Recently, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. launched an engineering first: a multi-tool crafted specifically for the younger generation. Recognizing that its maturity and proper training that determines when a user is ready for more responsibility, Leatherman designed the Leap multi-tool with features made specifically for new tool users, including with the unique ability to be used without a knife blade. When the user is ready, the 420HC knife blade can be permanently added to the multi-tool.
“Having kids myself, I’ve found there isn’t a perfect tool for their size and ability that I feel comfortable letting them use,” said Product Manager Jason Carpenter. “The Leap is something I’d feel safe using to train and teach them the proper ways to use a tool and blade.”
Leatherman recognized a market need for a tool engineered specifically for kids when they heard Leatherman owners were passing down full-size Leatherman tools to the next generation. “A regular Leatherman is meant for adult hands, and isn’t comfortable or safe for smaller users,” said Carpenter. “Our goal was to craft a multi-tool made explicitly with kids in mind.”
The Leap’s tool set will be similar to a traditional Leatherman: needlenose and regular pliers, wire cutters, saw, ruler, tweezers, soda bottle opener, optional 420HC knife blade precision ground specifically for each tool, and Phillips, medium and small screwdrivers. Other special safety features of the Leap include safety locks that never put the user’s fingers in the path of the tools, a two-hand opening knife blade for safer blade deployment, and glass filled nylon handle scales with an ergonomic grip specifically designed to train the user to operate the blade in the opposite direction of him/herself.
“Some of my favourite childhood memories are of my father who took the time to pass on a valuable skill or life lesson,” said Product Design Engineer Peter Parker. “These experiences often took place outdoors, away from television and other modern distractions, and involved a level of trust and recognition of maturity. Now as a father, I see the value handing down the same knowledge and expertise to my children. The Leap gives the younger generation a tool designed just for them.”
The Leatherman Leap is available now in South Africa in three colours: red, green, and blue.