Full Size Multitools

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
  • Victorinox


Leatherman Free P2
Leatherman Free P2

Leatherman Charge TTi multi-tool
Leatherman Charge+ TTi

CRKT Technician butterfly full size multitool
CRKT Technician

Gerber MP800 full size multiool
Gerber MP800

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

Gerber Center Drive
Gerber Center-Drive

Gerber Multi-Plier 600
Gerber MP600

Gerber Diesel full size multitool
Gerber Diesel

Leatherman One Hand Tools OHT full size multitool
Leatherman OHT