Bottom line: Absolutely indispensable for survival, NPT, or any SHTF scenario. The ‘swiss army’ set up for any and all situations.
Pictured above is the ‘tactical’ Leatherman Supertool, which I carry on my primary survival knife. Very robust, almost unbreakable (though I’m sure there are super-strong people out there that could do so), and able to be used in a myriad of situations. I also use the Gerber 600 multi-t00l and have a couple of them on various knife sheath set ups so that whatever I grab to take with me, whether for a class, a weekend in the woods, land navigation, or whatever, I have a multi-tool. If your sheath doesn’t have a pouch on it, rig one up. Some 100 mph tape and the pouch that comes will the tool will do nicely, and will be rather functional. If the model you decide on has a lanyard loop on it like the stock photo above, use it for all applications in the bush! Better to have a ‘dummy cord’ on it than to lose it.
Redundancy is a good thing in some applications, but not necessarily on your LBE/LBV. Weight becomes a consideration as ounces make pounds and so on, as the saying goes. However, when it comes to having a multi-tool available even when you’re in a suit, you can also do as I do and keep one in your vehicle tool kit, the console, glove box, or anywhere you’d like. I have a Leatherman Wave with the socket extension and bit kit in mine.
Some folks think they’re too expensive and get knock off brands of lower quality. I have news: Go to eBay and you’ll find almost new, top of the line multi-tools by both Leatherman and Gerber for under $25. Take your time and look through the hundreds of offerings, and you’ll find something in your price, feature, and style range. I just picked up a standard Gerber, almost new, for $20 shipped. It’s not black oxide, but who cares? I can put it in my wife’s SHTF or my Get Home bag. Works out really nice!
I prefer the needle, rather than blunt nose models, as I believe they’re more versatile, buy YMMV. Whichever your preference, it’s a wise decision to have several in various places not only for SHTF kits and scenarios, but everyday, around the house situations.
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