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Leatherman Grind

Legendary skateboarder Arto Saari helps design the ideal skateboard tool

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 22 November 2013

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The diagnosis of dangerously loose hardware—when you realize your skateboard feels squirrelier than ever but you're, no doubt, far from home—often leaves you no choice but to ask a stranger to borrow a screwdriver and wrench. To make sure you're not stuck in this awkward situation ever again, master toolmaker Leatherman recently teamed up with skateboard legend Arto Saari to develop a skate tool small enough carry every day. The Grind weighs just under two ounces and is made of two thin yet strong interlocking stainless steel pieces containing eight tools.

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Each piece holds four cut-out tools—everything from a screwdriver, 3/8" wrench and 1/4" hex key for hardware to a 9/16" kingpin wrench, bottle opener and even grip tape file. While we hold an unreasonable allegiance to the storied T tool, there's no doubt the Grind is considerably more comprehensive, functional and packable. Plus Arto backs it, which is a seriously valid endorsement. Find Grind now from Leatherman online for $20.

Images by Graham Hiemstra

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