Warning: this post is pic and text heavy! I was bored tonight
The modern full size multitool is build tough to handle big size jobs and take a beating and keep on going. Some have full size drivers, over sized knife blades, multi wire cutters and a full range tools to help anyone handle the hard tasks that might come someones way. Here is a round-up of some of the full size multitools that have come along in recent years.
From left to right: Wenger Swiss Grip, Victorinox SwissTool, Leatherman Core, Leatherman Surge, SOG PowerLock, Gerber Diesel, Leatherman Supertool 200, and Leatherman Supertool.
These tools are big and heavy. No sissy pocket clips here
These tools make there home in the hip sheath when not in use. Tool Weights:
SwissGrip - 10.63oz.
SwissTool - 9.87oz.
Core - 10.25oz.
Surge - 11.83oz.
PowerLock - 9.5oz.
Diesel - 8.6oz.
SuperTool 200 - 9.4oz.
SuperTool - 8.78oz.Individual tool notes:
Blunt nose pliers LARGE
clip point blade
Wood and metal saw
Phillips, medium, and small drivers
Bottle opener -
The longest of the full size tools do to the plier head not being able to fold and built in to the handle of the tool for extra strength. -
Has the largest blade found on any tool. -
One of the longest saws found on any tool. -
Has innovative 1/4 bit driver built into the handle of tool. -
Hard to find here in the North America note: can be found with red handles and corkscrew in place of phillips driver
can opener/small screwdriver
cap lifter/medium screwdriver
large screwdriver/crate opener
plain edge spear point knife blade
fully serrated spear point knife blade -
The SwissTool is know for it's high polished tool implements and superb fit and finish -
As become legend for it's ability to resist rust do to the high polished finish. -
All implements open from the outside of the handles. -
The plier head on the has gone through a evolution throughout the years and can be seen HEREnote: The Swisstool is available in different variations with the X model replacing the serrated knife blade with a pair of scissors, while the RS version replaces both the serrated blade and the file blade with scissors and a curved, serrated belt-cutter blade.
Pliers and Wire Cutters
Clip Point Blade
Metal File & Saw
Large Screwdriver -
All the drivers found on the Core are full sized hollow ground making then fit screws better than other tools with much slipping. -
Has zytel inserts in the handles. This can be a plus to some users has saving weight. Or a negative to others who don't think plastic belongs on a tool. -
Has three different size wire cutters
Clip Point Knife
Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
Needlenose Pliers with cutters
Large Bit Driver
Small Bit Driver
Bottle Opener/Can Opener
Features a T-Shank adapter for different jig saw blades -
Large and small bit drivers may seem out of place on a hard working tool like the Surge -
Features one handed opening blades on the outside of the tool -
One of largest scissors found on any tool
Clip point blade
1/4 driver adapter -
Features SOGs patented compound leverage system which doubles the power of the pliers. -
Features innovative 1/4 adapter to take any 1/4 socket of bit adapter -
Highly polished fit and finish -
Handle covers flaps
added for comfort can get in the way. (like when trying to take a picture of all the tools open
The ability to customize your tool with different implements available from SOG.
Needle nose pliers
tanto type blade
Features Gerber sliding plier heads for one handed deployment -
Thinnest pliers in the full sized class -
Very thin modified phillips dirver is it's weak point
Leatherman SuperTool 200
9 in | 22 cm Ruler
Awl Punch -
Features a lever built into the handle to unlock implements when open -
Features rolled edges of the handles for comfort when using pliers -
Fit and Finish is great and has that old LM feel about it -
Is retired and no longer made
The original ST features a blade locking system where the tool locks in place when opened and another tool must be opened part way to unlock it. -
Features a serrated clip point blade, no sheepfoot here -
Another retired tool that shouldn't be over looked.Final thoughts:
That's a look at some of the Full sized tool that are available to anyone who needs something strong to use at work, around the shop, in the house or yard. I don't want to pick a "favorite" tool of mine, just wanted to show all what was out there for the full sized tool user. Each tool has it's positives and negatives with some having more than others. You really can't go wrong with anyone of them. Of course the: -
SwissTool is always mentioned as the best tool out there with it's great fit and finish and outside opening blades. -
The Core as some of the longest and best drivers out there. -
The Surge has the versatility of different saws with the T-Shank adapter. And the one handed opening blades. -
The PowerLock as the compound leverage and ability to set your tool up with different implements available from SOG. -
The Diesel has the ability to flip the pliers out with hand. -
The SuperTool and ST 200 shouldn't be overlooked for they are great tools in their own right.