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Any recommendations for a good multi tool? Answered

 I've just recently gotten into building and creating mainly small, fun gadgets and time wasters, and I need a good multi tool. I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money, but I don't want a gold plated, hand crafted, thousand dollar work of art. Just want something useful and durable. Any suggestions? Thanks =)


I've had some luck with knock off leatherman style ones, along with the multi wrench things, though I still keep a swiss army knife...

It depends on what you want, folding plier types often have a good set of tools and they're generally tough, the wrench kind's great if you do a lot of stuff that involves various sized nuts and bolts with screws as well.  A swiss army knife styles handy as a sort of keep around for odd jobs, the lack of locking and mixture of tools make them impractical for serious project work though the big versions with the molded grip and the locking large blade are much better. 

Leatherman. Accept no substitutes.
I have a three-year-old Core and a 15-year-old Super-Tool, and they're both in great shape. In fact. the only reason I have the Core at all is that my wife misplaced the ST and I never thought I'd see it again, so I got the Core to replace it. After 15 years, the ST is working as well or better than the day I got it, despite all the abuse and without doing any maintenance other than the occasional cleaning and blade-sharpening. The Core is almost identical to the ST, and so far it's looking to be just as durable.
Leatherman also has a ridiculously good repair/replacement warranty. This is because they can afford to, as most people never need to use it.

How can the ST work better than the day you got it if you have never done anything to it except sharpen and clean? Do they come blunt and dirty? ; P

No, but the action's sometimes a little stiff at first. Now it's broken in very nicely.

I have a Gerber Needlenosed Pro Scout 600 I'm very happy with. It feels really solid, it slides instead of folds so you can open it with one hand. Having said that, the tools are on the inside which is a bit annoying. If I were going to get another one I'd probably get a Leatherman.

This is like asking which variety of swiss army knife to buy. There are several good "name" manufacturers, some non-names that are decent, and many no-names that aren't worthwhile even if you're paid to take them.

First decide what features you actually need in the multitool, and in what order of priority. For example, I insist on a decent sawblade, decent pliers, adequate screwdrivers, and a body small enough to not be awkward when used as a pocketknife.

Then go out and see who offers those features, and a minimum of things you _don't_ expect to find useful (I have no need for a marlinspike or a toothpick, and rarely need can opener or bottle opener or corkscrew), at a reasonable price. Remember that the cheapest on the market is cheap for a reason.Try them in your own hands, if at all possible; make sure they aren't too bulky to be usable, and that all the functions make sense. Make sure the pliers mode has your hand pressing on flat surfaces, NOT on edges.

I've stuck with Leatherman, just as I've stuck with Victorinox for more traditional multiblade knives -- I know them and I trust them. There are others just as good but with different tradeoffs; I was amused when I saw that one of those could be opened into pliers single-handed (nice party trick, not all that much additional usefulness).