A reader wrote in, asking about my favorite multi-tool. I didn’t even have to think about this – Leatherman’s Wave is at the very top of my list. Is it my best multi-tool? No. But that doesn’t stop it from being my favorite.
In some cases, my best tools/accessories/stuff are also my favorites. This makes sense, right? The better something is the more it usually costs. And the more something costs, the more inclined we are to favor it to help psychologically justify the expense. In some cases, not necessarily just about tools, pricier products are not always better.
Even though the Wave is my favorite, it’s not exactly my best multi-tool. To be more precise, it not my most expensive multi-tool. I also have a Charge ALX and more recently purchased a Charge TTi. The TTi is twice the price of the Wave, but I don’t quite like it as much, and definitely not twice as much. It could be that I’m more attached to the Wave and its simpler, cleaner aesthetics.
Just to clarify, I have a number of multi-tools: several Leathermans, two Gerbers, one Sog, and several non-plier Victorinox Swiss Army knives. I did not try out all the available brands and models, so there’s a chance that I haven’t yet met my favorite multi-tool.
The Wave wins my favor with clean looks, an affordable [replacement] price point, reasonable quality knife blades, functional tools and accessories, and it doesn’t weigh me down.
Do you have a favorite multi-tool? Which one, and if you don’t mind elaborating, what makes it your favorite?