|Item Weight||8.5 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||5.8 x 2.9 x 1.6 inches|
|Item model number||22-41054|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Warranty Description||Limited Lifetime|
Gerber Flik Multi-Plier, Needle Nose, Stainless [22-41054]
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Gerber 22-41054 Flick Stainless Multi-Pliers Needlenose
One-handed opening, stainless steel multi-tool
With its twelve beefy tools accessed in outboard mode, the professional grade Flik multi-tool gives itself quite an edge. It’s a member of a series of one-handed opening Gerber multi-tools used heavily by the US military.
Negotiate obstacles with ease
This industrial-strength tool’s needle nose pliers serve personnel who require a precise point that can grab fine elements in small spaces, while its one-handed open greatly simplifies a wide array of tasks. In addition, it contains a brawny saw, a serrated blade knife, and a fine edge knife, each of which can take on a multitude of cutting and sawing tasks, making the Flik more than sufficient as the sole tool needed in a go bag or general purpose tool kit.
Tools with teeth
Constructed of hardy stainless steel, the Flik’s heavy duty tools take on a wealth of tough tasks without complaint. Along with the saw and serrated and fine edge blades, it holds a Phillips driver, three separate sizes of flat heads, a file, a built-in ruler, a lanyard ring, and a can and bottle opener, all of which lock in place for safe application. It even provides an opening assist mechanism for the smaller tools. This do-it-all multi-tool works for you in negotiating obstacles regardless of location.
- Stainless Steel
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Fine Edge Blade
- Serrated Blade
- Phillips Driver
- Small & Medium Flat Drivers
- Bottle and Can Opener
- V Cut Wire Cutters
- Lanyard Ring
- Overall Length: 5.8"
- Closed Length: 4.4"
- Weight: 8.8 oz.
- Handle Material: Stainless Steel
- Pliers Type: Sliding Jaw
For those looking for the latest in multi-tool innovation from Gerber we proudly introduce the FliK a revolutionary new tool that delivers industrial strength and professional grade functionality within apact design meant for everyday use. The latest in our linebines one-handed deployment of pliers with outboard tools and a saw. Our patented Saf.T.Plus? locking system assures toolponents stay in place while in use. V-cut wire cutters Opening assist for smaller tools Outboard heavy duty tools
From the Manufacturer
For those looking for the latest in multi-tool innovation from Gerber, we proudly introduce the Flik. The Flik is a revolutionary new tool that delivers industrial strength and professional grade functionality within a compact design meant for everyday use. The latest product in our line combines one handed deployment of pliers with outboard tools including a saw. Our patented Saf. T. Plus locking system assures tool components stay in place while in use and an opening assist mechanism makes it ways to access smaller tools.
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I investigated this tool as all external access, no palm pinch, low maintenance, every-day use, all locking, Gerber Slide open pliers Multi tool. This is the most user friendly pliers available including the other Gerber quick deploying pliers multi-pliers. As a result this is one of the more complicated Gerber designs (73 parts).
NO PALM PINCH
This design is less palm/finger pinch prone than most multi-tools, including the Leatherman Wave and Super Tool 300. This is a significant positive feature. Anyone who has used a butterfly opening multi-tool has pinched their hand. Thus the lure of the Gerber Flik anti palm pinch deploy pliers. If you use pliers a lot you will like this feature.
ONE HAND QUICK DEPLOY INJURY FREE PLIERS OPENING
With butterfly opening multi-tools, haste and lack of attention means being poked or scraped by the pliers when opening the tool or being pinched closing the tool. It also means that one handed use in opening the pliers is difficult and damages your clothing if you use your body for leverage. These pliers are fast, super easy and injury free for these activities.
ALL OUTSIDE ACCESS LOCKING TOOLS
For me, locking tools are simply a standard safety feature. If you are going to use the tool aggressively, the tools must be locking to avoid injuries. If you use knives or scissors a lot, outside access simply makes sense. There are no wasted actions in using this tool.
SOME COMPARISONS TO OTHER MULTI-TOOLS
Do not listen to the techno babble that feels it is justified to compare $90-$160 multi-Tools to a $37 Flik. The comparison is ridiculous. An objective analysis shows these tools do indeed have benefits. If you need those benefits, or have a specialized application, go with the more expensive tools.
