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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1290 on: April 13, 2023, 12:07:44 PM
// PST Finishes

“Most have seen a Stainless Steel and Black Oxide finish on a Pocket Survival Tool. 

The 24k Gold Plated version was produced for the 10th Anniversary of Leatherman Tool Group, limited to 200 pieces. 

There is however a lesser known Diamond Like Coating (DLC) finish which was first developed to meet U.S. Armed Forces standards for wear resistance in black tools issued.  Seen here, third from the left, is a 0696 PST as issued to the United States Marine Corps.”

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I think Steve has what could be considered the DLC finish and I have one that has one BO handle and one DLC :think:

Great pic :drool: and congratsbl on getting those :salute: :woohoo: :like: :like:

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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1291 on: April 13, 2023, 01:51:37 PM
// PST Finishes

“Most have seen a Stainless Steel and Black Oxide finish on a Pocket Survival Tool. 

The 24k Gold Plated version was produced for the 10th Anniversary of Leatherman Tool Group, limited to 200 pieces. 

There is however a lesser known Diamond Like Coating (DLC) finish which was first developed to meet U.S. Armed Forces standards for wear resistance in black tools issued.  Seen here, third from the left, is a 0696 PST as issued to the United States Marine Corps.”

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The one I have has date codes of 0696 and 0397






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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1292 on: April 13, 2023, 02:31:10 PM
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1293 on: April 13, 2023, 02:57:48 PM
Always great to see that one, Steve :tu: :like:


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1294 on: April 13, 2023, 03:43:11 PM
I love it!  There’s always more to discover. 


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1295 on: April 13, 2023, 05:23:29 PM
 :iagree: It's amazing the variations
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1296 on: April 14, 2023, 03:25:16 AM
Here’s another one from the collection here that I’ve only seen in catalog photos like the last picture below.

This PST has the original font LEATHERMAN U.S.A. etched into the blade and an original style sheath with larger brass button.

Also pictured, an early set of instructions which stated a 30-day money back guarantee.

Per Tim, “I’d forgotten we offered the 30-day money back guarantee.  I don’t remember anyone taking us up on it.”







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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1297 on: April 14, 2023, 03:39:22 AM
It's hard to imagine just how revolutionary that tool was in those days.
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1298 on: April 14, 2023, 03:46:54 AM
I agree.  It was leaps and bounds above the competition.  A whole new product category and I love honoring the innovation of it.  Tim was a true maverick and any married man can truly respect Chau’s contribution as well.  What a team.


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Reply #1299 on: April 14, 2023, 04:23:09 AM
Exactly!  She stood with him through thick and thin.  They're a great team!
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1300 on: April 14, 2023, 12:12:34 PM
 :iagree: and more great pics, Legend :salute: :like: :like:


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1301 on: April 15, 2023, 01:20:10 PM
// PST Finishes

“Most have seen a Stainless Steel and Black Oxide finish on a Pocket Survival Tool. 


There is however a lesser known Diamond Like Coating (DLC) finish which was first developed to meet U.S. Armed Forces standards for wear resistance in black tools issued.  Seen here, third from the left, is a 0696 PST as issued to the United States Marine Corps.”

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Yes, The DLC PSTs seem to be rather rare.  Thanks for the extra info about them. I often wondered why they were made when LM already made BO ones.  I have one stamped 0997/0198. 
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1302 on: April 15, 2023, 03:18:50 PM
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Yes, The DLC PSTs seem to be rather rare.  Thanks for the extra info about them. I often wondered why they were made when LM already made BO ones.  I have one stamped 0997/0198.
Can you share some side by side photos?


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1303 on: April 16, 2023, 01:46:35 PM
Here’s another one from the collection here that I’ve only seen in catalog photos like the last picture below.

This PST has the original font LEATHERMAN U.S.A. etched into the blade and an original style sheath with larger brass button.

Also pictured, an early set of instructions which stated a 30-day money back guarantee.

