Best Multi Tools

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 19, 2017
We never know what might happen through our day and what tool might break at the most inconvenient time. Sometimes repairing it can wait. But sometimes it can't. That's where a multi-tool is handy. A fast repair, and you proceed using things multi tool seemed unusable only minutes ago ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
Material
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Number of Functions
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PROS
Victorinox multi tool has the biggest variety of tools among its peers and includes a nylon or leather pouch for carrying it with you. The manufacturer provides a lifelong warranty for this multi tool knife.
CONS
The steel handle of this survival multi tool may slip in your hand in some rare situations.
OUR VERDICT
This is probably the best multi-tool you can find. It is made in Switzerland, has a locking mechanism. You can use this Victorinox multi tool for both home purposes and craftwork.
detailed parameters
Material
Stainless Steel
Type
Full-size
Number of Functions
27
Tools
Needle-nose pliers, 2mm / 3mm / 6mm screwdriver, Wire cutter, Bottle opener, Screwdriver, Crate opener, Combi-edge blade, Scissors, Metal file, Metal saw, Wood saw, Reamer, Phillips screwdriver, Chisel/scraper, Isolation length cutter, Wire bender, etc.
Item Weight
7.2 ounces
Dimensions
4.13" x 2" x 2"
PROS
This multi tool knife is extremely easy to use. Some tools can be opened with one hand. It includes strong pliers, has locks on both blades to provide safe storage and protection against injuries.
CONS
The screwdriver is not in the center, and that makes its use slightly inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
Due to the patented Compound Leverage mechanism and double gripping power, this multi-tool significantly differs from the rest conventional tools.
detailed parameters
Material
420 Steel
Type
Full-size
Number of Functions
16
Tools
Full-serrated blade, Three-sided file, Blasting cap crimper, Bolt grip channel, Bottle opener, Ban opener, Hard wire cutter, Large flat screwdriver, Medium flat screwdriver, Needle nose pliers, Phillips screwdriver, Ruler, Small flat screwdriver, etc.
Item Weight
9.6 ounces
Dimensions
7" x 1.9" x 0.8"
PROS
Gerber keychain multi tool includes the unique knife designed to safely open plastic packages. It is compact in size, lightweight, and can be easily hung on your keys or carried in your pocket.
CONS
The variety of tools is not really big in this Gerber multi tool keychain.
OUR VERDICT
Small in size, yet functional to deal with most daily tasks, Gerber multi-tool ensures great cost-price ratio.
detailed parameters
Material
3Cr13 Stainless Steel
Type
Keychain
Number of Functions
10
Tools
Needle nose spring-loaded pliers, Wire Cutter, Fine Edge Blade, Retail Package Opener, Scissors, Medium Flathead Driver, Crosshead Driver, Bottle opener, Tweezers, File
Item Weight
2.2 ounces
Dimensions
2.8" x 4" x 0.6"
PROS
Using this bracelet multitool allows you to open and shut an oxygen tank valve, the tool's Carbide glass breaker allows breaking the glass quickly in an emergency situation and the 1/4" square drive slot enables you to use socket wrench drives.
CONS
For the first time, this bracelet may catch and pluck the hair on your arm.
OUR VERDICT
This multitool model is a perfect choice for those people who want to have their tools always at hand especially because carrying it about does not require any pockets and you can take it even on an airplane.
detailed parameters
Material
Stainless Steel
Type
Bracelet
Number of Functions
29
Tools
Box Wrench, Phillips screwdriver, Hex Drive, Oxygen tank wrench, Carbide glass breaker, Sim card pick, Cutting hook, 1/4 socket adapter, Bottle opener, #2 square drive
Item Weight
0.37 pounds
Dimensions
8.56 x 1.2 inches
PROS
The combination of extra-durable, sharp blades, high hardness index and unique design makes this tool one of the most popular among customers. Convenient to carry in a pocket and use on the go.
CONS
Doesn’t have a locking feature. Not suitable for tough jobs.
OUR VERDICT
A highly usable multi-tool gear for those who need a tool for low-force applications.
detailed parameters
Material
Stainless Steel, Plastic
Type
Pocket
Number of Functions
8
Tools
Knife, Pliers, Cutter, Screw wrench, Phillips screwdriver, Medium flat driver, Small flat driver, Belt attachment
Item Weight
5.9 ounces
Dimensions
4.7" x 1.4" x 0.4"

What is a Multi Tool

A multi tool is an all-purpose tool invented by an American engineer Tim Leatherman. multi tools are intended to make a quick repair, or some kind of easy work while you are 'in the field'. The main course of use for most multi tools is during field trips, by foot or by bike, hikes, and outings with friends or family, at the countryside, in the car, on motorbike, and anywhere where there is a need for a wide range of functions, but with small size and weight. When choosing a new multi tool do it carefully. The best multi tool will have all the tools to satisfy your needs. Consider the comparison of the most popular multi tools and choose the best.

If you need a more powerful tool (for example, you want to effectively screw in bolts or self-tapping screws), we recommend you to read the cordless drills review.

