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Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier [22-01471]

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  • Suspension Multi-Plier multitool with 12 integrated components
  • Saf.T.Plus component locking system guarantees safety
  • Lightweight open-frame stainless steel handle
  • Includes a ballistic nylon sheath
  • Weighs 9.6 oz; Closed Length: 4 inches; limited lifetime warranty
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Tough, reliable, and easy to handle, the Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier is engineered to tackle jobs in just about every situation you can imagine. Featuring a sleek butterfly design, durable stainless steel construction, and Gerber's patented Saf.T.Plus component locking system, this affordable multitool packs 11 convenient tools that will quickly prove indispensable.

The Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool Features:
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutter/Stripper
  • Straight Blade
  • Serrated Blade
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Saw
  • Awl
  • Lanyard Ring


Gerber's patented Saf.T.PlusTM lock system provides safety and convenience. View larger.


The Suspension offers a unique design based on Portland, Oregon's suspension bridges that's up to tough tasks. View larger.


You can purchase seperate tool kits for even broader functionality. View larger.
Strong, Innovative Open-Frame Design
Strong yet lightweight, the Suspension Multi-Plier offers the durability of stainless steel construction along with an aluminum butterfly-opening handle that's inspired by the precision engineering of Portland, Oregon's famous suspension bridges. Like those time-tested iron bridges, this tool is designed to deliver the down-and-dirty performance that you demand from your tools.

But performance isn't everything. The tool's unique suspension-style handle sits comfortably in your hand, giving it a well-balanced feel. Compact enough to satisfy the most demanding minimalists, and cool enough for any gadget guy or girl, the Suspension Multi-Plier offers a sleek, streamlined design that will look as good as it performs.

Reliable, Easy-to-Access Tools Keep You Prepared
Whether you're at home, on the road, at a muddy jobsite, or deep in the backcountry, you can't predict what you'll be up against. The Suspension Multi-Plier is fitted with 11 tools that will give you the edge in virtually any situation.

Starting with the knives, you have the choice of a straight blade for fine-tune cutting, or a serrated blade that's great for cutting rope.

This tool also includes a Phillips screwdriver along with large and medium flathead screwdrivers, as well as a dedicated wire cutter/stripper. Unlike bulky squared-off pliers on many multitools, the needle-nose pliers at the center of this tool are designed for the tightest of spots. And they're spring loaded so that they open when you release your grip, which makes working with them easy, pinch free and intuitive.

Other useful features hidden away in the handle of the Suspension include scissors, a bottle opener, a can opener, saw, an awl, and a lanyard ring.

Safe, User-Friendly Design
If you've ever had a folding knife close on your hand in the middle of making a tough cut, you'll have a special appreciation for Gerber's Saf.T.Plus system, which locks components securely in place for worry-free use.

Even with this lock system, deployment is quick and easy. Gerber's user-friendly design makes it simple to access any tool that you need--just slide the lock-release button back and get set for the task at hand.

This Gerber multitool also comes with a nylon ballistic-cloth sheath so that you can keep it protected from the elements when it's not in use.

If you're looking for even more versatility, Gerber offers an add-on tool kit that contains an adapter, three different sizes of flathead bits, cross point bits, and hex head bits for increased functionality. Also available are several a convenient sharpening systems that can help you keep the blades on your multitool in top condition without the hassle of using a whetstone or a round file, including the DF6 Compact Sharpener and the DF8 Sharpener, which uses unique diamond fingers to acheive a perfect 30 degree angle every time you sharpen a blade (tool kit and sharpeners not included).

Gerber's History of Ingenuity
Savvy. Moxie. Craftsmanship. Attention to detail. These are just a few of the company traits that contributed to Gerber's emergence as a world leader in outdoor gear. Joseph Gerber started Portland, Oregon's Gerber Advertising back in 1910, and one Christmas, he hired a local knife-maker to craft 25 sets of kitchen cutlery as client gifts. The knives were so popular, Mr. Gerber ultimately left his agency to launch Gerber Legendary Blades in 1939.

For more than half a century, Gerber Legendary Blades has been helping people fend for themselves. Gerber designs popular, dependable tools and knives along with other outdoor gear that helps users accomplish whatever tasks they may be faced with, promoting the lost art of self-reliance.

What's in the Box
Suspension multitool and nylon sheath.


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Product Dimensions 3.5 x 1 x 6 inches
Item Weight 9 ounces
Shipping Weight 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Department unisex-adult
Manufacturer Gerber
ASIN B000EDPT9K
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Item model number 3098
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Best Sellers Rank #409 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#3 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Multitools & Accessories > Multitools
#46 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply

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By Calvin Tong on January 2, 2009
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I am not going to rehash what others have already said: it is a great tool, very solidly built, and strong. Metal is great.

