I love multi-tools and I have several. There is hardly a weekend that goes by that I do not grab one and use it for something. It might be cutting some paracord, fixing my son’s glasses, or tightening a screw – it fills many roles.
When it comes to preparedness multi-tools can literally be a lifesaver. In a vehicle and the seat belt is stuck – grab the handy-dandy multi-pliers and cut the belt to freedom. There are more uses to list.
Today’s market offers up many excellent examples of multi-tools for EDC.
SOG PowerAssist EOD with Black Oxide finish. Best cap crimper I have ever seen. The only one I have found with 2 spring assisted blades. Try getting a regular multi-tool blade open one handed when you are upside down in a Aussie rappel! Yes it happened, no I don’t want to relate why I was dumb enough to need a knife under that particular circumstance.
I also really like my Victorinox SwissChamp (McGyver special for you older groupies) – scissors and a small pliers, magnifying glass (when I can’t get to my reading glasses), can opener (puts my P-38 to shame), and cork screw (not the best, but in a pinch it will get the job done) are my favorites.
I have a Leatherman sidekick and while not perfect I think is the best value for money.
Has all the tools I expected in an EDC for low cost. Made in USA.
Spring pliers. Two external blades (I use the main blade the most, it seems you never know how useful a blade is until you have one).
I personally carry a Leatherman Wave but I have owned (and lost several) Gerbers, both are quality multitools. For some reason I always lost my Gerber, I haven’t had that problem with the Leatherman…so far.
I had a whole bunch of multi-tools over the years, the original Leatherman, Gerbers and more that I can name. I have been using a Schrade Tough Tool as my every day carry since the late 1990s. I bought myself a new one last Christmas, as some of the useless tools on the first model were replaced with more relevant attachments on the new one. But, the very first time that I used the scissors, the spring moved so that the tool will not stay closed. I must wrap a rubber band around it, or put it away in the case to keep the scissors from extending. So, I am mainly using the old one again. It came in a leather case with a snap closure. The new model has a canvas / cotton duck case with a velcro fastener. Truth be known, I still use my Swiss Army Knife twice as much as the multi-tool. I don’t go anywhere without both of them, even church.