MY BEST MULTITOOLS REVIEWS
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MULTIFUNCTION PLIERS
DETERMINE YOUR NEEDS
There is no such thing as the “best multitool” because each use has its own needs. The best multitool for a hiker may not work for a cyclist.
Therefore, determining your needs is the first step in finding the best multitool for you.
Here are some questions that will help you determine your needs:
- When are you going to use your multi-tool?
- Which tools are most important to you?
- Are you going to use it frequently or occasionally?
- Are you going to wear them frequently?
TYPES OF MULTI-TOOLS
There are three types of multitools, the standard, the mini, and the keyring.
It is the complete multitools, with about 20 tools, designed with high-quality steel alloy to have a long service life for heavy-duty work.
It can be stored in a case to attach to your belt.
This type of clip is a simplified version that is easier to wear. It has fewer tools to make room for essential tools only.
This category is the very minimal version of a multi-tool; personally I see them more as a key ring with additional functionality than a real multi-tool.
They are easier to wear than really useful.
By determining your needs, you can easily find out which type of pliers is best for you.
Stainless steel is the material often used in multi-tool because it is very durable.
If you are going to use your pliers for professional tasks, I recommend the Leatherman Skeletool pliers, as it has a high-quality 154CM steel blade, which is known to maintain a sharp edge longer than most blades in other multi-purpose pliers.
There are several types of steels, but what I know is that 410HC steel is considered acceptable steel, although it remains below 154CM, the latter having about two to three times the retention of 410HC.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-sharpen blade, the 410HC is the right steel, but beware, easy sharpening means a shorter life.
Most of the time, heavier weight means better quality steel.
But beware, sometimes (for a hiker for example), a lightweight is more important than a higher quality material.
So if you are going to wear it on your body most of the time, I recommend that you consider lightness more than durability.
Even the economical range of these brands is respected when it comes to multi-purpose pliers.
As for the Leatherman brand, it is a brand invented by Tim Leatherman, in a company based in Oregon, USA.
This brand is known for its 25-year warranty and diverse catalog. They have a special clamp for soldiers, one for electricians, mechanics, cyclists, etc.
The Victorinox brand is known for its Swiss Army Knives.
While Leatherman offers a 25 year warranty, Victorinox offers a lifetime warranty.
A multitool from a high-end brand does not always mean increased utility. For this reason, if you are not going to use it for heavy repair work, I see no problem with going for a cheap one from a less known brand.
The more compact the clip, the easier it becomes to carry.
There are compact multitools like Crankbrothers M19 for example, which is specially designed for cyclists.
Many cyclists prefer it for its lightness, as it is covered with lightweight aluminum, so you can have a lot of use without adding a lot of weight.
NUMBER OF TOOLS
An important thing about the number of tools is that each company counts the number of tools in a different way.
Personally, the number of tools is not what I consider the most important. Because two products, the first with 18 tools and a second with only 12 can almost have the same number of tools.
In addition, I may prefer the second with few tools because it is more ergonomic. Indeed, brands sometimes add certain unnecessary tools in order to use them in their sales techniques.
Updated on January 23, 2021 by Ben