However, watch out for the two different versions, and why you should purchase this in store instead!

I was at my local Target where they sell this tool. I picked one up to purchase and inspected the tool in the packaging. The metal was strangely low quality-looking with lots of pits and crevices. Overall, the quality seemed very poor: metal of poor quality, low quality bolts, and a poor surface coating where you could see pits in the paint. I looked on the back: Made in China.

I was ready to purchase it anyway when I walked back to the display and too a closer look at the other ones on the rack (same model). I noticed that some other ones had much better polished metal, smooth glossy paint, and round & smooth torx-headed bolts. I thought, wait, how can these be the same item and some be made so much better. I looked on the back: Made in Taiwan.

It appears that Gerber switched production some time in 2008 from Taiwan to China. The quality has greatly suffered as a result.
You should be aware that most of these reviews on Amazon before 2008 are for the Made in Taiwan model. This is the model you should get! Unfortunately, because Amazon stock moves so fast, you're likely to get an vastly inferior Made in China model. This is why I strongly suggested purchasing this in the store instead so you can look for a Made in Taiwan model or at least inspect the Made in China model first before purchasing.

Update on 12/23/2015: Over the past few years, whenever I go to Target, Walmart, or Home Depot, sometimes I check out this tool in the store and see where it's made.
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Length: 2:50 Mins
Pros:
Under $30 (bought mine for $26)
Solid, neat looking frame, very nice gunmetal looking finish
Spring loaded pliers, contours my hand perfectly
Nylon sheath
One handed open for major blades
IMO rivals $50-$60 leatherman products, I have owned both
No complaints at all about craftsmanship, plier heads line up
Blade lock mechanism works well
Cons:
inner tools are stiff
watered down phillips head is not usefull on larger screws
no file
primary knife blade is small
Overall:
Good job Gerber, I think this is the lowest price plier centered multi tool, but in no way feels cheap, does the job.
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Having owned several Leatherman multitools in the past, I decided to take advantage of a deal on this Gerber. It's a nice tool, well-constructed and attractive. The gray finish on the "suspension" part is very nice. The metal is high quality, the machining is well done, and all the tools lock firmly in place. The release mechanism was a little tight at first but now works pretty smoothly.

The emphasis in this tool is definitely on the pliers. They are sturdy, and the curve in the handle makes the grip comfortable. The spring-loading is very nice -- even my Leathermans didn't have that.

Be aware that the pliers wouldn't work well in a small hand -- even fully closed, the handles for the pliers span 2 3/4 inches. Holding a 1/2 inch diameter pen in the flat part of the pliers, the handles span 4 inches.

On the big Leatherman tools I've owned, the knife blades were nearly as long and wide as the tool itself; not so on this Gerber (or Gerbers in general, I think). The flat blade, serrated blade, and saw are each under 2 inches long. That's particularly bad news for the saw blade, of course, since you need to move it to and fro.

The scissors is the worst part of this tool. The blade has a tiny 5/8-inch bite. And the spring-loading for it is too strong; it's too hard to close given that it's pressing a fairly narrow piece of metal into your thumb. Maybe that will loosen up over time. If you don't use a scissors much, the scissors may not be an issue, but if you need something like the scissors on the Leatherman Micra then this tool is definitely not for you.

The two blades have little flanges to help you open them, but the leverage isn't good, so they're a little tough to open with one hand. But with some WD-40 it's doable.
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Have owned a few multi-tools from Leatherman and Gerber over the years. Both brands have proven to make good products with a lot of thought behind them, and this Gerber Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier is no exception. My chief complaint with the early models from both companies is that the handles could be real finger pinchers if they weren't used carefully. Thankfully that problem has been eliminated with this model, and because of its butterfly design, its impossible to pinch your fingers when using the pliers. I'm a computer geek, professionally and often as a leisure activity, and don't need to deal with extraneous problems with tools that I'm using when trying to get a job done.

Speaking of the handles, the product specs here state that this multi-tool is equipped with "an aluminum butterfly-opening handle that's inspired by the precision engineering of Portland, Oregon's famous suspension bridges." OK, that explains the good looking design, but the handles didn't feel like aluminum. A magnet won't stick to aluminum, but it does sticks to the handles, which means that they are forged from steel, and not aluminum or zinc. Checking with Gerber, I found that the handle material is stainless steel, and the reason for the titanium gray color is that they're plated with super-hard titanium nitride, as indicated on the original package, which makes them for scratch and wear resistant. (Note: please see my update at the bottom of this review.)

Looking at the handles, one can see that they're also marked with small icons of whichever tool lies directly under that side.
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