What to do with a Gerber Multiplier?

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Yes, thats the question.

A couple of years ago I bought a Gerber Multiplier. I had it with me out in the woods two times, a sorry experience. Pinched my fingers when the plier slipped. Tried to cut some wood with the plain edge, it didn´t cut at all. Tried using the canopener
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The screwdrivers slipped (too soft metal, I believe). The only really good thing on this tool was the serrated edge that almost came loose when I added some pressure on it.

So folks, what uses can you come up with for this lump of metal?

I will use the best suggestion you can come up with (if possible)!
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Give it as a gift! Ex wife, her new husband, ex boss, soon to be ex boss, etc.
Practice sharpening it on electric can opener sharpener.
Sell on eBay!
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Next time area police are having a trade in for weapons, use it to acquire baseball tickets, etc.
Use as demo for various anti rust products. One product on each implement or blade.

John
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The best thing you can possibly do with it is come over here right now be for its to late, and fix my car, that is the right thing to do , take care y'all.

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Wouldn´t be much help for you, blademan. The jetlag would make it hard for me to see the difference between a carburator and a coffemaker.

Wouldn´t even give this to a ex- something. Someone might think its a real tool and ends up hurting his/herself.

My own idea is to turn it into a somekindofrattle for scaring wolfs, boars, leprechauns, bears, you know the usual wildlife.

C´mon let see some more creative ideas..

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Hmmm... is the Multiplier a sort of leatherman with an OTF plier head? I have one like that from Gerber. Its not as nice as, say, a Leatherman, but it's nice to have around. Can't vouch for the edge retention on the cutting edges (I use one hand folders for that stuff), but mine is a handy tool. One day I'll get a Pulse, maybe, but the Gerber hasn't disappointed me. Plus the inertia opening of the plier heads makes the roommates jump.
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(YMMV, of course)
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Yes, I think we´re talking about the same tool. I don´t know if your is a later model with reinforced ends that prevents the blade from (how should I describe it) "bending over". Mine is one of the first without that reinforcement. It also has a "chubby nose" that makes it difficult to get into cramped places.

It doesn´t work for me. I´m glad it works for someone
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and I have to give credit for a serious coolness factor when you whip it open in front of people that haven´t seen it before.

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I have had one of the older Gerber Multipliers for years and have had no problems with it. I like mine.

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Colinz:
Yes, thats the question.

A couple of years ago I bought a Gerber Multiplier. I had it with me out in the woods two times, a sorry experience. Pinched my fingers when the plier slipped. Tried to cut some wood with the plain edge, it didn´t cut at all. Tried using the canopener
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The screwdrivers slipped (too soft metal, I believe). The only really good thing on this tool was the serrated edge that almost came loose when I added some pressure on it.

So folks, what uses can you come up with for this lump of metal?

I will use the best suggestion you can come up with (if possible)!
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Colinz--

Yeah, I'm with you...I got one of the first-run Multipliers, back when they still had the pliers held together with a modified bolt, rather than the more rivet-like connection they use now. And of course the mind that created it, set the bolt to tighten the direction of thrust. During use, it would actually tighten itself to the point that you COULDN'T OPEN it...first time it happened, it took me about two days to figure out why it had locked up on me...and another day to find something strong enough to put in the little 1/64" pinhole that was the only way to adjust it!!! From then on, I'd have to stop using it every two or three times to loosen the joint up when I felt it starting to stiffen up. And the number of times that I got pinched by that thing...let's just say that it's a good thing I had it on a lanyard, or a couple of my friends would have odd scars on their heads.

As an old Carp friend used to say, "Ah, I see you have a Multiplier...it's the wrong tool for EVERY job!!!"

Shortly after burying mine in my toolbox to gain "Collector Value", I bought my first Leatherman. Now I have a Super, and have never been disappointed. My advice to you, Colinz, is either to perform ballistic acceleration testing with that little POS, or to pawn it off on someone you hate, and watch the fun begin while you keep that latest pinch-wound cool with a beer...



