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Combination Awl/Can Opener 634

Newbie Posts: 6
Combination Awl/Can Opener
« on: March 16, 2021, 11:33:52 PM »
Hi All,
First time poster and first time LM mod'er! I'd like to free up some space in my Signal by converting a can opener to a combo awl/can opener. I've seen some pictures of similar mods, but can't find much detailed information on which openers work best for this. I'd guess that a longer/straighter opener will work better (as far as the awl goes anyway) than a short/boomerang shaped opener. I'd like to prioritize the awl's function over the can opener's since I will use that 100x more than the opener. Goals are to include drilling in wood and thin sheet metal, along with sewing rubber or leather.

I sketched out what I'm thinking of on this Wingman opener (I think?): re-profile the blade and add an edge to the front, drill a whole, and possibly move the hook in order to lengthen the awl. I'm hoping you guys have some thoughts on the best opener to start with. Also, if anyone has tried this with good/bad results, please let me know.

Also, great forum. You all seem super nice, super excited, and super nerdy...my kind of crowd.
Newbie Posts: 6
Re: Combination Awl/Can Opener
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2021, 12:20:57 AM »
Can anyone tell me if the PST/PST II can opener will fit in my Signal? Based on the shape, this looks like it might be a good candidate for a combo tool.
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Re: Combination Awl/Can Opener
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2021, 01:18:40 PM »
Hi All,
First time poster and first time LM mod'er! I'd like to free up some space in my Signal by converting a can opener to a combo awl/can opener. I've seen some pictures of similar mods, but can't find much detailed information on which openers work best for this. I'd guess that a longer/straighter opener will work better (as far as the awl goes anyway) than a short/boomerang shaped opener. I'd like to prioritize the awl's function over the can opener's since I will use that 100x more than the opener. Goals are to include drilling in wood and thin sheet metal, along with sewing rubber or leather.

I sketched out what I'm thinking of on this Wingman opener (I think?): re-profile the blade and add an edge to the front, drill a whole, and possibly move the hook in order to lengthen the awl. I'm hoping you guys have some thoughts on the best opener to start with. Also, if anyone has tried this with good/bad results, please let me know.

Also, great forum. You all seem super nice, super excited, and super nerdy...my kind of crowd.

Welcome aboard, ilikepinkcrayons!

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Pretty cool idea. If/when you do it, remember:

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One tip: drill the awl hole before you start to reprofile the tool. It will lessen the chances of breaking it or having it out of center with the finished tool.

Awlso, make a trial run with the awl/opener before you move the hook. If it's not working the way you want, adjust it bit by bit, not awl at once.

Let us know how it progresses.

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Re: Combination Awl/Can Opener
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2021, 01:58:18 PM »
Welcome!

I think it's a cool idea to begin with, especially if you don't find yourself opening many cans. 

I hate to be THAT guy, but I am wondering, Of all the Leathermans out there, why do you want to do this on the Signal?  It already has a bottle opener that works really well on the carabiner clip and you don't even have to deploy a tool to use it.  And on the Signal, next to the can opener, is an existing Awl.  It seems like both functions of the new tool already exist. 

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Newbie Posts: 35
Re: Combination Awl/Can Opener
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2021, 02:46:13 PM »
That's a good idea. But I think that when you straighten the blade to make it an awl you need to make more hook-like shape on the other end, otherwise it will slip of the edge of the can. Something like this

Newbie Posts: 6
Re: Combination Awl/Can Opener
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2021, 03:26:46 PM »



...I hate to be THAT guy, but I am wondering, Of all the Leathermans out there, why do you want to do this on the Signal?...


Great feedback, guys! I went on ebay to find some parts, and Shopbekizo sent me a few extra openers to practice on. What a nice guy! I hope he's a member here and sees this thread.

King_G, if this works well, I'd like to replace the existing awl with a shorty serrated blade. I used to have a Juice Xe6 which had two blades, and I loved having one that's crazy sharp and another for general abuse (boxes, rope, etc.). I would then consider swapping out the combo blade for a plain s30v.

This is not an important enough mod to sacrifice the awl (VERY handy, awl the time!) or the can opener (handy while backpacking, assuming I have cans), especially since I awlready have a combo blade, but it would be nice to protect that plain edge as much as possible.

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Sr. Member Posts: 371
Re: Combination Awl/Can Opener
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2021, 10:17:58 AM »


King_G, if this works well, I'd like to replace the existing awl with a shorty serrated blade. I used to have a Juice Xe6 which had two blades, and I loved having one that's crazy sharp and another for general abuse (boxes, rope, etc.). I would then consider swapping out the combo blade for a plain s30v.

This is not an important enough mod to sacrifice the awl (VERY handy, awl the time!) or the can opener (handy while backpacking, assuming I have cans), especially since I awlready have a combo blade, but it would be nice to protect that plain edge as much as possible.


Ah, I see. 
That makes sense.  I love the design of the blade and awl fitting into the same slot space in the signal.  Although I personally wouldn't want to make those changes to my signal, I have had similar thoughts.  I love the idea of a wave or charge being designed with a small serrated blade similar to the awl on the signal (just like you described).   I love having separate PE and serrated blades on my tools but I use the serrated one far less often and feel like that design could be a good way to open up a spot for another big outside accessible tool. 


Full Member Posts: 176
Re: Combination Awl/Can Opener
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2021, 03:55:42 PM »
How is this going?

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