20 11 08 10 42 34 original 600x600 skeletool
20 11 08 10 42 34 original 600x600 skeletool

Leatherman Skeletool

The Leatherman Skeleltool is a reliable, best-selling survival multi-tool. With 7 essential tools it handles dozens of the most critical emergency functions.

The easy-access blades and tools make it ideal for quick action in an emergency. The Leatherman Skeletool should be considered for common every-day-carry.

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Survival Purpose

The Leatherman Skeletool is the ideal multi-tool for EDC survival. The combination of blades and tools fit so many emergency situations. We consider it ideal for Stage 1 essentials pouches

This tool can tackle many of the survival priorities. It can help you build shelter, prepare food, administer first aid, prepare fuel for burning, repair other gear, cut cordage, and so much more. It has just the right selection of tools to keep its weight minimized while providing the best functions.

We've researched and tested a number of multi-tools for survival and the Skeletool gets very high praise.

What's Included

  • 01 Needlenose Pliers
  • 02 Regular Pliers
  • 03 Hard-wire Cutters
  • 04 Wire Cutters
  • 05 420HC Combo Knife
  • 06 Carabiner/Bottle Opener
  • 07 Large Bit Driver

What We Like

  • Survival Fit - The Skeletool covers so many needs directly and helps create or repair many other survival tools. It covers a lot of day-to-day needs and would perform huge in a pinch.
  • Sturdy - Leatherman uses 420HC Stainless Steel for its products. It holds up as well as any elite multi-tool.
  • Lock - The blade locks out for safety.
  • Blade - The blade holds a great edge and serves both serrated and straight edge functions.
  • Pliers - The pliers include needlenose, regular, and wire cutter functions. I use the pliers as much as any other tool.
  • Drivers - The drivers work on a number of screw head sizes, plus they're reversible for phillips or straight-edge.
  • Metal - The 420HC Stainless Steel has never rusted, cleans easily and holds up to some pretty rigorous activity.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Use as intended - while the multi-tool is sturdy, use the individual tools wisely. The blade work great as blades but not so well as levers.
  • Warranty - Leatherman takes their warranty very seriously. They've replaced blades for us when damaged.
  • EDC - Carry the Skeletool daily and keep the Wave handy for your go-bag or bug-out-bag.
  • Multi-tool Tips - check out our article on multi-tool tips.
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Skeletool for EDC

Nov 08, 2020


This is my go-to for every day carry. I don't leave the house without it. I think I use the pliers more than anything. The steel has held up and the blade keeps it's edge pretty well. Definitely recommended.

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