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Yes my friends, the Skeletool will even open your beer bottle... Yes my friends, the Skeletool will even open your beer bottle...

With a name like the Skeletool you'd think this might have been more appropriate as a Halloween review but this handy gadget is a fisherman's friend no matter what the season with a simple but refined selection of tools included in this pared down version of what are typically known as multi-tools.

 

They Say

At a mere five ounces, the Skeletool, full-size multi-tool from Leatherman features a stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver and carabiner/bottle opener. A removable pocket clip means it easily clips onto a belt, pack or vest.

  • skeletool_beauty_628433767.jpg25 Year Warranty
  • 420HC Stainless Steel Clip Point Combo Straight/Serrated Knife
  • 6016-T6 Aluminium Handle Scale
  • Bit Driver
  • Carabiner/Bottle Opener
  • Hard-Wire Cutters
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Phillips #1 and #2 Bit
  • Regular Pliers
  • Screwdriver 3/16" and 1/4" Bit
  • Wire Cutters
  • Nylon Pouch

SRP: £69.95

We Say

What first strikes me about this particular multi-tool offering from the well-known Leatherman stable is just what a nice looking piece of equipment it is. The shiny stainless steel, the drilled out framework to help reduce weight and the ergonomic shape all combine into a seriously must-have piece of gear.

SKeletool_REAL_w_sheath_905738277.jpgRather than the dozen or more gadgets and doohickeys crammed in to others models in the range, the Skeletool keeps it simple and that's why I like it. It basically combines a very nice sharp blade, pliers, screwdriver with 4 flat and Phillips heads, wire cutters and a combined carabiner/bottle opener. All very useful tools to the angler and with a quality of build that will last.

The plier head is not what an angler would typically call "needlenose" in that it is not long and thin for delicate unhooking manoeuvres, it has more of a regular head shape but the very front of the head does close together absolutely perfectly so you can grasp the smallest of items tightly. The blade itself locks out and then is released by a downward push on a safety bar - nice to know it is not going to snap back on you if you should need to exert some force. The "bit driver" is located at the end of one of the arms so you also get a good amount of leverage behind it if working on rusty or very tight screws. The bit being used is locked in place and released by a clip and the spare bit is tucked away nicely into the handle.

leatherman_skeletool_folded_600_184060694.jpgFully folded the Skeletool is smaller than a phone and can either be attached to a belt with the clip located on one arm, hang on a bag or jacket loop via the built-in carabiner or be placed into its accompanying nylon sheath which has a belt loop and velcro fastening.

All in all a very versatile tool and as long as it is kept clean and a little light oil added now and then, it should last a long time which is backed up by the manufacturers 25 year warranty.

Oh yes, and that carabiner clip... as you will see in the main image it is also designed to be a bottle opener too. Now that's class!







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Comments (42 posted):

