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Closed leatherman springs open 326

New User Posts: 2
Closed leatherman springs open
« on: October 25, 2020, 12:14:19 AM »
My closed up leatherman wave is springy and stays just a bit open when resting. When I press together to close it, like it always used to rest closed, it pops slightly open as you can see in the picture. Any advice on what to do to fix this? I have no idea how this happened but it doesn't seem right.
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 48,653
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2020, 12:27:47 AM »
Welcome to the forum Matt, that is strange. I just looked at my OG Wave and I can't see how it could spring open like that.    :dunno:
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,275
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2020, 03:35:48 AM »
Welcome to :MTO: and I don't know how it could spring open either :think: :shrug:
No Life Club Posts: 1,368
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2020, 04:47:57 AM »
G'Day Matt

Welcome to MT.O

Check if there is something stuck inside. If not, possibly a bent or broken metal tab inside the handles. There are a tab in each handle close to the pliers side that keeps the blades closed when the pliers is open.

Cheers, Pete
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 48,653
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2020, 12:51:49 PM »
G'Day Matt

Welcome to MT.O

Check if there is something stuck inside. If not, possibly a bent or broken metal tab inside the handles. There are a tab in each handle close to the pliers side that keeps the blades closed when the pliers is open.

Cheers, Pete


There are no tabs on the Original Wave
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 48,653
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2020, 04:12:31 PM »
Does it spring open on it's own or when you pick it up by one handle ? If it's the latter it might need the plier pivots tightened a bit.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,260 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2020, 10:53:20 PM »
 :iagree:

A little Leatherman information.

Leatherman series articles
No Life Club Posts: 1,368
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2020, 11:32:43 PM »
Interesting.

The Gen 1 Wave I have has a tab in each of the handles with a small rivet that attaches it to the handle. I think it is the second version of the pliers. I broke one a few years ago when I opened a blade when the pliers was open. It was with Leatherman Oz for a while until they could find a matching handle from a warranty repair.

Pete
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,500
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2020, 11:33:47 PM »

There are no tabs on the Original Wave

The later OG Waves have a separate piece of metal or spring that acts against the pliers, could that be the problem?

Edit: Pietervn beat me to it.  :salute:

Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 48,653
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2020, 12:27:41 AM »
Pete is I think talking about the Wave with locks that keep the blade from opening when in plier mode. I don't believe the OG Wave ever had that feature but I could be wrong.    :dunno:
No Life Club Posts: 1,368
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2020, 12:34:21 AM »
Here is what I am talking about. Gen 1 Wave, date code 0402

Pete
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 48,653
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2020, 12:52:31 AM »
I see, I didn't realize there were two version of the original wave.   :tu:

Thanks for the clarification   :cheers:
New User Posts: 2
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #12 on: Today at 01:14:46 AM »
Thanks for the help everyone...what an amazing resource!

The tab seems to be the problem. Looks like one side broke off. Very strange...no idea how or when this happened as I use it a time or two a week. Here is the pic. Will they warranty this? I am the original owner, bought in 2003 or so.

I am new to uploading images and only see the IMG tags so I uploaded it to my blog - http://mattdabbs.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/10/IMG_9780.jpg
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,260 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Closed leatherman springs open
« Reply #13 on: Today at 04:03:14 AM »
That is interesting. Yes, it is still inside of their 25 years waranty. They will probably replace it with another model unless you mark it as sentimental. Give Leatherman a call.

A little Leatherman information.

Leatherman series articles

 

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