Everyday Carry

5 New Multi-tools Under $50

Authored by:
Jonathan Tayag
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
5 New Multi-tools Under $50

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You don't have to spend a pretty penny to get yourself a quality multi-tool for EDC, especially if you're just looking to cover your bases. In the past year, there have been quite a few affordable everyday carry multi-tools released recently that deliver the performance you need without breaking the bank. The wide variety of tools available also means that you can pick the one that's just right for your needs. And to help you along, we've rounded up our pick of some of the best recent EDC muilti-tools that you can grab for under 50 dollars right now.

SOG PowerPint

The SOG PowerPint is a pocketable, butterfly-style multi-tool that has the chops to perform like a much bigger tool. The secret to its effectiveness lies in SOG's unique Assisted Technology, which amplifies the strength of your grip force, making it very easy to use its pliers and cutters. And at just 3.2” long when closed and weighing 4.20 ounces, it fits an impressive 18 EDC-friendly essential tools in its compact frame. An included pocket clip is the perfect addition to a mid-size tool like this, making it especially portable. To make it even better for quick tasks in your day-to-day, its tools can be accessed without having to open the tool up entirely, too.

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Gerber Suspension-NXT

As its name might imply, Gerber has updated its classic Suspension multi-tool with better ergonomics and more functions for EDC. Save for the pliers and cutters, all of the NXT's tools can be accessed without opening the tool up. And for both ease of use and for safety, all of the outboard tools lock into place. When you do open the tool up, you'll appreciate the spring-loaded pliers, which allow for a faster pace of work with less fatigue when you're getting things done. When you're finished, you can fold the tool up and use the integral pocket clip to store it in your pockets, leaving it ready to go in a flash when the next task comes along.

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Leatherman Black & Silver Wingman

For many, Leatherman is the be-all end-all name when it comes to making excellent and reliable everyday carry multi-tools. Their Wingman is one of the best at this price point, offering easy one-handed opening of its outboard tools, including a large pair of spring-loaded scissors for more delicate cutting tasks that require a bit more precision. And this year Leatherman has made it available in a limited edition black DLC colorway that both looks great while adding a bit more resistance to the elements when compared to the regular bare stainless steel. This 14-function multi-tool is made in the USA, built to last, and backed by Leatherman's 25-year warranty.

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CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool

If you already have a trusty knife in your everyday carry, you might not need the assorted blades that come with most multi-tools out there. The design of the CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool revolves around this use-case, giving you both what you need to get through your day and also maintain your knife along the way. The standard tools are readily apparent, with a flathead screwdriver and a bottle opener for unwinding when you aren't working. But it also includes a T6 and T8 hex bit that let you open up other tools and specialized electronics as well. And at the top of the tool, you'll find an integral V-shaped tungsten sharpener and a ceramic honer to keep your blade's edge in tip-top shape.

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Gear Infusion EverRatchet

If you find yourself in need of the screwdrivers in a multi-tool more often than not, consider carrying the EverRatchet instead. It's a one piece multi-tool that's designed to work with your favorite standard hex bits with a unique design that lets you ratchet the tool for a much easier time. The tool itself carries an included 1/4” driver and hex bit, and it comes with an assorted set of tools including a scraper, file, wire stripper, and bottle opener as well. At 2.4” long, it's compact and pocketable, and you can use the large hex opening at the back to attach it to a lanyard or keychain for easy carry. If you want things even lighter, it's available in a titanium edition, which lightens the load by 8 grams in total.

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What new affordable multi-tools have you picked up this year? Let us know your favorites in a comment below.

Jonathan Tayag

Senior Contributor

About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Reviewer
Bernard Capulong is an everyday carry (EDC) gear expert, entrepreneur, all-around nerd, and the founder and editor-in-chief of EverydayCarry.com—the largest online community for EDC gear enthusiasts. Since founding Everyday Carry in 2009, he’s built over a decade of experience in the industry, reviewing and highlighting brands and products, including pocket knives, flashlights, wallets, watches, bags, pens, and much more.

Bernard is known for bringing everyday carry out of obscurity and into the mainstream, having been published or featured in various publications such as GQ, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, VICE, HYPEBEAST, and many others. He has also played a part in curating, designing, and developing digital and physical products, resulting in successful crowdfunding projects or limited edition collaboration products with established softgoods brands. He stays on the pulse of the EDC industry by attending trade shows, participating in online interest communities, and actively engaging with fellow gear enthusiasts on social media.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief and main social media personality for EverydayCarry.com, Bernard is an avid gearhead and collector in general. His personal collections span technical bags, fountain pens, digital cameras, retro gaming hardware, personal hi-fi audio gear, and mechanical wristwatches, to name a few. Bernard Capulong is a prominent figure and trusted authority in the everyday carry industry with a career dedicated to helping people discover this hobby and stay prepared with quality gear.

Discussion (1 total)

Juan Carrasco ·
Gerber nxt excellent price and quality.