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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Viewpoint - By ross Bil­ton $349, leather­

Leather­man Lim­ited Edi­tion PST

WhAt is it? An ob­jet for nos­tal­gic, cashed-up sur­vival­ist types. hoW so? It’s a spe­cial edi­tion Leather­man, based on the de­sign of the orig­i­nal multi-tool from 1983, to mark the Ore­gon firm’s 35th an­niver­sary. It costs 349 bucks! is it stud­ded With rAre jeW­els, or WhAt? Nope, it’s plain old steel. Though the iPhone-like pack­ag­ing and hand­some leather car­ry­ing case have a spe­cial, luxe feel.

WhAt does “Pst” stAnd for? Pocket Sur­vival Tool. Its suite of hard­ware – nee­dle-nose pli­ers, blade, file, can/bot­tle opener and screw­drivers – will give you a fight­ing chance if your chop­per goes down in the jun­gle be­hind en­emy lines. (Or you could just use it for lit­tle jobs around the house, whit­tling sticks and open­ing beers. What­ever.) Ver­dict: The pli­ers aren’t sprung, which is an­noy­ing, and the tools’ open­ing/clos­ing ac­tion is un­re­fined. Any­thing else? It’s stamped with Tim Leather­man’s sig­na­ture. At this price point I’d want his phone num­ber.

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