Multitool - The helper always at hand
A multitool is a compact multifunctional tool that will provide you with versatile services. Something is stuck, something wobbles, something needs to be cut, sawed, measured, tightened or opened? With this universal tool you will always know how to help yourself and be able to please many other people, if you can be the helper in need. Although a multitool is inherently equipped with numerous functions, there are different variants of this, which are aimed at different users, such as makers, cyclists or survival geeks.
From pocket knife to multitool
The mother of all multitools is of course the famous Swiss Army Knife, but in practice it has often proven to be too small and weak. Multitools are made for real work use, but you pay for that with more size and weight. They are also built on the pocket knife principle and allow a variety of tools to be folded in and out. Sharp tools and cutting blades are stored in the handle in a space-saving, safe and neat way. Mostly you get a matching belt pouch with the purchase, which is of course very practical, because you can always have the tool with you and ready to hand. This way, the tool is always within reach and ready to use when needed. Special belt pouches, which you can buy separately, offer space for other utensils, such as flashlight or gloves, in addition to the tool holder.
The right tool for everyone
How well equipped a multitool is depends on the number and type of tools available. Each tool has basic equipment, which includes, for example, a knife, screwdriver, bottle opener or a small saw. The editions for special target groups then have extras, such as a chain riveter and spoke wrench for cyclists or an awl with an eye for outdoor specialists. Multitools for makers shine with gadgets like wire strippers or wire pliers. As you can see, the purchase of a multitool could be the beginning of a long friendship. At some point, you will no longer want to do without this versatile helper and it will become your constant companion, just like your keychain and smartphone.
Multitool : What should you look for when buying?
All multitools are reliable and robust universal tools. However, the various models differ in some points, which we explain briefly here:
Design and the color Most multitools come in the classic silvery stainless steel look. Some are black-oxidized and thus have the hue of a dark anthracite. For those who like it more individual or colorful, some models come with a choice of different handle scales, which are available in a variety of colors.
The number of tools The first multitools were limited to six to seven functions and are still considered classics today. Depending on the model, up to 20 tools can be integrated today. Sometimes less can be more. Choose your multitool according to its intended use and not according to the number of functions.
The purpose As mentioned above, multitools come in specialized editions in addition to all-rounders. So if you count yourself to the maker scene, a tool with a wire stripper blade is probably more useful than one with a can opener. So check out the product description beforehand to see what features you can expect in which model.
What is the best multitool?
Clear answer: You have it ready to hand at any time and it offers you countless possibilities! Therefore, you should make it a habit to always have the little helper on your belt or in your pocket. Most of the possibilities for use arise when you would not expect it: at the birthday party, on a walk or a visit to the flea market. If you take care of your multitool and take good care of it, it will be at your side for the rest of your life!