Techlandia Issue 5- 2021/2022 - Page 60

“The new technology in the FREE Series allows users to open tools with one hand,” added Parker. “It’s easy to open and control, with excellent haptics. The feel, the click, and the trademark ‘pop’ of tools and blades opening and closing is what makes the FREE so memorable.”

In addition to the popularity of the FREE series, Leatherman has also seen demand rise for the Curl, which boasts 15 tools in its pocketable, lightweight four-inch frame, and the affordable Bond, which mimics the original Leatherman and features 14 tools.

In September of 2021, they unveiled the Raptor Response, a pair of folding shears developed to assist medical personnel. 

To top it off, Leatherman is also turning to technology to offer a custom engraving feature. Now, customers can use the website portal to personalize their tools with a custom engraving or imprint. There, they can design and use premade artwork and customize the tool’s design. 

“Leatherman’s custom shop allows you to interface with the tool, lay your artwork out, zoom in and out, and turn it sideways to get the best idea of how your custom tool will look once engraved,” added Parker. “You can pick the fonts, shapes, and placement. You can engrave a floral pattern that matches the bridesmaid’s dress.”

For Leatherman, this technology and innovation is nothing new. Technology is infused within everything they do and have done for years, and it’s a major reason the company has been such a stalwart in the Oregon community. Leatherman is proud to manufacture its tools in Portland, Oregon.

“We have 500 people that are making tools right now,” said Brown. “We have robots, servo-controlled presses, and all sorts of tech that is powering our goal of building a cost-competitive consumer product. We do everything in-house, from engineering to manufacturing and assembly. Our team, our creativity, and our structure have allowed us to support the local community and be a successful business for so long.”

"Our team, our creativity, and our structure have allowed us to support the local community and be a successful business for so long."