When Leatherman goes luxury

In my most recent "Equipped" article, I highlighted some of the most expensive, high-end outdoor gear on the market. (Check it out here.) There's one area that I didn't touch on, however: luxury multi-tools.

I'm a big fan of Leatherman. This small company, based in Oregon, is owned by its founder (Tim Leatherman—now you know where the name comes from), and manufactures all of its products on-site in its own factory. Great story by itself, especially in this era of overseas manufacturing. Their web site features a fun history of the company, which pioneered the entire concept of the multi-tool in the early 1980s.

Leatherman's most popular model is the Wave ($85, pictured right). An excellent multi-tool. I definitely recommend. Now they've upped the ante considerably to produce a series of high-end luxury edition models.

Damascus Wave
First up is the Damascus Wave ($500). The big feature is the Damascus steel used in the two blades (serrated and straight edge). Challenging and time-intensive to produce, Damascus steel is renowned for its strength and sharpness. You can read all about it on Wikipedia, but suffice it to say that this is some fancy, high-end stuff. And its layered appearance definitely looks cool.

Leatherman produced only 1,000 of these, each individually etched with its unique number. It also comes with a premium leather case and gift box. In terms of the tools included, they are the same as the regular Wave: knife, serrated knife, needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, wire stripper, medium screwdriver, large bit driver, small bit driver, scissors, wood/metal file, diamond-coated file, saw, bottle opener, can opener, 8 inch/19 cm ruler, and
included bits (Phillips and Flat Tip Bit, Eyeglasses Screwdriver Bit, Phillips #1-2 and Screwdriver 3/16” Bit)

Leatherman Argentum Collection
And you thought the Damascus Wave was expensive. According to the web site, "renowned Argentine silversmith adds his imprimatour of luxury to the tradition of Leatherman quality and innovation with the Argentum Collection." Seven different models are available, each exquisitely detailed in silver or gold, each more astonishing than the next. From the most basic model, the Squirt Lagrima de Luna ($240) to the Charge Espejo ($900) on up to the champion: Charge del Rey ($40,000, left). That's not a typo.

The Charge del Rey features 18K gold in the finely detailed handles, the Leatherman 25th Anniversary crest, and Tim Leatherman's signature. Only 25 will be produced. Better act now!

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.