Versatile tools for EDC…..

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.


Lets take a look at a few:



#1. Gerber Suspension



#2. Leatherman Skeletool



#3. Gerber 31-000674 MP450 Compact Sport Multitool and Paraframe I






#4. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools S66-N PowerAssist Multitool with Power Assist Blades





#5. Leatherman Sidekick Multi Purpose Pocket Tool 





#6. Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-Tool




#7. Leatherman 850122 MUT Tactical Multi-Tool, Black Oxide Coating





#8. Swiss+Tech MMCSSS Micro-Max 19-in-1 Keychain Multitool




#9. Columbia River Knife and Tool 9070 Guppie Black and Grey Multitool





#10. Gerber 22-41545 Black Diesel Multi-Plier with Sheath


So – for your survival kit and in your preparedness supplies – Do you have a favorite multi-tool?

My personal favorites include the Gerber Suspension. It is inexpensive and has proven to be rugged and reliable. 

 Take care all.

– Rourke


20 survival items ebook cover

Like what you read?

Then you're gonna love my free PDF, 20 common survival items, 20 uncommon survival uses for each. That's 400 total uses for these innocent little items!

Just enter your primary e-mail below to get your link. This will also subscribe you to my newsletter so you stay up-to-date with everything: new articles, ebooks, products and more!

By entering your email, you agree to subscribe to the Modern Survival Online newsletter. We will not spam you.


  1. Maybe it’s time for me to upgrade my multi-tool, but I just love my Leatherman Wave. Has everything I could need and is sturdy and dependable as can be.

  2. +1 for the Gerber Suspension. I was EDC carrying it until the sheath broke. I’m going to try to make one out of leather. I love that the sheath has the ability to be used vertically or horizontally.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

Leave a Reply to millenniumfly Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.