The Back Story: How Leatherman Was Started

Imagine coming up with an idea for a tool, and you become so obsessed with creating it that you spend years in your brother-in-law’s garage doing it. It sucks up so much of your time that you quit working and your wife agrees to support you.

After three years you’ve got a workable prototype–and then you spend the next five years trying to sell it and getting over 500 rejection letters.

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Most folks would give up by then. Thankfully Tim Leatherman didn’t. Here’s the fascinating back story of how a backpacking trip to Europe, and an unreliable Fiat, sparked an entire generation of multi-tools:

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