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Recommendation? Anything better than Leatherman Skeletool CX?

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by zimm, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. zimm


    Nov 17, 2005
    I've been carrying a Skeletool CX for a few years now. In fact I have 2 of them as I lost one for a week and couldn't stand not having it, but then found it.

    I'm wondering if there's anything newer/better on the market? Must be a pocket clip, one hand opening blade, pliers, and a Philips bit.

    The skeletool is my favorite for EDC so far, but it's still a bit heavy and I tend to lose bits. One of the CX's quit holding bits as the release lever is stuck down and doesn't spring back.
  2. kyrokon


    Jun 21, 2008
    Wave and charge you can get a pocket clip.
    I changed from the Skeletool to the Charge with a Pocket clip.
  3. Agith

    Agith Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    I would be inclined to disagree with the choice of the Wave or Charge if you think a skeletool is heavy. However that is probably your best bet at the same time. I hear the leatherman Signal is also a solid light tool which fits the bill (though it also does not have a pocket clip). I am not sure if the Signal can be equipped with the pocket clip however
  4. Yalius

    Yalius Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Signal has a pocket clip. But it's way, way heavier than a Skeletool, 1oz within the weight of a Wave. (5oz. for Skeletoo, 7.5oz. Signal, 8oz. Wave.)
  5. Ourorboros


    Jan 23, 2017
    Use the Leatherman warranty for the damaged Skeletool.

    If you are willing to put something on your keychain or coin/watch pocket, a combination of the Leatherman Micra & a light modern can give you what you need at a lower weight. The pliers won't be as big and the bits are smaller. But the bits won't fall out and you can certainly find a modern folder that is more capable than the knife built into the Skeletool. The redistribution of weight in two parts may help even more.
    Micra on keychain or in coin pocket & knife with clip.
  6. Tango44


    Apr 20, 2005
    Skeletool handles are not comfortable for me, also the pliers are weak and not a robust tool for my needs, I moved to a Leatherman Rebar.

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