The ability to save on space and weight by being able to include one single item in our survival kits that has multiple uses is always a bonus.
They come with a whole range of features, many that you may not even use, but should you need them, you will be glad they were there.
These are by no means a replacement for a set of traditional tools. They simply are not designed with the intention of being used for the same kinds of work and you should not expect them to be. They are however, great for on-the-spot stuff that you may run into through the course of your travels.
Read on to find our top 5 best multi-tools of 2018.
Our Top 5 Best Multi-Tools of 2018 in Short
|Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X||UK/US|
|Victorinox Mini Champ||UK/US|
Gerber set out to make the ultimate master-of-a-few, failure-at-none multi-tool and achieved that goal when they came up with the Center-Drive.
This piece of equipment has none of the unnecessary features that are often seen in multi-tools and improves the primary tools that users find the most use for.
It’s pliers can be used one-handed thanks to the one-thumb opening sliding jaws. The plain edge knife blade is bigger than any other multi-tool we’ve come across. The screwdriver gets the biggest upgrade though; it’s full-size and angled inwards so that it can be rotated on a center axis and comes with standard, replaceable bits.
It’s one of those ideas that works so well; it makes us wonder why nobody took the screwdriver more seriously before.
Victorinox is famous for their Swiss Army knives so it comes as no surprise that they can pull off a full-sized butterfly-style tool too.
It has a long, frame-lock plain edge knife as well as separate saws for wood and metal. Its needle-nose pliers aren’t spring-loaded like the Gerber Center-Drive, but are functionally long, with different-sized teeth and built-in wire cutters.
The scissors are spring-loaded, but are pretty small. The rest of the included tools are your average ones such as a bottle opener and screwdrivers but also has extras such as a multifunctional reamer and a crate opener.
The Gerber Dime is small enough to be attached to your keychain or carried in your pocket without it being too bulky.
For something so small and light, it boasts an array of tools that includes real spring-loaded pliers, spring-loaded scissors, screwdrivers and a nifty blade that’s designed to slice open plastic clamshell packaging.
This is a great little multi-tool for those on a budget but it does have little things that we didn’t like such as the tools don’t open as smoothly as other multi-tools, meaning you have to dig your fingernails to open them. But the positives outweigh the negatives.
Leatherman’s expertise in packing a bunch of tools into one practical package extends beyond full-size multi-tools, and the Micra is arguably Leatherman’s greatest mini multi-tool.
It is tiny, yet functions much like Leatherman’s larger multi-tools. The opening action is clean and satisfying; the scissors are sharp and spring-loaded; and the other tools are useful for most people’s’ everyday needs.
If we were to pick one standout feature, though, it’s the Micra’s simple shape. Perfect rectangles are meant for keychains. And they’ll never go out of style.
Victorinox Mini Champ
The classic Swiss Army Knife seems like it exists in a category of its own, but technically speaking it is a multi-tool.
Victorinox makes the Swiss Army in a number of sizes with varying toolsets, but the MiniChamp is a standout. It expertly packs a handful of tools that you’ll actually use.