The multi tool is so often overlooked, we sometimes forget that it exists. However, having one of the best multitool readily-available to you will offer a huge sense of relief. Too often we find ourselves not properly equipped to tackle a certain situation. Whether it be an emergency situation or an easy fix-up job, you can expect a multitool to conveniently have you covered. Even if you’re not carrying it on your body, you can easily store it in the glove box, or council of your vehicle.
Generally speaking, a multi tool has the essential tools needed in a dire situation. Mainly, a blade, a screwdriver, pliers, hard-wire cutters, wire cutters, or even a serrated knife. If you’re like me, you’ve often found yourself in need of these, but aren’t properly equipped. A great multi tool will have you covered, and shouldn’t be overlooked. I guarantee you find yourself saying “wow, i’m glad I decided to purchase one of these” more often than not. Equip yourself with one of the best multi tools on the market sooner rather than later!
|Multi Tool Model||Number of Functions||Warranty||Weight||Pricing and Availability|
|Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool||14 Functions||25 Years||6.9 Ounces|
|Victorinox SwissChamp Swiss Army Knife Multi Tool||33 Functions||Lifetime||6.5 Ounces|
|Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier Multi Tool||12 Functions||Lifetime||9.6 Ounces|
|Leatherman Sidekick Multi Tool||14 Functions||25 Years||4 Ounces|
|Victorinox Swiss Army Rambler Multi Tool||10 Functions||Lifetime||1.05 Ounces|
|Gerber Dime Multi Tool||10 Functions||Lifetime||2.2 Ounces|
|Rose Kuli Multi Tool||12 Functions||Unspecified||13.28 Ounces|
|Gerber MP600 Multi Tool||14 Functions||Lifetime||9 Ounces|
|Leatherman Micra Multi Tool||7 Functions||25 Years||1.8 Ounces|
|Leatherman Skeletool Multi Tool||8 Functions||25 Years||5 Ounces|
The Leatherman Wingman, simply put, is the best practical multi tool of 2018. Combining the perfect amount of tools, with the sheer durability of the stainless steel multi tool, you’re not going to find a better option.
The Leatherman Wingman is the perfect go-to multi tool when considering small projects around the house, on the job, or at a campsite. Equipped with spring-action needlenose, regular pliers, wire cutters, scissors, a wire stripper, knife, package opener, ruler, and bottle openers as well as a wood, metal file, screwdriver, you can expect this multi tool to quite literally conquer everything.
That said, for the price, and tools available to you, the Leatherman Wingman takes the cake for the best practical multi tool of 2018.
While the Wingman may be the most practical choice, the Victorinox SwissChamp multi tool, is the best in terms of an incredible amount of variety. It offers 33 different functions from a 2.45” large blade, scissors, a bottle opener with a large screwdriver, pliers, and a corkscrew to mention a few. Constructed with stainless steel, and a encased in a polished black ABS, you can expect a sleek look that offers an incredible amount of durability.
If you’re an avid multi tool collector, or if you just like to brag, we highly recommend you check out the SwissChamp XAVT and SwissChamp XLT versions of this same multi tool as they offer a ridiculous amount of functions. Keep in mind, though, they will cost you a pretty penny.
At first glance, the Gerber multi tool is simply a plier. However, on further examination, you will notice additional tools hidden within the handles. One could say that it multi-pliers into a multi tool.
Within the handles of this beautiful multi tool, is 12 different components that each offer a unique function for different situations. Constructed with an open-frame stainless steel, you can expect incredible durability for a longer lifespan. The Gerber multi tool also comes with a ballistic nylon sheath allowing for extra protection when not in use. It weighs approximately 9.6 oz, and has a length of 4”, making it quite easy to carry around.
If you’re looking for a pair of pliers, that will rock your socks off, we highly recommend the Gerber multi tool as it ranks 3rd in our review of best multi tools of 2018.
The Leatherman Sidekick is exactly that, the perfect sidekick multi tool for any situation that arises. Constructed with stainless steel, and an additional nylon sheath, you can expect a well-maintained multi tool for an extended period of time.
This particular multi tool is equipped with 14 different functions and tools. Most notably, though, are the spring-action needle nose pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, serrated knife, a saw, and a ruler. The ruler is one that we especially like. You won’t find on many other multi tools, but I’ve always found myself needed a ruler, and I usually just guestimate it.
While it is a plier-like some of the other Leatherman multi tools, this tool is completely controlled with one hand. You’re not going to have to hold it with one hand, then use the other hand to open a tool in a certain situation. This allows for more control when using the multi tool. Think about it, you’re trying to screw something, but don’t have the screwdriver function out. Keep that screw in place, use your operating hand to open it up, and screw away!
