Whether you’re planning an outdoor adventure or preparing for an emergency, one of the best things you can do is find a great multi tool. They give you just about everything you need in a small, compact package. There are a lot of things to think about when choosing the right multi tool so we did a lot of research and put together this guide for you. First, here are the features you should know about before you choose the right tool for you.
Functions: Something important to point out here is that the number of functions a multi tool isn’t necessarily the same as the number of tools it has. Some of these designs are so smart, one tool provides multiple functions.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is one of the best materials for these tools. It’s durable and won’t rust or corrode. As you can imagine, in an outdoor survival situation, it’s important to have a tool that stands up to the elements.
Color: Most of these tools are either silver colored stainless steel or have been treated with a black coating, usually black oxide. The handles vary a lot, though. Most of black but there are also bright green and wooden options as well.
Carrying Pouch: Having a carrying pouch is really convenient to keep the tool safe when it’s in storage or during travel. More importantly, though, most pouches or sheaths allow you to attach the tool to your belt so it’s always handy.
Size: Some of these are 3 or 4 inches. The largest we found is over 11 inches. Do you want something you can attach to your keys? Or are you going to keep it in your tackle box? Remember, smaller equals more portable.
Warranty: While some of these products didn’t offer any warranty information, a lot of them come with pretty impressive warranty terms. Our picks’ warranties range from 1 to 25 years and even include some lifetime coverage.
Now that you know a little more about what to look for, let’s move on in our best survival multi tool guide to our favorite products. Here’s the deal, our top and budget picks are up first so start there if you’re running short on time. They really show you the range that’s available. Stick around if you can, these tools are all so unique, we know you’ll find what you’re looking for. Now, let’s move along into our reviews.