Tim Leatherman had the idea in 1975 on a trip through Europe in a rickety Fiat 600: for small repairs on the road, you needed a compact tool set that would fit in any pocket. Back in his native Portland, the mechanical engineering graduate set about his design work. Three years later he was able to apply for a patent for his Pocket Survival Tool. What followed was a success story that continues to this day: Multitools from Leatherman are available today in many shapes, sizes and for a wide variety of applications. The excellent reputation of Leatherman tools is not only due to the many creative ideas of the manufacturer, but also and above all to the outstanding quality of these multitools.