Minimalist campers have gravitated towards the multi-tool for obvious reasons: it lets them cut weight without cutting corners. It’s every tool you’d need to set up camp and more, in a fraction of the space. But most models are focused on the home rather than the wild, leaving campers with tools they don’t end up using — which is a bit antithetical to the whole “minimalist” thing. So Leatherman’s Signal survivalist multi-tool should turn a few heads, as it’s designed specifically for the outdoors.
But really, this one-of-a-kind multi-tool is as apt for the hardened hiker as it is for casual campers. The tool set was culled from conversations with trained survivalists, who placed particular emphasis on tools that provide a way to communicate sans tech — tools like a ferrocerium fire starter and a whistle. The Signal also incorporates outdoor staples like a can opener, a saw, a hammer and an awl, alongside several others for a total of 19 tools in one unit. All of this makes the multi-tool especially attractive to hunters, fishermen and geocachers. If your work or your hobbies find you filling in all of the above roles, then you’ve all the more reason to add this to your everyday carry. If you’re just striking out for a weekend — well, best to be safe. leatherman.com
Tool Count: 19
Length (Closed) 4.5 inches
Weight: 7.5 ounces
Blade Length 2.73 inches