Having a multi-tool with you is a really good thing. Some tools are big, bulky and have everything but the kitchen sink on them. Others are smaller, but skimp out on tools. Here’s what we think about the Leatherman Skeletool.
I’m not going to lie to you. I bought this Leatherman pretty much based on looks alone. The name is cooler than hell, too. After using it as my every-day-carry (EDC) I have come to love this model from Leatherman.
I have a case that attaches the wave to a belt but never got used to using it, and it is just to bulky to keep in my pocket. Because of this I end up leaving it in the truck or in the camping box. One of the best attributes of the Skeletool is that it is smaller. It feels like a traditional lockblade in my pocket, and this is the number one thing I am looking for with and EDC.
The website says there are seven tools on the Skeletool. Thats a little misleading because they list what I would include in pliers 4 times.
Here is the official list:
- Needlenose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Hard-wire Cutters
- 420HC Combo Knife
- Carabiner Clip/Bottle Opener
- Large Bit Driver
The quality of the blade is top notch. I have used it to cut and dismember all sorts of materials. The blade makes quick work of cardboard, pencils and anything else I have thrown at it. I like having a serrated blade for heavy cutting, but there is still enough flat blade for regular whittling.
The screwdriver is ok. Not great. This is mainly because of the shape of the tool. It has a curve to it that makes turning screws a little awkward. It just wont spin well in your hand when you are backing out a screw, and it also makes it a little uncomfortable to drive one in. The tip of the driver holds the standard two sided Leatherman bits. The Skeletool has a slot for keeping an additional bit in it for different screw types.
I highly recommend the Skeletool as an EDC. Even though it does not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other tools, the small profile and comfort of it out weigh the down falls. I have not found too many situations that it has let me down, and in those particular situations I would have needed more than any Leatherman had to offer.