Best Multi Tool For Survival
A multi tool is an essential bit of survival kit to have at home and in your bug out bag. The reason a multi tool is widely accepted as a high priority item by survival preppers is the fact hat they can be so versatile, offering a wide range of tools that are ideal in a survival situation.
A multi tool comes in many different combinations which makes it ideal for any prepper and has all those odd little tools you always seam to need – by that I mean things like, a nail clipper, bottle opener, can opener, scissors, fine files, tweezers etc etc … the list goes on and on.
The very basic multi tool, the Victorinox Classic SD Swiss Army Pocket Tool
in Blue [shown here] is the minimum amount of survival tools you will get on a multi tool.
As opposed to the impressive ‘top of the range’ and probably the best multi tool, is the Wenger Swiss Army Knife / multi purpose tool shown at the very top. The basic model will set you back a measly £3, whereas the top of the range is knocking on the door of £700…! I don’t think there are too many people who would buy the Wenger Knife / multi purpose tool – but you never know.!?
My Own choice of Multi Tool Knife:
Personally I have the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Champ and this is my favourite and, I think, the best multi tool knife – it is quite thick containing some 32 different tools, but fits snugly into my hand and feels very solid.
This is what you get:
- Large Blade & Small Blade
- Fish Scaler with Hook Disgorger
- Can Opener with small Screwdriver
- Bottle Opener with large Screwdriver
- Ruler(cm & in)
- Wire Stripper
- Nail File
- Nail Cleaner
- Metal File and Metal Saw
- Fine Screwdriver
- Reamer and Punch and Sewing Eye
- Pliers with Wire Cutter
- Key Ring – Phillips Screwdriver
- Magnifying glass
- Ball Point Pen
One of the very good things about the Swiss Army range is that for most of the multi purpose tool they manufacture, they also have a very good quality knife pouch available as well.
All the pouches are riveted together and very strong, just slide onto your belt and they are very secure. I use the Victorinox 40535 Leather Pouch 5-8 Layer and it fits perfectly.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Champ has a main knife blade that can be closed and is under 3″ long, which means it is a legal knife to carry on you. * provided you have a good reason to be carrying it * ‘oh, sorry officer, I forgot it was in my pocket” is NOT a good reason and will get you in trouble.
This multi tool pocket knife is just about the right size to carry – fits nicely into your hand and has a lot of tools on it. They all click back into the closed position very neatly and fit nicely into the pouch.
One odd point I have found – you open each tool by inserting your fingernail into a groove along each separate tool – this can be a bit tricky sometimes if your hands are wet or muddy. There is a toothpick, pen and a pin that are built into the sides at each end of the multi tool which have hard plastic heads with allow you to pull them out – you definitely need dry hands and good fingernails to get these out.!
But all in all this is by far one of the Best Multi Tool for Survival I have used – in fact I don’t think it has ever let me down – it costs around £45 with a pouch included which is good value for such an excellent quality multi tool knife.
Another multi purpose tool I have been thinking about getting is Victorinox 08623MN Rescue Tool - [shown here]
this baby looks very impressive and gets very good ratings on Amazon. It might just become an addition to my emergency pack.
Its designed to help aid escape from an emergency situation and has some impressive features that I like a lot,
especially the window breaker tool and disc saw tools as well as the rounded belt cutter that can be used to cut through seatbelts. The knife blade is lockable, making it a solid knife, again designed for escape.
By the time you have read this article I would probably have bought one..!!
Links to all the above Best Multi Purpose Knives
- Victorinox Classic SD Swiss Army Pocket Tool - - basic level multi purpose tool
- Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Champ - - best multi purpose tool for survival
- Victorinox Swiss Army Brown Leather Pouch 5-8 Layer - - multi tool pouch
- Victorinox 08623MN Rescue Tool - - emergency survival multi tool