A multitool is a great addition to any everyday carry arsenal. I personally carry around a Leatherman Wave whenever I leave the house. It’s versatile and solid, and makes me feel good knowing that if I run into an issue, I have a variety of tools right at my disposal. If a multitool isn’t currently part of your EDC, then let us help you decide on which one is best for you.
There are a handful of companies out there that make multitools. Leatherman is probably the most famous, and probably the one that most people have heard of, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook some of the other available options. Gerber, Stanley, and Hoffman Richter, among others, also produce multitools that will meet your requirements for EDC.
We’ve put together a list of what we feel are the 7 best multitools for EDC. These products take into account build quality, price, form factor, reliability and more.
|Multitool||# of Tools||Size||Weight||Price|
|Leatherman Wingman||14||3.8" x 1" x 2"||6.9oz.||$$|
|Leatherman Wave||17||4" x 1" x 1"||8.5oz.||$$$|
|Gerber Suspension||12||6" x 1" x 3.5"||9oz.||$|
|Leatherman Skeletool||7||4" x 1" x 1"||5.01oz.||$$|
|Gerber Center-Drive||12||9.5" x 1" x 2.25"||13.6oz.||$$$$|
|Leatherman MUT||16||5.9" x 1.8" x 4.1"||16oz.||$$$$|
|Hoffman Richter HR-100||13||5" x 1.9" x 2.8"||11.2oz.||$$|
The Leatherman Wingman is a great all around multitool for those of you that don’t need, or want to spend more than $40 on an EDC tool. It features the following 14 different tools: spring-action needlenose pliers, spring action regular pliers, spring action wire cutters, wire stripper, 420HC combo knife, spring-action scissors, package opener, ruler (1.5″), can opener, bottle opener, wood/metal file, philips screwdriver, medium screwdriver, and small screwdriver.
The build quality of this multitool is very nice and we love the fact that it has the spring-action tools, which do help a lot. While it’s not quite up to par with some of the more expensive models, it’s absolutely a solid choice for an EDC multitool for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, but wants the comfort of knowing they have the right tool with them at all times.
The Leatherman Wave multitool comes in slightly more expensive than the Wingman, coming in around $90, but offers a bump up in quality as well as the addition of a few more tools. This is the tool that I carry around with me everyday and I absolutely love it. I would definitely suggest spending the few extra bucks in order to get this model if you’re between the Wave and the Wingman.
The Wave features 17 tools including: needlenose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, wire cutters, wire stripper, 420HC knife, 420HC serrated knife, saw, spring-action scissors, ruler (8in), can opener, bottle opener, wood/metal file, diamond coated file, large bit driver, small bit driver, and a medium screwdriver.
One of our favorite features of the Leatherman Wave is the fact that some of the tools are available when the multitool is in the closed position. This is nice if you want to access something without having to open the entire thing, similar to a pocket knife.
The first one of our list that’s not a Leatherman product is the Gerber Suspension. This tool comes in at around $30 and feels incredible in your hand. That’s actually one of the main reasons why we like it. The way the grip is contoured and designed give you a strong, yet lightweight, feeling when you hold it. It’s definitely solid for the price point.
The Suspension features 12 tools, which is slightly less than the Leatherman Wingman, but it’s still a solid competitor. It features: a spring loaded needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutter, fine edge blade, large flatehead screwdriver, cross driver, saw, can opener, small flathead screwdriver, scissor, serrated blade, and a bottle opener.
While Gerber may not as recognizable as a name (if you’re not in the scene), like Leatherman, they still put together a quality product in the Suspension multitool. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail can really be seen in all of their products. You definitely won’t be disappointed if you go this route instead of the more popular brands. And if this isn’t specifically for your job, meaning you don’t need top of the line, super expensive, then this is a great tool to have in your bag or pocket.
If you’re looking for an extremely lightweight, full-sized, multitool, then the Leatherman Skeletool is the one you want. The Skeletool comes in at around $50-70 and only has 7 different tools in it. However, what it lacks in tools it makes up for in quality and weight. This tool is specifically designed to be rugged and lightweight to ensure that you have the tools that you need, without having to carry the extra weight of tools you might not need.
