Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Keychain Multitool

Having a small tool attached to your keys can be a big help when you need it.

Multitool on deck.
Even if you don’t attach it to your keys, a small multitool is a handy addition to any vehicle’s glove box or center console.Gerber

A multitool is one of the most convenient, useful accessories you can carry, and new lightweight designs with smart, innovative features pack more blades, drivers, snippers, and tweezers into small packages than ever before. Some are small enough to double as keychain fobs, while others are slightly larger but still fit great in a pocket. Here are three things to consider when you’re ready to upgrade up your keychain toolkit.

Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
This model includes a nail file, screwdriver, scissors, tweezers, and a toothpick.Victorinox

Even small multitools vary in weight and size, so pick a model that has only the tools you need. That might mean a slim pocketknife with a few accessories like scissors and a screwdriver. Or you might opt for a full-featured multitool with pliers, bit drivers, and even a corkscrew. Just be realistic about how much bulk you want in your pocket or dangling while you drive.

Gerber 30-000469 Dime Mini Multi-Tool, Black
This stainless-steel product has 10 different functions.Gerber Gear

A butterfly design keeps the bulky plier jaws embedded inside the multitool handles until you deploy them. A butterfly design also increases the space for additional tools to fit inside the handle.

LEATHERMAN, Skeletool Lightweight Multitool with Combo Knife and Bottle Opener, Stainless Steel
This model has an integrated bottle opener.LEATHERMAN

You don’t have to attach a keychain multitool to an actual keychain. Multitools made with innovative clips integrated into the handle or outfitted with a carabiner-style snap or clip can attach to belt loops or zipper pulls and daisy chains on a pack.