We really wanted to know if the X-Tract could serve as a work knife and replace a multi-tool, so we used it like one in a long-term test. These are just a few examples of our experiences.
In the Toolmonger shop, “standard knife use” involves cutting all kinds of materials from cord to foam. As expected, the Buck felt solid and handled the job like any other serious work knife would — very well.
Shop work also calls for prying little objects out of bigger objects, such as this rubber O-ring out of this hose connector; and, of course, opening a beer after a hard day’s labor.
We also had good luck with the pliers. It’s easy to apply lots of pressure with them, and they feel quite durable. The wire strippers are a bit iffy, but no more so than those on any other multi-tools we’ve owned. In short, they’d work if you were stranded in the jungle.
Finally, we really liked the way the X-Tract carries. Unlike most fold-down-the-middle-style multi-tools, you can cram the X-Tract into jeans pockets if you must, and it rides nicely in cargo shorts pockets. Of course, you can always wear it Batman-style, but we’re not big on that.
Read on to page three for our conclusions.