The 10 Best Pocket Screwdrivers

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in February of 2019. They're no replacement for a solid set of dedicated drivers or a freshly-charged brushless drill, but pocket screwdrivers still have their place in construction industry, as well as the tool collections of seasoned DIYers and casual homeowners. Our selections vary, in terms of the styles of bits they come with, but they're all multi-driver options of various compact sizes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Milwaukee Compact Ratchet

2. Stanley 4-in-1

3. PB Swiss Insider 1

Editor's Notes

February 25, 2021:

While all of our choices from last update were still available at the time of this writing, and may have been appealing choices to a subset of our users, we did decide to phase out a couple of our lower end picks, wanting to make room for a couple new selections and ultimately believing that these choices just weren’t up to snuff.

The first option we removed was the Megapro Four-in-One Set — a precision multi-driver that might’ve been a useful device for users working on eyeglasses, but seemed like a likely inferior choice to the EtcBuys Pen Multi-Tool and Maxcraft 7-in-1. The second option we removed was the Lead EDC Keychain — which probably earned its spot on the list with its diminutive size, but given that it could only accommodate two types of fasteners and it looked like it would be uncomfortable/difficult to handle, we decided it was time to let it go.

Our first new addition this time around was the Klein Tools 32561 — the company’s 6-in-1 stubby driver, which has always served me well… until I end up losing one of its double-sided bits, again. In my mind, a solid stubby multi-driver should be front in center in a list of pocket screwdrivers, but the closest thing we were offering was the Milwaukee Compact Ratchet. The Compact Ratchet is a nice tool, and it’s ratcheting functionality definitely earns it one up on the 32561, but at 4-1/2 inches long, it’s 50% longer than our new addition from Klein Tools, making it less viable for work in ultra-tight spaces, so the 32561 was a welcome addition to this list.

Our second new inclusion was the MulWark MLK-53759. Admittedly, you could easily argue that, as a pocket ratchet, this tool’s got no business showing its face on a list of screwdrivers. However, given the utility offered by its collection of 19 bits, and the pocket portability offered by its six-inch length, plus the assurance offered by its lifetime warranty, we still thought it was an option that our users would likely be interested in. The only real problem I had with it was that it featured no onboard bit storage, which I was quick to forgive, given the size of its bit collection, but it still means that if you want to use this one as an EDC gadget, you’ll be stuck lugging its bit set around separately. Needless to say, this is less than ideal.

If all the standard-size bits on this list are not what you were looking for, maybe you’ll be more interested in our list of mini screwdriver sets, which includes a better range of precision options.

February 13, 2019:

We looked at models from the most popular tool makers, including Milwaukee, Stanley, and Klein Tools. While all three have excellent pocket models to offer, the Milwaukee Compact Ratchet and the Stanley 4-in-1 perhaps provide better usability than the Klein Tools 10-Fold, simply because the latter isn't as comfortable in the hand. The PB Swiss Insider 1 is also an all-around handy option that can be expected to last for a long time, and it's easy to keep track of the bits that come with it, because they fit into the holder securely. We also added a couple of interesting everyday carry choices, including the HexFlex Adventure Metric. It has an eye-catching snowflake shape and 15 functions, and it would make a fine gift for hobbyists and DIYers.

Special Honors

Gerber Center-Drive The Gerber Center-Drive is available in black or metallic gray, and features a 3.2-inch multi-driver and set of 11 bits designed to provide military personnel with everything they need to service an assault rifle in the field. For a multitool, it's quite functional as a screwdriver, and its main blade can also be easily accessed with one hand.

Toler Tools The Union This gadget's one of the most advanced multitools on the market, and offers a full-length, foldable multi-driver with onboard bit storage, plus a self-adjusting, ratcheting wrench that's ready to take on 1/4- to 3/4-inch hardware. If you think it's a bit on the bulky side, it comes apart and is equipped with two pocket clips, making it easy to carry both halves separately.

Victorinox SwissTool X Plus Ratchet This impressive device offers the same bit collection and array of implements as company's CS Plus model, except its bit wrench is replaced by an extension bar and ratchet, which might offer you more utility. In all, it offers 38 functions, and it comes in a leather belt pouch, backed by the company's lifetime warranty.

4. HexFlex Adventure Metric

5. Klein Tools 32561

6. Wera Kraftform Kompakt 25

7. MulWark MLK-53759

8. Klein Tools 10-Fold

9. Maxcraft 7-in-1

10. EtcBuys Pen Multi-Tool

Will Rhoda
Last updated by Will Rhoda

After deciding that the pen was mightier than the pliers, Canadian electrical contractor William Rhoda abandoned his career and headed back to college, where he majored in marketing and advertising and won a scholarship along the way to earning a diploma in creative communications. His past career landed him a depth of knowledge in tools and hardware, while his current career schooled him in audio, video and camera equipment. During his leisure time, he’s learned lots about outdoor gear, and years of tiresome backyard maintenance have taught him all about pools and hot tubs. His recreational pursuits include rest, relaxation and revolutionary action, and his roommate’s a hairless cat.

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