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15 Best Multitools to Keep On Hand

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated March 22, 2024

15 Best Multitools to Keep On Hand

The ability to reach into your pocket and pull out a solution to a pressing problem—like a sharp blade, the right size hex head, or just that trusty bottle opener, is something we should all aim for. After all, there are nearly as many multi-tools to choose from as there are tasks to tackle and we all want to handle business.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
  • Handy in a pinch: You’ll find plenty of opportunities in your daily life when you need a screwdriver, knife, pliers, bottle opener, can opener, or measuring tape/ruler—and they’ll all be available in one handy tool.
  • Built tough: These portable tools are intended to be used by professionals and tradesmen alike, so they’ll be made using ultra-tough materials: machined titanium, aircraft grade aluminum, carbon fiber, and stainless steel.
  • Options galore: Every multitool features their own unique range of tools—aside from a knife blade, there’s no real “standard” set of tools. Plenty of options to choose from depending on what you’re most likely to need on a daily basis.

Best Overall

Leatherman Wave Plus

Why did I choose it?

You can’t go wrong with this classic.  The perfect multitool for guys that don’t have one yet. Leatherman is the name you likely already knew when it came to rugged, highly functional multi-tools.


Best Slim Multi-tool
Gerber Lockdown Pry Multi-tool

Smallest Multi-functional Tool
Screwpop Magnetic Toolkey

Best Multi-function Bottle Opener
WESN MT Multi-tool

Most Functions in a Small Package
FishFace 18-in-1 Pocket Multi-Tool

Best Multi-functional Utility Blade
Gerber Gear Prybrid Utility

Best Heavy-duty Multi-tool
Gerber Dual-Force


Best Overall

Leatherman Wave Plus


$120
 

The Leatherman Wave is the brand’s most popular multi-tool and this tried & true classic just got an update.

The Wave Plus features stainless steel construction & all 18 functions of the original but has redesigned pliers—with needle nose & regular plier function plus an integrated wirecutter and an upgraded sheath for better protection when not in use.





Best Slim Multi-tool

Gerber Lockdown Pry Multi-tool


$45
 

If you need a slimmer, lighter multi-tool to carry around without adding extra heft to the contents of your pockets, you’ll love Gerber’s Lockdown Slim Pry.

It comes with seven integrated tools: a pry bar, two sizes of flathead screwdriver, bottle opener, nail puller, chisel edge, fine and coarse file, and a 2.5-inch blade. Thanks to the textured aluminum handle, you can easily grip the tool even in work gloves or with wet or muddy hands, and the liner lock keeps all your tools securely in place when in use or stowed in your pack or pocket.

Best of all, the tool is backed by the Gerber Guarantee, a limited lifetime warranty that ensures you get the best possible use out of it for the rest of your life. Now that’s an EDC tool you can love.





Smallest Multi-functional Tool

Screwpop Magnetic Toolkey


$20
 





Best Multi-function Bottle Opener

WESN MT Multi-tool


$48
 

Marked by its lightweight skeletal design, the minimalist MT multi-tool from Detroit’s WESN brand, is a simple way to handle some tough tasks.

Integrated into its precision CNC-milled frame is a pry bar, bottle opener & flathead screwdriver/scraper. At .4 ounces, you won’t even know it’s on your keyring until you need it.





Most Functions in a Small Package

FishFace 18-in-1 Pocket Multi-Tool


$13
 

The FishFace from True Utility is an 18-in-1 EDC multi-tool no larger than the other keys on your keychain but it puts in overtime.

It features Phillips and flat screwdrivers, wrenches, hex drive, pry bar, file, nail tool, bottle opener, box opener and cutter.

Made of stainless steel with a black titanium coating, it’s built for daily duty & with its sprung ’biner clip, stays right by your side.





Best Multi-functional Utility Blade

Gerber Gear Prybrid Utility


$22
 

Blending the best of a replaceable utility blade knife and a compact multi-tool, Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a pocket and keychain-friendly EDC implement offering 8 different tools, including wire strippers, bottle opener, Standard Utility blade, and more.





