For those of you unfamiliar with my website, here’s a rundown of how I rate the multi tools:

  • I ask my peers from the industry about their opinion (I worked in a multi tool factory for 20 years and I have a few dozen people whose opinions I deem relevant)
  • I ask for the opinions of my friends from the handyman and survival community
  • I use customer reviews collected from around  the web
  • I include all the data in my statistical model and rate each multi tool on a scale of 0 to 5
  • I update those ratings in all categories every two months

About this price range

It might seem confusing that a tool with similar looks and similar tool versatility can cost two or three times as much as another multi tool.

But in fact, it’s very simple – it’s all about the quality of the materials (steel) used.

It’s what makes or breaks a multi tool and it’s what can bring you a sidekick for life, something to leave to the grandkids, or a piece that you’ll wear out and discard within months.

That’s what my website is all about – helping you recognize the difference between quality multi tools and pieces that would be a waste of your money.

But enough chit-chat – let me present the winners of the last update in this price range and then look at each of them in more depth:

Best multi tools in the $100-200 price range:

ModelRead moreOverall Quality RatingPicture
Charge TTI Multi-Toolbutton4.7 / 5charge_tti_best_in_category
Black Oxide Surge Multi Toolbutton4.5 / 5Leatherman Surge Multitool Black Oxide
Swiss Army SwissToolbutton4.4 / 5Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Swiss Army Knife Pouch 53946
MUT Multi Toolbutton4.4 / 5Leatherman MUT Multi-Tool
Mut Eod Combo Multi Toolbutton4.4 / 5Leatherman 850132 Mut Eod Multi-Tools

As I promised, we’ll now take a look at each of these tools in more depth by:

  • taking a look at the basic fact sheet
  • analyzing the most important PROs and CONs
  • coming up with a final Overall Quality Rating

Let’s get started.

The first tool we are covering is, in my opinion, one of the best multi tools ever to hit the market.

The Charge TTI Multi-Tool review

charge_tti_best_in_categoryFrom Leatherman

Let’s check out the fact sheet:

  • This multi tool scissors are almost indestructible
  • It comes with a limited 25-year warranty
  • Its main attraction are Phillips #1 and #2, Torx #15, screwdrivers 1/8″, flat tip eyeglass screwdriver, Robertson #2 and #3.
  • Also included – Hex 3/32″, 5/64″, 5/32″, 9/64″, 1/16″, .050, 1/8″, and 7/64″
  • Other tools include wire and hard wire cutters, as well as a wire stripper, both needlenose and regular pliers, can and bottle openers, small and large bit drivers, and a cutting hook.
  • The file is diamond-coated
  • It all comes with a removable pocket clip

See its user ratings on Amazon.com >>>

Now let’s see what some of the existing users had to share:

PROs:

  • My Leatherman Charge has been with me for more than a year, and I have to say I have it on me most days. Whether I am at work, doing some gardening, or going camping or hiking, it’s always on my belt…
  • I am still finding new uses for it after 2 years. Just today I’ve used the micro screwdriver, the wire cutters and strippers and the box cuter knife. All of it was used for installing a car audio amp I bought. It’s just amazing what it can do.
  • Yes, this Leatherman Charge TTI has all the same tool their lower-priced models have as well, but it isn’t the same. I owned two Gerbers before and the TTI is just much better when it comes to build quality and durability…
  • I bought this as a gift for my husband. He’s had his old one for two decades, and I know it is still as good as the first day, so I had no dilemmas about the brand. Anyway, he loves it. Apparently, the new version has a much better way of adjusting, and he couldn’t do that on the old one. I see him customizing it, removing and adding tools all the time…

The CONS:

  • If I had to point something negative about the Leatherman Charge TTI, it would be the sheath quality. I just think It would need to be in par with the rest of the tool.
  • What I don’t like about it is the “snap closure” feature which seems not to be working for me. I don’t know about the others.

My thoughts

I already shared my 5 cents on the TTI – even the old version was very well made and the new one just annihilated the competition.

  • just the right versatility, no “make-up” tools that will only add to the price and never be used
  • I know Leatherman and I know the steel used for the TTI – very pure and durable
  • just the right % of additives to the steel used in the blades to hold the edges longer
  • perfectly crafted handles for a tight grip

Overall Quality Rating 4.7/5 – and again, one of the best pieces ever made.

Rating1_Leatherman_Charge_TTi

From variety of tools to the supreme build quality, it checks all the boxes. A tool for a real man, it does look nice and invites comments but it’s primarily substance over looks.

And last but not least – the warranty speaks for itself.

