Leatherman Knives goes back in 1975, whenTim Leatherman found himself traveling through Europe with a tight budget and a cranky car. His trusty 'scout knife' just wasn't up to the challenges he faced during his 10 month journey. Tim wished he had a compact knife with full sized pliers. When Tim returned to the USA, he put his engineering skills to work and after seven years, the original Leatherman tool was perfected. The Leatherman brand name is synonymous with quality and innovation and is the World leader in multi-tools.