Editor on 01/11/2012 16:56:50
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Who else uses one of these or carries a similar gadget? Do you find them genuinely useful?
ACW on 01/11/2012 17:01:05
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No corkscrew so thats it out !:wine::wine::D
fredaevans on 01/11/2012 17:17:55
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Yes, and they really are quite handy to have on you. Don't have this particular model, but each of the tools has been used at one point or another. The only place I'd 'short' the tool is the side cutters. They need to be sharper to be really useful. fae Andy, you need to get a tricked out Swiss Army knife. One I have actually has a cork screw. fred
ACW on 01/11/2012 17:23:21
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Yes, and they really are quite handy to have on you. Don't have this particular model, but each of the tools has been used at one point or another. The only place I'd 'short' the tool is the side cutters. They need to be sharper to be really useful. fae Andy, you need to get a tricked out Swiss Army knife. One I have actually has a cork screw. fred Fred my car has 2 corkscrews salmon bag has one and my trout waiscoat has that SwissArmy cool baby ,not mentioning my selection of hip[ flasks .
fredaevans on 01/11/2012 17:44:52
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Sounds like you have more fun fishing than I do. :thumbs:
cymroglan on 01/11/2012 18:11:53
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I've just bought a cheap version for 3 from asda living. As above all tools are useful except the side cutters which don't cut multi strand wire because of the lack of precision. The pliers part are thin nosed so could be used as a disgorger.
guest45 on 01/11/2012 18:17:37
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Would not leave home without one,even has a blade for removing boy scouts from horses hooves.
ACW on 01/11/2012 18:35:26
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Sounds like you have more fun fishing than I do. :thumbs: All down to the "bad company" I tend to fish with !:thumbs::omg:
zombiestu on 01/11/2012 18:40:35
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I have the gerber bear gryls multi tool and the leatherman juice, Both are very competent and very useful,would recommend both to anyone looking to buy a multi tool. Stu.
tupps on 01/11/2012 18:49:16
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I have kept my Leatherman Original in my car door pocket for years ....... solved many a problem. The saw blade is magnificent.
Darren Lewis on 01/11/2012 19:02:28
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I've got one, good piece of kit :thumbs:
skye on 01/11/2012 19:03:06
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I have the Leatherman Surge, a really well made piece of kit, it comes in handy now and again so is well worth carrying:thumbs:
guest35 on 01/11/2012 19:04:26
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I have the Leatherman Skeletool CX. Excactly the same but with carbon fibre side plates :cool:. Great bit of kit, simple and functional. Bit like me really :whistle:. Chris.
ohanzee on 01/11/2012 19:39:07
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what are they for?
williegunn on 01/11/2012 19:39:56
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Who else uses one of these or carries a similar gadget? Do you find them genuinely useful? I use that one as my "dress Leatherman" ie wear it when not in plus fours I have a big one on the plus fours. So used to have in on my belt I have to remember to leave it in the car when flying. what are they for? You use the screwdriver for screwing screws in and out, the pliers for cutting wire or removing hooks, the bottle opener for opening bottles, after a couple of hours of instruction even you could get the hang of it.
ohanzee on 01/11/2012 19:51:20
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call me impatient but... i don't fart about unfolding things to take hooks out and i don't cut much wire ....do people cut a lot of wire:confused:
fredaevans on 02/11/2012 12:13:01
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I use that one as my "dress Leatherman" ie wear it when not in plus fours I have a big one on the plus fours. So used to have in on my belt I have to remember to leave it in the car when flying. You use the screwdriver for screwing screws in and out, the pliers for cutting wire or removing hooks, the bottle opener for opening bottles, after a couple of hours of instruction even you could get the hang of it. Big Bro., you get my vote for POST OF THE WEEK.
WelshOsprey on 02/11/2012 13:25:15
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Got the Leatherman Wave and use it frequently. In the house, whether it's mending smeone's glasses or just opening a toy needing batteries it saves me going down the shed to get my main tools. Out and about it's always handy. whether I have a need or to help someone else out with something. Mind you there'll always be times when I don't have it wih me and wish I had.
