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Leatherman Core mod

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Leatherman Core mod
on: September 05, 2021, 09:21:12 PM
I am a big fan of the Leatherman SuperTool family and like including one in my work EDC. But the tool set could use a little tweaking to suit my needs better.

I decided to rehabilitate a worn and rusty Core and make some changes to the tools in order to make it a part of my work EDC.

I don't have a before picture of the MT, but here is one of it soaking in WD-40:


Out of the soak:

It took 20 minutes to work all of the rust out of the pliers head.

After cleaning and rust removal, I started working on the mod. One of the things I like to do is acid etch the handles. It gives some color contrast to the MT and makes the handles grippy:



I decided to use the acid etch to make the pliers head pop a little visually. I put the head into the etchant and left until the desired color was reached, and then used 600 grit sandpaper to remove the black oxide from the polished surfaces and leaving it in the recesses:



I have a Leatherman ratchet that I want to be able to use with this MT. I have a Multiforce knife with a 1/4" bit holder that works great with the ratchet, and I would love to use my second 1/4" bit holder for the Core. But I previously removed 1/16" from the notch for the back lock, so the fit is too loose. My solution at the moment is to use a bit adapter from a well worn Surge I have:



I cut down the PE blade to the shape I prefer (sheepsfoot/Wharncliffe):



I took a page from Poncho and sharpened the can opener so that it can be a package opener also:



I cut down a small prybar that I bought from Home Depot, removed the paint, and acid etched:



I used the chisel in my Swisstool as a model for modifying the medium straight driver (the wire stripper works well):



I have retained the saw, the awl, the file, the large straight driver, and the Phillips driver, though the latter three are more or less placeholders at the moment.





I would like to add a pair of tweezers, which may not be too difficult given the Core's Zytel liners. I would like to change out or modify the large straight driver and the Phillips driver  to something more useful. And I will probably cut down a file to replace the existing one. It has some wear.






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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #1 on: September 05, 2021, 09:25:07 PM
Nice job - I like the sheepy.  :tu:


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #2 on: September 05, 2021, 09:27:12 PM
Thank you Fuzzy!


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #3 on: September 05, 2021, 09:29:17 PM
I meant to add that, at this time, I don't plan to add scissors. I have a pair of detatchable scissors from a Chinese MT that work great and do not take up much space that I plan to EDC also.


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #4 on: September 05, 2021, 11:51:53 PM
Very nice 8) great step by step pics of the mod and some really nice ideas :like: :like:


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #5 on: September 06, 2021, 01:49:00 AM
That tool looks really great, Adam, and the contrast in colors looks stunning (particularly the pliers head!). Congrats on a job well done.  :cheers:


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #6 on: September 06, 2021, 02:14:10 AM
Thank you gentlemen  :hatsoff:


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #7 on: September 06, 2021, 02:27:38 AM
The plier head etching really does make the whole mod pop 8) :like:


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #8 on: September 06, 2021, 03:13:55 AM

Very Nice!  I love all the tools that can be housed in the larger Leatherman frames.


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #9 on: September 06, 2021, 04:17:00 AM
 :like: nice work! Need more modders here! Getting quiet lately...


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #10 on: September 06, 2021, 05:09:00 AM
:like: nice work! Need more modders here! Getting quiet lately...
:iagree:  on both points.


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #11 on: September 06, 2021, 06:43:53 AM
Really cool mod!

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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #12 on: September 06, 2021, 03:12:35 PM
 :iagree: :like:

This certainly merits an entry in this thread: https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,74592.0.html
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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #13 on: September 06, 2021, 09:22:25 PM
:like: nice work! Need more modders here! Getting quiet lately...

:iagree:  on both points.

Thank you, and I agree. I would like to see more mods too.


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Reply #14 on: September 06, 2021, 09:24:29 PM
Really cool mod!

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Thanks!


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Reply #15 on: September 06, 2021, 09:27:32 PM
:iagree: :like:

This certainly merits an entry in this thread: https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,74592.0.html

Thank you  :hatsoff:
I will post this mod there.


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #16 on: September 07, 2021, 09:29:46 AM
 :hatsoff: :like:
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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #17 on: September 07, 2021, 03:58:08 PM
Very nice mod!


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #18 on: September 08, 2021, 12:15:18 PM
Very nice 8) great step by step pics of the mod and some really nice ideas :like: :like:

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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #19 on: September 09, 2021, 04:10:36 AM
Thank you kind sirs!  :hatsoff:


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #20 on: September 09, 2021, 04:23:22 AM


I love using the saw for cutting drywall, but I am going to have to find an alternative to using my Core. I really don't want to have to give it a thorough cleaning every time I cut into a ceiling.

I really don't want to carry an additional tool (my Nite Ize Pock-its look like chipmunks carrying an entire winter supply of food in their cheeks)

but I think I will need to remove the saw and drop it into a proper sized handle if I intend to keep using it for electrical work.


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #21 on: September 11, 2021, 05:53:58 PM
Excellent mod Adam :2tu:
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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #22 on: September 11, 2021, 07:39:05 PM
Thanks!


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #23 on: September 12, 2021, 08:54:16 PM
Decided to install the Surge saw/file holder. Of course, that means having to fill in the pivot hole to match the Core's pivot. There are a few solutions that can be found in the forum. Here is my solution:

I cut a piece of 6 awg soft drawn copper wire and then used a hammer to deform the wire and force it to expand and fill the pivot hole:


Then I sanded the the copper to be almost flush with the holder. Then I drilled a 3/16" hole (4.8mm) and sanded the interior of the pivot hole so that the pivot screw would fit:



After some careful grinding, the holder fits inside the Core. I also changed out the Surge large bit holder I previously installed with a 1/4" bit holder so that I can used my 1/4" bits. I removed the Phillips driver, the large straight driver, the saw (to be used in another project), and the file. I added back the small straight driver. There are some electrical connectors that this driver can be used for.





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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #24 on: September 12, 2021, 09:02:54 PM
 :like:
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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #25 on: September 12, 2021, 09:19:16 PM
I love it!

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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #26 on: September 12, 2021, 09:20:25 PM
Very nice 8) :o :drool: :like: :like:


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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #27 on: September 12, 2021, 09:57:22 PM
Thanks guys!

I forgot to add that I added tweezers from a Classic SD to the MT last weekend:



I glued a piece of rubber inside the handle this morning to keep the tweezers from pivoting around:



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Re: Leatherman Core mod
Reply #28 on: September 13, 2021, 12:28:08 PM
Even better 8) :salute: :like: :like:


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Reply #29 on: September 13, 2021, 12:34:04 PM
The zytel made it a bit more easy I guess  :like:
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