DEVICES : The Multi-Tool

What is a Multi-Tool?

Let’s start with the fundamental question of what this is all about. 

This is a multi-functional tool, which consists of several small tools. You can easily carry it on your belt, in your pocket or in a backpack, as it is usually quite small and compact. You may already be familiar with the Leatherman name. The developer from the USA made the multi-tool really popular.

In most cases, the center of the multi-tool will be large pliers. The other tools disappear into the legs of these pliers. The large pliers are usually part of the main equipment. The same applies to files, saws, can openers, knives, scissors and corkscrews. The traditional multi-tool is usually a pair of pliers that can be used after unfolding the handles.

These handles contain additional tools that can be folded out as required. In principle, a multi-tool is reminiscent of a pocket knife . From a functional point of view, a pocket knife is a multi-functional tool.

Multi-tool or pocket knife – What’s the difference?

The way they work is very similar. Both variants are multifunctional tools, in which many tools are combined very compactly and can be folded out if necessary. The biggest difference is in the construction. A pocket knife consists of a handle to which blades, corkscrews, saws, files and various other items are attached. In the case of a multitool, on the other hand, the main element is a combination of pliers, on the two handles of which the tools are housed. As the name suggests, the focus of the pocket knife is on the knife, while the multitool is on the pliers.

What types of multi-tools are there?

We have already clarified the generic term multi-tool, but there are certain differences and different versions of these multi-function tools. There are 3 types : mechanical, knife and electrical. For our purposes, we concentrate on the first two.

  • The mechanical multi-tool is a multi-functional tool on which many small tools can be folded out. These are integrated in the two arms of the pliers. The many models differ in the number of tools that are housed in the pliers. These include, for example, the saw, file, bottle opener, can opener, screwdriver and many more.
  • The mechanical multi-knife is a kind of pocket knife, but in a slightly larger format. Instead of pliers, the handle with the fold-out knife is the heart of the multi-function knife. In addition to the knife, there are of course a lot of other tools such as can openers, pliers, files and even Allen keys.

Your multi-tool should have these functions

Every multi-tool is different – so the features and functions depend entirely on the respective product and manufacturer. There are simple models with fewer than ten tools and larger multi-functional tools with up to 30 tools. It is best to choose a model that has all the tools relevant to you – a survivalist or prepper. 

Frequently these functions are:

  • Pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Pipe grip pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • scissors
  • saw
  • file
  • screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • bottle opener
  • tin opener
  • corkscrew
  • ruler

REMEMBER : The strength of a multi-tool lies in the fact that you always have it with you, not in the fact that a particular tool is the best tool for the task.

What is the best multi-tool for you ?

That really depends on what is important to you. Each brand has its own specialty.

You will probably find the best multi-tool for a specific application at  Leatherman . Because they make by far the largest range of multi-tools, from large to small, there is always something there to your liking. The  Leatherman Wave  remains a timeless classic that comes in handy for everyone.

Do you want a tool that is very well finished, without sharp edges and the like? Then it is best to consider a  Victorinox Swiss Multi-Tool  . Of all multi-tools, they are really the best finished. The Victorinox tools are also the only ones made in Europe.

If the pliers in the multi-tool are very important to you, then a  SOG multi-tool is  probably best because of the special teeth. The nose of the needle nose pliers is often just a bit more pointed and more precise than its counterparts.

Alternatively, Do you like to go bigger? Then Gerber is the right place for you. The  Gerber multi-tools  are almost all slightly larger than the rest. Not the elegance of a Victorinox, but rather the solidity of a real Gerber.

