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The good: -Tool is lightweight and easily clips on and off of belt loop. It's smooth edges won't rip up your belt loop after months of clipping on and off. While being light weight, it isn't too much so that it is a bad thing. -Solid/sturdy feel. Other reviews show the pliers snap easily so I am cognizant of that while using them to ensure mine doesn't meet the same fate -Looks nice. The CX has a nice finish to it. Went with this model over the standard simply because I prefer to have a black tool hanging on my belt as apposed to a shiny silver one.
The not so good: -Tool is extremely difficult to open. I have applied WD-40 to try and ease the opening of the plier tool to no avail. After a month of almost daily opening and closing, it still feels like it did on day one which can be perceived as a good thing, but I wanted it to loosen up a bit like my old leatherman multi tool -wire cutter section is very small. I use this section to cut zip ties a lot and find it more difficult than it should be to get the tie all the way down the pliers to the cutting area. Once there though it cuts it no problem. -while basic in its design, it really is limited in its uses. I think for the price point, the wave would have been a better choice for me. this tool in my opinion deserves to be in the $50-60 price range depending on if you pick the standard or the cx model like mine. There's just not a whole lot to it so I don't get the premium price point. Knife, screw driver, pliers are about it.
Overall I do like the tool and I'll keep it on my hip everyday until it breaks if it ever does, but if I could go back in time, I'd probably go with something else simply because of the price.
Came in either already broken or leatherman has just gone cheap now days. Pliers broke right out of the box. I called leatherman and they said i would have to pay to ship it to them and they may be able to fix it and it would take up to two months... very poor customer service from leatherman. I have 6 of their multitools and this will be my last.
I've had my Leatherman Skeletool CX for 3 years now. I've used it practically every day in some capacity. Primarily I'm using the knife, but having pliers and screwdriver bits is also incredibly useful. The brief version of this review is that I'm more than pleased with this tool and I honestly can't imagine being without it. The long version of the review follows.
Prior to owning the Skeletool CX I was gifted my first Leatherman, the Wave. The wave is a fantastic tool as well, and I love it, but it's really pretty heavy. And it doesn't have an integral pocket clip (you can buy one separately, but it's not sturdy). The Skeletool is mostly a pliers, a decent sized 154CM knife blade, and a couple screwdriver bits. The pliers also include a wire cutter and the carabiner clip works as a bottle opener. It's relatively lightweight hitting just a bit over 5 ounces. The carbon fiber strip is small, but effective and helps to keep the weight down just a bit.
Fit and finish are great, although mine definitely arrived a bit stiff and took some regular use to 'break in' a bit. It will definitely require two hands to open and close the tool, but knife can be very easily accessed (and closed) one-handed with a very convenient thumb-hole near the blade's spine. My blade arrived very sharp and the steel is good quality and holds an edge well; it takes quite a bit of effort to sharpen it with a quality whetstone.
My only real gripe with the tool comes from using it in pliers form. If you have the screwdriver bits installed in the end and you want to grip the 'handles' of the pliers at the very end for the most leverage you're probably going to have those screwdriver bits digging into the palm of your hand. I usually have to pull the bit out and end up setting it aside if I need the pliers and need some additional leverage. After 3 years owning the tool I did have it fail on me, though. The plier jaws managed to come misaligned somehow, missing each other by about 1/8-inch. I sent the tool back to Leatherman to take advantage of their lifetime warranty. In about 2 weeks the tool came back to me with a fresh knife blade, new screwdriver bits and the plier jaws nicely realigned. Top quality customer service right in the USA.
To me, the Skeletool (especially the CX)'s mainline feature is the knife. You can open and lock it easily and quickly in one hand (you can also fold it one-handed too but this is a little less stable gripwise and thus a little more dangerous), it's comfortable to hold and handle, and compact. Think of the Skeletool as a decent pocket knife that also has a handful of other tools, and you're going to enjoy your time with it.
The other tools are a pair of pliers, a bit driver, and a carabiner. These have other functions built into them; for example, the pliers have wire cutters built into their base, and the carabiner can be used a bottle opener. The bit driver comes with two double-sided bits: one for phillips and one for flatheads; the tool has a slot to store one bit that isn't currently loaded.
While I don't get extensive use out of ALL of them (it's mainly the screwdriver and the knife for me), they all feel like they're suitable at the things they're designed for.
Leatherman sells tools that are the same size or smaller than the Skeletool that also have more functions. What the Skeletool has going for it is that every tool it does have is well-made and very comfortable to use, which in an EDC role does count for something in my eyes. Also: it looks slick.