The Skeletool includes the following seven features: Needle nose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, wire cutters, 420HC combo knife, carabiner/bottle opener, and a large bit driver. All of these tools combined and this bad boy only weighs in at a minuscule 5 ounces. To put that in comparison, the Leatherman MUT weighs in at 11.2 ounces.
If you’re not looking for all of the tools, but you want the necessary ones to get you through your normal day, then the Skeletool is a solid choice. The quality of the product is awesome, the build is incredible, the tools that are included with it will most certainly all get used, and the fact that you barely feel it in your pocket is a major plus in our book.
Talk about being impressed with something, the Gerber Center-Drive multitool is hands down one of our favorite multitools on the market. The fact that there are real, full-sized, tools packed into this thing is amazing. For one thing the knife blade alone on the Center-Drive is 3.25″, which is almost 30% larger than the competition. And the bit driver is 3.2″ long. When you compare what Gerber is doing with the tools included in the Center-Drive, you begin to wonder how you ever used anything else.
The Gerber Center-Drive includes 12 different tools: spring-loaded needle nose pliers w/ x-channel rail system, standard pliers, rotatable carbide wire cutters, 3.25″ 420HC fine edge blade, magnetic 3.25″ center-axis bit driver, extra bit holder, ruler, bottle opener, pry bar/nail puller, awl, fine & coarse sided file, and a serrated blade. You can also get it with the optional bit set.
Out of all of the multitools on this list, none of them come close to this one in terms of getting the feel of having actual tools in your hands. The fact that the knife blade and bit driver are so long and sturdy makes this feel amazing when you go to use it. The build quality of the rest of the product is no slouch either. All Gerber products are proudly made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty as well.
The Leatherman MUT clocks in at the most expensive multitool on our list, but if you need a tool that will last you forever, under daily military abuse, then this is the one you need. At $160, the MUT features helpful tools for the EDC enthusiast as well as the gun enthusiast. This tool focuses more on the EDC shooter with it’s ability to use cleaning rods and brushes, as well as the screwdriver bits sized for standard military and civilian sighting adjustments.
The MUT multitool features 16 different tools: needle nose pliers, regular pliers, premium replaceable wire cutters, premium replaceable hard-wire cutters, stranded-wire cutters, electrical crimper, 420HC combo knife, saw, replaceable cutting hook, hammer, bolt override tool, replaceable bronze carbon scraper, #8-32 cleaning rod/brush adapter, replaceable firearm disassembly punch, carabiner/bottle opener, and a large bit driver, and it weighs in at 11.2 ounces.
This tool is definitely a bit beefier than the other tools on the list, and also focuses heavily on the firearm aspect for the tools, but we know that a lot of you guys out there have guns, and this is the perfect multitool to ensure that you never have issues when you’re shooting. The ability to make adjustments on the fly are easy when you have the Leatherman MUT in your bag.
Hoffman Richter HR-100
The Hoffman Richter HR-100 comes in at around $40 and is another great multitool if you’re looking for an affordable, reliable, tool to have in your EDC bag. The rugged 440 stainless steel construction and lifetime guarantee ensure that your purchase will stand the test of time. Like the Leatherman MUT, this tool has some bulk to it. It weighs in at 11.2 ounces and measures in at 2.75″ x 5″ x 1.88″. One of our favorite features of this model is the safety lock so that the tools can’t accidentally open on their own.
The Hoffman Richter HR-100 has 13 different tools jammed inside of it: needle nose spring-loaded pliers, wire cutters, can opener, bottle opener, medium slotted screwdriver, small knife blade, metal file, large slotted screw driver, ultra-safe locking mechanism, saw, mini slotted screwdriver, Philips head screwdriver, and a large knife blade.
If you’re looking for something other than a Leatherman, then we can’t recommend the Hoffman Richter HR-100 enough. It’s a quality product with quality production. The manufacturer offers a lifetime guarantee which always sweetens the deal.
So there you have it, our 7 best multitools for EDC. Of course there are plenty of other options out there, but in terms of price, quality, reliability, and general usefulness, we find that any of these 7 multitools would be a great addition for any EDC enthusiast. We’ll still give the edge to to Leatherman, but Gerber produces some quality products, so don’t sleep on Gerber. Here’s some more information on Leatherman vs. Gerber if you’re looking for something other than what’s mentioned in this post.
If you’re looking for something similar to these multitools, but more compact and more like a knife, we definitely recommend checking out our review of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife.