Leatherman's new limited-run Batch #003 tool is an interesting departure for the brand. Created by their in-house skunkworks, known as the Garage division, the tool was designed by starting with existing parts from other Leatherman products. The result is a slim knife with swappable blades, and which includes the tools needed to swap the blades.
"Our goal is to make the best folding knife possible by using the greatest amount of found resources from the factory. The final product uses 26 parts and includes an innovative interchangeable blade system."
"Make the knife suitable to your situation and get the most in versatility with the Batch #003: PARTS multipurpose tool. Switch out the work blade with a standard everyday carry (aka EDC) blade, so you can adapt to whatever you need in the moment. The selection of materials, intentional design, and evolved ergonomics give you comfort, confidence, and functionality throughout your day. The blade is simple and easy-to-launch and is operable from a slim, lightweight frame. The G10 handle scales feel and look good and are built to last, just like every product Leatherman creates."
The Batch #003 runs $215.
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Great idea, cool! I like the design as well, but prefer an option without the belt clip, that hideous thing, which seems obligatory to all US pocket (!) knives.
Looks like they thought about that, you can access the screws to remove it.