1. OMNIBLADE 5-IN-1 CAMPING/HUNTING/SURVIVAL MULTI-TOOL
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Every outdoorsman needs a trusty blade – whether that means a simple pocketknife just to begin or a full-fledged outdoor axe that can fell trees (with a bit of work). But while those tools can certainly come in exceedingly handy in several situations…none of them offer the same sheer versatility as the OmniBlade 5-in-1 tool.

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The OmniBlade is definitely something we haven’t seen before: a single tool combining a tomahawk-style hatchet, a full-tang kukuri machete, a closed-guard utility knife and a 7” crosscut handsaw all into one single tool, with a multi-purpose cross guard and hammer in the hilt.

A large, unwieldy tool–but legit, nonetheless.

As for materials? This beast of a tool is made from hardened steel. For the first $10k in Kickstarter funding, it was a 429J2 machete grade steel. But when they reached $12.5k in funding, they upgraded that to a 420HC steel for all models; higher-carbon content, sharper edges and better corrosion resistance, but the same price for all involved. And thanks to the $15k+ of backing they’ve received, each Omniblade will come with 18” of paracord as well as handle wrapping instructions.

For survival situations and bushcrafting, however…it might just be the tool to take your arsenal to the next level.

2. KOPIS STK LT
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There’s no shortage of handy, versatile, bombproof multitools out there, ranging from the conventional to the surprisingly creative. Whatever design they have, they all manage to pack the essentials tool and blades needed for everyday tasks, and in many cases, to drag yourself out of all kinds of hairy situations. This year, we’re looking at the Kopis STK LT, one of the most compact, integrated and durable multi-tools we’ve ever gotten our hands on.

The STK LT is the newer rendition of the original Kopis STK; that stands for Sliding Tool and Knife. Crafted from 6AL4V Titanium, it looks more like a compact money clip than a knife. And in fact, it’ll function as one, too with a titanium pocket clip on the side that is waterjet cut.

But slide it open, and you’ve got a premium, sharp blade made of 3/16″ Premium S35VN Steel, with two cutting edges; one is designed for most cutting jobs and contains a wire stripper notch, while the other is designed for scraping and push cuts. An unusual touch is the 90-degree corner, which helps with slicing. The 45-degree angled edge serves as both a prybar and a flathead, while the center slot is a wingnut and valve wrench. A bit driver and bottle opener are also carved in.

Slide it shut, and this is a tough, compact tool that you goes in your pocket, on your belt or even strapped to MOLLE webbing on your pack. The titanium build is lightweight but solid, and we think it’ll serve you well for years to come for accomplishing all manner of tasks. Maybe it’ll even save your life once or twice.

3. lEATHERMAN MUT
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The Leatherman MUT is a capable multi-tool, completely operable with only one hand. Leatherman designed it with military and law enforcement in mind, decking it out with an array of tools (16, to be exact) suitable for both tactical and everyday use. This includes several different threaded spots for attaching cleaning rods and additional tools, and the screwdriver bits are sized for adjusting both military and civilian scopes and sights.

Inside the MUT handle is a place to store tool bits, for quick access at any time. The MUT also has the option to replace some of the most popular tools on the knife, using a T8 Torx screwdriver – something you don’t see in a lot of cheaper multi-tools.

If you like to head out on the range, or just enjoy the one-handed functionality, the MUT is the multi-tool for you. And with the Leatherman name attached, you can be sure you’re getting some of the best quality; there’s even the standard Leatherman 25-year policy. It also looks sweet.

LEATHERMAN MUT MULTI-TOOL FEATURES
  • CLOSED LENGTH 5 in. 
  • WEIGHT 11.2 oz.
  • LENGTH 3 in. 
  • Needlenose pliers
  • regular pliers
  • 154CM replaceable wire cutters
  • 154CM replaceable hard-wire cutters
  • stranded-wire cutters, electrical crimper
  • 420HC combo knife, saw, replaceable cutting hook
  • hammer, bolt override tool, replaceable bronze carbon scraper
  • #8-32 cleaning rod/brush adapter
  • replaceable firearm disassembly punch
  • carabiner/bottle opener, large bit driver
  • Removable Pocket Clip
  • MOLLE Sheath Included
4. LEATHERMAN SKELETOOL MULTI-TOOL
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If you’re looking for the ultimate in a versatile, comprehensive multi-tool, look no further than the Leatherman Skeletool. This stainless steel, all-in-one multi-tool weighs only 5 ounces and comes in only 4” long when closed, but manages to have a combo blade, needlenose pliers, regular pliers with wire cutters, a bottle opener, and even a large bit tool.

