Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $38
Broke half the pliers during everyday use.
- Good selection and layout of tools
- Clumsy locking mechanism
- Knives dull quickly
- Pliers break easily
The metal changes color way too easily when used with a fire starter, however the back of the saw blade is nice and sharp to throw a good spark. But I broke the pliers during everyday use. I was at home and didn't feel like going to the garage for a real set of pliers and these were in my pack from just coming from trail. Three or four strenuous tugs and the one side of the pliers snapped at the base. Not a strong composite.
Source: bought it new
I've had this product for a few years now, and it has come with me into a variety of terrain. It has held up quite well so far.
I have had to buy a knife sharpener to clean up some of the blades, but as long as you keep it lubed, try and sharp it does everything you could need. I would not use this as an everyday multi-tool, but for moderate camping use you can't beat the price!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
This multi tool is very heavy, looks and feels beefy, but the first time I used the can opener it broke.
- Spring loaded pliers
- Lots of tools
- Knives sharp
- Cheap / broke
Good knife, sharp good pliers, good serated knife. All tools lock open with a locking mechanism. Can opener broke under normal use.
Price Paid: $28
A good tool for the most part. A lot cheaper ($28 Amazon) than Leatherman but I guess there is a reason. The latching mechanism on one side failed after 6 mos of moderate use, and one of the rubber bits came loose. Sent it back to Gerber (no receipt required) and quickly got back a new one.
I wonder if this latch failure is common; the rubber bit isn't important. Bought the tool kit which works well, takes std 1/4" bits, so you can add/exchange bits as needed. But the both the pouch that came with the tool kit (holds tool and tool kit) and the one that comes with the tool are poorly designed, placed on your belt vertically it hangs out as the loop is placed unnecessarily low. But the pouches do have two other loops so you can put it on your belt horizontally, that works ok.
Price Paid: $35
My primary uses:
Business and Professional technical environment.
Good for having for technical things when you don't want to carry around an entire tool bag for odd jobs on things.
First the tool comes in a nice:
11.2 cm (H) x 6.5cm (W) x 3.2 cm (D) pouch.
It is very compact and mounts vertically as well as horizontal on the belt, which makes for nice low profile in a business/technical environment.
Unit itself folded and free from pouch.
9.5 cm (h) x 4.5 cm (w widest point) - 3.5 cm (w narrowest point) x 2 cm thick.
So it is pretty compact.
Packed full of a lot however.
I mainly use the small blades and the pliers though.
Full articulating handles allow pliers to be concealed within the device as it is folded up.
the lock is great and an improvement over the 600 series which is a 12 some year old design.
Frame is shared pieces of aluminum and stainless steel. So don't beat it with a hammer.
Four folding tools per side. The arrangement also allows you to deploy them with the plier in its concealed state, and gets you past the 1/2 part of the handle that was in the way with the 600 series. What this means is you can use a knife or finer tool on board while having no handle obstructing the working area or object that your operating on.
The blades and saw are rather short, but they are robust and do provide plenty of business edge for your general uses. Perfect for boxes. They are thick enough steel (2mm spine) to allow bearing down hard on dense up to 2 layers of hard cardboard to cut!
2 screw drivers, One can opener appendage for bottles and cans. One saw blade double razor tooth, internal pitch.
Fine scissors, I like this because you can now have a scissors in the field.
Pliers is a short needle nose and has a decent wire nipper installed near the fulcrum point. They spring open and allow better use for electronic components. They are also machined well and you can see the higher quality of this pliers too.
All the joints on board are nice actions and the unit is very solid to operate.
I like them and only knock the .5 of star rating here because of the phillips head screw driver. It does not turn a phillips head screw. I am going to re grind this driver to some other thing.
Perfect for the technical person, the outdoorsman and most of all the professional business type person that will get this for themselves or as a gift and leave it unused for years in a drawer until a life changing event where one of their kids or grandkids will ask for it and ultimately use it in the proper environment.
If you plan on owning it and using it. It is nice. If you plan on giving it as a gift it is nice too.
Price Paid: $26
I've owned a lot of different brands and this one is top notch. The quality is great. I enjoy the locking blades, which are great when you are really using the tool in a tough manner. It has everything you need for tools and then some. I never leave without it and my gun by my side.