Here is a review of the best Gerber, SOG and Leatherman multi tools for 2018
A multi-tool is a device that gives you several useful tools into one simple device that you can carry in your pocket or on your belt in a holster.
All multi tools start in a compact state with the handles folded together. When you pull the handles apart you gain access to the pliers (or scissors) and the rest of the tools that are contained in each handle.
A multi-tool can come in handy anywhere and in many ways. You can find uses for one at home, at work or when you are hiking or camping.
The different tools on a multi- tool can vary but they usually consist of
1- A pair of pliers, that may be either a needle nose or a flat nose variety, this the basis of the multi-tool. The pliers may have a pair of wire cutters and or wire strippers included with them.
2- 1 or 2 knives. One with a straight blade and one with a serrated blade.
3- Screwdrivers. One a Phillips head and two or three different sizes of flat heads.
4- A file.
5- A bottle opener and or a can opener.
6- A V cutter.
7- A lot of multi tools have the handle marked off into inches or centimeters so you can use it as a measuring device.
There are literally 1000s of multi-tools in the market today and you can find them anywhere. From a $10.00 pair at you local flea market to a $50.00 pair at your local big box store to over a $100.00 pair online.
For the purposes of this review i have decided to concentrate on three of the top multi tool makers in the world.
The Gerber Legendary Blades Company has been around for almost 80 years and has been making quality knives and multi tools since then in their factory in Portland, Oregon.
The Leatherman Tool Company invented the very first multi tool in 1983 and called it the “pocket survival tool.” It was invented to be a portable hand tool that had many functions built into it. They are also located in Portland, Oregon.
The SOG Specialty Knives and Tools Company first started producing quality knives for soldiers during the Vietnam War. SOG originally stood for “Study and Operation Group” and was made up of members of every branch of the armed services dedicated to giving our armed forces the tools that they need. Several decades later they started developing great quality multi tools.
Some people might say “you get what you pay for” when it comes to price. Which can be true. However, for this review I have found lower priced multi tools that are of a very good quality and value.
Sometimes it just depends on what you are using them for, how often you will need them and which type of tools you will use the most.
They can be kept in a drawer at home or the glove box in a car and just be used occasionally or they can be carried around with you, in your pocket or in a holster, and can be used all the time.
I have set certain standards for this multi tool review.
1- They must be a high quality multi tool that has usable tools in them.
2- All or the multi tools I review must get at least a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. I think that having people who have actually used the multi tool and then took the time to give a review as to their experience makes a difference.
3- All of the multi tools must be eligible for Amazon Prime. That way if you are a member there is no shipping cost and you get two day delivery.
May I suggest that if you do buy a lot products from Amazon then you should become a Prime Member. It will save you money in the long run and there many other benefits as well.
After I review the different multi tools I will give you my recommendations on which ones I think are the best value.
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This little convenient multi tool offers a pair of scissors as the main tool instead of a pair if pliers. It is made to be kept on a key chain or in a pocket.
1- Comes with a fine edged blade and a serrated blade.
2- Also has a Phillips head screwdriver and a medium and very small Flathead screwdriver.
3- The larger Flathead also has a bottle opener built into it.
4- A retractable lanyard to fit on your key chain.
5- 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Gerber Splice Pocket Tool is an inexpensive handy little multi tool that is easy to carry around.
The Gerber Suspension Multi Pliers has a Safe T Plus locking system that locks the tool in place for extra safety while you are using it. Only 4″ long when closed makes a great multi tool to carry in your pocket or purse.
1- Comes with straight and serrated blades.
2- Phillips head and three different types of flat head screwdrivers. One with a bottle opener on it.
3- A saw for cutting small branches.
4- A pair of small scissors.
5- A pair of needle nose pliers w/ wire cutters.
6- Comes with a ballistic nylon sheath.
7- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
8- 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The stainless steel open frame design of the Gerber Suspension Multi Plier with its 12 built-in tools make it a great buy for the price.
The Leatherman Squirt in another smaller multi tool made to fit on a key ring with one big difference. You can access all the tools without having to open the handles.
1- It has pliers with wire cutters.
2- A Phillips and a Flathead screwdriver with a built-in bottle opener.
3- One straight edge knife.
4- One pair of scissors.
5- A file and a key ring.
6- 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
7- It also comes with Leatherman’s guarantee of a 25-year limited warranty. All of Leatherman’s products are made and repaired in the USA.
At only 2 1/4″ long when closed the Leatherman Squirt is a great tool to throw into you pocket or backpack.
The Leatherman-Rev Multi Tool at 3.8″ is a little bit larger than the previous 3 and is also stainless steel.
1- Leatherman’s 25-year limited warranty.
2- A 2.6″ long 420HC straight blade that is accessible without opening the handles and also locks into place for added safety.
3- A pair of needle nose pliers with wire cutters/strippers.
4- Phillips and small and medium Flathead screwdrivers.
5- A file for metal or wood that is also a ruler.
6- A can and a bottle opener.
7- A package opener and a pocket clip.
8- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Leatherman Rev Multi Tool packs a lot of usable tools into a small stainless steel implement.
This pair of Gerber MP400 compact sport multi pliers opens a little bit differently than regular multipliers. Instead of opening the handles 180 degrees to access the pliers and tools all you have to do is flick you wrist and the pliers shoot out of the end.
1- Basic Phillips head and 3 Flathead screwdrivers.
