, I tore my toolbox apart looking for it. Weeks had passed since I used it last to fix a fence, so of course I found nothing when I went outside to find it.
This year for Christmas, I wanted another Leatherman. I'm not a "knife guy" so I didn't know there were different Leatherman models - all I knew was my old tool was a Leatherman. The Kick looked like the closest to what I had, though it didn't have a metal file, which I liked. After getting a new Kick, I've used it some, but never really warmed up to it. I guess because of the sentimental value, my first Leatherman really couldn't be replaced.
Earlier this week, I loaded my toolbox in the car to take to a friend's house. Moving the toolbox must have jarred things loose, because when I opened it, I saw a corner of my old Leatherman tool wedged underneath a shelf. It made my day! Since finding it, I've googled the TM number on my old tool and learned it was a PST. I also found the month/year dates stamped inside - 07/95.
The most important thing I found is my new Leatherman is a much superior tool when I compared the two together. The Kick looks better made, and tools like the Philips/flat heads screwdrivers, can opener etc., are longer and open easier. The only thing the Kick really lacks is the metal file. It was great finding my PST, but I'm going to start carrying my new Leatherman a lot more, or at least most of the time now.