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Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool 521

Newbie Posts: 48
Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:48:05 AM »
Just bought the REI exclusive Skeletool. One look and I just had to have it! Got a good price too, using my dividend and $20 gift card, came out to about $30. I’ve never owned a coated Leatherman though, and this one seems to be a bit stiffer or grittier on opening. I’m talking about the pliers specifically, opening the tool right now is about as stiff as the last 2 Skeletools I’ve owned. Do the pliers heads smooth out or can I expect them to be gritty because of the coating? And speaking of, does anyone know what the coating is that Leatherman uses? Is it DLC? It already has a lot of “snail trails” right out of the packaging. Thanks for the input!


Hero Member Posts: 968
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 07:28:57 AM »
The coating is more than likely just black oxide, not DLC.
No Life Club Posts: 1,064
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 08:39:42 AM »
G'day

Congrats on a fine looking Skeletool.

Mine did the same. I used some mineral oil / baby oil in the plier pivot and worked most of the gunk out. Keep going, it takes a while by opening and closing the plier head and adding a few drops at a time. Wipe the dirty oil that comes out of the pivot and repeat until clear. Mine is better but still a little stiff.

The coating is not DLC, just plain 'ol Black Oxide.

Cheers,

Pete

Full Member Posts: 154
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 10:01:49 AM »
Nice tool Manny!  :drool:
Is it for sale?  ::)
 :D :D
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 46,173
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 03:56:05 PM »
Great looking tool :dd: :like: Hope you get the tool working smoothly as well :salute: :like:

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,417
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 09:10:24 PM »
That's a gorgeous looking skeletool you got there :drool:

fail to prepare prepare to fail
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,453
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 09:05:20 PM »
Just bought the REI exclusive Skeletool. One look and I just had to have it! Got a good price too, using my dividend and $20 gift card, came out to about $30.
Congratulations on the great buy Manny!
It is a good looking Skeletool. :like: :tu: :tu:
Newbie Posts: 48
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 05:02:42 AM »
Nice tool Manny!  :drool:
Is it for sale?  ::)
 :D :D

Hehe, no sir! I’m very much in love with it!
Newbie Posts: 48
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 05:04:34 AM »
G'day

Congrats on a fine looking Skeletool.

Mine did the same. I used some mineral oil / baby oil in the plier pivot and worked most of the gunk out. Keep going, it takes a while by opening and closing the plier head and adding a few drops at a time. Wipe the dirty oil that comes out of the pivot and repeat until clear. Mine is better but still a little stiff.

The coating is not DLC, just plain 'ol Black Oxide.

Cheers,

Pete

Thank you and chronic as well, I was wondering about what the coating was. Definitely not DLC, as it had “snail trails” right out of the packaging, but I didn’t know what else to call it.
Newbie Posts: 48
Re: Breaking in REI Topo Skeletool
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 03:36:39 PM »

Thank you and chronic as well, I was wondering about what the coating was. Definitely not DLC, as it had “snail trails” right out of the packaging, but I didn’t know what else to call it.

I meant Chrono... stupid autocorrect...  :facepalm:

 

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