Belt buckle tools are a little known category of multi tools that many people write off as gimmicks and toys. With some of the newer tools on the market though this is a big mistake. New materials, design methods, and good old fashioned ingenuity have produced some real winners in this category. We’ve gathered together some really nice tools to try and find out what the best multi tool belt buckle available today is.

Best Belt Buckle Multi Tool

Belt buckle multi tools include a lot of different products. Everything from dedicated survival gear to tools designed for bicycle maintenance can be found. As with all of our reviews we try to find multi tools that combine high quality materials and good workmanship from reputable companies. The best multi tool belt buckle for me probably won’t be the same as for you, though there are definitely some standout winners in the category.

We’ve put together a list of ten different multi tool belt buckles that are real standouts in their fields. These include fold out tools, stand alone buckles, and full belt multi tool systems. Let’s dive in and see how these tools compare to one another.

SOG Multitool Belt Buckle – Sync II EDC

SOG Belt Buckle Multi Tool

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SOG is a relative newcomer to the multi tool world. Since their beginnings they’ve made a name for themselves with innovative tools based on tactical designs. The Sync II is an excellent example of this. It’s a fully functional butterfly fold multi tool that packs 11 different functions into a body just 3.1 inches long. These tools include:

  • Pliers
  • Bolt Gripper
  • Wire Crimpers
  • Soft Wire Cutter
  • Straight Blade Knife
  • Three Sided File
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver
  • Medium Flathead Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

The Sync II is actually made up of two connecting parts. The multi tool itself clips onto a belt buckle sheath that holds it securely in place. SOG advertises that it will stay in place during active movement but that it can be easily detached with one hand. We found this to be mostly true, though you had to practice the one handed removable to get comfortable with it. It also comes with a detachable clip that allows you to put it in a pocket or on a bag.

We really like that this is a full up multi tool in a belt buckle size. The included pliers can’t compare to those on a full size multi tool like the Wave+ or Powerassist but they work well for their size. The screwdrivers also did a good job for their intended purpose. The knife blade is a reasonable size and the scissors cut well through paper and other light materials.

The only criticism we had with the Sync II is that it only works on belts with holes that are up to 1 ¾” wide. It has a metal post that you have to unscrew to attach it to your belt. Once on there is a small pin that slips into the holes to secure it. This is fine for leather belts but can be more difficult if you prefer a nylon or canvas belt.

All in all a great product that provides a lot of value in a very small package.

Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Belt Buckle Multi Tool

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Bear Grylls is a well known survivalist who has long had a relationship with Gerber to produce branded knives and other tools. The Bear Grylls Survival Belt is built around a sturdy nylon webbing belt and includes a number of survival tools. The buckle itself has a small compartment that holds tools like:

  • 30’ of 20 lb Fishing Line
  • Four #6 Barbed Fishing Hooks
  • Two Fishing Weights
  • Two Ball Swivels
  • 19.7” Snare Line
  • Signaling Mirror
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Being able to gather food is extremely important in a survival situation. Having a miniature fishing kit on hand gives you the ability to quickly make an improvised fishing rod (If fishing tools interest you read our best fishing multi tools guide). The snare line is usable both for setting snares and as makeshift cordage. Once you’ve opened up the buckle compartment you’ll find the mirror hidden in the lid.

There is also a concealed zipper compartment in the belt itself. This allows you to hide cash, matches, documents, etc. in a very well hidden location. The belt is also very long, coming at fully 42 inches, and uses a loop friction closing method. If you’re in a wilderness emergency these are all good things to have but they don’t provide much value in day to day life.

Overall we like the Bear Grylls Survival Belt but definitely feel that it can’t compare to some of the other, more practical, tools on this list.

Bison Kool Tool USA Made Multi Tool Belt Buckle

Bison Kool Multi Tool Belt Buckle

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The Kool Tool belt from Bison is one of the most densely packed belt buckle multi tools we’ve seen. It comes attached to a nylon webbing belt and is fitted out much like the one piece multi tools we’ve reviewed before. It provides you with nine different tools, including:

  • Ten Hex Wrenches
  • Large Flathead Screwdriver
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Box Cutter
  • Wire Stripper
  • Bottle Opener
  • Inch Ruler
  • Metric Ruler

The big attraction with the Kool Tool Buckle is its large tool list. The ten hex wrenches alone give it more capability than many other buckle tools we’ve reviewed. We really liked the inclusion of the rulers located on the backside of the buckle. Being able to quickly identify a bolt or screw size is a very useful feature.

The screwdrivers were all pretty good for their design. The flatheads both had rather broad geometry that made it difficult to fit them into some screwheads but otherwise worked well. We really liked the phillips head’s placement and the torque you could apply. One of our favorite features of this tool was the placement of the bottle opener. It was right at the bottom and angled just right to let you pop open a beer or soda without undoing your belt.

Fix Manufacturing Multi Tool Holder Belt Buckle

Multi Tool Holder Belt Buckle

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Fix Manufacturing is one of the most prolific makers of belt buckle multi tools. Their signature product is a tool carrying system they call the Payload Pocket. It allows you to quickly swap out different multi tools based on what you need day to day. They have five main sets, the Wheelie Wrench, Wheelie Wrench Pro, Powder Pliers, Kraken, and Board Sword Pro.

