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The 12 Best Multi-Tools [Reviews] For 2019

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For many people, owning one of the best Multi-Tools on the market – is the handiest item they will ever carry. Whether making a quick auto repair, fishing, camping, or fixing a small home project, a fully functional multi-tool is just an amazing invention, and one of the most valuable tools you can own. Period. The challenge, however, is selecting the Best Multi-Tool.

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As a builder, and sport fisherman, I certainly know my first choice – But the best multi-tool for you –  will be the one that matches up with your own daily needs.  Some folks even carry a small keychain size multi-tool for everyday use, like the Gerber “Dime” and own a more specific multi-tool such as the Leatherman “Skeletool” for other hobbies like hiking and fishing.

A Multi-Tool also makes a fantastic gift for Dads, Grads, or Groomsmen!

To help narrow the field down for you, we’ve selected the 12 best multi-tools in 2019, thoroughly reviewed each, then listed the best features of each multi-tool. While some multi-tools are considered EDC (Everyday Carry), other multi-tools are designed for specific tasks such as Cycling, Camping, or Tactical operations.

The following are our top picks in these several categories, followed by some general information about multi-tools – you should know before making a purchasing decision.

 

Our List of The 12 Best Multi-Tools [Reviews] For 2019

Editor’s ChoiceRunner UpBest Value
LEATHERMAN - Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with MOLLE Sheath (FFP)LEATHERMAN - Wingman Multitool with Spring-Action Pliers and Scissors, Stainless SteelGerber Suspension Multi-Plier [22-01471]
LEATHERMAN - Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with MOLLE Sheath (FFP)LEATHERMAN - Wingman Multitool with Spring-Action Pliers and Scissors, Stainless SteelGerber Suspension Multi-Plier [22-01471]
$119.95$59.95$24.88
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Editor’s Choice:  Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool

LEATHERMAN - Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with Premium Nylon Sheath (FFP)

Why We Like It

The Leatherman Surge offers the quality and dependability consumers have come to expect from the Leatherman brand. Whether you need a knife, pliers or a screwdriver, this multi-tool has you covered.

Specs for this model:

  • 21 Tools included
  • Stainless steel
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Replaceable wire cutters
  • 25-year warranty

Our Take Away

Overall, the Leatherman Surge is a great EDC multi-tool for all occasions and all uses.  In terms of sheer quality , construction, and the wide range of the 21 most used tools, few multi-tools can readily compete. As with all Leatherman multi-tools, the Surge is covered by a 25-year limited warranty, ensuring that your tool will continue working correctly for years to come.

Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool – Editor’s Choice

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Runner Up:  Leatherman Wingman

LEATHERMAN - Wingman Multitool with Spring-Action Pliers and Scissors, Stainless Steel

Why We Like It

Another member of the Leatherman family, the Wingman is a more stripped-down tool than the Surge, but still offers plenty of functionality. Just like the Surge, though, the Wingman will prove invaluable in both home projects and for everyday troubleshooting.

Specs for this model

  • 14 Tools included
  • Stainless steel
  • Length: 3.8 inches
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • 25-year warranty

Our Take Away

Though it features fewer tools than the Leatherman Surge model above, the Wingman is still an excellent multi-tool made to handle whatever life throws your way. Some consumers may prefer the more stripped-down approach of the Wingman since it weighs half as much and still makes finding and deploying the right tool for the job a lot easier.

Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool – Our Runner Up

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Best Value:  Gerber “Suspension” Multi-Tool

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier [22-01471]

Why We Like It

Made for rugged use, the Gerber Suspension multi-tool stands out for its construction quality and user-friendly design. When carrying it, you’ll be ready for anything with this high-quality but affordable survival multi-tool.

Specs for this model

  • 12 Tools included
  • Stainless steel
  • Rubber grip
  • Ballistic Nylon Sheath
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces

Our Take Away

For the price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better multi-tool than this one. Although it doesn’t have the same tool selection as the Leatherman Surge multi-tool, the “suspension multi-tool is from acclaimed manufacturer Gerber and has all the basics you need to make quick repairs and tackle everyday projects without hassle.

Gerber “Suspension” Multi-Tool – Our “Best Value” 

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Best Keychain Multi-Tool:  Gerber “Dime”

Gerber 30-000469 Dime Multi-Tool, Black

Why We Like It

When putting together our multi-tool reviews, we knew we had to have at least one keychain model. Our top choice in the category of Best Keychain multi-tool is the Gerber Dime, a very compact multi-tool with 10 tools included that can easily hang from your keychain.

