I have owned several Gerber multi-pliers over the last 10 years. All have served me well. Whether it be for a survival kit, car glove box, or for everyday carry – these multi-tools are just fantastic.
The latest pair that I have purchased is the Gerber “Suspension” . I have now owned it for over 6 months.
The Gerber Suspension – running around $30.00 – is a great deal. A very attractive dark grey finish – the metal used is smooth, attractive and well machined. Sized like a cell phone – it comes with a ballistic nylon case that is super durable and secure. Like all multi-tools, the Suspension comes with a large variety of available tools – more than some and less than others.
Here is the tools list:
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Wire Cutter/Stripper
- Straight Blade
- Serrated Blade
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
- Bottle Opener
- Can Opener
- Lanyard Ring
Once the tools are opened – they lock securely in place with the Saf.T.Plus component locking system. I have found this system very secure and simple to operate. Some cheaper multi-tools often have blades and such that cannot be locked open. I have always found this to be a serious safety issue – just asking for a major cut.
When opened into plier mode – the handles are kept open via spring resistance allowing grasping operations to be carried out easier. The pliers work well at grasping, crushing, or cutting (via the built in wire cutters). I have not experienced any severe wear or damage from normal use as of yet. Honestly – I have not used these and punished them like my two previous Gerber multi-pliers (which I still own by the way). If this Suspension is anything like my other Gerber’s – it will be around for a long while.
One of my favorite and most used tools on the Gerber Suspension are the scissors. Although small – they can cut quite a bit. These are not the same scissors you might have cut construction paper with in 1st grade. These are durable and strong. I have used them to trim the outer shell off copper wire as well as cut plastic wire ties. Can’t find a pair of house scissors? Be the hero and pull out your Gerber Suspension.
From a survival & preparedness viewpoint – I have considered a good set of multi-pliers/multi-tools one of the first items to be placed in a survival kit or bug out bag – let alone my belt. So versatile with so many different tools – a great survival item to include on your preps.
I have two “Get Me Home Kits” for my vehicles – I have a Gerber Multi-Tool in each one.
Take care all – Rourke