By now you've no doubt heard that Leatherman will be producing a special run of commemorative tools in celebration of the company's 25th year in business. Anniversary tools have always been a big thing at Leatherman; for their 10th it was an exclusive batch of 24-carat gold-plated PST's, and for their 20th it was two versions of a special black highlighted original Wave.
This year the company will be producing a limited run of New Waves with a unique finish and logo, as well as a shelf queen run of Charge TTi's. As befitting the 25th "silver" anniversary, these Charges will be outfitted with sterling silver handle scales produced by Argentinean silversmith, Adrian Pallarols.
Leatherman had a few samples of each available for previewing at the Shot Show. As I mentioned in the thread Leatherman Silversmith
, the silver scale work done by Adrian Pallarols is simply spectacular. Not only are the details and floral patterns themselves quite attractive, but the silver itself gives the tools their own unique lustre. Taken out on the overbright flourescent-lit Shot Show floor, our photographs do not begin to do these works of art justice.
According to Leatherman, the Silver Anniversary Charges will be limited to 999 pieces, each one with its own serial number. Availability is expected to be sometime in early May, price will be about $500 US.
We got a look at one in its own fancy display box, with certificate of authenticity:
For the multitool lover who doesn't want to keep his new tool in a safe deposit box, Leatherman is also producing a limited run of Anniversary Waves. (Apparently 50,000 pieces is considered "limited" in this industry!) These Waves are quite fetching in their own right, overshadowed only by the pricey silver Charges. Each one is clad in a special set of handles stamped with the 25 YEARS logo and Tim Leatherman's signature. Then the handles, pivots, plier jaws, and lock releases are given a high lustre polish. Even the inside opening blades and drivers, normally a matte finish, are polished to a tee. The entire tool positively glows.
A special sheath is included, but there is no word yet on what accessory bits might come with either tool. The Anniversary Wave is also expected to be available in May.
Dang, I gotta wait three months before I can do this