13 July, 2011

My Review of Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool

Originally submitted at REI

With an REI exclusive color, this Leatherman Skeletool combines high performance, a light weight and futuristic, rugged good looks—all stripped down to the bare essence of a microtool.

Neat tool, but pretty weak lava...

By Chris Partida from Whittier, CA on 7/13/2011


2out of 5

Pros: Functional, Convenient size, Neat Design, Perfect Bottle Opener, Basic Tools - No Overkill, Sharp Blade

Cons: Soft Steel On Blade, Lava Red Chips Too Easily, Some Flex In Pliers, Dulls Quickly

Best Uses: Home, EDC, Camping

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

Was this a gift?: No

I love the design of the Skeletool, and when I saw the REI Exclusive Red version, I jumped on it immediately. That decision turned a bit sour once I noticed that the paint had started to chip off within a month of carrying it daily. Now, about 2.5mos in, with some good usage in the last few days - the paint is nearly gone on the shield over the knife blade. The other side is very spotty.

The blade has it's drawbacks, as it is very soft steel, and will really lose shape with a proper sharpening, especially when touching up the backside of the serration. This is a sad point, as I replaced my EDC blade with the Skeletool, and it lost it's edge rather quick, only to lose it's shape upon sharpening.

The bottle opener is the best I've ever seen, and love to use it.

The bits work out very well, but I think I may have killed my Phillips #1. RIP lil guy, you did great.

I would recommend this tool, but not in any color that is painted on - perhaps if it were anodized or even powder coated.

Where's the lava red?


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There's some, but it'll be gone soon.


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1 comment:

Duke said...

Thanks for the write up! I too love the design of the Leatherman Skeletool and have been wanting one for a while. I've noticed there is a range of Blue and Orange ones that have just come out, and was debating buying one as they look good... I think I'll be sticking with Silver now though.