Black Oxide Surge Multi Tool review

Leatherman Surge Multitool Black OxideFrom Leatherman

The basic info of the tool:

  • Comes in black stainless steel
  • Comes with manufacturer warranty
  • Weighs 15.2 ounces
  • Some of the tools include: clip point, electrical clipper, and wire cutters
  • Other tools include regular and needlenose pliers, and both standard and hard wire cutters
  • Also included are serrated knife, file, saw, large and small bit drivers, ruler, bottle and can openers, and much more

Read more user reviews on Amazon >>>

The advantages of this tool:

  • I work for the Army and I am stationed in Iraq, mostly doing repairs and maintenance of a/c’s. This tool has shown to be the best multi tool there is. I’ve actually used all the tools available…
  • Part of my work is building a “haunted house” for Halloween season. All that I actually needed was my drill and my multi tool. It can cut through wires and ties. It can unscrew unreachable nuts and slice fencing wire like it’s a piece of cake…
  • This tool was a present for my brother. We both use it every day. At least we play around with it. It is very durable, very handy, and highly attractive. It is a little big, but we soon realized that this makes it better and sturdier.

The disadvantages:

  • The weight is ok at the beginning, but it becomes tiresome after some time. Also, the finish on the black oxide wears off and starts looking bad.
  • The black feels very cheap, almost as if it were spray painted. When you pay this much, you expect it to be much better.
  • This tool is just way to hefty for me to carry around. I bought it for everyday use, but honestly, it spends more time in the drawer than being used.

My opinion

This Black Oxide Surge Multi Tool seems like a solid, well-built piece. For those who don’t like the black, it also comes in plain stainless steel.

The steel used is pure and durable, the pieces well thought of and smartly placed and it’s sturdy and up for most every day tasks, even for a handy man.

The sturdiness comes at a price, both in dollars and weight of the tool…just something to think about before getting the Surge.

Overall Quality Rating 4.5/5.

Leatherman Surge Multi tool revie wrating

Again, a piece for a man that’ll be using it every day. If you want something that will be more of a conversation starter, the Surge is probably not for you.

Swiss Army SwissTool review

Victorinox Swiss Army Spirit Mutitool imageFrom Victorinox

How people at Victorinox describe this industry classic:

  • Completely made in Switzerland
  • Comes with lifetime warranty
  • Boasts a stainless steel body
  • Offers up to 37 different functions
  • Screwdrivers come in 2mm, 3mm, 5mm, and 7.5mm variants, with an additional Phillips head screwdriver
  • Additional tools include a 6-bit-wrench, a saw, a wood scraper/chisel, large knife blade, bottle and can openers, a metal saw and file
  • Weighs 10oz and it is 4.5 inches long

Click here for pricing and user ratings on Amazon>>

The chosen PROs from the customers:

  • Personally, I think this is the SwissTool line is the best multi tool series right now. With just minimum of care applied, the stainless steel feels like it’s really build to last
  • It’s very comfortable to hold and use, especially the pliers. What also makes me praised this tool so much is the phenomenal layout.
  • The design and tool placement is very intuitive. And the mix of tools is just well thought through…
  • This tool is quite heavy compared to my old Gerber, but I don’t mind its weight because I know it’s made out of higher quality stainless steel, I could see that on arrival…
  • The finish is perfect, as you would expect from Victorinox. It is very easy to handle, unlike some of the others I’ve used.
  • All the tools fit perfectly into their place. The pliers are usable even if the tools is closed, which is handy for cutting, and that’s what I use it 50% of the time…
  • As an old Victorinox customer who had to replace his lost twenty-something years old tool, this was my final choice. After 6 months, I don’t have a single regret…
  • I have tried other similar tools in the past, but they just don’t match the old Victorinox workmanship and functionality. This multi tool is a very reliable belt-based tool, and I strongly recommend it.

The other side of the story – the CONs the customers had to share:

  • Even though it is of excellent quality, I find it difficult to open the blades…
  • It is stated that the sheath is made of leather. However, when I got mine, it was nylon. Wouldn’t expect this kind of sloppiness from the Swiss…
  • This is a great tool, but it’s too heavy to carry around. I think it’s more suited for a toolbox or a glove box instead.

The verdict and the Overall Rating

The Victorinox SwissTool is everything you would expect from a multi tool coming from the Swiss.

It offers more than any average user really needs, and it’s famous for its build quality. Finally – the Overall Quality Rating is a very good 4.4/5 stars.

Victorinox Swiss Army Spirit review rating

 

One thing that bothers me is its weight. Yes, it is reliable, but can you really take 10 ounces of stainless steel with you all day every day?

If you are looking for an every day carry-on I am not sure this is the choice for you.

