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1984 PST(?) 319

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1984 PST(?)
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:54:41 PM »
Purchased this older PST from a member here on the Forum who no longer seems to be active.  Here was the sales thread from the time of purchase:
https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,32683.msg536468.html#msg536468

It turned up in a pawn shop in Portland, Oregon, back in about 2005.  The previous owner said it had been shown to Tim Leatherman, and Tim said that it was produced around 1984 (early production not long after the 1983 Early Winters and Cabelas' orders).

Anyway, I've had it for almost nine years now and still enjoy owning it.   But I've always thought that the workmanship on it seemed a little crude.  The butt-ends of the plier jaws that are inside the handle seem a little bit irregularly ground, and there are even a couple of grinding marks on the edges of the jaws themselves.   I suppose the marks on the jaws could have come from some post-factory damage, but the rest of the tools seems almost unused.  Was just curious to see of others here who own very early PSTs had seem similar sorts of fabrication characteristics on their early tools?  I know that Tim's production facilities in the early days was nothing like what they have now and the tools were assembled and fit together one at a time.

I'll post a bunch of pics of this particular PST below for you to examine and respond to.

« Last Edit: January 30, 2020, 09:15:04 PM by The Copilot »
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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2020, 08:57:52 PM »
Sweet!  :like: :cheers:
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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2020, 09:07:21 PM »
 I still have the PMs that I exchanged with the seller at the time of purchase, and just re-read them and found this additional info that he sent me about how the tool ended up back in Tim Leatherman's hands for an examination:

"I used to work with someone who was pursuing a post grad degree. This was a couple 2-3 years ago. Part of his thesis or whatever was to interview a couple local business leader success stories. One was that lady (Gert?) from Columbia sportswear. Another was Tim. This friend knew my familiarity so I was aware of his project and knew about the interview. I kinda suggested he take the tool with him as a point of conversation. I was told later that it was very helpful as Tim is at heart a hands on engineer... And he proceeded to open the tool, examine it in silence then relate some of the information we already know as to its age. He thought 1984 or so. Anyway, he really enjoyed seeing it and it added color to the interview. I had not requested a signature because i just wanted the tool as it was..plus i'm just not into that sort of thing (for the most part). The tool was originally found during a visit to the Oregon Coast in Lincoln City. At a pawn shop (cheap i'm sure). I was struck by the lack of date stamp or registration marks."

"Just that when he examined it he had this sort of routine where he opened up all the tools then layed it on the table in front of him to kind of "take it in". Seemed kind of peculiar for someone you'd expect to already be intimate with it. At least he didn't start to stroke it or anything. I might have sold it right away:) my friend thought it odd as well but hey, whatever works."
« Last Edit: January 30, 2020, 09:13:04 PM by The Copilot »
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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2020, 09:10:12 PM »
Great history with it also. Makes it even more interesting!  :cheers:
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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2020, 12:46:30 AM »
Wow... thank you very much for sharing the pictures and story Copilot  :salute:

I'm enjoying the old style Leathermans the most  :multi:

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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2020, 02:39:40 AM »
Me too! 

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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2020, 02:42:05 AM »
Great pics of a great tool and great story to go with it :tu: :like:
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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2020, 05:07:50 PM »
I remember Accujohn and this PST.


"Just that when he examined it he had this sort of routine where he opened up all the tools then layed it on the table in front of him to kind of "take it in". Seemed kind of peculiar for someone you'd expect to already be intimate with it. At least he didn't start to stroke it or anything. I might have sold it right away:) my friend thought it odd as well but hey, whatever works."

I dont find Mr Leathermans behavior peculiar. Being an early PST I'm sure it brought back a flood of memories from the start of Leatherman Tool. He was probably reminiscing about the good ol days.     :D

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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2020, 07:18:47 PM »
I remember Accujohn and this PST.

I dont find Mr Leathermans behavior peculiar. Being an early PST I'm sure it brought back a flood of memories from the start of Leatherman Tool. He was probably reminiscing about the good ol days.     :D

 :iagree: I have been fortunate to have met him twice now and you get a big smile out of him if you bring an old tool for him to look at :tu: He told me his sons first job for the company was to put the snap rings on the  :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh !!!MINI!!! :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh and he got very tired of it and had very sore fingers :rofl: That was the story after I had brought him one of mine to sign :like:
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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2020, 08:25:12 PM »
Great story Poncho  :rofl: :like:

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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2020, 08:17:19 PM »
I love these stories , thanks guys  :hatsoff: :tu:

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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2020, 01:52:42 AM »
Very interesting stories, thank you Copilot and Poncho.
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Re: 1984 PST(?)
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2020, 01:55:04 AM »
You're right Erin!

Barry

 

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