January 2004 News
New Leatherman Charge® multi-tool expands category limits
January, 2004, Portland, OR—For the past five years, knife manufacturers around the world have been working to top the consensus best multi-tool on the market, the Leatherman Wave®.
But it turns out that Leatherman Tool Group, a specialist in multi-tools, has set its own sights on surpassing its best-selling full-size tool. With a $124 suggested retail price and premium materials like titanium and 154 CM steel, Charge® is expected to establish a new top end in the multi-tool category.
"Charge redefines the premium multi-tool with new materials, features and improved functionality," says Ben Rivera, Leatherman's product design manager.
Two versions will be released this summer. Charge Ti features all locking implements, two one-hand-opener knife blades (including a straight-edge clip-point knife of glazed 154 CM stainless steel), titanium handles, interchangeable driver bits, a saw blade and a diamond-coated file. The Charge XTi offers similar features, but adds a nock/shot crimper to the plier jaws plus a cutting hook suitable for seat belts, linoleum or hide.
Titanium handles offer enhanced durability and corrosion resistance as it reduces weight, while the 154 CM blade holds its edge three times better than standard high carbon stainless steel. New bronze bushings reduce friction on the one-hand opening knife blades, so opening is even smoother than before.
Thoughtful details like a removable pocket clip, a quick-release lanyard ring and extra space in the belt sheath for accessories augment the usefulness of the tools.
The two Charge models share other improvements with four additional new multi-tools Leatherman is introducing this year. For example, an elliptical pliers hub design withstands more than double the squeezing load of the previous version. Plus, enhanced geometry and beefed-up hardware where the handles attach to the jaws means the handles will accommodate even extreme loads.
Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. is the inventor and world's leading manufacturer of compact multi-purpose tools. Owned, run and inspired by its founder, Tim Leatherman, the company has sold more than 30 million of its versatile tools since its inception in 1983.