Buck 730 X-Tract Multi-Tool - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

A mid-sized multi-tool with a basic set of commonly used tools

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Buck 730 X-Tract Multi-Tool



The Buck 730 X-Tract Multi-Tool (0730BKX-B) is a mid-sized multi-tool. It comes with a fabric sheath that has a metal front closure tab and horizontal and vertical loops at the back. The horizontal loops will fit straps up to 1-1/4" wide, while the vertical loop will fit belts up to 1-3/4" wide.
 
The X-Tract easily fits into the sheath and the snap closure holds the top flap securely. While there is also a lanyard loop on one end of the X-Tract, I find a belt clip more convenient.
 
At 13/16" wide, 1-1/4" wide and 4-3/8" long, and only 5.5 ounces in weight, the X-Tract is quite slim and light in comparison to other mid-sized multi-tools I've used. The sides are made of a thermoplastic that resists impact and abrasions quite well, though because it's smooth, it tends to be a bit on the slippery side - particularly if your hands are moist or you're wearing smooth gloves. The rest of the tool, and its various components, are made of metal.


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Metal tab front closure
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Both vertical and horizontal loops
There are 4 tools on the X-Tract - knife, pliers, screwdrivers and bottle/can opener. As on most multi-tools the knife will likely get the lion's share of attention. On the X-Tract the blade is made of 420HC - high carbon - steel, heat treated to Rockwell 58, which means that the blade should hold an edge well, yet be reasonably easy to resharpen.

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Steel thumb stud (A); blade lock release (B)  
    
The finely honed blade is 3" long - the first 1-7/8" is a curved plain edge, and the bottom 1-1/8" is serrated. This is a common configuration on multi-tool blades, and one that I find very convenient. The plain edge is best suited for precise cutting and scoring, while the serrated portion is ideal for cutting or ripping thicker, coarser materials.
 
With a flick of the thumb on the steel thumb stud you can quickly open the blade. Once open, it locks securely in place - an important safety feature. To close the blade you depress a small level at the base of the blade with your thumb, and then close the blade with your forefinger.


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Quick to open and comfortable to hold  

I found the X-Tract blade opened quickly and smoothly, and in its knife mode very comfortable to hold. At the top of the blade, just behind the thumb stud, is a convenient ribbed thumb rest.


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Spring-loaded pliers and wire cutter      
 
The pliers are fairly small. The needle nose end is 7/16" long, and 7/64" wide at the tip, and 3/16" wide at the point where it meets the regular pliers. This makes them more suitable for grasping smaller items. The regular pliers are 9/16" long, large enough to grasp stock up to about 5/8" diameter. The teeth are cleanly milled on both pliers.
 
The wire cutter blades are just 3/16" long, and limited to cutting up to 12 gauge wire, and other fairly small diameter material.


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You can open the pliers with one hand
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Closing the pliers with one hand is awkward
The pliers open very easily with one hand - you just press against a notched thumb groove on the handle. However, closing the pliers with one hand is awkward, as you need to depress and hold a lock button while sliding the pliers backwards. Still, even using both hands it only takes three or four seconds to close the pliers.

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Bottle/can opener     

The bottle/can opener opens and closes in the same manner as the blade. Both worked well.


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Slide lock (A), slide grip (B)            

On the same side as the bottle/can opener are the two screwdrivers. They ride in a carriage, with the 3/16" wide slotted driver on one end and the #2 Phillips driver on the other end. You simply press a slide lock, and then move the slide grip to extend the driver you want. I quite liked this set up.


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Slide in one direction to expose the slotted driver
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Slide in the opposite direction to expose the Phillips driver
While the X-Tract doesn't have as many components as other similar sized multi-tools on the market, it does have the basic set of tools that I think are likely to be most useful. Having fewer components means it's light, and fairly compact. Good value for a multi-tool costing less than $70 ($60 US), and coming with a lifetime guarantee. The X-Tract also comes in a version with an LED light embedded in the handle (#731). Very cool.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 13/16" x 1-1/4" x 4-3/8" (closed)
  • 7-1/4" opened
  • Weight - 5.5 ounces
  • 420HC stainless steel
  • Thermoplastic sides
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Includes: heavy duty sheath

Manufacturer:Buck Knives
Available From:Outdoor and sporting good stores nationwide
Retail Price:$64
Model #:0730BKX-B
Made In:China

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