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The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club. 242338

Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2850 on: July 22, 2021, 12:28:51 AM »
I have a wave+, and love it.  Three questions.

1. Is there a way to make holding it more comfortable?  If I'm carving something for more than a few minutes the edges dig into my hand and make it uncomfortable to use.  Is there a workaround for this?
2. Is there a way to make the blade lock stronger? After a year of (ab)use my main blade has a bit of a wobble in it now.
3. Is there a good way to carry one extra bit?  I have a glass breaker bit from a skeletool XR coming, and I'm trying to figure out how to carry it.

THanks!

(So far I reground the main blade, added tweezers, and magnetized the tiny screwdriver for an improvised compass.)


First off, welcome to  :MTO:  :cheers:

To answer your questions :think:

1 If you wrap it with leather while in use wpuld be one way to make it more comfortable in use but that might not be to portable or to convenient  :dunno:

2 not aure anyone has done anything to make the lock stronger or hold better :think: if it is to bad then you might have to send it in for warranty  :think: but it may not be bad enough for warranty work :dunno:

3 we have had a member or 2 that have 3D printer bit holders and used adhesives and/or epoxy to attach them to the frame of the Wave :salute:

You might also go to the Mod Squad sub forum and search around for things you can do to your Wave :salute: Good luck with whatever you end up doing :tu:and also if you do, do anything, we like pics :pok: :D

:nanadance:           :nanadance:
Sr. Member Posts: 463
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2851 on: July 28, 2021, 04:39:31 AM »
Wingman with straight edge blade….and a small serrated blade “just because”.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2852 on: July 28, 2021, 12:28:45 PM »
Great mod :tu: I have had something like that on my list for a long while :like:
No Life Club Posts: 1,178 Queen's Venturer
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2853 on: July 31, 2021, 06:29:36 AM »
I'm sure putting Rebar awls in Waves is old hat by now, but I've been meaning to do this for quite awhile. I replaced the flat driver, which I don't ever use.

(Image removed from quote.)

Zoomed in, and with the sharpness and levels turned up to 11, you can see the washer I added to keep the awl from scraping along the side.

(Image removed from quote.)

If the nylon washer ever gives up, I can always replace it with something else. It's what I had that fit.
I might not regularly carry the Wave, but I still fiddle with it from time to time.


Scalpel and awl! With the bronzed stainless steel on that #4 scalpel holder, my Wave is looking a bit steampunk these days.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2854 on: July 31, 2021, 04:21:26 PM »
I have wanted to add one of those blade exchangers to something since they came out but have just never bought one :ahhh

Looks great, Jothra :like:
Jr. Member Posts: 76
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2855 on: August 14, 2021, 03:54:35 AM »
Well folks, after much research, waiting, and money down the drain here is my first modded Leatherman! I call it the KickStart. I love the frame size of the leatherman Kick, but was not a fan of the toolset. Thanks in a large part to this forum I now have a tool that is about 95% the perfect tool for me. On the agenda for this tool in the future:

1. Tap for a Free series pocket clip as the Kick clips are unobtanium.

2. Find someway to put a diamond file in place of the eyeglass screwdriver. The space between the head and the handle is enough for the Kick knife but the Blast and Wave file I have tried are both too thick due to the way the file teeth potrude outwards. An Idea I am currently toying with is to buy one of these "credit card" diamond knife sharpeners I see on Amazon and attempt to grind it to fit. That is quite a ways down the road though.

Anyhow, enjoy the eye candy!

https://imgur.com/a/2ivUODa

« Last Edit: August 14, 2021, 05:50:43 AM by 4.19.93Waco »
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2856 on: August 14, 2021, 04:02:40 AM »
Very nice mod and an awesome pic to go with it :o :drool: :like: :like:

I added the pic in the post for you as well :salute:
Jr. Member Posts: 76
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2857 on: August 14, 2021, 04:35:59 AM »
Thanks Poncho! I wasn't sure how to put a pic in, as I wanted it at a higher resolution so I didn't want to use the attachments portion. I had a lot of fun putting the pic together, I figured I'm probably not going to use these parts in another tool, might as well use em in a photo! Another thing I'm looking to get done is to have my name, contact info, and the Multitool.org logo laser engraved on it.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2858 on: August 14, 2021, 08:04:11 PM »
No problem  :hatsoff:

If you aren't going to use the pieces that are left over what are you going to do with them? :ahhh :ahhh I might could use them :whistle: :D

Also, that sounds cool to have stuff lasered on it :o :like: :like:
Jr. Member Posts: 76
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2859 on: August 15, 2021, 01:19:55 AM »
I have no clue what I will do with the spare parts, I can’t imagine I will ever use them in future mods so I might be interested in offloading some of them  :think:. I think I’ll keep them for a little bit as I want to put a “how to mod Leathermans” article on Ifixit. After I finish taking the photos for that I’d be interested in selling some parts. Funny story, I actually took apart a black & silver Wave+ for this project as that was the cheapest Wave+ I had seen on eBay in a while that had the BO tools I needed.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2860 on: August 15, 2021, 09:52:49 AM »
Oh wow :o a black and silver Wave + for parts :ahhh So if you decide to part with anything, then I can have dibs :whistle: ;) :D
Newbie Posts: 8
Re: Wave+ questions
« Reply #2861 on: August 17, 2021, 07:52:36 PM »
I have a wave+, and love it.  Three questions.

1. Is there a way to make holding it more comfortable?  If I'm carving something for more than a few minutes the edges dig into my hand and make it uncomfortable to use.  Is there a workaround for this?
2. Is there a way to make the blade lock stronger? After a year of (ab)use my main blade has a bit of a wobble in it now.
3. Is there a good way to carry one extra bit?  I have a glass breaker bit from a skeletool XR coming, and I'm trying to figure out how to carry it.

