Multitools are some of the coolest pieces of gear you can carry. Unless you are car-camping, you will not have space for a toolbox. But you want to be ready for anything that life might throw at you. A good multitool frees up space in your pack without sacrificing preparedness.
Since not all multitools are the same, it’s important to decide what you’re looking for and what you’ll realistically need. If you never use a particular type of knife, you don’t need it on your multitool. Not all multitools are the same size either. They range from full-sized camping and survival tools to emergency extensions on your keychain. Knowing what you’re looking for can help you to find exactly the right one.
We’ve put together a list of ten of the best multitools, and we’ve included a few different sizes to help you choose the one best suited to your needs.
Our first multitool is a basic, stainless steel offering with big knives, strong pliers, and longer wire cutters. The New Wave can fold up in your pack or glove compartment and gives you the feeling of full-sized tools for each choice.
The outer blades are accessible with one hand, so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to deploy the blade you need. The wire cutters are replaceable, so when things get dull, you can add a new tool.
The closed length is just four inches and only requires one hand to access all the tools, even the ones located on the inside. It has 18 total tools including pliers, serrated and smooth knives, spring action scissors, bottle opener, and screwdrivers. It comes with a 25-year guarantee against defective tools.
The Swisstool has 27 tools and comes in a polished stainless steel body. Individual springs allow you to access all the tools from the outside without having to fold and refold the tool. They lock into place and then fold away easily using the slide release button.
The Victorinox comes with a leather pouch for safe storage and has a folded length of just over four inches. The company provides a lifetime guarantee on all the tools against any defects. It comes with a variety of knife types, pliers, screwdrivers, files, bottle opener, and many other tools.
You can resharpen the knife attachments when they dull, and the remainder of the tools are a durable material that shouldn’t show wear.
The Center Drive comes with a standard 12 piece bit set and a protective sheath. The screwdriver opens to a center axis to help with weight and maneuverability. The bit head is replaceable because of the magnetic attachment.
It has a full-sized outboard knife, and the pliers deploy with a one-handed flip of the wrist. It doesn’t have as many onboard tools, but you can interchange your bits through the magnetic system, giving you a lot more power behind your screwdriver without sacrificing tools. You can even use bits you already own because of the standard sizing.
The X-channel system helps eliminate the rattle associated with many multitools, making it operate smoothly and easily.
The Powerlock is a black coated multitool with 18 specialty tools and a folding pocket knife. It includes a one press power lock to help lock up all the tools when you aren’t using them. It comes with a feature called compound leverage, which gives you more torque and power behind your grip.
This tool is designed for heavy-duty use and includes a sheath of ballistic nylon. It’s also Explosive Ordinance Disposal certified, so it will crimp blasting caps and demolition cord with less pressure. The pliers are ready for use with just a flip of the hand, and the black oxide finish is military grade.
This full-sized tool is made of stainless steel and is built for rugged, tough jobs. It comes with a 1,000-denier nylon case that attaches to a belt and features 13 tools. It’s slightly more prominent, but the weight helps you get better grip and torque as you’re completing a job.
This multi-tool comes with a tool lock that prevents tool deployment when you aren’t ready. The Richer comes with a lifetime guarantee against any defects. It’s an excellent all-purpose tool with all the necessary tools you need to keep in your car or your purse
Our first mini tool is a stainless steel design with a brushed finish. It comes with ten tools and is small enough to fit into a pocket. It has a basic set of tools including a knife, a retail package opener, screwdrivers, and a bottle opener that’s accessible even when the multitool is closed.
It uses a butterfly opening style and folds down to just under three inches. It’s not quite as durable as some of the tools on our full-sized list, but it should be excellent for occasional use while in your purse or glove compartment.
This is the classic pocket multi-tool. It has a basic red, folding design that allows you to deploy tools from all around the body. It has ten different functions including a small blade, and it’s small enough to fit into your purse or even on a keychain.
The tools are stainless steel for durability, and the case is ABS plastic in a tough finish that won’t flake or chip. You can sharpen the knife on a wet stone, and it’s easy to take apart to oil the joints for the tools.
The Leatherman mini is a lot more durable than many of the minis on our list. It’s pocket-sized but uses stainless steel and a unique body shape that gives you more grip and torque when operating. It’s also TSA compliant.
It has eight different tools but no knife features, so it’s good for situations where knives are prohibited. It requires just one hand to operate all the tools, and the movement is smooth without the rattle associated with many multi-tools. It also comes with Leatherman’s 25-year guarantee.
The Leatherman Micra is one of the smallest multi-tools on the list. It’s made of stainless steel and features ten different tools including a knife. It fits right onto your keychain and has a 25-year warranty against defective tools.
It has a keyring attachment, but it fits well in most small compartments or even a pocket. It’s good for smaller jobs such as repairing nails. The spring action scissors are very powerful for this size of the tool, and they’re located in the center of the butterfly opening for better grip.
Our final keychain model packs 13 tools into a tiny package. The smooth body prevents injury and snags while tools are tucked away, but it’s easy to fold everything out when you need them. The body is durable ABS plastic and won’t chip or flake.
It uses a stainless-steel alloy that’s lightweight but very durable. The blade has a locking feature to keep it in place, and the small keychain attachment helps you keep up with it. It comes with Victorinox’s lifetime guarantee against tool and design defects.