Per Tim, “I’d forgotten we offered the 30-day money back guarantee.  I don’t remember anyone taking us up on it.”

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The star of your collection !  :dd:


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1304 on: April 16, 2023, 03:30:49 PM
Definitely.


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1305 on: May 09, 2023, 03:39:13 PM
Man just caught up on some amazing contributions to this fabulous thread.

So many great PSTs  :hatsoff:
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1306 on: May 09, 2023, 05:40:04 PM
 :iagree: :woohoo:

We also need PST number 1 in here since Andreas has it :ahhh


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1307 on: July 06, 2023, 02:08:26 AM
Can someone check all these for me??



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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1308 on: July 06, 2023, 03:32:02 AM
I think they go in most categories :whistle: :D

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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1309 on: July 07, 2023, 01:06:44 AM
Can someone check all these for me??

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Send them all to me and I'll check them all thoroughly   :tu:


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1310 on: July 07, 2023, 01:12:38 AM
Send them all to me and I'll check them all thoroughly   :tu:


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1311 on: July 07, 2023, 07:14:12 AM
Send them all to me and I'll check them all thoroughly   :tu:

Damm beat me to it Steve

Looks like there are some classic oldies in there - Nice


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1312 on: July 07, 2023, 03:23:28 PM
Damm beat me to it Steve

Looks like there are some classic oldies in there - Nice
Thanks Huntsman.


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1313 on: July 07, 2023, 07:52:18 PM
LEGEND. 

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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1314 on: July 08, 2023, 01:31:55 PM
 :iagree: :drool:
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1315 on: August 01, 2023, 06:03:36 PM
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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1316 on: November 10, 2023, 02:46:16 PM
When I bought my Leatherman Pocket Survival tool no one knew who Leatherman was.

I had happened to read about the Pocket Survival Tool in one of the Knife magazines I subscribed to and i was in our local Montgomery Wards store one day in the sporting goods section and they had one Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool sitting on a shelf in a case and it was closed so nobody recognized what it was, but I did and I bought it on the spot.

I carried it for years before I met anyone else who had one.

"The earliest Leatherman PSTs are stamped US PAT
4238862 and LEATHERMAN TOOL on one arm, and
POCKET SURVIVAL TOOL on the other. They have a
rather primitive drop point blade, pliers with a
square profile near the pivot, an awl with ragged
mill marks, and a can opener bevel that faces out.
Early PSTs lack the small lanyard ring that is included
on every later version."

Here is a source with quite a lot of information on the PST.

https://smartknives.com/Leatherman-Multi-Tools/PST.htm

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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1317 on: November 10, 2023, 02:55:47 PM
Here are 4 more pictures of my Vintage PST

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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1318 on: November 10, 2023, 03:21:18 PM
When I bought my Leatherman Pocket Survival tool no one knew who Leatherman was.

I had happened to read about the Pocket Survival Tool in one of the Knife magazines I subscribed to and i was in our local Montgomery Wards store one day in the sporting goods section and they had one Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool sitting on a shelf in a case and it was closed so nobody recognized what it was, but I did and I bought it on the spot.

I carried it for years before I met anyone else who had one.

"The earliest Leatherman PSTs are stamped US PAT
4238862 and LEATHERMAN TOOL on one arm, and
POCKET SURVIVAL TOOL on the other. They have a
rather primitive drop point blade, pliers with a
square profile near the pivot, an awl with ragged
mill marks, and a can opener bevel that faces out.
Early PSTs lack the small lanyard ring that is included
on every later version."

Here is a source with quite a lot of information on the PST.

https://smartknives.com/Leatherman-Multi-Tools/PST.htm

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That’s a beauty.  So cool to hear your story and that you bought yours new at the store!


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Re: Leatherman PST chronology project
Reply #1319 on: November 10, 2023, 04:05:07 PM
That’s a beauty.  So cool to hear your story and that you bought yours new at the store!

Thank you Legend! :cheers:

I can remember how I felt the day I bought it like it was yesterday. :)



 

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