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Custom Leatherman Blades 703

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Custom Leatherman Blades
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:52:42 AM »
So, I was considering picking up a 154CM skeletool blade, but Loki’s recent price increase got me thinking. If I’m gonna pay $30 for a blade, does anyone make replacement Leatherman Blades to order?  I looked for that Texas Tool Crafters place, but they seem to have gone by the wayside.

So, is there anyone out there who can duplicate a plain edge skeletool blade in LC200N, Vanex, or M390?
Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 54,002
Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 04:22:25 AM »
No one that I am aware of does this :dunno: but that doesn't mean that no one does :think: Good luck in the search and let us know if you find someone :salute: :cheers:
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 05:08:58 AM »
Well I am just going to say if someone really does something like that, it's probably going to cost u much more. Small scale production or hobbyist doing this after factoring the time and cost, it's just not feasible or cost efficient.  :salute: buy a CX, sell your skeletool. It will be so much cheaper this way.
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 05:54:29 AM »
I know it won’t be cheap. It’s more of a curiosity thing at this point. If I can get one for $50-$75, that’s reasonable. I’ve had some customs quoted for $150 - &175. That was a larger blade, handles, and much more raw material. $50 - $75 seems about in line.

If I find out I’m dreaming and it’ll cost me $100+, I always have a $27 154CM option to fall back on.
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2018, 08:56:34 AM »
Ask them about outside opening scissors too lol
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »
all I can tell you is that Josh from REK (Razor Edge Knives) in the USA makes and has made blades in special steels (Including VANAX) to fit production knives from different companies with great success  :dunno: :salute:

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Jr. Member Posts: 96
Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2018, 09:10:37 PM »
Thanks, Peace. I’ll check them out.
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2018, 10:20:41 PM »
REK can do it, but they START at $425.  much more than this project is worth to me.  He seemed like a great guy to deal with though - very quick replies.
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018, 10:32:37 PM »
A minimum of 425$ for a skeletool blade?

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Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 54,002
Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2018, 10:58:50 PM »
How many Skeletools both reg and CX can you buy for that  :ahhh :o
Jr. Member Posts: 96
Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2018, 10:59:25 PM »
I was surprised. I was thinking maybe $100 - $125 on the high end. But, that’s simupply and demand. This far, he’s the only be who can make it.
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2018, 12:02:47 AM »
I may have a lead. Is anyone else interested in an M390 Skeletool blade if I can make it happen?  I prefer to keep in the the US, but if anyone overseas wants in, I’ll ship it to you assuming I get payment up front.

He quoted me $50 in materials and heat treat for 1. He’s working up a price on labor for me and will likely get back in a couple days. I would have to assume the $50 in mats/heat treat would drop per item if we can get a few together
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2018, 01:54:45 PM »
If I am not mistaken, heat treat cost is fixed by batches, to a maximum lb limit, so the cost is probably about the same for 1 or 100 blades. I always think, if I won a lottery, I would go to Seki, Japan to order one thousand Charge blades in the Damascus pattern (as on SOG Arcitech knives), and do a year long giveaway here  >:D
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2018, 02:07:55 PM »
I'd be interested in a Charge blade with a FFG grind...

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Jr. Member Posts: 96
Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2018, 06:08:36 PM »
His inflection point with Perer’s Is 20 blades, so I doubt we’ll get any price breaks - maybe $5-$10.

I also doubt he’ll want to do a charge blade since he’ll be working these up front scratch.
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Re: Custom Leatherman Blades
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2018, 01:41:16 PM »
If I am not mistaken, heat treat cost is fixed by batches, to a maximum lb limit, so the cost is probably about the same for 1 or 100 blades. I always think, if I won a lottery, I would go to Seki, Japan to order one thousand Charge blades in the Damascus pattern (as on SOG Arcitech knives), and do a year long giveaway here  >:D

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