Leatherman Skeletool

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The Skeletool by Leatherman is as spooky as a skeleton. The Leatherman tool features a lightweight design so you can easily play catch with it in the park. Please don’t do that, you’ll poke your eye out. The durable stainless steel body on the Leatherman Skeletool means it will probably last longer than your last girlfriend and probably be more helpful too. This Leatherman tool packs a party everywhere it goes. The Leatherman Skeletool includes pliers, wire cutters, a knife blade, a screwdriver and a carabiner/bottle opener. This will be convenient when you want to open a bottle of Coke while rock-climbing. Good thinking Leatherman.

FEATURES of the Leatherman Skeletool.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Leatherman Skeletool.


  • Nylon Sheath Sold Separately
  • Stainless-steel construction will provide years of dependable service; each implement is heat-treated to optimal hardness for its function


  • 2.6 in/6.60 cm (blade length)


  • Assembled in the USA with domestic and imported parts


  • Removable pocket clip gives you the option of clipping onto belt, backpack or car's visor; quick-release carabiner clip detaches easily


  • Sculpted handles protect the blade and implements; perforations minimize weight
  • Secure blade is easy to open and close using lock-release on the outside of the handle
  • Clip it to your pack or belt loops with the integrated carabiner clip that doubles as a bottle opener
  • Regular Pliers
  • 25-year Warranty
  • Durable and lightweight, the body and handles are stainless steel with carbon fiber inserts in the handles for reduced weight and DLC coating for a scratch and corrosion resistance
  • Features a stainless-steel blade, needlenose/regular pliers, wire cutters, four bits and universal bit driver and bottle opener
  • The Leatherman Skeletool multitool is compatible with the Leatherman Bit Kit, sold separately
  • 420HC Stainless Steel Clip Point Combo Straight/Serrated Knife
  • Includes Phillips #1 and #2 bits and 3/16 in. and 1/4 in. flathead bits
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • 4 in/10 cm (closed)
  • 5.0 oz/142 g
  • Use the blade without opening the entire tool for one-handed use; all blades and tools are locking for your safety
Weighing in at just 5 ounces yet still packing the crucial tools, the Leatherman Skeletool crushes other multi-tools into bone dust. This four inch multi-tasker with a stainless steel blade might save your life, or it might just help you look cooler. Leave the paper clips, mullets, defusing bombs, and hostage rescues to Angus MacGyver, and carry the Leatherman Skeletool for daily use.

At a mere five ounces, the full-size Leatherman Skeletool has a stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver, removable pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener. The Skeletool is just what you need, and not an ounce more. For the pack you`re bringing in, or the hydration pack you`re peddling, the Skeletool is all function (and none of the fluff) in one good lookin` package.

• 420HC Stainless Steel Clip-point Knife.
• INCLUDED BITS: Phillips #1 and #2 Bit, Screwdriver 3/16` and 1/4` Bit.
• Nylon Sheath.
• 4 in | 10 cm (closed)
• 5.0 oz | 142 g

Appalachain Outdoors
The Skeletool from Leatherman Tool Group is a sleek 5 oz utility tool that is ready for all of your chores. With a stainless steel body containing pliers, wire cutters, screw driver, and a combo knife, what more could you want? The Skeletool will be your all in one utility knife from here on out.

The Leatherman Skeletool multitool is stripped down to the bare essence. It combines high performance, a light weight and futuristic, rugged good looks!

Made in USA.

At a mere 5 oz. the Skeletool, a full-size multi-tool from Leatherman, features only the most necessary implements, because sometimes that's all you need. Closed length: 4''. Weight: 5 oz.
Manufacturer model #: 830846.


At a mere five ounces, the Leatherman Skeletool has only the most necessary multi-tool features; because sometimes that's all you need. The removable pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener means it easily clips onto a belt, pack, or vest - no sheath required.

