The multitool has been around for a long time. In the 1980's geologists unearthed one dating back to the Romans of around 200AD.
This Roman masterpiece is not a wimpy little finger pincher either. It has at least six tools that store neatly into the handle.
Some of the tools include a spoon, fork, a hook like tool and a spike.
I wonder if it was used to fix chain mail while eating lunch.
Fast forward to the 2000's and we find multitools designed for many different occupations and sporting activities.
There are far too many to cover them all here.
However, we will cover some the more popular choices for camping and give some resources for other tools as well.
There are about three big names in multitools, Leatherman, Gerber, and Swiss army. Though there are others too.
As a kid I remember carrying a big Swiss Army knife in my pocket. It just barely fit in the pocket! It was heavy too.
It even had a cork screw though I had no use for it. In fact, it had a number of neat tools I did know how to use.
Usability is one of the key factors in deciding on a multitool. If a person uses it when fishing they will want one designed for fishing. It might have needle nose type pliers to aid in removing hooks from fish.
Likewise a farmer will have a different set of challenges that will call their tool out of its sheath. Perhaps fixing fence or dismantling a harvester belt.
Some of these things are designed with the mountain climber in mind and there is at least one model for the bicycler.
It seems survival has become somewhat of a fad. There are currently a number of different survival shows on American television.
All of the survival show guys herald the need for a good knife or better yet a multi-tool to better the odds of survival.
This tool has 19 tools and would be great for camping or fishing. Even mid-stream boat motor repair!
The Leatherman Super Tool might be a great place to begin.
It has most basic tools and is less expensive than some other models.
This looks like one of the Cadillac’s of the multi tool line up. It is lighter than most other models with the same offerings. Click the picture to read more of the details.
Have you seen any of those survivalist shows on Television?
You know the ones where they throw a guy out of a perfectly good airplane without a parachute wearing nothing but his boxers. Then he has to catch a bird in midair and fashion a parachute from the feathers on his way down!
Of course he makes it then has to evade the bears and mountain lions for weeks. Eventually, he turns up sipping a martini off the Florida coast while his crew searches the mountains for him!
After his amazing feats of survival he puts together a tool for survival. If this were to happen it might look like this one.
The author of this page carries a Leatherman Surge. It is a constant companion.
The spousal fashion police complain that it does not fit in with metro fashion. However, ironically, she seems to want to use it all the time!
It is referred to as the best investment ever made.