Don’t be fooled by appearances. The Leatherman Signal survivalist multi-tool may look like a mere pair of sturdy pliers, but in reality it is an apparatus of assorted parts that could be a potential life-saver for adventurers out in the bush.
The brand-new Signal is put together with survival the priority and contains a checklist that stretches to a incredible 19 features. The trailblazing compact mechanism combines traditional standard working options with rather more radical tools of assistance. The Signal’s capacity throws up almost as many surprises as the inside of Doctor Who’s Tardis. This means that long-established help items such as pliers, saw, can and bottle opener, awl, a variety of hex and Leatherman bit drivers, plus combo knife blade pair sit side by side with innovative additions such as a shaped diamond-coated sharpener for maintaining your straight and serrated blade, a fire-starting ferro rod and an emergency whistle.
The Leatherman company, which is based in Portland, Oregon, in the United States, has taken feedback on board from its customers as a form of inspiration to perfect the unique qualities of Signal. Jason Carpenter, senior product manager at Leatherman, outlined the firm’s ground-breaking approach. “We spoke with a lot of professionally trained survivalists and if you are lost, or need to stay overnight outdoors, the main things you want with you are fire, the appropriate tools and a way to communicate without relying on technology,” he said. “If it is part of the tool already, you won’t have to think about bringing it. You will already be prepared.”
Mr Carpenter added that the Signal had been created with the adventure enthusiast in mind. This would include those who participate in hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. “The goal for Leatherman was to design a minimalist tool that was specific to these outdoor users, taking out tools they may not use as much and replacing them with tools that they will need on these adventures,” he said. “It’s something that we have wanted to do for a long time.” From natural disasters to unpredicted happenings during outdoor treks, Leatherman hopes to do its bit to help people feel geared up for those out of the blue moments.
The Signal certainly adds a fresh and vibrant aura to Leatherman’s full-sized multi-tool line, boasting an eye-catching black and yellow color scheme. Industrial designer Kenny Lohr was delighted with the outcome. “It was important to communicate that this was the first Leatherman of its kind,” he said. “The rugged nature-orientated design was a focus during our research. Leatherman strives to be authentic and we weren’t going to let Signal fall short.”
It looks like Leatherman has hit the spot with its bold venture. For hunters who have the Signal, it’s a case of staying ready for the expected (and unexpected) no matter where you are with everything you need right on your belt.
The Leatherman Signal is distributed in Australia by Zen Imports and retails for around $285.