|Item Weight||0.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6 x 6 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||31-002937|
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- 10 components includes: spring loaded needle nose Pliers, wire cutter, fine edge knife, retail Package opener, spring loaded scissors, cross driver, flat driver, file, Tweezers, and bottle opener
- Butterfly open design, with comfortable ergonomic handles
- Stainless steel construction
- Convenient keychain ring
- Gerber limited lifetime warranty
- Overall Length: 4.3", Closed Length: 2.3"
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The idea is simple: always be prepared. The Dime is a mini multi-tool with an impressive list of features, ensuring you are ready for anything. This butterfly open tool fits on your keychain yet has 12 useful tools. Available in multiple colors and a bladeless version as well.
We took the standard keychain multi-tool and made it better. In addition to stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, a fine edge blade, spring-loaded scissors, flathead screwdriver, crosshead driver, tweezers and file, the Dime includes a unique blade designed to safely cut and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed. Compact and lightweight, the Dime is the most valuable change you'll find in your pocket.
12 Tools :
- Spring loaded needle nose pliers
- Standard pliers
- Wire cutter
- Bottle opener
- Fine edge blade
- Retail package opener
- Medium flat head driver
- Coarse & fine file
- Cross driver
- Lanyard ring
At only 2.2 oz and 2.75 inches long, the Dime is the most valuable change you'll find in your pocket.
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The idea behind the Dime multi-tool is clear: get a useful series of tools into the hands of those who want to be prepared for trouble at all times. The Dime is a mini multi-tool that suspends neatly from a keychain and provides resources for a wide swath of problem-solving potential. With its ten useful tools, including spring-loaded needle nose pliers, the tiny, lightweight Dime spins out assistance as needed. For people who rely on a multi-tool, the carefully selected range of the Dime’s tool series is a recognizable asset. In addition to stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, a fine edge blade, spring-loaded scissors, flat driver, tweezers, and file, the Dime includes the retail package opener: a unique blade designed to safely cut and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed. While this is a keychain multi-tool, the Dime doesn’t skimp on elegance in design. From the smooth butterfly open of its sturdy needle nose pliers to the well engineered, comfortably ergonomic handles, the lithe little multi-tool is at the ready to manage obstacles. Store it in a pocket, a backpack, or keep it on a key ring: the Dime has you covered.
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So this review is mostly about how these tools stack up.
PRICE: The Gerber is about 1/3 the price, so I had to try it.
Size: the 2 tools are nearly identical in size. The Dime is a tiny bit longer due to the external bottle opener. The bottle opener was a selling point for the dime, as the squirt's bottle opener is a joke, in addition to being inconvenient to access, so I ended up carrying a separate bottle opener.
Knives: The leatherman has a more traditional blade shape. As another review mentioned, the shape on the dime is probably safer. Thinking about it, the main thing I used the point for was opening packages, so no big loss assuming the package opener works satisfactorily. I have not had the chance to try it yet.
DRIVERS: The screwdrovers are comparable. The Dimes flathead is a bit finer, so possobly a tad more versatile. That said, the files on the dime are a joke. They don't even seem to have enough bite to file nails. The squirt's files are pretty beefy, and I've used them on metal a few times with success.
Scissors: comparable. The Dimes seem a bit more sturdy.
Tweezers: a major selling point. The PS4 version of the squirt has none. I love pocketknife style tweezers as I cannot find similarly fine tweezers outside of a pocketknife. They are excellent for splinter removal.
Pliers: jury's still out on this. The jaws are the same length. The Dime has a round inner section, whereas the squirt's is just a different angle. I prefer round. The squirt's entire forejaws come together, whereas there's a flat spot on the tip of the dime that comes together, then the toothed section runs parallel to each other about 1mm apart. This seems like a less than ideal setup for pulling things but better for gripping thim objects.
Build quality overall is very good on both tools.