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So we're bashing Gerber are we? I think their pliers are heads and shoulders above those inferior Leathermans. I really don't know why people like them so much. The pliers stick, the phillips screwdriver is soft as plastic spoon and the handles are extremely uncomfortable. Not to mention the fact that the needlenose is so underbuilt that plier doesn't even pass the wimp test.
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There, how's them apples?

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Your opinion has been noted.

I wasn't so much bashing Gerber--I still have a lot of respect for some of their older blades--but rather commiserating with a fellow user who's had the same bad luck with a particular product as me...

If you're one of the countless hordes of folks who swear by their MultiPliers, then good onya. If, however, you're like me, and you swear AT the MultiPlier, then you'll know where I'm coming from.

So have some apple pie!
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No no no. YOu don't get it. You were supposed to bash the Swisstool. This is a chain reaction bashing of multitools here. It is important that we point out
the faults and weaknesses of each and every one of them.
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I'm really glad that Gerber worked out those problems, My new Pro-Scout does'nt pinch your hand and it does'nt "lock-up" (but all the tools do lock!). I looked at some other multi-tools yesterday and I think the Pro-Scout is one of the very best. The only one I've seen even close is the Leatherman Supertool. But I have'nt seen the Swisstool yet.
So I recommend you hock the old Multipliers and go buy the new Gerber Pro-Scout. You will not be sorry.
 

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Aaaaah....They all suck!!!
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Nothing beats a tool box full of Craftsman.

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True, true. Especially if accelerated to around 2900 fps and aimed at the device and/or person causing you grief...

fountainman--

OH! NOW I see...yep...them Swisstools sure do blow!

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I carrieed the original ( not first run, has a rivet not a bolt) for 4 years and the only trouble I had with was that the edge retention wasn't real good ( doesn't matter though I carry a folder with it). I really put it to the test too. I pounded nails with the handles,cut all kinds of hardened wire, twisted free rusty screws etc. It never failed. I stil have it and its in pretty good shape.
Now I have a 600 and like it better due to the needle nose pliars and locking tools. Its also bullet proof.
The only good thing I've seen about leatherman is the fit and finish. They're the tool to buy if you don't want to use it hard.I thought the wave I looked at the other day was nice but it was undersized and lightweight.Supertools are a slight improvement in the size and strength category but the pliars don't stay locked open and the lock on the tools is a pain in the ass. Gerber has a much more functional design. And they're stronger.

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I think you guys are being a little harsh here.
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All good multi-tools are a work in progress, they undergo improvement over time. For example, look at the latest Gerber Legend 800, it's a big improvement. When I first got my Leatherman Supertool years ago, I thought it couldn't get any better!
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Now I think the handles pinch too much, I like the handle covers and extra leverage of the Sog powerlock.
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All the multi-tools have their strengths and weaknesses, just chose a tool that matches the work you do.
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I agree. Lots of guys try to find THE knife or tool that it good for ALL tasks - no such thing. All of the multi-tools have their strnegths and weaknesses. You have to pick your tool to match the task - as much and as often as possible.

I own several different multi-tools and try to pick the one that I think is most appropriate for the task at hand.

None of them were ever meant to be an end all.

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Tactical:
I think you guys are being a little harsh here.
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All good multi-tools are a work in progress, they undergo improvement over time. For example, look at the latest Gerber Legend 800, it's a big improvement. When I first got my Leatherman Supertool years ago, I thought it couldn't get any better!
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Now I think the handles pinch too much, I like the handle covers and extra leverage of the Sog powerlock.
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All the multi-tools have their strengths and weaknesses, just chose a tool that matches the work you do.
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I agree, the improved Gerbers that came after the model I own where better thought out. It´s almost always the case with the first products in a new line that they have some problems/design flaws. It is good that Gerber found/got feedback about the problems and did something to improve the product. I´ve seen the newer models and they seem to be real improvements over the old ones. I own a Gerber LMF, which is a good knife, it fits my needs very well (just pointing out that the brand isn´t the problem).

The best idea so far I believe is the acceleration test
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, any other ideas?

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