brownsville on 02/11/2012 13:49:55
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Leatherman Wave, I'd feel undressed without it. USP? You can deploy the blades one-handed, like when you need to. It has fixed cars, bikes, hang-nails, appliances, trees, jewelry, flies and a lot else, without resorting to stabbing anyone, yet.
meyre on 02/11/2012 14:27:41
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Really most fascinating. I have a man-servant , Banks , who follows me closely and should a cigar need clipping or spectacles cleaned or the ebonite and silver reel need titivating mid - stream, he does does it unasked. Perhaps his quiet efficiency is underwritten by a smal legion of 'Leathermen' . I will question him on this matter.
ohanzee on 03/11/2012 12:05:36
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Really most fascinating. I have a man-servant , Banks , who follows me closely and should a cigar need clipping or spectacles cleaned or the ebonite and silver reel need titivating mid - stream, he does does it unasked. Perhaps his quiet efficiency is underwritten by a smal legion of 'Leathermen' . I will question him on this matter. but can he cut wire?
enigma309 on 03/11/2012 12:17:37
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Does it have the thing for getting Girl Guides out of horses hooves?
ohanzee on 03/11/2012 12:30:16
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i carry 2 of these, in case i loose one..:D
williegunn on 03/11/2012 12:59:27
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i carry 2 of these, in case i loose one..:D Do you mean in case you lose one? Lose vs Loose Lose vs Loose A lot of people are mixing up lose and loose. In particular, a lot of people are writing loose when they really mean lose. Here are the definitions of the two words from my Penguin dictionary: loose [lOOs] adj not fastened or pre-packed; not tied up or confined; able to move freely; not tight, not firmly fixed; not close-fitting; careless, inaccurate, vague; dissolute, immoral; not closely woven; flabby; (of bowels) inclined to diarrhoea; l. box stable or van in which an animal can move about; at a l. end uncertain what to do next; unoccupied ~ loose adv in a loose way; play fast and l. behave rashly or unscupulously ~ loose n release; on the l. free from restraint; on a spree; ~ loose v/t untie, undo; release from confinement or constraint, set free; detatch; fire (gun); shoot (arrow); (eccles) absolve. lose (p/t and p/part lost) [lOOz] v/t and i no longer have; be deprived of by accident or misfortune; mislay, fail to find; fail to get or win; be too late for; be bereaved of; waste; be defeated or beaten; suffer loss, become worse off; fail to hear, see or understand; cause or allow to perish; (of clock or watch) go too slowly; (refl) miss the right path; become absorbed in; l. one's head become flustered, panic; l. one's temper grow angry; l. one's way fail to find the right path; l. out (US) be defeated after a struggle. Examples: This knot is too loose. Please do not lose my book. I had better not lose that file. One way to remember the difference between the two words is to think that "lose has lost an 'o'". Perhaps you should make space for a Thesaurus
ohanzee on 03/11/2012 14:30:32
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Perhaps you should make space for a Thesaurus i have one of those, and a spell check, as i type it automatically adjusts words to the American standard, an invisible destroyer of cultural richness that we have already accepted wholesale, interesting point in there though, perhaps the iphone is the new Leatherman.
williegunn on 03/11/2012 15:37:19
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interesting point in there though, perhaps the iphone is the new Leatherman. Away man, have you ever tried cutting wire using an I Phone?
ACW on 04/11/2012 08:53:41
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Away man, have you ever tried cutting wire using an I Phone? Not much use as a corkscrew !
fredaevans on 04/11/2012 12:30:44
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i carry 2 of these, in case i loose one..:d i neeeeeed one of those! Where!!?????
fredaevans on 04/11/2012 12:43:03
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i have one of those, and a spell check, as i type it automatically adjusts words to the American standard, an invisible destroyer of cultural richness that we have already accepted wholesale, interesting point in there though, perhaps the iphone is the new Leatherman. 'Murica is an interesting place to live, read, absorb, and what the hell does that mean?' Only place on Earth (that I can think of) where a 'word/phrase' enters the Lexicon and will be adopted within days. I've skipped getting a new age cell phone, and text massaging. (Pun intended) Only 'new age' I have is a Sat-Phone, and that was hand delivered; the damned thing had 7 pre-programed phone numbers. My cell phone? Things so old it has a key slot to whine up the spring. (Another bad pun).Don't recognize the number, don't answer. fae
