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Since I’m the father of two young boys, this is one of the coolest things I saw at SHOT Show 2014. Leatherman rolled out its new Leap – a multi-tool with extra safety features for junior outdoor enthusiasts.

“It’s designed for the younger crowd, probably 8, 10, 12-year-old range,” said Scott Boatman, demand planning manager for Leatherman Tool Group Inc.

I think I was 9 when I got my first Swiss Army Knife, but I think I would have been just as happy with a Leap. It’s lightweight and smaller than traditional multi-tools. It has the classic tools such as pliers, scissors, flathead bits and one phillips-head screwdriver bit, tweezers and a not-too-aggressive saw blade.

DSC_0504It also comes with a smart feature for the youngster that’s not quite ready for a sharp blade.

“The knife blade actually comes unassembled, so the knife blade is not installed when you buy the tool, so that when you decide that the kid is ready, you install the knife blade,” Boatman said. “It’s one-time install and it’s in forever.”

The knife blade also features a rounded tip, making it less of a weapon than just a cutting tool.

The Leap also has new safety locks. “The other big thing is where we put the locks,” Boatman said. “We moved the lock to the back side of the blade so you will never have to put your fingers in the travel of the blade.”

The Leap will be available this August for $50. It comes in blue, green or red.

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