Wheelie Wrench and Wheelie Wrench Pro

Wheelie Wrench Belt Buckle Multi Tool

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The Wheelie Wrench and Wheelie Wrench pro are both bicycle maintenance multi tools. The standard version comes with 17 different tools that cover most situations you can get into on the trails. Tools on the Wheelie Wrench include:

  • Six Hex Wrenches
  • T10 Bit
  • T25 Torx Bit
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Tire Lever
  • 8mm Box Wrench
  • 10mm Box Wrench
  • 15mm Open Ended Wrench
  • Spoke Wrenches
  • Bottle Opener

The Pro edition includes all the tools on the original but adds in a chain breaker, an 11 speed set of quick links, and a Presta valve stem opener. Both of these tools are extremely durable and easy to carry on your belt or in a bag. We really like the quality of the screwdrivers and wrenches.

Powder Pliers

Powder Pliers Belt Buckle Multi Tool

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If your idea of a good time is speeding down a snowy mountainside the Power Pliers are the buckle tool for you. They’re designed to cover the basic tools needed to adjust and repair a snowboard or skis on the slopes. It gives you eight different tools, including:

  • Two Phillips Head Screwdrivers
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • 4mm Hex Bit
  • Edge File
  • 8mm Box Wrench
  • 10mm Box Wrench
  • Bottle Opener

The Powder Pliers look great and provide you with all the tools for basic repairs. It’s always a good idea to have the ability to make adjustments on the fly when skiing or snowboarding. They’re made from high quality materials and are very durable. We really like how easy it is to fold out each of the individual tools.

Board Sword Pro

Board Sword Pro Belt Buckle Multi Tool

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The Board Sword Pro is for the skateboarder who means business. It comes with nine different tools to help you adjust and repair your board so you don’t have to head back to the garage. It includes tools like:

  • Three Hex Wrenches
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • 1/8″ Hex Bit
  • Round File
  • Safety Blade
  • Bottle Opener

All of the tools were well sized for their intended purpose and felt quite sturdy. We’re not skateboarders here but the tools themselves are top notch.

Kraken

Kraken Belt Buckle Multi Tool

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The Kraken is built to be the perfect tool for the active surfer. It comes in a really nice looking wood grain finish with black oxide tools to resist corrosion. It provides ten different functions, including:

  • Scraper
  • Leash Cord
  • Leash Cord Feeder/Remover
  • Hex Fin Key
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Stripped Screw Remover
  • Rethreader
  • Bottle Opener

If you’re an active surfer we definitely recommend you check out the Kraken.

686 Original Snow Tool Belt

Belt Buckle Multi Tool

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The Original Snow Tool Belt from 686 uses a double prong design to provide you with extra holding power. It’s available in several different color and material options and made from durable brushed nickel. It gives you six sturdy tools, including:

  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Bottle Opener
  • 8/10/11 mm Hex Wrenches

There are a lot of companies that manage to overthink and overstuff their products. With the Original Snow Tool Belt, 686 isn’t one of them. It doesn’t try to cram in lots of extra features, instead it does a few things and does them well. The screwdrivers are used as the prongs for the belt and swing freely. At first this seemed like it would make them difficult to use but we were pleasantly surprised. By holding the body of the buckle in your hand you could easily control the motion of either screwdriver.

The hex wrenches are located on the metal loop used to hold back the belt. The largest one is closed in and centrally located on the front. The two smaller wrenches use an open faced design and were placed on the rear of the loop. All three were easy to use once you got the hang of them. We really liked the slide on design of the side wrenches. Finishing up with a functional and decorative bottle opener, the Original Snow Tool Belt is a real winner in our book. It’s well made, well thought out, and exactly the kind of innovative tool that gets EDC enthusiasts excited.

Fire Starter Survival Whistle Buckle

If you’re looking for a great introductory belt buckle multi tool check out this neat little fire starter whistle buckle. It uses a side release design but replaces the central plastic post with a small fire starter rod. It provides you with two useful tools and a fully functional buckle. These tools are:

One of the best things about this kind of buckle is its low cost and flexibility. You can frequently find ten of these for less than $20, a really good bargain. At ⅝ of an inch they’re smaller than many of the other buckles on our list but this can actually be seen as a good thing. They’re right at the lower end of comfortable belt thicknesses, this allows them to be used for paracord survival bracelets, lanyards, dog collars, etc.

The fire starter rod is quite small but once you get a hang of the motion it produces a lot of sparks. The included whistle is honestly deafening, make sure you don’t try it out indoors like we did. There are models available with an included compass but all the ones we tried out were unable to find true north. We recommend you stick to the basics.

When you combine their low cost and basic utility we end up with a neat little product that’s fun to use and provides you with real value in an emergency situation.

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Conclusion

Belt buckle multi tools are rapidly developing into a really valuable segment of the multi tool market. There are several good companies making really interesting stuff that provide you with a lot of bang for your buck. As with any of our recommendations you should compare your personal needs with the capability of different multi tools.

If you love surfing, boarding, cycling, or snowsports you should definitely check out the Fix Manufacturing line of Payload Pocket products. They have a specialized tool for several different extreme sports in a very attractive package.

If you’ve got more of a survival mindset the best multi tool belt buckle for your is probably going to be the SOG Sync II or Bear Grylls Survival Belt. The Sync II is the only fold out multi tool on this list and has a really nice tool loadout. The Survival Belt doesn’t provide the same level of functionality but it does give you a good amount of survival gear in an emergency.

For best overall though, we have to recommend the Bison Kool Tool or 686 Original Snow Belt. They both provide a lot of everyday value in a very attractive package. The Snow Belt was our appearance and workmanship favorite, with a really nice brushed nickel finish and strong tools that were easy to use. The Kool Tool beat out every other tool in the number of included tools but each tool wasn’t quite as easy to use as on the Snow Belt. Either way, you’ve got a great multi tool belt buckle at a pretty reasonable price.