There are tons of other tools out there, and brands like Leatherman and Victorinox have a variety of colors that make it confusing to know what you can find. Here are some of my favorite ones.
Leatherman Micra ($ 30): Instead of pliers, Micra opens with scissors. It sounds like it was made of cheap materials and has less equipment than the Victorinox Mini Champ, which has the same size, purpose, and price. Spring-filling machines are difficult to open and close without throwing yourself. But it has character, and I love the little thing. It’s a great alternative to the Mini Champ, especially if you want a small, round device with a scythe.
Leatherman Skeletool CX ($ 80): This one is a little smaller than Wave Plus, but still a multi-color tool. If you do not want all the bells and whistles we offer, you can do with a smaller gizmo that still has the most used tools, such as a knife, bottle opener, locker, little drivers, and pliers.
Victorinox Swiss Tool ($ 169): Yes, I took it twice as soon as I saw the price tag. At 10 ounces, it is on the heaviest side. But it was beautifully made, and I dug a box, straight handles. Sometimes it is only right to have a device that does not try to look modern. It’s beautiful.
Victorinox Handyman ($ 59): The Handyman is no bigger than a standard multi-colored instrument, but its heft comes from a longer height than the rest, so it feels a bit bigger in the hands. It’s immovable, but a four-member Swiss Army knife like Deluxe Tinker makes an easy choice. However, for less money you get a lot of good tools, including a pull, a saw cutter, and a file.
Leatherman Wingman ($ 60): Wingman just feels good to use. There are no harsh environments, and no plastic anywhere. Smooth scales feel old-school, well, “remember-back” similar to the Victorinox Swiss Tool. It has 14 tools in its handles, all of which open and close as tightly as if they had been greased. The whole package folds up to only four inches and weighs seven ounces. At $ 60, it’s a good bargain.
Leatherman Raptor Answer ($ 70): Instead of being like pliers, the medical shears have an obscure tip so that the surgeon will not accidentally inject the patient by trying to cut the clothes. Raptor’s answers are excellent. If you have to ask, then no, you do not have to. But for EMT or desert medicine on rural trips, it is a wise method of installation that combines an oxygen wrench tank with a ring cutter (for cutting jewelry).