Over the course of the previous 8 years, our team of seasoned gearheads has put almost 40 different multi-tools through their paces. Most recently, we purchased and put through our paces 19 of the top models to compare and analyse head-to-head. We put every tool through its paces for a good long period, using it for various jobs around the home, in the office, and even on a camping trip. We evaluate each model’s features, build quality, user-friendliness, and portability, taking into account a wide range of applications from basic bike maintenance to changing light bulbs to removing fish hooks. Our staff has decades of expertise and unparalleled attention to detail as handymen. Each item undergoes rigorous testing for at least a few months, and we even have things that have been in development for six years or more. In order to assist you in finding the finest multi-tool for your specific requirements and budget, our professionals have carefully researched and prepared this evaluation.
Blade: Leatherman Charge+ TTi
The Leatherman Charge+ TTi is an impressive multitool that manages to cram a wide variety of useful features into a compact body. Aside from being crafted from high-quality materials, this instrument also has the sharpest blades we tested. In addition to their practical and long-lasting qualities, the materials were picked for their eye-catching shine. At least four kinds of steel (including high-quality blade steel) are used, in addition to titanium and diamond. The Charge weighs in at about a normal amount for a tool of its size, at about a pound. It can be transported in a wide variety of ways. The number of uses can be increased by nearly double with the addition of the low-profile bit driver and the bits that come with the Leatherman. However, the Charge+ TTi is quite pricey. It’s more expensive than the alternatives we looked at. A full-sized 1/4″ bit driver would have been nice, as well, rather than Leatherman’s “squashed” version. To make room for the bigger bit driver, they could remove the standard flat screwdriver/”pry bar.” You are currently stuck with using either an adapter/extender or Leatherman’s own assortment of proprietary bits. A bit driver that has the driver centred in relation to the handle would be ideal. If the pliers could be made lockable and the aforementioned improvements applied, we would have the perfect multi-tool.
- Sophisticated materials and construction
- Great suite of features
- Thought-out layout
a Leatherman Skeletool CX
The Leatherman Skeletool CX is the opposite of the Charge+ TTi, which tries to pack as much utility as possible into a very compact tool. The Skeletool is designed to minimise the number of tools you need to carry while maximising their combined usefulness. While it lacks the versatility of the Charge, this tool is far more discreet in a pocket. The Skeletool’s built-in functions are also perhaps more practical and tidier. However, given that they are both produced by Leatherman, they are both made with high-quality components. You may use this tool in the wilderness or on a daily basis. If you’re hoping for a feature-packed modal, you’ll be disappointed with this one. The bit driver is the primary source of our concerns. More so than with previous versions, Leatherman could have simply thrown in a regular 1/4″ bit driver with the Skeletool. However, after testing this prototype for more than three years, we’ve come to appreciate it more and more.
- Pocket clip carry
- Low profile transport
- Full size tools
Highly Recommended Leatherman Wave+
Value-wise, the Leatherman Wave+ is a huge improvement over previous models. Leatherman replicates almost all of the Charge’s remarkable features for a fraction of the price. That’s the Wave+, and it’s a great deal for what you pay. The Leatherman Wingman is far cheaper, but it is also significantly less capable and poorly constructed. Those on a tight budget who still want a fully functional tool should consider the Wave. Blade and frame materials of the Wave+ aren’t as high-tech as those in the Charge. Additionally, unlike the Leatherman Charge, it does not contain a pocket clip or lanyard loop. The Wave+ has an aftermarket in which bits and pocket clips can be purchased, but doing so will significantly increase the price, bringing it closer to that of the Charge. The Wave and the Charge are identical in every respect save from the materials and the extras that come with the former. If you can live with the limitations mentioned, the Wave+ is a good budget option.
- Quality construction
cost-cutting measures Leather-Backed Companion
The Leatherman Wingman is a low-priced multitool that yet manages to boast the manufacturer’s legendary reputation for quality, workmanship, and feature-richness. Features that are standard on the Wingman’s model almost never appear on other versions. The package opener is unusual but useful; the pliers’ return spring eases hand fatigue and boosts productivity during certain sorts of prolonged usage; and the device’s built-in pocket clip ensures that it is always close at hand. But there are trade-offs at this pricing. The solitary blade is manufactured from medium-grade steel and has a hybrid straight/serrated edge that will need frequent sharpening. Even while the straight edge may be reconditioned quickly, sharpening the serrations calls for expert skills. Also, the length of the blade is far less than what is optimal. Almost half an inch of the handle’s length is wasted on features that aren’t used by Leatherman. Overall, the Leatherman Wingman is a great value. If you need a multi-tool for everyday usage but are always misplacing them, the Wingman will be easier on your wallet.
- Low price
- Solid quality
- Excellent tool selection
Gerber Center-Drive Plus Hex Wrench
- Extended, centered bit driver
- One-handed plier deployment
- One-handed, large main blade
Scissors Knife Hammer
- Locking pliers
- Relatively compact
- High quality
Gerber Dime Keychain Tool
The Gerber Dime is even tiny than the normal “fob” for a newer model of automobile, making it hardly invisible on all but the smallest of keychains. This thick nugget contains a few necessary and helpful tools. Almost every day, we think you’ll find yourself reaching for at least one of these features. Keeping it as close to your pocket as your keys will ensure that you both have and utilise it. We call it a keychain tool, but you may also think of it as a multipurpose bottle opener. The constant availability of the bottle opener protrusion on a Dime may be all the justification you need to buy one. The Dime is unique among pocket tools due to its built-in bottle opener. Many alternatives provide comparable functionality, but none of them have a bottle opener. The Dime isn’t great for heavy-duty jobs like turning bolts or extended whittling, but it’s perfect for everyday and travel-related chores.
- Always-ready bottle opener
Popular Leatherman Tool for Survival in the Wild
As an example, the Leatherman Signal is highlighted because of its extraordinary features. This is the most niche of the tools we’ve discussed so far. The first impression of its capabilities is a comfortable one. The tool is equipped with a knife, a saw, and various openers and drivers. More than just a standard tool, it also has a hammer face, a fire starting striker, a signal whistle, and a blade sharpener. The Signal pliers include two interchangeable components that serve this purpose. Besides a belt sheath, purchasers may choose between a pocket clip and a carabiner for on-the-go storage. It would have been preferable if the primary blade wasn’t serrated. A serrated edge does perform somewhat better than a straight one when cutting certain materials. However, the serrated edge’s cutting performance weakens or disappears when it becomes dull. A serrated edge becomes more difficult to sharpen once it becomes dull. The Signal’s built-in sharpener is suitable for re-sharpening blades with just a single bevel. Adding a serrated edge to the blade looks more like a marketing ploy than a functional design choice. We have a one-of-a-kind and very useful tool in The Signal. The size and weight are just right for its intended use. It’s a big step toward Leatherman ditching their in-house bit driver interface. They included both the conventional “squashed” bit driver and a holder for more commonplace 1/4-inch-drive bits. This appeals to us. The orientation of the typical bit holder isn’t optimal, but it beats the alternative. The Signal is an excellent addition to any survivalist’s arsenal if they’re in the market for a multi-tool made with bushcraft in mind that can also be used around the house.
- Fire starter
- Blade sharpener
- Solid tool otherwise