I bought this tool for $37 on Amazon. The Leatherman Wingman discounted is $29 and the Leatherman REV is $35. It is reasonable to compare these tools. Other useful comparisons are the $15 Sheffield 12007 (which uses the design of the original Leatherman Super Tool), Gerber MP400, Gerber Diesel and the Gerber Suspension. Comparison to the $20 Schrade Tough Tool is also useful. Only the Gerber tools have quick deploy pliers and none of the other Gerber tools have freedom from “palm pinch”.
For ease of pliers use, feel free to compare the Flik with any multi-too. The only one that even comes close is the SOG. However, pinch and scrape is still an issue with the SOG.
The Flik is similar in the basic design to the now discontinued Gerber Freehand, but smaller overall and with scissors instead of a ruler. At one time there was a Fisherman version of the Flik with longer needle nose pliers, crimpers, and a file instead of a serrated blade. At the moment, the Flik has a unique set of multi-tool features.
The Blades of the Flik are equal in length to the Diesel, but shorter than all Leatherman full size tools. The blades are slightly longer than the Leatherman Juice (pocket) size tools. For reference, the Juice XE6 is $95 but it does not have locking tools.
The Flik is the only Gerber multi-tool to have all outside access, and anti-pinch combined with the quick deployed pliers. The Anti-Pinch system necessitated a separate handles locked close feature which I like. I have pinched and scraped myself many times with other multi-tools (Leatherman Rebar, SOG Power Lock). You get tired of it after a while.
Unlike the Vitorinox, the tools of the Flik cannot not pop open unexpectedly on you when you use the pliers.
Unlike the Leatherman Wingman, REV, Wave, Blast, Super Tool 300 etc., all tools are available externally on this tool.
Unlike the Leatherman Wingman and Schrade Tough Tool, all tools lock on this tool.
Like the Leatherman Wave there are exposed sharp edges on the saw when closed. I prefer to remove the sharp edges.
Like other multi-tools (Surge etc.), there are sharp edges on the plier’s tips. I prefer to remove the sharp edges.
Unlike other Gerber multi tools (Diesel, MP400) there are sharp edges on the pliers deploy buttons. I prefer to remove the sharp edges.
Unlike other Gerber multi tools (Diesel, MP400) the pliers deploy buttons must be pushed in further for proper operation.
Unlike other Gerber multi tools (MP400, Diesel) there are sharp edges on the screws used to assemble the pliers. I prefer to remove the sharp edges.
Like other Gerber multi tools (MP400) there are sharp edges on the butt of the pliers handles. I prefer to remove the sharp edges.
The lanyard in the Flik is much harder to deploy than other Gerber tools. A small screwdriver will be needed to pry the lanyard out. If you are using the tool in the wilderness or where the tool cannot be easily retrieved if you drop it, or dangerous to someone else if you drop it, use a lanyard and deploy it and tether it before you leave. In your garage or back yard a lanyard is less of an issue.
The Gerber Flik handles are longer than the MP400 and shorter than the Diesel.
The Flik gives you larger blades, saw and scissors over the Suspension with operation designed for every-day use.
The tips of the pliers do not protrude from the handles when closed as in the other Gerber easy open pliers (MP400, Diesel, MP600). It is therefore more pocket friendly. The tool is 4.4” overall closed and will fit in the pocket. The pliers are smoother operating than the Diesel. The pliers are the easiest to operate of all the Gerber Multi-Pliers (and in general most other multi-tools)
The Gerber Flik does not have hard wire cutters. The Leatherman Rev ($35) is the lowest cost multi-tool with hard wire cutters.
The FLIK did not come with a set of instructions and was in an unsealed box. This is unfortunate because this tool does not operate like the other easy open pliers. Your initial impression may be that the tool is broken. It is not broken but requires specialized knowledge of how it works. For this tool, when you open the pliers, you must then open the handles to the maximum to set the anti-pinch spacing of the pliers head. Also, when closing you must push the release buttons past the point at which they disengage from the handle frame to release the anti-pinch device. If you push the release butting and squeeze the handles at the same time, the anti-pinch mechanism will resist unlocking. Use your other hand, or a finger between the handles to prevent squeezing the handles while pressing the buttons. When closing, hold the buttons all the way to release the anti-pinch and disengage the pliers handle lock, move the pliers slightly down, disengage the buttons, and slide the pliers all the way closed to engage the lock to prevent the handles from opening.
