A Good Multi-Tool

I am trying to find a nice multi-tool that include the following features and not too expensive (less $100). EDIT: I meant less than $100.
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutter
  • Saw
  • File
  • 3" Knife (non-serrated)
  • Scissors
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • 2-3 Flat Screwdrivers (Large, Medium, Small)
  • Phillips Screwdriver
I like the look of the SOG PowerLock S60 ($50) with a replaced blade ($8) (1/2 serrated to straight) because of the geared pliers, the replaceable/interchangeable parts, the 1/4" drive and all the tools I want.

Can anyone recommend tools that would fit for me?

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Alex 2Q2 years ago

Hi mate, although this topic is a few months old I wanted to share my favorite. I used to carry a Leatherman Wave for years and was quite happy with it but lost it unfortunately. The only replacement I could get at the time (From a PX in northern Afghanistan) was a Gerber Strata. Although the blade is only 2" with 1" serrations. You might want to check it out.

Cheers Alex

bertwert (author) 2 years ago

My favorite from different brands appear to be:

Gerber - none meeting my fancies here :-(

Leatherman - Wave

SOG - Powerlock S60

Victorinox - Swisstool X

So my shortlist of tools is the Powerlock S60, Swisstool X and Wave.

All these tools can be purchased with a bit kit (+1).

What are peoples opinions on these tools?

Moem bertwert2 years ago

I'm very much a Wave user. I have made a little spork that I can fit into the bit holder of mine, and then use to eat a meal.

Capsos2 years ago

I always have had a Leatherman due to it has warranty for 15 years i think give or take.

bertwert (author)  Capsos2 years ago

25 years:


If you can find a older leatherman juice that would be great. The new version is not as good I hear. But I know someone with the older model, and it seems to be really solid. The blade might need to be sharpened if you buy one, but it can take a hair shaving edge.

Kiteman2 years ago

I have been a long-time fan of Leatherman - my EDC is a Wave, which meets all your requirements except the bottle opener, but the can opener easily does that job. Before that, I carried a Juice XE6, until I decided I needed something larger.

If you want a more subtle EDC (say, if your employer frowns on knives at work), then The Style is good - I have a CS and PS that live on my key-ring. They're subtle enough that, when I accidentally left them on my key ring when we flew to Venice, airport security didn't care about them going though the X ray scanner in either direction.




Caveat: the tweezers on the Style are a waste of effort, and quickly got jammed in their slot.

Toga_Dan2 years ago

i like the gerber for 1 hand openning. But ones hand can be pinched in the handle while using pliers.

For 150, you can upgrade to one with carbide teeth in the cutter.

gmoon2 years ago

At a $150 price point, I think you'll have lots of choices.

I've got an Gerber I found hanging from a 'biner off a tree years ago at the NRG. Still works well for me...