Types of hand tools
Since the star of this article is the multi-tool, which is considered as a hand tool, we need to learn the other types of instruments so you can be familiar with what may be included in your multipurpose gadget. These various tools can carry out so many tasks that can possibly occur on a regular day or in the event of an emergency. Knowing exactly how each component works and where it works best would give you a huge advantage in terms of usage. After that, you will be able to make the most out of your multi-tool without having to reach for a full-sized one.
The following tools are common enough to be integrated into one multipurpose gadget.
1.Knife / Knives
This one is very important because it is the most useful tool you could carry around, not to mention it can potentially save you or someone else’s life. You can use it for opening boxes, letters, or cutting not so tough materials. In a multi-tool, look for features that have a one-hand opening design or a locking mechanism which saves you a lot of time and effort when operating.
2.Blade / Blades
Similar to a knife, blades are included in multi-tools most of the time. It either comes in a straight or serrated style which both serves its own purpose. It also comes in various lengths depending on the size and design of the tool.
Pliers can be found in almost every household, meaning it has a wide range of use. If you don’t know how it works, it can be used for removing nails and tacks, bend wires, cut wires, or just hold things in place. Almost all the multi-tools in the market have pliers incorporated in it, some even serve as the main tool. Pliers with needle-nose ends and have wire-cutting abilities are the best kinds to have.
Another common tool which we have lying around the house and the office, scissors in a multi-tool is generally for emergency purposes like if you’re outdoors camping or on a hike. You never know when you’re gonna need one, but it’s such a convenience when you carry one around.
Most multi-tools carry only one type of screwdriver, but there are some that have both a flat-head screwdriver as well as a Phillips screwdriver. Having both will make tightening and loosening screws a breeze.
Files can be used occasionally for sanding projects and to smoothen sharp edges. Depending on the make and the brand, some files can be safe to use on nails.
A saw is a great component to a multi-tool. Although this cannot really do the work that a normal saw would, it’s reliable for cutting small and rough materials. It can also help in times of emergencies.
This one isn’t commonly found in most multi-tools, but it’s a good feature to have. It’s used in marking wood as well as piercing holes in leather and other softer material.
Chances are you already have a pair of tweezers lying around, but unless you’re a girl, you probably wouldn’t be carrying one in your purse. Tweezers are great for removing splinters as well as pulling out tiny objects.
10.Bottle and Can Openers
These openers are great additions to a multi-tool especially if you are an outdoorsy person or you enjoy the occasional drink. This means never having to worry about how you’re going to open canned food and beverages.
Other commonly integrated tools include:
Also known as “Diagonal Pliers”, this tool does more of a specific job than regular pliers, which is to cut to wires. It’s not meant to hold or turn materials.
A wrench is used to grip and turn objects. This will benefit you if you have a car or a bike in terms of fastening nuts and bolts.
A pretty basic tool that everyone already has, but since it usually comes in a 12-inch length, it’s not really portable. Some multi-tools have rulers engraved in the blade or knife component for measurement emergencies.
There are so many other tools available in the market and I’ve only really wanted to focus on the very general ones that most people, whether a handyman or not, use. Not all of the mentioned tools above can fit in one multi-tool, obviously, and sometimes it’s better to get a separate one than to merge it into one device. But if you’re not really into crafting and wood making, an all-in-1 tool, as opposed to individual ones, would suit you best.
Alas, the multi-tool
A multi-tool is a set of versatile hand tools with individual functions combined in one unit. It ranges from key sized units to pocket-sized versions.
The idea of a multi-tool dates back as far as Middle Roman times. Probably they got tired of having to bring tons of heavy tools and equipment when construction and craftsmanship were the matter, especially when the job is in a remote place. Aside from being lightweight, a multi-tool promotes being prepared at all times. Whether you are always going camping or you just don’t want to invest in regular sized tools, a multi-tool will always be ready whenever you need it.
The unit considered as the first multi-tool was sold by Tim Leatherman in 1983. He called it the “Pocket Survival Tool”, accurately named if you ask me. It was designed to be easy to use but was made with heavy duty material, supporting its great quality.
Today, there are countless types of a multi-tool with more functions and innovative designs. Because of that, some people find it difficult to decide on exactly what kind of multi-tool is the best. Luckily, I prepared a multi-tool buyer’s guide so you can get a headstart on your gadget shopping.