“We spoke with a lot of professionally trained survivalists and if you’re lost, or need to stay overnight outdoors, the main things you want with you are fire, the appropriate tools, and a way to communicate without relying on technology,” described Jason Carpenter, Sr. Product Manager. “If it is part of the tool already, you won’t have to think about bringing it. You’ll already be prepared.”
The Signal is designed for the adventure enthusiast who participates in activities like hunting, fishing, geocaching, camping, and hiking outdoors. “The goal for Leatherman was to design a minimalist tool that was specific to these outdoor users, taking out tools they may not use as much and replacing them with tools that they’ll need on these adventures,” said Carpenter. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
The Signal also comes complete with traditional Leatherman features like pliers, can opener, saw, awl and removable pocket clip. In addition, it includes popular features like a hammer, replaceable wire cutters, diamond-coated file, and bit driver. From natural disasters to the unpredicted during outdoor events, Leatherman hopes to help people to feel prepared for the unexpected.
Coming in a black and yellow color scheme, Signal adds a new look and feel to Leatherman’s full-sized multi-tool line. “It was important to communicate that this was the first Leatherman of its kind. The rugged, nature oriented design was a focus during our research,” said Kenny Lohr, Industrial Designer. “Leatherman strives to be authentic, and we weren’t going to let Signal fall short.”