Emmert Wolf said it best when he proclaimed, “A man is only as good as his tools.” The ability to adapt and overcome the rigorous challenges of our work and everyday life is only possible with the right set of tools or multi-tool at the right time. No truer words have ever been spoken, and what better way to meet those challenges than with the best multi-tool money can buy.
Pocket Tools and versatile keychain tools certainly have their place in your everyday carry, but any successful craftsman, handyman, or outdoorsman knows the strong foundation of a solid everyday carry collection is a dependable and highly-adaptable multi-tool. With so many options available on the market, though, it’s important to make sure that you select the best multi-tool for your needs to ensure you don’t end up with an unreliable, second rate piece that folds under pressure.
Below we’ve compiled a list of the latest and best multi-tools currently available on the market that are up to any challenge you throw their way. We paid specific attention to versatility, durability, and overall reliability when making our selections.
One of the more durable multi-tools on this list, the new for 2017 Gerber Center-Drive is equipped with a plethora of full-size tools including a 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. This versatile multi-tool also comes equipped with a magnetic center-axis bit driver providing maximum torque and rotation.
In addition, this set of Gerber multipliers comes with spring-loaded needle nose pliers, rotatable wire cutters and strippers, a pry bar with a nail puller, an awl, and magnetic screwdriver bits. If you’re looking for a multi-tool that doesn’t look like it belongs in a miniature toy set, the Gerber Center Drive is a great pick. It’ll also more than likely be the last multi-tool you ever purchase. – Buy It
When it comes to downright functionality, the SOG PowerGrab Multi-Tool steals the show thanks to 19 different built-in tools at your disposal. Its a multi-tool that’s as versatile as it is powerful — it delivers nearly double the torque of a conventional multi-too at the plier jaws thanks to a patented, gear-driven compound leverage mechanism.
All components are built for easy access and lock open for greater effectiveness. Every SOG PowerGrab comes with a nylon carrying case, a belt loop for everyday carry, and a hex bit kit. Add it to your everyday carry now and you’ll have a veritable toolbox at the ready in your pocket. – Buy It
Built specifically with military, law enforcement, and civilian shooters in mind, the Leatherman MUT Multi-Tool is designed for everyday carry, but can also meet your tactical needs as well thanks to 16 different tools which include multiple threaded components for cleaning rods and brushes as well as screwdrivers sized for military and civilian optics adjustment needs.
In addition to the gun specific tools, the Leatherman MUT has the standard tools you would expect to find on any quality multi-tool such as a pair of pliers, a knife blade, and a miniature saw. – Buy It
Gerber Diesel Multi-Tool
Keeping in line perfectly with the quality we’ve grown to expect from Gerber, the Diesel multi-tool is built for the most rugged and demanding of jobs. A stainless steel construction, full-size tools, and a Saf.T.Plus locking system render the Gerber Diesel versatile enough for tackling jobs in any field and rugged enough to withstand the punishment of everyday carry.
To simplify operation and to make it more user-friendly than it’s counterparts, the Diesel Multi-Tool features one-handed deployment of every tool included via the flick of your wrist. Does it’s matte black coating really matter? Probably not, but it’ll blend in well with your existing EDC and develop a handsome patina after months of hard use. – Buy It
SOG’s PowerAssist has been properly field-tested by those in the everyday carry community for more than a decade and is considered by many to be the best multi-tool out there today. If longevity is any indication of a multi-tool’s performance, then the SOG PowerAssist is indeed, a multi-tool you should consider adding to your arsenal.
The PowerAssist is the first multi-tool in the world to be equipped with two SOG Assisted Technology blades for even easier blade deployment along with the Compound Leverage technology we mentioned on the PowerGrab earlier for twice the torque and rotation of a conventional multi-tool. In addition, 16 tools are built into the PowerAssist for maximum functionality, including two knife blades, a screwdriver, an awl, and a double-tooth saw blade. – Buy It
Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD
Built to handle the unique needs of military electronic ordinance disposal (EOD) units, the Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD is certainly equipped to handle any real-world task you may need it to tackle thanks to 19 different tools — including replaceable fuse wire cutters, military performance spec cap crimpers, a C4 punch, and a replaceable T-shank metal saw.
For those needing the not-so-common on an everyday basis, this is the multi-tool you’re looking for. And with Leatherman’s stamp of approval, it’s one that’ll outlast the multi-tool that currently resides in your pocket. – Buy It
Specifically designed for riggers and climbers, the CRKT Bivy comes equipped with spring assisted pliers, a knife, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, and a marlinspike all accessible with one hand ease. The CRKT Bivy Multi-Tool was designed by Hans Florine — a record-breaking speed climber — and is a must-have multi-tool for everyday climbing and for emergency situations. At 7.7 ounces, it’s one of the lightest multi-tools on this list, and compact enough to keep on hand for every climb regardless of the conditions. – Buy It
Gerber MP1 Multi-Tool
Simplistic and highly selective design make for a highly functional multi-tool still equipped with 12 professional grade tools. The Gerber MP1, made from high-quality carbon steel, may not be as feature-rich as the other multi-tools on this list, but what the unit lacks in options, it more than makes up in user-friendliness with a butterfly open design and overall less clutter. This simpler design allows you to utilize the tools you really need to get to quicker and more efficiently. – Buy It
Leatherman Charge TTi
If one multi-tool on our list is the ultimate solution to all of your needs, it’s the Leatherman Charge TTI. The 19 different tool components offer superior versatility packed neatly into an aesthetically pleasing multi-tool that is self-proclaimed “sexy.” Strength and durability are the first descriptive words uttered by most users as the Leatherman Charge TTI is built from lightweight yet durable titanium and rugged stainless steel. It’s compact size and strategic design make this multi-tool ideal for everyday carry on and off the job. – Buy It
Gerber Dime Multi-Tool
As the smallest and most affordable multi-tool on our list, the Gerber Dime impressively still has 12 components to keep you fully equipped. Designed to fit in your pocket or on a keychain, the Gerber Dime is a keychain multi-tool on steroids, if you need more functionality on your keychain than what any standard keychain tool can provide.
All 12 tools close up nicely in the less than 4 ½ inch package, except for the bottle opener which is conveniently always exposed. Don’t let the size of the Gerber Dime lull you into thinking it’s not a fully functional machine ready to tackle your everyday carry needs. – Buy It
SOG Baton Q4
The most unique multi-tool on this list is the brand new SOG Baton Q4. The sleek new tool folds down to a 5.8-inch long stick when closed, designed to be the same size and shape as a common ink marker. The Q4 has 10 different tool components designed specifically for both urban and wilderness environments, while it’s foldable, minimalist design is definitely the future of multi-tool design.
A fresh, slimmed-down design renders the Baton Q4 a perfect everyday carry solution for those with limited pocket real estate as it’s easy to pack in a backpack or slip into your pocket — unlike some of the bulkier multi-tool options. – Buy It
Leatherman Squirt PS4
Weighing in at a mere 2 ounces, the Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-Tool is the most keychain-friendly multi-tool on the market. Despite it’s rather small stature, the PS4 is still sturdy enough and plenty functional to be effective in tackling everyday tasks while taking home the trophy for easiest to carry everyday.
The PS4 includes two sets of pliers, wire cutters, a knife, scissors, three screwdrivers, a wood and metal file, and a bottle opener for gaining entry into your favorite craft beer after a long day working for the man. Versatility and reliability are masterfully delivered in this tight, easy to carry multi-tool. – Buy It