The Skeletool CX can best be described as a premium version of the standard Skeletool. Available features and construction are almost identicle on both models. The Skeletool CX began production the same year as the regular Skeletool in 2008 and both are still in production. Now there is also a Skeletool RX rescue type version in this tool type. The CX uses a DLC (diamond like coating) vs. the regular Skeletool and it's all stainless steel frame, plus a higher end steel in the knife blade.
- Metal surfaces on the CX are given a black tungsten DLC (diamond-like coating) finish.
- Spacer bar sandwiched in the one handle is made from carbon fiber on the CX, whereas the standard Skeletool uses aluminum.
- Knife blade on the CX model is made from premium 154CM steel. (instead of 420 stainless)
- Edge profile was partially serrated in the first production run, but was later replaced with a plain edge in 2009.
- Length open= 6" (150mm)
- Length closed = 4-1/4" (108mm)
- Width closed = 1-1/4" (33mm)
- Thickness = 5/8" (16mm)
- Weight = 5 oz (138g)
- Weight of the Skeletool CX is slightly less than the standardSkeletool (138g -vs-142g) probably due to the use of lightweight carbon fiber.
Skeletool, Skeletool RX and the Freestyle and Freestyle CX. There are also two keychain Leatherman tools that are based on the Skeletool chasis the Style PS and the Style CS. The MUT albeit bigger has very many similarities to the Skeletool CX in that the frame is very similar, it uses same type of fasteners and has a carabiner clip much like the Skeletool CX as well. The Signal also has many of the same similarities to the Skeletool CX as the MUT does.
- Skeletool Review at Multitool.org
- Skeletool and Skeletool CX User's Guide
- Skeletool advertisement - from early 2008.