I'm hoping that the smaller replaceable cutter plier head holds up to use. I'm thinking that they are waiting to see what kind of failure rate there is before they start putting them in the Wave and Charge tools.
Quote from: turnsouth on April 16, 2012, 02:27:13 PMI'm hoping that the smaller replaceable cutter plier head holds up to use. I'm thinking that they are waiting to see what kind of failure rate there is before they start putting them in the Wave and Charge tools.I was thinking that very same thing. I really hope they hold up, as they're an awesome idea. I may actually hold off and see other's experiences for that very reason.
Since all Leatherman's designs are corporate property the designers don't get credit for what they come up with. Despite the Skeletool being his design and Leatherman continuing to modify it into the Freestyle, Style, CS, PS and MUT, he doesn't get a dime from it. However if he goes to a company like CRKT they attach his name to it and while he may not get the basic salary he did with Leatherman, he does get credit, and he's allowed to shop his design to other manufacturers and possibly arrange for a better deal. Plus, if CRKT decides to do special runs, reissues or small design changes then he gets more credit/money.So, basically Leatherman owns the Skeletool he designed and can do whatever they ike with the concept and he gets nothing. If CRKT released the Skeletool he would have gotten paid for that, then he would have made more for the Freestyle, then more for the Style, then more for the CS, more for the PS and more for the MUT.Not to say that Leatherman's designers get shafted or anything- there is something to be said for a decent, steady paycheck, but Glenn has a day job designing stuff for Crimson Trace and designs knives and tools in his spare time. Since he has a lot of kids (four I think) that's going to be a heck of a college bill and I can see the appeal of being a free agent.Def
Indeed, there are creative folks that forfeit some of their super ideas all in the name of the manila intellectual property agreement they signed as part of their hiring agreement. The current system is designed to protect the big greedy corporation, but I'd like to see it lean the other way for a change