How to Choose the Right Engraved Tools for Your Job

Which Leatherman Engraved Tool Do I Need?
Which Leatherman Engraved Tool Do I Need?

If you ever walked into a Harbor Freight store, you were probably overwhelmed by all the tools there. Many of them have specific purposes. They make you wonder if you should add them to your toolbox, just in case you need them some day. If you succumb to those buying pressures, you will soon have to buy more tool boxes to contain all your specialty tools!

There must be a better way to be prepared for most repair jobs. Consider Leatherman engraved tools. One small hand-held tool takes up very little space, yet is capable of doing

Leatherman Surge Engraved Tool
Leatherman Surge Engraved Tool

dozens of jobs. The Leatherman Surge (LM23) has the most functions. But some of the other models may solve most of your repair needs. Some of the functions of the variety of Leatherman tools are:

  • knife blade
  • saw
  • flat head screw driver
  • Phillips screw driver
  • scissors
  • pliers
  • wire cutter
  • wire stripper
  • can opener
  • bottle opener
  • electrical crimper
  • ruler
  • file
  • needle nose pliers
  • safety blister package opener

What to Look For When Shopping For Engraved Tools

Leatherman Engraved Tools
Leatherman Engraved Tool

Does anyone have too many tools? Probably not. There’s a special tool for every job. If not, you can make one out of an existing tool, like bending a wrench to fit in a tight place on your car engine. Some guys like to buy tools that they don’t need right now, but think they would be good ones to have around just in case. That’s what I do. The best tools to “have around just in case” are Leatherman engraved tools. They can do a dozen different things, and come in a small package. They can take the place of a dozen specialty tools, so your toolbox won’t be so heavy.

Is This Any Way to Make Engraved Leatherman Tools?

How Not to Make Engraved Leatherman Tools
How Not to Make Engraved Leatherman Tools

Engraved Leatherman Tools were developed in the mind of Tim Leatherman in the 1970’s. That was way after the age of the caveman. But today’s Leatherman tools look a lot neater and professional than the original prototypes that Tim made in the late 70’s. He made the initial models in his garage, using the equipment and material that he was able to get at the time. Today his company is growing at a fast rate. His products are in demand around the world, only 40 years after they were first developed. Here are some examples of Tim’s first prototypes, which are on display in the front office of his Portland Oregon factory….

Engraved Leatherman Tools
Early Leatherman Prototype

 

 

 

 

Prototype engraved Leatherman Tools
Early Leatherman Prototype2
Early Engraved Leatherman Tools Prototype3
Early Leatherman Prototype3

 

 

 

 

Are Engraved Leatherman Tools What You Need For National Safety Month?

Engraved Leatherman Tools for National Safety Month
Engraved Leatherman Tools for National Safety Month

A great way to remind your workforce to practice safe procedures every day is by putting your corporate logo on laser Engraved Leatherman Tools.

This month the National Safety Council celebrates the 25th annual National Safety Month. They offer free posters, and you don’t even have to be a member.

Engraved Leatherman Tools come in basically 2 different sizes. The full size is 4 inches long when folded. The pocket size is about 2 1/2″ folded.

Leatherman Wingman
lm37 Leatherman Wingman, a Full Sized Tool
Leatherman Squirt PS4
Leatherman Squirt PS4, the Favorite Pocket-sized Tool

 

Engraved Leatherman Tools Have Been Performing Since 1983

Prototype engraved Leatherman Tools
Early Leatherman Prototype2

Tim Leatherman has a story to tell about his famous company. Hi company is not very old, but it’s very famous world-wide. His story starts with necessity being the mother of invention. While on vacation, he had his scout knife, but he really needed a pair of pliers time after time. So in 1983 he invented a special pair of pliers that also had other tools built into the handle. It was called the PST, and debuted in Cabela’s that year. This tool had no competition at the time, so Tim patented  its design. Today, in 2021, engraved Leatherman tools can be found in many tool boxes, cars, trucks, boats, and workshops everywhere. Here’s an early prototype that is on display at the factory in Portland Oregon.

A Beginner’s Guide to Engraved Leatherman Tools

If Leatherman® multi tools are new to you, the huge variety of styles may have your head spinning. “Why are there so many sizes and models”, you might say. To find the perfect engraved Leatherman tools for you, let’s start with a list of available functions. When you pick the functions that you need, then you can easily pick the best Leatherman® for your needs.

Which engraved Leatherman Tools Do I Need?
Which Engraved Leatherman Tools Do I Need?

Are scissors important to you? There are several models that have that function. What about pliers? Some of the models don’t have pliers, so you can stay away from them. What about a blister package opener? Here’s an extensive list to help you on your way to finding the perfect multi tool for you.

  1. 420HC Stainless Steel Clip Point Combo Straight/Serrated Knife
  2. Needlenose Pliers
  3. Regular Pliers
  4. 154CM Replaceable Wire Cutters
  5. 154CM Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters
  6. Stranded Wire Cutters
  7. Saw
  8. Hammer
  9. Replaceable Cutting Hook
  10. Bolt Override Tool
  11. Replaceable Firearm Disassembly Punch
  12. Replaceable Carbon Scraper
  13. Cleaning Rod/Brush Adapters
  14. Carabiner Clip
  15. Bottle Opener
  16. Large Bit Driver
  17. Electrical Crimper
  18. Blister package opener
  19. Tweezers
  20. Phillips screw driver
  21. Flat head screw driver
  22. Nail file
  23. Carabiner
  24. Leather sheath
  25. Nylon sheath
  26. Can opener

By the way, if you need all of the first 17 functions, the Leatherman Mut is what you should order.

Leatherman® Mut LM39 Leatherman® Mut LM39

 

The Best Engraved Tools for 2020 Safety Awards

The Best Engraved Tools for 2020 Safety Awards
The Best Engraved Tools for 2020 Safety Awards

Leatherman wins hands down, for introducing the “FREE” line of engraved tools. The coolest feature of these tools is the way you open and close each element. You don’t have to use your finger nails! You just use your finger pads. The secret is subtle. It involves magnets strategically placed in the tool to keep the elements closed. There are 2 models of knives (available in silver or black),

LMK2X-Default Leatherman® Free K2x

LMK4X-Default Leatherman® Free K4x

2 models of pliers,

LMP2-Default Leatherman® Free P2

LMP4-Default Leatherman® Free P4

and 2 models of pocket engraved tools.

 

LMT2-Default Leatherman® Free T2

 

LMT4-FannedwithTweezers Leatherman® Free T4

 

 

5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Engraved Leatherman Tools

Perfect Engraved Leatherman Tools
Perfect Engraved Leatherman Tools

If your boss has given you the task to find the perfect engraved Leatherman tools for the shop’s safety program, where do you start? These 5 steps will help you:

  1. Ask the employees if they would like the full size tool (about 4″ closed), or one of the pocket sized tools (about 2 1/2″ closed).
  2. Are scissors necessary? Some of the tools have them. Some don’t.
  3. Are knife blades necessary? If blades are not wanted, Leatherman has a tool for you.
  4. Are pliers necessary? Some of the tools eliminate the pliers, to make more room for other tools.
  5. Are carrying pouches needed? Some of the Leatherman tools come with leather pouches, and some with nylon pouches. And the mini tools don’t need any pouches at all.

These tips should help you get started on your project. If you have more questions, you can contact an online distributor of knives and tools.