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How We Tested Multi-tool Knives

By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor
Wednesday April 17, 2019
The bulk of our testing was on the go and in the field. However  we did take proper measurements so you can more accurately compare the specifications.
The bulk of our testing was on the go and in the field. However, we did take proper measurements so you can more accurately compare the specifications.

The OutdoorGearLab test team is a practical group of outdoors-minded, self-reliant folks. Life can feature repairing a broken car headlight or cutting steak while catching a High Sierra sunset. Our everyday life is perfectly conducive to tool testing. For this review, we carried this set of contenders, usually one at a time, for several months and used them nearly every day. We measured and weighed all the tools and asked each to perform standardized tasks. Each competitor with scissors was used to cut climbing webbing. All passed. We tried to cut a piece of wire coat hanger with each one with wire cutters. We turned screws into and out of wood with the appropriate driver and kept track of the results for this extensive review.

Improvised automobile repair requires the right tool. Hopefully you have dedicated tools  but if you don't  a multi-tool is a worthy back-up.
Improvised automobile repair requires the right tool. Hopefully you have dedicated tools, but if you don't, a multi-tool is a worthy back-up.