Available at: leatherman.ca, Mountain Equipment Co-operative, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and many other outlets
Cost: $114.95 stainless steel
All it required was a road trip in a foreign state in a car that kept breaking down to help make a tool which has altered the size of our car tool kit. The pocket knife the motorist was fumbling with just did not have enough tools. Out of frustration, he created the concept of a Boy Scout knife. It took a couple of years and prototypes, but in 1980, the first Leatherman, named after the mechanical engineer who created the multitool, was patented. Fast-forward to now and Leatherman is synonymous with the word “multitool.” And Timothy S. Leatherman remains chairman of his Oregon-based firm.
The Leatherman Wave has 17 tools that are excellent for road trips and roadside fixes on the vehicle. It features sharp blades and knives, clean, yet sharp scissors and double-headed micro and large screwdrivers for fixing everything from sunglasses to ski racks. The flip-out pliers would be the best feature of all.
As with all Leatherman tools, it fits in a pocket well, or even better, chain it to the glovebox so you will find it when you want it. A wonderful safety feature for the children is it requires an engineer to determine how to release those sharp blades.
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