I found a partial solution for problem 1, holding it hurts my hand.  The problem comes down to two parts.  First, the serrated blade sticks up a lot vs. the rest of the case.  When I use the straight blade that stabs into my palm and hurts.  My fix for this is a small 3D printed scale that's held on with CA glue. (Picture attached.)   It still fits in the OE Wave+ sheath with this modification

The second, smaller, pain point was where my fingers wrap around the other side of the handle.  The edge of the blade guard hurt.  For this, tapping it with a hammer to bend the case together a small amount made a huge difference.  I measured it before and after and the change was only like 0.2mm, but the improvement is huge.

Future work:  I still want a way to carry that Skeletool XR bit with me, and I have a possible solution now.  If I make the backside scale a little thicker I can leave a hollow in it to hold the bit.  That's a future project.  Also I wish I hadn't printed it in blue. :/
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2862 on: August 17, 2021, 10:04:37 PM »
Nice solution to a problem you had :tu: :like:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,297
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2863 on: August 18, 2021, 12:16:59 AM »
Good job.  :tu:

I seem to recall someone else making something similar that held bits.....  :think:

EDIT: This may be what I was thinking of: https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,73762.msg1564765.html#msg1564765
I'm sure someone made one that holds a bit though.  :dunno:
« Last Edit: August 18, 2021, 12:43:48 AM by Syncop8r »

Newbie Posts: 8
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2864 on: August 20, 2021, 02:03:15 AM »
I seem to recall someone else making something similar that held bits.....  :think:

I made one today.  IDK if I like it yet though.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2865 on: August 20, 2021, 02:33:17 AM »
Very cool 8) :like: Let us know whether you end up liking it or not :salute: :tu:

 :popcorn:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,297
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2866 on: August 20, 2021, 03:52:32 AM »
I seem to recall someone else making something similar that held bits....
Perhaps it was the MUT's bit holder I was imagining.  :think:

No Life Club Posts: 1,466
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2867 on: August 21, 2021, 12:15:29 PM »
No Life Club Posts: 3,993
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2868 on: August 21, 2021, 12:42:08 PM »
Hey all,

Long time no post...

Surprise gift packing duties on a city trip to Amsterdam required forthwith deployment of the ST300VX' scissors  :multi:

Edit: not that I'm carrying it around here - the local law frowns upon carrying lockable blades. It's stashed in the travel toolkit for just this kind of contingencies 😉
« Last Edit: August 21, 2021, 12:56:35 PM by Dutch_Tooler »

Cheers!
Dutch_Tooler

Location: Southern Germany, most of the time
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,297
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2869 on: August 21, 2021, 01:51:50 PM »
This one?

https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,72408.msg1495196.html#msg1495196

No, I was initially thinking it was on something like an ST300 by Dutch_Tooler or metroplicity BUT it was that mod you did that made me realize that it must have been the MUT's bit holder that I was imagining, not a mod.
If that makes sense.  :think:

No Life Club Posts: 3,993
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2870 on: August 21, 2021, 03:26:46 PM »
No, I was initially thinking it was on something like an ST300 by Dutch_Tooler or metroplicity BUT it was that mod you did that made me realize that it must have been the MUT's bit holder that I was imagining, not a mod.
If that makes sense.  :think:
No bit-carrier scales on my ST300VX yet but I should've thought of that  :whistle:

Cheers!
Dutch_Tooler

Location: Southern Germany, most of the time
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2871 on: August 21, 2021, 06:38:13 PM »
Great to see you DT :woohoo: Always great to see pics of your mods :dd: :like:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,297
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2872 on: August 21, 2021, 10:58:41 PM »
No bit-carrier scales on my ST300VX yet but I should've thought of that  :whistle:
Yeah, I was giving you far too much credit.  :pok:

Good to see you. :cheers:

No Life Club Posts: 3,993
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2873 on: August 21, 2021, 11:23:25 PM »
 :cheers:

Thanks - I'm not very active these days but keep lurking  8)

On the bit holders in scales, giving some serious thought, that would not be easy, there isn't a lot of space with the ST300 in pliers mode. Unless... something with space in the width direction? 3D printed to clamp around the handle(s)?  :think:

Cheers!
Dutch_Tooler

Location: Southern Germany, most of the time
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2874 on: August 31, 2021, 11:43:52 PM »
My Charge knife :cheers:



Jr. Member Posts: 76
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2875 on: September 01, 2021, 01:24:38 AM »
Very slick Poncho! I’ve been thinking of making a Wave knife but I need some extra pivots. I sacrificed them to my KickStart lol. It’s actually really nice now, I used the Wave’s anti rotation washers so my KickStart no longer has the tool sticking issue of other Kicks.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2876 on: September 01, 2021, 03:40:14 AM »
Thanks Waco :hatsoff: glad to hear you fixed the problems on your Kickstart :tu: :like: and I hope you are able to make a Wave knife :tu: :like:
No Life Club Posts: 3,993
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2877 on: September 01, 2021, 06:22:24 PM »
 :cheers:

Cheers!
Dutch_Tooler

Location: Southern Germany, most of the time
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,950
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2878 on: September 01, 2021, 08:19:31 PM »
:dd: :drool: :like:
No Life Club Posts: 3,993
Re: The Hacked Leatherman Owners Club.
« Reply #2879 on: September 02, 2021, 08:20:44 AM »
 :hatsoff:

Thanks - they still make a great pair :D

I'm running into the slight problem that my EDC rotation is getting too large...  :think: :dunno:

Cheers!
Dutch_Tooler

Location: Southern Germany, most of the time

 

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