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The most frequent question we get here at What is the best multi tool? The truth is there is no one size fits all answer because everyone’s needs are different. If your multi tool is bulky but doesn’t have the right functionality you will likely stop carrying it. Or worse yet, you select an easy to carry tool that can’t perform when you need it. The best multi tool for you is the one that has the tools you need and that you carry every day.
 
We review all the major multi tools from all the best brands and categorize them in one spot. Our reviews are the result of hours of hands-on use for every multi tool in real world scenarios. We test each tool the same way for accurate comparisons and cut through the marketing jargon. Our goal is to give you reliable information before you buy so you are confident in your choice.
 
Our comprehensive reviews are categorized into three main groups: Carry Method/Size, Activity, and Brands. If you are shopping for a loved one jump straight to our Best Multi Tools for 2020.

Best Multi Tool Reviews

Carry Method/Size

Lever Gear Toolcard wallet multitool

Wallet Size

Simple multi tools usually made from a single piece of steel. Includes These are flat credit card style multitools normally carried in your wallet or purse.

Leatherman Squirt PS4 keychain multi tool

Keychain Size

Small multitools you can keep on your keychain, including solid state pry bar style and mini folding tools. No junk from the dollar store, these are quality tools in a small size.

Leatherman Skeletool pocket size multi tool

Pocket Size

Multi tools made to carry in your pocket or in a sheath, these tools have everything you need for most jobs. Like carrying a toolbox in your pocket.

Leatherman Surge full size multi tool

Belt Sheath

Tools best carried in a belt sheath because they are too large or heavy to comfortably carry in your pocket. Heavy duty professional grade tools made for the jobsite.

Activity

Leatherman Surge full size multi tool

Tradesman

Professional grade multi tools that won't let you down on the job site - mechanic, electrician, plumber, construction and IT.

Leatherman Signal Topo multi tool

Sportsman

Multi tools for use outdoors - hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, climbing, boating, biking, and survival.

the best multi tool for the DIY home handyman

Handyman

Everything the weekend warrior could ask for in a multi tool. Perfect for tinkering or large scale DIY projects.

Leatherman Style PS travel multi tool

Personal Care/Travel

Setup for personal care, these multi tools do not have knife blades so they are TSA compliant.

Brands

Leatherman multi tools

Leatherman Tool Group

The original American multi-tool company. Made in Portland, Oregon since 1983. Armed with creativity, know-how, and a Leatherman, you're ready for whatever life throws your way.

Gerber Gear multi tools

Gerber Gear

Founded in 1939, Gerber is an American brand that is dedicated to crafting problem-solving, life-saving knives, multi-tools, cutting tools, and equipment.

SOG Knives and Tools multi tools

SOG Knives & Tools

Since 1986, SOG Knives has manufactured folding knives, fixed blades and multi-tool products for the military, law enforcement, industrial and outdoor marketplaces.

Victorinox Swiss Tool

Victorinox Swiss Army

For the ultimate multi-tool that you can take with you everywhere you go, look no further than the SwissTool. It's the ultimate expression of the Swiss Army Knife DNA.

Columbia River Knife and Tool

Columbia River Knife and Tool

CRKT was founded in 1994 on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand®.

NIte Ize multi tools

Nite Ize

Nite Ize designs and manufactures inventor-driven products that organize your life, protect your gear, light your way, and creatively solve your everyday problems.

Price

Under $25

Value multi tools that aren't junk.

Under $50

Mid range multi tools

Under $80

This is the workhorse category that meets the majority of uses.

Under $125

Adding premium materials and finishes and specialty components.

Leatherman Charge TTi multi-tool

Premium

The very best multi tools at any price