Leatherman PST Tool

The Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool (aka Personal Survival Tool) was the first commercially successful multi-tool: a full-sized set of pliers, plus a blade and additional tools built into the handle. It was first introduced in 1983, and evolved gradually until its retirement in 2004. Along the way, the PST spawned a wide range of other genuine Leatherman multi-tools, plus hundreds of imitators (often of poor quality, but also the excellent Victorinox SwissTool). Many people still carry a PST, and among airport confiscations it still ranks ahead of all other full-size multitools.

Size & Weight: The Leatherman PST tool is 101mm (4") long, 26.5mm (1") wide, and 12.6mm (1/2") thick. It weighs about 146 grams (5.2 oz).
Colors: The PST comes in stainless steel, and occasionally in a black oxide finish.
Similar Tools: The Leatherman PST II and Super Tool are contemporaries of the PST that had a similar tool evolution. All three were retired in the early 2000s, and newer tools seem to get much less tweaking!

PST Models by Year

The PST evolved considerably during its 21-year lifetime: almost all of the tools were tweaked and revised, so there are at least 31 variations. Starting in 1992, all PSTs have a date stamp inside the handle, so we sell those by year. Tools dates 1997 and 1999 are the most common.
First Pocket Survival Tool | Late 80s Big Letter | Late 80s Small Letter | Early 90s | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004

Pocket Survival Tool


Stamped Pocket Survival Tool (rare)

PST Late 1980s Big Letter


Large letters, inches only, Japan on blade (rare)

PST Late 1980s Small Letter


Small letters, inches only (rare)

PST Early 90s

Rounded pliers, saber blade, metric ruler, first date stamps (rare)

PST 1993


Tools unchanged

PST 1994


Tools unchanged

PST 1995


Transition from saber to clip point blade

PST 1996


Add wire cutter notch, remove trademark

PST 1997


Tools unchanged

PST 1998


Transition from L-shaped to tapered screwdrivers

PST 1999


Tools unchanged

PST 2000


Add opening nub on medium screwdriver

PST 2001


Transition to thicker pliers hinge

PST 2002


USA on hinge replaced with Tool

PST 2003


Tools unchanged

PST 2004


Final production (rare)