What to look out for when buying a Multi-tool

The options for purchasing a of multi-function tool are enormous. I would like to briefly explain to you what you should pay attention to when choosing the right product.

weightThe multi-tool is especially designed for outdoor use and can be stowed in a trouser pocket, on a belt holster or in a backpack . 
That’s why the multi-tool shouldn’t be too heavy but this should not be considered a top priority.
Also consider the dimensions of the potential purchase.
handlingShould be easy (and comfortable) to handle whilst in use.
Under no circumstances are multi-tools designed for long-term use, but are to be used immediately and 
safely in emergencies and urgent repair work. ALSO NOTE: An additional characteristic for the selection of the right multi-tool is the handling of the individual 
toolsIf there is not good access to all tools or if 
the individual tool of the multi-tool is difficult to remove, a lot of patience (and perhaps strong finger nails) is required.

motivationWhat Is Your Primary Motivation For Having A Multi-Tool i.e. what the multi-tool is likely to be used for. ?
Just for on the go, or for traveling, camping, fishing, BOB adventure vacations ?
functionIs There A Specific Tool Your Multi-Tool Must Have? & How Often Will You Be Using this tool ?
materialMost multi-tools are made of high quality stainless steel, which stands for a long service life. 
However, there are always black sheep who work with cheaper material. 
So make sure that your multi-tool is not made from an inferior metal or cheap plastic. 
The differences are usually noticeable in the price.
accessoriesMany multi-tools are supplied with an accessory. 
In most cases it is a practical case or holster. 
This is especially useful if you want to carry your multi-tool on your belt. 
The big advantage is that this case has exactly the right dimensions so that your tool doesn’t slide back and forth. 

The multi-tool must suit you. A case or holster for the belt is an attractive addition. A good multi-tool should also have care and bit sets for the screwdriver.

Using Your Multi-tool Correctly in 4 steps

Multi-tools are already fully assembled and you can use your new multi-tool optimally by following the manufacturer’s advice and user manual instructions, correctly .

  • Unfold the multi-tool and unfold the corresponding tool.
  • Be careful when unfolding the tools. Some of the tools have sharp edges, e.g. B. Knife and saw. This poses a risk of injury.
  • After use, fold the handle halves together again.

As a result, the desired tool does not protrude from the handle. A careful treatment of the product is required. Modifying your multi-tool specifications naturally will affect the safety as well as its functions capability.


Victorinox Swiss Tool X Plus multi tool
The Victorinox Swiss Tool X Plus multi-tool in the Leatherman design offers an above-average range of functions and detailed workmanship. On the other hand, the multi-tool from the traditional company Victorinox is one of the most expensive products in this category. This multifunctional tool is nonetheless a bestseller and is highly regarded by consumers.

- Type : Pliers multi-tool
- Dimensions (l x w x h) : 1.50 x 3.10 x 2.10cm
- Weight : 290g
- Material : stainless steel

No.of Functions = 37 ; No. of Tools = 15 :
> Knife ; Pliers ; Stripper blade ; Blade ; Screwdriver ; Saw ; File ; Scissors ; Glass breaker ; Bottle opener ; Tin opener ; Corkscrew ; Ruler (23cm) ; Lanyard loop.

The model is in the solid average and is quite handy. The Swiss company manufactures both the tool and the pliers shells from robust, stainless steel, so you can count on a long service life.

+ Includes leather case and bit key ;
+ lifetime guarantee ;
+ Special tools such as wood chisels or reamers are available ;
+ With the Victorinox multitool, every tool can be locked automatically.

CON/s :
< Knife cannot be opened with one hand.