At the end of the day, for the amount of convenience this the Leatherman Sidekick has, we’re rating it 4th in our review of best multi tools of 2018.
The Victorinox Swiss army multi tool is the most basic out of all on this review. It is a traditional tool; this is what most people expect to see when thinking of a multi tool.
It is constructed with stainless steel, and it is encased in a polished red ABS that aims to provide a sleek, and durable design. Equipped with 10 different features, you can see why we consider it more of a traditional tool. Some of these other multi tools have upwards of 50 different functions. Most notably, the 1.25” blade allowing for easy break-through of fragile material, scissors, bottle opener, and a Phillips screwdriver.
The Victorinox Swiss army multi tool certainly isn’t the most complex product out there, but it provides you with the most commonly used functions out of all the ones possible.
Gerber Dime multi tool is our personal favorite in terms of looks. The black matte finish on the stainless steel proves to be a sleek, sexy, and durable design. The multi tool is super compact, and lightweight, allowing for a perfect fit in your pocket. The perfect daily multi tool for any task.
The Gerber Dime multi tool is equipped with 10 different tools. These include needle nose spring-loaded pliers, wire cutters, a fine-edge blade for cutting fragile material, retail package opener, scissors, medium flat driver, crosshead driver, bottle opener, tweezers, and a file.
With a more practical set of tools and design, you can see why the Gerber multi tool made it on our review of best multi tools of 2018.
The Rose Kuli is certainly the most interesting multi tool in our review of best multi tools of 2018. As you can likely see in the picture, this baby has an axe, and a hammer attached to it. I don’t think i’ve ever seen a multi tool, outside of this one, with those two equipped. It comes with a nylon carrying bag and a case for the axe ensuring your safety.
Constructed with 2CR13 stainless steel, with a nonstick coating, you can expect a long-lasting multi tool with the Rose Kuli. The smoother wooden handle adds additional comfort when operating in comparison to its stainless steel competitor handles; the wood won’t become ridiculously cold in the winter, either. On top of the axe, and hammer, the multi tool offers pliers, cross screwdriver, doubled-sided poking knife, saw, knife, rasper, slotted point screwdriver, wrench, bung puller, and a bottle opener.
The Rose Kuli is certainly one of the most versatile multi tools on the market and shouldn’t be overlooked. I mean, having a hammer in your back pocket is certainly going to come handy quite often.
With Gerber multi tools, you’re always going to get a high quality, durable product; and, that doesn’t change with the Gerber MP600. This beautiful, stainless steel, black matte finish multi tool is incredibly easy on the eyes while maintaining its sense of convenience.
This too is a multi tool that’s base is a plier. This makes for easy access to the other tools, allowing for total operation with a single hand. Equipped with 14 different functions, you can expect quite a bit of versatility out of the Gerber multi tool for a cheaper price point. These include needlenose pliers, wire tools, cutting tools, screwdriver, and even a ruler. Too often i’ve found myself in need of a ruler, with one nowhere to be found.
The Leather Micra multi tool is different in its size. This multi tool is capable of being plugged onto your keychain, allowing for even more convenience than its competitors. If you’re worried about the added weight to your keychain, don’t. This multi tool only weighs 1.8 ounces, and you will hardly tell the difference.
The Leatherman Micra is one of the most popular multi tools on the market for all the reasons above, and because while it is small, it still incorporates the functions, and tools that you’d like to see. It is equipped with spring-action scissors, a knife, flat/Phillips screwdriver, medium screwdriver, extra-small screwdriver, bottle opener, nail cleaner, tweezers, nail file, and a ruler. All of that on your keychain; are you kidding me?
If it’s up to me, I’d call the Leatherman Skeletool multi tool a Leatherman Transformer. It certainly has an incredibly sleek, and complex design to it. How can you be sure it isn’t actually a robot?
That said, this stainless steel multi tool has all the functionality you’re looking for. The Leatherman Skeletool is equipped with needlenose, regular pliers, hard and regular wire cutters, a combo knife, combination carabiner, bottle opener, and a large bit driver. It is capable of storing additional bits within its handle.
Our favorite feature with the Leatherman Skeletool, is that it only requires one hand to operate. This is important when considering that your other hand may be compromised in the situation you need the multi tool for. We’ve all been there, asking ourselves why we don’t have three hands instead of two. This multi tools weighs only 5 ounces and is equipped with a removable pocket clip for increased convenience.
Whether you’re trying to screw that pesky screw in or cut a piece of paper, the Leatherman Skeletool is going to be by your side. All these functions, with an incredibly durable stainless steel base, the Leatherman Skeletool multi tool tops out our review of best multi tools of 2018.