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The Oldest Wave? 2981

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
The Oldest Wave?
« on: November 16, 2020, 09:43:21 PM »
Just a bit of fun...

Today I repaired and cleaned up an old OG Wave identical to the first ever proper multitool I bought years and years ago. I adored that one... right up until it got snapped in two by a fat smurf. And like that one, this is also a circa '99, more specifically February '99 (both codes, both handles), so it's pretty old.

My question is though, who's got the oldest Wave?

Post a pic here, and to whomever has the oldest Wave, I'll send out a festive Fuzzy Bag!

Here's mine:





Slight confession... I may have fitted a few bronze washers here and there...


Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 50,412
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2020, 09:54:14 PM »
You got me beat cuz    :D    0699


Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2020, 10:28:40 PM »
Notice the lovely thin consistent blade grinds on both the old '99s... Just saying.  :whistle:

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,957 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2020, 10:42:54 PM »
'99 was a good year. :cheers:
I'm a '99 myself.

Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

All hail the hook!
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2020, 10:45:29 PM »
'99 was indeed a great year... Not least because, somewhere out there, a Pablo popped out.  :tu:

Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 62,533
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2020, 11:31:17 PM »
Nice Waves :dd: :like:

I will check mine but I believe it is a 02 :think: :shrug:

99 is the year I graduated High School, which makes Pabs a wee baby :D

And me getting old :facepalm: :ahhh
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 62,533
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2020, 11:37:09 PM »
Mine :cheers: An 0502b :tu: also a nice grind on the blade  ;)

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2020, 11:40:11 PM »
Indeed!  :cheers:

Jr. Member Posts: 72
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2020, 12:47:46 AM »
0502 and 0504 here. The old waves have a nice sound open/closing.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 62,533
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2020, 01:31:40 AM »
Nice :dd: and yes, they have a very nice closing sound :like:
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 62,533
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2020, 01:31:53 AM »
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 23,285
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2020, 06:23:00 AM »
Nice idea for a thread.  I'll have to check tomorrow. 

Esse Quam Videri
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,300
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2020, 08:53:19 AM »
I've got two millenniums. Love these original Waves. They set the benchmark for all MTs. I recon LM could re-release as a heritage.

Education is a journey that starts when you realize that knowing a little about something opens the door to the universe.
No Life Club Posts: 1,415
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2020, 09:37:29 AM »
'02 and '04 for me.

I'm with Max on this, they are fantastic Leatherman's. The only Leatherman with a "snap"  :D

Pics of my unused '02 with bit adaptor.

Pete
No Life Club Posts: 2,224
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2020, 11:52:15 AM »
0698  :whistle: and its still in pristine condition
No Life Club Posts: 4,665 Apparently it is possible to have too many tools;)
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2020, 11:59:09 AM »
I only have one older one in my group of three:  0699/0799, 0501/0501, 0501A/0302A

Does anyone know what the significance is of the "A" suffix on the (presumably) youngest one ?

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Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 62,533
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2020, 12:22:15 PM »
Great pics Max, pieter and Sam :cheers: :like:

I only have one older one in my group of three:  0699/0799, 0501/0501, 0501A/0302A

Does anyone know what the significance is of the "A" suffix on the (presumably) youngest one ?

I have b on mine, it has been discussed before but I can't remember if anyone ever came to a conclusion about the letters :think: :shrug:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2020, 04:31:11 PM »
0698  :whistle: and its still in pristine condition

 :o

Oh, you are a smart arse!  :D

Might have a winner here!  :cheers: We'll keep this going for a bit longer, it quite good fun.  :2tu:

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2020, 04:47:40 PM »
0502 and 0504 here. The old waves have a nice sound open/closing.

'02 and '04 for me.

I'm with Max on this, they are fantastic Leatherman's. The only Leatherman with a "snap"  :D

Pics of my unused '02 with bit adaptor.

