Not sure if this was ever discussed on the blog but, I am interested in purchasing a multitool. I realize there are a plethora of options available and so I was wondering what other guys thought make a good one? Or more specifically maybe my question should be what should I ask myself when selecting one? Also on that note, I'd like to hear from others who may have bought all the bells and whistles and then found out they could have bought something a lot more practical. Does anyone find themselves using more of the tools versus others, or is there a tool that you wish you would have had included when you purchased yours?
I have a Gerber Suspension and it is great. Gerber products are reasonably priced and have never failed me. A feature I like it that it has a small lanyard ring that can be folded into the handle if not needed. This is not the fanciest multitool or the most expensive but it has never left me lacking and for the price I don't feel bad if there is a tool on it that I don't use much and feel that I didn't get me moneys worth.
I think it is more critical to have the ability to make do with what you have than it is to try and make sure you have enough stuff to handle every situation.
I have the Swiss Army multitool (one of the bells and whistles ones). The pliers and wire cutters are very high quality, rivalling the very best. Two knives, multiple screwdrivers, and, of course, a bottle opener. I have even used the saw to cut holes in ceilings and smaller pieces of wood. I take it most places, but, in reality has done most of it's work inside the house!
As someone who works with military-spec rifles from time to time, I've become quite fond of the Leatherman MUT. It's got blades that you can open without opening the entire tool(much like the Surge or Wave), a punch for rifle takedown pins, a bronze scraper tool, webbing cutter, built-in hammer/pry tip, replaceable wire cutter jaws, and last but certainly not least, a bottle opener.
I carry around a Swiss Army Knife. They champion plus to be specific and I have definitely gotten good use out of it. They got all sorts of models with different sizes, just browse around at the models and see what you like. Amazon has a great selection.
I received a leatherman Wingman and when moving i had all my tools packed up or at the old house and needed to install a hand full of fixtures and the wingman was able to do everything i needed it to with out being the biggest MT. so it is easy to carry in a pocket, I would also look at the skeletool.
things that are handy are the knife, pliers/wire cutters, and philips driver head. a can/bottle opener is a given. i would have said the wire stippers aren;t needed but when you need them they are helpful. having the knife outside accesable is super useful for one hand opening.
most screws nowadays aren't a flat head so i don't really know why every little gizmo markets them as they are kinda useless. having a robertson head would be better (hence the skeltool that i could swap out and stash a better bit.
I'll vouch for the Leatherman Wingman as well. Durable, affordable, and well-equipped without being too cumbersome. If you need a basic multi-tool that doesn't get too specific, but will handle most day-to-day needs - this is the one to choose.
Like everything else, you need to define what you need.
I had one of the original Leatherman tools, and for what I was doing, it worked excellently.
For what I'm doing now, my Leatherman Wave is sufficient, with one minor glitch. It doesn't have a bottle opener (the can opener just doesn't work on bottle caps).
I too have the leatherman wave for work and it's awesome. So handy. The serrated knife is a beast. I also have the set of the extra hex bits to go with it, all sizes of philips/flathead/allen key/star bits. Ive never noticed that it doesnt have a bottle opener because unfortunately I can't drink beer while on the job. Haha
Nor can I, but somebody at a non-work meeting inevitably brings non-twist cap bottled beer. My only disappointment with the Wave.
Watch this video:
And if you are thinking of buying an MT, look up this guy. Chances are he reviewed it in depth, and compared it to others. Same goes with all kinds of other knifes you might consider.
My 2 cents; buy something you'll carry, not something that does everything you never do.
I carry a Craftsman mini ...
It's about 2" long, total. I chose it primarily because it's small for easy pocket carry ... and because it has snips rather than pliers. I don't use pliers quite often enough to need them with me all the time (the toolbox in the truck is close enough). The snips, however, come in handy with unboxing kids toys with those goddamn metal twist-tie things.
It cost about $8 at a Sears Hardware.
I own all kinds of Leatherman tools, but the SAK Super-Tinker is what lives in my pocket every day, along with a dedicated folder. I'd suggest saving up a bit and buying quality from the get-go, and from a company that really stands behind their product. In my humble opinion, Leatherman is the best overall.
The basic questions to ask yourself will help you determine what tools you'll use the most. For example, do you need pliers? Then a Leatherman/Gerber/Swiss tool would be the place to start, and then choose models based on tool selection and price point. If you don't need pliers, than SAK offers a ton of options. Are good scissors a must? Then maybe a SAK is the way to go. What about steel quality? Do you need/want the best material? Go for a high-end Leatherman. Is steel not a big deal? Then an entry-level model will do you fine.
Myself, I've tried all kinds of combinations and ended up, like I said, carrying a SAK and a folding knife, but I also carry a Leatherman in my bag and truck (PS1 and original Supertool, respectively). Just be honest with your needs and always get a little more than a little less, and don't be afraid of spending a few more bucks for a better tool selection and quality. When you need it to work, it'll be less likely to let you down. I know I have my LM Wave and Wingman sitting beside each other at home, and I reach for the Wave about 80% of the time.