What Features to Compare

When choosing a multitool the first thing you should look at is its Design and Material. There are four main types of multitools: (1) full-size multitools that you wear in your sack or belt bag, best multitools to purchase if you are going to use them on the everyday basis; (2) pocket-size multitools have smaller weight and sizes compared to full-sized ones, but still preserve most part of functionality; (3) keychain multi tools - the multitools of very light weight and compact size that can be used as keychains, but they mostly have a little number of tools too; (4) credit card multitools, called that due to being the size of a credit card (but a little thicker, mostly 2 to 5 mm), which allows them to be put into your wallet. After deciding on the design of your multitool look at what it is made of. Various materials for different components are used to produce a multitool, from stainless steel and titanium to plastic. The material is an extremely important thing to consider, on it depends how long will your multi tool serve you and how durable it will be.

The next parameter to think about is your multitool's Operational Characteristics. Here you will have to sit and decide the minimum of tools you yourself will need. An excessive number of tools mill make your multi tool bigger in size and heavier. On the one hand, small multitools are easier to carry around, but on the other hand - the bigger ones are more comfortable to hold during work, and this is important if you have a big workload. The first thing that affects operational characteristics of a multitool is the number of tools it includes. You don't want to face a situation when you need to fix something quickly and there is no tool you desperately need. Also note that the same tool can be triggered to work by using different means. For example, the pliers. In some multi tools they can be protracted from the handle with your finger, but in other types of multi tools they pop out when the multi tool is spread. The device must have a minimum number of tools that includes standard pliers, a wire cutter, a knife, scissors, screw drivers, a bottle opener, a wire stripping tool, in some cases there must be a wood- and metal-cutting saw, an awl. Needless to say, the larger part of multitools only have some part of tools listed above, mostly 5 to 20 tools.

And the last thing we recommend you to look at is your multitool's Size and Ease of Use. The multitool must not be bulky and heavy. It must be compact, lightweight and easy to carry as far as possible. The purpose is for you to feel comfortable with your multitool in your belt bag, and not to wish to put the multitool in the desk drawer or in your car's glove box. This would kill the purpose of a multitool itself. Multitools differ in weight and size. They can weigh from 50 grams (mini models) to 350 grams. Also do not forget to consider the length of your multitool, both when it is assembled and when unfold, as it influences on the convenience of using a multitool. The main thing you must always take into consideration is where and for what you are going to use this device: in field conditions, to do quick repairs, or for a home usage.

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Victorinox SwissTool Spirit

Design and Material

Victorinox 53800 SwissTool Spirit Multi-Tool with Pouch is the best multi tool in our review, it provides a wide variety of features. The whole body of this survival multi tool, including its internal tools, is made of hardened stainless steel. Additionally, the model is extremely durable and has a very long service life. And do not forget the Swiss assembling as it is top-notch. Victorinox multi tool will last for many years and do its job without a hitch.

Operational Characteristics

This Victorinox multi tool is one of the most capable tool set in the class. The gear includes 27 various functional tools for you to use either for home tasks or for something more challenging (like clipping and stripping cables, sawing wooden materials). Also, we feel it's important to note that some of the tools can be used from the outer side of the handle. Meaning, you will not need to open the pliers at all. There is also a handy locking mechanism, allowing you to shut the knife back with a single move of a finger.

Size and Ease of Use

Despite being a full-size survival multi tool, this Victorinox 53800 SwissTool Spirit Multi-Tool with Pouch is still rather convenient to use and wonderfully ergonomic. The dimensions of this Victorinox multi tool are 6" x 2" x 2", and the weight is 7.2 ounces. It will not cause you any inconveniences if you decide to take it with you on a long trip, or use it as an additional set of easy to handle tools in your garage.

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Victorinox SwissTool Spirit
Victorinox SwissTool Spirit
 

SOG PowerAssist

Design and Material

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools B66N-CP PowerAssist Multi-Tool is another full-size survival multi tool in our review. The multi tool is made of durable 420 stainless steel, which is known for its high level of protection against falling and other damaging factors. The blades of this multi tool knife are easily sharpened. The strict black color makes the design of this survival multi tool extremely stylish.

Operational Characteristics

This multi-tool has a variety of 16 features for multi-functional use. Among the tools this SOG Specialty Knives & Tools B66N-CP PowerAssist Multi-Tool provides, you will find a full-serrated blade, a three-sided file, a blasting cap crimper, a bolt grip channel, a bottle opener, a can opener, a hard wire cutter, a large flat screwdriver, a medium flat screwdriver, needle nose pliers, a Phillips screwdriver, a ruler, a small flat screwdriver, a straight edge blade, a V-cutter, a wire crimper and a nylon sheath. Also, the functional peculiarities include the use of the SOG Assisted Technology, provided to protect you from cutting yourself when you open or shut the sharp blades. This multi-tool is safe to store and to carry.

