Every man should have a good multitool. Whether he is an outdoor sportsman, home handyman, technology geek or just an average Joe – there is a multitool that he will love. Long gone are the days of the clunky sheet metal multi-tools that cut into your palm when using the pliers and shred your fingers trying to pry open the tools, today’s modern multitools combine extreme function with intelligent, artful design and precision engineering.
Looking for a great gift for the man in your life? It can be overwhelming to walk into the store and try to sort thru the gadgets and gimmicks on the market. We’ve done the work for you to find five great multi tools that will make anyone happy. Give a gift that will make them jump for joy rather than a pained smile and a forced thank you.
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The Best Multitool Overall
Leatherman combined all the most requested features into one functional tool when they made the Charge TTi. Some call it the Swiss Army Knife of multitools but premium features are what take the Leatherman Charge TTi multi tool to the next level. Who says a multi-tool can’t be stylish and functional? With comfort-sculpted titanium handle scales the Charge TTi is beautiful and ready to handle any job.
One of the best features Leatherman included on the Charge TTi is the S30V steel. The clip point blade will hold its edge up to 6 times longer than standard 420HC stainless steel used on many multitools. Proprietary Leatherman bit drivers mean that there are no compromises when it comes to screwdriver heads. Many models come with 14 different bit drivers that store in the sheath. Expansion kits are available that include a bit driver extension for added reach. Note that standard 1/4 inch drive bits require the Leatherman extension adapter.
Read our full Leatherman Charge+ TTi review.
For a lower priced alternative without the premium features check out the Leatherman Wave+!
The Best Multitool for Professionals
If you need a holiday gift for a man that works with his hands all day you know his tools matter. They need heavy duty equipment that works as hard as they do. So whether they are a carpenter, electrician, welder or other tradesman the right multi tool is a valuable companion.
The Leatherman Super Tool 300 is award-winning and for good reason. It strikes the right balance of full-sized robust tools in a heavy duty package. It comes ready to work with two knife blades (clip-point and serrated – both made from 420HC stainless), four screwdrivers (three sizes of flat tip and a Phillips head), a saw, replaceable wire cutters (regular and hard-wire) stranded wire cutters, and heavy duty pliers – all in a sturdy and well engineered package.
The pliers are the strongest that Leatherman has ever produced and the knife blades are among the longest available on any multitool at 3.2 inches. With comfortable handles and large cut-outs for one-hand access this is one tool you want with you on a jobsite.
Read our full Leatherman Super Tool 300 review.
The Best Essential EDC Multitool
This is our go-to choice for everyday carry multi tool. Its so comfortable with the pocket clip we forget it is there until we need it. Leatherman quality is top notch and the Skeletool is a workhorse. Sure there are times when we know we will need additional tools and we carry the Charge TTi on our belt. But for everyday preparedness the Skeletool is tough to beat and much better than a pocket knife alone.
The Leatherman Skeletool does three things and it does them very well. With a 2.6-inch knife blade, pliers with wire cutters, and two double-ended bit drivers, the Skeletool has everything users want and need most.
Leatherman uses high-quality 154CM steel with 60-61 HRC hardness on the knife blade that is a step up from their standard blades. A large thumb hole makes the blade easy to actuate with your right thumb (sorry lefties) and a liner lock keeps the blade from closing accidentally while in use.
The pliers on the Skeletool are strong and the curved handles are comfortable and allow for good leverage. With a slight taper to the tip, the needle nose pliers are able to reach into tight spaces and use one-handed. Leatherman is known for their precision – the plier jaws keep their alignment even after tough use. The needle nose close squarely with no play and the wire cutters cut cleanly.
Two double-ended bit drivers are included with the Skeletool – one Phillips head bit and one slotted head bit, both with large and small tips. The Skeletool CX is comfortable to carry with its included pocket clip – get one today for the man in your life and put a smile on his face!
Read our full Leatherman Skeletool CX review.
The Best Keychain Multitool
These keychain multitools provide awesome utility in a small size. They make great stocking stuffers so get one for each of your family members. We brought one to a White Elephant party and it was by far the gift that was stolen the most and several members bought their own after seeing it.
The best multitool is the one you have with you, and the Leatherman Squirt PS4 virtually disappears on your keychain. At only 2 oz and 2.25 inches when closed, the Squirt PS4 is easily forgotten until you need to use one of its 9 tools. Leatherman packed a lot of functionality in a small package: needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, 1.6 inch 420HC steel knife, scissors, regular/Phillips screwdriver, wood/metal file, medium flat screwdriver, and even a bottle opener.
Stylish as well as functional, the Squirt PS4 is available with anodized aluminum handles in three colors: blue, black and red. The Squirt ES4 trades out the regular pliers for wire strippers (12ga, 14ga, 16ga, 18ga, & 20ga). Each of the pliers, wire cutters and scissors have spring action for easy use.
Don’t be misled by their small size, these multitools are backed by Leatherman’s engineering experience and offer serious functionality when it is not possible or practical to carry a larger multi-tool.
Read our full Leatherman Squirt PS4 review.
The Best Multitool for Sportsmen
SOG is known for their military equipment and the PowerDuo PD02N-CP lives up to the hype. Equal parts knife and pliers, with the required other tools: flat and Phillips screwdrivers, can opener and bottle opener, and even tweezers and a toothpick.
A good knife blade is key for the outdoorsman and the 2.9-inch blade on the PowerDuo is a full inch longer than many competitor multitools. With thumbholes for one-handed opening and 9CR18MOV steel with RC. 58-60 hardness the SOG PowerDuo blade keeps a long-lasting and durable edge. With the blade folded, the SOG PowerDuo is 4.3 inches long and with the blade opened it is 6.2-inch overall length.
The PowerDuo has SOG’s signature Compound Leverage pliers with one-handed flip opening capability. At 6.3 oz, the SOG PowerDuo is best carried in the nylon sheath and includes a pocket clip for everyday carry.
Read our full SOG PowerDuo review.