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Leatherman originally scheduled the Skeletool’s release for Nov. 2007 — finally, after a number of delays, they released it two weeks ago. The Skeletool CX is still on hold until possibly later this week, and its list price on Amazon has almost doubled in the last week. Presales of the Skeletool and Skeletool CX have supposedly outstripped the initial production run according to comments on Amazon’s customer forum [What’s This?].

Toolmongers had a lot to say about this new multi-tool when we featured it back in Sept. Did Leatherman create an over-hyped frenzy, or have they hit on something? Have any of you got your hands on one, or are you still waiting? Let us know in comments.

Skeletool [Leatherman]
Skeletool CX [Leatherman]
Skeletool Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Skeletool CX Via Amazon [What’s This?]


23 Responses to Hot or Not? Leatherman’s New Skeletool

  1. I definitely plan on getting one with a gift card. I am a bit annoyed at how they designed it though.

    First of all, only the “handle scale” on the CX version is made of carbon fiber, and the rest is Tungsten coated. I prefer serrated blades since I see them as more versatile and better for general-purpose usage than straight blades. As far as handles go, I generally prefer stainless steel straight up.

    The Skeletool with the serrated blade, I’m going to have to spend an extra $20 for a tiny bit of carbon fiber and a coated I won’t even be fond of.

    B&H (reputable AV equipment shop) still has the stainless Skeletool in stock. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/511491-REG/Leatherman_830845_Skeletool_in_a_Box.html

  2. CottonCandy says:

    Don’t pay any attention to those prices on Amazon.com. Those prices shown are from a third party vendor, Click2Deal, which is known to rip people off. B&H has the SS version for $60.

  3. CottonCandy says:

    Also, how do both tools weigh in at 5 oz, shouldn’t CX be lighter than SS?

  4. PutnamEco says:

    Warm, I like multi tools that have two blades(straight and serrated) scissors and a file.
    I currently carry the leatherman wave. I have the Gerber legend on my desk, and I carry a SOG paratool in my daypack.

  5. ToolFreak says:

    I’m still looking for a Wave for a decent price. Hopefully this becomes the top of the line for $60, and the price of the Wave comes down. I guess the design is ok, but it’s still nothing very new. The much less expensive Multi-Tools work fine for me.

  6. arjuna says:

    i got mine in the mail yesterday and am pretty pleased with it. it’s pretty light in the hand, looks hawt! and the blade is really sharp. disappointments: the “removable” clip is loosely held in place with a bolt requiring one of those wrenches that looks like an asterisk (i still can’t remember what they’re called…), and other than a smallish wrench, a screw driver, a sharp knife and a caribiner clip/bottle opener, there ain’t much to it. if you’ve been using your full-on multi-tool for a while and are just looking for something that doesn’t weigh as much, don’t go this route — you’ll feel naked.

    if you currently carry a plain-old knife and want a little more versatility, this is a great way to go.

  7. PutnamEco says:

    one of those wrenches that looks like an asterisk (i still can’t remember what they’re called…
    There called torx, Leatherman commonly uses secure torx.

  8. Fred says:

    Leatherman has a reputation that I don’t quite understand. Am I buying their image or a practical tool?

  9. McAngryPants says:

    I never understood the Leatherman Mystique. I still prefer my Gerber multi-tool…

  10. Zeek says:

    It definitely gets my member moving up the Rockwell scale.

  11. arjuna says:


    Thanks! now I know what to ask for next time i’m at the tool store! *does happy dance*

  12. Fletcher says:

    The regular Skeletools are slowly, finally making their way to consumers, and the CX should follow shortly. My CX was ordered in November, and while I’m anxious to get it, I’d rather Leatherman take the time to get it right than send me a flawed product. I’ve been trying to look on the bright side and enjoy the suspense. For a great review of the Skeletool, go to multitool.org (folks who already have their Skeletools are posting their use notes in the forums there as well.) Based on their reviews, the Skeletool is living up to it’s billing, so I vote HOT.

  13. Eric says:

    I just bought a Wave, in the tactical black coating, and I’m very pleased with it. I don’t have a need for the lighter-weight version, and I like having the extra tools and multiple blades available. I do wish someone made a multi-tool that was TSA compliant so I could carry it on an airplane (obviously, no blades!).

  14. Eric,


    There is a knife-less version of the LM Fuse available, but the tools and small scissors might get it confiscated by the TSA anyways.

  15. Jeff says:

    I pre-ordered my normal version through Amazon and got it last week. I had a Fuse that I didn’t like keeping on my pocket and was eventually taken from my tool box and never returned. The Skeletool clips on my pocket nicely and I don’t even notice it there. The knife on the outside is great. On the Fuse I only used the knife, pliers, and occasionally a screwdriver so the Skeletool is a perfect match for me.

  16. Eric, I don’t know if it’s TSA-compliant, but I gave my sister a Swiss+Tech MicroPlus to carry in high school, where blades were forbidden, and she loved it. Very very small, too.

  17. Fred (a differnt one) says:

    I can’t imagine using any of these tools on the job. Maybe they would make a good gift for weekend boy scouters who want to travel light.

  18. Zathrus says:

    The Swiss+Tech MicroPlus is TSA compliant; I can’t say that I’m particularly impressed with the tool though. The UtiliKey is not TSA compliant, but they’re cheap to replace in the unlikely case they do confiscate it (and it was useful on the plane last time to open the damn bag of peanuts). I actually find the screwdrivers on the UtiliKey to be useful, although you have to be careful not to cut yourself in the process.

    I’m thinking about asking for a Wave or Skeletool for Valentine’s day or my anniversary; contrary to different Fred, I’d find either one perfectly useful for my job and around the house.

  19. RC says:

    Leatherman “assembles” its tools in the USA from “foreign and domestic” parts. I would imagine the delay is related to problems with parts made abroad. Otherwise it is hard to see how the delay could be so great.IF ALL components were actually manufactured IN Leatherman`s facilities in Portland, quality control would be direct and timely. Too bad Leatherman tools ARE NOT wholly manufactured in its own plant. Food for thought, for it appears Leatherman values its “Made in the USA” image. Unfortunately, this is only an image . . . .

  20. MR P says:

    I got the leatherman SURGE because only the biggest and baddest would do for me.
    I just had a conversation with a gut discussing whether or not made in the USA on leatherman is really made in the USA or a image. They really need some rules for this false advertising.

  21. Tim says:

    I have a Charge XTi and I am very fond of the 154CM steel. I really like the skeletool cx, but what’s the deal with the handles, are they stainless steel with carbon fiber coating or what?
    I am seriously considering buying a cx and not the standard skeletool simply because of the difference between the 154CM and the 420HC blade.
    I would welcome anyone to share their opinion.

  22. Paul says:

    Bought the Skeletool today. If you havnt held one yet do so, I bet you will want one! This is my 5th Leatherman. I have the Wave also. I use it every day at work. I find it a little on the heavy side. Had to make another hole in my belt to keep my trousers up. The Skelly is just right for the pocket. I will still have in my bag my wave & Crunch. Unfortunatly the size of Torx req for the belt clip is not included in the bit kit. It is about an T8 or T9. I would recommend the Skelly it feels good and lookes good. It is good! Just hold one, but make sure you have the money in your sky rocket cos you will want it!

  23. Paul says:

    Its a T9 for the removable belt clip.

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