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I broke my baby!! (UPDATED) Answered

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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lingoes (author)2013-07-18

I think it is not broken, also can used to cut something :)

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ZacWolf (author)2013-07-16

Sorry for your loss.

But...

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

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Goodhart (author)ZacWolf2013-07-18

um, if you can't take it apart, it isn't even really YOURS :-D

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Kiteman (author)ZacWolf2013-07-16

Taking apart isn't a problem, just drill out the rivets. It's the "getting back together" part that's the issue.

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ZacWolf (author)Kiteman2013-07-16

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.

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Honus (author)2013-07-18

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.

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Kiteman (author)Honus2013-07-18

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...

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2013-07-18

:-) 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

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PKM (author)2013-07-15

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.

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Kiteman (author)PKM2013-07-15

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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kelseymh (author)Kiteman2013-07-16

If they replace it, do they require you to send in the broken original, or just the broken awl? If the latter, you could just swap parts and put in a new rivet.

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2013-07-16

It's the full thing, unfortunately.

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-07-15

Are not he ibles Gods are merciful and compassionate? Nah, they would probably send you a replacement 3D printed replacement part in PLA plastic and a pack a sugru to fix it. They do enjoy playing with us mere mortals. The ibles branded Leatherman Juice XE6 will now be known as the elusive Kiteman prize. I wonder if that is slated for the Kite contest?

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dont forget a robot sticker and 1 month pro membership.

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2013-07-15

I haven't even asked HQ, especially since they have switched over to Vitorinox knives as prizes.

Vitorinox are nice, I carried one for years, but I do like the Juice...

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BWP (author)2013-07-15

Awwww, feeling your pain ;-)

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canucksgirl (author)2013-07-14

If all else fails, you can go through warranty. (25 years, very little questions asked...)

http://www.leatherman.co.uk/support/intwarranty

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kelseymh (author)canucksgirl2013-07-14

+1

But Kiteman should talk to them first and make sure they'll repair it, rather than just send him a new (and non-Instructables!) replacement.

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2013-07-14

I had a look at that, and the risk of total replacement seems high. I have asked, though.

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canucksgirl (author)kelseymh2013-07-14

Perhaps in the spirit of Instructables, they will send him a DIY repair kit. :-p

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ElvenChild (author)2013-07-14

I'm wondering if you could grind the tip of the stump to a point making it into a (shorter) awl.

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ElvenChild (author)ElvenChild2013-07-14

Also, I thought you couldn't carry a knife with a locking blade in the U.K.?

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Kiteman (author)ElvenChild2013-07-14

It doesn't lock, it's a Juice XE6.

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ElvenChild (author)Kiteman2013-07-14

Ok, I was a bit confused. It is quite sad that the awl broke though. I don't think it's possible (well, I suppose I should say feasible as anything is possible) as that would involve removing the rivet, replacing the awl (you'd have to find another), and re-riveting it.

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oldmicah (author)ElvenChild2013-07-14

that stinks: sorry about that. A friend did manage to drill out the rivet on a multitool he had and replace the blade. He had trouble with tension ( blades too loose), so he drilled out the new rivet and replaced it with a barrel screw. Seemed to be a successful repair...

Ironically, he got the replacement blade by posting a request on Craig's list for broken multitools of that type.

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JamesRPatrick (author)2013-07-14

Unless you use the hole in the awl, I would just grind it.

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mh76dk (author)2013-07-14

I find it kinda funny that you cut off 4 fingers everytime you "open it".

That said i am sad on your behalf because it always sucks when your good old trusty stuff breaks :(

May it now Rust In Peace...

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