Multi tools are not created equal. Some are better than others. But, what are the best ones on available on the market? Well, if you ask us, here are the three multi tools we consider as three of the best.
Leatherman Wave (about $80)
If you are looking for gear with handy capabilities, look no further than the Wave. As a not, the Wave here refers to the New Wave, which replaced the original Wave in 2004. It is a full-sized multi tool with 17 tools put into a body with a superb design that is small enough to carry. The tools include a bottle opener, a saw, a wood/metal file, a diamond-coated file, two pliers, two 420HC knives, two drivers, 2 double-ended bits, wire cutters, scissors and more.
The Wave is made of 100% stainless and includes a leather/nylon sheath and a lanyard attachment. It weighs 8.5 ounces. It is 4” long and 2” thick. It is available in plain stainless steel and black oxide finish.
Leatherman Surge (about $85)
It is one of Leatherman’s largest models. It has 21 tools. The tools include 154CM replaceable wire cutters, stranded wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, an electrical crimper and Leatherman’s largest pliers lineup. Not only that, it also has spring-action scissors serrated and not and two 420HC knives. Other tools it has are two files, can and bottle opener, screwdrivers and more. Although it can do heavy duty and will get the job done, it has its downside too. The Surge lacks versatility and portability compared to its smaller cousins.
The Surge weighs 12.5 ounces. It is 4.5” long when closed. The Surge is available in stainless or black. Both include a leather and nylon sheath.
Leatherman Charge AL (about $140)
Basically, the Charge AL is a slimmed down Charge TTi (which makes it cheaper). It has 17 built-in tools. The tools include scissors, a 420HC serrated knife, a 154CM knife, regular pliers, needlenose, stranded-wire cutters, hard-wire cutters and a wire stripper. It also has bottle openers, large and small but drivers and a few essential bits, two files, pocket clip and more.