The multitool is the ultimate toolbox on the go. Although a pocket knife can handle many mobile situations, there's nothing better than keeping a multitool close by—whether in your pocket or your glove box.
If you're a fix-it-yourself kind of person, these are the 12 multitools worth considering.
Gerber's newsolves the problem of the multitool screwdriver, where the bit sits off-center. This makes it awkward to twist and slower than a real screwdriver. Here, the tool bit is aligned on the central axis for the feel of a standard driver. Even better, it retains our favorite Gerber feature—a flick-of-the-wrist-opening pliers—and adds a 3 ¼-inch blade. Also available in .
To redesign the classic multitool structure, SOG Knives partnered with IDEO, a design firm with clients as varied as Fender guitars and the government of Singapore. Instead of a butterfly foldout, the baton shape makes a pocket-friendly accessory that won't look out of place next to your smartphone. The tools on either end are available in the closed position, letting the Q2 operate like a driver. Pull the halves apart, and the spring-loaded pliers unfold with a satisfying bolt-action click.
Leatherman offers a plethora of multitools that fit all budgets and applications, but their Skeletool hits a sweet spot and offers just enough. The lightweight design makes the tool a breeze to carry, either in your pocket or a pouch. The removable bit driver adds extra functionality without added bulk.
This slim pocket knife is best suited to an urban survivalist. Need help opening a letter or package, trimming a stray thread, or removing a splinter, then this is the knife for you. Its small size makes it easy to attach to your keychain or fit into any pocket no matter how skinny you wear your jeans.
A step up from the Swiss Army knife, the Leatherman Juice S2 packs 12 tools into its tiny frame and can be used as a homeowner utility knife or a camping companion. Many of the tools can be used when the tool is open or closed, which mimics the easy functionality of a pocket knife. Leatherman's 25 year guarantee ensures this knife will last.
Tactical multitools are growing in popularity, and leading the pack is this model from Gerber. It's specifically designed to meet the needs of the military, but would make a great addition to the kit of any hunter or marksman. It features a front sight adjuster, carbon scraper, blasting cap crimper, and Gerber's patented one-handed operation for easy access. It's black oxide finish shuns attention and makes it standout in a sea of shiny competitors.
The SOG Sync II is a discrete multitool that when not in use functions as a belt buckle, but can also be clipped to your waist, boot, or pack. The strong pliers are its greatest feature, but you've also got various cutting tools available as well.
This innovative multitool can be worn as a bracelet, and nobody would ever know you are packing enough tools to make MacGyver jealous. The 29 tools are all attached to each link in the Tread and can be accessed at a moments notice. It's TSA safe and might become your favorite accessory.
The Gerber Suspension multi-plier is at home in your tackle box, tool bag, or glove compartment. Its patented locking system features 11 tools that you'll use more often than you think. The durable stainless steel construction won't fail you, as you put the Gerber through its paces.
The Leatherman Wave is a favorite of DIYers everywhere. It features 17 tools packed into a sleek stainless steel package. Leatherman's pliers are second to none and the Wave is an everyday carry tool that you can count on. Don't take our word for it, check out the stellar Amazon reviews of a tool that people can't live without.
We first picked up the Griffin multi-tool at Overland Expo, and since then its been our favorite multitool for on-the-go adventures. It features 11 tools in 1 and is available in a variety of sizes and finishes. Its elegant design feels great in your hand and can be slipped into your pocket or pack.
The Kickstarter-driven STK was imagined as a minimalist everyday carry. The sliding 1.7-inch blade is forged from high-grade stainless steel (extra niobium and molybdenum!) to resist chipping and wear. The lightweight titanium case reinforces the blade for enough prying leverage to open the rustiest paint can. The bottle opener doubles as a ¼-inch-bit driver and a backside holder replaces a money clip.