I broke my baby!! (UPDATED)

Disasterous news - I snapped my Instructables Leatherman, that has been somewhere about my person almost every day for more than five years.


It's not an actual blade, it's the awl, but it's still left a painful, jagged stump that stops the tool being pocket-friendly (see the second photo).

Do I just grind the stump off smoothly, or can the awl be replaced?

UPDATE: it cannot be repaired, only replaced, so I'm going to grind it down to a new, shorter point.

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lingoes4 years ago
I think it is not broken, also can used to cut something :)
ZacWolf4 years ago
Sorry for your loss.


Isn't one of the first principles of Maker-dom, if you can't take it apart it's not worth having? ;-)

um, if you can't take it apart, it isn't even really YOURS :-D
Kiteman (author)  ZacWolf4 years ago
Taking apart isn't a problem, just drill out the rivets. It's the "getting back together" part that's the issue.

ZacWolf Kiteman4 years ago
Yeah, I was razzin ya. Though, I used a basic pounded rivet for a knife handle once. It actually was way easier than I thought it would be, and looked pretty good.
Honus4 years ago
That is so sad. I too carry mine in my pocket every day. I once thought I had lost it and I nearly tore apart the entire house looking for it. Turns out it was in the couch...

Mine doesn't have an awl though- bet that comes in handy.
Kiteman (author)  Honus4 years ago
It did...

It was my default "poke in here, maybe lever sonething out" tool. So many people don't know what an awl is, though, that I took to calling it "the tool for getting Boy Scouts out of horses hooves".

Oddly, folk understand that almost immediately...
:-) I use the awl in my pocket knife many times. I have even made new holes in my belt (when I got heavier) so I didn't have to get a new belt :-D
PKM4 years ago
Let me know what you do in the end- I'm contemplating removing the corkscrew on my XE6 (best multitool ever, though sadly lacking Instructables etching!) and replacing it with a socket driver, though it would probably be a bit of a hack job.
Kiteman (author)  PKM4 years ago
I'm just going to grind it down - Leatherman offered to replace it, but a replacement wouldn't have the same sentimental value.
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