Also, to access the small tools, unlock the tool locking mechanism to slide the small tools out slightly to reveal the fingernail notch.
The Gerber Flik Multi-Plier has smooth operating pliers, easy two handed access to the scissors, serrated knife, knife and saw and fingernail access to the bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver, medium and small flathead screwdriver by pulling back the tool lock before opening the tool.
The Flik pliers are not spring loaded and manipulation of the pliers requires that one handle be gripped with the thumb, palm, and side of one finger, and the other handle be manipulated with two (or three) fingers outside and two (or one) inside. Manipulation of the pliers will not pinch your hand since Gerber has incorporated an anti-pinch device in the pliers hinge.
The tools are not as easy to operate as the Gerber MP400, but they will not unexpectedly fall open. Safety is a priority in this design. For those who have the tools and ability, the ease of opening the tools can be improved with disassembly and adjustment.
The Flik Pliers can also be operated by the fingertips for delicate operations.
THE FLIK IS NOT HEAVY DUTY
The Gerber Flik does not have hard wire cutter or replaceable wire cutters. If you use it as a hard wire cutter expect damage and be surprised if there is not any damage. The tool is not for heavy duty use as defined by the Leatherman Super Tool 300. If you subject it to heavy duty use, expect damage or breakage.
Gerber Flik Multi-Plier 22-01054.
Overall length 5.82 Inches
Closed length: 4.4 Inches
Closed width: 1.64” over pliers release buttons,
Closed thickness over screws: 0.9” max over lock release,
Handles open:4.5” Max outside at end,
Side to side play of plier’s tips: not measurable”,
Weight 8.6 ounces
Stainless Steel body
Stainless Steel tools
Four plastic parts: 2 lock spring housings, 2 Pliers release button retainers,
Fully Locking tools,
To Unlock pliers press on two buttons,
To Unlock tools use slide to unlock or partially open adjacent tool.
All tools have outside access
Pliers can be easily opened one handed.
The tools can be operated one handed in an emergency.
Pliers can be opened and closed one handed with a sliding action.
Pliers incorporate an anti-pinch device, a first for quick deploy pliers,
Tools have a sliding tool lock release (works single handed in an emergency).
The Pliers are not Spring Loaded.
Spring loaded buttons hold pliers locked open.
Spring pressure prevents pliers from falling open.
Handle lock prevents handles from moving open when the pliers are closed.
With pliers closed, the handles cannot be opened.
Tool Handles prevents over rotation of tools.
Slide Tool lock open to reveal Fingernail notch on small tools.
Fingernail groove on scissors, knife, serrated blade, and saw for opening.
Lanyard-requires accessory tool to open.
Included Sheath is Ballistic Nylon with Velcro closure.
The pliers close without gap at the tip. My test is to grip a single hair and the tool accomplishes this. The ends are flush.
FLIK LIST OF TOOLS
01) Needle nose pliers (0.277” Thick, 1.05” Wide, 1.771” Long, 1.17” Open at Tip of needlenose, 0.795 Open at Piers),
02) Regular pliers (0.50 long with 6 teeth on each jaw),
03) Wire cutters Butt Style (0.375” long), No hard wire cutters.
04) Knife Blade (2.985” overall, 2.25” sharpened x 0.090”), with pointed tip
05) Knife Serrated Edge Blade (3.0” overall 2.27” sharpened x 0.090”), with blunt tip,
06) Philips Head Screwdriver (#1, #2, #3 0. x 0.087” x 0.775” long) engages #1, #2 and #3 Phillips fasteners. Not intended for high torque use with #3 Phillips fasteners.
07) Screwdriver Small Flathead driver (0.1” x 0.015” x 0.785”), Engages eyeglass screws.
08) Screwdriver Medium Flathead driver (0.2” x 0.032” at tip, x 0.775” long) (on bottle opener).
09) Bottle Opener (Dual function with medium screwdriver),
10) Can Opener (Dual function Awl, Scribe),
11) Awl (0.2 x 0.50) on tip of can opener,
12) Scribe on tip of can opener, also tip of knife
13) Scissors (2.4” overall, 1.0” blade length x 0.090”),
14) Lanyard (0.12 square opening) folds out and locks, will interfere with the action of the bottle opener if large lanyard is in the hole. The lanyard requires accessory tool to pry out.
