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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #780 on: October 28, 2023, 07:44:23 PM
 
Great carry today Gareth.    :like:

:iagree: :dd: :drool: :like:

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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #781 on: October 28, 2023, 09:05:18 PM
Gareth- good combo, pairing a BOND and a Classic!

I do like the Yellow, is a bold look for the little carry.
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #782 on: October 29, 2023, 02:45:39 AM
Cheers all.  :hatsoff:
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #783 on: January 03, 2024, 02:15:38 PM
 I Finally installed a saw on my Bond. I have to be a bit careful when closing it up, the pliers want to land on top of the saw a bit, but if I close that side first it works smoothly. I’d like it to be less janky but this is the best I could come up with without drastically changing the rest of the toolset.

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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #784 on: January 03, 2024, 03:47:12 PM
Very nice that you got it to go on the same side as the knife blade :o adds a whole other dimension to the tool now :salute: :like:


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #785 on: January 03, 2024, 04:34:53 PM
Very nice that you got it to go on the same side as the knife blade :o adds a whole other dimension to the tool now :salute: :like:
Thanks, it was nearly the last place I tried and just happened to work  :woohoo:
 There’s actually just enough room for the saw to share that little ramp that the blade rests on to keep it from hitting the bottom of the handle well, so that was lucky.

Now I’m thinking about swapping the the pliers out for ones on the Rebar  :think:


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #786 on: January 03, 2024, 05:52:02 PM
Got the pliers in!
I think I’ve finally got what I wanted; a more pocket friendly Rebar  :drink:

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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #787 on: January 03, 2024, 06:54:39 PM
Nice job! 😎

I am surprised you did not replace the file as well?  I believe LM missed the boat on the BOND by not using the WAVE diamond file within the design.

I purchased a Surge blade pack (10$)and carry the diamond file in the pancake sheath to round out my tool needs in my day pack.

Also, surprised you have not added a pocket clip, that hole in the handle upsets my OCD  that the tool is incomplete. 😁😉
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #788 on: January 03, 2024, 07:14:39 PM
Nice job! 😎

I am surprised you did not replace the file as well?  I believe LM missed the boat on the BOND by not using the WAVE diamond file within the design.

I purchased a Surge blade pack (10$)and carry the diamond file in the pancake sheath to round out my tool needs in my day pack.

Also, surprised you have not added a pocket clip, that hole in the handle upsets my OCD  that the tool is incomplete. 😁😉
If I had a donor diamond file on hand I’d certainly add it! I like the one on the Wave, and probably use the diamond file more than the aggressive side. I’ll likely pick one up sooner or later.

I’ve thought about adding a pocket clip, but I also like how sleek the Bond is already and since I carry it loose in my back pocket I really don’t need it. Still, I might order one before summer since a clip might be better for shorts carry.

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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #789 on: January 03, 2024, 07:32:16 PM
Besides the WAVE, I understand the PST II and Pulse models were fitted with the diamond style file.

I know my Pulse does, never owned a PSTII YET.
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #790 on: January 03, 2024, 09:41:15 PM
Great modding trichosirius!   :like:

Your picture reminded me I hadn’t posted a picture of my bond in this thread.



I wouldn’t say I have a love hate relationship with the bond. I just can’t seem to bond with the Bond. Early on, I thought that I could just change it to what I like. It first started off with swapping the blade for a serrated one from a Rebar. I am a clutz when I get in a hurry and slicing the web of my hand didn’t seem like a good idea. After that I filed the little nubs in the handle that would dig into my hand while operating the pliers. I tried swapping a charge bit driver in for the the #2 Philips bit. It works, but the pliers bind when closing. I used it like this for six months or so before I got fed up with it and threw it in the corner of my toolbox in the garage. A few months back I came upon a post in the Bond thread on BladeForums. In the post a member added the saw from a rebar and removed the lanyard ring on the clip side. So, I got out the wrenches and went to work. While I swapped back in the #2 Philips and saw, I also swapped the pliers from a Rebar. If I hadn’t already had the donor parts from a Rebar, I wouldn’t have gone to the effort to do this. I still prefer the PST to the Bond, even after the mods.

Quick note on the Rebar saw swap. The Rebar saw will sit proud of the handle when closed. I took a file and slowly took off material until it was flush with the handle. When it was to where I wanted it, I took some 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the spline of the saw. After that was done, I disassembled and cleaned out the filings from the clip side and reassembled.

Sorry for the long winded post.


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #791 on: January 03, 2024, 11:25:47 PM
Quite excellent mod work by both of you :drool: :salute: :like: :like:


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #792 on: January 04, 2024, 01:36:51 AM
Great modding trichosirius!   :like:

Your picture reminded me I hadn’t posted a picture of my bond in this thread.



I wouldn’t say I have a love hate relationship with the bond. I just can’t seem to bond with the Bond. Early on, I thought that I could just change it to what I like. It first started off with swapping the blade for a serrated one from a Rebar. I am a clutz when I get in a hurry and slicing the web of my hand didn’t seem like a good idea. After that I filed the little nubs in the handle that would dig into my hand while operating the pliers. I tried swapping a charge bit driver in for the the #2 Philips bit. It works, but the pliers bind when closing. I used it like this for six months or so before I got fed up with it and threw it in the corner of my toolbox in the garage. A few months back I came upon a post in the Bond thread on BladeForums. In the post a member added the saw from a rebar and removed the lanyard ring on the clip side. So, I got out the wrenches and went to work. While I swapped back in the #2 Philips and saw, I also swapped the pliers from a Rebar. If I hadn’t already had the donor parts from a Rebar, I wouldn’t have gone to the effort to do this. I still prefer the PST to the Bond, even after the mods.

