Leatherman Crater and Expanse Released

June 15, 2009



Leatherman Knives – Exciting New Products


Leatherman Tool Group has introduced two new folding knife lines, the Crater and Expanse.  Each series is made up of three products that have been designed to replace the existing c, e, k and h-series knives with improvements on the existing features and a more familiar look from model to model.


Handles, Weight and Size

The most obvious difference between the incoming and outgoing ranges is the handles and not just for cosmetic reasons.  Jason Carpenter, Product Manager at Leatherman in Portland, Oregon said of the new range “We had great features in our old knives, but the handles were so thick and bulky just to house them.  Our goal was to lighten up and slim down these new knives while keeping the existing functionality. We also wanted to make sure that they could be more easily identified as being a part of a family.”


The new handles on the Crater knives are solid black, 60% glass filled nylon. Expanse knives feature a combination black and silver handle made from 60% glass filled nylon and reinforced with stainless steel. By improving the handle scale/frame design, engineers were able to make them about 30% lighter and slimmer than their original counterparts.



Both the series feature 2.6 inch blades, (Crater models) and 3.1 inch blades (Expanse models). Crater series blades are cut from 420HC stainless steel and Expanse series from 154CM. Each knife comes with the option of a straight blade or a combination straight/serrated blade. The combination blade is indicated by an “x” in the model name.



Both series have updated features from the original set of knives. Crater and Expanse series 33 models are all locking liner knives with improved Blade Launcher® technology for quick deployment. The 55 models are all lock back knives with thumb stud deployment. Across both series users will find features like bit drivers, fixed screwdrivers, bit storage in the handle and carabiners that fold away in the handle. All the knives feature a removable pocket clip.


Leatherman Crater Knives and Leatherman Expanse knives are available at Leatherman Store.   For detailed descriptions, comparison charts and information on the latest product releases, please call 0844 5678 123 or email sales@leatherman-store.co.uk. 

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