NAME of MODEL. Leatherman Wave Plus Leatherman Wingman
CHARACTERISTICS / SPECIFICATIONS Stainless Steel (Steel or Black Color Options) 4 X 1.5 X 0.8 inches 0.7 pounds (11.2 ounces) 18 tools in 1 25-year warranty One-hand Opening (inside and outside tools) Locking Utility Blade Includes Nylon Sheath. Stainless Steel (One Color Option) 3.8 x 1 x 2 inches 0.43 pounds (6.88 ounces) 14 tools in 1 25-year Warranty One-hand Opening (inside and outside tools) Locking Utility Blade Built-In Pocket Clip
PROS Comes with a pouch for easy carry on your belt Sturdy, reliable, and rugged construction Interchangeable screwdriver bits 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,900 reviews The somewhat rounded shape makes for a good pocket carry Lightweight Great value for money 4.8 out of 5 stars from 4,700 reviews
CONS. Expensive Black finish rubs off onto hands/scratches easily Does not have a pocket clip The pocket clip is on the same end as the heavier plier jaws making it easy to slip off the pocket or belt Integrated saw edge into utility knife makes it hard to finely cut Screwdriver and some other tools do not lock well
HEAD-to-HEAD CHALLENGE - Many say the superior product as it has four more tools in its build to handle a few more jobs. - the Wave makes a great tradesmen or car camping option. - the Wave has 4 more tools and some features that the Wingman does not. These include: Needle Nose and Regular Pliers: The Wave’s pliers have a distinct needle nose edge making them work as both needle nose and regular pliers. The wingman, on the other hand has regular pliers. Replaceable Wire Cutters: The Wave’s write cutters are replaceable ensuring that you always have the sharpest cut possible. The Wingman has wire cutters but they are not replaceable. Straight and Serrated Knives: The Wave comes with both a straight and a serrated knife standard. This makes easy work of whatever task you need it for. The Wingman however tries to pack this into one blade with some reviews giving it a thumbs down. Small and Large Bit Drivers: The Wave comes with bit drivers standard in its form for both small and large bits. This of course means that you can draw on your collection of bits for the job at hand. In contrast, the Wingman has a universal flathead and Phillips head screwdriver built-in. - Others say Wingman is superior due to its lightweight, slim design, and ability to handle most needs. - Essentially the Wingman makes a better backpacking or hiking option
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Despite Leatherman being market leaders for the Multi-Tool device, there are other equally popular manufacturers of this type of instrument as described below.

NAME of MULTI-TOOL MODEL Gerber Diesel. SOG Power Assist. Gerber Suspension NXT Plus Multi-Tool.
INTRODUCTION The Gerber Diesel is a familiar design from the company that pioneered one hand operating pliers on multitools. A tool that was designed to be put to task whenever and wherever. SOG is a U.S. tool and knife company that founded in 1986. This multi-tool is good for Survivalists who want quick access and heavy-duty tools but also superior safety mechanisms. A no-holds-barred pliers-based tool. The Gerber Suspension NXT Multitool is a multifunction tool where the pliers are the main tool. It is a spring-loaded combination pliers that tapers to a point and, according to the manufacturer, is suitable for a wide range of uses. There is a belt clip on the back of the tool so that the owner can carry the tool with him/herself.
SPECIFICATIONS - Closed Length = 12.49cm ; - Overall Length = 16.78 ; - Sheath Material = Ballistic nylon ; - Handle Material = Stainless Steel ; - Weight: 243g ; - Closed Length = 11.68 cm ; - Overall Length = 17.78 cm ; - Sheath Material = Nylon ; - Handle Material = Stainless steel with Black oxide finish ; - Weight: 264g ; - Closed Length = 10.8 cm ; - Overall Length = 15.88 cm ; - Sheath Material = Stainless Steel ; - Handle Material = Stainless steel ; - Weight = 190g ;
FEATURES / FUNCTIONS The Gerber Diesel is a 12 in 1 tool and has the following tools: - Needle Nose pliers ; - Wire cutter ; - Partially-serrated knife blade ; - Cross point screwdriver ; - Small, medium, and large flat blade screwdrivers ; - Can opener ; - Bottle opener ; - File ; - Saw ; - Scissors ; The tool comes with a nice carrying case that you can attach to your belt, so its never to far away. The multi tool comes with 16 tools, all of which have a locking mechanism. The pliers and knives are easy to access, but most tools are tucked away into the handles. Functions include : - Needle Nose pliers ; - Wire cutter ; - 2 Types of Blade : 1 Fully Serrated, 1 Straight Edge ; - Cross point screwdriver ; - Small, medium, and large flat blade screwdrivers ; - Can opener ; - Bottle opener ; - File ; - Saw ; - Scissors ; Skeleton-like construction ; Spring-loaded pliers.. With at least 15 features, you can use the Suspension NXT in many different ways. This makes the Gerber Suspension NXT one of the best options in this price range. Functions include : - Pliers ; - Stripper Blade ; - Screwdriver ; - Wire cutter ; - File ; - Scissors ; - Bottle & Can opener ; - Glass breaker ; - Ruler ; - Ranyard loop.
PROS & CONS + Improved pliers, tougher tools, wrist-flick deployment. + Good size to weight ratio + Tool pictures on handles -VE : Pliers are not spring loaded -VE : Tip of pliers sticks out of body + All tools can be locked + Compound leverage feature + Comes with Philips screwdriver + Easy to access knives -VE = Too big to carry in the pocket -VE = Heavy to carry in hand. + Available in two designs + Spring-loaded pliers + Lock function for safe handling + Low weight construction + Lifetime guarantee -VE = a case or holster is sold separately if required.

