The sleek new Leatherman Skeletool CX gets you back to basics… very cool basics. The Skeletool CX has only the most necessary of multi-tool features, because sometimes that’s all you need. With a 154CM stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver, pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener, you’re set. Lightweight, low volume, perfect size. The Skeletool CX: Who says more is better?
In weeks prior, I provided reviews on the 4Sevens Preon 2 flashlight and a Kel Tec P-3AT, my EDC solutions to my new environment; going gray is in my best interest. Notwithstanding behavior, of course.
The Benchmade Griptilian HGS is an excellent everyday blade with it’s wonderful Axis lock and quality 154CM steel; however, it’s intimidating to some folks. Most folks in my paper-pushing arena don’t carry knives – they carry multi-tools.
Recommended to me earlier this year, I picked up the Leatherman Skeletool CX as my go-to-tool for work. I still keep my Benchmade Griptilian in my bag, but for my immediate needs, I reach for the Skeletool.
The grips are shaped ergonomically, but appear to flex quite a bit. Otherwise, don’t count that full force of your grip will be applied to the object you’re pinching. One will likely find that keeping the carabiner on the fingers, rather than the palm, is more comfortable.
The blade was hair popping sharp when I first received it and have been able to maintain it with some light stropping. The in-line lock has proved to be reliable, which is conveniently located for right-handed folks for one handed closure.
Two Leatherman bits are provided, one in the bit driver; the other in the frame. Have yet to observe any lost or loose bits.
Pocket clip isn’t bad, but it can be rough on car seats if you’re not careful. The bottle opening is a nice feature, but I would have preferred a can opener over it.
Conclusion: It delivers as advertised – a light weight package with the essentials. Most importantly, I don’t stand out as an over-the-top knife guy, but one who is prepared and sensible with a multi-tool to take care of those quirky office tasks that may need a bit of coercion. For all other things, just keep in mind that a job is almost always made easier with the right tool. If you tote around an AR15 for work, lucky you. Which in that case, these Multitasker Tools are lookin’ sharp.