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The Reaper - Metro's Ultimate Leatherman Genus.

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by metropolicity, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. metropolicity

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    This is the thread to document the build of my ultimate Leatherman Genus, which I am redubbing The Reaper.

    I have since longed for a Genus ever since I started collecting multitools, not just as a piece but also as a user. I am a pretty avid yard guy and like to keep things neat and tidy, I wanted the most bad arse pruners on the market. What makes the Genus better than a pair of a Felcos is that it has an awesome rotating handle full of tools.

    In addition to a host of tools, the blade can be replaced by a Felco #2 blade. Felcos are some of the finest, Swiss made pruner blades manufactured today.

    I am a multitool user and collector. There are some tools that deserve to be kept under lock and key and there are some that need to be ridden hard, cleaned up, oiled and put away nicely in its dedicated holster ready to be used again.

    The Genus is one of these tools, should I say....The Reaper is.

    My plans are:
    1. Cerakote the handles in black (they get the most handling so it's easier to keep them dark)
    2. Cerakote the frame Acid Green
    3. Machine a cavity into the handle so bits can be stored in it or even better, the bit adaptor.
    4. Replace the entire handle tool set with BO tools lifted from a BO ST300 EOD
    - BO CE blade
    - BO flat bit
    - BO Phillips
    - BO awl
    - BO wood saw
    5. Replace main shear blade with a Felco #2, some of the finest blades on the market
    6. Machine the thumb stud with a more aggressive ramp pattern in Titanium
    7. Machine 1/4" divots all over to lighten the whole tool (at a hefty 315 grams)
    8. Machine a new pivot bolt and new handle rotation release out of titanium.
    9. Get an engraved plate with the The Reaper on it..

    I'll keep this thread live when i disassemble, machine parts and such. This will be my most exciting build and the most dangerous since the challenge of working on a SINGLE chassis with no back up will put me on super alert notice.

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    Here's the start to the new thumb stud. Grade 5 titanium!

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    The original one.

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    Here's the finished thumb stud.

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    Old one

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    New one.

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    Installed!

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    The new stud with the old one next to it.

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  2. metropolicity

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    Here's the new Ti handle release pin.

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    The tools inside. BO courtesy of a EOD ST300.

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    Extracting the retention pin. The 1.5 mm Allen bolt was stripped so using a 1/32" carbide end mill, a flat driver slot was made

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    Now...the easy part is done.

    I don't know how or where to start regarding the handle cavity, all I know is that there needs to be something in there OR it'll get plasti-dipped for comfort like the Felcos. Maybe even truck bed liner coating?
     
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  3. metropolicity

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    More reserved
     
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    And one more...
     
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    Eric, mini lathe or full size? I'm looking at a mini right now.
     
  7. metropolicity

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    It's a mini lathe, only 7x9. I often wish I had a 7x12 or 14, but I wouldn't be able to pick it up and move it. BUT when I am able to make such awesome parts on the little guy, I don't really see a good reason to get a bigger lathe.

    When I build a garage, I'll end up designing a back end where I can have a heat shop and some larger machines since they will be ground level and will be on a concrete floor.

    Right now I am on some sturdy wood benches I built and the top of a 5 drawer chest for my lathe.
     
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    Sitting down, cutting kindling for our nightly fires in the backyard.

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    metropolicity, you never fail to impress.:D Keep up the good work!
     
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    Just waiting for the season to end before sending it off to get Koted!!
     
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    Totally awesome! I hope the R&D guys at Leatherman get a chance to see this at some point.
     
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    I had the WHOLE day to myself today. Wondrous.

    So I decided to use the uninterrupted time in the shop to make some parts for the Reaper. It was also raining so outdoor chores....zlich.

    I first wanted to remake the handle lock button, the first one I made bugged me a bit, the remaining post didn't sit flush with the handle, the profile was a bit too tall. So here's a new one.

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    Lower profile, longer and a more dished out center for a more positive thumb engagement.

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    Depressed.

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    The back side, see how it sits flush in its resting state. It wouldn't bug most, but I am not most.

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    Then I made new titanium pivot. Here is in its unfinished state. I chose to use a bit of a beefier thread size (1/4 20) instead of the factory thread.

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    And then installed.

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    There is a steel collar on the inside so there isn't much worry of it galling.

    I am still trying to figure out how and where to hide the bit adaptor, we use Robertson screws up our parts :). It's JUST too wide for it to nest into the handle (that would be boss)

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    so that little micro driver... you wouldnt happen to have any spares of those would you?
     
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    Can you mill away a little inside the handle to make it fit?
     
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    I have some small drivers from a Surge (that's what it's made from) but no extras.
     
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    Nah, it's aluminum so I would rather keep as much material as I can.
     
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    Hello old friend...my family took a trip to North Dakota and brought me back a can of this whoop arse.

    In black.

    I'll be dipping the non-tool handle after I get it cerakoted. It'll provide superior shock absorption and grip.

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    Smuggled plastic dip oh my.............
     
  20. metropolicity

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    Used the Reaper in an atypical fashion. Beerplumber once told me that he used bypass shears to cut tubing for installs. Worked great on this piece of garden hose to extended the suction pipe on our new turtle aquarium.

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