4 Things to Look for in Your Next Multi Tool

Multi tools are go-to gear for every outdoorsman and they’re available with a wide variety of functions, and in varying sizes and weights. In addition to the usual knife blade options, pliers, bottle and can openers, screwdriver bits, and scissors, here are a few other attributes to look for in a well-rounded multi-tool.

Wood Saw

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EDPT9K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=outdoorlife03-20&linkId=d247d681cc482eebfbb8c447d60d2afe&language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="">Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier</a>‘ height=”918″ src=”https://www.outdoorlife.com/resizer/99ODGuasMbvTyl_uEpKL6twicm0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-bonnier.s3.amazonaws.com/public/4NU3E6LU226RQIA3QQRSTX2BOI.jpg” width=”1223″></p>
<caption><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EDPT9K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=outdoorlife03-20&linkId=d247d681cc482eebfbb8c447d60d2afe&language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="">Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier</a> (Gerber/)</caption>
<p>A saw blade on a multi tool can be used for everything from field dressing game to building emergency shelter. Not all multi tools have this feature, but if you’ve ever needed a saw in the woods and didn’t have one, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Leatherman-Sidekick-Multitool-Stainless-Sheath/dp/B005DI2QTC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=leatherman+sidekick&qid=1564427062&s=hi&sr=1-3&linkCode=ll1&tag=outdoorlife03-20&linkId=73903f8ea6aa44c18234db48075ee932&language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="">a full-function multi tool</a> is a great way to make sure you always have that blade on hand.</p>
<p>Flame Thrower</p>
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LEATHERMAN – Wave Plus Multitool (LEATHERMAN/)

Some multi tools will throw a spark with a ferrocerium rod and others won’t. It requires hard steel and a square spine on the back of the knife blade, which should firmly lock to avoid accidental closing when scrapping the ferro rod or fire steel. Carry a bit of wet/dry tinder in your tool’s sheath and you’ll have everything you need for fire making in one versatile package.

One-Handed Opening

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006M9NIDO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=outdoorlife03-20&linkId=d3afc5e4ff8105fabb2ab02ef5c208d3&language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="">Gerber Dime Multi-Tool</a>‘ height=”921″ src=”https://www.outdoorlife.com/resizer/9aK3odC7I7HYBf9b9cEFjv_sz10=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-bonnier.s3.amazonaws.com/public/B3CKVAJTWUOSHWGCZ6XUEBMJ4I.jpg” width=”1228″></p>
<caption><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006M9NIDO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=outdoorlife03-20&linkId=d3afc5e4ff8105fabb2ab02ef5c208d3&language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="">Gerber Dime Multi-Tool</a> (Gerber/)</caption>
<p>Not all multi tools are designed with one-hand operation in mind, but most can be handled single-handed with the right technique. They don’t have to be spring loaded to perform as such; they just have to fit your hand comfortably and offer a platform against which you can lever the tool open using your thumb.</p>
<p>Micro-Tools</p>
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LEATHERMAN Micra Keychain Multitool (LEATHERMAN/)

A small “micro tool” is the best keychain you can own. The two most common types feature either a plier or a scissor as the main element. Some have both. All other things being equal, you’ll likely get more use out of the pliers than the scissors.

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