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Ok folks, sorry for the delay with posting the winner(s) of the “Name our next tool contest” – we wanted to make sure we had them in stock before we announced the winners. It’s not just winner, it’s winners.

Here’s why – we had hundreds of entries (319 x multiple entries) it took over a week to go through all of them, anyone could enter and after our staff sent me their favorites the top one was “Make: Open Sourcerer” followed by “Make: Reverse Engineer” – open sourcerer was from our own staff so we’re keeping the name (and yes, Collin, you get a tool) – but we’re also awarding the runner up, “Reverse Engineer” with a special limited edition of one tool, etched just for them, congrats Robin Debreuil! We’ll also email you if we don’t hear from you soon.

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So here it is, the new Make: Open Sourcerer! – Durability and handiness to the max make the Leatherman CS4 the essential compact folding tool for tinkerers, makers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. This is the “MEGA” version of our popular Make: Warranty voider, the “Make: Open Sourcerer” Leatherman Juice CS4 Tool is bigger, beefier and meant to go on long trips & tougher jobs. Become a sorcerer of opening things with the only tool you’ll ever need – the Make: Open Sourcerer!

  • Pliers
  • Straight knife
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver, large
  • Screwdriver, medium
  • Screwdriver, small
  • Screwdriver, x-small
  • Screwdriver, phillips
  • Container opener
  • Corkscrew with assist
  • Bottle opener
  • Saw
  • Awl/punch
  • Length: 3.25 in. / 8.25 cm
  • Weight: (oz.) 5.5 oz. / 155 grams

“Make: Open Sourcerer” – get one now @ the Maker store!

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. James says:

    Anyone else see the irony in an “open sourcerer” tool having rivets? Beyond sharpening the blades, it effectively “contains no user-serviceable components.”

  2. Phillip Torrone says:

    @James – i’ve taken apart mine before. it’s not there’s an “open source” leatherman and we’re not using that one, we’re doing the best we can with what’s available, it’s a tool not an OSH project. the soldering iron we use to make open source hardware isn’t open source, but at some point, it’s a tool, is a hammer open source? sorta, i guess, not really – and even rivets are replaceable (i did) and for the leatherman you get a lifetime warranty if it breaks.

    but thanks for spending the time to post about that.

  3. Robin Debreuil says:

    I think it is a great name actually — of course things are always a bit random (esp runner up!) with 300+ entries, but ‘Open Sourcerer’ has a long series of make friendly connotations…

    You magically open things to reveal the source. Of course we know all hardware is open source. Sure sometimes it is hidden, but this tool can force it to become open source (aka an open sourcer). So it is like a wizard, but with slightly dangerous or evil connotations — or at least ‘up to no good’ : ).

    Well thanks, I really enjoyed looking at all the entries come in. And for the first time, today, I realize that irony isn’t made of iron. Double bonus.

  4. guzanatak says:

    when i bought a multitool I ended up with another brand (SOG Pocket Powerplier) because of three things:

    1) it is made to be disassembled and is held together with 1/4″ head fixing bolts
    2) the manufacturer specifically allows disassembly and does not void the warranty
    3) individual replacement tools are available from the manufacturer so the whole thing doesn’t end up in the bin when a critical tool breaks

    the Leathermans (Leathermen?) didn’t provide for any of the above, though I still coveted enough to enter the contest :)

    congrats, Robin!

  5. Phillip Torrone says:

    @guzanatak – i’m checking out the SOG tools, if there’s something better (or in addition to) what we have we’ll add it. so far the demand has been for the leatherman tools, the lifetime warranty is hard to beat.

  6. Phillip Torrone says:

    it looks like broken / bent knife tips aren’t covered with SOG, but they do life time vs 25 years for other things.

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    SOG Warranty Information

    All SOG products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the original purchaser. This guarantee is voided (as determined by SOG) by misuse, abuse, improper maintenance, or alterations of the product and does not cover any normal wear that might occur. All guarantee claims should be sent directly to SOG Specialty Knives, Inc. U.S. claims should be prepaid insured. International claims should write or call for information.

