The History Behind the Legend
The Leatherman Wave® hit the scene 24 years ago and instantly became the leader of the pack amongst the existing Leatherman multi-tools. Ahead of its time from day one, it took the much-loved multi-tool and made it more functional, comfortable and stylish. It set the gold standard (and continues to hold the title for best multi-tool ever) and defined what all of our tools would be like from 1998 on.
But why is it so popular exactly? Because it’s been constantly improved and evolved over 20+ years. The original product brief for the Wave® was to make a deluxe version of the PST. In fact, its name was going to be Deluxe Tool but after seeing the knife blade design which had a curved shape, it earned the nickname the Wave®. The first Wave® was built with outside-accessible tools that can be opened with one hand and featured ergonomic, comfortable rounded handles. In 2004, it was redesigned with stronger jaws and all-locking features. And around 2017, it added Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters. It features 18 tools (the original PST only had 14 – a 28% increase) to help you solve everyday problems with ease.
Over 20 years later, the popularity of the Wave® Plus shows no sign of stopping. It even is part of the permanent collection at the Modern Museum of Art