While on a budget trip to Europe in 1975, Tim Leatherman and his wife Chau constantly came across leaky hotel plumbing and road-side fixes for their cranky Fiat. Tim realized the need for a pliers-based multipurpose tool. “I was carrying a scout knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to fixing the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!”
When Tim came back to the states, he took his “multi-tool” idea and some sketches he made on the trip, and got to work.
MADE OF METTLE
The story of the Original American multi-tool inventor, Tim Leatherman.
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LISTEN TO TIM'S INTERVIEW ON NPR
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