Having a Gerber multi tool in your collection has always been a sign of prestige among the passionate collectors. We’re not dealing with prices in this moment; we’re dealing in Gerber name and legacy. The fact that the army chose Gerber says a lot about the quality of this multi tool.
What I’ll try to do in this article:
- Tell you a bit more about Gerber – the company and its history
- Mention a few of their best multi tools and write short reviews of what makes them what they are
The story about Gerber Company is your classic story about a big idea and small beginnings. It really shows all you need is a dream and enough supplies of persistence to see it through.
Short history lesson about Gerber
What is today a titan among knives and multi tool manufacturers today, began small back in 1939.
Selling small handmade batches of cutlery, Joseph R. Gerber had a dream, an idea and an untamed determination. The 60s came quickly, and Gerber was not sleeping on the job. By that time, the company became much bigger, with a bunch of retail accounts countrywide.
From a small group of cutlery-makers Gerber became one of the most well-known, most trusted names of the industry. It only goes to show you don’t really need all that much in order to make a name for yourself and start making a living by doing what you love.
We’re still talking about Gerber today, so they certainly did something right. Their motto tells you they’re making tools and knives to last you a lifetime, and judging by their sales worldwide I think a lot of people believe them. You can find all sorts of products in their arsenal, no matter what your particular needs are. Their tools are every man’s dream – the kind of piece that you would pass on to the next generation.
Their best tools
Talking about Gerber can’t go without mentioning a couple of their best products. Now I know that when I start talking about “best products” opinions come into to the picture. But there are some core values of quality that are universal. Many of those are attached to good name of this multi tool brand.
I’ve chosen three different tools I consider to be representation of their best work, and if you have an opinion to share, you can start a discussion in the comments.
We’ll do basic reviews of:
- Gerber Suspension
- Gerber Diesel
- Gerber mp600
These are my three picks. You can always suggest one of your own, and we’ll have a lively debate.
The Suspension is a perfect representative of a nostalgic feeling woven into all of their products.
It’s named and made to resemble the bridges of Gerber’s home town. Excellent multi tool featuring all the separate pieces you would expect from a premium Gerber.
It’s sturdy and well-made, and will do any job you put in front of it. Once you start, reviewing it proves to be difficult because you can say so much, but I’ve already said more than enough about it and don’t want to go on a writing spree.
I like it, customers like it, and it’s a proud member of so many collections. Perfect representative of what you can expect to get from the brand.
This is a tank of a multi tool. It’s a proper workhorse, and it’s made to withstand a lot of abuse. I don’t know if it’s ok starting its review and calling it a workhorse right off the bat, but if the very company uses the word to describe it, who am I to argue.
It’s a heavy-duty multi tool and, if I am being dramatic, it’ll go where no other multi tool has gone before.
Multi-plier is something you’ll hear mentioned a lot when people talk about these tools.
Let’s start strong, in my opinion; Gerber MP600 is one of the best multi tools our market has ever seen.
Diversity and utility packed into one compact and versatile piece of gear. Starting from the pliers, which are exactly what you would expect, and moving on to all the other pieces that are good enough to stand their ground with any standalone tool, this thing is old-school American craftsmanship embodied.
I’m a fan for life.