Al's Sports
Don't leave home without this utilitarian multi-tool that has a stainless-steel blade, needlenose and regular pliers, wire cutters, and a bit driver with 4 bits.
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Blade Length:2.6" / 6.60 cm
Blade material:Stainless steel
Bottle opener:Yes
Closed length:4 inches
Handle material:Stainless steel
Hard-wire cutters:Yes
Height:3 inches
INCLUDED BITS:Phillips #1 and #2 Bit, Screwdriver 3/16" and 1/4" Bit
Knife blade type:Partially serrated
Lanyard ring:Yes
Length:4.50 inches
Locking blade:Yes
Materials:Stainless steel, 420HC
Max blade length (in.):2.6 inches
Measurements:4 in | 10 cm (Closed),5.0 oz | 142 g (Weight), 2.6 in | 6.60 cm (Blade Length)
Measurements Closed:4" / 10 cm
Number of blades:1
Phillips screwdriver(s):2
Standard screwdriver(s):2
Tools:Needlenose pliers
Weight:5.0 oz / 142 g
Width:2.25 inches
Wire cutter:Yes
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Leatherman Skeletool Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I have 4-5 other multi-tools, but couldn't resist buying the Skeletool as it looks so cool. And, I haven't been disappointed as it is the favorite of my collection. One nice feature of it is that you can quickly and easily open the knife, which is the most common tool that I use. The blade can be opened one handed, which is a great feature. Like all Leatherman tools, the fit, finish and overall design are excellent. The pliers close down perfectly at the tip, which means they can almost be used as tweezers.
The screwdrivers are OK and totally functional, but a bit skinny and lightweight for something like tightening a ski binding screw, but still, they would work.
My initial impression on opening the box was that the Skeletool was smaller than I expected. This is no big deal, but for some reason photos of it make it look beefier. For reference, the knife blade is 2.5" long, which is about 3/4 the length of a credit card.
The thing I liked least about it was the add-on bottle opener/clip hook on the end. I can open bottles many other ways, don't need a secondary clip-in point (the tool already has a side clip) and it just adds length to the unit, as well as a sharpish tail end. But, Leatherman has come out with a new model, the Freestyle, which is the same thing as the Skeletool sans bottle opener. I'll probably have to get that one as well. :)

Andrew McLean at Backcountry.com on 07/30/2009

Great Pocket Knife/Pliers

I have had the Skeletool for about 2 years, and I have used it very, very hard and it is still going strong. I always like to carry a knife and basic tools with me, and pretty much the skeletool does everything I need and is small and light enough to fit in my pocket.

The knife design is good, very sharp, and quick to deploy. The Plier/wire cutter a good, however you need grip down a certain way if you are gripping down hard or it will dig into your palm.

People complain about cleaning, but most multi-tools have knooks and cranies that are hard to reach. I had this thing digging in mud and dirt, cutting sheetrock, and pulling hooks out of bluefish deep sea fishing. I just wash it in the sink with some soap and hot water, dry it, use a q-tip, then spray it with some WD40, wipe it down and its back in my pocket. Never had serious built up crud or rust issues.

The only thing you got to watch for is the screwdriver bits. The slot that holds the second bit is not the best. It fell out a few times, but thankfully I keep finding it.

The Skeletool is 3 ounces lighter than the Wave, and has a much better knife then the Gerber Critical. For me the Skeletool is the perfect pocket tool.
Buckaroo Banzai at REI on 12/12/2010

Pretty Awesome Pocket Knife(w/ benefits)

I use the Skeletool (and the Leatherman Bit Kit) for basic everyday use as well as bicycling. I bought this as a replacement for an old 'traditional' Leatherman, which I still have. Some of the pros/cons are in comparison to the old Leatherman I have.

-Knife is easily accessible and, when extended, has a surprisingly comfortable (and safe) grip.
-When using the pliers, the grip is again very comfortable even squeezing really hard.
-Belt clip is sturdy and very useful. I use it as a money clip that holds 6 cards.
-storage for 1 additional bit
-Overall great feel.
-It looks cool.

-Bottle opener doesn't work great, but does work.
-Its not that light, compared to my old Leatherman.
-It only carries two bits, one of which is always in place. If it is removed, the Skeletool looks weird. Also, a sharp bit may be dangerous when using the pliers because the bit is integrated with the handle.
-IMPOSSIBLE to open with one hand. And even with two hands, it is way to difficult to open.
-The needlenose is less substantial.
-It weights no less than a traditional Leatherman while not incorporating as many different tools.

Overall, I am really happy with this purchase. I carry it everywhere.
kDom at REI on 06/06/2011

Just enough of what you need

I use to carry just a simple single blade pocket knife that clipped to my pocket. However I noticed that I often asked it to do simple little tasks that it wasn't made for (turn into a screw driver or wire strippers). The Skeletool meets all my needs as a daily tool with way more skill than just a knife but with out going crazy and offering a million options like most multi tools. I use the knife daily for simple cutting of boxes or what ever (nice because it opens on the outside of the handle and locks), but now I have the joy of screw drivers (two sizes of each), pliers (which have worked great fishing on the rivers), wire strippers and don’t forget the bottle opener, all this while still clipping to my pocket.

