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Leatherman has announced their latest Garage Series product, the aptly named 40th Anniversary multi-tool.
Described as their most advanced multi-tool, the Leatherman 40th Anniversary Tool is built on their FREE technology platform and is built with a number of premium features.
As with the other Garage Series special edition tools that came before it, the new Leatherman 40th Anniversary multi-tool will only be available in limited quantities.
Leatherman’s Garage series is a sort of experimental platform, with limited edition tools that feature new materials or design innovations.
The brand says that this Batch #005 tool “pushes the boundaries of what is possible in a multi-tool with innovations that will no doubt be seen in future Leatherman products.”
To start off, the Leatherman 40th Anniversary multi-tool features a premium MagnaCut steel blade, which is an industry first for multi-tools.
MagnaCut has emerged as a premium and high-performing stainless steel alloy for EDC (everyday) folding knives.
Regarded as the best all-around steel for everyday carry knives, MagnaCut is first-class in terms of durability, edge retention, and corrosion resistance.
This isn’t just the same typical Leatherman knife blade but made from MagnaCut steel. It’s thicker than their usual blades, by around 20%, has a new thumb stud, and features a Cerakote finish.
All of the tools and features are one-hand operable, thanks to Leatherman’s FREE system pivot design.
Like the Leatherman FREE line of multi-tools, all of the tools and functions – except the pliers – are accessible from the outside of the tool.
I bought a Leatherman FREE multi-tool some time ago, and it’s indeed a fantastic multi-tool platform. In real-world use, it can be awkward to deploy some of the smaller tools with just one hand, but as effortless as can be with two.
Opening the handles deploys the pliers, which features a spring-action mechanism and replaceable wire cutting blades.
The removable pocket clip has also been given a Cerakote finish.
Here’s a full list of the 40th Anniversary Tool’s features:
- MagnaCut straight knife blade
- Spring-action needle nose and regular pliers
- Replaceable wire and hard-wire cutters
- Electrical Crimper
- Spring-action scissors
- Package opener
- Can opener
- Bottle opener
- Wood/metal file
- Diamond-coated file
- Edge file
- Screwdriver bit drivers – small and large
- Small bit driver
- Extra-small screwdriver
- Pry tool
- Impact surface
Specs and Materials
|Leatherman 40th Anniversary Tool|
|Blade Length||2.781 in|
|Open Length||6.46 in|
|Closed Length||4.25 in|
|Overall Thickness||0.826 in|
The tool comes with #1-2 and 3/16″ screwdriver bits.
Price and Availability
ETA: July 5th, 2023
COO: Made in the USA
Note: The 40th Anniversary Tool will appear at the Leatherman Garage page after it launches.
Leatherman Garage Details
Name: 40th Anniversary Tool
Garage Series 005
Launch Date and Time: 7/5/2023 at 9am PST
Announced Quantity: 1983 units
Even if you’re not a fan of Leatherman’s Garage series, or how the limited editions sell out very quickly, the 40th Anniversary tool paints a very exciting picture of Leatherman’s future.
I’m loving the look of the white Cerakote-finished handles and the contrast of the Cerakote-finished MagnaCut knife blade and belt clip.
The Leatherman FREE multi-tools are excellent, and I would expect no different from this one.
I bought two Leatherman Garage series tools so far – the Darkside and the Parts. The Darkside is okay, but I didn’t like the Parts and ultimately returned it to Leatherman for a refund.
If Leatherman’s 40th Anniversary multi-tool is as good as the FREE, it’ll surely be a top performer.
The latest Garage tool is undoubtedly going to cost a premium, like the four other special limited editions that came before it. We’ll find out the price when it launches next week.