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Best Multitool That’s Both Useful and Affordable

Q: What’s the best type of multitool that’s useful and affordable?
— Levi, Orcutt, California

A: The best type is one that has the tools you need. Do you really need to spend $170 on a heavy-duty device equipped with a miniature saw, hammer and electrical crimper for your monthly campouts? Probably not.

Shop in a manufacturer’s compact line. These pocket-sized tools will have fewer features, but they’ll also cost less — usually between $20 and $50.
Quality brands include Leatherman, Victorinox Swiss Army and Gerber.

For example, Gerber’s Armbar line ($39, comes in two styles; both include a locking blade and scissors, along with a few other tools. The Leatherman Squirt PS4 ($40, is another great option and is available at

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9 Comments on Best Multitool That’s Both Useful and Affordable

  1. stan the man // October 26, 2022 at 2:49 pm // Reply

    why get a multitool when you can buy a swiss army knife for an even cheaper price!

  2. one scout boi // December 28, 2020 at 10:24 am // Reply

    great advice! would prefer anything victorinox or swiss army as i find leathermans a bit extra bulky and dont really fit in with the scout spirit and do you really need PLIERS?

  3. not for the use of children under 13

  4. What happened to swiss army knife!?

  5. Leatherman makes great multi tools but they are pricey. A cheaper option is Sog, they are made in the USA and very high quality.

  6. GearGuy#1Fan // August 23, 2020 at 9:45 am // Reply

    I have a campout coming up, should I use a tent or a hammock.

    • depends on your campout.
      if it will be a cold campout or if there is going to be thunder, or if it’s rainy and you don’t have a tarp to cover it, you should use a tent. also, if it’s more comfortable in your opinion to use a tent, use a tent.

      • one scout boi // December 28, 2020 at 10:25 am //

        i say use a hammock, i have a hammock and i do NOT reget it it is very peaceful and cosy so i say hammock ok?

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