Almost 125 years ago the first Swiss Army knives went into production, these were the first multi-tools cementing a growing legacy which perseveres to this day. To be able to carry a device that can perform multiple practical tasks on your person with ease is invaluable for many people. This is why multi-tools are as popular today as they were over a century ago especially when they pack tools in you wouldn’t image could be so portable. Here are 10 Best Multi Tools you can bring on your outdoor adventures.
1. Leatherman New Wave Multi-tool
How much do you image 17 different tools might cost you at the hardware store? Well with this multi-tool from Leatherman the answer is just $50 which gets you 2 sets of pliers, 2 knives, wire cutters, scissors, saw, 2 screw drivers, 2 double ended bits, 2 files and a bottle opener. This stainless steel folding tool is sturdy and comes with a choice of either a leather or nylon sheath.
2. Swiss Army Manager Pocket Knife by Victorinox
The Swiss Army Knife has long been the front runner in multi-tools and this shrunk down keychain version is a handy little gadget. Featuring 10 handy everyday tools, this mini version is great for those unexpected simple repairs or tasks. You can quickly go from tightening a screw to cutting a piece of apple in moments. This multi-tool also features a small ball point pen built in so you can make notes as you work.
3. Leatherman Squirt ES4 Keychain Multi-tool
Starting life as an all purpose electrician’s tool, the Squirt features wire strippers and other associated tools. However, in recent years Leatherman has crammed in some more comprehensive tools such as screwdrivers, knives and bottle openers. This makes it a more all-rounder type tool which, at just over 2 inches long and less than 2 ounces in weight, creates a super portable and versatile piece of kit.
4. Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier
This multi-tool looks like something Batman might have on his person thanks to its black aggressive appearance. At around 5 inches long this one is packed with all the stalwarts of a multi-tool and also includes a can opener making it a great camping tool. This is a quality piece which is backed by the Gerber lifetime warranty, making it well worth consideration.
5. Swiss Army Swiss Tool by Victorinox
Just over 3 inches in length weighing a hair under 6 ounces this multi-tool is backed by decades of design and know how. With 27 tools packed into its small frame this is a very versatile piece which can come in handy in so many ways. One of the best features of this tool though is that you can use it as a measuring stick which can be handy for a little impromptu wood working.
6. Leatherman Skeletool Multi-tool
Touted as the lightest multi-tool available in the market this 5 ounce full-size offering has a bunch of tools. This one consists of a wire cutters, universal bit driver, an outside blade as well as several others. With a solid stainless steel body this is also a well made tool which comes with a 25 year warranty.
7. Leatherman Charge TTI Multi-tool
One of Leatherman’s higher end multi-tools the Charge is very much like its little brother the Wave, but is just better made. With a strong titanium design for the outside most of the tools themselves are stainless steel. The tools themselves open more smoothly than in the New Wave and the locking mechanisms are stronger so it’s just basically a better quality piece.
8. Leatherman Micra Multi-tool
The Micra is Leatherman’s answer to a keychain style multi-tool and certainly stands up well in the market. Just over 2 inches in length and weighing under 3 ounces it is a solid little collection of tools which comes with a 25 year warranty. It’s a great little gadget which will not break your budget and will likely come in handy.
9. Sog Powerassist
SOG have been making quality blades for many years now and have only recently started into the realm of multi-tools. The company has learned quickly and the Powerassist is a pretty good little tool that features 16 different tools. It’s 4.6 inches long and just over 9 ounces so it is portable and easy to use with just one hand.
10. Leatherman MUT Tactical Multi-tool
This is a pretty specialize multi-tool which won’t be to all tastes but it warrants a mention. Designed for military use the Tactical has scope adjusting tools as well as threaded areas for gun cleaning rods and brushes. Perfect to help strip down firearms those in the military or serious hunters will love this sturdy handy multi-tool.