Size and Ease of Use

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools B66N-CP PowerAssist Multi-Tool may seem rather big and bulky when compared to its competitors on the market. It is, of course, best suited for home use, but you still can carry it with you to use far from home too. The multi-tool has dimensions of 7" x 1.9" x 0.8" and the weight of 9.6 ounces, so you can just put it into your bag or camp backpack and carry it wherever you want.

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SOG Power Assist Multi-Tool
SOG PowerAssist
SOG PowerAssist
 

Gerber Dime

Design and Material

This Gerber 30-000469 Dime Multi-Tool is a portable device in a shape of a keychain multi tool. Therefore, you will be able to carry it in your pocket or use as a keychain just as its name suggests. The multi tool itself is made of the 3Cr13 stainless steel hardened up to approximately 57 HRC. Owing to the high carbon concentration, this Gerber multi tool knife offers you highly efficient cutting and several different features at an affordable price.

Operational Characteristics

For a portable keychain multi tool, the Gerber 30-000469 Dime Multi-Tool has a rather prominent functionality. There are 10 various options to use this multi tool keychain. It includes a wire cutter, a fine-edge blade, a retail package opener, scissors, a medium flathead driver, a crosshead driver, a bottle opener, tweezers, a file. What is also worth noting, this multi tool has a special knife intended for safe opening of plastic containers, and a bottle opener, which can be used even if the multi tool is shut.

Size and Ease of Use

This multi tool is very ergonomic and convenient to use. The small dimensions (4” x 2.8” x 0.6”) and light weight (2 ounces) make it portable and accessible no matter where you go. You can go camping or picnicking and have all necessary tools right at hand. Gerber 30-000469 Dime Multi-Tool is attached to the ring that can be hung right to your key tag. This way there won't be a chance of leaving the tool in a different bag or pants.

Gerber Dime
Gerber Dime
 

Leatherman Tread

Design and Material

This wearable multi-tool is made as a bracelet consisting of interchangeable links, which are made of 17-4 steel. The links of the multi-tool are interconnected with the steel plates and fastened with the bolts. Such a connection type allows combining the flexibility of the Tread Multi-Tool bracelet with its high structural strength. This model is available in two colors: a classic stainless steel silver and the powder-coated black.

Operational Characteristics

Leatherman Tread Multi-Tool includes 29 different tools, which is a big number for such a tool. Using this multi-tool allows you to easily unscrew nuts or bolts with the diameter of heads of 6, 8, 10 mm or 1/4", 3/16" and 3/8". If needed, you can also use additional socket drives 1/4" from a standard toolkit. Screwing or unscrewing neither a Phillips screw nail nor a Phillips screw can be easily done with #1-2, #1, #2 tools, as well as the standard flat screws – with the bundled 3/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4" tools. For handling the bolts with the Hex socket (Allen) head the multi-tool includes the HEX socket drives of the following sizes: 3-6 mm, 1/4", 3/16", 1/8", 3/32". For those who are fond of diving, this bracelet is especially useful as it includes the link with a built-in oxygen tank wrench. This model has a carbide glass breaker for helping you break the glass in emergency situations. The plastic packages can be easily opened with a corresponding tool, which has an SIM card extracting pinch on the other side. The bottle opener is located at the multi-tool clamp.

Size and Ease of Use

This multi-tool bracelet is compact and is not bigger than a sports watch strap. Its width is only 1.2" and the length is 8.56". If you want you can adjust the bracelet length by changing the standard links with the bundled shortened ones or by simply removing the links. The bolts, which connect the links of this multi-tool are easily unscrewed with 1 cent coin, which allows adjusting the bracelet length or repairing it on the go. The small weight of 0.37 lbs provides a comfortable carrying of this multi-tool without any issues.

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Leatherman Tread
Leatherman Tread
 

Jeep Set Adjustable Screwdriver Wrench Jaw Pliers Survival Emergency Gear

Design and Material

This Jeep model is a pocket stainless steel multi-tool with a sharp reliable blade, made of hardened 420 steel. The heft is also made of steel with plastic inserts to ensure reliable grip in hand. Due to the hardness index of 54-56 kH, you’ll undoubtedly use this multi-tool for most low- and high-intensity applications without a hitch. If you're looking for something small yet reliable enough to keep at hand, this Jeep multi-tool can be it!

Operational Characteristics

Operational characteristics of this Jeep multi-tool include eight different features, which make it a multi-functional device to fairly effectively replace most of the standard bulky tools. The embedded tools include a multi-tool knife, pliers, nippers, a screw wrench, a Phillips screwdriver, a medium flat driver, a small flat driver, a lanyard ring. So, you're actually going to have all the necessary tool kit, but of a small and compact size.

Size and Ease of Use

When it comes to convenience, this one is known as the best multi-tool if you want it compact, small size and light weight . The dimensions of this multi tool are mere 6 x 2 x 1 inches, so it will be very easy to hang it on the belt of pants or put in your pocket. The weight of this device is just 5.9 ounces, and it is one of the lightest multitools among its peers. Your hand will not get tired when you work with this multi-tool.

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