Leatherman tools, a brand name for multipurpose tools, are usually equipped with built-in pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, bottle openers, blades and even corkscrews. Find a Leatherman that is comfortable to use with helpful information from an experienced woodworker in this free video on home repair tools.
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Hi I'm Dave Trull with The Trull Gallery, a custom furniture shop in St. Petersburg, Florida and I'm going to talk to you about Leatherman tools. Leatherman is a trade name, what they're actually called, they're multipurpose tools and you may have had one as a kid thought of it as a Swiss army knife, again a trade name. Kind of had all kinds of gadgets to go with it. Well they've kind of evolved into a more useful tools and with much more accessories in them. A lot of them are very similar. Pretty much the biggest difference is the little attachments that come with them. They will start off usually folded up about this size. What's popular these days are pliers with built-in wire cutters that you'll see on most of your tools and as you see here with another version I have, there are just all kinds of knives, saws, screwdrivers, I have both a Phillips screwdriver as well as a couple of different straight screwdrivers, bottle openers, can openers, pretty much anything you can use in a pinch when you can't get to your toolbox. What you want to look for in a comfortable tool is that when the pliers are open, you want to make sure your edges here are curved. Some of the older tools are just stamped steel so when you squeeze them, that stamped steel kind of cuts into your hand so it makes it less comfortable to use. You want to make sure that it folds up easily. Some tools have the accessories on the inside so that you have to open it up to get to them. Another nice thing on some of the tools, let me just fold this up real quick. As you can see this one has the tools on the outside and this has a locking tool mechanism so that that can't fold up while you're using it. You'll see that on a fair amount of the tools these days that have the locking mechanism so that when you do want to fold it up, you pull it back, keep your hands out of the way and then go ahead and fold your tool up whether it's a saw or a screwdriver or a knife. And that's pretty much what you're going to see in a different kinds of multi-tools or Leatherman today. I've Dave Trull with The Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.