X-Tract LED 731

X-Tract 731 Following the phenomenal success of the original X-Tract 730, Buck tweaked the design a little and brought out the X-Tract LED model. Making its first appearance at the 2008 Shot Show, the 731 features a small but useful light that illuminates the knife, pliers, and phillips screwdriver work. Also significant is the rubber-textured handle material not seen on the original model.



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Handles/Frame

The 731 is constructed using the common "layered" approach. Stainless steel liners are sandwiched around the various blades and tools. The scales are stiff plastic, overmolded with a rubberized material for grip. Available in several colors. (see Variations below)

Pliers

Pliers slide forward from a slot and are immediately ready for action, thanks to a spring-loaded mechanism. When slid all the way forward, a locking tab holds the pliers in place.

The pliers have a slight hatching on the spine of the handle for better grip when sliding back and forth. There are fine serrations out near the tips of the pliers and a coarse gripping area in the center. A wire cutter area - including hard wire notch - are down near the pivot.

In order to fit within the body of the knife, the plier handle is relatively short. This somewhat limits the amount of clamping force one can achieve when using the X-Tract pliers.

Screwdrivers

In the same "layer" as the pliers there is a double-ended screwdriver. In the center position, neither screwdriver is available. Push on the lock button and slide the bar one way accesses the phillips head. Push the button and slide the bar the other way to access the flat head.

Blades

  • the knife blade on the X-Tract has a wide profile and measures just over 3" in length. (76mm) It uses a thumb stud for smooth one-hand opening. Edge style is half-serrated. custom research papers
  • in the same layer is a can opener/cap lifter blade. It too uses a thumb stud for easy one-hand opening.

Locking Mechanism

  • Both the knife blade and the can opener/bottle opener blade lock open via liner locks.
  • The pliers lock open via a knurled push button.
  • The screwdrivers lock open via a push button thumb switch.

LED

A push button on the side of the tool actuates a small LED light. Two lithium cells provide the power, accessed beneath a removable side panel. Circuitry inside the handle automatically shuts the light off after two minutes.

Other Features

A large lanyard attachment loop extends from one end of the tool.

Sheath

The X-Tract sheath is cordura material molded to a close fit. It features a snap closure. There are nylon straps on the back that allow both vertical and horizontal carry.

Dimensions

  • Folded length = 4-1/2" (114mm)
  • Total length, blade unfolded = 7-1/2" (190mm)
  • Total length, pliers extended = 6" (152mm)
  • Thickness = 1" (26mm)
  • Weight = 6.4 oz (182g)

Variations

Handle colors in black, blue, and platinum were produced.

Background

A collaborative design effort with mountaineer Peter Whittaker. Introduced in 2008. Manufactured in China.
Buck X-Tract 730 and X-Tract FIN 732.

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Created by Bob. Last Modification: Thursday 21 of April, 2016 22:40:18 CEST by sLaughterMed.