The Swiss Army Knife was the first multi-tool to gain worldwide acclaim. Then, with a folding pair of pliers, Leatherman arrived to give Switzerland the competition that it lacked. Multi-tools now come in all shapes and sizes from a dizzying array of manufacturers.
But, realistically, how many of them are well-made? Here’s a look at some of the best multi-tools that are worth your money and will have you ready for any scenario this summer.
Leatherman Wave Plus
The Wave®+ is an international best-seller that includes all of the original’s basic equipment as well as replaceable, long-lasting wire cutters. To tackle any challenge, all 18 resources can be opened and locked easily and conveniently. Many of these tools are also available from the outside, allowing you to use them even when the multi-tool is folded and locked. This best-selling multi-tool even gets upgraded with replaceable wire cutters made in a premium material.
Victorinox Mini Champ
The Mini Champ pocket knife is the champion of small knives, with no less than 17 functions packed into a slim profile that easily slips into your pocket. You won’t even know it’s there if you have it with you all day. That is, before duty calls, at which point the Mini Champ will be at your disposal. Pull it out and you’ll surely save the day—whatever the need may be. This is perfect for carrying around on a day-to-day basis.
The PowerPint is a miniature multi-tool with full-sized functionality. The Pint includes 18 instruments as well as a magnetic hex bit holder. Of course, it has SOG’s Compound Leverage, which allows for smooth opening and closing as well as improved gripping strength. The PowerPint is a perfect all-around multi-tool for your pocket, bag, tool bench, or around the building, measuring just 5″ long and weighing only 4.2 ounces. Originally available in a satin finish, it is now available in a dark black finish.
Victorinox Swiss Army Deluxe Tinker
Combi-Pliers are included with this medium pocket knife. The Deluxe Tinker pocket knife is the Officer’s knife for tinkers on the go, whether you’re only getting through the day or traveling around the world. You never know what you’ll find out there, but you and your Deluxe Tinker will always be prepared to create, hack, or repair whatever comes your way.