If you only own one multitool you should have a full size tool on your belt. Full size multitools have evolved their capabilities to meet every category of user. From generalist handyman tools to specialist tactical tools you can find one that fits your needs.
In our experience, once a multitool is larger that 4.25 inches or heavier than 5.5 ounces we prefer to carry it in a belt sheath rather than in our pocket. Up until about 7 ounces a pocket clip is a workable option.
Full Size Multitool Styles
Although there are still some extreme designs out there (we’re looking at you RoverTac and Mempa), the industry has consolidated full size multi tools into two main designs – the standard butterfly opening models and the sliding jaw design.
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Butterfly Opening Full Size Multitools
The majority of full size multi tools are butterfly opening because it works well. The plier jaws fold into the handle and there is still room for full-length tools.
Butterfly Opening Full Size Multitools – Product List
- Leatherman Free P2, Free P4, Wave+, Charge+, Sidekick, Signal, Wingman, Rebar, Crunch
- Gerber Gear Multi-Plier 800 tools
- CRKT Technician
- SOG PowerAssist, PowerLock, PowerPlay
Sliding Jaw Design Full Size Multitools
The sliding jaw category is dominated by Gerber. Their patented sliding jaw design that is on several of the multitools, including the Center-Drive, Diesel, and Multi-Plier 600.
Not to be outdone, Leatherman has their own sliding jaw design with the OHT (one hand tool) and at 9.9 oz it needs to be carried in a belt sheath.
Sliding Jaw Design Full Size Multitools – Product List
- Leatherman OHT
- Gerber Gear Center-Drive, Diesel, Multi-Plier 600, Multi-Plier 800