Carrying a full set of tools with you everywhere you go isn’t practical, especially if you’re limited on storage space. However, a lot of times you’ll find yourself in a situation where you really wish you did take your entire toolset because you need a screwdriver, wrench or knife in that particular situation. Those are exactly the type of situations that multitools were invented for. A small, compact multitool can easily fit into your pocket, purse or belt, and provide you with a range of solutions in a variety of situations.
Even if you aren’t the handiest person, you can still benefit from having a multitool in your backpack when going camping or hiking, as it will allow you to perform a ton of basic tasks and help you survive in trying circumstances. If you’re left stranded in the middle of nowhere, your multitool can turn into a lifesaver. Even if you need to do something as simple as opening a beer bottle, the multitool can offer saving grace. In other words, multitools are simply convenient and provide a lot of value, which makes them one of the best everyday carry investments you can make.
There are various different types of multi-tools and the difference between them is in how they are used. The set of tools an electrician needs differs from what a camper needs. With that said, do your research before you set out to buy a multitool and know what you can expect from the model you pick.
Multi-Tool Pocket Knives
These tools have the knife as their centerpiece, and unlike in most other tools, it is fully functional – just like a pocket knife. Besides a knife, these tools can include a variety of other tools, like a screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, etc. Generally, they won’t offer much in terms of versatility, but they do make for great general everyday multi-tools. They feature the basics, but almost nothing beyond that. Keeping it simple is the name of the game, and sometimes simplicity and basic functionality are all you need.
Multi-tools that are meant for electricians include almost everything pocket knife multi-tools do, but they also feature various different types of wire cutters and crimpers. However, you don’t really have to be an electrician to take advantage of these multi-tools, as there are a lot of simple home-repair tasks you can do yourself with them.
Survival multi-tools are designed for survival situations, but they can also help you perform repairs on the go. These multi-tools generally include things like rifle disassembling and cleaning tools, so they’re great for hunters, campers, hikers and soldiers. Survival multi-tools are typically built with heavy-duty materials that can withstand extensive use and rough treatment, making them reliable when you need them most.