FrontRunners: Leatherman Accessories

  • The Editors

Accessories made with gold and diamonds need not sacrifice function for form. The finer examples of these items can perform such tasks as telling time, fastening the cuffs of your shirt, or—in the case of the $40,000 Leatherman Charge Del Rey (www?.leatherman.com)—gutting a trout.

The Leatherman Tool Group’s stainless-steel pocketknife—an 18-function device with an 18-karat-gold-plated handle, a diamond-coated file, and tools for, among other uses, tightening screws and opening bottles—commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Oregon company’s founding. (The firm’s initial product, released in 1983, was the $40 Pocket Survival Tool.) Leatherman commissioned only 25 examples of the Charge Del Rey (one for each anniversary) from Argentinean silversmith Adrian Pallarols, whose previous works include polo trophies, a pen for King Juan Carlos of Spain, and a goblet for Pope Benedict XVI.

Among the engravings on the Charge Del Rey’s handle are Pallarols’ name and crest and company founder Tim Leatherman’s signature. The tool is part of the firm’s Pallarols-designed Argentum Collection, a line of seven models including a $12,000 version. The line also offers a model that, at $240, is perhaps better suited for cleaning fish.

Photo by James Lipman
Find out how the V-8 stacks up against its V-12 stablemate…
This race-adapted hybrid generates 86 more hp than its road-going counterpart…
Porsche 918 Spyder
See the winner and rankings, as well as exclusive photos and videos of all the cars...
Caterham Bikes Carbon E-Bike, a brawny carbon-fiber-and-aluminum electric bicycle that looks like a...
The Stingray is the seventh generation of the Corvette, a model that has been in production since...
Photo by Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Company
The annual Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction...
Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
Stutz Motor Car of America, produced the Blackhawk from 1971 through 1987...
Chevrolet brought its Corvette Stingray convertible to Palm Springs, a popular location for...
Photo by Max Earey
The new sedan generates 552 hp and 465 ft lbs of torque…
Photo by Yakima Products Inc
The company claims its rack is the most aerodynamic on the market…