For simple daily tasks it’s awesome! Have had it for a few months now with no issues and I carry it every day.

If you enjoy having every tool known to man on your hip this is NOT for you.
Mtn. Mike at REI on 04/04/2008

Happy w/ the tool, not with Leatherman

I love the tool, I wanted the CX model, but it's still not available. So I bought this one.

The tool is a great size, it's built fantastically. It was a little stiff at first, but has loosened a little since I've had it. I carry it everyday on my belt loop(replacing a Leatherman e307x) it works well there. With the size, and functionality I could recommend it to anyone.

The only thing that would make it better would be making it a little lighter, but the only way I could see them doing so is using a lighter metal. I can't say the weight is bad, it DOES feel good in the hand.

I will be buying the CX when/if it ever makes it out, just for the combo blade.

Leatherman did an EXCELLENT job with this design, I only wish they could do a little better with the release.
ruindpzzle at REI on 02/02/2008

Great Tool!

I'm in the Navy and have owned many, many multi-tools. This is by far the best I've ever had. I love that I don't need a stupid little pouch to put it on my belt.
No ridiculous tools that I never use (like a tiny, worthless saw.) I love that I don't have to open the thing to get the knife. I expected to lose one of the bits first thing, but they stay surprisingly secure and I haven't lost one yet.
The pliers do cut into your hand if you have the flat-tip bit out, easy enough to keep the phillips out instead. Otherwise it's fairly ergonomic and much stronger than expected. I have broken the pliers on all the Gerber brand tools I have used.
The clip bent when I caught it on something, so now I clip it to my belt loop.
Scrodee at REI on 03/03/2009



There are other tools out there, but this one is the best for me. Other multi-tools have tons of different tools, but the problem is always that the 1,000 different tools are hard to use, add bulk to the other units and rarely see use.

The Skeletool is different. You get what you need, in a format that is easy to use and is lightweight and comfortable. No fluff, No over-kill, just the perfect tool for your pocket.

Quality on the item is top notch, and the comfort is unequaled. The Skeletool just FEELS RIGHT in your hand and in use.

I'll purchase another one for myself just because I'm a fan, and I'd recommend everybody else to get one too. I'm the Goldielocks of multi-tool users and the Skeletool is JUST RIGHT!
TyBobReed at REI on 03/03/2011

A well made tool for minimalists

This is a well-crafted, durable tool for those that want the essential tools that are used most and don't want the extra bulk and weight that comes with other multi-tools.

I've used a few different, well-known brands of multi-tools and have had complaints with the quality or functionality. This one will stand up to the abuse.

The knife is extremely sharp and strong, not to mention, accessible -as you don't have to butterfly the tool open to get to it.

The bit driver is really a great feature and is something I use more than I thought I would.

The grip is comfortable for a medium or small hand and it's compact stature allows it to be comfortably carried in a pocket or pack.
socaloosters at REI on 09/09/2013

Big fan of the Skeletool and Leatherman products in general.
Having owned multiple Leatherman products and iterations, I can say that this is my 2nd favorite (1st being the Skeletool CX). The design is simple, intuitive and has all of your essentials: Screwdriver w/interchangeable bits, knife, bottle opener, belt clip, pliers & wire cutters.
This isn't overly fancy and overloaded with unnecessary items (do you really need itty bitty tweezers?) like some other multitools. It has the essentials and that's it (yes, bottle openers ARE essential), If you find that you need anything other than what's provided in this tool, you might want to look towards actual workshop grade tools and devices. I always carry my CX version on my and this one in the glove compartment of my car.
Highly recommended.

