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Leatherman Skeletool RX Review – A 7 in 1 Multi Tool for EMTs

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Leatherman has provided its customers with excellent multi-tools for years, all of which prove to be handy for housework. The Skeletool RX multi-tool by Leatherman is designed for Emergency Medical Technicians or first responders. As an EMT you need such multitool in your pocket, let’s dive into this review of Leatherman Skeletool RX.

Features

  • 7 tools in one multi-tool
  • Specialized tools for EMTs or first responders, namely a 154 cm deeply serrated blade and a carbide glass break bit
  • Lightweight and compact
  • One-handed access
  • Pocket clip or carabiner for portability
  • Ceratoke finish
  • Made of stainless steel
  • 25 years warranty period

Let’s take a look at some of these features in detail:

7 Tools in One Multi-Tool

  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Wire Cutters
  • Carabiner/Bottle Opener
  • Large Bit Driver
  • 154 cm Serrated Knife Blade

Specialized Tools

Since one of Leatherman’s main objective for producing the Skeletool RX multi-tool was to aid EMTs and first responders, the company included special tools that may be of great use to them. For instance, take the large bit driver which has a carbide glass breaker bit included: this can be used to break tempered glass such as the one on a vehicle’s side windows. Another great tool included is the 154 cm thick serrated knife, which is ideal for cutting through thick materials like ropes, straps, or cardboard. The serrated edges ensure that first responders do not hurt anyone they are rescuing in the process of cutting.

Lightweight and Compact

Weighing only 5oz and measuring only about 10 cm, the Leatherman Skeletool RX multi-tool is surprisingly lightweight and compact considering the number of tools it houses. Leatherman designed this multi-tool in such a way that it will be lightweight; by using aluminum handles to ensure rigidity but at the same time not adding a lot of weight to the multi-tool overall.

Pocket Clip or Carabiner for Portability

You may use the pocket clip to securely place the Leatherman Skeletool RX multi-tool in your pocket or you can use the carabiner to hang it on your keychain; these features contribute to this multi-tool being so portable and easy to carry around on your tasks.

Ceratoke Finish

Leatherman added to the uniqueness of Skeletool RX multi-tool by giving it a ceratoke finish. The ceratoke finish gives it a vibrant orange color. The coating is meant to protect the tool from abrasion,adverse effects from chemicals,  and corrosion.

25-Year Warranty

As with all other Leatherman products, the Skeletool RX multi-tool also comes with a standard 25-year warranty which guarantees its users protection against any wear or defects.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Best for use in emergencies
  • Specialized design to ensure light load
  • One-handed access adds to its convenience
  • Pocket clip/carabiner makes it easy to carry around
  • Long warranty period of 25 years
Cons
  • Too expensive for some people
  • Wire cutters are not replaceable

Leatherman Skeletool RX Review – The Verdict

It would be fair to compare the Leatherman Skeletool RX multi-tool with other versions such as the original Skeletool and the Skeletool CX. You will not find a lot of difference between all of them aside for the knife blade which is either serrated or combo with a thickness of 154 cm.

However, what sets the Leatherman Skeletool RX multi-tool apart from the other versions is its ability to function as an efficient tool in case of any emergencies. Since Leatherman designed it specifically to come in handy for EMTs and first responders, it would not be fair to compare it to other multi-tools such as the Wave+, Signal, and Wingman. These are multi-tools with a different target of people. The Skeletool RX multi-tool, on the other hand, has a minimalistic approach to the tools – it includes less of everyday tools and focuses more on tools you’d need in an emergency situation.

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