Wednesday, October 24, 2018
This year, Leatherman are celebrating their 35th anniversary with a Global Heritage Tour that will see founder Tim Leatherman visit nine countries around the world. Toronto was the first stop on the tour followed by London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Seoul. The tour will end with visits to New Zealand and Australia in November. The goal? To celebrate this historic milestone with partners and fans who have helped make the brand what it is today.
We are excited to be hosting two Heritage events in New Zealand. The first in Auckland at MOTAT, the Museum of Transport and Technology, and the second in Christchurch at the Tait Technology Centre. Both venues have been selected to align with the overall theme of the tour which is to share Tim’s story of resilience and determination in developing the multi-tool product. These events are an opportunity for Tim to personally meet and greet guests and share the story of how a road trip to Europe carved out his destiny. Each event will include a screening of the film ‘Made of Mettle”, a short documentary that follows the journey of Tim Leatherman when he first came up with the idea, as he says, “to put a pair of pliers into a pocket knife”.
It then narrates his entrepreneurial journey, persevering through sceptics and hundreds of rejections until he finally brought the Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool (PST) to market, and changed, not only his life, but the lives of countless others around the world. “We receive thousands of really incredible stories from people around the world of how a Leatherman tool has saved the day for them in a big or small way, so to be able to spend time with them on this tour and hear more of their stories (or what we fondly call ‘Tool Tales’) is very special to me,” says Tim. “I never dreamed my idea 35 years ago would have turned out the way it did, or have such an impact on peoples’ lives in the way that it has.” One of the stories the documentary covers includes the story of adventurer and former British Special Forces soldier, Ken Jones, whose very survival after an avalanche depended on his Leatherman.
An inspiring guest attending both events in New Zealand will be Christchurch Earthquake survivor, Brian Coker, whose life was saved with the help of a Leatherman tool and the quick thinking and bravery of his rescue team. Brian’s legs had to be amputated to free him after he was trapped in the rubble of the Pyne Gould building. Since then Brian has persevered through his recovery and in 2013 completed the New York Marathon on a hand cycle.
At both events, Tim will also be available to personally engrave Leatherman tools after the documentary screening. Tim’s New Zealand visit and the activities around the 35th anniversary provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness of Leatherman tools and the story behind the brand.
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