|Item Weight||2.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.5 x 4 x 0.6 inches|
|Item model number||30-000417|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
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Gerber Dime Multi-Tool, Red [30-000417]
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
My only gripe with both of them is that the tools could come a but sharper from the factory - but that is a minor detail. They are not dull, but are not razor sharp like I would like. A minute or two on a grinding wheel fixed that though.
Lastly, they should offer this in all silver-color (outer shell and tools inside). The reason I say so is because the paint on these scratches off rather quickly and it starts to look ugly fast. Like, after maybe a month of using my old one (carrying it around on my keychain every day) all of the black paint was scratched to oblivion. After a short time of having the red and black one, I can see that the same will be true of this one. But it is nice that all of the tools are silver-colored so scratching and tarnishing isn't as noticeable on those parts.
Best tool I could find in this size/class.