While that may not be as impressive as some of its larger counterparts, or as tiny as some others, it’s still light and compact multi-tool perfect for everyday tasks or light outdoor adventures. It fits in your pocket for EDC, and is small enough to be barely noticeable. The stainless steel clip secures it square onto your bag for adventures, and while the carabiner/bottle opener combo lets you quickly hook it onto a strap or cord.

Built from stainless steel, the Skeletool is also fully resistant to rust or corrosion and comes with Leatherman’s  25-year guarantee. It looks pretty sweet, too.

FEATURES OF THE LEATHERMAN SKELETOOL MULTI-TOOL
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Wire Cutters
  • Combo Knife
  • Carabiner/Bottle Opener
  • Large Bit Driver
  • Closed Length: 4″
  • Weight: 5 oz
  • Length: 6″
5. EDC CARD BY CHA-O-HA

Multi-tools are fantastic companions to keep in your pocket…but sometimes, they can get a little carried away with the assortment of tools and accessories built in. EDC Gear goes from simplicity to complexity. If that’s how you feel, and you’re looking for something much more minimal and stripped-down – then the Cha-o-ha EDC card is for you.

The size of a credit card, The EDC Card is cut out of a single piece of weapons-grade, S35VN stainless steel – the thickest, hardest, stainless steel in existence, and actually far harder than titanium. It is then heat treated for ultimate strength.

Over 30 different functions are cut right into the card, including wrenches, blades, screwdrivers, a pry bar and a ruler. It uses a unique modular an o-ring system too attach hex bit shanks.

There is practically nothing this handy tool can’t do, and since it fits in your wallet and is TSA Compliant….nowhere it can’t go.

Cha-o-Ha EDC Card Features

Cha-o-Ha EDC Card Features 

  • (23) Hex wrenches
  • 1/4” Hex driver with optional o-ring retention
  • Flathead driver: 5 x .8 mm
  • Phillips driver: #2
  • Bottle opener
  • Lanyard hole
  • Pry bar with nail lifting slot
  • Tapered straight edge
  • Imperial ruler: 2”
  • Metric ruler: 30 mm
  • Made in USA
  • S35VN Stainless Steel
5. GERBER CENTER DRIVE
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Multi-tools surely make your EDC gear more compact. The Gerber Center Drive boasts of a screwdriver with a revolutionary new center axis design, that allows it to open up and align like a real screwdriver for maximum torque and rotation – all the while remaining small enough to fit in your pocket. it features a magnet bit, that is easy to change out with standard bits. The knife blade is full-sized, about 30% longer than a usual pocket knife; it also opens with just a flick of your thumb. The sliding jaws allow you to open the pliers with one thumb. There’s a glass-breaking tip for emergencies, a Rite-in-The-Rain ink cartridge for jotting down notes. The Center Drive is machined from full steel, and comes with a CustomFit sheath.

GERBER CENTER DRIVE FEATURES
  • Spring-loaded needle nose pliers w/ x-channel rail system
  • Standard pliers
  • Rotatable carbide wire cutters
  • One-thumb opening system
  • 3.25″ 420HC Fine edge blade
  • Magnetic 3.25″ Center-axis bit driver
  • Bit driver
  • Extra bit holder (flathead bit included)
  • Ruler in/cm
  • Bottle opener
  • Pry bar & nail puller
  • Awl
  • Fine & coarse sided file
  • Serrated blade
  • Lanyard hole
  • Machined Steel Build
  • 9 oz
  • 4.5″ x 6.6″
7. GERBER DIME TRAVEL KEYCHAIN MULTI-TOOL
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Having a functional multi-tool by your side at all times is a necessity. Just ask MacGyver. But if that multi-tool can be ultra-small and fit right on your keychain, even better. The Gerber Dime Travel is a keychain tool designed for travel, that can go anywhere you do – including those situations where blades can’t go, like a plane; there is no blade on this tool.

