Leatherman - Skeletool®
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- At a mere five ounces, the Leatherman Skeletool Multitool has a stainless steel combo blade, pliers, bit driver, removable pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener. The Skeletool is just what you need in one good lookin' package.
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I have seen this tool pitched for hiking/camping. If you are an avid outdoorsman, get the Charge TTi. The Skeletool is lighter but only by 3.2 ounces (5 compared to 8.2). For that minimal weight savings, you sacrifice having a saw, file, backup blades and a can opener. Seems like a really bad trade off in survival situations.
WHAT THIS TOOL IS
The Skeletool is a great pocket knife replacement. It is light enough and compact enough to replace your trusty pocket knife. Without even openning the swing arms, you can access the knife (which is very solid) and bottle openner / carabiner. Openning the swing arms provides access to very solid pliers and screwdriver. The screwdriver gives access to 4 screwdriver heads since the removable bits are reversable and the handle stores an extra bit.
The Skeletool would also make a great multitool for IT support people since it has everything that a tech support person might need in a pinch.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Build quailty is great (as I have come to expect from Leatherman). For the minimal size and weigtht of the tool, it provides good functionality. If you carry a pocket knife and/or just need the few tools that the Skeletool provides, I would definately recommend replacing it with the Skeletool (a real set of pliers can be very handy). If you are looking for a toolbox replacement (or as near as you can get with a multitool) or if you are looking for an outdoor survival tool, get the Charge TTi. You will give up too much for the 3.2 ounces of weight savings.
Personally, I have both. I usually carry the Skeletool, but grab my Charge TTi when I need a fully functional multitool.
One of the criterion for a great multitool is versatility, and for the longest time I thought that meant more blades, attachments, and enhancements. While that's partially true, that also means a bigger, heavier footprint. When I finally upgraded to the heavyweight behemoth that is the Leatherman 830160 Surge Pocket Multitool with Leather Sheath and found myself leaving it at home more and more often because of its weight, I realized something was wrong.
The reality is most blades/tool-blades seldom see the light of day outside of camping, and the added weight and size only serve to discourage daily carry. Barring camping or novelty, when was the last time you used your pocket-knife's can-opener? Wood saw? Awl? Corkscrew?? Is there anything you absolutely need scissors for that can't be accomplished with a blade or wire cutter? Do you unconditionally NEED eyeglass-sized screwdrivers on you 24-7?
Most daily applications can be accomplished with a simple blade, a couple drivers, a good set of pliers, and a bottle opener ;). And that's exactly what the Skeletool standard and CX multitools offer.
What makes the Skeletool CX great isn't the *number* of tools, it's the *versatility* of its few, well thought out tools, allowing for a 5 ounces overall weight, slim form-factor, and not one but two carry clips. The standard side-clip is removable (thought cannot be installed in any other positions on the tool) while the carabiner turns out to be far more useful than I'd imagined -- I find myself hanging it on my belt loop most of the time, keeping my belt free of pouches and my pockets comfortably empty.Read more ›
This may not be the most helpful review in the world, but since the tool is pretty minimal there isn't a whole lot to review. It's light (compared to other full-sized tools) but also seems to be very durable and well-made. It also feels comfortable to hold and has an ergonomic design.
The blade on it is quite nice and will replace my Leatherman C301 pocket-knife. It was a tad bit stiff at first, but after a couple of days it opens easily with 1 hand.
I really like the screwdriver bit storage in the handle. The way it works is, you always leave a bit that will be exposed and ready-to-use when the tool is opened (the philips is in when you first get it). The flat-blade bit is stored in the handle. Handy having the screwdriver readily available when you open it.
Overall I would recommend it if you're looking for a quality full-sized Leatherman tool that shaves off a few ounces over some of the heavier alternatives like the Wave. Very nice product!
The Leatherman Skeletool is one of several full-size tools that Leatherman currently manufactures, with more than 60% of the manufacturing work done right from their Portland, Oregon facility. Leatherman's website recommends the Skeletool for biking, boating, and fishing, but they may want to add that it's also great for techies.
- Great build quality
- Just the right amount of tools
- Awesome bit driver
- Easy to operate knife, one-handed
- Looks great
- Just 5 ounces
- Incredible 25 year warranty
I bought my first Leatherman, the Super Tool, way back in 1995, when Eddie Bauer used to sell them in their stores. For years, it was the only tool I owned or wanted and is still my favorite tool by far. I'm fortunate enough to have added a second Leatherman to my collection and now have two favorite tools--my trusty old Super Tool and the new Skeletool.
The Skeletool's build quality is indisputably Leatherman-grade. The Skeletool exudes quality and durability. Every piece of the Skeletool lines up perfectly and operates smoothly. If it's anything like my Super Tool, it's going to take a lot to break the Skeletool and it should last a very long time.
All told, there are seven tools on the Skeletool:
1. Needlenose pliers
2. Regular pliers
3. Combo straight/serrated knife
4. Wire cutters
5. Hard-wire cutters
6. Bit driver
7. Carabiner/bottle opener
Whew!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best tool by far, my husband feels naked and lost without it on his hip. he lost it for a day and was literally about to buy another one here on amazon because he was so sad he... Read morePublished 49 minutes ago by Amazon Customer
Great tool, easy to carry and not bulky like my other leatherman with its case. Clip makes it fast to access and blade can be opened/closed with one hand, which is great. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Pat Heenan
Very solid feel when compact, the curved handle when open feels nice. Knife is sharp. Overall very happy with it,Published 1 day ago by SteveFromAccounting
I carry this everyday and I don't know why I didn't purchase one sooner. In the past I had bigger, bulkier Leathermans that did the job but I never used most of the tools. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chris Davies
Bought one for myself and loved it so much bought a couple more for my friends as a gift. Great minimal/lightweight EDC (has a pocket clip).Published 4 days ago by Todd Farrell
I don't go anywhere without my Skeletool. Fantastic piece of gear.Published 4 days ago by Mr. Powers
I've owned a number of Leatherman products over the years and in general I have been pleased with them. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Boothe
Perfect weight and size for an everyday tool. Has all the tools you normally need and not all the extra stuff that you'd only use on a camping trip. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Al