Leatherman Skeletool and Bit Kit Review

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 Leatherman Wave, and a few other Leatherman tools that I have used and loved.  Quality has never been an issue for any tool from them.  I keep my wave in my truck console and used to use it when I needed a quick fix for common things.  The wave is even better on camping trips with all its different attachments and tools.

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.

I really like the pliers.  They make this tool work as and EDC for me.  Wire cutting and stripping is easy with the pliers.  Gripping and pulling with them is very good, but the thin handles can start to hurt a little if you are doing a lot of cutting or squeezing it hard.   The pliers are somewhat thin, much thinner than traditional pliers, so I will say that I have been a little skiddish on grabbing something and twisting with them.  You can feel the flex on the handles and in the mouth of them when you start to exert a twisting force so I have not pushed very hard.

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 purchased the bit kit and extension for Leatherman multi-tools.  The tip on the Skeletool is short, and does not extend outside the tool, so you have to use it with the tool in the open position when using the screwdriver.  As mentioned before it is cumbersome to do this.  With the extension in place, you can keep the tool closed and it makes turning screws so much better.  The assortment of bits has somewhere around 40 different heads, and will get you access into pretty much anything with a screw on it.

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.

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