FLIK DESIGN DESCRIPTION:
The 4.4” closed Gerber Flik is designed with two spring loaded buttons and cutouts in the frame to hold the stainless steel Pliers open, Interlock to hold the handles closed when the pliers are closed, and anti-pinch device when the pliers are open, spring pressure prevents the pliers from falling open, assembly with proprietary screws, Gerber one handed slide opening pliers, pliers are not spring loaded, spring loaded sliding tool lock with spring loaded sliding lock release on each handle, 9 stainless steel fold-outs, and all outside access to the tools. The pliers are designed for one hand opening and closing. The tool has 4 plastic parts. The two handles (sides and outside) are each a single sheet of 0.038” Stainless Steel formed complicated “W” shape with rivets attaching the two side parts together to create a custom formed handle hinge, and recesses for the 4 large tools. Two separate “U” shaped sub frames hold the 5 small fold-out tools. This design limits the maximum length of the blades and tools to less than what it possible with the equivalent Leatherman. The tool lock release is best operated with both hands. The Flik is not designed for one handed operation of tools, since the tools are designed with significant resistance to prevent the tools from falling open. One handed operation is possible in an emergency.
The frame prevents over rotation of the tools. There are two stainless steel unlocking tabs on each side of each handle near the butt of the tool with an unlocked padlock symbol and arrow stamped in the handle near the unlocking tab to indicate how to unlock the tools. The pliers unlocking buttons are both secured with two Torex (#T8) head screws holding a plastic insert. Tool is assembled with Gerber Proprietary screws. The Gerber part number “8970914A” is laser etched on the knife blade near the fingernail access hole. “GERBER” and “FLIK MULTI-PLIER” is stamped on both handles. The word “STAINLESS” is stamped into the back of both handles near the hinge. There are pictorial representations of the Knife, Saw, Serrated Blade and Scissors stamped into the handles near the tool it represents. You must use the shape of the symbol to determine the tool nearby. The locked open blade can also be released by partially opening an adjacent tool. The tool is designed for constant use with both hands.
USING THE FLIK
The pliers are an ergonomic wonder for retrieving small parts out of a jar or bin. The Flik pliers are much friendlier to use than the MP400 or Diesel. The pliers work just fine in bending paper clips. I use paper clips for various fabrication projects. If you are going to be cutting and forming coat hangers, switch to a Heavy duty multi tool (Super Tool 300, Surge).
The saw cuts green branches just fine. The saw cuts with a push action which is counter intuitive. Having to push to cut is silly. By comparison, the Sheffield 12007 cuts with a pull action. The Flik saw teeth fill up with wood when sawing green branches, while the Sheffield is self-cleaning. To clean up I used a wire brush to remove the debris from the teeth.
The Flik wire cutters can cut 7 stranded #22 wire just fine. The wire cutters can cut paper clips just fine. The wire cutters cut typical sold copper wire in house wiring just fine. If you use the wire cutters for hard wire cutting (chain link fence) expect damage. The Gerber MP600 has a hard wire cutter and replaceable wire cutters if you need to cut coat hangers or other hard wire. The Flik will work just fine in replacing a wall AC socket in cutting through and forming copper wire. Stick to copper wire when using the Flik and stick to small hard wire like paper clips. If you are going to be cutting a lot of paper clips, go to a multi-tool with a dedicated hard wire cutter.
The knife blade is sharp and easily cuts through paper. You can also scrape oxidation off copper wire, trim plastic projects, open boxes, etc. There are sanitary concerns for using this tool to cut food. For food use a dedicated food only tool that can be properly cleaned and sanitized. Be careful of the lubrication used if you are going to use the tool for food. Make sure the lubrication is NSF approved.
The serrated knife easily saws its way through cardboard cartons. I use a serrated blade to saw through foam rubber and carve insulating rigid plastic foam.
The Phillips screwdriver will engage #1, #2 and #3 fasteners. If you need high torque, use a dedicated #3 screwdriver. For #0 fasteners and below you will need a dedicated screwdriver.
The small screwdriver will fit eyeglass screws. A second example of the Flik could not. The accessory bit kit also does not fit eyeglasses.
The medium screwdriver works just fine for changing AC outlets.