meyre on 04/11/2012 17:23:18
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Herr Ohanzee I have quizzed Banks . He can cut wire. He declined to mention any commercial details of the agent that underwrites his complete efficiency. He winced slightly at the mention of Leatherman, muttering that Bayspice or perhaps Eau Sauvage were the only post-shave tonics that one might use. He is entirely American and is worried by some of my spelling and phonetics.
onyxweb on 09/11/2012 08:35:03
ohanzee on 09/11/2012 18:21:50
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'Murica is an interesting place to live, read, absorb, and what the hell does that mean?' Only place on Earth (that I can think of) where a 'word/phrase' enters the Lexicon and will be adopted within days. I've skipped getting a new age cell phone, and text massaging. (Pun intended) Only 'new age' I have is a Sat-Phone, and that was hand delivered; the damned thing had 7 pre-programed phone numbers. My cell phone? Things so old it has a key slot to whine up the spring. (Another bad pun).Don't recognize the number, don't answer. fae williegunn apparently started checking your grammar last tuesday, not been seen since:D
williegunn on 09/11/2012 18:59:58
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williegunn apparently started checking your grammar last tuesday, not been seen since:D That will be Williegunn
ohanzee on 09/11/2012 19:12:00
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That will be Williegunn Says williegunn, doesn't get a capital like a real name, to do so might infringe your copyright, i am forever bound by your mistake, likewise i wouldn't change it to 'willie gunn' or 'William Gunn', which under these strange nomenclature circumstances could be someone else.
fredaevans on 09/11/2012 21:36:42
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williegunn apparently started checking your grammar last tuesday, not been seen since:D Willie has responded, and I haven't read his post. I've met him and in all truth, as we Canadians would say: "A man of letters." Total command of our language, yours and our 'close.' Years back, and he in full Scottish garb (sock knife included) walking in Ashland, Oregon. Traffic stopped, YAZZERS, 'are you from Scotland?? Etc. Malcolm may, like me, be a bit crusty on the out side, but one of the warmest hearts 'inside' I've ever met. Too old for this, but if I had to share a shell hole again, and get some sleep, I'd pick him to be the one to stay awake. I knew "my six was covered." Frederick A. Evans
ohanzee on 09/11/2012 22:01:00
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Willie has responded, and I haven't read his post. I've met him and in all truth, as we Canadians would say: "A man of letters." Total command of our language, yours and our 'close.' Years back, and he in full Scottish garb (sock knife included) walking in Ashland, Oregon. Traffic stopped, YAZZERS, 'are you from Scotland?? Etc. Malcolm may, like me, be a bit crusty on the out side, but one of the warmest hearts 'inside' I've ever met. Too old for this, but if I had to share a shell hole again, and get some sleep, I'd pick him to be the one to stay awake. I knew "my six was covered." Frederick A. Evans exactly as i imagine him, traditional Scottish dress is extremely functional across a range of temperatures and terrains, coincidentally i'm having a kilt adjusted tomorrow.
BRUCE1 on 10/11/2012 08:39:33
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i carry 2 of these, in case i loose one..:D that's some tool you have Alan :whistle::whistle::D:D:D:D
BRUCE1 on 10/11/2012 08:45:40
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Herr Ohanzee I have quizzed Banks . He can cut wire. He declined to mention any commercial details of the agent that underwrites his complete efficiency. He winced slightly at the mention of Leatherman, muttering that Bayspice or perhaps Eau Sauvage were the only post-shave tonics that one might use. He is entirely American and is worried by some of my spelling and phonetics. maybe Banks should be worried about your spelling :eek::eek: surely sir you mean "phone ethics" :whistle::whistle::D:D:D:D:D:D or is that another m'urican crossover ;););)
williegunn on 10/11/2012 09:23:22
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i'm having a kilt adjusted tomorrow. Has it shrunk in the wardrobe? A common complaint.
ohanzee on 10/11/2012 20:17:40
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Has it shrunk in the wardrobe? A common complaint. it did indeed, i tried adjusting it with my Leatherman but to no avail:D
aenoon on 10/11/2012 21:21:34
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and he in full Scottish garb (sock knife included) Sock knife? what the fook is that? is that something to cut and eat socks with? lol regards bert
james19306 on 29/11/2012 20:01:28
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I've had a leather man wave for years and rarely ever use it.
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