Top 10 Multi Tool Review 2014

By Navy SEAL Veteran Brad McLeod

Check out the reviews and comparisons for the Top 10 Multi Tool Review for 2014. If your out on a camping trip or on the battlefield, a multi tool comes in real handy in time of need.

From working on your weapons, repairing your gear or just cutting the top off a beer can (important stuff).

The bottom line is that you need a good multi tool in your pack that you can depend on every time.

This article was started back in 2014 after reviewing several multi-tools and talking to other gear heads about what works. We have been working on this list for over a decade so let us know in comments if we have it right.

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The Leatherman Micra, swathed in robust Stainless Steel, emerges as an invaluable ally for those in the military and first responder domains. I like the compact dimensions (9.5 x 5.3 x 0.39 inches) and feather-light weight (1.8 ounces), the Micra is not merely a tool but a tactical asset. Crafted by the renowned LEATHERMAN brand, this mini-tool is a manifestation of practicality and durability.

I like that it has 10 tools in 1 configuration, including a knife, tweezers, file, and the standout spring-action scissors, redefine the essence of a keychain-sized multitool. In the heat of the moment, the Micra stands resolute, proving itself indispensable for tasks ranging from intricate maneuvers to quick, precise cutting—offering a reliable solution for those situations where every second counts.

Amidst the chaos, the Micra doesn’t just excel in the professional realm but extends its utility to personal care. Its inclusion of a nail file and tweezers transforms it into a compact self-care arsenal, addressing unexpected challenges like broken nails and splinters with ease. Leatherman takes pride in its craftsmanship, standing firmly behind the Micra with a 25-year warranty, ensuring that this stalwart companion lasts a lifetime.

With its key ring attachment, the Micra isn’t just a tool in your pocket; it’s a constant companion, always within reach, ready to work, and never to be lost. Whether tucked into pockets, fanny packs, or attached to keychains, the Micra epitomizes practicality for those who navigate the unpredictable terrains of the military and emergency response domains.

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The SOG PowerAssist, a formidable multi-tool designed with a keen eye for practicality and the rigorous demands of military and first responder applications, is a testament to reliable innovation. Crafted with precision and toughness in mind, the PowerAssist becomes an extension of one’s capabilities in the field.

Its robust Stainless Steel construction, coupled with a set of 16 essential tools, including pliers, blades, and screwdrivers, offers a comprehensive solution for a range of tasks encountered in the line of duty. The assisted opening mechanism ensures swift access to the tools needed in critical moments, reflecting the tool’s commitment to efficiency and readiness.

In the hands of military personnel and first responders, the SOG PowerAssist transcends being a mere tool; it becomes a strategic asset. The inclusion of a versatile sheath ensures that this powerhouse is not only easily transportable but also securely fastened, ready for action at a moment’s notice.

Whether it’s cutting through materials, tightening screws, or handling emergency situations, the PowerAssist’s practical design and diverse toolset make it an indispensable companion in the field, demonstrating that SOG understands the real-world needs of those who rely on their gear in the most demanding situations.

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The LEATHERMAN Charge TTI multi-tool stands as a pinnacle of practicality and innovation, purpose-built for the demands of first responders, military professionals, and rescue services. Crafted from high-quality Stainless Steel and boasting a compact size (5 x 2 x 0.8 inches), this multi-tool is a premium companion for those navigating critical situations. With an impressive 19 tools in 1, including pliers, replaceable wire cutters, wire crimper and stripper, knives, saw, spring-action scissors, cutting hook, and more, the Charge TTI empowers users to tackle a myriad of tasks with confidence and efficiency.

Leatherman’s commitment to durability is exemplified in the Charge TTI’s design, featuring upgraded, replaceable wire cutters to ensure longevity and versatility. The one-hand opening mechanism and all-locking blades cater to the need for quick, accessible tools in high-pressure scenarios. Whether it’s cutting through obstacles, tightening screws, or performing intricate tasks, the Charge TTI delivers on its promises.

I like that when you add a pocket clip and quick-release lanyard ring, this multi-tool is always within reach, ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. Backed by Leatherman’s 25-year warranty, the Charge TTI embodies reliability, making it an indispensable asset for those on the front lines.

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The Victorinox Swiss Army Tinker Pocket Knife in vibrant red is a versatile and compact tool designed for any adventure. With dimensions of 1.22 x 1.85 x 4.53 inches and weighing 2.2 ounces, this Swiss-made pocket knife features durable stainless steel construction encased in popular scales, ensuring resilience and a slim profile.

With 14 functions including large and small blades, can opener, screwdrivers, wire stripper, scissors, and more, it’s fit for all tasks and makes an excellent gift or stocking stuffer. Trusted for over a century, Victorinox offers a lifetime guarantee against defects, reflecting their commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Perfect for camping and hiking, this pocket knife is a reliable companion for any outdoor enthusiast.

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The Leatherman Squirt PS4 Tool in a vibrant blue color is a compact and versatile multitool designed for everyday use. With dimensions of 2.24 x 12.6 x 0.98 inches and weighing 56 grams, this keyring-sized tool packs a punch with its array of features.

Made from durable materials including wood, stainless steel, aluminum, and metal, it includes a 420HC Clip Point knife, spring-action needlenose pliers, regular pliers, medium screwdriver, flat/Phillips screwdriver, wood and metal file, bottle opener, wire cutters, and scissors. With anodized aluminum handle scales, it offers both style and functionality. Backed by Leatherman’s renowned quality and reliability, this multitool is a handy companion for any task.

