A question we are often asked is what are the best multitools for survival?
The answer isn’t so straightforward. Prepper tools are the foundation of any good prepping strategy and the best multitools for survival will ultimately depend on the needs and circumstances of each individual.
It is important you spend some time looking at your prepping strategy and then you can decide on which multitool suits you best. Those with the right tools are going to be the best prepared to weather the range of different possible future scenarios. This article is our rundown of what we feel are the best multitools for survival.
From Caveman to Leatherman
Tools are a vital element of human survival. They allow us to achieve different goals which would be impossible to do with just our hands alone.
From prehistory to the modern day, from caveman to the leatherman, humans craft increasingly useful tools to make the job of survival that little bit easier.
Advancements in the quality of possible materials and the skill of the engineers have given us a superb collection of possible tools to choose from.
That being said it is also important to bear in mind that a multitool can’t compete with the single function equivalent. The multitool sacrifices specialization for range of functionality. They are used for ordinary tasks but are not designed to be used for heavy-duty jobs.
A serious survivalist is going to have both a well-stocked set of single-function tools at their base camp and then have a multitool when out on assignment.
The Styles of Multitool
The term multitool includes a few noticeably different styles and setups. Each has its own use and each is tailored to a specific set of circumstances.
The styles include but are not limited to the Swiss army knife, the folding multitool, the credit card multitool and the bracelet multitool.
There are a huge number of options on the market. Your biggest challenge is to navigate the marketing hype and narrow down your options to the undisputed best. But fear not, we decided to write this article outlining a few of our favored multitools for survival. Enjoy!
The Best Multitools for Survival
A Swiss Army Knife is the most iconic multitool in the world, with the Champ model being one of the boldest additions to the Victorinox arsenal. Coming in with over 33 functions, this knife is renowned for its durability, style, and utility. At just under 4 inches, and weighing around 6.56 oz (185 grams) there is no reason not carry one of these.
- Large Blade
- Small Blade
- Can Opener with
- Small Screwdriver
- Bottle Opener
- Large Screwdriver
- Wire Stripper
- Key Ring
- Multi-purpose Hook
- Wood Saw
- Fish Scaler
- Hook Disgorger
These capabilities make this one of the most useful and best multitools for survival, simply for the wide range of functions that it serves. Even if you do not decide to use this knife as an everyday carry item, it is small enough that it is a high-value addition to any camping or emergency kit.
Victorinox is one of the most renowned names in multitools and knives, and there is a reason why this company continues to be a major player in the market.
#2 – The Leatherman Wave
Boasting 17 stainless steel tools, the Leatherman Wave is the embodiment of sturdiness. Unlike most other multitools, the Wave has the advantage of having built-in pliers, which also include wire cutters and wire strippers.
- Needlenose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Hard-wire Cutters
- Wire Cutters
- Wire Stripper
- 420HC Knife
- 420 HC Serrated Knife
- Spring-action Scissors
- Ruler (8 in | 19 cm)
- Can Opener
- Bottle Opener
- Wood/Metal File
- Diamond-coated File
- Large Bit Driver
- Small Bit Driver
- Medium Screwdriver
An advantage of the Leatherman Wave is that it is designed to be used with only a single hand. This is particularly useful when your other hand is occupied, you are in a tight spot, or when you are in an emergency situation that requires the use of tools.
Having easy access to these tools with little more than a flick of the wrist makes the Wave an attractive option for emergency readiness.
This multitool boasts one of the best warranties; there is a 25-year guarantee on it. Being made and repaired in the US indicates a level of quality that you can depend on.
One of the most innovating multitools out there is the Tread Bracelet. This fashionable band has upwards of 29 different tools, and the bands can be customized.
While many of these tools are more suited for a handyman than a prepper, there are many useful components that can be used by survivalists.
In addition to the expected screwdrivers, hex wrenches, and other tools, it has a bottle opener, a carbide glass breaker, a cutting hook, and a bottle opener. What other bracelet has this range of potential uses?
#4 – The Gerber MP600
One of the sleekest multitools is the Gerber MP600, which is made of stainless steel and has a black oxide finish. If you are looking for a tactical looking multitool with a bunch of utility, this is the piece for you. Created with military usage in mind, this is one of the best multitools for survival. While the MP600 only has 12 tools (compared to the 33 with the Swiss Army Champ), they are built with the highest quality in mind. The partially serrated knife on this tool rivals even dedicated knives.
- Needlenose pliers
- Regular pliers
- Tungsten carbide insert cutters
- Patented one-handed opening
- Saf.T.Plus locking knife and tools
- Lanyard ring
- Long reach philips screwdriver
- Can opener
- M4/M16 front sight post adjustment tool
- Ruler Wire crimper
- Carbon scraper
- Small, medium, and large flat blade screwdriver
- Bottle opener Serrated/Fine edge knife
There are two really cool innovations with the MP600 that make it a must-buy for rifle owners. It comes loaded stock with a front sight adjustment tool, which allows you to adjust your elevation and windage on your AR-15 / M4 / M16. It also has needle nose pliers which have a blasting cap crimper for the self-loading enthusiast. For preppers that take pride in maintaining their firearms, this multitool is a clear winner.
#5 – The Wallet Ninja
A multitool the size of a credit card is particularly useful for its compact size and mobility. Even non-survivalists can appreciate the use of a tool that fits in a wallet.
With 18 tools, the Wallet Ninja is sure to find some use, no matter the scenario. In the context of prepping, the most useful tools on it are the can opener, bottle opener, ruler, and box opener.
I particularly enjoy inexpensive tools such as this. The overall utility that they bring combined with the lightweight means that there is little reason not to carry one at all times. Unlike other bulkier tools, there is little to lose by being equipped with something the size of a credit card.
Final Thoughts on the Best Multitools for Survival
Multitools are great additions to any prepper’s kit. There are immense space-saving benefits for having several tools in a compact package. The utility that these tools can add should not be understated, and I personally keep these in my survival kit.
Which of the items do you think are the most useful? Which are the cleverest? Which do you think is the best multitool for survival? Let us know in the comments below.