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A Cool-Looking and Functional Multitool

A Cool-Looking and Functional Multitool

  • The Skeletool CX weighs 5 ounces and is very compact. It has what most folks need on a daily basis and nothing more - no scissors, saw, or wine bottle opener here.

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  • There is a removable pocket clip on the back side of the tool - though I'm not sure why anyone would want to remove, as it's one of the nicer features. I suppose you might want to take it off if you knew it would always be carried in a sheath or clipped to something with the carabiner.

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  • I use the pliers and screwdriver bits more than anything else. Not a true needlenose, the tips of the pliers are small enough to get into fairly tight spaces.

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  • The regular cutters will cut stranded wire. Just in from them and closer to the pivot are the hard wire cutters. I have used them to cut the plastic line used in a string trimmer, 12-gauge solid copper wire, form-tie wire, and 4d finish nails. The tool has no trouble cutting these materials but for the harder ones (tie-wire and nails) you have to squeeze harder than is comfortable with the irregularly shaped handles. It’s fine for the occasional light and medium cuts in wire, but if you cut a lot of hard material you’ll want to use a tool with smoother more comfortable grips.

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  • The blade can be opened one-handed and locks into position. It's handy in the way any blade is. The CX model has a plain edge and is made from 154CM Stainless Steel, a higher grade of metal than is used in the basic Skeletool - which has a partially serrated blade.

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  • Double-ended bits fit into the end of the blade handle and can be flipped or swapped by depressing a “button” and pulling them out. Leatherman sells a variety of bits for this tool, but there's only room to store one spare.

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  • A second bit stores in a slot in the edge of the adjacent handle. It’s tucked in tight so it won’t get lost and unless you look for the thing you almost won’t know it’s there.

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  • Pocket clip is nice – instead of carrying it in the bottom of your pocket where it’s uncomfortable and creates a bulge you can clip inside the pocket near the top and it’ll be less obtrusive and won’t wear a hole in the bottom of your pocket. The clip will also fit over a belt – which given how nice this knife looks you might be tempted to do.

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  • The most striking feature of the Skeletool is the carabiner at the end of one handle; it can be used to hang the tool from a loop or ring and doubles as a bottle opener. I have to admit - I got thirsty shooting all of these photos.

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The Leatherman CX Skeletool has been out for several years. I'm writing about it now because I bought one last year and am still in love with the thing.

I was initially attracted to this multitool by its looks: It has a sleek modern shape with cutouts through the blade and handles. The original Skeletool was bare metal, with stainless steel implements and unfinished aluminum handles.  I paid an extra $20 to get the CX version, which has a better grade of stainless steel in the blade and black contrasting handles. I told myself I did it for the blade, but it was really about the handles – which turn what had been a cool looking tool into a really cool looking tool.

Now that I have had the Skeletool for a while I like it for a different set of reasons: it's light, compact, and very stripped down. It has everything I need and nothing I don't. The tool includes:

• a 2.6-inch blade from 154CM stainless steel
• needlenose pliers
• regular pliers
• wire cutters
• hard wire cutters
• carabiner/bottle opener
• large bit driver with two double sided bits (straight and Phillips)

The only thing I could see adding to this tool would be a file (which is available on the SC version) and tweezers (which I have seen in some of their other tools).