A multi-tool (or multitool) refers to portable hand tools that contains several functions such as plier, knife, reamer, bottle opener, can opener, screwdriver, wire stripper, nail file, tweezers, scissors, tooth pick, magnifying glass etc within a single unit.
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The Swiss army knife made by Victorinox and Wenger are famous examples designed as field and camping multi-tools, although their popularity has been superceded by the latest 2011 Gerber and Leatherman multitools which feature a heavy duty full plier. Depending on your needs, you can buy full sized, pocket size or keychain multi-tools although the number of functions available will be limited by the size of the unit. The bigger multi-tools can be carried in a shealth and attached to a belt or bag. There are also credit card sized multi-tools designed to be carried in your wallet.
While the most common tools built into these Leatherman are designed for common home improvement tasks such as simple repairs, there are also unique functions such as whistle, LED flashlight, fire starter etc. If you have specialized needs such as a multi-tool for camping, golf, hunting, fishing, outdoor activities etc, be sure to check out the multi-tool specifications to find which one suits you the best.
There are many cheaper pocket size multi-tools made by generic factories from Asia, and you can find stainless steel multi-tools under $10, $20 or $50. However, it is no surprise that Leatherman multi-tools such as New Wave, Charge TTi, Supertool-300 etc are the best selling among consumers who wanted a high quality, well built multi-tool which last for life.
Many guys waste money buying a cheaper multi-tool then realizing they wanted a better set. Poorly designed tools may not lock safely and pose a safety hazard to your hands when you use them. Avoid companies that make cheap knock offs of Leatherman, Gerber, Victorinox, SOG multi-pliers. They may look the same but the material may not be hardened steel and has substandard surface grinding which will not last after a few uses.
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We list the most popular and best selling multi tools for 2011 below. Just click on the model name for more photos and the latest prices. We also linked to multi tool reviews written by real users and unbiased buyers.