There are so many different multi tools currently available that even a multi tool fanatic like myself finds it hard to keep track. The main problem is the number of cheap copycats of popular models made in China for companies that pop up, sell this rubbish, and then disappear again once the complaints roll in. No after sales care and no warranty, just fancy advertising to get you to part with your money. And for this reason, you should get to know who the best multi tool brands are.
The best multi tool brands will have years of history behind them, with plenty of satisfied customers. They will have a customer service desk that will be based in America. And most importantly, they will have an excellent warranty, so if anything breaks you have the peace of mind that it will be fixed at no cost to you.
Best Multi Tool Bands
The great thing about the multi tool industry is there are several big brands all fighting to have the title of best multi tool. This means none of them can rest on their laurels and are always striving to improve their product and service. Which means you can buy any of these brands of multi tools without doing any research and be confident you’ll be getting a top quality product.
Although I’m sure none of the other multi tool brands will admit it, Leatherman multi tools are the inspiration behind everyone else’s butterfly style plier multi-purpose tools. Leatherman is the where plier multi tools were born.
Founded in July 1983 by Timothy Leatherman and Steve Berliner, the Leatherman tool was inspired by Timothy’s needs while traveling through Europe. He carried with him a Swiss Army knife style tool, but always found it was missing a pair of pliers. And as the expression goes, necessity is the mother of invention. His need for a Swiss Army knife with pliers is what lead him to design the first Leatherman.
With years of experience, Leatherman has honed their skills, and offer a wide range of tried and tested tools. Each new edition improves on the last or Leatherman selects a toolset that has the overall multi tool target a particular activity or hobby. You truly can buy blind when it comes to Leatherman and know you’ll get an amazing multi tool.
Gerber isn’t just an American multi tool brand. Like many companies that make multi-purpose tools it started out as a well-known knife brand. As the company expanded it moved in the direction of outdoorsman gear, now making quality multi tools, axes, saws, and survival kits.
With the experience gained through years of making quality knives you can be sure that Gerber knows what they are doing when it comes to shaping steel. On top of this, their foray into the world of outdoor gear gives them a unique insight into the needs of people that multi tools are designed for.
Victorinox is a multi tool brand with a rich wealth of history behind it. Way back in 1884, Karl Elsener opened his first workshop making knives. Several years later he made what was to become one of the most iconic tools throughout the world – the Swiss Army Knife.
With well over a hundred years of experience you’d expect Victorinox to know a thing or two about multi-purpose tools. And you’d be right. And the proof is that they are the biggest manufacturer of pocket knives in the world. Meaning people lover their tools.
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Classified US special ops unit and Navy Seals is the background of the SOG multi tool Brand. The SOG Bowie knife was the first tool off the production line. But it wasn’t long before SOG also ventured into making multi tools as well as knives.
The SOG can be fully trusted as it has been tested by specialists in outdoor activities – the Armed Forces. And with the users’ lives being at risk you can be sure they will not settle for second rate products.
One of the newest multi tool brands that can be trusted is the CRKT – Columbia River Knife and Tool. The company was started by two former employees of Kershaw Knives.
CRKT had a bit of a checkered past when US Customs decided to seize a massive shipment of knives, claiming they were Switch Blade. After this early problem was resolved (CRKT having done nothing wrong) they have grown to become one of the most trusted knives and multi tool brands.