Specs for this model

  • Ten Tools included
  • Stainless steel
  • Open length: 4.25 inches
  • Closed length: 2.75 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 ounces

Our Take Away

If you’re looking for the best small multi-tool that can go on your keychain, the Gerber Dime is a great tool to own. While this is one of the smallest Gerber multi-tools, it is made with quality and precision and can be expected to give you years of excellent service.

Gerber “Dime” – Best Keychain Multi-Tool

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Best Lightweight Multi-Tool:  Leatherman “Skeletool”

LEATHERMAN - Skeletool Lightweight Multitool with Combo Knife and Bottle Opener, Stainless Steel with Nylon Sheath

Why We Like It

Yet another Leatherman appearing on our best multi-tool 2019 list is the Skeletool, and at only 5 ounces, its a lightweight option intended to be a comfortable concealed carry multi-tool. With a smaller size and lower weight, this model is ideal for keeping in your pocket at all times.

Specs for this model

  • Seven tools included
  • Stainless Steel
  • Length: 5 inches
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • 25-year warranty

Our Take Away

If you’re looking for a great EDC multi-tool, it’s hard to beat the Skeletool. With Leatherman quality, a decent tool selection, and low weight, this multi-tool is sure to please just about anyone.

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Leatherman “Skeletool”- Best Lightweight Multi-Tool

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Best “Tactical” Multi-Tool:  SOG “Power-Lock”

SOG Multitool - PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty Multitool

Why We Like It

Like Leatherman, SOG is a brand heavily associated with quality, heavy-duty multi-tools. SOG got it’s start over 40 years ago, during the Vietnam era, and the SOG Powerlock is considered by many as one of the best tactical multi-tools to own.  SOG lives up its reputation as one of the best Multi-Tool brands on the market, and a SOG multi-tool will stand up to just about anything you can dish out.

Specs for this model

  • 18 tools included
  • Stainless Steel
  • Length: 4.6 inches
  • Weight: 9.6 inches

Our Take Away

The SOG PowerLock stood out as a definite heavy-duty contender in our multi-tool reviews. Thanks to its robust construction and a good selection of tools, you’ll find that you never want to leave the house without this multi-tool in your pocket. This model also offers a feature called compound leverage.

With this unique SOG feature, compound leverage increases the pressure you put on the pliers or cutters, allowing you to get a stronger grip and make cleaner twists or cuts.  Because of its tool selection choices and rugged quality, the SOG also gets our vote for the best military multi-tool.

SOG “Power-Lock” – Best Heavy Duty Multi-Tool

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Best Tactical Pen Multi-Tool:  TF “Takeflight”

Tactical Pen for Self-Defense + LED Tactical Flashlight, Bottle Opener, Window Breaker | Multi-Tool for Everyday Carry (EDC) Survival Gear | For Military, Police, SWAT | Gift Boxed + Extra Ink

Why We Like It

The only multi-tool we’ve reviewed, which offers the use of a writing pen and a functional multi-tool at the same time. The TF “Takeflight” tactical pen includes the 4 – in -1 option of using it as a Writing pen, Flashlight, Break-glass tool, or Bottle opener.

Specs

  • Ballpoint Black Ink – Writing Pen – with Extra Refill cartridge
  • LED Flashlight with – 2 Extra Batteries
  • Glass Breaker Emergency Escape Tip
  • Bottle Opener

Our Take Away

The TF “Takeflight” 4-in-1 tactical pen makes a great, while more limited multi-tool than other multi-tools in our review. However, if you are someone who typically a pen daily, such as first responders, military, or for another profession or type of business, the TF Takeflight multi-tool includes some of the best basic tool options you could need.

At under $30 The Takeflight tactical pen is also the perfect gift for a wedding, Father’s Day, Mother’s day, or birthday as well.

TF “Takeflight” – Best Tactical Pen Multi-Tool

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Best Multi-Tool for Cyclists:  Crankbrothers

Multi Tool 19 Gold

Why We Like It

When you’re out riding a bicycle, you never know when you’ll need to make an on-the-go repair. For this reason, a good multi-tool like this Crankbrothers model should be part of every cyclist carrying habits.

