Quick Leatherman bit adapter mod

This is only a quick mod, which I thought I would throw out there for those that are intersted.

The Leatherman bit extender / adapter is available to buy from Leatherman, but they are relatively pricey. Add to that the cost of the leatherman bits, and the price of things can get out of control fairly quickly.

I’m sure I’ve seen people do this on the internet previously, but it’s such a simple and great idea that I just had to give it a go.

The Leatherman bits are simply modified 1/4 hex bits which are available virtually everywhere, so making an adapter simply involves grinding a flat on each side of a generic bit extender until it fits in the Leatherman’s screwdriver bit slot.

I used my belt grinder, but you could do the same with a bench grinder, an angle grinder, or if you are patient, probably even a dremel tool.

 

Hex Bit adapter

 

 

Hex Bit adapter

That is for this one. As I mentioned, this was just a quick post to show you one of the things I’ve been up to of late.

Sharpening Knives

I have come to enjoy the pleasure of using a sharp knife in the kitchen. I’m sure most people have heard the old saying “A blunt knife is a dangerous knife“, which is a bit of a half truth. A sharp knife is just as dangerous if not used carefully, but a sharp knife is a pleasure to use.

For a long time, I’ve muddled my way thru with various sharpening techniques, and I could usually come up with a sharp knife, but they never really stayed sharp for long, so I wanted to learn more, get to know if I’m doing it the right way, and make sure I’m not causing damage to my blades.

So, in order to learn more, I headed off to the knowledge collective of the internet, reading thru stuff on the knife forums, and found a few videos on YouTube that helped me.

The first video I’m going to link to briefly demonstrates a range of methods, including the Lansky system, diamond stones, ceramic rods, and stropping. unfortunately the sound isn’t the greatest, but if you are looking where to start, It could be worth enduring the audio, as it’s a good video.

The next video focuses on Whetstones, and the technique is the same for the diamond stones.

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Multitool Museum

example pics

For those of you, like myself, who have an interest in pocket knives and multitools, I have a website you might find interesting.

The Multitool Museum (http://www.multi-tool.org), not to be confused with Multitool.org/ which is another very good multitool site, has some interesting “exhibits” of old and different multitools, aswell as reviews of current ones.

Hopefully the guy running this site keeps working on it, and it can build into a truly great site about multitools.