Top Multi-Tools

SOG PowerLock


* Best Pliers (compound leverage)

Pros
•   Compound leverage pliers
•   Pliers open one-handed
•   User serviceable
•   All tools lock

Cons
•   Typical configurations lack a plain edge blade (available as a replacement direct from SOG)
•   Blade edges face the middle of the tool
•   No one-hand opening blade
•   Tool clumping
•   Contains a large spacer instead of being completely filled with tools (S62)
•   Compound leverage gears dig into hand when using inside tools
•   Access to tools requires opening the pliers and a cover
•   Standard bits require adapter
•   Adapter fits loosely
•   Replacement blade options not widely available (order direct from SOG)
•   2nd heaviest tool on this list


Victorinox SwissTool, SwissTool X, SwissTool RS


* Best Tool Selection

SwissTool X - Best overall tool (tie)

Pros
•   Excellent tool selection and design
•   All tools lock
•   All tools accessible from the outside

Cons
•   No one-hand opening blade
•   Not user serviceable
•   Lacks scissors (SwissTool)
•   Lacks file (SwissTool RS)
•   Heaviest tool on this list

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit


* Lightest and cheapest

Best value

Pros
•   Good tool selection and excellent design
•   Ergonomic handles on pliers
•   All tools lock
•   All tools accessible from the outside
•   All tools deploy easily
•   Lightest tool on this list
•   Cheapest tool on this list

Cons
•   No plain edge drop point blade (the new Spirit S has a drop point blade instead of scissors)
•   No ruler
•   No one-hand opening blade
•   Not user serviceable


Leatherman Charge Ti, Charge XTi


* One-hand opening blades

Best overall tool (tie)

Pros
•   Somewhat user serviceable
•   All tools lock
•   One-hand opening blades
•   Some tools accessible from the outside
•   154CM plain edge blade
•   Diamond file
•   Most tools deploy easily
•   Titanium handle
•   Belt clip

Cons
•   Plier has a smaller workable area due to location of crimper (Charge XTi)
•   Standard bits require adapter
•   Flat driver and bit driver are redundant (Charge Ti)
•   Redundant bit drivers (Charge XTi)
•   Small bit driver isn't the most useful choice of tools
•   Opening and closing the file scrapes the inside of the handle
•   Small scissor (Charge Ti)
•   Lacks scissor (Charge XTi)
•   Might be most prone to rust (based on experience with Leatherman Wave)
•   Most expensive tool on this list
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