The Most Important Points Summarized :

  • A multi-tool is a practical purchase, especially for outdoor adventurers.
  • It is a multi-functional tool that consists of many small tools.
  • When folded, it is so small that you can carry it in your pocket or on your belt.
  • The difference between a pocket knife and a multi-tool is in the construction. The main element of the pocket knife is a handle, whereas the multi-tool is a pair of pliers.
  • Such a tool is suitable for hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • The most important functions include the pliers, scissors, knife, screwdriver, bottle opener and saw.
  • You should always store your multi-tool in a dry place and not expose it to unnecessary moisture.

Here is an ‘Honourable’ presentation for another type of Multi-Tool……..

Every house has a toolbox that is gigantic and couldn’t be lifted by a single person. This box will have everything from several sizes of screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, nails, and almost all the tools you don’t even know their names. The Kelvin 17 Tools multi-Tool solves the problem of having to buy one large, heavy tool containing numerous tools.

This is 17-in-one tool device contains 17 different very useful tools that can be held in the palm of your hand. If you have one of these, then you are no longer need to worry about taking your massive chest of tools to places with you or rummaging through the box hoping that you will find whatever the device you are looking for soon without hurting yourself first !

Have you ever needed a screwdriver to repair and wished you had one nearby? Do you often spend more time seeking tools than finishing the job?
Then it would help if you read this Kelvin 17 review. The ultimate household tool is the Kelvin17 Multi-Tool.
It contains everything you may need in one handy bundle. You can do a wide range of tasks with this device, including installations and quick fixes.

Kelvin 17 Tools : Multi-Tool Device
Kelvin 17 Tools is a gadget that contains a tool kit to solve any type of repair or assembly you need in your home, car or wherever you want; and that you can carry in the palm of your hand and use without any difficulty.

The convenience of this device is the lack of need for multiple instruments. The appropriate tool for you if you're a novice handyman, DIYer, or outdoor enthusiast is Kelvin17.
- It is constructed of steel alloy and plastic of military quality. It results in a powerful and portable design for the Kelvin 17 multi-tool. These 17 tools in the Kelvin portable toolkit are as follows.

● Carbon steel hammer
● Liquid level
● LED flashlight
● 3ft flexible tape measure
● Flip-action screwdriver with 90º locking
● 12 Extra hardened alloy driver bits
● 4 (3 Extra) Philips head bits
● 3 Flathead bits
● 3 Allen key bits
● 3 Torx bits

Features Of Kelvin 17
● Multiple Tools in One Portable Design
You can get a liquid level, tape measure, carbon-steel hammer, LED flashlight, and numerous heads, screwdrivers, and bits, when you buy Kelvin 17.

● Multi-tool kelvin 17 is available in a variety of colors

The Kelvin multi-tool comes in many hues. These colors include blue, pink, red, and black. Either purchase all the tools in a single color or match various colors with other packages.

