Date: 2008-04-29 23:19:00
multitool geekery
I just received a present from me to me: a Leatherman Skeletool CX. I ordered it from Amazon back in January I think, and with the production delays at Leatherman combined with the delays naturally introduced by the [info]bovineone freight forwarding department (thanks cow!), it arrived here just a few days ago.

Damn that's a sexy multitool. I think the two best things about it are: (1) the carabiner clip, and (2) the weight. The whole minimalist thing appeals to me, because I won't end up carrying around stuff I don't need. Just pliers, a knife, a screwdriver, and a clip that will clip to almost anything.

I've been fascinated with pocket multitools ever since I saw a Gerber folding pliers sometime back in the 1980s. I'm glad Leatherman is providing me with an outlet for this bit of niche geekery.
I recently saw some TV program on Tivo (probably from Discovery channel or maybe DIY channel) that showed the factory production of the Leatherman tools in Oregon. So much of the work involves manual work by people to transfer around parts, grind, polish, and assemble them--that's a contributor to their high price. The founder of the company (whose last name is Leatherman) always carries around the latest model in his pocket because he's still a fan of them.
Here's another cool Leatherman-like hack for your keychain:
Greg Hewgill <>