Review: Leatherman Skeletool

The Leatherman Skeletool is a lightweight, minimalist, and very high-quality multi-tool. Most Leatherman multi-tools pack a large number of tools in a small package. The Skeletool takes a different direction and includes only the most critical tools. Removeable bits provide added versatility. It includes two bits with #1 and #2 square drivers on one and #1 and #2 Phillips bits on the other. In addition you can use the optional Leatherman bit extender which accommodates the flat Leatherman bits or standard drive bits.

The Skeletool includes tools in a compact, stainless steel body. The locking 2.6″ combination knife (smooth and serrated) is made from 420HC stainless steel and is accessible when the tool is folded. The large carabineer has a spring loaded closure and doubles as a bottle opener. The removeable bit and holder are accessible when the tool is open and the body of the Skeletool includes a space or an extra Leatherman double-ended bit.

The Skeletool includes:

  • Needlenose & Regular Pliers
  • Wire & Hard-Wire Cutters
  • 420HC Combo Knife with locking 2.6″ blade
  • Carabiner/Bottle Opener
  • Large Bit Driver with #1/#2 square bits and #1/#2 Phillips bits
  • Large removeable clip
  • Strong, nylon sheath
  • Weight: 5 oz
  • Length (Closed): 4.0″

The Skeletool includes the Leatherman 25-year no hassle warranty. This would be a very nice tool to carry in a pocket or pack since it is rugged, capable, versatile, and very lightweight. If you want even more versatility then consider adding the Leatherman Bit Extender and optional bits.


The Skeletool has a bit holder and two double-sided bits. I would like to carry an entire bit card with the tool but it does not include a sheath.