When looking to buy a Multitool, here are the important things to consider to ensure that you get the best multitool.
The types of tools that come in a multitool are very important.
It might seem like multitools come with a standard set of tools and for the most part there is a set of tools that seem to be standard on most multitools. However, multitools can come with a vast array of tools, tools that you may never use or have the need for as well as the standard fare like pliers, saw, bottle/can opener and knife to name a few.
The best multitool for you is one that fills the needs that you will have and doesn’t have a bunch of tools that you won’t have the need for. I know what you’re thinking, maybe you will have the need for those nail clippers on your next camping trip. Although you might hate long toenails when you’re out in a kayak braving class 6 rapids on your next whitewater trip, you should try to limit the number of tools to what you will most likely use on a regular basis. This will keep the bulk of your multitool down to the best size for your needs. If you honestly aren’t going to use half the tools on your multitool, then you’re paying for things you don’t need, unless you just want to look prepared or handy. In that case, go for the deluxe multitool with the wine corkscrew and metal Q-tip attachment. It really comes down to preference but before you buy the best multitool, you should be thinking about the types of things you will be using it for. This will help you decide which is the best multitool for you.
Size and Weight are very important to consider when choosing a multitool unless you won’t be carrying it.
Size and weight are two important factors because they will affect you every day that you plan on using your multitool, if you decide to carry it on your person. Are you the kind of person that will carry it in your pocket? Will you clip it to your belt? Or will it be sitting in your car’s glovebox?
If you ignore the size and weight when buying a multitool, you might be frustrated every time you have to get it in and out of the pockets of your skinny jeans, not to mention everyone will think that you’re happy to see them. If you’re going to sheath it and clip it to your belt or pants, then size and weight aren’t as crucial but they should still be considered. You don’t want to feel like you have to switch it to the other side of your body halfway through the day, so that one leg doesn’t get a better workout than the other leg. If you’re going to keep your multitool in the glovebox of your vehicle or your backpack, then chances are the weight and size won’t be a deciding factor in your quest for the best multitool.
Another reason to consider the size and weight of a multitool is for the comfort factor. For you to get the most from a multitool, it has to be comfortable to use. If your multitool is heavy and cumbersome then using it will be unpleasant and also might reveal that those Hercules wristbands you bought aren’t really improving your strength.
Quality of materials will be important because you want to actually use your multitool.
The fact that you will be using your multitool to complete tasks is a big reason not to get a multitool made from cheap materials. I am not saying that you need to buy the most expensive multitool to get the best materials but you do get what you pay for mostly.
Unfortunately, multitool manufacturers don’t often list the materials used when it comes to metal types like survival knife manufacturers do. This is usually due to the fact that some tools could be manufactured in one country while the body and main tools are manufactured in another, so different grades of metal can be found in one multitool.
Another unfortunate aspect these days is that higher grade metals are being kept by countries like China, leaving only lower grade metals for the manufacturing of things like multitools. Not every country is hoarding higher quality metals and not every multitool manufacturer produces their multitools in China, but it is something to consider.
Lower quality materials mean less functional use and multitools are bought for portable functionality so if quality of materials ever mattered then getting the best multitool requires that the quality of materials be on the higher end.
Lower quality materials also means shorter lifespan of the tool. It’s not fun when your multitool shatters in to pieces when you are stranded with nothing but your multitool and in desperate need of a pair of pliers, or other tool. One thing you can look for is a long warranty. Some of the top manufacturers of multitools have twenty-five year guarantees or warranties on their multitools.
Price is always important, unless a family member is buying.
If you’re buying a multitool for yourself then it’s probably safe to assume you have a budget or a specific amount you can afford and an amount that you consider too much to pay, even for the best multitool ever. I put price last in my list of important factors to consider, not because it is the least important, but because I believe to get the best multitool to fit your needs, you should consider the previous factors and if the price range of the multitools that fit your needs are too much for you, I would rather see you hold off until you can afford to get the multitool that’s best for you.
I can tell you that buying a cheap multitool will most likely turn you off to multitools because it won’t function as well as it should, so you wind up feeling like the idea of portable functionality just doesn’t work. If you decide on the three previous factors and you can find a multitool for cheap and you know going in, that it won’t be used that often then you are still in the best price range for your needs. I suggest you spend as much as you can to get the best multitool for your needs based on these factors.
Other Thing To Consider
There are many factors to consider when purchasing a multitool. One thing to consider that a lot of people seem to complain about when it comes to multitools is the knife that comes in a multitool. If you have the need for a knife you should buy a knife separately. The knives that come on a multitool can never replace a pocket knife or survival knife. They aren’t meant to. So please don’t think you will buy a multitool for the knife and get the added bonus of other tools. The knife in a multitool can be used in a pinch for very small purposes but you won’t be whittling miniature figurines with the knife on your multitool. Buy a multitool for portable functionality of the other tools.
Check out the 10 Best Multi Tools on the market right now:
1. Leatherman Charge TTi & Bit Kit 831154, 19 Tools + Leather Sheath
2. Leatherman – MUT EOD Multi-Tool, Black with Molle Brown Sheath (FFP)
3. Leatherman – Tread Bracelet, Travel Friendly Wearable Multi-Tool, (FFP)
4. Leatherman 830160 Surge Pocket Multitool with Leather Sheath
5. Victorinox Swiss Army Swisstool Spirit X, Steel, 4 inches length
6. Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier, with Sheath
7. SOG PowerAssist Multi-Tool S66N-CP – 16 Tools, Satin Polsihed, Nylon Sheath
8. Hoffman Richter HR-100 13-in-1 Multitool
9. Magnelex 22-in-1 Multitool with Attachable Bits and Sheath, Stainless Steel