The ubiquitous multi-tool comes in hundreds of configurations and has quickly replaced the Swiss Army-style pocket knife in utility and function. The modern multi-tool was first developed by Tim Leatherman in 1984 and dozens of companies around the world soon followed suit. Tools can be found with up to 30 or more different functions, and some have branched off to become specialized, specifically for a certain type of weapon or for bicycles. Most survival kits sold these days include a multi-tool, which goes to show if you don’t have one handy in an emergency or for everyday carry, you’re missing out on this very versatile piece of gear.
Because it can fix anything no matter where you are, a multi-tool’s ability to do its job relies on your willingness to carry it. If your multi-tool is too big to carry comfortably then it is impractical; if it is too small to include the functions you normally need, it is unreliable. Somewhere in the middle — and the middle is different for everyone — is the perfect tool. Identify your needs: Do you often need to fix a rifle in the field? Are you a bike messenger? Are you looking for something to stave off the marauding hoards in a SHTF situation? Don’t worry, there’s a multi-tool seemingly made specifically for you.
The tool’s molded composite G-10 grip is slip-proof and it comes with a molded sheath. The tool is 8 ounces and 4.38 inches long (closed). The pliers are 6450 carbon steel and the knives are 420 stainless steel.
This multi-tool is a combination of all of Leatherman’s most requested features into one. It features titanium handles and a leather sheath, as well as a multitude of drivers in a separate pack. It weighs 8.2 ounces and is 4 inches long (closed).
Creatively designed to allow a variety of tools in a small space, the CRKT tool is 4 inches long (closed) and 5.1 ounces. The skins are glass-filled nylon, while the main blade is 5CR15MoV steel. It comes with a molded nylon sheath.