For the everyday carry (EDC) purpose though, we will be focusing on the traditional foldable multi-tools.
When choosing the best multi tool, you as always should consider what you will be using it for, as well as the intensity of use you are planning for it.
Introduction to the best multi-tool
In general, a good quality multi-tool with all the basic tools which you may need to use from time to time will cost you about $50 tops. Of course, if you want a more professional multi-tool which you will be using for your job or every day, you may want to invest in a more expensive one. The basic multi-tool has a quality stainless steel blade or blades which are easily folded in a solid outer construction, along with the other foldable tools in the set. The good quality multi-tools have reliable locks for the blade or blades, so that they stay open while performing a task. Another thing to look for when picking the best multitool is to check if the tips of the pliers meet at one precise point. Naturally, you should consider getting a lighter and more compact model which you can easily carry around with you at all times.
We have carefully reviewed a wide variety of multi-tools being offered at the market, and we have picked our top ten favorites for EDC multi-tools.
The best multi tools on the market – our reviews and ranking
Leatherman 830039 New Wave Multitool
Victorinox Swiss Army Swisstool Spirit X
It has a lanyard opening to hang it on a string, as well as a leather case to carry it around more comfortably.
So, if in doubt when shopping for the best multi tools, you should definitely consider getting one of these.
Leatherman Skeletool Multitool
It comes with a 25 year limited warrantee. Probably the best feature of this multi-tool is that it is very light – it weighs only five ounces, which is possibly the lightest multi-tool in this class available on the market. This is great for those who plan to carry it around in their pockets, on their belts or in bags on a daily basis. On the other hand, in order to maintain such a light weight, the producers have removed several tools, such as a saw, the can opener, files and backup blades, which are tools that will possibly be needed when camping or in survival situations.
So, remember to consider what you are planning to use your multi-tool for before picking the best one to fit your needs.
Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multitool
So, if you are looking for the toughest and strongest among the EDC multi-tools, this model is one you should seriously consider buying.
Victorinox Swiss Army Manager Pocket Knife
So, if you are looking for a minimalist and yet useful multi-tool, this Manager pocket knife could be the perfect choice for you.
Leatherman 68010101K Crunch Pocket Multi-Tool
This Leatherman multi-tool has a serrated knife, hard-wire cutters, big locking pliers, wire strippers, a ¼ inch hex bit driver and three screwdrivers just to mention a few of the tools.
It is all stainless steel, and has a 25 year limited warranty. With proper maintenance and regular oiling of the mechanisms, this multi-tool will serve you well for many years.
Leatherman 830685 Charge TTi
Gerber 22-41545 Black Diesel Multi-Plier
The blades can easily be accessed and opened with one hand only, which is a great feature when your other hand is busy holding something.
This Gerber multi-tool has industrial strength and a lifetime warranty, so you needn’t worry that you will need to replace it or that it will fail you.
SOG S62N-CP PowerLock V-Cutter Multi-Tool with Double Tooth Saw
SOG S66N-CP PowerAssist Multi-Tool with Assisted Steel Blades
The final multi-tool which has made it to our top 10 is the SOG Specialty Knives & Tools S66N-CP PowerAssist Multi-Tool. This is another great everyday carry tool with a high quality 420 steel body, assisted steel blades, including one fully serrated knife, and a number of other useful and solid tools. It has extra locks for safer carrying and handling. The size of this multi-tool is 4.6 inches when closed and it weighs 9.6 oz. This multi-tool has a limited lifetime warranty, which generally means that if used and maintained appropriately could last and serve you for a lifetime.
So, as you see there is a wide variety of multi-tools being offered by a number of producers, with one of the most famous being Victorinox’s Swiss Army knife. Other multi-tool makers include: Gerber, Leatherman, Spyderco, Buck and Benchmade. There are a multitude of types of tools which are included in every multi-tool, so when picking the best multi tool for yourself, you should always keep in mind what kinds of tasks you may need to use it for.
Some of the multi-tools are produced specifically for certain professions, such as for electricians, for example. Others are produced for more general use, with commonly used tools, including: a screwdriver, a can opener, a corkscrew, and others.
While a number of these multi-tools look like the traditional Swiss Army Knives, others have no resemblance to knives at all. But which one is for you? Let us tell you ..
What makes a good multi tool?
So, in conclusion, when shopping for the best multi tool, you should be looking for a higher quality of the build of the body and the tools, especially if you are planning this as a long-term investment. Choosing a multi-tool with anticorrosive features is best in order to keep it functioning and free from corrosion which can occur over time and with prolonged use.
The other important feature to look for when buying an EDC multi-tool is the blade(s) quality. Remember that the better the steel used for the knife blades, the longer they will remain sharp. Nobody likes a dull blade. After all the longer you can use it without using a knife sharpener, the better.
DESIGN AND ERGONOMICS
Of course, when picking a multi-tool, you should take into consideration the design and ergonomics of the product. Apart from looking good, it is important that the EDC multi-tool is designed and made in a way which allows for easy and safe use. Also, watch for the weight and size of the tool. Some may find that larger tools work better for them, while other may prefer a more compact version for themselves.
Last but not least, the price is a crucial factor, and more so the value which the product has for the money it is priced at. You may want to spend some more for a higher quality multi-tool which will last for years, rather than to buy a cheaper one which will break and corrode after several uses. Unlike a survival machete, multi-tools are compact-sized devices and can be stored and carried with you without too much hassle.
It is all up to you, but if you are still wondering whether to buy a multi-tool for yourself or as a gift for someone, our advice is – definitely get one!