At the SHOT Show, we had a chance to talk with the Leatherman folks, and we got to take a look at some of their new products. Hopefully, we’ll have a couple in-house in the next couple of weeks to give you a first-hand impression of the new products they’ve released into their market. Being a Leatherman fan for better than ten years, I’m sure the new stuff retains the same design aesthetics and quality construction that have gone into their previous models. The following information comes straight from their press release about the new Freestyle model. Our observations and commentary will come at a later time. Personally, I’m a fan of 154CM steel, and I think the small up-tick in the price for that model would be well worth the investment.
Portland, OR, January 2009—This spring, Leatherman Tool Group will release Freestyle, the new multi-tool/knife hybrid that folds up to be just larger than a pack of gum. Based on the wildly popular Skeletool platform, Freestyle will be lighter and smaller making the perfect “companion” or stand-alone tool.
Small but Powerful
Freestyle will feature an outside-accessible blade, the legendary Leatherman pliers with wire cutters and unique look of the Skeletool. Freestyle will weigh only 4.5 ounces and fold up to carry with little or no notice in a front pocket, or with the removable pocket clip on a belt.
Both models will begin shipping in late May; the Freestyle with 420HC straight/serrated combo blade and the Freestyle CX with 154CM straight blade. The bodies of both models will be 100% stainless steel for durability with Zytel or carbon-fiber (CX) handle inserts for weight reduction. The Freestyle CX will feature DLC coating for scratch and corrosion resistance. Both models are small enough to slip into a front pocket with some change, but will feature a pocket clip for portability on a belt.
Price-point friendly (MSRP: $48 and $72) and minimal size means Freestyle models will make great “companion” tools. Many job-specific tools don’t feature pliers or a knife. Freestyle will make the perfect addition for these vital functions in a pocket-knife-size tool. As a stand-alone tool, the Freestyle can take the place of an everyday carry knife that includes pliers without adding any bulk to the belt.
Both the Freestyle and the Freestyle CX will be covered under Leatherman’s industry-leading, 25-year warranty.
Founded in 1983, Portland, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is known for producing the world’s most precisely engineered multi-tools, knives, pruners and lights. Leatherman’s engineering standards remain unmatched in the industry today. With new products for hunting, outdoor, fishing, gardening and general purpose, the Leatherman tradition of innovation, tight specifications and premium materials continues to endure.