    All Fusion by SOG products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials for one year from date of purchase. This guarantee is voided (as determined by SOG) by misuse, abuse, improper maintenance, or alterations of the product and does not cover any normal wear and tear that may occur.

    All guarantee claims should be directed to the factory. U.S. claims should be sent prepaid and insured. For international claims, call or write SOG’s Warranty Department for information.

    SOG reserves the right to the repair or replacement of a product at our discretion.

    Examples of Non-Warranty Items:

    * Broken or bent knife tips, tool components

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    25-YEAR Limited Warranty

    If within 25 years from the purchase date of your genuine Leatherman® tool you find any defect in material or workmanship, you can count on us to make it right with fast warranty service.

    To obtain warranty service, return your tool to Leatherman Tool Group. Depending on the tool defect, we will decide whether to repair your tool or replace it with a product of equal or greater value. No variations, upgrades or refunds are offered.

    You are responsible for shipping costs to our factory. When you return your tool, be sure to use an insured shipping method. We recommend shipping UPS or FedEx as you cannot track a lost package to Leatherman directly when you use the Post Office. We cannot be responsible for items that do not reach us.

    This warranty does not cover abuse, alteration, unauthorized or unreasonable use of your Leatherman tool. This warranty does not cover sheaths, accessories, imprinting, color finishes, cleaning, or sharpening.

  7. Ed says:

    Any difference between this and a “normal” CS4?

  8. Phillip Torrone says:

    @ed – bigger, more tools – read the store page(s) and check out the differences.

  9. Trouble says:

    If I didn’t already have a CS4 (bought one when they first came out), I would jump on this in a heartbeat. I carry mine everywhere I go (besides airplanes), it comes in handy all the time.

    @Phillip: I think you misunderstood Ed’s question. This is identical to a “normal” CS4. Mine is exactly the same size with the same tools.

  10. Phillip Torrone says:

    @trouble – whoops, you’re right – i thought he meant the s4, i read it too fast.

    ed, it’s the same as any other cs4, but it’s from make.

  11. Luke says:

    Get me one with a Robertson screwdriver and I’ll buy it in a heartbeat- what with living up here in Canukia it’s really a pain trying to get by without one. Any suggestions for something similar that would?

  12. IntellectArsenal says:

    For those computer/electric/network folks in the MAKE crowd, you might be interested in Paladin Tools PowerPlay PT-540:

    http://www.powerplaytools.com/PowerPlay540.php

    I just got mine and it is fantastic!

  13. Phaedrus says:

    That is interesting-ish. I’m a proud seven er eight year owner of a Super Tool, which does disassemble. This is one Wally*World purchase that I’ve actually been satisfied with. The clerk sold me on the Leatherman over the SOG because it had less moving parts/was sturdier. I’ve only lost about â…›” of the tip of the small regular bit, or whatever it is (Not a prybar, apparently). Finally got around to tearing it down and cleaning it up last summer. Any time someone needs a [insert tool here], I whip it out like a butterfly knife, *clickety*, and get ‘er done. Unless I’m wearing swim trunks, it’s on my belt. As far as I’m concerned, they can’t top it.
    Which is not, in any way, to disparage the Sourcerer… I’m just sayin’.
    And I’ll just hold on to my name idea for next time:D
    Finally, I think I’ve used it for everything except… leather.
    Jeeze, you’d think I could defeat a fricken’ CAPTCHA…

  14. Phillip Torrone says:

    hey everyone, we’re certainly not opposed to adding more MAKE tools, thanks for the links and suggestions – so far the demand and requests have been mostly leatherman tools, but like i said i’d like to have more.

    @Phaedrus – we changed the captcha from 5 characters to 3, it should be easier now – but you’re the 2nd person who has reported trouble, i’ll see what we can do.