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How We Tested Multi-tool Knives

By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor
Thursday March 7, 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. Everyday life for an OGL tester may include repairing a broken car headlight or cutting steak while catching a High Sierra sunset. We ride bikes, ski the backcountry, make our tents last well past recommended disposal, and craft the occasional piece of log furniture. Our mechanical devices break down in inconvenient locations and often others are relying on our ability to "deal" with unforeseen obstacles. This everyday life is perfectly conducive to tool testing. We simply carried this set of contenders, usually one at a time, for a couple of months and found the opportunity to use them virtually every day. We measured and weighed all the tools, as well as asked each to perform a couple 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.

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.