Pete

Well... not necessarily.  :whistle:

Only the second wave of Waves have the retro fitted riveted spring that creates that very distinctive and very satisfying snap. The older ones don't have any of that, but they're simplicity is their beauty... or so I like to think.  :D

There's quite a few subtle differences between the older and the newer OG Waves that I can see:

- Rivited retention spring as mentioned, along with the corresponding casting on the plier head
- Jimping on the serrated blade
- later ones sometimes have smooth bolsters rather than the pitted texture ones
- Tool in place of USA on the plier head
- Scooped rather than square cut-outs for the saw and file nail nicks

Anymore?  :think:

I'll try and post some pics later to help explain what I'm waffling on about, but the light is shíte... as Sean Connery would've said. RIP
« Last Edit: November 17, 2020, 04:58:49 PM by Fuzzbucket »

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2020, 04:56:31 PM »
I only have one older one in my group of three:  0699/0799, 0501/0501, 0501A/0302A

Does anyone know what the significance is of the "A" suffix on the (presumably) youngest one ?

Well, I did hear that the suffixes only start appearing in 2003, but you've kinda put a spanner in the works with that theory.  :facepalm:

No Life Club Posts: 2,224
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2020, 05:00:23 PM »
:o

Oh, you are a smart arse!  :D

Might have a winner here!  :cheers: We'll keep this going for a bit longer, it quite good fun.  :2tu:

😂 The rules say you can only call someone smart arse once per day.

I actually almost sold it off at one time until I realise that it's a birth year wave I believe.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2020, 05:04:35 PM »
😂 The rules say you can only call someone smart arse once per day.

I actually almost sold it off at one time until I realise that it's a birth year wave I believe.

Well... I'm making an exception for you.  :cheers:

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2020, 05:11:47 PM »
In appreciation of the Wave...

 I think the OG Wave, along of course with the PST, for me anyway are hands down the two most important plier based multitools ever. They are the Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back of the multitoolverse.

Edit: I wonder what would be Critters:think:
« Last Edit: November 17, 2020, 05:17:40 PM by Fuzzbucket »

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,828
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2020, 08:25:02 PM »
Should not have looked into this thread... Should not have looked into this thread...  :ahhh

Very nice these original Waves. Much more streamlined than the new generation  :like:

'02 and '04 for me.

I'm with Max on this, they are fantastic Leatherman's. The only Leatherman with a "snap" :D

Pics of my unused '02 with bit adaptor.

Pete

Sooo.... what about the Rebar?   :pok:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2020, 09:07:07 PM »
I just spotted a typo their not they're... I'm such an a-hole.  :facepalm:

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,683
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2020, 09:08:49 PM »
Should not have looked into this thread... Should not have looked into this thread...  :ahhh

Very nice these original Waves. Much more streamlined than the new generation  :like:

Sooo.... what about the Rebar?   :pok:

Anyway... The old Waves, well some of them, had quite a lovely well pronounced snap.

No Life Club Posts: 1,243
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2020, 09:11:48 PM »
0698  :whistle: and its still in pristine condition

Yeah, a likely winner there!  :salute:

No OG Wave here, but a '99 graduation as well. Seems like the day before yesterday, but more than two decades in actuality. Crazy, huh?  :think:
New User Posts: 1
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2020, 02:34:48 AM »
I have an 0501 in pristine condition. Is that still in 1st gen or second? I love mine blade was scary sharp out of the box! I’ve been thinking of modding; I never use the serrated blade and would prefer a metal saw; would love a multi bit.
No Life Club Posts: 2,224
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2020, 03:06:46 AM »
Yeah, a likely winner there!  :salute:

No OG Wave here, but a '99 graduation as well. Seems like the day before yesterday, but more than two decades in actuality. Crazy, huh?  :think:

 :like: should I start celebrating now.  :D
No Life Club Posts: 2,224
Re: The Oldest Wave?
« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2020, 03:13:18 AM »
Well... not necessarily.  :whistle:

Only the second wave of Waves have the retro fitted riveted spring that creates that very distinctive and very satisfying snap. The older ones don't have any of that, but they're simplicity is their beauty... or so I like to think.  :D

There's quite a few subtle differences between the older and the newer OG Waves that I can see:

- Rivited retention spring as mentioned, along with the corresponding casting on the plier head
- Jimping on the serrated blade
- later ones sometimes have smooth bolsters rather than the pitted texture ones
- Tool in place of USA on the plier head
- Scooped rather than square cut-outs for the saw and file nail nicks

Anymore?  :think:

I'll try and post some pics later to help explain what I'm waffling on about, but the light is shíte... as Sean Connery would've said. RIP

The spring retention was a very nice move on the OG wave. The older ones can get very floppy due to wear. I do prefer the spring ones just because of this.

 

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