These thumb tabs fit the Leatherman FREE P4.
I have a separate listing for the Leatherman FREE P2
, since is has only one main blade.
Also see here if your looking for Thumb Tabs for the Leatherman Wave or Charge
Not compatible with the Leatherman FREE T2 or T4. Click here for those.
If you own a Leatherman P2 or P4 then you know that the thumb holes to open the blades can be razor sharp. They are also sometimes difficult to grip, or impossible to deploy with gloves on. These sturdy nylon thumb tabs are designed to solve the problem. Each of the three tabs is uniquely designed to fit one of each of the three blades on the tool. Taking into account the blade thickness and fit in the tool. The tabs rise up a small amount above the surface of the tool. Dots on the tools echo the finish on the surface of the tool. Select from nine available colors. Order more than one set to use multiple colors. The tabs have a lightly textured surface, and provide a good grip. The nylon material is porous, and will darken if exposed to grime. Select a black color if you believe this will be an issue. The nylon material is heat resistant, strong, and long lasting.
Compatible with my quick-draw holster.
Splitting up the tabs:
The tabs come joined together on a set of sprues. They can be separated using flush cutters, or by simply snapping the sprue with your tool. Then file any remaining sprue material flat. The sprues are strategically located to be hidden after installation. Because each tab is unique: A symbol is etched on the back of the two smaller tabs to help you determine which one to place on the saw, and which to place on the serrated blade.
Attaching the tabs:
The tabs are designed to be held in place using either super-glue or two small set screws each.
Super glue method: Use super-glue (cyanoacrylate). You will also need Acetone to clean up any overflow of glue. To install: Insert the tabs into the blade, ensuring they sit flush with surface of the blade. Flip the blade over and apply a drop of super glue to the seam between the blade and the tab. The glue will absorb into the plastic, and also into the seam. If any glue gets onto the blade, wait about twenty seconds, and gently clean using a lint-free cloth with a small mount of Acetone applied to it.
Removing super glued thumb tabs: Click here to watch the video showing how to remove the thumb-tabs. Acetone can be applied to the back of the tab using a cotton swab soaked in acetone. Allow the acetone to absorb into the nylon, then wait about thirty seconds before pushing the tab out from the back side. Clean up any glue residue using more acetone. You can also soften the glue by gently heating up the blade to above 120°C. The nylon does not melt until over 200°C. (Do not apply heat directly to the plastic).
You will need to source your own screws: Due to the way Shapeways works I cannot include the screws with your order.
The specs on the six set screws are M2x4mm set screws or #1-72 thread, 5/32" long
These can be found at a good hardware shop that carries small screws, as well as eBay and Amazon.com A 0.035" size hex driver is needed for the above #1-72 screws. McMaster part number: 7122A12 A 0.9mm size hex driver is needed for the above M2 screws. McMaster part number: 7289A32
If you want a color not available above, you can dye the parts using any permanent marker color you wish. Simply order the thumb tabs in white, and color them yourself. The Nylon material is pourous and holds onto color well. They may also be dyed using any fabric dye compatible with Nylon. (Polyamide ).