For those who do not know what is a Leatherman multi tool, the simplest way to put it is to say it’s a pair of folding plyers with swiss knife features, only better. It’s intended to carry around (EDC), so for me it’s fantastic product because I’m either repairing or creating stuff wherever I go.
About 10 years ago, a specific set of events took place and I was able to buy a Leatherman Kick, which I always wanted, but never could afford. Up to that point, I was carrying cheap tools all around that used to broke down or got damaged on a yearly basis. And now, since my trusty Kick has served me for almost ten years, I decided to replace it with a new model, Super tool 300, but fix some worn bits on the old one so I can give it to my lady.
After contacting my local distributor to see about the replacement parts, I was stunned when they told me that under the Leatherman warranty (which is 25 years, btw), I will get a brand new Wingman model in replacement, which was totally unexpected.
This thing had been used for almost ten years, knife was sharpen more times I can remember, it was used like a hammer, pry bar… it was indestructible. It did get worn out eventually, but still far from being useless.
Here they are, Letherman Wingman and bigger Leatherman Super Tool 300.
As you can see, Supertool has everyting a bit larger, and while Wingmann is easier to carry and should be enough for most of the people that do not use it on daily basis, but want to have it in their EDC kit.
Smaller version was enough even for me and I consider myself a heavy user (somebody who uses the tool a few times a week).
Something I coudn’t find while searching for the information online was the thickness of the two of them, so here it is. Supertool 300 is 21 mm thick, and wingman is 18 mm thick (screws included) + 2 mm belt klip.
Lethermans internal knife always worked for me so there was never need to carry an extra knife.
It’s made out of stainless stell and it has really nice finish for a tool.
The new thing for me are exchangeable cutters.
So I decided to test the new model and its features, because some of them were new to me, like the saw and the file. While resting on vacation, I found a dead fallen branch on a beach.
The saw worked like a charm and the extra lenght helped – I woudn’t suggest building a wooden house with it because it is still kinda small, but hey, if it was the only tool, I don’t see a reason why not give it a try. If Tom Hanks had it, his life on the island would be much simpler.
After some sawing I started carving piece of wood with a knife.
Damn, I got an idea while scraping the wood. I used this needle tool (?) thing to carve the eyes on the figure and it worked perfectly.
After I gone all wood carver crazy, why not file the edges? The file wasn’t so good for wood, as expected, because of the small teeth, but after much persuasion it did its job.
Since the little guy was little too long, it was shortened and the leftover piece was transformed in the accessory piece for the sculpture. Since I was at the beach, the only thing I could use for circle reference was a sunscreen bottle cap.
The next step was drilling the leftover part with the knife, while checking regularly for the roundness with the sunscreen cap.
Now after all that work I decided to protect it little bit with a transparent boat lacquer. Only the best for the little fella!
So protecting job has gone out of hand as well, because I spent next five days putting more than 6 layers of lacquer, so I could get glass like finish.
We found a perfect thing to fill the well – the glass pebbles, but that required some searching among the gravel on the beach. Some toddlers saw me as competition and immediately started searching for who knows what
So here it is, it’s not perfectly carved or painted, but it is cute. So, if you want to support our project it is for sale. You can contact us via contact section.
A detail of the well filled with glass pebbles.
A few details.
Don’t know really when this thread became a build log, so to get it back on track here is the little guy posing with the Leatherman.