Leatherman goes back to basics with heritage-inspired Bond multitool
Leatherman's mutltiools have taken all shapes and sizes in its 38-year existence, but in designing its latest creation the company is returning to its roots. The newly launched Leatherman Bond is based on its first ever model launched in 1983, offering the same 14-tool functionality in a rather lightweight and budget-friendly package.
The original PST was launched in 1983 as an innovative plier-based multitiool developed by company founder Tim Leatherman, with the design providing the backbone for many of the company's multitools since.
Lately, we've seen the company branch out with more creative designs that include folding knives, ratchet driver attachments and magnetic multitools that can be opened and closed with one hand. It has also launched tools with medical shears for medics, pocket tools for skaters and surfers and even multitool bracelets that can be worn around the wrist.
This time around, Leatherman is getting back to basics. The Bond features largely the same minimalist functionality as 1983's PST, with needlenose pliers spearheading a suite of tried-and-tested tools, including wire cutters and strippers, Philips and flathead screwdrivers, a ruler, wood and metal file, a can opener and, of course, a 2.9-in (7.36-cm) stainless steel blade.
All of this comes in a package weighing just 5.8 oz (164 g), which is more than an ounce lighter than Leatherman's other 14-tool multitools, the Wingman and Sidekick, both of which are priced a littler higher at US$60, too. The Bond also features contoured handles for a comfy grip, and attachment points for a lanyard and pocket clip, which is sold separately.
Leatherman has offered limited edition versions of its classic PST multitool over the journey, though one of these will currently set you back $395. Priced at $50, the Bond might present as a much more palatable option.