Gear Preview — Buck 731 X-Tract LED

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Buck Knives’ X-Tract multitool has been upgraded to include a small L.E.D. light, adding illumination to the list of tasks this small foldable doodad can accomplish.

The X-Tract’s original claim to fame was its one-handed operation, allowing users to flip open a pliers, the blade, or any number of accouterments with said one hand.

A 5mm L.E.D. on the new model—called the 731 X-Tract LED—provides enough light for inspecting a malfunctioning white gas stove in the night. Hike a trail with it, or read in your tent.

The light has a manual and auto shut-off. It’s powered by 3-volt CR-1616 lithium batteries.

Other X-Tract features include: a 3-inch drop-point blade; one-hand access to all implements; a spring-loaded needle-nose pliers with wire cutter; a #2 Phillips screwdriver; and a 3/16-inch slotted screwdriver.

Price: $65

Availability: September

Contact: Buck Knives,

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