Tim Leatherman was born in Portland, Oregon, and is a mechanical engineering graduate of Oregon State University. Leatherman was inspired to design his folding tool while he and his wife traveled overseas in 1975, often attempting to use a simple pocketknife to repair their repeatedly malfunctioning car or leaky hotel plumbing. He spent several years perfecting the prototype and received his first US patent (4,238,862) in 1980.
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