The History of Leatherman Tool Japan～Leatherman's roots are in “Seki”～ LEATHERMAN founded in 1983. Produced in Portland, Oregon, USA, exported to over 100 countries around the world and used by people. In fact, the early LEATHERMAN knife blades were manufactured in Seki city, Gifu prefecture, which is known for producing famous samurai swords (katana). At the time of its founding, Tim Leatherman produced the initial model “PST” in a small factory in Portland. When the number of orders gradually increased and production in-house reached the limit, Tim was at a certain exhibition to show his productions. At that place he met an employee at the New York branch of Mitsuboshi cutlery CO.,LTD. Which is a long-established knife manufacturer in Seki. Triggered by that, as a craftsman, he was obsessed with Japanese manufacturing technology. And in cooperation with Mitsuboshi cutlery, he made a mass production system for Made in Japan products in Seki city. He laid the foundation for today's world brand. They manufactured knife blades in Seki city, Gifu pref,manufactured pliers in Niigata Pref,sharpened files in Hiroshima Pref,made special heat treatment in Nagano Pref,finally, assembled the parts to completion in Seki city, Gifu pref,shipped to Portland. In this way, the initial PST was built with the support of Mitsuboshi cutlery, and the integration of advanced technology from all over Japan. This is a history that even LEATHERMAN core fans are not familiar with. Today, in Portland, they consistently handles everything from design to manufacturing, assembly of parts, and shipment. However, "Seki's craftsmanship" is alive at its roots. From the bond between Tim and Mitsuboshi cutlery, Leatherman Tool Japan Co., Ltd. was established in 1986, three years after the establishment of LEATHERMAN with the investment of Tim himself.
An employee at the New York branch at that time found a prototype of the Pocket Survival Tool (PST) developed by Tim Leatherman at a show. The beginning was we liked it, offered to make it, and commercialized in Japan. This was a smash hit, Leatherman became bigger and bigger, now it has grown to have a large factory in Oregon. And in 1986, a joint venture called Leatherman Tool Japan was established due to the bond between Tim and Mitsuboshi cutlery. There are group companies around the world, but the first is Leatherman Tool Japan.
>Barry RowlandI like spyderco knife too. It's very interesting shapes!When you get angry with me, remember that Japanese model PST is a proof of friendship. (^_－)☆>ChacoThank you very much!Now I say to all people who want to start new thread a joke-like goal, “Let's clear the inspection of Chaco! ” (*￣∇￣*)I am writing second topic about Seki city. Please wait patiently.
Please tell us more about the gold colored MiniTool ?
About GOLD MiniToolAccording to this magazine,Gold color model is one of the variations of MiniTool.According to the LTJ naming, TSS300A Leatherman Tool Mini Silver TSB300A Leatherman Tool Mini Black TSG300A Leatherman Tool Mini Gold
I have one...and I think a few other members have one as well.
BO or "gold" ?It's embarrassing to admit, but after checking my spreadsheet it seems I do own a BO Mini (my excuses are that I'm getting old, my memory is obviously faulty, and I bought it a long time ago )
A BO. I will have to see if I have a gold one...not exactly sure about that...must be an age thing.
Seems like you need a second one. Your mind defaulted to the "two is one and one is none" rule. Been there.
Ok...got 3 stainless, 1 BO, and 1 Camo. No gold one. I had to check this morning.
The next obvious question is: Does anyone have an actual Made-in-Japan LM Mini, and if so how do they tell it apart from all the Made-in-the USA Minis ?And no, swapping in a JPST plier head doesn't count ...