In a pinch the back of the saw blade can be used for large slotted screws. Be advised that the saw is not designed for this and high torque will probably break the saw. The saw can be used for limited prying with the same limitations. The Saw blade point could also be used as a scribe for soft metals. Use a Dremel tool for engraving.
The can opener is small but works in an emergency. The can opener tip can be used to bore through leather. The can opener tip can be used to mark soft metals.
The bottle opener will work in an emergency. If it is your job to open bottles carry a dedicated opener.
If you need a larger selection of bits, use the Gerber bit set for the Flik.
There were small cracks on the back of the teeth on the pliers that set the anti-pinch spacing in my first Flik. If you notice the cracks in the teeth return the item to Amazon for replacement, or send it to Gerber. This is a defect. My second example did not have any cracks.
The tool has sharp edges. I prefer to remove them.
The Lanyard may require a little adjustment to fully open (not for the novice). It works just fine as is, but could be better. You must use an accessory tool to open the Lanyard. You must think ahead if you plan to use the lanyard.
An extraneous piece of metal was found internal to the tool and removed. The FOD was very thin and did not match any component of the tool.
The tool does not have a hard wire cutter. Hard wire cutters begin at about $35 multi-tools like the Leatherman REV and $50 for the Leatherman Rebar.
This tool is not intended for heavy duty use. Heavy duty use begins at about $90 with the Leatherman Super Tool 300 and Surge.
This tool contains plastic parts. If you subject this tool to abuse, expect the plastic parts to break.
The pliers on this tool do not open as wide as the MP400. This is an issue if you want to grab something greater than 3/4” in diameter. If you have heavy duty applications use the proper tool.
The pliers lock buttons (and other areas) have sharp edges. If you plan on using this tool frequently, take the buttons out and grind a bevel on the sharp edges and polish with wet and dry sandpaper. Use a Dremel tool and a “Flapwheel” to get rid of the other sharp edges. This makes the tool much more comfortable.
The Wood saw has sharp edges on the back side. If you plan on using this a lot, or carrying it in your pocket, grind a bevel on the sharp edges, especially the outside edge. A Dremel tool with grinder and Flapwheel, and 400 Grit sandpaper does the job.
There are several spots on the handles which need to have the edges rounded. Use a Dremel “Flapwheel”.
Gerber does not give any directions on how to use the Anti-Pinch feature, the proper closing of the pliers, or how to access the small tools. Without the directions contained in this review, you might think your tool was broken (I did).
The first tool that I received from Amazon showed evidence of having been disassembled and reassembled before being sold to me. Examine your tool carefully for evidence on the screw heads of disassembly. If your example has collapsed “wavy” washer, it has probably been disassembled and improperly reassembled. If it has, send it back to Amazon as a used tool and order another. Used tools should be labeled USED.
There were seven areas with sharp/uncomfortable edges: (1) Tip of the pliers, (2) pliers release buttons, (3) back of the saw, (4) butt of the handles, (5) the Gerber proprietary screws and Frame pivot rivet (6) the edges of the frame near the outside tools, (7) the corners and outside edge of the opening in the handles where the pliers exit. The worst was the pliers release buttons. I used a Dremel tool to grind a bevel on the button edges and then use wet-and-dry sandpaper (#400 grit) to polish out all of the sharp edges. I used wet-and-dry sandpaper (#400 grit) on the tip of the pliers to break the sharp edges. I used a Dremel “Flapwheel” and wet-and-dry sandpaper to remove the sharp edges from the screws and the rest of the areas. Note that removal of the sharp edges from the buttons requires that you remove the buttons from the tool. This requires special tools and some dexterity.
Who should buy the Gerber Flik? If you are looking for a medium duty, one handed quick deploy of the pliers with outside access to all tools, freedom from palm pinch, and will not be using the tool for cutting hard wire, or heavy duty use, this tool is the one for you. It basically boils down to design ergonomic preference. Expect to have to make some adjustments to the tool if you cannot live with the sharp edges. Since I planned to use the tool for “Every Day Carry” I removed the sharp edges. Personally it was a small price to pay for a reasonable priced multi tool with these unique features. The complicated mechanism of the pliers indicates how difficult the design job was. Even the best multi-tools being produced today have the palm pinch defect. If you do not like being pinched or injured, this is the one for you.
