Carrying a full-sized multi-tool every day might work if you’re a forest ranger, a tradesman or a full-time fly fisherman, but for the rest of us who have to get at least a little gussied up for work, it’s just impractical — adding unnecessary weight with something you’ll rarely get full use out of during the workday. That said, you don’t want to be completely unprepared for the unexpected inconvenience or repair that requires a bit more than good intentions.
For those people, there are compact multi-tools, which provide excellent utility with significantly minimized size. We’ve selected a handful of great compact multi-tools that are actually convenient for everyday carry.
Keychain Multi Tools are the most useful thing you can carry everyday, they may never be the best tool for the job, but they’re rarely the wrong one. Recently, the multitool market, once justifiably dominated by Leatherman and Swiss Army Knife tools, has seen much greater diversity with the rise in popularity of one-piece multi tools—ultra-compact pieces of metal designed to hang on your keychain with a number of functionalities.