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The 5 Best Heavy-Duty Multitools for EDC

Mikey Bautista
The 5 Best Heavy-Duty Multitools for EDC

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Your search for the best multitools to EDC shouldn't stop at your pockets. There's a vast market of awesome tools that are compact enough to throw into your bag or everyday work kit while still being packed with a toolbox's worth of functions. In this guide, we list five of our favorite heavy-duty multitools that are brimming with quality and ready for hard use. These are the multitools you want at your side, whether in emergency scenarios or gearing up for your next workshop project.

Top 5 Heavy-Duty Multitools

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Victorinox SwissChamp

Gracing the carries of soldiers and civilians alike for nearly three decades, the SwissChamp is one of Victorinox's finest and most functional multitools. The SwissChamp has 33 functions, from pliers to drivers to saws, and can deal with nearly every scenario both on and off the field. It’s quite impressive that it folds into a package just under 3.6 inches long and 1.2 inches tall. You can't go wrong adding this legendary multitool to your kit.

BUY ($71)

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Leatherman Skeletool CX

Despite Leatherman's extensive catalog of tools (three of which grace this list!) One multitool has stood head and shoulders above the rest in recent years. Combining an excellent complement of tools, materials, and aesthetic, the Skeletool CX is simply one of the best multitools money can buy. Front and center, of course, are Leatherman's multi-function pliers with 4 tools. It's not often that a multitool has a 154CM steel blade that can open one-handed. This allows the Skeletool to not only perform as your main knife, but also consolidate or outright replace blade and tool combos for some. The blade folds neatly into its carbon fiber handles, with a large bit driver tipping off one side and carabiner/bottle opener gracing the other. It’s lightweight, simple, and efficient—what more could you ask for in a multitool?

BUY ($67)

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Leatherman Surge

The Surge is Leatherman's heavyweight offering on this list, weighing in at a beefy 12.5 ounces with a 4.5 inch closed length. In exchange for the heftier frame, you get 21 solid tools up to Leatherman's highest standard. The Surge has the largest pliers and longest knives in their catalog, easy-to-use-locks, and four externally opening blades that stay conveniently accessible. Pair up the Surge with a bit kit and replaceable blades to extend its usefulness even further.

BUY ($88)

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Leatherman Wingman

True to its name, the Leatherman Wingman is the perfect companion to your EDC. Housing 14 functions in a tool under 4 inches long and weighing only 7 ounces, the Wingman is a great way to add practical utility without taking as much space and weight as its bigger brothers on this list. A 420HC combo knife, spring action pliers and scissors, a package opener, and a useful set of drivers and openers make up the Wingman, giving you a great go-to tool for your everyday tasks. And with an MSRP of just 35 USD, it’s a more affordable and pocketable option for a feature-packed tool compared to the others on this list.

BUY ($28)

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Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier

The Diesel isn't the smallest nor lightest multitool on this list, but we daresay its unique features make it one of the toughest. Spearheading its functions are the needlenose pliers, which can be deployed one-handed with a flick. The tools that fold into its handles are all larger than their peers’ (improving handling and grip), and lock up securely thanks to its Saf.T.Plus system. The Diesel also looks the part of an aggressively tough tool with its blacked-out paint job. Add the Diesel to your carry if you want a truly rugged and functional tool with some tactical styling on a budget.

BUY ($42)

We hope you enjoyed our list of multitools that upgrade your EDC to withstand the hardiest of tasks. Did we miss one of your favorites? Sound off in the comments below! And if you're looking for a multitool that's a bit more compact, don't miss our previous guide to the best pocket-friendly multitools.

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Chad North ·
I've had a Victorinox Swiss Champ for over 20 years now and it's still the most versatile tool I've ever had (also the only item in my life that's been with me that long). It's cut things, built things, opened things (lots of bottles of wine), and saved my ass more times than I can remember. With a hammer, duct tape, WD-40, and rope, I can pretty much get any job done. Great piece of gear and one I feel lost without.
I've got a Wingman and a Gerber MP600 (which I believe is like the kid-brother to the Diesel). Leatherman gets a lot of hype, but I love my Gerber so much more than the Leatherman. It's stronger, more comfortable, the tools work better, and everything is more secure IMHO. Love that you rounded this list out with the Diesel.
"It's not often that a multitool has a 154CM steel blade that can open one-handed."
I didn't know the skeletool carried a sword! That wins for sure.
hotpixel ·
I think you just forget the Victorinox Swisstool Spirit, another great choice!
Luis Matallana ·
I carry my Charge Ti, love this tool, very strong and reliable
Sergio A. Molina ·
Why no Leatherman Wave D:?!?!
Bernard Capulong ·
The Wave is great (as is the Juice you mentioned in the previous guide), and it's rightfully sitting in our general top 10 multitool guide in the archives. For this piece we wanted to bring light to the Surge (21 tools) and Wingman (14 tools) because they pack in more tools for their size class than the Wave (17 tools) and Juice (12 tools) counterparts. The Wave no doubt is a great pick for a balanced, full-size tool for general EDC use -- expect to see it again in forthcoming multitool-centric Carry Smarter content
Jonathan Han ·
anyone have the Gerber Centre Drive?
i saw it recently and was wondering if its heavy duty enough or where it ranks in terms of usefulness or if it was just a gimmick
Tanner Dickerson ·
i honestly believe Leatherman dominates the multi-tool field for one because its what I think looks the best (2nd kind of cool) and plus on just performance you have to be bias to say something else would out perform them. but on another note the Skeletool CX (or any of the skeletools), and the wingman are not heavy duty tools. but they do make a great EDC multi-tool if your looking to go lighter on weight. but thats just my opinion from experience so it only means as much as you make it.
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