Leatherman Skeletool

Leatherman-Skeletool-CX

Leatherman Skeletool

One of the most exciting new trends in tools is the Skeleton Multitool. How much a multitool weighs is an important selling point for consumers so companies like Leatherman and Gerber have tried to reduce the weight of their tools as much as possible. The technique most often used is to replace the solid metal shells with a skeleton shell. Not only do the “holes” lighten the total weight of these multitools but they also look really cool.

Leatherman Skeletool
Leatherman Skeletool

Two of the most popular skeleton multitools are the Leatherman 830846 Skeletool Multitool and the Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool.

Both multitools have a lockable blade that can be opened one handed with a little practice. The usual pliers that most multitools feature are also found on both the Skeletool and the CX. And the universal bit driver is always a welcome feature on both of these multitools.

The only real difference between them is that the Leatherman Skeletool CX is made with some carbon fiber and that gives it a more aggressive looking handle. You would think that the carbon fiber would make it lighter than the regular Skeletool (all stainless steel) but they both weigh in at 5 oz.

So whether you should opt for the multi colored CX or the completely stainless steel Skeletool, really comes down to taste. Which one do you like better? You really can’t go wrong with a Skeleton Multitool.

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool
Gerber Suspension Multitool

The Gerber Multitool is one of my favorite tools. Whether I’m doing a home improvement project or working in the garden the Gerber Multitool is always in my pocket. Not only can you cut or screw or strip or whatever you’re trying to do with it but it’s also a good looking tool. You really can’t beat the cool looking skeleton design of this multitool.

Now that the Leatherman Skeletool is out, the Gerber isn’t the only Skeleton Multitool on the market anymore. But the Leatherman Skeletool is over $50. That’s not a lot of money but if you’re looking for a bargain, you can get the Gerber for well under $30.

The actual product name is the Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier, with Sheath but no matter what you call it, you won’t be fumbling around for a tool when you’ve got this in your pocket. It comes fully loaded with the following:

Gerber Multitool
The Gerber Multitool is loaded with good stuff
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Wire Cutter/Stripper
  • Straight Blade
  • Serrated Blade
  • Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Lanyard Ring
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Saw
  • Awl

How To Kitchen Compost

Kitchen Composting

I keep garbage on my counter and I’m proud of it. Used coffee grinds, tea bags, vegetable peels, left overs and even some of my junk mail. No, I’m not a disgusting slob, I’m a kitchen composter.

During the winter, it’s not always fun to take food scraps out to the compost bin. My bins are at the far end of my property so I can’t just poke my head outside and toss stuff in. It’s definitely a shoes and coat required affair. That’s why I bought a Compost Crock.

Kitchen Composting
Kitchen Compost Crocks

It’s nice to have a container right there on your counter to toss garbage into. Mostly I use it for coffee grinds and egg shells but other stuff would be fine too. The crock kind of looks like a cookie jar so I don’t mind having it on the counter. And there’s a carbon filter in the lid so it doesn’t smell before I eventually take it out to the compost heap.

I used to use a tupperware container and just keep it in the freezer so it wouldn’t smell but I have this one from Gardeners.com now. Kitchen Compost Crock, Brilliant White.

So stop throwing out those vegetable peels and other kitchen waste and start kitchen composting.

Growing Kohlrabi

Growing Kohlrabi

Since I’ve got a lot of free space in the vegetable garden lately, I’ve been on the look out for something interesting to try growing. Sometimes I’ll go to the store to buy something like tiki torch fuel but

Growing Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi

I wind up coming home with a new plant. That’s exactly what happened this week and now I’m going to try growing kohlrabi.

Kohlrabi definitely seems like an interesting vegetable to try growing. So what exactly is Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is also known as a German turnip. It doesn’t taste like a turnip though. People say it has a taste that sort of is a cross between a broccoli stem and an apple. I think technically the vegetable is related to cabbage but it must be a third cousin or something because I just don’t see the family resemblance.

I planted them a few feet apart but only because of all that space in the vegetable garden that I’ve mentioned before. You can put them a lot closer together if you’re short on space. The rest of the planting instructions are pretty typical, well drained soil, amended with a lot of compost, heavy feeder.

So what can I do with this Kohlrabi? That’s a good question. I’ve looked up some recipes to try and they seem pretty simple. You can eat it cooked or raw. You can fry or grill kohlrabi with garlic and oil but that’s not very exciting. You can cook and old shoe with garlic and oil and it’ll still taste good. I also found some coleslaw recipes that use kohlrabi instead of cabbage. That sounds good. I’ll definitely give that one a shot.

Well I hope to be able to try these recipes, but that depends if the plants don’t get eaten by a woodchuck or get bombed with several inches of hail. It’s been a decent gardening season so far but hopefully I’ll be able to remember it as the first season that I grew kohlrabi.