Specs for this model

  • Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
  • Torx and hex bits
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Length: 6 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces

Our Take Away

Far and away, this is the best EDC tool 2019 for cyclists. If you find yourself in a tight spot, you’ll be able to use the Crankbrothers multi-tool to get yourself back on the road.

Crankbrothers – Best Multi-Tool for Cyclists

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Best Multi-Tool With Ratchet:  Swiss Army CS Plus

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool CS Plus Multi-Tool, Includes Leather Pouch

Why We Like It

While there are many knives like the Swiss Army, the original multi-tool manufacturer still performs actively in the market it more or less founded. The Swiss Army CS plus multi-tools takes the concept of a multi-tool to the “next level” by including a ratchet too.

The Ratchet wrench makes it much easier to remove bolts in a pinch and work on mechanical parts, helping expand the capabilities of this tool dramatically.

Specs for this model

  • 37 functions, including ratchet wrench
  • Stainless steel
  • Length: 4.13 inches
  • Weight: 17.13 ounces

Our Take Away

Having a ratchet wrench like the Swiss Army takes multi-tools to an entirely new level of functionality. This useful feature almost automatically propelled the CS Plus to a spot on our multi-tool review list.

Swiss Army CS Plus – Best Multi-Tool with Ratchet

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Best Multi-Tool Axe:  Bravedge Multi-Tool Axe

Bravedge Multitool Axe, Pocket Multi Purpose Hatchet with Knife, Wrench, Nail File, Opener, Sreewdriver Kit, Stainless Steel Multi Tool Chopping Axe for Camping, Backpacking, Hunting, Survival

Why We Like It

If there’s something cooler than a Multi-Tool Axe, let us know! In fact, the Bravedge Axe may be the best multi-tool for camping in terms of overall functionality.

Whether you need to cut down a tree or open canned food, this tool has the features you need.

Specs for this model

  • 12 tools included
  • Stainless steel
  • Length: 6.7 inches
  • Weight: 14.8 ounces

Our Take Away

For camping excursions, this multi-tool is a great thing to have on hand. While you probably won’t end up carrying a multi-function Axe in your pocket as part of your EDC, this tool does an excellent job for the purpose it was designed for, which is Camping.

Bravedge Multi-Tool – Best Multi-Tool with an Axe

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Best Camping:  Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool

LEATHERMAN - Signal Camping Multitool with Fire Starter, Hammer, and Emergency Whistle, Stainless Steel with Nylon Sheath (FFP)

Why We Like It

Another strong contender as the best camping multi-tool is the Leatherman Signal. Made especially for camping, this nearly military multi-tool will help you stay safe and prepared in the great outdoors.

Specs for this model

  • 18 tools included
  • Stainless steel
  • Length: 4.5 inches
  • Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • 25-year warranty

Our Take Away

If you’re planning a camping trip any time soon, the Leatherman Signal is a great tool to take with you. As part of the multi-tool Leatherman line, the Signal offers great quality and a good selection of tools. Thanks to its focus on camping, the Signal provides you with just about everything you need for a trip to the woods.

Leatherman Signal – Best Camping Multi-Tool

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Best “One-Handed” Multi-tool:  Leatherman OHT

LEATHERMAN - OHT One Handed Multitool with Spring-loaded Pliers and Strap Cutter, Coyote Tan with MOLLE Brown Sheath

Why We Like It

Rounding out our list of multi-tool reviews is the Leatherman OHT. Meant for one-handed operation, the OHT makes it easier to do two different tasks with your hands at once.

Specs for this model

  • 16 tools included
  • Stainless steel
  • Each tool made for one-hand operation
  • Length: 5.2 inches
  • Weight: 0.62 pounds
  • 25-year warranty

Our Take Away

The OHT is another excellent example of Leatherman’s wide range of great 2019 multi-tool offerings that go above and beyond. If you need a tool that can be used with only one hand while you use your other hand for a different task, this is the multi-tool for you.  This one gets our highest ranking for best EDC pliers tool as well as the best survival multi-tool with its super practical selection of the 16 best multi-tool choices.

The Leatherman OHT – Best “One-Handed” Multi-Tool

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Multi-Tool?

A multi-tool is a tool that can be used for several different functions. Usually, multi-tools include several individual tool attachments folded into their bodies for easy carrying.

Who Invented the Multi-Tool?

We all know the first multi-tool by its more common name the “Swiss Army Knife“. First manufactured in 1891 in Switzerland by Karl Elsener, a surgical equipment manufacturer.  The Elsener family in1908 formed what is now knows as Victorinox, which to this day still manufacturers the Original Swiss Army Knife.

