Leatherman Skeletool


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