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The LEATHERMAN Wave+ emerges as a comprehensive and versatile multitool, elevating its functionality to meet diverse needs. This upgraded version includes premium replaceable wire cutters, ensuring durability and efficacy in handling a wide range of tasks, from everyday home repairs to outdoor adventures. With a robust arsenal of 18 tools packed into a compact design, including pliers, wire strippers, knives, saw, spring-action scissors, rulers, and various screwdrivers, this multitool proves indispensable for DIY projects, gardening, household chores, or outdoor pursuits. The Wave+ exemplifies Leatherman’s commitment to quality and longevity, backed by their impressive 25-year warranty, instilling confidence in its durability and enduring performance, crafted in Portland, Oregon.

One of the standout features of the Wave+ is its user-friendly design, allowing for one-hand operation and access to tools that may not be immediately reachable from the outside. Its all-locking blades provide added safety and reliability, ensuring precise cutting and handling, whether at home, in the outdoors, or on the job site. This pocket-sized multitool embodies practicality, durability, and versatility, delivering a wide array of functions within a compact and easily accessible package, making it an indispensable companion for diverse everyday needs and various outdoor activities.

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The LEATHERMAN Wingman Multitool embodies a quintessential blend of reliability and versatility. As an enthusiast of well-crafted tools, this one stands out as a true gem. Its 14-in-1 functionality caters to a myriad of tasks – from mundane household chores to more intricate job site demands or outdoor adventures. The seamless transition between its myriad tools, all accessible with one hand, is a game-changer. This convenience is matched by its rugged stainless steel construction, a testament to durability and premium craftsmanship. Whether unraveling packages, tightening screws, or cutting wires, each tool operates with precision and efficiency, epitomizing the hallmark of quality Leatherman is known for.

Backed by a 25-year warranty, Leatherman confidently ensures this Wingman multitool will endure the test of time. The promise of standing behind their product instills unparalleled confidence in its longevity. Its compact design, coupled with a detachable pocket clip, ensures it’s ever-ready and easily accessible, becoming an indispensable companion for daily use. The locking blade adds an extra layer of safety and trust, assuring precise cutting without worry. Overall, the Wingman transcends its name, positioning itself not just as a tool but as an invaluable asset, always at hand, ever-ready to assist in any situation.

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The Gerber Gear Diesel Multi-Plier Needle Nose Pliers Set Multi-Tool in sleek black offers a comprehensive 12-in-1 functionality perfect for everyday carry. Crafted from durable stainless steel, this multi-tool is designed to withstand heavy use, weighing 0.24 kilograms and measuring 3.25 x 5.75 x 2 inches.

Its robust features include a spring-loaded needle nose pliers, wire cutter, small/medium/large flathead screwdrivers, cross-point screwdriver, nail file, scissors, tool lock, can opener, bottle opener, and partially serrated blade. The user-friendly design incorporates an easy-to-use lock and sliding jaws for quick access and secure operation, utilizing Gerber’s patented Saf.T.Plus component locking system. Whether you’re at the worksite, camping, or tackling DIY projects, this versatile multi-tool is an essential addition to your gear, backed by the Gerber Guarantee for added peace of mind with a limited lifetime warranty.

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The LEATHERMAN Skeletool Multitool is a compact powerhouse that doesn’t compromise on performance. Weighing just 5 ounces, it’s a lightweight multitool designed to handle everyday tasks with ease. With seven essential tools packed into its sleek frame, including a combo knife, pliers, and a large exchangeable bit driver, it’s versatile enough for various situations, whether at work, home, or on the go. The inclusion of a carabiner/bottle opener adds a practical touch to its functionality, making it a convenient tool for multiple needs.

The accessibility of the Skeletool’s tools, even those hidden within its frame, using just one hand is a standout feature. Furthermore, the locking blade ensures confident and secure usage. Its portable design, featuring a removable pocket clip, ensures it’s always within reach and ready for action. The 25-year warranty provided by Leatherman, backed by their commitment to quality craftsmanship from their factory in Portland, Oregon, reassures users of the tool’s longevity. Customer reviews praise its reliability, durability, and usefulness across various tasks, making it a reliable companion for everyday needs.

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The Gerber Gear Dime 12-in-1 Mini Multi-tool comes in a stylish black finish and packs an impressive array of 12 tools into its compact design. Crafted from durable stainless steel, this multi-tool is built to withstand the rigors of everyday use and boasts a lightweight construction, weighing just 2.2 ounces. With dimensions of 2.75 x 4 x 0.6 inches when closed and 4.25 inches overall length, it’s conveniently portable and can easily fit into a pocket or attach to a keychain.

The butterfly opening mechanism ensures quick and easy access to the tools you need, which include needle nose pliers, wire cutters, tweezers, a bottle opener, a retail package opener, a folding knife with a plain edge blade, scissors, small and medium flat head drivers, and fine and coarse files. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or tackling DIY projects, this versatile multi-tool is the perfect companion, backed by the Gerber Guarantee, offering a limited lifetime warranty for added peace of mind.

Check out the SGPT review for the Gerber Dime. You can pick one up for under $25 (US).

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Brad McLeod is a Navy SEAL veteran, family man and outdoor athlete. He has been testing gear with SEALgrinderPT since 2010.

Today, he helps Veterans and athletes around the world reach their goals and living a healthy lifestyle.

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