He simply said he wants a multi tool, not a hiking and bushcraft tool.For Hiking you need a Victorinox Compact.
I can't see any reason to take a multi tool in the forest. Throw a simple stone in the rucksack and you have more or less the same results!
A multi tool is never going to replace a toolkit, but the fact is they’re useful to a lot of people, hence the huge market and range. If they were truly useless, there wouldn’t be several manufacturers producing a selection of models to cater for intended usage. Or forums of devotees.
Locking blades are perfectly legal in the UK, but require good reason to carry. Work, any situation where a locking knife might be considered the best option, are good enough reason.I EDC a Leatherman crunch and a Micra.
The crunch has locking blades si I believe that it is not legal on your side of the pond. Sadly