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What is a Multitool? How to find and select affordable multi tools

By Edited Aug 28, 2015 0 0

Multi tools are just that. They are a multiple variety of tools incorporated into one small compact system that can easily fit in a hip pocket. Typical tools in a multi tool are a knife, screw driver, pliers, scissors, small saw, can opener, reamer, etc. Its utility and versatility make it ideal for any small toolbox or go-bag.

Though the idea of a multi tool dates back to the Roman Empire, it was first seen in modern times in the Swiss Army Knife and more recently in the Leatherman. Multi tools come in all shapes and sizes and can cater to particular sports such as: cycling, fishing, golf, hunting, etc.

The principle remains the same. Combine a variety of tools in a small easy to carry package. Reputable manufacturers of multi tools are: Leatherman, Kershaw, Gerber, Victorinox, Craftsman, etc. Because of their popularity there are several affordable varieties that can meet your needs. There are also many "knock off" or "cheap" versions of the multi tool available.

Below we will examine a variety of multi tools made by different manufacturers.

Leatherman 800309

The Leatherman 830039 MSRP $93.00

The classic Leatherman tool has been re-tooled to feature larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters and locking blades. The bronze bushing has improved the functionality of the one handed knife. All Leatherman products feature a 25 year warranty. This model also comes with a leather/nylon belt case. The Leatherman features 18 tools.

Included Tools:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Clip-point knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coated file
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver
  • Large screwdriver
  • Ruler (8 inches)
  • Bottle/can opener
  • Wire stripper
  • Lanyard attachment
  • Two double-ended bits

 

Specs:

  • Length closed: 4 inches
  • Length open: 6.3 inches
  • 100 percent stainless steel blades and tools

Leatherman Blast

Leatherman 830032 Blast Multitool MSRP $64.50

Retooled to feature longer locking blades, saws, etc. It also comes with the new Zytel grip. With the new grip, handle, and pliers you can easily get double the squeezing power of the previous model. Durable and functional the Blast is everything you have come to expect from a Leatherman product. This item comes with a 25 year warranty.

Included Tools:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Clip-point knife
  • Wood/metal file
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Large screwdriver
  • Small screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Small bit driver
  • Ruler (8 inch/19 cm)
  • Bottle/can opener
  • Wire stripper
  • Lanyard attachment
  • One double-ended bit

Gerber 014171

Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi Plier MSRP $49.99

Manufactured by Gerber legendary blades this affordable multi tool is made of stainless steel, features an ergonomic design, locking blades, and the familiar butterfly shape. The Gerber 01471 also comes with a nylon belt sheath.

Included Tools:

  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutter/Stripper
  • Straight Blade
  • Serrated Blade
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Saw
  • Awl
  • Lanyard Ring

Gerber Diesel

Gerber 22-01545 Black Diesel Multi-Plier MSRP $107.99

Manufactured by Gerber Legendary Blades this beastly multi tool is industrial strength. Featuring thicker than normal knife blades the Diesel Multi Tool is meant for hard work. The locking feature of the blades prevents accidental injury.

Included Tools:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Partially-serrated knife blade
  • Cross point screwdriver
  • Small, medium, and large flat blade screwdrivers
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • File
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Pliers/gripper
  • Hard wire cutter
  • Crimper
  • Straight-edge blade
  • Serrated blade
  • Three-sided file
  • Large screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Can opener/small screwdriver
  • Bottle opener/medium screwdriver
  • Rulers
  • V-Cutter
  • Lanyard ring
  • Nylon carrying pouch

Victorinox

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit Multi-Tool MSRP $100.00

Victorinox made the Swiss Army Knife a household name, and now they are back to prove they are still the Kings of the Multi Tool world. They offer the Spirit. The Spirit features an ergonomic design with locking blades and an astonishing 23 tools. A leather pouch is included.

  • · Needle Nose Pliers
  • · Screwdriver (2 mm)
  • · Screwdriver (3 mm)
  • · Wire Cutter (for wire up to a hardness Of 40 hrc)
  • · Screwdriver (6 mm)
  • · Bottle Opener
  • · Crate opener
  • · Combi-edge Blade
  • · Scissors
  • · Metal Saw
  • · Wood Saw
  • · Reamer
  • · Phillips Screwdriver
  • · Chisel-Scraper
  • · Isolation length cutter
  • · Wire Bender Wire Stripper
  • · Wire Scraper-Round cutter
  • · Multi-Purpose Hook
  • · Can Opener
  • · Hard Wire Cutter

SOG

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools S66-N PowerAssist Multitool MSRP $115.00

SOG has been the preferred blade maker for Military and Law Enforcement groups for years. Building on that, they offer this sleek and functional multi tool. Crafted from stainless steel, the PowerAssist Multitool features the patented power assist system which allows easy one handed opening of all tools.

Tools Included: Included:

  • Pliers/gripper
  • Hard wire cutter
  • Crimper
  • Straight-edge blade
  • Serrated blade
  • Three-sided file
  • Large screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Can opener/small screwdriver
  • Bottle opener/medium screwdriver
  • Rulers
  • V-Cutter
  • Lanyard ring
  • Nylon carrying pouch

 

 

I've chosen to only list multi tools of the absolute highest quality in this article. You can surely find cheaper knockoffs, but I would advise against it. The last thing you want is for a blade or tool to break when you really need it. If a multi tool is going to be an integral part of your tool kit, emergency kit, or go bag spend now and save yourself some heartache later.

 

The prices listed here are the MSRP. During my research, I noticed that several sites such as Amazon and EBay had the same tools listed for as much as %50 off. I would suggest surfing around before making your purchase.

 

 

 

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