How to Repair a Leatherman Tool

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How to Repair a Leatherman Tool
Get your Leatherman back in like-new condition. (Multitool Gadgets image by Paul Mitchell from

Leatherman tools are built to be tough, so repairs are rarely needed. If sticky hinges are the problem, that's easily solved on your own; more complicated repair jobs are best left to the experts. With a 25-year warranty policy, your tool is probably still covered. You can mail it back to Leatherman Tool Group for a quick fix if the problem is more than a simple repair.

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Things you need

  • Leatherman tool
  • Stove
  • Pot
  • Old toothbrush
  • Pan
  • Oven
  • WD-40 or similar lubricant
  • Pliers, 2 pair

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  1. 1

    Boil a pot of water for a Leatherman with sticky or hard-to-pull-out tools. At the same time, preheat your oven to 107 degrees C. Open all of the Leatherman's tools and place it in the kitchen sink. Carefully pour the boiling water over the tool. Brush the tool with an old toothbrush to remove any remaining gunk.

  2. 2

    Place the cleaned Leatherman in a pan and dry it in the preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes. Allow the tool to cool, then apply WD-40 liberally. Wait 10 minutes and wipe the excess lubricant away.

  3. 3

    Use two pairs of vice-grip style pliers to fix a Leatherman with loose tools. Grip the small round heads on either side of the end of the handle and turn one pair of pliers clockwise. This will tighten the connection between the pins which screw together to hold the tools in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Check your warranty to determine if your Leatherman is still covered. If you qualify to send your tool in for warranty repair, download and fill out the Warranty Repair Form from the Leatherman website (see Resources). Securely pack your tool and the signed, completed repair form and mail it to:
  • Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
  • ATTN: Warranty
  • 12106 NE Ainsworth Circle
  • Portland, OR 97220

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