The Dime Travel measures 4.3” long open and 2.8” closed and weighs only 2.2 ounces. It built entirely from stainless steel. Despite it’s compact size, it features 11 tools – a spring-loaded needlenose plier, regular pliers, wire cutters, tweezers, bottle opener, a file with both coarse and fine edges, a zipper pull hook, scissors, flathead screwdriver, cross driver, and a lanyard. All the basic tools you could need, minus the blade.

While you may miss the blade every once in a while, the added convenience and ability to take the knife with you wherever you go should make up for it. The only tool we’re not really sure about is the zipper puller; unless it’s a seriously heavy-duty zipper, we can’t really think of any reason to take out a tool when pulling hard will break it.

It’s not the toughest multi-tool in the shed, nor the most tricked-out. Don’t expect it to handle the really tough jobs. But the Gerber Dime Travel is very small, light, and versatile, which is what you need from it most. And to top it off, it’s pretty cheap; you can grab it on Amazon for under $15. If you constantly find yourself jetting around and need a multitool that will pass muster with the TSA, it’ll do the trick.

8. INNOVATION FACTORY SURVIVAL AXE
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Multi-tools are incredibly useful, but if you’re in a survival situation, you’re looking for something much more heavy-duty – like an axe. The Innovation Factory Survival Axe is the perfect combination of an all-in-one multi-tool and heft hatchet, made from lightweight, 1055 hardened carbon steel body. It has both upper and lower finger guards for safety when cutting, and a locking 6″ sawzall blade that cuts right through metal and folds neatly into the handle – which is  enclosed handle and filled with 30% nylon glass. The blade is heat-treated and fully resharpenable.

The Innovation Factory has over 20 functions built in, including a seat-belt cutter, steel glass breaker, hammer claw, spanner wrench, can opener, box cutter and pry bar – as well a wide variety of different drill bits and hex sockets. There’s a recessed nail puller – and the obligatory bottle opener to finish the package off, among others.

For an all-around versatile, reliable and handy tool for whatever tough situation you find yourself in, the Survival Axe has you covered.

INNOVATION FACTORY SURVIVAL AXE FEATURES
  • Hardened steel glass breaker
  • Hammer claw and head
  • Spanner wrench for hose couplings
  • Can opener and box cutter
  • Pry bar
  • Recessed nail puller
  • Backed hex socket accepts any ¼” bit
  • ⅜” and 7/16”; 10 mm and 11 mm hex socket
  • ½” and 13 mm hex socket
  • 9/16” and 15 mm hex socket
  • Wire twist
  • Demolition grip teeth
  • Bottle opener/gas valve shut off wrench
  • Made from 1055 hardened steel
 DIMENSIONS
  • Weight: 1.6 lb
  • Length: 11.7”
  • Width: 4.9”
  • Thickness: 0.26”
  • Handle Width: 2.2”
9. LEATHERMAN STYLE CS MULTI-TOOL
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The last few Leatherman knives we have highlighted have had some premium features, perhaps even being the king of all multi-tools. But the Style CS is something a little bit different, a very small and slim multi-tool, reminiscent of classic pocketknives (like Swiss Army Knives) and without any unnecessary flair.

The Style CS measures just 2.9″ closed and weighs just 1.4 oz; it’s compactness and convenience cannot be disputed. It’s made from 420HC high-carbon stainless steel, so neither can it’s reliability, corrosion-resistance or weather-proofness. It’s got a 420HC knife blade, spring action scissors, nail file, tweezers, and screwdriver, while the carabiner on the end of the handle functions as a bottle opener as well. The skeleton cutouts (similar to the Skeletool) in the frame keep it trim  and light, helping it achieve that ultra-low weight, and the carabiner and keyhole mean you can attach it to anything.

For something small, easy to use and back-to-basics, the Style CS is the perfect tool. And of course, it comes with Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.

