Do you have a multitool? What about a multitool bracelet? If you don't or if you just haven't given them much thought, maybe it’s time to reconsider these versatile gadgets. Multitools can help economize space in your toolbox or workspace by providing numerous implements in one small (sometimes really small) foldable tool. When closed, many multitools measure 5 inches or less, and some can perform more than 20 tasks. That's a lot of utility in a size comparable to a hot dog on a bun. So how do you choose among the many options available?
Multitools typically have one primary use, with many adjacent tools included. Narrowing down your choices may be as simple as focusing on the tool's main purpose, while also thinking about other tasks you do regularly. Many multitools are made of stainless steel so they can stand up to a lot of use, and they can have accessory kits that can expand their utility.
Categories of multitools include but are not limited to: multitools with fold-out pliers; multitools with slide-out pliers; multitool folding knives, scissors and bracelets. Along with the typical multitool gadgets like a pocket knife and bottle opener, certain models offer niche features such as a fish scalar, an oxygen tank wrench, a ruler and even a ballpoint pen.
Here’s a look at a small sampling of some common multitools available and their applications.
The next time you have to saw, cut, pry, open a bottle or perform any of 20 other random tasks, that multitool in your toolbox will probably have you covered. And don't forget to take it with you on your next camping trip!
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