● Driven by magnets
The magnetic driver that comes with Kelvin17 aids in keeping the pieces in place. To disconnect the bit, you must press down on the group's top.

● Includes a battery
A CR2032 battery includes in the Kelvin 17 multi-tool box. It is necessary since the LED light, one of the contained tools, is required. This battery will power the LED light. Since you don't need to bother setting anything up, this is also really simple. As soon as you take Kelvin17 out of the packaging, it begins to operate.

● It has 13 Bits
With 13 distinct bits, Kelvin17 enters the scene. This includes the screw sizes, bits, and repairs around the house that you may require. The multi-tool comes with four Phillips bits, three flathead bits, three Torx bits, and three Allen (hex) bits. Whatever DIY or repair project you wish to undertake, Kelvin17 offers all the resources you need.

The Kelvin 17 multi-tool contains 17 necessary tools in a small package, including 13 screwdriver bits and three each of Phillips, Flathead, Allen Key, and Torx.

● A liquid level, a flashlight that uses 4 SR44 batteries, a hammer, and a three-foot tape measure are also included.

It features two strong magnets that are useful for finding lost screws. This is a great space-saving item when the room is premium, such as camping or traveling in an RV.

It will be a favorite of DIYers, college students, motorcycle riders, and even women who require a go-to tool that can handle all of their domestic demands.
Contractors and handymen will adore Kelvin17, as you might expect. But that's only the start.

To utilize the Kelvin 17 multi-tool, you don't need to be an expert. To use this unique technology properly, you only need a little background in house maintenance. You won't have trouble learning how to use this tool without prior knowledge.

The ergonomic characteristics of Kelvin 17 make it convenient for handheld use. So, whether you are a working or a young person with little experience, Kelvin 17 is simple.

In all honesty, I believe that anyone who is even a little handy will benefit much from it. It's a fantastic mult-ipurpose item to keep in your glove box, toolbox, or kitchen drawer.

FAQs :

> What Components Make Up the Kelvin 17 Multi-Tool? Aluminum screwdriver bits, a steel hammering surface, and an ABS housing make up Kelvin 17.

> The Kelvin 17 tape measure is how long? It measures around 3 feet or 1 metre.


The Emergency Gas & Water Shut Off Multi-Tool

This Emergency multi-use utility tool has numerous purposes :

  • used to turn off natural gas and water meters
  • pry open doors/windows, and…
  • to aid in search and rescue operations.

It is the perfect addition to any homeowner’s survival supplies. Made of tough heat treated alloy this tool should be non-sparking and rust proof. Therefore, include this tool with your emergency supplies or attach it to your gas meter with the included cable tie for easy and accessible access that you can find quickly after a disaster to protect your home and family from possible damage and injury from gas and/or water leaks and resulting floods and/or gas explosions.


(1) make sure you and your family know where your gas and water shut off valves are located for your home.

(2) test your valve carefully to make sure not stuck. Instructions should be included with any type of tool you decide to purchase. Always have a disaster plan and make sure all family members know all of the proper instructions.

Below, is our recommended product from the SurvivalKitsOnline company : it’s the best quality because compared to other shut-off wrenches it is more compact. Furthermore, If you own a tool kit, it will fit in it easily. Other features are described as follows.

SurvivalKitsOnline 515100 On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fires, Floods, Disasters and Emergencies
Being designed by the firefighters itself, the tool bySurvivalKitsOnline is one of the top picks on the market.
It has a
very suitable design to shut off gas, water and perform other activities in an accident / disaster situation.


- Material = Metal (Silver coating)
- Item dimensions ( L x W x H) = 14 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
- Weight = 158g

> Includes four functions in one tool.
> Compact size to easily fit in an emergency kit.
> Lightweight.
> Effective material of heat-treated alloy.
> Easy to use.

We now move onto the topic of Fire-Starters.




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