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A Good Multi-Tool Answered

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 2Q (author)2015-11-02

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

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bertwert (author)2015-09-03

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?

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Moem (author)bertwert2015-09-21

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.

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Capsos (author)2015-09-06

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

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bertwert (author)Capsos2015-09-15

25 years:


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CorgiCritter (author)bertwert2015-09-21

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.

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Kiteman (author)2015-08-31

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.

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Toga_Dan (author)2015-08-28

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.

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gmoon (author)2015-08-27

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...

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