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Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative

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Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
on: September 05, 2021, 04:51:42 PM
   Recently I decided to try to rethink my Leatherman Wave as a Signal Alternative.  I am calling it the Leatherman SAVE as it the mods will be survival based.  First I took the kebar titanium keychain fork and used a screw extractor to widen the hole enough to fit over the Waves screw.  I removed enough metal to make the fork mostly lock out into place.  I used the wrong side of the fork when removing metal so it is not a perfect fit, but it works pretty well.  The Leatherman flair obviously had a fork but is now hard to get at any reasonable price. The Keybar fork is 2.63 inches long and has a narrow thickness allowing it to fit nicely in the waves outside tool slot.


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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #1 on: September 05, 2021, 07:32:44 PM
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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #2 on: September 05, 2021, 11:20:26 PM
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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #3 on: September 05, 2021, 11:25:50 PM

For the Leatherman Wave I also was curious if the small eyeglass driver could be substituted with something more outdoor themed.  I happened to have a leather needle on hand which I ground down until it just fits in the micro driver slot and also lets the wave close completely.  Now the lack of an awl is compensated for some by this heavy duty needle. 


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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #4 on: September 05, 2021, 11:30:02 PM

The large flat screwdriver was ground down to a chisel point which many others have done.  I was surprised how effective it is.  I tried it out on my work table and it began peeling wood.

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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #5 on: September 05, 2021, 11:38:30 PM

  Surely every survival tool needs a ferro rod of some sort.  I figured a ferro rod could be profiled to fit in the large bit driver.  I ordered a 1/2" thick ferro rod by 5" long off of ebay and a couple days later I was at the grinder with sparks dancing everywhere.  It was tedious work and turned out a bit crude.  It does work and it fits into the tool so it is not randomly stuck in a place that hinders tool operation.  I have some more plans for the future.  Waiting on ordering more supplies for now.

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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #6 on: September 06, 2021, 02:29:24 AM
Those are some awesome mods :o I really like how you have made some very purpose driven accessories for your Wave :salute: :like: :like:
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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #7 on: September 06, 2021, 02:36:56 AM
Very nice work!


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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #8 on: September 06, 2021, 03:11:22 AM
Thank You!


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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #9 on: September 06, 2021, 06:30:30 AM
I've always believed the Wave is once tool that screams "MOD ME".  You listened and it turned out pretty darn nice.   :like:
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Re: Leatherman Save-A Signal Alternative
Reply #10 on: September 06, 2021, 09:20:55 AM
I agree, nice work! This merits a dedicated entry in https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,74592.0.html
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