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- Last updated: 28/11/2016
When the Leatherman Skeletool™ was first launched in 2008 it was the first multi-tool of its kind on the market – a stripped down design with only the bare basics of tools, but an ideal lightweight for the airgun hunter.
A multi-tool stripped down to its bare essence it weighs a mere 5oz and measures 4 1/8” in length in the closed position. Strength of build isn’t compromised even though the handles of this butterfly opener (including the straight edge 2 ½” long knife it contains) have been cleverly lightened. This has been achieved by ‘holes’ being drilled at strategic positions where they don’t affect the strength or build characteristics.
Manufactured from hardwearing aluminium and stainless steel it features a set of needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters and hard wire cutters. On the lower part of the bowed handle is a carabiner clip and bottle opener. There’s also a removable pocket/belt clip.
On the end of the other handle is a bit driver holding a double sided 3/16”and ¼” screwdriver. There’s also a double sided #1 and #2 Phillips head bit held in a purpose holder in the frame of the unit.
Close the tool back to its original position and you can safely use the one-handed opening 420HC stainless steel part serrated clip point knife blade. This easily thumbs out due to an elongated thumbhole and stays securely deployed by a strong lock liner. It’s also surprisingly comfortable to use due to the cleverly designed shape of the handles. Incidentally though the handle ‘scale’ is aluminium the main body, rivets and pivot points of the Skeletool are stainless steel.
The model shown here is the standard version, there’s also the Skeletool™CX made from stainless steel and a Tungsten DLC scratch resistant coating with carbon fibre scale detail. The knife is also a 154CM grade metal but it holds the same other features as the model here on test. There’s now even an SX model featuring all the CX build qualities and features but with the addition of a diamond coated file.
The Leatherman Skeletool™ incl Nylon Pouch is priced at £69.95 for the SRP Standard model on test, £99.95 for the CX and £84.95 for the SX version. For stockists contact
Whitby and Co tel. 01539 721032 or visit www.whitbyandco.co.uk