Tim Leatherman will personally meet guests and share his story of how a road trip to Europe carved out his destiny. With only a scout knife on his travels, Tim used it for everything from slicing bread, to fixing leaky hotel plumbing, and keeping his car on the road. But what he really needed was a pair of pliers and tools all in one – and so the vision for the iconic multi-tool was born.
Tim said: “When people ask me what’s the best thing about Leatherman, I say it’s the friends I’ve been able to make.
“The past 35 years have been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to celebrating with my friends all over the world.”
At the event, held in the museum’s Making the Modern World gallery, guests will get the very first-look at an exclusive documentary featuring the many ways Leatherman has changed lives over the years. They include the story of adventurer and former British Special Forces soldier, Ken Jones, whose very survival after an avalanche depended on his Leatherman.
Photographs from Tim’s life, original prototype designs and guest speakers will all come together to tell the past, present and future story of the iconic brand, transforming the venue into a timeline of Tim’s path.
The inventor will also meet and greet fans, some of which are competition winners. A special engraving machine will allow guests to have their Leatherman tools hand-signed by Tim.
Garry Woodhouse, Sales & Marketing Director at Whitby & Co – exclusive distributor of Leatherman in the UK – said: “Leatherman is an engineering icon, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate it, and its founder, at the Science Museum – home to some of the most famous objects that have shaped the world as we know it. We are delighted to be part of this celebration and can’t wait to see what the next 35 years brings for Leatherman.”
To mark the anniversary year a limited edition Heritage Pocket Survival Tool (PST) has been launched. Based on the brand’s original design, ‘Mr. Crunch’, there are only 100 of these unique PSTs for sale in the UK. Each one is stamped with Tim Leatherman’s signature and delivered in special edition, commemorative package.
Visit www.leatherman.co.uk for more information