Leatherman Skeletool Review – Going Back To Basic Is Best

Leatherman skeletool review

Choosing a multi-tool is not at all like choosing a pair of socks. One may keep you warm on a cold night, but the other can keep you out of the cold at. I’d rather give more thought to the one that keeps me out of the cold. But unfortunately, many people choose a multi-tool the same way they choose a pair of socks – by its looks.

Sure, looks do matter, and that’s why many settle for the Leatherman Skeletool – now that’s a beauty. But beyond its beauty, the Leatherman Skeletool is also a very handy tool. Perhaps a Leatherman Skeletool review is in order at this juncture, what do you think?

I thought you’d like that. But first things first…

How To Choose A Multi-Tool That Suits Your Lifestyle

Before we look at this uniquely designed multi-tool, let me help you choose a pair of socks. Not really, I have the worst fashion sense on earth, but when it comes to multi-tools, let’s just say I’m the right man for the job. Let’s put socks aside and move on to our guide to choosing a multi-tool.

  • 1. Choose By Type

When it comes to multi-tools, there are basically 3 types you can choose from, and depending on your needs and lifestyle, one or 2 of these types might just be what you need.

  • Keychain Multitools. These are the small multitools that you can put your keychain, obviously for the one single reason that you take your keys everywhere, and the multitool will automatically follow, never to be forgotten again. Despite their small size, keychain multitools have the ability to take you out of big problems.
  • Pocket Multitools. These are a step above keychain multitools in size and functionality. And because of their size, they obviously can’t go on your keychain. But in your pocket, they fit so snugly you can even forget you are carrying many tools.
  • Belt Multitools. These are full-sized tools put together in one powerful tool that is still portable enough but can’t fit in your pocket. This is why they are usually worn on a belt or carried in a small bag on your person, bicycle, or wherever it’s convenient. Which types suits you best?
  • 2. What are Your Specific Needs?

I’m sure you’ve heard the marketing hype around multitools – one tool that does everything. In all honesty, even though a multitool can take care of a lot of tasks, it can’t do it all. Some are better at other specific tasks than others, like repairing guns, bicycles, and etcetera.

Your choice of multitool should be determined by the kind of tools you use most often. You may not find them all in the one tool, but it is highly likely you will find most of them in a good one. This is where Leatherman multitools shine. The company knows exactly what you need in your multitool and package them accordingly.

What specific tools do you need in a multitool? After all, carrying a multitool that doesn’t cater to your needs defeats the whole purpose of carrying one, doesn’t it?

  • 3. Buy a Reputable Brand

You stop by the gas station on your way from work. You’ve been thinking of getting a multitool for some time now but never got the chance to get to it. And then you see a beautiful shiny one at the counter, and at a giveaway price too! Is this fate or what?

No, it’s not.

If it is not made by a reputable brand, like Leatherman, steer clear of it. Otherwise, you will find out the hard way that a tin multitool is only good at opening cans - if it manages to do even that.

Right, now that we got those 3 issues out of the way, let’s continue with our Leatherman Skeletool review. 

The Leatherman Skeletool Review – Bare Bones But Brute Power

If there is one thing unique about the Leatherman Skeletool, it’s the minimalistic design. But don’t let that fool you, this is one multitool that lives up to being a multitool by way of all the nifty things it can help you achieve. Let’s break it down and scrutinize this skeletal tool.

Design And Construction

LEATHERMAN - Skeletool Lightweight Multitool with Combo Knife and...
  • READY FOR ANYTHING: The Skeletool has everything you need and nothing you don't in one good-looking package. And it's...
  • FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: The Skeletool is equipped with 7 tools, including a knife, pliers, a large exchangeable bit...
  • LET'S BE PRACTICAL: Sometimes you only have one hand to spare. Skeletool only requires one hand to open and use all the...

The first thing you will notice about the Leatherman Skeletool is its skeletal design. I don’t know about you but I find it to be cool. It’s a simple frame that is surprisingly able to contain a number of very useful tools. Because of this skeletal design, the Leatherman Skeletool is the perfect pocket multitool to carry around as it is a mere 4-inches long and weighs only 5oz, the perfect fit for your pocket. If you are looking for an everyday carry multitool the Leatherman Skeletool is your multitool of choice.

Like all Leatherman products, utmost care has been put into the design of the Skeletool. The Skeletool is made of stainless steel which not only makes it beautiful but easy to clean as well. As for durability, this multitool will see you through many projects for years to come. It’s just that well-built.

The Leatherman Skeletool is also designed with flowing curves that make it fit well in your pocket and easy to grip when you are using it. Every design element in this amazing tool serves a purpose.

Tools On The Leatherman Skeletool

Although the Leatherman Skeletool is a minimalist multitool, meaning it isn’t a fully loaded multitool, it has its advantages over the other “full house” multitools available. For one, because the pivot is under a lot of pressure as on other multitools, it makes it easier to deploy the tools on the Leatherman Skeletool.

So what tools does the Skeletool offer? Leatherman cleverly only included only the bare essential tools on this multitool. I say cleverly because their selection of tools affords you all the basic tools you will need in most situations and most are versatile enough to carry out a number of tasks. Okay, enough of the suspense let me show you the tools that come with the Leatherman Skeletool.

  • Needle-nosed pliers. This is one of the main tools on the Skeletool and it also incorporates a wire cutting and stripping section.  Main blade. The blade on the Leatherman is a 154CM half serrated blade that is sturdy enough to serve you in any situation.
  • Bit holder. The Leatherman Skeletool features not only a cool locking bit holder, but it comes with an extra in the frame, making them two - a #1 and a #2 Phillips. And if you need to enhance your Skeletool with other bits, they are readily available at a very affordable cost.
  • Carabiner loop. If you do a bit of climbing, camping, fishing, or any other pastime that needs a carabiner, you will truly appreciate the Leatherman Skeletool for this innovative addition to its list of tools.
  • Can opener
  • Pocket clip

Pretty basic for a multitool, but it is functional enough to get most tasks done, fast and efficient. Many people despise the Leatherman Skeletool for being basic, but there are times when going back to basics is actually the best. I mean, why not if the multitool is able to fit in your pocket, is versatile, and is tough enough for most challenges? Especially if that tool is the Leatherman Skeletool, go for it.

Ergonomics And Ease Of Use

When it comes to taking out your Leatherman Skeletool and using it, that’s when you will truly appreciate its design. For one, you can easily deploy the knife blade with one hand. And for those who love the snapping sound of a blade being deployed or closed, you will find the Skeletool to be music to your ears. But I digress.

Leatherman skeletool review

Though the Leatherman Skeletool is a very comfortable tool to use, you will have to mindful of the fact that it is a directional tool. For example, when you open it to use the pliers, one of the handles is rounded outwards while the other is rounded inwards. This makes using it more comfortable in one direction as compared to the other, depending on whether you are right handed or left handed and also on the way you hold it depending on the situation.

As for pinch points, the Skeletool has none, making it even easier to use without having to worry about being pinched and developing blisters.

Despite having a skeletal frame, the Leatherman Skeletool is surprisingly comfortable and easy to use.

The Leatherman Skeletal Review – Is It Really Worth It?

If there is one multitool you need to have, even if you have a toolbox full of tools and another multitool on hand, it is the Leatherman Skeletool. Even if it can’t at times “do it all”, it is a great complementary tool that makes work easier. So yes, the Leatherman Skeletool is very much worth it.

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