Best Heavy-duty Multi-tool

Gerber Dual-Force


$79
 

With a design that delivers twice the bite force of standard pliers, Gerber’s Dual-Force multi-tool features a dual-position slip-lock joint giving the tool’s jaws the ability to adjust in size to fit the task.

A range of locking outboard tools includes saw, knife, file, and drivers to add all-around versatility.






Utilipro 6-in-1 Folding Utility Knife


$15
 

Slide this little fella into your work pouch or backpack, and you’ll have a handful of the critical EDC tools you need in your daily life.

The Outdoor Edge Utilipro is a 6-in-1 design that includes a sharp utility blade (of the standard cutter blades found everywhere), a flat head screwdriver, pry bar, a Philips head screwdriver, a bottle opener, and a belt/line cutter.

Add to that a sturdy 420J2 stainless-steel blade holder and a textured ABS polymer handle that includes a built-in pocket clip, and you can see why it’s such a sturdy, practical choice.

The knife folds down small enough so you can carry it around in any pocket or EDC pouch, and the scaled handle offers solid grip even when you’re working in wet or muddy conditions. Best of all, changing the blade is an absolute breeze, thanks to the thumb-activated release that opens the blade holder at the flick of your finger.






True Utility Titanium Locking Pocket Multi-Tool


$49
 

Packed with features—including spring-loaded pliers with built-in wire cutters, awl, bottle opener, saw, knife, and dual-headed screwdriver—it’s built using ultra-tough titanium featuring a titanium nitride coating that enhances durability and protects against rust, corrosion, and wear.

The dual-position locks (90 and 180 degrees) makes it easy to adapt the highly functional multi-tool to the job, and the ergonomic grip maximizes comfort no matter how you hold the tool.






SOG Kilowatt - Electricians Pocket Knife Multi-tool


$42
 

Designed to meet the demands of commercial contractors, the EL01-CP Kilowatt from SOG combines a folding pocket knife with clip and a UTP wire stripper in the handle; a must-have for electricians and builders.

It features a locking 3.4-inch AUS 8 steel blade, 3-Way wire strippers, and a rugged, glass-reinforced nylon handle.






REAPR Wrecking Bar


$38
 

With the right tool, doing demolition can really be the best part of the project. And the REAPR Versa TAC Wrecking Bar might be the only one you need.

Made of 420 stainless steel with a powder-coated wrinkle finish, this 10-inch tactical tool features a ripper hook, wrecking bar, wrench function and nail pullers, and a cutting edge for prying or cutting. Belt carry or store it in its 1680D ballistic nylon sheath.






CRKT Septimo Multi-Tool


$40
 

Developed with straight from-the-battlefield input of Afghanistan vet and Army Green Beret Jeremy Valdez, CRKT’s Septimo multi-tool is a do-it-all utility knife that features a 2.9-inch Veff serrated blade, an adjustable wrench, glass breaker, bit driver, and bottle opener. It weighs 4.4 ounces and a sprung pocket clip keeps it handy.






Leatherman Bond


$60
 

Based on its first-ever multitool launched in 1983, the Leatherman Bond multi-tool is a proven EDC essential.

It boasts 14 functions, including needlenose pliers, Philips and slotted screwdrivers, wire cutters and strippers, a ruler, a wood and metal file, a can opener and 2.9″ stainless steel blade. Weight is just 5.8 ounces.






Leatherman Signal


$140
 

The Signal from Leatherman is a full-size, super versatile multi-tool designed for adventure with a total of ten tools—all locking—including a firestarter, hammer, one-handed blade and an emergency whistle. Weight: 7.5 ounces. Blade length: 2.73 inches. Available in 7 color schemes.






Garrett Wade Brass Capsule Multi-Tool


$42
 

With a design based on a vintage British tool-set, the pocket-size Brass Capsule Multi-Tool is a brass cylinder that unscrews in the middle to reveal an array of useful tools inside, including slot and Phillips head screwdrivers, a pull hook knife, a drill bit, and a corkscrew.




How we do that certainly varies so our list includes something for everyone. From ultralight & titanium micro tools and pro-grade blades to a woodchopping axe and a luxe brass capsule with a proper corkscrew, we’re sure you’ll find something that works for you or that will make an excellent gift for any man.

Also check our list of the best pocket knives.





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