Imagine coming up with an idea for a tool, and you become so obsessed with creating it that you spend years in your brother-in-law's garage doing it. It sucks up so much of your time that you quit working and your wife agrees to support you.
Enter a caption (optional) Enter a caption (optional) Enter a caption (optional)
After three years you've got a workable prototype--and then you spend the next five years trying to sell it and getting over 500 rejection letters.
Enter a caption (optional)
Most folks would give up by then. Thankfully Tim Leatherman didn't. Here's the fascinating back story of how a backpacking trip to Europe, and an unreliable Fiat, sparked an entire generation of multi-tools: