June 05, 2021 3 min read
Multi-Tools are hand tools that have multiple functions all in one tool. They often are small and compact and provide a wide range of functions. Whether you’re a homeowner, renter, outdoorsman, RV’er or handyperson there are plenty of multi-tools out there for everyone.
According to Wikipedia, the idea of incorporating several tools in one small portable unit goes back as far as Middle Roman times where they had tools that were based around eating.
Then comes along the pocket knife. A lot of people consider this the steppingstone for modern multitools. Although many of these had several functions – the functions mainly consisted of such things as a knife, a bottle opener and/or scissors.
Although these are extremely handy and popular it wasn’t until Tim Leatherman (yes there is actually a Mr. Leatherman!) designed and brought to market the Leatherman Tool. According to Leatherman’s site the idea stemmed from a budget trip to Europe in 1975. Tim and his wife Chau constantly came across leaky hotel plumbing and were faced with road-side fixes for their cranky Fiat. He realized the need for a pliers based, multi-purpose tool. "I was carrying a scout knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to fixing the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!".
When Tim came back to the states, he took his “multi-tool” idea, some sketches he made on the trip and got to work. The original Leatherman tool was called the PST (aka the Pocket Survival Tool). Eight years in the making, the PST comprised of 13 different tools and folded up into a five-ounce, four-inch multi-tool.
There is a wide variety of multitools with an array of different functions. What your passion, business or trade may dictate which functions you need.
With so many choices it is best to decide what functionality would make your life easier and then search for the tool that checks off as many boxes as possible. If you are in the market for your perfect multitool check out Defiance Tools where we offer a wide range of multitool products!
Good luck with your multitool quest,Zoe’ Coulcher ~ Co- Founder Defiance Tools
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