In coming up with the best multi tool, we looked at several multi tool reviews. These reviewers were testing some multi tools brands and styles which, we have to admit, we had never heard of until this point.
And, this fact underlined just how fast the multi tool market is growing and how competitive it has become.
History of the pocket knife
Ever since the Swiss Army created their folding knife with extra tools included way back in 1890, the multi tool has been a part of every camping trip. Most boy and girl scouts have fond memories of being given their first Swiss army knife, and many still have them.
But, the Swiss army knife had some serious drawbacks to being used as a proper tool. The biggest problem of course was its size. It was just too small to get any to torque when using the screwdriver for instance.
A man named Tim Leatherman changed all that when, in 1983, he launched the Leatherman multi tool. This was actually the first occasion that most of us had ever heard the term “multi tool” and, it certainly fit the product that he unveiled.
The “Leatherman”, as it was called, was a vast improvement over the concept introduced by the still much-loved Swiss army knife.
Its major improvement was that it had a full-size, folding handle, into which all of the various tools fit. It was a revelation, and it soon spelled the end of the Swiss army knife’s dominance in the market. These days there are a number of companies who have jumped on the multi tool bandwagon, expanding on the improvements to the concept made by Tim Leatherman.
And so, we’d like to look at the various offerings available on the multi tool market and see if we can come with the top rated multi tool out there.
What we learned is that the Leatherman Company still dominates the market after over thirty years in business, and their multi tools occupy four of the five top rated spots in the multi tool category.
What we found in looking at multiple online reviews is that Leatherman TTI and the Leatherman Wave are the names that come up the most in the reviews of the best multi tools.
The SOG Power Assist – S66 review
The SOG Power Assist S66 is the only non-Leatherman product to make the top five in more than one multi tool review.
So let’s look at these models to see what makes these three stand out from all the other options on the market.
Leatherman TTI review
Let’s start with the Leatherman TTI. The TTI comes with 19 functions, plus it has a number of bits that fit a drive tool. All of the tools on the TTI are locking tools. The choices in screwdrivers that it offers number an incredible 16 different types.
Although, at just over half a pound in weight (8.88 oz.) and approximately the same length as the others, it begins to become obvious that the sheer number of useful tools that the TTI packs into its solidly-constructed frame, has made it one of the top choices users. The negatives concerning the TTI are the lack of a corkscrew and bottle opener, and the fact that it is significantly more expensive than the other models.
The SOG Power Assist S66 is also a top rated multi tool featuring 16 functions. It comes with much less screwdrivers than the TTI however, as it only provides 4. It does have both a bottle and a can opener. And curiously, it also provides crimping tools, one of which is suitable to crimp blasting caps, so this multi tool may be aimed a more towards the construction industry as a specialized type of multi tool.
The Power Assist is the largest and heaviest of the three at 7.5 inches in length, and weighing in at 9.25 oz. The power assist is also the cheapest of the top three in our ratings
The Leatherman Wave review
The Leatherman Wave rounds out our top three multi tools, and seems to be a slightly lighter version of the TTI. Featuring 17 functions on the same length and a weight of 8.63 oz., this model comes with 4 screwdrivers, a can opener and various blades and saws.
The Wave is much less expensive than its older brother TTI.
All of these multi tools are incredibly well-engineered and solidly built. They will provide with years of use, and service.
So, take your pick and head out to the great outdoors.Comments Off on Choosing the Best Multi Tool – What to Look For – Reviews