Introduction: Leatherman Charge 1/4" Bit Adapter/extension

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I was using my handy Leatherman Charge one day, and I thought it would be nice if I could use regular bits instead of those flat bits that I always seem to misplace. Well I had a 1/4" bit adapter next to me at the time and realized it shouldn't be too hard to use a dremel and modify it to fit in the leatherman.
So here is my first ever, instructable ;)

Step 1: Cutting and Grinding

Picture of Cutting and Grinding

Use another of my favorite tools, the mighty dremel, to cut the end off.

Step 2: More Cutting and Grinding

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now the tricky part is to grind down the thickness of the adapter so it can fit in the leatherman's
bit slot. I measured it with a micrometer and you need to get it down to about 3mm.

Step 3: The Finished Product

Picture of The Finished Product

now you can use regular bits and it also has a longer reach.


TrusstMonkey made it! (author)2016-11-17

been meaning to do this for so long and just made a couple to keep around the place for my skele.

texunjohn made it! (author)2016-03-20

My suggestion for your new adapter is to find a pocket clip from an old pen or pencil and put it on your new adaptor. Then clip the adapter to the Leatherman tool's sheath. That is what I did with the Leatherman extender - works great! Pocket clip also works well with a AAA flashlight.

Jérémie SRN (author)texunjohn2016-07-15

Good idea !

3366carlos (author)2015-01-01


Karel Jansens (author)2008-03-31

Didn't all that cutting and grinding burn away the steel's strength? Have you tried applying some serious torque to your adapter?

 It's used to fasten screws, not sink 4 inch lag bolts.

sensoryhouse (author)2010-01-19

Thanks for doing this instructable.  I was feelin guilty for not posting my how-to yet, now I don't need to.  Made mine the same way.  I also saw an awl hack (grind a hex bit into an awl shape) on youtube.


Lamar1 (author)2009-01-07

Leatherman makes a bit extender that fit in the standard bit driver and accepts hex bits.

sensoryhouse (author)Lamar12010-01-19

 Most things on this site have a commercial counter part.  I hope your argument isn't "why would you make that when you can buy one"

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-09-26

ha i found a leatherman wave on a bench a while back and i beleive it goes for 70 or 80$

pdrift (author)2008-04-08

@ Karel, I've been using it for the past week for various odd jobs and it doesn't feel weakened at all. I actually stripped a screw with it today. Its really quite handy!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-31

Cool! I love that picture in step 1, with the sparks. Just awesome. Nice job, I want a leatherman...

ejk00 (author)2008-03-31

It seems to me that if you skipped cutting the original adapter's length, and did your grinding on the hex shaft, you could have the points AND the notch all there already. Leatherman apparently did this in creating their style of flat bits.

pdrift (author)2008-03-31

No, the adapter doesn't fold up inside. Its to long and to thick. That would be awesome though. I know, its another thing you have to carry around, but its still comes in handy.

GitarGr8 (author)2008-03-30

Very awesome! That is the one thing that bugs me about my Surge, is there are only two sizes of screw drivers, minuscule or gigantic! I'm going to venture a guess and say that the adapter doesn't fold up with the rest of the knife, which is the only negative. If there is any way you can figure out how to make it fit inside, then I would give you 100 awesome points.

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