Most Toolmongers know that I’m a total multi-tool hater. Most of ’em are designed primarily as a combination tool (that just happens to have a knife blade), and while that’s handy, I want a real knife. That’s what the X-Tract claims to deliver: a multi-tool that’s primarily a knife, but offers some other functionality, too.
It’s really intended as an “outdoors and sports” knife, but we decided to see if the X-Tract could serve a more traditional working-shop role. The results were surprising. Read on past the jump for lots of photos and hands-on goodness.
The buck is packaged in a “way too big for itself” box that made us suspect we might find a full-sized boot knife inside. When we opened the box, though, the not-so-huge X-Tract slid right out, presented in a compact holster that’s not any bigger than a standard folding blade.
Picking up the blade reveals that it’s extremely light at only 6.1 oz. We were surprised to discover that it feels strangely comfortable in our hands, even considering its odd shape and the 3/4” span.
The X-Tract has five blades. T he first — and arguably the most important — is the 3” drop point blade with a half serrated edge. It features a sturdy liner lock and a one-handed opening stud. This blade is the heavy-lifting backbone of the X-Tract system.
But what would a multi-tool be without a pair of pliers? The X-Tract features a pair of heavy pliers that side forward along the handle’s spine, locking via a push lever located near the front corner. The pliers are spring loaded and include a small wire stripper and cutter near the pivot.
Flip the knife over on its back to reveal a clever screwdriver system that slides a common bit out of one end and a Phillips head out of the other. The bits are connected in the middle by a sliding push-button lock.
The fifth tool is the ever-present bottle opener; no multi-tool worth its salt could show its face if it didn’t have one of these somewhere.
Read on to page two for our in use experiences.