The MUT Multi Tool review

Leatherman MUT Multi-ToolFrom Leatherman

The fact sheet:

  • This multi tool is operable with just one hand
  • It comes with 16 different tools
  • Some of the tools include Phillips #1-2 with 3/16 screwdriver, Phillip #2 with 1/4″ screwdriver, Torx #15 with Hex 7/64″
  • Other tools include regular and needlenose pliers, electrical crimper, saw, hammer, replaceable wire cutters and hard wire cutters, combo knife and much more
  • The handles and the body are made from black oxide stainless steel
  • The scraper is made from bronze carbon, while the pocket clip is made from titanium

Read what owners had to share on Amazon >>>

What the more satisfied customers shared:

  • This tool is very useful, and it makes my life much easier. Especially when I clean my rifle. I use the bronze scraper for cleaning my bolt and bolt carrier.
  • This tool is what any enthusiastic gun owner needs. The fact that you can replace scrapers, blades and cutters means that this tool can last you forever. And who wouldn’t want that?
  • The serrated blade is highly resistant. And the carbon scraper works magic without causing damage to the steel. Just what I need…
  • This Leatherman is not your run-of-the-mill multi tool. It was designed specifically for certain people’s needs, so I wouldn’t really recommend it to an average Joe that’ll be using it once in a blue moon. I carry mine to the range, and so far it has proven to be worth every penny.

Those less satisfied contributed by saying:

  • I’ve owned 3 Leatherman tools so far, and I have to admit that this didn’t impress me that much. It’s very expensive, so I expected a lot. Unfortunately, it didn’t prove to be worth it. The tools just don’t cover all my needs. So I went back to using the TTI.
  • After some eight months of continuous use, the pliers broke off…really disappointed in the quality…

My summary

This tool is clearly well built, but it isn’t made for a regular guy or a gall. It’s primarily meant to be used by gun and rifle owners, hunters and people with similar interests.

Good materials and solid craftsmanship bring it to a well deserved 4.4/5 Quality Rating.

MUT Multi Tool review rating

This perhaps is a great multi tool, but unless you own a fire weapon, it might not be your cup of tea.

The Mut Eod Combo Multi Tool  review

Leatherman 850132 Mut Eod Multi-ToolsFrom Leatherman

This multi tool:

  • Offers 17 different tools
  • The handles and body are made out of stainless steel
  • All the blades and tools are lock-featured
  • Blades can easily be open one-handedly from the outside
  • Comes with additional fuse wire cutters, needlenose pliers, a beefy field blade, and cap crimpers
  • A MOLLE sheath comes included

Read complete reviews of the EOD tool on Amazon >>>

Positive things people said about it:

  • I love how safety-oriented this multi tool from Leatherman is. With the standard lock on the blade and the saw, it also has various safety features for other included tools as well.
  • This Leatherman multi tool is very well made, with most of its parte being replaceable, which is a huge advantage.
  • The wire cutters are impeccable, and the cord and belt cutter is easily accessible, which is a huge deal if in you find yourself in a hurry…
  • The lock-feature is very useful, and it really does prevents accidents. I can think of at least a dozen times when it saved bits of my nails or even fingers…
  • I love the Mole sheath, it looks great. Since I got this MUT, 3 out of 5 of my hunting buddies got the same tool…

The CONs:

  • I don’t like the fact that the knife and the saw blade are not replaceable as some of the other components. The knife is not so much of an issue, since you can sharpen it anytime. However, the saw just gets duller with time and replacement is the only solution.
  • The storage for driver bits is not easy to use. If you have your gloves on or you don’t have anything else to poke them out with, you will have a hard time getting them out.
  • The needle nose is not as pointy and precise as you would expect from a Leatherman tool, and this is my 4th piece so I know what I’m talking about…

What I have to say and the “Verdict”

One more tool that’ll grab the attention of weapon owners rather than the handyman.

The customers reviews told us a pretty concise story, so there’s really nothing more that I can add here.

Overall Quality Rating – 4.4/5 stars.

The Mut Eod Combo Multi Tool  review rating

Again, if you are handyman, and electrician or just want an every-day multi tool, you’ll probbaly be better off with the Charge TTI or the SwissTool.

My comment

I started rating multi tools by price ranges almost a year ago now and Leatherman has been dominating this category ever since.

This didn’t come us a surprise for me, since I know their manufacturing practices, I know the materials they are using and their tools, more often than not, justify the price.

The SwissTool has also been in the top 5 in this price range since the beginning – also something that wasn’t a surprise. What I can say is that I expected to see more Gerbers enter the arena in this price range over these 10 months but it just didn’t happen.

The model that I am using to rate the tools is statistical and objective and I stay behind this list, I firmly believe that the 5 tools presented here are the best money can buy in the price range.

Stay safe,

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