Many multi-tools are affordably priced and have great warranties, but they are not always the most effective. In order to cram a knife, a saw, some scissors, a toothpick, a screwdriver and a bunch of other tools into one sleek package, each function must suffer a little. The scissors are wimpy, the saw is too short, and the blade often has a terrible edge. Don’t get me wrong, a good contemporary multi-tool (like a Leatherman) has overcome many of these stumbling blocks, but there’s no way to have the absolute best of each tool type on just one tool. The upside: When you need to do unexpected firearm repairs, hotwire a car, or fix your walkie-talkie, the multi-tool gives you all of the tools you’d have otherwise left in the garage. It really is like having a tool chest in your pocket. In the right setting, it might just be the tool that saves the day.