Pros: Good selection of tools, durable, convenient, easy to carry
Cons: No real cons, just some minor wish list upgrades.
Is that MacGyver?
No it is not MacGyver, just me Gerber guy and I cannot make bombs using bubble gum and paperclips. At times I do feel like him while using my multi-tool to fix things. My folks moved our family to a small piece of farmland, there were always animals to tend, fences to mend and gear to repaired. Many of the projects needed to get done right away and on the fly. I found I needed not only a large sharp blade but some tools on me at all times. I started packing an earlier version of Gerber multi-tool a blunt nose pair of flick out pliers.
A few years back for the holiday gift exchange my mom decided I needed a new pair and purchased for me an expensive Leatherman tool, which is a good long time trusted brand; my grand dad and uncle each had one. I had seen the newer Gerber tools and exchanged it. Sorry mom nothing personal I just prefer the convenience and features of the Gerber.
For years now I have carried my multi-tool on me, everywhere. I am not kidding every time I forget to change my gear over to new pants, I regret it. It is not life and death survival situations, just matter of necessity and convenience. So now it comes on motorcycle rides, fishing trips, camping trips, to work, school, family functions, kids birthday parties and even church. I always have a need for it.
What I like: (just a short list)
One handed flick out: I have found myself under some ornery horses. I would see them limp or step weird I work to get their hoof up, the last thing I want to do is put it back down. A quick flick of the wrist the plier's jaws pop out. Tada, a make shift hoof pick. Mending fences, I get two strands of electric fence wire stretched through the bushes I don't want to drop it I want to twist them together. Flick of the wrist, Tada, pliers. Sometimes you find the trout you drug to shore swallowed the hook you do not want to sit it down on the slippery rocks to dig in the tackle box, yep, Tada.
Comfort: Unlike many multi-tools that open like a butterfly blade. The tools on the Gerber open from inside the handle. This allows the handles to be slightly rounded and smooth. Why do I like this? This means I can really bear down on that rusty bolt and get a good grip without square edges digging into my palms.
Safety: I like that when the desired tool such as blade or screw driver is out and being used it locks open on that side of the handle. To fold it up a tool simply use your thumb to pull back the black slide lock then fold away the tool. My older model did not have this feature I was always wary of it collapsing once force was used. As well as individual tools locking the pliers jaws will slide back into the handle locking both handles together, just an extra added precaution.
Also under Safety: When the pliers jaws are being used the handles stay sprung slightly open. This assures that when you make it through that thick wire you are trying to snip, or when you slip off that rusty bolt, the handles will not close. Thus not pinching your palm leaving a nasty blood blister like other tools I have used have done to me.
Durability: It's tough, I am a guy who is always breaking ax handles, hammer handles, twisting off bolts and bending wrenches. I have literally beaten this with a rock on more than one occasion to pry out fencing staples and bust apart boards. I am not recommending this as a common practice but only in certain situations. The only thing I have busted on mine was one of the extra, screw bits. I have tested out other multi-tools, I am always surprised at how much they twist and flex when I squeeze the handles. I feel sorry for the guys getting those for a gift.
I could go on and on listing all the things I like as well as all the uses I have found for this awesome tool. I could mention all the things I use the scissors for such as fishing line and hangnails. I could tell you about how I started a camp fire using the blade the file a magnesium bar and flint. I won't bore you with how I have used the file on everything from fish hooks to fingernails. I have helped a few fellow motorcycle enthusiasts with roadside repairs but I won't go into that. I could also tell you how valuable I am to my kids and nieces for my ability to get their precious toys out of the packages the manufactures secure them in now days. No I will spare you all that but I will share some of the areas I wish they would up- grade so you can make an informed purchase.
A few wish list upgrades:
The blade: For me it is short and a little on the thin side. It works great for most things such as opening packages, cutting bailing twine and rope or trimming down sticks for marshmallows. Heavier cutting jobs such as leather, limbs or rubber, it is a little light. Forget rendering a deer carcass.
Saw Blade: The safety saw blade same thing short and a little flimsy. I have hacked through some light gage PVC pipe and wood paneling. It is no hack saw.
The screw driver kit: It needs an extension you get a little height when you use the adaptor but a lot of places are recessed and to tight for a thick handle to turn in.
The females we adore: I got one for my wife she sees me use mine all the time and how handy it is. I wanted her to be better prepared. She has issues with carpal tunnel and many of the screw drivers and mini sized multi-tools out there are hard for her to hold. My tool is a great size for her to get a firm grip on (I feel a "That's what she said" joke coming on). If your gal likes to keep longish nails, have her try it out in the store she may have issues opening some of the tools, as well as operating the locking mechanism.
I know this is nit picking, it is not going to replace every tool you own. I mean these are small things compared to all the uses this provides. It is a great first response tool, which is what it is designed to be, you should either keep one on you or in the car, back pack, purse, or emergency kit.
What is included?
•· Needle nose pliers, wire cutter, wire crimper.
•· Serrated knife.
•· RemGrit saw with universal saw coupler,
•· Fiskars scissors.
•· Cross point screwdriver, small and medium flat blade screwdrivers.
•· Can opener, bottle opener
•· Material: stainless steel.
•· Sheath material: ballistic nylon.
10 Piece Tool Kit:
•· Includes adapter, 3 different sizes of flathead bits, cross point bits, hex head bits
•· Limited Lifetime Warranty