The Top 10 Multi-Tools in 2015
Knowing what’s popular can help you see what the standard is that you should be looking for in a multi-tool. It’s more of an art than a science though, as each of you will have varying needs and wants in terms of the tools. So here are our top 10 multi-tools. (note – this doesn’t include Swiss Army Knives as we are classing them as knives rather than multi-tools).
Narrowly missing out on the top 10 we have the Leatherman Squirt PS4 and Schrade Pry Tool Titanium I. Both of which were very close, but at the end of the day and top 10, can only contain ten different products.
10. In at number ten we have the Leatherman Wave. A highly popular tool that is not only an awesome tool but also comes with a choice of leather or nylon pouch (something you guys seem to really like). In terms of the tools themselves, which have been improved over the years by Leatherman. They’ve added really strong pliers and larger knives whilst still maintaining the pocket sized versatility associated with one of Leatherman’s most popular tools.
9. The Minibar . . . no not the alcohol sort, but the Boker Minibar which is designed as a small prying tool. There are a lot of things to like about this tool. Firstly it looks the part. It’s well designed and the 440C Stainless Steel is a good material with a nice stonewash finish. Secondly the range of tools, from bottle opener to pry bar, screwdriver and lever extension, to name but a few. The final thing to really like is the portability. It has a removable pocket clip and a lanyard hole. This makes it really easy to carry no matter what your preference is. A surprise entry to the top 10, but definitely deserved.
8. The Victorinox Swiss Tool X takes spot number 8. Well known for making good quality Swiss Army Knives, it’s good to see they can also make good multi-tools. This tool has a ridiculous number of features. What makes this stand out from the other multi-tools on the market it really hasn’t been designed to look nice. It’s been designed to be practical. Evidence of this is the inclusion of the rulers instead of coloured body pieces. For the person wanting a tool that is no-nonsense then this is ideal. We were glad to see this make the top 10.
7. At 7, we have another entry from Leatherman, the Skeletool CX. If you want a really lightweight but practical tool then this is it. It’s designed for the outdoor enthusiast in a way that’s useful and really easy to carry. The pictures back this up quite nicely. It hasn’t quite got the range of tools that some of the other tools have, but it has tools that are designed for a purpose, a purpose being to be used outdoors. If you’re the outdoor type, this should definitely be in your consideration set.
6. Sneaking into 6th is the Leatherman Signal. This is an immense tool. This has been included for two reasons. Firstly the number of pre-orders received. The second reason is because it’s simply awesome. It has a silly amount of wicked tools that make it a one-stop multi-tool. Unlike most multi-tools on the market it includes things like a ferro rod and diamond coated sharper. Now tell us that this wouldn’t be a perfect addition to your EDC?
5. Making it into the top five is the Gerber Dime. There are very few UK Friendly carry multi-tools around, but this one fills the gap well. This tool is great because it’s not only a keychain sized multi-tool, but it’s also a versatile one. Offering you a broad range of general tools that most people would find they need at some point. If you want a multi-tool that you can carry around, then this fits the bill!
4. Sneaking into 4th is the Boker Tech-Tool 3. This is a multi-tool that’s not long been on the scene, but has really made waves in the market. It’s a really robust product that has a number of great tools. We’ve raved about this product quite a lot since we first saw it, so we’ll leave that for now, but if you want to know more, here is the review we wrote.
3. Into the top three now . . . It’s the Leatherman Charge Titanium. There are no surprises really about this making it into our top 10. It’s a brilliant tool, shown by not only the number you buy, but the reviews you leave on it. This isn’t a cheap product, but it’s definitely value for money. In terms of build quality and tool selection, it’s rare to find a disappointed user. The number of tools this multi-tool has is staggering. Everything from gut hooks and screwdrivers to knives, pliers, scissors and a ruler to name just a few. This is hugely justified in making the top 3.
2. We love it when a product sneaks under the radar. This time it’s the True Utility FIXR 20-in-1. Arguably the best value for money multi-tool out there at the moment. It hasn’t got knives and scissors, but what is does have is a load of functional screwdrivers, wrenches and spanners along with a pry bar, nail cleaner and quick release clip. As the name suggests this single product has 20 different tools, making it a perfect functional addition to your tool set. At the price it is too, you really cannot fault it!
1. Topping the pile is the Paul Chen Multi Tasker. As if there was any doubt this would top the pile. For £9.95 this is an absolute steal. Not only because of it’s price but what you get for the money. If you want a cheaper multi-tool which doesn’t include big extensions get the True Utility above. But if you want a multi-tool that has a lot of similar features to many of the ones we’ve seen so far, but don’t have the budget, then this is amazing. If you don’t believe us in terms of how good it is, simply look at the reviews on the website. They say it so much better than we can. If you are ever looking for a new, spare or first multi-tool then this should really be considered, and don’t be put off by how low the price is, because the quality far exceeds what you’d expect.