LEATHERMAN STYLE CS MULTI-TOOL FEATURES AND SPECS
  • 420HC knife
  • Spring-action scissors
  • Flat/Phillips screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Nail File
  • Carabiner/bottle opener
  • 420HC High-Carbon Stainless Steel
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Skeleton Cutouts for ultra lightweight
  • Carabiner and keyhole for attaching to loops, chains, belts, etc
  • 2.9″ Closed
  • 1.6″ Blade
  • Weighs 1.4 oz
  • 25 Year Leatherman Guarantee
10. 3COIL PUNA CLAIMS TO BE THE WORLD’S SMALLEST MULTI-TOOL
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That’s a bold claim; world’s smallest multitool. But we’re almost confident 3Coil can claim the title with the Puna. This tiny little tool really puts the mini in mini multitool. Coming in at about 3” long, super thin, and fitting well within the palm of your hand, the Puna looks like an AR-15 (for some reason) but contains 5 different useful tools: a scalpel blade, bottle opener, screwdriver bit, micro screwdriver, keychain. They use a scalpel blade because of how convenient it is: you can simply replace it as it dulls, and should you find yourself traveling through the airport or other such secure place, simply toss it, buying a new one later.

The Puna is made of stainless steel and comes in a fancy aluminum display case. We hope you’ll keep it firmly hooked to your belt loop or lanyard, however, and not in the case.

But really, it’s that simple. A cool little knife that fits anywhere, has some useful tools, and fits in about half the palm of your hand. You can also grab one of 3Coil’s Crane knives, which is a mini scalpel knife that measures only 2” long, for when you need something practically unnoticeable in your pocket.

11. SHARPAL 6-IN-1 SHARPENER
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If the idea of sharpening your pocketknives intimidates you…you’re doing it wrong. EDC enthusiasts and outdoorsmen amongst us know this, but to the less cutlery-inclined, sharpening knives might still conjure up images of whetstones or those giant sharpening rods you scrape your kitchen knives endlessly. So how do you keep it easy? Just opt for the Sharpal 6-in-1 Pocket Knife Sharpener.

This nifty little sharpening tool from California-based Sharpal is a trusty go-to for outdoorsmen and EDC enthusiasts looking to keep their cutting tools in tip-top shape. It also has some essential tools and gadgets built in that you might find handy out on the trail.

Here’s how it works; cut into the top are two sharpening notches, one with tungsten blades for coarse sharpening and working out rough edges, the other with fine ceramic blades for honing that edge perfectly till it can slice through a piece of paper.

But since this is built for outdoor enthusiasts as well…the Sharpal 6-in-1 comes with a a fire starter rod you can pull out and a tapered 400 grit diamond rod boasting grooves for sharpening serrations, gut hooks and fishhooks. There’s also an emergency whistle integrated into the handle. Cool. A nifty little lanyard hole means you can easily hang this bad boy from your cord or pocket.

The 6-in-1 is Sharpal’s top-selling outdoor knife sharpener, and it sure delivers. Just slip it in your pocket or into a pocket on your backpack…and whip it out whenever those blades need some touching. It’ll make the process as easy as 1-2-3…and you can snag one on Amazon for the price of lunch at Chipotle, so you have zero excuses not to use one.

12. 13-IN-1 TITANIUM TOOL FROM BIG IDEA DESIGN
Big Idea Design 13-IN-1 TITANIUM TOOL

When it comes to EDC pocket tools, anything light, slim and versatile will take the cake over a heavier, bulkier tool – like this 13-in-1 Titanium Tool from Big Idea Design. Despite being only 4mm thin, it is exceptionally low-profile and slim, weighing only .9 oz. Yes, less than an ounce. It’s built from solidGrade 5 Ti titanium, with two blade inserts to choose from – stainless steel and black anodized stainless steel. A 550 paracord loop makes it easy to grab onto.

In addition to the stainless steel inserts, it’s also got a bottle, opener, flat head screwdriver, internal magnet, wide flat head screwdriver, 1/4 hex bit opening, mini pry bar, scraper edge, measurement cues, accepts standard razor blades, and has a universal wrench design with 15 socket sizes. The inserts can double as a fork or boxcutter blade. It’s truly another go-anywhere, do-anything tool. It’s also only 3″ long – barely large than a regular pocket knife, or even a car key.

