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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PERFECT for your POCKET
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!
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.
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.
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.