I love this multitool. I use it as a replacement to carrying a larger pocket knife and I feel it fits the roll it is designed for. I have a SOG Powergear multitool that it great as well but it is quite a bit heavier and I found that carrying it in a belt sheath gets annoying after awhile. The leatherman skeletool CX has all the tools I need to use on a regular basis without the extra bulk and I can skip carrying my old pocket knife as well because the knife on the CX is easy to open and is great for opening boxes which is the main reason I carry a PKnife. The screwdriver setup is great because I can leave the large flat driver set as default and then I can use it to open access boxes easy. I keep my larger SOG in my IT bag for emergencies and cary my CX with me everywhere else.
Is it worth the extra cost for the CX vs the standard Skeletool? For me, yes because I hate combo blades and the 154CM is a much better material. Plus I prefer the black coating. The carbon fiber insert does nothing except give it a bit more of a marketing hype and should not be a factor for consideration in my view.
The nit-picky: I wish the wire cutters were a bit bigger and better suited for cutting CAT cable but if I am cutting CAT then I will usually have the proper tool to do so and in a pinch this will work. The swoop of the bottle opener/carabiner makes using the pliers slightly awkward, but only a very little and not nearly enough to be uncomfortable using it as intended, as a light duty tool.
Over all if I were to lose this tool I would buy it again. If I was thinking of buying this for a friend and did not know their preference for combo or straight blade I probably get them the standard Skeletool. If I was buying my best friend one for their birthday I would spring for the CX without hesitation.
This is my 4th Leatherman Multitool. My first was a vintage PST model from March of 1984 that I acquired from the Marlboro Country Store. I still have that version and can guarantee their knives hold up. I was an electronics technician and carried my PST with me everywhere. It's still like new. I've added the Rebar & Surge in the past few months but wanted a pocket version of their multitool. The Leatherman Skeletool CX is my latest purchase and I am thrilled with every aspect of this model. It's light enough for pocket carry and has an excellent blade. The bit holder completes what to me is the perfect EDC. Thanks Leatherman!
I own a Skeletool for myself already but my buddy kept asking to borrow it when he tries to fix something, so I bought him one for Christmas.
I love everything about Leatherman, top quality products.
When you buy something like this for a friend you know it has to be a great product.
I own several Leatherman tools. Wave Surge
The Skeletool is much lighter than the Surge and Wave (my Wave is at least 15 years old my Surge is about 3 years old) So for a man in the office or outside it's so easy to love and appreciate this work of art. It's my overall favorite of multi tools.
I hear that phrase on an almost daily basis in the field. It's irritating because I always have one, and when loaning it out all the time tends to result in loss.
That being said, I've gone through quite a few multi-tools over the last decade or so. I've owned a lot of different ones. Most had more tools, of which I only used half or less. I've been sticking with this one for the last few years, since it doesn't have a bunch of extra junk I never use.
Another reason is for the carabiner clip - belt clips make me nervous. I've lost a couple tools when they were clipped to my belt, got snagged on something, and it's gone. With the carabiner clip, I keep it clipped on a belt loop and haven't lost one of these that way yet. If I could convince others to buy their own multi-tools and stop using mine, I'd probably never lose this one.
For years I carried a pocket knife that came in handy for just about 1 thing...cutting the tape on packages I received. This skeletool is far better! It is the same size as a pocket knife but can do far more. I like the non-serrated version so I can sharpen the knife on my own. This small tool in my pocket has saved me time and frustration countless times. The flathead and phillips head screw drivers have done the job about every time I needed and saved a trip to the tool shed for simple jobs. In times I would have had to stop what I was doing, go and get a tool, and return to the job, the skeletool has allowed me to finish what I was doing immediately.
This is an absolutely great knife/multitool! Leatherman does it best and the skeletool proves that. Its got all the tools you really need in a multitool and none of those bullsh!t tools you don’t really need that just add bulkiness. Screwdriver with two bits that are duel sided for 4 different bits total that lock in place very well, plier/wire cutters (the main reason for a multitool) and a knife thats a great working size and very sharp outa box and easy to sharpen. Plus a bottle opener cause who doesn’t need a bottle opener and a clip for a beltloop. My only grip is that I keep this tool in my back pocket and the clip seems sort of small and I don’t 100% trust it in my back pocket. Besides that if you’re on the fence about this tool just buy it you definitely wont regret it. I use this literally every day at work and just around. Absolutely great multitool, can’t express that enough.