Multi-Tools For Everyday Carry

1. Leatherman WINGMAN Multi-Tool

 

With the Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool at your side, you'll always be ready. Need to fix your car engine or pop open a cool beverage? Need to open a package or tighten a screw? The Wingman is there for you. Take the Wingman with you fishing, camping, boating, or tackling do-it-yourself projects.

The Leatherman Wingman packs 14 tools into one compact, rugged stainless steel body. Handy, all locking outside-accessible blades are easy to open with just one hand, and contoured handles make this multi-tool comfortable to hold, no matter how tough the task.

The Wingman comes with a sturdy ballistic nylon belt sheath with a high-grade metal rivet snap closure. Elastic sides and reinforced stitching assure your Wingman will fit snugly and securely into this sheath.

The Wingman Multi-Tool is backed by the legendary Leatherman 25-year, no hassle warranty.

Engraving: Up to 16 characters can be engraved on the thin, curved panel on the front of the knife while 12 characters can be engraved on the panel below the clip.

Leatherman Wingman with Standard Sheath Features :

  • Stainless Steel Body
  • Spring-action Needle-nose Pliers
  • Spring-action Regular Pliers
  • Spring-action Wire Cutters
  • 420HC Combo Knife
  • Package Opener
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Scissors
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Ruler (1 in / 2.54 cm)
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Wire Stripper
  • Sturdy Ballistic Nylon Sheath


Weight: 7.0 oz.
Blade Length: 2.6 inches
Wingman Length (Closed): 3.8 inches

2. Gerber Gear Dime

We took the standard keychain multi-tool and made it better. In addition to stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, a fine edge blade, spring-loaded scissors, flathead screwdriver, crosshead driver, tweezers and file, the Dime includes a unique blade designed to safely cut and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed. Compact and lightweight, the Dime is the most valuable change you'll find in your pocket.

The idea is simple: always be prepared. The Dime is a mini multi-tool with an impressive list of features, ensuring you are ready for anything. This butterfly open tool fits on your keychain yet has 12 useful tools. Available in multiple colors and a bladeless version as well.

 

3. SOG Baton Q4

As a screwdriver, the Q4 is very easy to use. With the included bits, our only minor complaint is that the ratcheting bit socket is a little bulky and interferes with screws in tight places. A simple 1/4" drive extension, readily available at any hardware store, addresses this concern. The pliers, though, are less than ideal. While only one of a handful of testers had the following issue unprompted, it is a fairly major one. In certain situations where the user is pushing "in" on the pliers while grabbing or reaching for something, the plier handles collapse rendering the pliers useless. Think about pulling staples from furniture or corrugated cardboard. In order to get purchase on the staple, one must push the tips of the plier jaws into the backing material, pushing said material out of the way. Because of the way the Baton Q4 stows, the handles collapse when pressed in this way. Not only is your "inward" pressure relieved this way, the jaws of the pliers will not close when the handles are collapsed like this. For tasks of this nature, the pliers of the Q4 are completely useless.

Portability is a function of carry options, weight, and size. The Baton Q4 tool alone weighs 6 ounces (included bits and cases bump it up to almost 11 ounces). This is about average. The size is funny. Because of its inherent design, the stowed SOG Baton is longer and skinnier than other tools. For deep pockets, it is equipped with a pocket clip. It has dimensions more like a very fat pen than like other multi tools. It also includes a faux leather case that holds the tool together with its bits. This case magnets closed and includes no belt loops. It is more of a case for in-bag transport than for every day carry. Our preferred way of carrying the SOG is clipped inside a pocket, without the case. It can be clipped in a pants pocket like a pocket knife or inside a shirt chest pocket like a pen.

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