Quick note on the Rebar saw swap. The Rebar saw will sit proud of the handle when closed. I took a file and slowly took off material until it was flush with the handle. When it was to where I wanted it, I took some 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the spline of the saw. After that was done, I disassembled and cleaned out the filings from the clip side and reassembled.

Sorry for the long winded post.

Looks awesome :tu:

I know what you mean about the file; while I really like the Bond, that thing can be a nuisance when using and opening and closing the tool. While I can avoid it, it can be a bit irritating since I’m so nitpicky with my tools.

I think I too would prefer the PST.  I got the Bond precisely because I was in the market for a PST but couldn’t find a decent affordable one at the time, and the Bond was close enough.
To me the smaller the package the better, and the original just seems perfect the way it is.



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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #793 on: January 04, 2024, 01:37:52 AM
Quite excellent mod work by both of you :drool: :salute: :like: :like:
Thanks Poncho  :hatsoff:


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #794 on: January 05, 2024, 07:08:36 PM
Quite excellent mod work by both of you :drool: :salute: :like: :like:

Agreed.  Great job folks.  :hatsoff:
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #795 on: January 05, 2024, 08:55:24 PM
Agreed.  Great job folks.  :hatsoff:
Thanks Gareth, that means a lot coming from the guy who’s  “how-to” guide for SAK mods got me started down this path  :salute:


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #796 on: February 19, 2024, 11:50:47 AM
 :So what’s the consensus on the Bond then, is it worth getting?
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #797 on: February 19, 2024, 01:51:14 PM
:So what’s the consensus on the Bond then, is it worth getting?
Depends on your needs and previous MT likes and dislikes.
 I am a ST300 and Rebar fan.

I wanted a simple pocket carry and bought the Bond, and then later added a pocket clip.  It is incomplete w/o the clip, the screw holes drove me mad.

But, the Bond caused me to look for something smaller and since it is pattern after the PST, I found one on eBay, and it was my home run tool!   The first tool Tim L made is my go to, I now have multiple PSTs, some say obsessive 😁
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #798 on: February 19, 2024, 01:57:47 PM
Hi LC, thanks, I get what you’re saying. I am looking for something along the lines of a Bond but perhaps I’m better searching for a PST.
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #799 on: February 19, 2024, 11:56:31 PM
The Bond is a great tool :cheers: It depends on what you are wanting  :think: it does have the Square shank Phillips that can be used with the Bit Adapter, which makes it much more useful :woohoo: the plier head is also a bit better but form factor wise, the PST or PST II is hard to beat :salute: the toolset of either isn't to bad either  :D


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #800 on: February 20, 2024, 07:44:37 AM
 
The Bond is a great tool :cheers: It depends on what you are wanting  :think: it does have the Square shank Phillips that can be used with the Bit Adapter, which makes it much more useful :woohoo: the plier head is also a bit better but form factor wise, the PST or PST II is hard to beat :salute: the toolset of either isn't to bad either  :D
I gave in and now have one on the way, plus bit adaptor and clip  :surrender:  :D :D I’ll probably carry it with anything from a Rambler to a Huntsman so plenty of options. I’m really looking forward to this and more when I get it  :tu:
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #801 on: February 20, 2024, 04:19:50 PM
 :woohoo: can't wait to hear your thoughts on it  :tu: :like:

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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #802 on: February 20, 2024, 04:31:09 PM
 :like: :hatsoff:Wise choice for accessories!

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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #803 on: February 20, 2024, 04:56:29 PM
Thanks I’ll be sure to give my thoughts. Should be with me tomorrow hopefully  :multi:
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #804 on: February 22, 2024, 10:01:54 AM
 


It looks like there has been a change to the knife blade shape, I also note that the knife blade is held into its handle by noticeable tension with the slip joint tab (arrowed). I quite like it and I’m sure it will grow on me :multi:
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #805 on: February 22, 2024, 04:04:08 PM
Those are two big changes. My blade handle is dated 0521.

 
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I wonder when LM changed the blade? 

It does look familiar, but can not put my finger where I have seen it.   

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Reply #806 on: February 22, 2024, 04:12:41 PM
Those are two big changes. My blade handle is dated 0521.

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I wonder when LM changed the blade? 

It does look familiar, but can not put my finger where I have seen it.   

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Yes, quite a difference! My handles are dated 08 23 and 09 23.
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #807 on: February 22, 2024, 10:40:26 PM
     I just noticed something with the picture of the new updated  Bond. Did they do away with the square hole for the blade to rest on?


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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #808 on: February 23, 2024, 01:45:29 AM
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It looks like there has been a change to the knife blade shape, I also note that the knife blade is held into its handle by noticeable tension with the slip joint tab (arrowed). I quite like it and I’m sure it will grow on me :multi:

Wow, that's a BIG change of blade.  It's a shame, I think, that the old blade ever got past any kind of testing but I'm glad to see LM have done something about it.
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Re: Leatherman Bond Owners Club
Reply #809 on: February 23, 2024, 07:31:35 AM
     I just noticed something with the picture of the new updated  Bond. Did they do away with the square hole for the blade to rest on?
It’s gone on my example.
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