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3 Vintage French MultiTools 7382

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,723 The MTO handshake.
3 Vintage French MultiTools
« on: June 05, 2010, 10:50:04 AM »
I now own 3 vintage French MT's. The 2 Seaboard Steel's are from the 50's-60's & I am not sure about the Le Depanneur but I reckon it is a similar age to the 2 Seaboards  :think:.

The Le Depanneur in a Seaboard Steel sandwich.

Thanks to Bob's spotting & US Ebay I recently became the happy owner of a vintage Le Depanneur slip jointed plier MT made by Kita(going by what is stamped on the tool).
The Le Depanneur, besides being old & made in France, is a bit unusual in that it is a MT with adjustable slip jointed pliers.The only other slip jointed plier MT I can think of is the Schrade ST5E :think:.




Quite a small MT.


The combined awl , bottle opener & ? wirer striper tool scores a thumb stud but the blade gets a nail nick  :think: :D.








Not sure how strong the tool is , I would be a bit nervous bearing down hard on a large nut. The metal seems a bit thin  :think:

The SeaBoard Steel MT with shifter wrench is a whole lot nicer than the cheap & nasty versions you can get now days.

It shares what looks like a sailing inspired awl, combined file/screw driver/cap lifter & a slightly smaller blade when compared to its more conventional brother.The wrench MT scores a Phillips head screw driver over the other Seaboard tool.


The 2nd Seaboard Steel MT is a more conventional MT sharing a format that seemed to be quite popular for the time





My 2 SeaBoards came with their original leather sheaths  8) 8) :D.


The pliers of the time share a simple but effective spring & handle catch system.

Seaboard Steel at top , Hubeo(German) middle & Hoffritz(German)bottom.


Plier catch Hoffritz at top, Seaboard Steel middle & Hubeo bottom.


Interesting how 2 different nationalities & 3 separate manufactures can be so similar  :think: :D
Hubeo at top, SeaBoard Steel middle & Hoffritz at the bottom.   


I am fairly sure these tools all come from the 50's-60's amazing that it took Tim Leatherman another 25 odd years to come up with the PST  :o.

Now I could really go a latter Le Depanneur model like Bob's  :drool: :gimme: :D



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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,240 buh
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 11:55:19 AM »
 :drool: i love the older tools  8) your becoming the new bob :P

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Multitool.org Main Site Manager Zombie Apprentice Posts: 15,317
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 02:52:31 PM »
He's got a way to go yet :D

Nice haul there Mat :tu:

That your total haul for French MTs?  which country you moving on to next :P

I'm not taking any more mod orders at present, sorry.
Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2010, 06:31:10 PM »
I still really like that design of MT :)

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Ambidangerous Mistress of Mod Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 15,072 I'm not all bad, I'm just drawn that way.
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2010, 08:27:31 PM »
They are fantastic, really classic looking  :tu:

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Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010, 08:45:44 PM »
Nice collection there Mat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 23,276
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2010, 03:58:02 PM »
Ah good, you got the Le Depanneur in Mat!! :cheers:  I'm not thinking there were very many of those made, as they don't come along very often. :) Congrats! :tu: Quite the oddball don't you think? I'm wondering if those narrow plier jaws canted at an angle like that were designed for something specific? Like a special bicycle tool or something? :think:

For sure no one can accuse them of knocking off someone else's design! :D

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Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2010, 05:44:33 PM »

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Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2010, 04:02:09 PM »
the spyderench/Byrdrench has the same head as that seaboard if thats what you mean by 'slipjoint'

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Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2010, 04:04:43 PM »
love them all, and yes a thumb stud on a awl is a bit odd  :think:  still all cool looking  :tu:
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,152 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2010, 04:34:00 PM »
Could that actually be a knob to pivot on as a can opener?  :think:

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,407 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2010, 10:15:15 PM »
Nice haul Mat!  Good to have another member in the Depanneur Club!









Great design for a tool- I'd love to see a modern day version of it!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Sr. Member Posts: 295
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2010, 10:34:25 PM »


Great design for a tool- I'd love to see a modern day version of it!

Def

care to let me borrow it? >:D

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Multitool.org Main Site Manager Zombie Apprentice Posts: 15,317
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2010, 12:35:08 AM »

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Great design for a tool- I'd love to see a modern day version of it!

Def

Layout wise it reminds me of the Wichard .

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smurf me backwards, have you seen the price!  No way are they worth that  :ahhh

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Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2010, 01:18:41 AM »
Could that actually be a knob to pivot on as a can opener?  :think:

I agree with you Mr Whippy...that's part of the can opener arrangement.
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,407 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2010, 05:53:44 AM »


Great design for a tool- I'd love to see a modern day version of it!

Def

care to let me borrow it? >:D

Let me know if you are serious and I'll pack it up.  Mine is in mint condition, as if it rolled off the assembly line yesterday.

Neil- if I'm not mistaken, I think Witchard purchased the design and continued to manufacture it, later on with plastic handle scales.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Sr. Member Posts: 295
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2010, 06:02:05 AM »


Great design for a tool- I'd love to see a modern day version of it!

Def

care to let me borrow it? >:D

Let me know if you are serious and I'll pack it up.  Mine is in mint condition, as if it rolled off the assembly line yesterday.

Neil- if I'm not mistaken, I think Witchard purchased the design and continued to manufacture it, later on with plastic handle scales.

Def

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Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2010, 03:39:48 PM »
Funny that the Le Dep web page is still up, after all these years: :)

http://www.nat.fr/coutellerie/depanner.htm



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Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2016, 11:06:00 PM »
Thread Zombie:

I recently received my Le Depanneur and noticed something others seem to have not; a large flat head driver on the end of the slip joint pliers, where it is tapered for the clasp.
Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 37,920
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2016, 11:59:07 AM »
Saw one of these recently in a close out sale but it was still way out of my price range.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,850
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2016, 07:57:00 PM »
Good score there PD!

What? Enablers! Are you serrrrious? Where? I dont see any.
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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,407 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: 3 Vintage French MultiTools
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2016, 01:02:32 PM »
Nice to see another member in the Depanneur club!

I always suspected that the handle on mine was meant to act as a screwdriver but it isn't nearly as defined as yours is.  That is a very cool variant!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.

 

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