David Hugens at Backcountry.com on 03/26/2013

Down to the essentials

This has become my daily knife, replacing my old favorite, the Swiss Army Knife. I use this thing all the time; I even used the pliers to remove a tick last night.Nice big locking blade accessible without opening the pliers, very cool interchangeable screwing heads, good sturdy pliers, and a bottle opener. The carabiner/bottle opener is cool, and I use the side clip for pants that don't have belt loops.Not super easy to use the screwdrivers because of how you have to hold it (half open), and the flathead bits are sharp if you forget they're in.I bought the Tungsten version of this and almost immediately traded it in for the aluminum, which is plenty durable, barely weighs a few ozs more, and costs [$] less.
Jabwocky at REI on 05/05/2008

Negative Reviews:

showy but not very useful

I purchased the Skeletool as a replacement for my original Leatherman tool. Two days before I went on a three week trip to northern Manitoba I found the original and took both tools along.
After three weeks I am not impressed by the Skeletool. On the plus side: It looks sharp, has a nice locking blade (way better than the original) and most tools do more or less what they are supposed to do. However, the glitzy design makes it uncomfortable to use for many tasks, the driver bits are not all that great for poking and prying (when you don't want to use your blade), there is no file or can opener, and, if not careful, the bottle opener breaks the rim of the bottle. The belt clip is handy, but I feel more comfortable having the tool solidly stashed away in a belt pouch after I lost a few things that were attached by a simple belt clip.
The tool is about the same size as the Original Leatherman tool and weighs insignificantly less. It is NOT a full-size multitool at half the weight, as claimed by Leatherman. The open design collects sand and dirt and makes the tool hard to clean. Finally, the tool starts to rust after hanging out in my (admittedly often wet) pant pockets for a bit less than three weeks.
CT hiker at REI on 07/07/2008

Nice looking but.....

Nice looking tool, and had high hopes for an "all around tool", but..... First and foremost, one of the plier jaws snapped off while trying to twist off a piece of plastic from a package. Really! Now maybe the plier isn't suited to twisting motions etc...., but beaten up by plastic?.... vs. steel? It looks like it's made out of pot metal. I found trying to use it as a screw driver was pretty uncomfortable; maybe good for a half turn tighten-ups, but anything other than that, not the best tool. Sticking to my red Swiss Army; not as techy looking, but it gets the job done with greater ease and grace.
mrkjhn at REI on 01/01/2010

Poor Ergonomics

I have owned an original Leatherman since they were released. The Skeletool had an attractive design and appeared to be a good minimalist tool. Behind the good looks is a poor design. The screwdriver socket is off-set which makes it awkward to use (same as on the original). The biggest issue I had was with the pliers. If you are right handed your thumb naturally falls where the back of the knife blade pinches it when closing the pliers. The tool does have a sharp knife blade but there are less expensive and lighter alternatives. I gave mine away, with a warning.
Joe Biker at REI on 04/04/2010

Ultralight sacrifices durability

Maybe this was a defect but the tool snapped in two at the pliers while trying to remove a stubborn tent stake. I'm an ultra lighter but perhaps the extra ounce would have made this tool more durable. The holes look cool but they shouldn't be there. Just my opinion....
Thruhike03 at REI on 08/08/2011

Not what I expected!

I was frustrated that the knife started to rust after only a couple of of uses. The eyeglass bit that comes with the additional attachments doesn't work with the Skeletools. The built in biner clip is in a position that is not functional.
NYTMRE at REI on 03/03/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Pinch Points

The first time I used the pliers it pinched my hand, which has never happened with the 3 other leatherman tools I've had. Otherwise it works fine, but is better suited to lighter use.It also seems to have too many parts/seams/holes for what it does which will pick up grime/dirt in the field. I don't understand why the cx is [$] more for 1" of serrated blade.Still contemplating whether to keep it or not, which is not usually my reaction to leatherman tools.
MickJP at REI on 03/03/2008

Not Bad

Not a bad tool to have. Nothing great either. I use this at work. Fairly useful tool for average jobs. I feel confident to have this along with me on the trail, and it has definately come in handy. I like the fact that it has a clip, but I do have a sheeth to store the bits in. But, if you're one who really likes to get into a nitty-grit with tools and see results, look for another Leatherman.
JAltitude at REI on 10/10/2011

Pretty cool, but lacks some functions

High quality material like all leatherman products. however it lacks a can opener which is quite usuful outdoors. also an eye-glass screwdriver is not compatible, even though the bit kit sold be LM says it fits. but there it is not possible to use the tiny ones.
TomerKe at REI on 09/09/2013

Lightweight, but not for everyone

The screwdriver bits keep falling out! I would not buy this for general use. The light weight is great for minimalists, but it is not comfortable enough for everyday use. If you need an everyday utility tool, go heavier.
raysingh at REI on 08/08/2010