Quick Guide: 5 Steps In Picking The Right Multi-Tool!
There's a whole bunch of versatile brands and multi-tools around. You'll see lists and catalogues of different kinds and strengths showcasing what they have all got. Yet the trouble begins when one is being handpicked, where new buyers shopping a multi-tool finding themselves lost in a sea of collection. They find themselves lost believing 'anything goes, really', because simply it already is a 'multi-tool'.
A multi-tool, irregardless of how versatile one might be, is not an all-purpose item where its usage can be applied from A-to-Z. A multi-tool however, is the unique blend of all hand-tools-in-one related or closely associated to the field of your interest, which we now come to the first point of our guide:
1) Knowing Your Hobbies And Interests
A consumer in the appliance of multi-tool will have to identify what he/she may be interested in. He/she should make a list of what wise scenarios and emergencies may arise. If you're in for unchartered adventures – travelling through the mountain range, dessert trailing and/or jungle trekking, be well-prepared for any contingencies that may require the use of cutting. So, the keyword here is cutting, which can be in the usage of a pair of scissors, or a knife. In the active outdoors where no urban settlement anywhere near found, be mindful that you will also be cooking for yourself. And while some are prepared with canned foods, and ready-to-eat meals, others basked in the thrill of hunting and fishing. Both ends, all in all, would require some form of tool that could ease the troubles of preparation. The point is, you will have to identify key elements attributing to your interest, and the struggles coming with it so you can buy one accordingly.
2) How Will You Carry It
As I stated, there are all kinds of multi-tools around – belt wear, keychain, full-sized, survival cards or even pocket fit. But what often goes unnoticed usually is in the comfort of how you carry it. And a multi-tool is built solely for convenience, it is a jack of all trades under wearable ease and not something that may take up additional space and cause discomfort. The method of carrying a multi-tool will also determine your safety. We've talked about the great outdoors earlier, and in the wilds, the best tool you need is to have one with the quick of a pullout for the agile swiftness of emergencies. Having different kinds of multi-tool wearables will also help in hedging against the untimely loss and damage of equipments during an outing.
3) Multi-Tools Vs. Hand Tools
Don't get me wrong when I say multi-tools aren't always the best solution, it never was, to begin with. I had decided to make a summary here between the differences of a multi-tool versus a hand tool, and that's to acknowledge all consumers here on out – beginners or veteran, in understanding the value of a multi-tool over its counterpart. You see, a multi-tool is comfort built only if you are unsure of what situation may arise, but, it is closely related to your field of interest so you may have a rough idea of what problems that may come by. A multi-tool is a utility in your palm, especially during long distances where weight is an issue. Weight will always an issue in that regard when you are out travelling into the open wilderness for recreation, simply because it wears and tires you out. Having a multi-tool has already simplified your survival means, but a multi-tool is never a one-solving-all solution, especially in odds and ends requiring a multitude of sizes and major overhauls that does not enable the fitting of a multi-tool.
A hand tool, on the other hand, is specialized built. There are some purpose-built tools that are not available in the usage of multi-tools. And available in different sizes, it is designed in various manners to gain leverage across specific situations. It is built to get across some very tight and cluttered spaces, fix some large sized problems, or the combination of various kinds. Real-hand tools allows you to use two of the same identical tool at the same time.
4) Branded Multi-Tools
Of course there are also brands and lesser known brands of multi-tools out there. My take is, get a well-established one. And although you might have to pay a little bit extra, a good note is, most are quality controlled, field tested and durable made. Most branded multi-tools are also covered with a lifetime warranty against flaws and defects. You are safe, just in case if any defected products are being handed to you, and you can request for an exchange or a repair for your faulty good. Saving a dollar or two doesn't necessarily mean that it's wise, especially when you're stranded off the grid and your survival means you wouldn't want to be relying on a rustable, weak tin-made bullcrap.
5) Knife, Or Blade Inclusive Multi-Tool
Not all multi-tools come with a blade, or a knife. Buying a multi-tool involves figuring if you need one, or not. Simply because if any individual is taking commercial flights or gaining even an entry to a certain place, having a bladed good (there are some customs that allows up to a certain length) or a large pair of scissors will immediately be banned out upon inspection. Thus, knowing your interests and the frequent places you carry your multi-tool will also help you in your way.
And there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading this quick 5 steps guide. Picking the right multi-tool involves just asking a series of smart questions. You're the consumer, so you should know the answer, but never be settled into advertising pull. Always know the purpose of what you need, that is the smart consumer's way.