multi tools – Gerber Multi-Plier 600, 2017

If you have some heavy-duty tasks to complete – driving, prying, snipping – this is a great choice of multi-tool. The Gerber Multi-Plier 600 Bluntnose Stainless weighs in at 9 oz with 14 tools and an easy, one-handed opening feature with a single snap of the wrist, which becomes easier with practice.

Those who often employ this Gerber multi-tool for cutting metal will appreciate the replaceable wire cutting inserts, which means longer time before needed a sharpening or replacement. This multi-tool is better suited for manipulating metal with its tungsten carbine cutting surface than for cutting rope, carving or sawing. Testers noted the file, slotted drive head and can opener to be solid elements to its overall value.

Tester Comments: “Fighting off the Transformers? Escaping from a sinking submarine? Repairing anything made of aluminum, steel or alloy? Employ the carbide cutters and reliable jaw teeth to grip-it-and-rip-it, friends. The look of this tool inspires confidence, but don’t raise the bar on performance with wood. Call it a dedicated metal-muncher, and you’re in business. And out of trouble anywhere.”

Key Attribute: Durability

Best For: Use with metal, such as repairs, wiring and medium-duty tasks at home and in the field – less so than in the backcountry.

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