Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool Product Review

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Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool

My husband loves high quality tools, and he’s always been quick to point out the difference between the Leatherman multitools and their many imitators.  His latest gift to himself (he couldn’t wait for Father’s Day) is the Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool.  This particular multitool is a sleek, pared-down version of the Leatherman tool that features only the most essential tools in a form factor that is slim and easy to carry every day.  To answer the question you probably just asked: yes, my husband really does carry it every day – no matter where he goes and no matter what he’s wearing.  The Skeletool is Leatherman’s answer to the pocket knife, but it’s much more versatile.  This would have been the perfect Father’s Day gift for my husband if he could have waited that long.

The Skeletool CX Multitool features a 154CM steel blade, which is a super high grade steel that has superior strength and resists corrosion better than regular stainless steel.  The knife blade is partially serrated and razor sharp; my husband says that this blade will retain its edge better than the blade on the lesser stainless steel version of the Skeletool.  He also likes the look and feel of the carbon fiber grips and the tungsten coating that helps the tool further resist corrosion.  At full price, the CX version of the Skeletool costs $96, but we found it online for $52 (I love a good sale!), so it definitely pays to shop around.

Leatherman has included all of the most essential tools in the 830850 Skeletool: a premium knife, pliers (with wire cutters), a universal bit driver, a pocket clip, and a carabiner/bottle opener.  That’s all.  At only five ounces, this is the lightest full-size multitool on the market – a fact I hear about every day from my husband as he marvels about how light it is and how he can’t believe he’s carrying “all those tools” around without adding any weight.  There’s also my husband’s variation on the theme: it’s so light that he forgets that he’s carrying it.

The Skeletool’s blades are accessible from the outside of the tool, so the pliers don’t have to be open in order for the blades to be reached; the user can also reach them when the tool is closed like a pocket knife because of the innovative skeletal design.  This is another feature my husband loves – it’s like having a pocket knife and a multitool rolled into one. 

My husband is fully enjoying his Leatherman Skeletool CX Multitool, and its 25 year warranty adds to his confidence.  I’m glad that he went ahead and splurged on this gift for himself since he’s getting so much joy from it, and I know that the Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool will be a sought-after Father’s Day gift for other dads this year.

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