Multi Tools: The Most Popular Types

As men, we’re expected to be fixers. But fixing most things requires some type of a tool, and carrying an entire toolkit wherever we go is impractical, and weird, to say the least. But sometimes, we find ourselves really wishing we had a screwdriver, a wrench or a knife. And yes, those are the situations that multitools were invented for. A multitool is a compact device that contains a range of tools and can fit in a pocket. A decent one can be a lifesaver in many scenarios, but with so many different models available today, how do you pick the right one for you?

Shopping for the ideal multitool isn’t always an easy task, especially if you’re not much of an expert in tools. However, having some general knowledge and knowing what you’re going to use the tool for mostly can come a long way in making the right purchase. Multi tools differ in how they’re primarily used. For instance, an electrician will need a different type than a camper. That being said, here are some of the most popular types of multi tools you’ll come across nowadays.

Pocket Knife MultiTools

pocket multi-tool

These models feature a knife as the focal point of the instrument, which is designed to be as functional as a dedicated pocket knife. These models are one of the earliest types of multitools and they generally include other handy tools like a can opener, screwdriver or bottle opener. They aren’t as versatile as some other models, but they do still make great general everyday use multitools. They feature all the basic tools, so if you don’t need anything specific, there’s no reason to spend extra money on more expensive and heavy models.

Military Multitools

military multitool

These tools are designed for on-the-go repairs and survival. Some models include rifle disassembling and cleaning tools, which makes them great for hunters, campers, hikers, and soldiers. Additionally, they feature all the tools you’d need to survive in tough conditions. You get all of these features in a compactly-designed, easy-to-operate tool. You can open a military multitool with the flick of a wrist, and you only need one hand to operate it properly. Military multitools are built using heavy-duty materials that can withstand a lot of excessive, rough use. As a result, these multitools are more expensive than most other types, but they’re well worth it.

Custom Multitools

custom multitool

These come with bit sets that let you change the tools you’re using. For instance, if you need a larger or smaller screwdriver, you can easily remove the head and replace it with a properly sized bit. This allows you to turn a 12 in 1 into a 24 in 1 (or more) tool. These models are ideal for DIY-ers who work on home improvement projects frequently, or handymen.