Multi-tools today, like the Swiss army knife, include common tools such as pliers, knives, screwdrivers, wire cutters, and saws.

Other common attachments can include files, bottle openers, corkscrews, scissors, and other generally useful items.

Who Makes the Best Multi-Tool?

Across the board, the best multi-tool company is almost certainly Leatherman. With several premium models and their ongoing devotion to necessary quality, it’s tough to go wrong with a Leatherman 2019 multi-tool.

The peace of mind Leatherman owners get from a 25-year limited warranty is also something that no other manufacturer has yet managed to compete.

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What Is the Best Tactical Tool to Buy?

For the price, we think the best tactical multi-tool is the SOG PowerLock. Thanks to its incredibly high construction standards, 18 multi-function tool selection, and competitive pricing, the SOG multi-tool stands up well to extreme conditions and extended use.

In our SOG multi-tool review, we found the SOG vs. Leatherman to be the best overall value for the amount of functionality you’ll get.  Of course, if you have a higher budget and need more tools, certainly look at the line-up for Leatherman Multi-tools 2019.

What is the Best EDC Multi-Tool?

For my own EDC selection, I personally use the Gerber “Suspension” Multi-Tool – for a few different reasons.  It includes the 12 functions I use most and generally only need in an everyday carry (EDC) tool.  Price – At $32 it won’t break the bank like a $100 Leatherman with 21 tools.  Weight – At only 9.6 oz. it’s roughly half the weight of more expensive multi-tools.

Which Is Best For Camping A Knife or Multi-Tool?

Well with today’s choices in Multi-Tools, there is no reason to be left alone in the wilderness with only a knife, when you can have a multi-tool “with a knife” included, as well as 10-20 other tools that will make your camping experience, that much better!

Where Are SOG Multi-Tools Made?

SOG is a U.S. based company founded in 1986 and located in Lynnwood, Washington.

Which Is Better Multi-tool, Leatherman, Gerber, or SOG?

While both are excellent tool companies, they typically win in different categories.

Leatherman tools are generally considered the best quality, with SOG held in the highest regard as the best Tactical Knife Multi-tool, but Gerber tends to win out in terms of the best value multi-tool.

As with many purchasing decisions, the real question is what you personally want and need in a multi-tool.

 

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Conclusion

If you’re in the market for a new multi-tool, the models listed above should give you a good starting point and some good ideas to help you narrow down your search.

Overall, we recommend the Leatherman Surge as the best all-around multi-tool.  With the Surge multi-tool, you get 21 functions, to handle anything that comes your way.

The runner up, the Leatherman Wingman, is also a solid option if you’re looking for great quality and extensive 14 function multi-tool.

In our Best Value category, we recommend the Gerber Suspension multi-tool, a fantastic lightweight 12 function multi-tool that will offer you great features at a price practically anyone can afford.

And finally, if your looking for an extra small multi-tool, take a look at the Gerber “Dime”, the top-rated keychain multi-tool sold on Amazon.  You can even choose from 7 different colors!

While the best multi-tool for you may be one of the other items on our list, the four mentioned above stand out as our overall favorites. If you want a great multi-tool, though, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the models we’ve reviewed here.

We hope our Best Multi-Tools Review has helped you learn and narrow down your search!

If you would like to see another multi-tool reviewed or any other product suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

Thanks For Visiting and don’t miss our other reviews at BestHomeGear.Com 

Additional References and Reading:

 

10 Ways a Multi-Tool Will Help You Survive – Leatherman.Com

How To Take Care of Your New Multi-Tool – SOG Knives.Com

Five Best Things to Look For in an EDC Multi-Tool – Leatherman.Com

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Kevin

As a Homeowner, Builder, and Property Developer/Manager for 30+ years, I’ve worn a lot of “different hats”, and In that capacity, owned or used about every tool or piece of home equipment one can think of. Managing property in Michigan, Arizona, and Florida, also allows us to test many of the products we review firsthand, and in vastly different climates and conditions. Our goal at BestHomeGear.Com is to share the first-hand experience by providing exceptional Home & Garden Techniques, Product Reviews, and useful DIY Guides for our faithful readers - Homeowners like you. We trust you will find BestHomeGear.Com very informative - and extremely helpful.

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for an awesome post. Didn’t really know what these tools could do until now or who made the best multi tool. Thanks again
    James

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