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LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX Multitool
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- Stainless-steel handles with carbon-fiber handle scale and Tungsten DLC scratch-resistant coating
- Outside-accessible blades mean, just like a pocket knife, it can be opened quickly with one hand
- Bit driver technology makes it possible to customize the tool for any job
- At a mere 5 ounces, the lightest full-size multi-tool on the market
- Backed by a 25-year warranty
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1) The metal used to make the blade in each model is different. The stainless version uses 420HC steel, which is a decent metal with good hardness and good edge retention. The CX version uses 154CM steel, which is considered by many as a "super steel" because of its good corrosion resistance and excellent toughness and edge retention. Imho, this is worth the $20 price difference alone.
2) The blade styles are different. The stainless version has a plain edge whereas the CX has a partially serrated blade. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The plain blade is much easier to sharpen because you dont have to deal with maintaining any serrations (if you dont know what you are doing, serrations tend to get ground away when you do any sharpening). The partially serrated blade, however, is much more versatile in terms of cutting. In a pinch, you can used the serrated part of the knife as a saw or just for more cutting power. Additionally, if you learn the proper technique, sharpening a serrated blade is not that much more difficult, albeit a bit more time consuming. Personally, I like the partially serrated blade.
3) The tungsten coating isnt just for looks. True, it makes this tool even sexier than it would otherwise be, but it also adds a layer of corrosion/oxidation protection. This is a big deal to those of us who intend to use the tool in humid or moist conditions.Read more ›
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 ›
Now for the negatives: As good as the bits on the screwdriver are, I find the curve of the handle to make screwing anything of substance feel awkward. The pliers, while sufficient for lightweight, emergency applications, should not be expected to perform any real torquing tasks (the first time i tried this, the jaws immediately slipped off and I was left with a good blood-blister in the web of my hand).
All in all, I find it a great tool in a great package. It has the items I need most, fits them into a small form and performs passably. It fits my needs but likely isn't for everyone.
I feel compelled to publish this review, because never before had I had such an overwhelming 180-degree shift in my opinion of a product.
The fact is I went on vacation to Destin, Florida, where I decided to use this tool all week while kayak fishing. Granted, saltwater is one of the nastiest things there are to put any metal through, no matter how good. Even most stainless steel has trouble with saltwater. It is basic chemistry. The salt gives it higher conductivity, and then chemically induced currents go to work on the metal surface ultimately leading to rust/corrosion. That is why you wash any reel you've used for saltwater fishing in freshwater right after you finish using it. And that is the practice I followed with this tool. Still then, it was useless. Within 6 hours of using it for saltwater fishing, I started noticing signs of rust. So far so good. I thought to myself I culd live with a little orange here and there. Just wash it well in freshwater when you're done, use a little rubbing alcohol to eliminate moisture, lubricate again, and voila.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great multi tool very impressed and light weight replaced my edc knife for nowPublished 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great tool! I was looking for a 100% US made multitool and am sad to say that there do not appear to be any anymore but Leatherman is close. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ben W
the Leatherman 830850 was recommended by my friend who had the previous model. The blade is sharp and cuts well, I often use the bottle cap opener and have used it as a screw... Read morePublished 2 days ago by emeritek
This was a great Christmas present for my husband. He uses it all the time and it's small enough to carry in his pocket.Published 3 days ago by loura217
Love it ... durable material and easy to operate... strongly consider buying accessories for it.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I like this much more then the normal Skeletool, due to the full flat blade. However, do not buy this thinking the "carbon fiber" will give you any noticeable weight... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Matt
I purchased this item on December 18, 2015. I gave it to my husband for Christmas. He began using it on December 30. Today is February 1, 2016. The tool is BROKEN. Read morePublished 8 days ago by AEC