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Worst Leatherman Sheath
on: July 16, 2011, 10:13:32 PM
Think by far the worst ever sheath to accompany any Leatherman tool is this half bucket leather and nylon sheath. Impossible to carry horizontally without putting something large like a mini-MagLite in the side bottom pocket to keep it away from the  gravitational pull.




July 3rd via Leatherman's facebook page
Luckily this Canadian fellow by the name of John Blanchard  came up with a sleeve that can be inserted to hold the tool, naturally giving a divider for a bit card in the back. He's made a few revisions too.


One of John's Tupperware versions



An earlier version


Same earlier version


Quote from: John Blanchard
I cut a black plastic CD case with a pair of metal shears and used a Bic liter to heat the bend points trimmed a little and thats about it


So his unique and simple idea may just save Leatherman's worst sheath yet. Recognize John Blanchard as the original creator of this warranty-friendly sheath modification.
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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011, 10:20:41 PM
Another fellow came along to revise John's idea on July 6th, 2011 - Bryan Larsgaard:


Tools and materials needed to make a sheath slide.


• Remove the cover from the DVD case
• Measure and draw lines
• Cut out the slide
• Heat & bend the plastic w/ the ruler as a straight edge
• Trim small amounts as necessary, to fit better in the sheath
• Use and enjoy


Pics of a sheath slide. 2/2

• For the Wave/ Charge: Side=3/4 (20mm), back=1 1/2" (40mm), leanth 3 1/2" (90mm)
• For the Surge/ Supertool 300/ MUT: side=3/4"(20mm), back=
1 5/8"(42mm), leanth=4"(102mm)
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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #2 on: July 16, 2011, 10:39:30 PM
Looks good ....thanks for putting it up...:)


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011, 12:45:02 AM
Very clever innovation there. I bet it makes that sheath 10 times better. I too have the sheath with my TTi, not overly impressed with it I must say. Perhaps I shall attempt this quality mod. Thanks for showing.


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011, 02:36:11 AM
I must be a weirdo for sure I love that sheath. I use it all the time with my ST300.  :tu:


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011, 03:36:10 AM
I must be a weirdo for sure I love that sheath. I use it all the time with my ST300.  :tu:

I like it too!  Use it for carry a Surge everyday at work.  Have the thing packed with two bit cards, the extra saw blade, and a bit extender. Seems like a pretty durable sheath to me.


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011, 08:36:39 AM
I hope that Juli sees this.  I have always had respect for Leatherman sheaths.  The newer Blast, Fuse, Kick leather sheaths were a bit of a downgrade, but they were at least serviceable.  This new sheath that is pictured in this thread made me be embarrassed to own over forty Leathermans.  It may be the biggest mistake that they have made as a company.  IMHO, they need to find a better replacement fast.  Am I wrong? 


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011, 10:42:48 AM
Sorry guys,I like this sheath too!Admititly I wear mine in the verticle,but it takes my Bladeless fuse,bitdriver,minitool(either a Clutch or a crossgrip)a mini sharpie,and a AA flashlight!
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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #8 on: July 17, 2011, 02:34:26 PM
If anyone has an all nylon, or all leather one and want's to trade up (or down, depending how you look at it :D) for a new one of these, just PM me. :tu:
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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #9 on: July 17, 2011, 02:40:46 PM
I hope that Juli sees this.  I have always had respect for Leatherman sheaths.  The newer Blast, Fuse, Kick leather sheaths were a bit of a downgrade, but they were at least serviceable.  This new sheath that is pictured in this thread made me be embarrassed to own over forty Leathermans.  It may be the biggest mistake that they have made as a company.  IMHO, they need to find a better replacement fast.  Am I wrong?

Juli and Leatherman already know that the "majority" of users aren't happy with this sheath (she was the one who brought it up on FB).

That being said, I would not be embarrassed to wear it, it is a very striking and handsome design. Just not very secure, IMO.
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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #10 on: July 17, 2011, 11:59:22 PM
Juli knows of this sleeve design......and I've already E-mailed Leatherman about it......


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #11 on: July 18, 2011, 01:08:19 AM
Juli knows of this sleeve design......and I've already E-mailed Leatherman about it......

Putting up that facebook page was a very smart move by Leatherman. 


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #12 on: July 18, 2011, 03:15:58 AM
Nice idea.

But I have to say that that whole sheath setup is a big thumbs down. I havent been on this forum for a couple of months, and there was nothing but bad reviews from people who have been using that sheath since it first came out.