The spring loaded pliers are commendably well aligned and come together very precisely. So much so that they could work as tweezers in some applications (although the Dime actually comes with a small set of tweezers that slide into one of the tools outer scales). The pliers have a unique stepped tip design, only the outer 1/8" actually make contact when the jaws are fully closed. That might sound bad, but in practice the arrangement works quite well for small, delicate tasks, allowing the user to work very closely and precisely. And let's be honest: any tool this small is only going to be useful for small, relatively delicate tasks; you can forget about working with any fastener larger than about 3/8". If you find that unreasonably limiting, you should really be looking at a full sized multi-tool, like the excellent Leatherman Wave.
Gerber eschewed a more conventional spear or clip saber shape for the knife blade and instead went with a modified sheep's foot design. An unusual choice, but that shape, along with a slight belly along the honed edge, makes the most of the blade's minuscule 1 1/4" length. It also encourages use that applies pressure only in direct opposition to the way the blade closes (no stabbing or auguring with this blade shape); a sound engineering decision given that this is a non-locking blade.
The package opener is a very pleasant surprise. It absolutely excels at opening those infernal clear plastic clam-shell retail packages without damaging the contents, something all too easy to do if you're using a regular knife blade (do NOT ask me how I know that). The actual cutting edge is positioned at the end of the tool blade, is reverse swept and only about 5/16" long. It requires more of a pulling than a pushing stroke, which fosters much better control. The end result is a tool that's very efficient at slicing through that hard plastic while staying clear of the package's contents. So much so it easily earns it's keep as dedicated, single-purpose tool on the Gerber Dime.
The scissors are sharp and well engineered, but any substantial cutting job would be extremely tedious due to their diminutive size. I use them to trim my nails. The flat head and pseudo-phillips head screw drivers are what they are: tiny and limited to light duty tasks. I call the smaller a "pseudo-phillips" head because it's only 2-dimensional; really just a scaled-down flat head that's tapered so it can fit a phillips head fastener. The phillips driver blade also sports a dual-sided file. The file is one of only two real nits I have with the Gerber Dime. It's a true cut-file design, but the cutting isn't very deep or aggressive on either side. At best it could relieve some bothersome edge on a small piece of metal or hard plastic. Beyond that it makes a serviceable nail file.
The other minor complaint I have is the split ring that is attached to the lanyard hole. It's just spring wire and not particularly strong. I like to use a paracord lanyard to suspend my mini-multi tool inside my pants pocket with the other end attached to a belt loop. I find it rides much more comfortably than just resting at the very bottom of my pocket. But after about a week of supporting the tool's (tiny) weight at the end of the lanyard, that split ring began to deform and pull apart. I discarded it and now run the lanyard through the bottle opener (which, by the way, is quite effective at its intended function).
The Gerber Dime is a much better and more thoughtfully executed design than the mini multi-tool it replaces, a clunky version sold exclusively at Cabelas. Don't be put off by my rating of only 4 stars; I'm really quite enthusiastic about the Dime; it's just that I'm a bit more realistic and conservative in my product ratings than some reviewers are. Very few products are perfect, including this one. But its as nice a mini multi-tool as I've yet found.
Ive gotten the expected use out of mine for the last two years. I use it for quick adjustments on things, being able to pop or pry something open and around the data center replacing parts in servers/computers.
Don't expect this to be a tank because it's not. In my one photo you can see I've bent the plyers a bit and they no longer line up.
I've also belt the screw driver bits a little bit over time.
For what it is and it's price it's definitely worth it. If you want something more robust you're looking at something to fit on your belt or take up more pocket space so there's a trade off.
But for this, a small micro multi tool it's very good if you don't push the soft metals to their breaking point during use. Like anything you need to pick the right tool for the job.
This has been in my pocket every day for two years and has always helped me get the job done. I'm very happy with my purchase.
Pros: Sharp knife, box opener is worth keeping it around, and bottle opener.
Cons: Scissors are horrible, pliers are small and don't get much use, wire cutters on the pliers can barely cut a plastic zip tie, lanyard hole is very small and requires a small gauge ring, nail file/phillips flips into the keychain and is obstructed by the bottle opener when the body is fully closed, nail file is useless.