One of my favorite tools in existence is the multi tool. The multi tool was designed by Tim Leatherman, which he called the Pocket Survival Tool. The name was incredibly fitting, and still is, however multi tool is a better market name, and a better descriptor. A multi tool can be used everyday in a non survival situation, and are always handy to have around the house.
A multi tool offers a wide variety of different tools in a pocket sized package. For example I love my Leatherman OHT. The OHT has 16 different tools packed into it, and unlike other multi tools it offers the advantage of being operable with one hand. The tool has two blades and a pair of pliers that can be opened, and utilized with one hand safety. Outside of that I have a wide variety of tools at my fingertips 24 hours a day without having to wear a tool belt.
Having a multi tool on hand means you can do a variety of tasks without having to crack open the tool box. A multi tool in your everyday carry, or at least in you bug out bag allows the user to carry a variety of tools in a lightweight package. Imagine the weight and the room it would take up in your bug out bag if you carried 3 different size screwdrivers, a bottle and can opener, a strap cutter, a saw, two knives, wire cutters, and pliers.
These are only the basic tools most multi tools with have. In fact my OHT has an additional five tools on top of these eleven. This tool can fit in my pocket, or just in its sheaf on my belt. A multi tool is an essential survival item that can do so many different tasks I could write a paper on it. Sit down, research multi tools, and you’ll understand why this tool is an essential survival tool, and why it was called the Pocket Survival Tool.