Dont get me wrong here. I give you guys a big thumbs up for figuring something out to fix a problem that Leatherman didnt catch.

But really? All these years of innovation and they are keeping a product out on the market that most people from a multitool forum cant get along with?

That dont make no sense.


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #13 on: July 18, 2011, 03:16:58 AM
I started with a black plastic design then I went to a Tupperware plastic I find it more durable then the black plastic as it has a bit of give without it cracking and if you work in the colder climates it wont become hard........I'm glad you guys like the design ... as Xelkos says it wont mess with the warranty so if it keeps a good looking sheath from just being good looking and bring it to being good working then it was worth doing

Thanx Xelkos

for posting my design here


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #14 on: July 18, 2011, 03:24:08 AM
I started with a black plastic design then I went to a Tupperware plastic I find it more durable then the black plastic as it has a bit of give without it cracking and if you work in the colder climates it wont become hard........I'm glad you guys like the design ... as Xelkos says it wont mess with the warranty so if it keeps a good looking sheath from just being good looking and bring it to being good working then it was worth doing

Thanx Xelkos

for posting my design here


Its a good thing Leatherman owners are smart enough to fix others mistakes .......lol


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #15 on: July 18, 2011, 03:38:35 AM
It's not so much that part that bothers me but more so the fact that I'm afraid to lose the flashlight and bit extenders I have in those side pieces.


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #16 on: July 18, 2011, 04:12:58 AM
It's not so much that part that bothers me but more so the fact that I'm afraid to lose the flashlight and bit extenders I have in those side pieces.

I'm not sure about the flashlight but for the bit extender you could try a plastic tube similar to the ones that are for used for flower stems they are called ...(Floral Stem Water Vials) some of them have little teeth along the side to grip the flower arranging foam....and with those teeth they would hold into place on the sheath elastic tube area....just a thought...:)


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #17 on: July 18, 2011, 04:26:39 AM
I usually throw them over my left shoulder and put my Multi in a mag. pouch . singles for around town , doubles for outdoors .

The one point of light in the sheathing area are the Molle and MUT sheaths .

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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #18 on: July 18, 2011, 05:00:12 AM
I started with a black plastic design then I went to a Tupperware plastic I find it more durable then the black plastic as it has a bit of give without it cracking and if you work in the colder climates it wont become hard........I'm glad you guys like the design ... as Xelkos says it wont mess with the warranty so if it keeps a good looking sheath from just being good looking and bring it to being good working then it was worth doing

Thanx Xelkos

for posting my design here

Just one Leatherman mate looking out for another.
Thanks for figuring out something so simple to fix the worst made sheath. :2tu:





PS: Am also Xelkos & Jackaroo Jim on Facebook
Xelkos was my original till it got blocked, the latter happened thereafter. Somewhere along the line facebook unblocked Xelkos and by then everyone knew by the latter.
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« Last Edit: July 18, 2011, 05:02:43 AM by Xelkos »
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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #19 on: July 20, 2011, 09:51:29 AM
One of these came with my Surge and IMO it isn't too bad. My Surge is completely immobile, absolutely no chance of falling out. The side pockets even hold a AAA Mag Lite and a LM Micra too. My only problem is some of the stitching on the nylon is fraying already.


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #20 on: July 20, 2011, 10:18:32 AM
One of these came with my Surge and IMO it isn't too bad. My Surge is completely immobile, absolutely no chance of falling out. The side pockets even hold a AAA Mag Lite and a LM Micra too. My only problem is some of the stitching on the nylon is fraying already.

Seems like you Surge is a nice fit in the sheath, good job on the Mag and Micra in the side pockets. I wish they had bottoms so the tools in those pockets don't fall out.


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Re: Worst Leatherman Sheath
Reply #21 on: July 21, 2011, 04:41:22 AM
One of these came with my Surge and IMO it isn't too bad. My Surge is completely immobile, absolutely no chance of falling out. The side pockets even hold a AAA Mag Lite and a LM Micra too. My only problem is some of the stitching on the nylon is fraying already.

Seems like you Surge is a nice fit in the sheath, good job on the Mag and Micra in the side pockets. I wish they had bottoms so the tools in those pockets don't fall out.

I sewed the bottom on one pocket for more of a tighter exit hole for my first attempt in carrying a bit extender, yet ended up using a pocket clip to hold it onto the pocket.

Don't take a lot to sew the end if you just want a pocket with a bottom. You could also add a snap for the top, or sew a flap on for a velcro closure too.
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