Without a doubt, multitools like those from Leatherman and Gerber can be extremely useful. I’ve always kept one in my go bag and they have proved extremely useful to me in both my personal and professional lives. But all of the typical ones failed as knives. Sure, each of them had at least one cutting blade, but they were frequently pretty poor blades.
Kershaw is offering a new multitool that takes a knife first, driver second. Called the Payload, this tool has a familiar folding knife profile with a 3.3″ blade made of 8Cr13MoV steel. The plain edge blade opens via a thumb stud and has a liner lock. Kershaw designed the spine of the blade with a fair amount of jimping.
When the blade is closed, you can turn the handle around and release the spring loaded bit driver. Five bits are stored in the glass filled nylon handle: a #1 and #2 slotted, a #1 and #2 Phillips and a T-6 Torx. The entire package weighs less than 6.5 ounces.
The Payload has a MSRP of $49.99.
The Payload is not Kershaw’s first stab at a multi-tool. Also in the company’s current catalog is the Select Fire. This knife has a different configuration, but clearly was built around the knife as it has a blade superior to those on normal multitools.