Pocket Pals: 8 Best Leatherman Multi-Tools For EDC

In 1975, Timothy S. Leatherman was traveling with his wife through Europe and the Middle East. Unfortunately, their trip was fraught with misfortune, manifesting in a rental car that broke down frequently and hotels plagued by leaky plumbing. During that trip, Mr. Leatherman discovered that a standard pocket knife had some serious limitations and couldn’t accomplish the tasks he needed to tackle.

So, when he got back to the states, Mr. Leatherman found a business partner in Steve Berliner and, together, they created the Leatherman Tool Group. Their first multi-tool, the now-legendary PST, was released that same year. And it changed the face of tools forever. Now, the brand is thriving – especially in the everyday carry world – and they have a whole catalogue of folding multi-tools available for purchase. The following 8, however, are what we believe are the absolute best Leatherman tools for EDC. It’s also worth noting that every single one of these tools comes with Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Keychain Multi-Tool

There are quite a few keychain-sized multi-tools on the market today, but – even with a lot of saturation – the Squirt is still one of the best. It takes everything great about a classic Leatherman (like the appearance and plier-based format) and pares it down into something you could stash in your pocket or alongside your house keys. The nine tools on this device include pliers, scissors, drivers, a bottle opener, and more. If you’re limited on room, this is your best EDC multi-tool option.

Number of Tools: 9
Intended Application: EDC
Materials: Steel

Purchase: $35

Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool

Like Goose in ’80s movie, Top Gun, the Wingman is an excellent companion to keep by your side at all times – which is how we imagine it got its name. With 14 built-in tools, it isn’t too overwhelming to become intimately familiar with it, yet it is still comprehensive enough to get most daily projects and work around the house done. This sturdy stainless steel multi-tool has functionality that includes a knife, wire cutters and strippers, bottle and can openers, a file, a ruler, and more. It also comes equipped with a handy pocket clip, so you can always keep it with you.

Number of Tools: 14
Intended Application: EDC, DIY, Outdoors
Materials: Steel

Purchase: $50

Leatherman Skeletool RX Multi-Tool

Pared-down in its format and designed specifically for quick and easy tool access, the Skeletool RX multi-tool was actually built with first responders in mind. And that’s why it features things like a quick-access carabiner-style clip, hard-wire cutters, a bit driver with a carbide glass-breaker bit, and a big serrated knife blade. It’s also a lot lighter than many competitors – weighing in at just 5 ounces total – and has one of the few multi-tool knife blades with a locking mechanism, to ensure safety during usage.

Number of Tools: 7
Intended Application: EDC, First Responders, Emergencies
Materials: Steel, Aluminum, Carbide

Purchase: $80

Leatherman Wave Plus Multi-Tool

By far Leatherman’s most popular and highly-lauded offering, the Wave Plus is a fan-favorite in every venue from EDC, to mechanics, to outdoorsmen, and more. Honestly, ask your average handyman what multi-tool they love and/or depend on and, if they’re worth their mettle, they’ll at least make mention of the Wave – even if they don’t use it themselves. With 18 built-in tools (ranging from knives, to pliers, to drivers, to bottle and can openers, and so much more), this do-it-all device is well balanced to get the job done in a number of different venues, and while it’s a little heavier than some of the others on this list (8.5 ounces), the versatility, toughness, and trustworthiness more than even that out. Leatherman even added removable/replaceable wire cutters to the Plus version, a much requested improvement missing from the original Wave multi-tool. If you’re in the market for the best bang-for-your-buck and you’re unwilling to compromise on quality, this is the pick for you.

Number of Tools: 18
Intended Application: EDC, DIY, Outdoors
Materials: Steel

Purchase: $100

Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool

Leatherman’s surge is not unlike their more-popular Wave – especially in appearance – but it does offer a few more onboard tools (21 to the Wave’s 17). In fact, this multi-tool is actually one of two of the largest offerings Leatherman makes. And that’s a big help for folks that like to do everything with their own two hands – whether you’re working under the hood of your car or taking apart your computer. As you might garner from its name, some of the onboard tools are designed specifically around dealing with electronics – including stranded-wire cutters, an electrical crimper, a wire stripper, and more. But it also still features all the classic knives, drivers, pliers, etc.

Number of Tools: 21
Intended Application: EDC, DIY, Outdoors, Electronics
Materials: Steel

Purchase: $110

Leatherman MUT Multi-Tool

Probably the toughest offering on this list, Leatherman’s MUT multi-tool is also the only one we’ve come across that was designed specifically for use by the military and law enforcement. As such, it’s 16 onboard tools include devices ideal for things like firearm maintenance – like a hammer, a carbon scraper, a cleaning rod/brush adapter, a firearm disassembly punch, and more. It also comes with a MOLLE sheath for tactical modular attachment and a scope adjustment wrench. Truly, if you’re a proud owner of firearms and you’re also looking to pick up a new multi-tool, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than this one.

Number of Tools: 16
Intended Application: EDC, Tactical, Military
Materials: Steel

Purchase: $160

Leatherman Charge TTi Multi-Tool

A little more comprehensive than the Wave, but less bulky than the Surge, Leatherman’s Charge TTi multi-tool may be the best middle-of-the-road option for anyone who is a little undecided on exactly how much they want out of their pocket device. It helps to that, while it’s roughly the same size, shape, and format as the other two, this one has a major leg-up when it comes to construction materials. You see, this one features titanium handle scales – which add a bit of toughness to it without weighing it down. Better still, the wide array of tools (which range from knives, to pliers, to drivers, to openers, and more) all feature locks – so you can be sure that whatever attachment you are using stays secure during operation.

Number of Tools: 19
Intended Application: EDC, DIY, Outdoors
Materials: Steel, Titanium

Purchase: $170

Leatherman Tread LT Bracelet Multi-Tool

Without question the most unique on our list, the Leatherman Tread LT is the only wearable multi-tool produced by the brand. But it does come in a number of different finishes and is even offered in a couple of formats. The standard is a bracelet with customizable links (each link represents a different tool) – that comes with everything from a carbide glass breaker, to a multitude of wrenches, and more. It’s also TSA-approved, making it an excellent travel companion. Another version (the Tread Tempo) features all the same link options, but it also comes with a Swiss-made watch, upping the wow factor of this wearable tool to the nth degree.

Number of Tools: 14+
Intended Application: EDC, DIY, Outdoors, Travel
Materials: Steel, Carbide

Purchase: $175+

10 Best Multi-Tools

In the off chance that none of these Leatherman offerings suit your fancy, you’ll certainly find something else you’ll like on our list of the 10 best multi-tools.

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