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Multi-Tool Made For Kids — A removable knife blade and a design built for kid-size hands sets the Leatherman Leap apart. We previewed this made-for-youth tool last month. At the OR Show it stood out as something different — a product for kids that’s a “training tool” but also cool enough to inspire confidence and pride.

A parent can add the knife blade when a kid is ready. Mean time, the Leap can perform a dozen tasks with its pliers, wire-cutter, screwdrivers, small saw, tweezers, and soda bottle opener.

Once the knife blade is added it requires two hands to open for safety. The handle ergonomics teach a kid to hold the tool right and open and use the blade pointed away from the body. Comes in multiple colors from Leatherman for $54 this fall.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.