Flair

flair.jpg The Leatherman Flair was the first attempt at an outside the box tool. It has a few tools that no Leatherman before it had and some tools that no Leatherman after it had either. A corkscrew, bottle opener/corkscrew assist, a spreader knife and a cocktail fork. The frame and pliers of the tool along with a few of it's other tools still make this tool feel like all the other Leatherman tools of this time period though. It is a very odd and unique tool that is getting harder to find with each passing year. It is a very high quality tool just as all the tools of that era. It is also the forerunner of the Juice series of Leatherman tools as well.



Jaws

  • Needlenose/Regular Pliers with Wire Cutters and Hard-wire notch.

Handles/Frame

  • Stainless steel.

Blades and Tools

1. Ruler (8 in | 19 cm)
2. Bottle Opener
3. Can Opener
4. Cocktail Fork
5. 420HC Combo Knife
6. Corkscrew w/ Assist
7. Spreader knife
8. Extra-small Screwdriver
9. Large Screwdriver
10. Medium Screwdriver
11. Needlenose Pliers
12. Phillips Screwdriver
13. Regular Pliers
14. Spring-action Scissors
15. Wire Cutters
16. Hard-wire Cutters

Blade Characteristics

  • None of the tools locked and had tool clumping.
  • All tools had a highly polished finish.
  • Both the corkscrew and the corkscrew assist (both a first for Leatherman) had some sort of different metal plating on them.
  • First and only Leatherman to have a cocktail fork and an a spreader knife.

Locking Mechanism

  • None.

Sheath

  • The black leather sheath that came with the PST is essentially the same leather sheath that also came with the Flair and the Pulse. It is a rectangular sheath with a snap button flap and Leatherman is written in gold lettering on the front that fit the tool perfect. There is also a black nylon pancake type sheath that uses a Velcro closure.

Dimensions

  • Length open = 6.22 inches/15.8cm
  • Length closed = 4 in | 10 cm
  • Width closed = 1 inch/2.54 cm
  • Thickness = 5/8" (16mm)
  • Weight = 5.5 oz | 155 g

Versions

It is possible that the plier head may have been updated to a newer design during it's 5 year run but I have never saw an example of this. Overall this tool remained unchanged while in production. The name of the tool is stamped on the corkscrew assist along with a grapevine and grape design.

Variations

  • Stainless steel version

Background

Introduced in 1999. Made in the USA. Discontinued in 2004.
The Flair like most of the early Leatherman tools is very similar to most of the early line. It has the same handles and plier head as the PST and PST II. It is a little brother to the Super Tool and big brother to the Mini-Tool. It has similarities to the Sideclip and also the keychain tool Micra. The Flair is also the forerunner of the entire Juice series.

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Created by Poncho65. Last Modification: Monday 18 of April, 2016 14:11:28 CEST by Poncho65.