2- One knife blade that is half serrated and half flat.
3- A can and a bottle opener.
4- A pair of scissors made by Fiskars.
5- When it is closed it measures 4.37″ long and with the pliers extended in measures 5.63″ long. It also comes with a sheath.
6- Made in the USA.
7- 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
All of the Gerber’s MP400 Compact Sport Pliers tools lock into place once they are in the open position for added safety. That coupled with the one handed flick open design, for access to the needle nose pliers makes this a very useful multi tool.
The Leatherman Wingman offer 14 very usable tools that you can access very easily and easily carried with the pocket clip.
1- The needle nose pliers are spring-loaded and have wire strippers/cutters built-in.
2- The half serrated knife and the spring-loaded scissors are both available without having to open up the tool.
3- A Phillips head and 2 Flathead screwdrivers.
4- A bottle and a can opener.
5- A metal/wood file.
6- A package opener. With more and more clam shell type packages on the market it is nice someone invented a safe way to open them.
7- Leatherman’s 25-year limited warranty.
8- 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Leatherman Wingman is a great tool to keep around the house, office or campsite for unexpected uses.
This SOG Multi Tool uses a compound lever technology which gives you twice the leverage and force over regular pliers and it comes with 18 useful tools and a nylon sheath.
1- It has a half serrated, half straight blade knife and a double tooth mini saw that is good for cutting branches.
2- A Phillips head and 4 different sizes of Flathead screwdrivers.
3- A three sided file.
4- A bottle and a can opener.
5- A tool which is called an awl or a punch used to put a small hole in soft materials like leather.
6- A pair of spring-loaded scissors.
7- And of course a pair of needle nose pliers with wire cutters/strippers. Also, included in this model is a pair of wire crimpers located at the top of the handle.
8- Limited lifetime warranty.
9- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Easily opened with one hand. All tools lock into place. 18 different tools at your disposal. The SOG Powerlock Multi Tool has everything you need in a multi tool.
The Gerber Pro Scout Multi Plier is a stainless steel version of their M series pliers that comes with an abundance of tools for you to use. For added safety all the tools lock into place when fully extended.
1- This model has Gerber’s flick of the wrist one hand opening where the pliers shoot out of the end and lock into place.
2- Needle nose pliers with wire cutters and crimpers.
3- One half serrated and half straight edge knife.
4- A pair of Fiskars scissors.
5- A crosscut saw for wood or metal. This blade can be swapped out for any “U” shaped jigsaw blade.
6- A Phillips head and 2 Flathead screwdrivers.
7- A can opener and a bottle opener.
8- A file with a built in ruler.
9- 6 extra usable bits that fit onto the multi pliers.
10- 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Gerber MP600 Pro Scout Multi Plier are made of premium stainless steel and offer everything a person needs in a multi plier plus some added bits that will come in handy.
The SOG Powerlock EOD Multi Pliers contains 18 tools and is made of 420HC stainless steel with a black oxide finish and comes with a nylon sheath.
1- These pliers contain the Sog patented compound leverage technology that gives you twice the force that normal pliers do.
2- All of the tools lock into place when opened all the way and close easily when you press on the release button.
3- These multi pliers have a V-cutter, which is not found on other multi tools, that works great for cutting a seat belt or a fishing line or you can use them as wire strippers.
4- All tools can be replaced if they wear out or get bent or broken.
5- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
6- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The SOG Powerlock EOD Multi Pliers Are an exceptional value for a multi plier. It is made for anyone from professionals thru weekend warriors to homeowners.
Gerber calls this tool the center drive because when you open a tool it is lined up better for maximum leverage.
1- Comes with a set of magnetic bits and a longer offset bit holder.
2- 3.25″ full size 420HC straight edge knife.
3- The spring-loaded pliers open with a thumb push or a flick of the wrist.
4- Made in the USA.
5- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Gerber Center Drive Multi Tool is made for someone who just needs the basics. It contains spring-loaded pliers w/ wire cutters, a longer than average knife and a long bit holder with a set of bits.
The Leatherman Wave Plus Multi Tool is the most popular model that Leatherman makes and comes with a 25-year limited warranty.
1- The serrated knife, the straight edge knife, the file and the double edge saw are all accessible without having to open the tool.
2- Needle nose pliers with a pair of wire cutters/strippers.
3- A Phillips head, a Flat head and a mini Flat head screwdriver.
4- A pair of spring action scissors.
5- A bottle and a can opener.
6- Comes with a nylon sheath.
7- 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Leatherman Wave Plus Multi Tool is a very popular tool because of the quality in craftsmanship it is made with, a 25-year warranty and the fact that all tools, even the wire strippers, are replaceable. This is the type of tool that can last you for decades.
A somewhat different design than most multi tools because it has a pair of locking pliers instead of regular pliers.
1- Locking pliers lock into place on an object up to an inch in diameter to give you a tight grip. They have an adjusting screw for different size diameters. If you remove the adjusting screw then you find a hex-bit adapter that also comes in handy.
2- A fully serrated 420HC knife.
3- A Phillips head and three Flat head screwdrivers.
4- A 3 sided metal/ wood file.
5- The pliers also have a pair of wire cutters and wire strippers in them.
6- A bottle opener and a leather sheath.
7- 25 year limited warranty.
8- 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Leatherman Crunch Multi Tool is made of high grade stainless steel and 15 usable tools. The pliers can be used as locking pliers or you can use them as regular pliers.