Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools with more than 128 million tools sold, and distribution in more than 80 countries.
After spending his childhood in Oregon, Tim Leatherman stayed local and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. Time spent traveling abroad, which included staying at hostels and driving an untrustworthy $300 Fiat, convinced Tim of the need for a pliers based, multi-purpose tool. "I was carrying an old Boy Scout-type knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to making adjustments to the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!"
Back home in the states, Tim set to work developing and patenting his idea. Shortly after his return he partnered with college friend Steve Berliner to continue building concepts and reaching out to potential prospects for sales. On July 5, 1983 Tim and Steve officially incorporated Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. based on a few simple, but fundamental principles: manufacture the highest quality products that deliver excellent value to the consumer, while providing good, living-wage jobs to the local workforce. It was in that same year, after nearly a decade of knocking on doors and perfecting his idea, that they sold the very first Pocket Survival Tool (PST). And as the story goes...the rest is history.
Thirty years later Leatherman Tool is still going strong in the U.S. crafting the famous multi-tools and knives that can endure just about anything and come back to work tomorrow. Although Tim is now retired, his American spirit of ingenuity, innovation and quality craftsmanship still thrives in all of us. When asked about the company's devotion to quality, Tim always replies, "It has to be perfect; my name is on every tool."
At Leatherman, they are a group of fixers, outdoor enthusiasts, former service members, adventure seekers and just plain doers. And they know their products will stand the test of time because they count on them themselves every day. Leatherman Tool’s mission is to inspire and prepare Leatherman owners for the expected - and unexpected - that inevitably will come their way. Every multi-tool and knife shipped out the door is crafted by one of the 700 Oregonians who call Leatherman a great place to work, and they stand behind our products with a no-questions-asked 25 year warranty.