Looking into Leatherman sales for our Multi-Tool site, I found that they are also found in the same eBay categories as Victorinox Swiss Army Knives, but in different proportions. There were not as many in eBay > Collectibles >Knives, Swords & Blades > Folding Knives >Modern (1970-Now) > Factory Manufactured #48818, but about an equal number were listed in eBay > Sporting Goods > Outdoor Sports > Camping & Hiking > Knives & Tools > Pocket, Multi Tools #75236 as in eBay > Sporting Goods > Outdoor Sports > Hunting > Knives > Multi-Tools #66824. Interestingly, the sell-through rate in the former category was about twice the rate seen in the latter. They are selling the same items, often the same sellers, yet one category yields twice the sell through rate of the other. Why? It makes me wonder whether I should populate our Leatherman pages only from the category with the high sell-through rate or from all of the main categories in which they appear?
This research revealed an interesting product of which I was unaware: the Leatherman Charge customized by KnivesToolsandRandomStuff, featuring 24k gold plated and/or black or blue oxide treated handles, functions and screws. The listing say they contracted with a jeweler to do the gold plating and the custom tools are selling well for about $200, despite a clear statement in the listings that the alterations probably void the warranty. I imagine these treatments enhance the corrosion resistance of the tools, but I’m not sure I could whip out a gold-plated Leatherman without being teased mercilessly by some of my redneck friends.