13. BOKER MULTI-PURPOSE PEN

A good pocket notebook is ideal for jotting down your ideas when inspiration hits on the go, and if one accompanies you everywhere you go, it’s time to invest in a high-quality EDC pen to go with it.

Like the Multi-Purpose Pen from Boker, an EDC pen that does a little more than put ink to paper. Besides looking cool, the magnetic end can be used as a stylus for tablets and smartphones. The tip is capable of breaking through glass in an emergency. Should your find yourself in a jam, it is also designed to double as a kubotan for self-defense. A sturdy pocket clip, attached to the cap, keeps it securely within arm’s reach for use at a moment’s notice, and its titanium construction means it won’t weigh you down and is completely hypo-allergenic (should you, you know, be allergic to other kinds of pens).

BOKER PLUS MULTIPURPOSE EDC PEN SPECS
  • Length: 5.91″
  • Cap Diameter: 0.55″ / 13.9mm
  • Weight: 2 oz.
  • Ink Cartridge: Fisher SPR4
  • Ink Color: Black
14. TELEPEN IS THE SMALLEST EDC PEN
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Keeping a writing utensil on you for quick access at all times can come in handy, but if we’re being honest, some of us really don’t want to walk around with a full-size pen in our pocket all the time, or even one clipped to the outside of that pocket. We’d rather have something small and subtle, that’s there when we need it, but gets out of the way when we don’t. We want the True Utility Telepen.

At only 50mm in length at its shortest and 115mm long when fully extended, the Telepen truly is small. It’s small enough, in fact, you can clip it onto your keychain and it will still slide right into your pocket. Machined from 420 stainless steel, it’s lightweight yet sturdy, built for the “rigors” of everyday use on your keychain, in addition to being sleek, stylish and attractive in a space-age kind of way. When it’s time to write, extend it’s telescoping boy and it becomes a capable writing instrument, complete with an ergonomic ball point pen; 3 refill cartridges are included.

For about the price of three cups of coffee, it really is a handy and convenient tool to always have hanging from your keychain. It weighs 14g, which translates to roughly half an ounce. In other words, it weighs practically nothing but makes a great addition to your EDC kit. You won’t be defending yourself from attackers with it or using it to smash windows…but you might say it provides “true” utility. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist).

15. VICTORINOX SWISSTOOL BS
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Victorinox, the legendary maker of the Swiss Army Knife since 1884, says that the SwissTool BS is about extremes. It’s a complete multi-tool all in one piece – a complete toolbox in one single piece. The body is, in itself, a ruler, with one side in inches and one side in millimeters. Including that, there are 24 different tools; pliers, wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40 HR, hard wire cutter, a large blade, a wavy edge blade, wood saw, metal saw, metal file, reamer, punch, can opener, 3mm screwdriver, bottle opener, wire bender, 5.5mm screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, 2mm screwdriver, 8mm screwdriver, strong crate opener, 7mm chisel, wire scraper, wire stripper, and an included lanyard hole.

The body is made of black oxide steel, and is ultra-corrosion-resistant. An included nylon pouch makes it easy to store and throw on your belt. And since it’s made by the legendary Victorinox, you know it is made to the highest standards of quality you’re going to find. The SwissTool BS is a solid, worthy successor to the Swiss Army – even more versatile, and built for any job you need.

VICTORINOX SWISSTOOL BS FEATURES AND TOOLS
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40 HRC
  • Hard wire cutter
  • Blade, large
  • Blade, large with wavy edge
  • Wood saw
  • Metal saw
  • Metal file
  • Reamer, punch
  • Can opener
  • Screwdriver 3 mm
  • Bottle opener
  • Wire bender
  • 5.5 mm screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Screwdriver 2 mm
  • Screwdriver 8 mm
  • Strong crate opener
  • Chisel 7 mm
  • Wire scraper
  • Wire stripper
  • Ruler (inches)
  • Lanyard hole
  • Ruler (centimeters)
  • Length: 4.5 inches
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces

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