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Calling All Makers, Doers, and Creators

Leatherman knows that ideas alone scratch the surface. To leave a mark, you need perseverance.

It took Tim Leatherman eight long years to break into the industry. He had to overcome countless obstacles, rejections, and the crowd of naysayers. Tim's dedication has helped empower millions of doers to roll up their sleeves and solve problems, both big and small.

To celebrate their 35th anniversary, Leatherman is lauching an all new innitiative called the Leatherman Innovation Grant Program. This program is for doers, makers, and innovators all over the world who have a big idea that will help improve our world.

Innovation is paid with rejection letters and well-intentioned heart-to-hearts that tempt even the most intrepid to quit. That's a fact that we at Wilderness Cutlure have experienced first-hand. It's also why the Leatherman Innovation Grant Program exists. Leatherman wants to help unleash world-bettering potential. Getting started is always the hardest, but one break is all you need.

Leatherman will be awarding 100K in grants to this year alone. If you have a grassroots 501c3 non-profit (or global equivalent), and have an idea that will make the world better, this grant program is for you!

If you would like to apply or find more info, hit the button below!

35 Years of Doing: A Brief History of Leatherman

Leatherman began in 1983 in Portland, Oregon. The idea, however, was birthed in 1975. Tim Leatherman and his wife, Chau, were on a trip through Europe. They were traveling on a budget, and Tim constantly found himself repairing something. Leaky pipes in a hotel. Their tempermental car. Tim and his pocket knife faced challenge after challenge, but he kept wishing he had another tool. In his own words, "I was carrying a scout knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to fixing the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!"

It was that experience that give him the idea for his revolutionary multi-tool.

Tim figured it would take him a month to design his plier-based multi-tool. It took him 3.5 years. Still, he believed in the idea, so he wasn't ready to give up. Prototype in hand, he began to meet with every company who would listen to him. That's when the rejections started rolling in. Knife companies viewed it as a tool. Tool companies thought it was a gadget. Some just thought it was a novelty that people wouldn't use. It took Tim another 3.5 years, but with the help of his his college friend Steve Berliner, he finally received his first order: 500 units for Cabela's.

The category defining Leatherman PST was a wild success, but it was just the beginning.


Tim and Steve hoped they would sell 4,000 of their "Pocket Survival Tools" that year. They sold 30,000. Over the next decade, they sold more than one million. The category defining Leatherman PST was a wild success, but it was just the beginning.

35 years later, Leatherman products have improved (and saved) lives all over the world. They sell a vast assortment of lifesaving tools that help makers, doers, and innovators get the job done. While they continue to innovate and push boundaries, Leatherman's dedication to hard work, good ideas, and never giving up has never wavered. Their tools are still proudly designed and manufactured in Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest is still their testing ground.

Hit the link below to check out more of their products

Calling All Makers, Doers, and Creators

Leatherman knows that ideas alone scratch the surface. To leave a mark, you need perseverance.

It took Tim Leatherman eight long years to break into the industry. He had to overcome countless obstacles, rejections, and the crowd of naysayers. Tim's dedication has helped empower millions of doers to roll up their sleeves and solve problems, both big and small.

To celebrate their 35th anniversary, Leatherman is lauching an all new innitiative called the Leatherman Innovation Grant Program. This program is for doers, makers, and innovators all over the world who have a big idea that will help improve our world.

Innovation is paid with rejection letters and well-intentioned heart-to-hearts that tempt even the most intrepid to quit. That's a fact that we at Wilderness Cutlure have experienced first-hand. It's also why the Leatherman Innovation Grant Program exists. Leatherman wants to help unleash world-bettering potential. Getting started is always the hardest, but one break is all you need.

Leatherman will be awarding 100K in grants to this year alone. If you have a grassroots 501c3 non-profit (or global equivalent), and have an idea that will make the world better, this grant program is for you!

If you would like to apply or find more info, hit the button below!

35 Years of Doing: A Brief History of Leatherman

Leatherman began in 1983 in Portland, Oregon. The idea, however, was birthed in 1975. Tim Leatherman and his wife, Chau, were on a trip through Europe. They were traveling on a budget, and Tim constantly found himself repairing something. Leaky pipes in a hotel. Their tempermental car. Tim and his pocket knife faced challenge after challenge, but he kept wishing he had another tool. In his own words, "I was carrying a scout knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to fixing the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!"

It was that experience that give him the idea for his revolutionary multi-tool.

Tim figured it would take him a month to design his plier-based multi-tool. It took him 3.5 years. Still, he believed in the idea, so he wasn't ready to give up. Prototype in hand, he began to meet with every company who would listen to him. That's when the rejections started rolling in. Knife companies viewed it as a tool. Tool companies thought it was a gadget. Some just thought it was a novelty that people wouldn't use. It took Tim another 3.5 years, but with the help of his his college friend Steve Berliner, he finally received his first order: 500 units for Cabela's.

The category defining Leatherman PST was a wild success, but it was just the beginning.


Tim and Steve hoped they would sell 4,000 of their "Pocket Survival Tools" that year. They sold 30,000. Over the next decade, they sold more than one million. The category defining, Leatherman PST was a wild success, but it was just the beginning.

35 years later, Leatherman products have improved (and saved) lives all over the world. They sell a vast assortment of lifesaving tools that help makers, doers, and innovators get the job done. While they continue to innovate and push boundaries, Leatherman's dedication to hard work, good ideas, and never giving up has never wavered. Their tools are still proudly designed and manufactured in Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest is still their testing ground.

Hit the link below to check out more of their products

“THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN PERSEVERANCE AND FAILURE TO ACCEPT REALITY”