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The Best Multitools of 2016

November 1, 2016 Buying Guides By Photo by Victorinox
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect five additional selections for 2016. Our earlier selections are on the following page.

Let’s face it: You’re most likely not one of those guys who has every tool for every job. Caught yourself trying to pry something open with a pen or a fork lately? We’d say you’re in the market for a handy all-in-one multi-tool. Sure, it won’t come close to fixing everything, but in a pinch, it’s a great “go-to” instrument that could make a difference (especially if your tool kit comes from the local pharmacy).

Multi-tools have been completing odd jobs since the original Leatherman PST (Pocket Survival tool) came out in 1983. As good as the PST was, multi-tools (or multi-pliers) have come a long way since then, today varying in size, tool type and count. Some are even specialized for gunsmiths and electricians. In our quest to find the best, though, we also discovered that many manufacturers have abandoned their multi-tool production due to poor sales. We call it “thinning the herd,” and it’s actually for the better, as the ones that survive tend to be the most user-friendly and the hardiest. Ready to become a Renaissance handyman of honey-do lists? Here are the best full-sized multi-tools on the market today.


Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
The Wave is Leatherman’s best selling multi-tool for good reason. It’s dependable in the field, tough as nails and with a 17-tool function, you’ll be hard pressed to find a job it can’t do. $85


SwissTech Micro Max Multi-Tool
The affordable price point of the Swiss Tech Micro Max is one of its highlights. It may not be as durable as some of the other options on this list, but at $9, it gets the job done and your wallet won’t hurt as much if you lose it. $9


Victorinox Swisstool Spirit X
Not only does the Spirit X have 26 sturdy functions backed by years of Swiss Army Victorinox know-how, you have an elegantly designed tool to look at every time it’s put to work. $100


Gerber Center-Drive
The Center-Drive has a full-size screwdriver with standard, replaceable bits. Its pliers are spring loaded so you can slide them out with one hand. There’s an outboard knife that Gerber claims is 30 percent larger than the competition. All the outboard tools can be accessed by one hand, and the 14 total tools (serrated knife, file, bottle opener, etc.) mean there’s no need to carry backup. $89


Tool Logic Credit Card Companion
Roughly the same size and shape of a credit card, the Tool Logic is the most convenient on this list. No other option here lets you carry nine essential tools right along side your cash. $15

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