Gone Outdoors

How to Use the Multi-Tool

by Eric Cedric

Multi-tools include various features, knife blades and tools into one self-contained housing. These handy devices pack away into small, rectangular shapes, stored in pouches, pockets or backpacking storage compartments. Depending on the multi-tool, use is determined by the release mechanism and the lock-down function when the particular tool or blade is extended out. Keep the multi-tool's lock mechanism in place when a blade is exposed to prevent unwanted folding or slipping.

1. Press any lock button or sliding lock-mechanism on your multi-tool. Look toward the rear end of the tool for a metal button to press with your thumb or a metal slide that opens the tool.

2. Open the tool as you would open a pair of pliers. If your multi-tool has pliers, look to see if you need to push them out from the housing to gain full use of the tool.

3. Pull out you needed tool from the recessed housing compartment. Look for sliver sized indentations along the edge of the tools where a fingernail slides to gain purchase to pull the tool out.

4. Close the handle of the multi-tool when your desired tool is extended out. Check that the multi-tool's lock mechanism is in place before you use the extended tool.

5. Open the lock mechanism to change tools. Push the extended tool back into the housing and select another. Close the housing and check it is locked.

6. Push the plier function back into the tool, close all extended tools and fold the multi-tool back into the rectangular shape to be stored in the sheath, pouch or pocket.

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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