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Leatherman 831082 Freestyle CX Multi-tool

3.9 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • 154CM Stainless Steel, Clip-point Knife
  • Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers
  • DLC-coated Stainless Steel Handles with Carbon-fiber Handle Insert
  • Outside-accessible Blade for One-handed Opening,
  • Locking Blade, Removable Pocket Clip, DLC Coating for Scratch and Corrosion Resistance
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Product Description

Product Description

Freestyle CX Multi-Tools

For the adventurer seeking a compact multi-tool that packs a serious punch, the Leatherman 831082 Freestyle CX Multi-tool fits the bill. This versatile multi-tool features durable DLC-coated stainless steel construction with a pair of wire cutters, a dual-action set of pliers, and a blade that can be easily opened with one hand.

The Leatherman 831082 Freestyle CX Multi-tool includes:
  • 154CM stainless steel clip-point knife
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters

Add a pocket-size frame and an outside-access blade to the list of conveniences.View larger.

For corrosion-resistance, the handles of the CX are DLC-coated stainless steel.View Larger.
Premium Blade Holds Edge Three Times Longer
The Freestyle CX boasts long-lasting, multi-purpose strength in a pocket-size 3.45-inch frame. This multi-tool features DLC coating for scratch and corrosion resistance as well as a 154CM stainless steel blade that will hold its edge three-times as long as a traditional stainless steel knife. A carbon-fiber handle insert allows the CX to offer a superior strength to weight ratio.

Designed for Superior Control, Power, and Comfort
Designed to act as your "go to" pocket knife without giving up multi-tool functionality, the CX boasts an ergonomic grip to ensure comfort and ease of use. The outside-accessible blade is easily opened with just one free hand, so while you're holding the fishing line or the flashlight in one hand, you can swiftly make cuts with the other. The CX's two-in-one needlenose/standard pliers sport both hard and regular wire cutters.

The CX also includes a removable clip, allowing you to store it on your belt or pocket for easy access at all times. Whatever the adventure, the CX is the ideal tool for powerful functionality in a portable package.

The CX is covered by a 25-year warranty.

About Leatherman: Time-Tested Tools
On a low-budget trip through Europe in 1975, recent college graduate Tim Leatherman faced a number of impromptu "fix-it" situations that his traditional pocket knife couldn't help with. Over the next eight years, Tim used his engineering background to produce countless designs and hundreds of prototypes for the tool he wished he'd had on that trip.

In 1983, the original Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool hit the market. By 1993, Leatherman was selling more than one-million tools a year. Thanks to their durability and versatility, Leatherman products--which now include multi-pliers, knives, pruners, and LED lights--are a mainstay of tradesmen and women, sailors, fishermen, hunters, backpackers, scouts, and do-it-yourselfers the world over.

What's in the Box
Leatherman 831082 Freestyle CX Multi-tool.

The Freestyle CX is a great companion tool while you're fishing, biking, or camping.

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Technical Details

Part Number 831082
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 1.2 x 0.8 inches
Item model number 831082
Color Black
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 25 years

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Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #317,431 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1,856 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Multitools & Accessories > Multitools
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available September 14, 2004

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By Jeffrey Stanley VINE VOICE on November 21, 2009
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This is the simplest leatherman plier, and the most useful in my opinion. I've owned larger Letherman tools like the wave, that I found were waaay too heavy to carry in a pocket (they are best if you plan to wear them on your belt in a holster). I've owned the juice tool which lacked a sturdy locking blade, and was too thick and heavy due to seldom used tools (micra is better for users considering this tool). I've owned the skeletool which was really nice, but still a touch too big/long to be truly pocketable (skeletool is 20% heavier and 1/2 inch longer, which makes a difference if you keep it loose in your pocket).

This tool is light and small enough to carry in your pocket every day.

The plier is sturdy and only large enough for smaller nuts or objects, around 3/4in or less. Altogh advertised as a "needle nose," it really doesn't fit into tight quarters like a true needlenose. The blade is non serrated so it's easy to sharpen at home. For righties, the blade opens easily one-handed, locks open solidly, and opens when the plier is folded (having to open the plier to access the blade is the major drawback of a lot of larger multitols).

I don't miss the screwdriver included in the skeletool because I have a leatherman micra on my keychain. This tool plus the micra is far more useful than any one tool on the market.

If you really really need the screwdriver bits and you use the pocket clip, the skeletool is probably a better bet, but this tool is more useful to me because I like to keep my pocketknife inside my pocket. A useful sturdy plier, a really high quality blade, and nothing else. If you're considering this item vs the skeletool because your wave is too big, this is the one to own unless you really want to compromise size for a flimsy screwdriver.
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I love my Freestyle and never go anywhere without it. My boyfriend has the carbon fiber skeletool that I admired, and I set out to find a personal knife of my own. I didn't want a dinky little keychain knife but I didn't want to tote around a machete either. And of course, it had to be aesthetically pleasing.

The Freestyle is all this and more. I don't have the convenience of large pockets that men have, and carrying one in my purse is next to useless. The clip is perfect for slipping into the waist of my jeans or skirt where it stays secure, hidden, and unobtrusive but ready when I need it at the flick of a thumb.

I don't like to give up style or functionality for either of the two, and with the Freestyle I don't have to. I have received many compliments on it, and it has all the quality and style you can expect from a Leatherman. Fellas, buy it for your girl. She will thank you. ;)
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I picked this up today for under $30 at Target, which was significantly cheap enough to entice me.

The workmanship of the tool is very good. Fittings are tight and there's no sideways play in the blade or pliers. It does seem quite strong. It's also a very high tech looking tool with an industrial feel.

Out of the package the tools are difficult to open. I certainly couldn't open the knife with one hand, and the pliers were stiff enough that at first it appeared to be locked. Even after twenty minutes spent with WD40 and just opening and closing the pliers are still not fluidly opened. This is likely a consequence of the workmanship however, and I expect it will get better with use.

Second, it looks good, but it seems some form was done in place of functionality. Looking at the picture you can see the blade itself has several holes. The largest one is a thumbslot for opening. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get the right leverage on the blade given the shape and the size of the tool. Also, though the holes reduce the weight by a few grams, they make the blade and tool more difficult to clean and maintain (lubricating oil must be cleaned with a qtip or risk fouling the outside of the tool which can be dangerous). There is no spring assist on the pliers, which means you work it more like a scissors.

Finally, there's only a knife and a pliers on this tool. The Leatherman Micra, though smaller, packs a lot more into the size. It can be argued that the Freestyle tools are more rugged, but unfortunately it exists in that middle ground between compact mini-tool and a proper folding knife/pliers.

As others suggest, there are other tools that cost slightly more that have better functionality.
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I have a few Leatherman multitools but this is the only one I carry with me every day. The blade is easy to reach and the pliers are good enough for most every day jobs. For example, my dog knocked a cord out of the wall the other day and bent the hell out of the prongs. I straightened them out no problem. I've also used the pliers to pull staples out of heavy cardboard, open bottles, etc. Works perfectly.

As a whole, the knife is very light and the blade is sharp out of the box. The handle feels sturdy and I don't have any reserves about putting the tool through some abuse if the job calls for it.

My ONLY gripe with this knife is that when you remove the pocket clip, the screw that held it on does not sit flush with the knife and it looks kinda funny. I'll just deal with it though - no biggy.
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