Since this tool is assembled with screws, it can be disassembled and adjusted to customize performance. This process requires time, skill, and the proper tools. If you mess up your Gerber Flik with disassembly and modification, do not expect Gerber to replace it.
It's a medium sized multitool, close in size and weight to a LM Wave, both folded and with the pliers deployed. It has a similar tool set, but lacks a file. There are 4 large tools - straight blade (reverse tanto wharncliffe style), spring loaded scissors, wood saw, and serrated blade (rescue style - no pointed end). They are all fairy decent and usable, but all have their shortcomings. The straight blade came sharp, but mine had two "dings" in the edge, very small ones only visible in strong light, and they did not affect cutting performance. The blade itself is long enough and correctly positioned in the handle to be useful, but also a bit narrow (compared to a real knife blade), but this is because of size constraints in the tool itself, so no big deal. Same thing applies to the serrated blade, which is better for cutting rope, cordage, and straps. Gerber scores points for making it a rounded tip, which is good for rescue purposes so you don't stab or nick the person you're saving when cutting seatbelts or rope. The scissors are of a good size, and sharp, probably because of their Fiskar's heritage. It is one of the better multitool scissors I've seen, mainly because of their size. Probably the only bigger multitool scissors I have are on a Buck X-Tract. The saw is okay, but the teeth on mine are not cut deep enough, so there are blunt points on the saw blade. In actual use, this does not pose a problem. There are 4 small tools, a can opener, philips screwdriver, bottle opener with large flathead screwdriver tip, and a smaller flathead screwdriver. They are good enough to use if nothing else is availble, but they are too small to be used comfortably. There is also a hidden lanyard loop beside the bottle opener, but the hole is small, square, and a little sharp edged, so again, okay but not optimum. Now we get to the pliers, which is the selling point of the tool. They deploy well, both by flicking and by pushing up on the side locks. There is the extra step of opeing it all the way to lock the head before you can use it. When folding, you have to make sure the handles are pressed together about midway through the slide or it won't lock properly. It's one of the most complicated deploy/retract mechanisms I've ever seen on a multitool. Because of that, the tolerances are built loose on purpose, so everthing rattles. Also, it really doesn't inspire confidence when using it. There's the feeling that you might break the mechanism if you squeeze it too hard. That may or may not be true but I wouldn't risk it and break my multitool. Pity since the plier head itself is very well designed and looks really tough. The wire cutters on mine close very exactly, with less than a hair's thickness of clearance between the jaws, and they work real well.
Overall, this tool is years ahead of Gerber's 400/600 series multitools in terms of engineering. Locks are a bit better (more steel but still with plastic inserts), tools are better, feels more substantial, and has better look and materials. Compared to other manufacturer's tools, this one falls a bit short. On paper, it has all the bells and whistles. In actual use, there's a learning curve when deploying or retracting it - make a mistake and it gets stuck. Try to use it when not properly deployed and you get pinched or worse, break the tool. It's the polar opposite of a Victorinox Spirit. The Vic is quite simple in design, but tolerances are great everwhere, fit and finish are top notch. The Flik has a very novel and advanced design, but is overly complicated and difficult to use properly. If you're interested in getting it to add to a collection, it's an excellent choice. But if this is to be your only multitool for daily or even occasional use, you might want to try something else first.
Fast Update: Alright, I did try squeezing it harder, and the small spring-loaded stops that hold the handles a bit more open when deploying the pliers suddenly gave way on one side, and that handle fell back to the retract position. Upon closer inspection, there are two small steel pieces laid side by side that are pivoted by the unlock buttons which lock against a ledge on the pliers head, and these are giving way and sliding out of the ledge. The pliers can still be used but not in the fully deployed position. I can send it to Gerber under warranty but it's all the way here in the Philippines, so I'll just have to chuck it in the collection drawer as strictly for display only. Besides, it appears to be a design shortcoming, so even if it's repaired, I don't have enough confidence in it to use it as intended. Downgrading from 3 stars to 1.
Here's where it fails: You pretty much need another tool to extract the tools folded into the handle. My nails are not short, and there is no way I could extract the phillips bit. It's just not designed properly. A Leatherman has deeper and larger recesses to access folded tools, and you could bite your nails down to a nub and still open them.
Overall the entire tool feels sloppy. For the price I'll carry it in a secondary tackle box, but for now I'll just deal with fiddling around with a leatherman when I need to remove a hook.