Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Multitools

Leatherman Signal

90

2015

Leatherman Signal

The Signal is the first attempt at a survival specific multitool from Leatherman and it’s everything you’d expect from a company that pioneered the “multitool”.

Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier

84

2015

Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier

The Diesel Multi-Plier is rock solid offering from Gerber that is built on a familiar design and features fourteen on-board tools. It’s one-hand opening mechanism is designed to take the complexity out of diving into tasks, and the on-board tools are the pertinent usual suspects we’ve come to rely on in the workplace, on the road, or on the trail. 

Kilimanjaro Gear Rappel II 910067

91

2015

Kilimanjaro Gear Rappel II 910067

The Kilimanjaro Gear Rappel II is a full-sized multitool that will come in handy in all instances; work or play. Built like a tank, it features only the necessary tools—avoiding the tool bloat which seems all-too-common in the market today. For $40, you will not find another tool that features a full-sized locking drop point blade, spring-loaded pliers, or an aerodynamic design like this. With a lifetime warranty you can be even more rest assured that the Rappel II may cause you to feel a little weight in your pocket—but not in your wallet.

Kilimanjaro Gear Magnus 910056

86

2015

Kilimanjaro Gear Magnus 910056

I will tell you what the Kilimanjaro Gear Magnus multitool isn’t—a pocket tool. It features 10 full-sized tools and is designed to be packed and hauled, or stored—not carried. Coming in at 1lb and reaching 10.5” when opened for operation, the Magus is a great example of a tool designed for big jobs.

Gerber Fit Light Tool

83

2015

Gerber Fit Light Tool

The Gerber Fit Light Tool is a multitool built for the modern age. Along with seven other components, it features a 25 Lumen L.E.D. flashlight and two long arm screwdrivers which make working inside a desktop computer a breeze. Additionally, the razor sharp knife blade combined with the flashlight, adds a new level of precision and convenience to the multitool market. The Fit Light Tool was ultimately the tool I kept reaching for again and again. 

Leatherman OHT

94

2014

Leatherman OHT

The Leatherman OHT may have been designed for our military folks in mind, but your average outdoorsperson and handyperson will appreciate the one-handed operation of all of the tools; not just the plier/wire cutter combo. 

Gerber MP 600 Basic

69

2014

Gerber MP 600 Basic

The MP 600 is a dependable, basic multitool. We recommend the stainless version of the MP 600—which would have scored much higher. 

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

91

2014

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

The Suspension is Gerber’s under-priced, user-friendly multi-tool that would suit a user of any experience level. The tool features all of the basics you would expect in a pocket tool, but also a couple more that you may not at this price.

Leatherman Surge

93

2014

Leatherman Surge

Many people will find the Leatherman Surge too big and bulky for their day-to-day needs–those folks would be happier with the Leatherman Wave. After I started using it I quickly found this tool smaller and lighter than the toolbox I would need to carry around otherwise. 

Stanley/DeWalt MT16

79

2014

Stanley/DeWalt MT16

The Stanley/DeWalt MT16 doesn't answer all your multi-tool needs, but it's still an incredible value, and does have a lot more features than you expect.

Multitasker Series 3

97

2013

Multitasker Series 3

The Multitasker Series 3 tool was built for a soldier and act like one–it’s strong and serves a purpose. 

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit

90

2013

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit

The SwissTool Spirit is built with Victorinox’s well-established integrity and provides a multitude of useful tools. With proper care and cleaning, this could be the multi-tool you hand off to your children.

SOG Powerlock S60

94

2013

SOG Powerlock S60

A multi-tool with a blasting cap crimper? Yeah, it's got all that and more!

Gerber Bullrush

89

2013

Gerber Bullrush

The right price and the right tools make Gerber's Bullrush worth a close look.

Leatherman Charge TTi

97

2013

Leatherman Charge TTi

The Leatherman Charge TTi is one comprehensive tool, which is why Nick LeFort put it through such a thorough test.

Leatherman Wave

91

2013

Leatherman Wave

For the amount of tools you get for the price, you really can’t go wrong. It is certainly one of the more well-rounded multi-tools on the market.