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

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


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.

Metal tab front closure
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.

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.

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.

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.

You can open the pliers with one hand
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.

Bottle/can opener     

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

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.

Slide in one direction to expose the slotted driver
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.


  • 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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