When disaster strikes, (did you just break out in a sweat?) you are going to need survival gear to help you get through the crisis. You may already have some gear stashed in a bag and be more prepared than 90% of the people with shelter, survival food, water, a first aid kit, and a knife. But did you think about what might be the best multi tool to include in your survival kit and do you know what to look for when buying one?
What exactly is a multi-tool? Well in simple terms it is any tool that has multiple tools integrated into its design. Many people think of the Leatherman multi tool when they think of one. Tim Leatherman introduced his modern version of the multi-tool to the world in 1983 and a new market was born.
Most companies that followed his example and offered a multi-tool followed his design; a set of folding pliers with knife blades, screwdrivers, scissors, etc. folding out of the handle. Today they range in size and specialization from compact multitools like the
Leatherman Skeletool CX to the much larger Leatherman Super Tool-300. As with any tool in the world there are qualities to consider before purchase because all tool makers don’t use the same quality controls, materials, workmanship, or design. If you want the best multi tool for your needs you need to do a little research.
Let’s examine 6 qualities of the best multi tool.
1. Durability. The steel and the joints need to be crafted so that the tool lasts.
2. Functionality. With the many different tools available on multi-tools you should make sure that you get one that has the tools to meet your needs. There are multi-tools that are made with the fisherman, electrician, camper, hunter, etc. in mind. If you are buying one for a survival situation consider your environment before purchasing. After all, you want the best multi tool for your needs, not someone else.
3. Ease of Use. The different tools should be easily accessible. You should not have to fight to get the tool you need exposed.
4. Comfort. The best multi tool fir you should feel good in your hand both closed and when being used.
5. Compact design. This is not usually a problem with multi tools but some designs get carried away with the number of tools and the multitool becomes too bulky.
6. Lightweight. If you have to carry a multi tool the lighter it is, the better.
No matter which one you decide is the best multi tool, make sure you carry it and use it in your day to day activities. It should become the first tool that you think of when you need one. After all, something that may help you survive a crisis shouldn’t be a stranger.
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