a multitool that defeats the competition
The Gerber MP600 multitool is the equivalent of a Wild West shooter quickly firing his six rounds to defeat an enemy. Like a gunslinger ridding his town of troublesome outlaws, the MP600 deliberately takes down tough situations with lightning-fast reactions. It’s no surprise that this cold-blooded killer claims to be the number one supplier to the US military.
Made in Portland, Oregon, the MP600 (which stands for Multi-Gripper 600, of course) is a no-frills all-rounder that cuts, screws, and crimps against any problem you encounter. He won’t win any beauty pageants, but he’s dressed to kill in the stainless steel blunt nose option I tested. Compared with other multi-tools in the market, it does not have the modern technical aspect but rather offers a charm of confidence.
What the MP600 lacks in freshness, it more than makes up for in reliability and functionality – and at under $ 70, it can be one of the last multi-tools you’ve ever bought.
The Gerber MP600 I tested came with a black leather case, adorned with a riveted metal latch and a metal button. The sheath is more than sturdy enough to protect your investment and easily slips over any belt.
Gerber announces 14 tools with this model, but some are redundant or have no functionality. It is common for many multi-tool companies to inflate their tool count. The pillar is the patented one-handed opening clamp. Tungsten carbide cutting pliers are incorporated into the pliers, which are shaped like a triangle so that they can turn when the edges start to dull. This is done with a T8 wrench, although I never had to replace mine. The cutting capacity is announced for a hook n ° 26 or a hard hook n ° 2. For cutting, you get a 2 “fine edge knife and a 2 ½” serrated knife. Screwdriving options include a Phillips head and three sizes of flat head. The mid-sized flat head incorporates a glass bottle opener which is a stylish addition. There is a file for sharpening knives or tools, and a thong ring, which can hardly be considered a tool. For quick measurement, the handles are engraved with rulers of 3 inches and 8 cm in length. Finally, to complete the collection, the tramp’s best friend is an old-fashioned can opener. By my count, that’s 11 tools, with triple redundancy at the flathead screwdriver.
How we tested the Gerber MP600
I have done extensive testing on the clamps as I have personally been using the MP600 for about six years, and I primarily use the clamp function due to how quickly it can be shipped. I slapped an MP600 on my rigger belt for two deployments, and since becoming the owner I have worn one on my tool belt. There is nothing like the smooth transition to the jobsite or mission when the gripper kicks in. Watching someone pull out their Gerber is a work of art when done right, and reminds me of a cowboy looking for his trusty Colt single-action revolver. With a determined movement, you pull out the leather sheath and pinch the MP600 with two fingers out of the holster. When you drive this movement upward and engage the buttons on the slide, your blunt-nose pliers quickly move into the fully erect and locked position with a smooth, familiar sound. From there, you’re ready to leverage and fight your way to victory. Pliers aren’t as strong as a pair of channel locks or slip joint pliers, but can get most jobs done quickly.
For this mission, I dragged him on a mountain biking and rafting trip that my buddies and I had planned for the July 4th long weekend. Before I put my Cannondale on the truck stand, I knew some of the brake cable tips had come off. Wanting to test the carbide cutters of the MP600, I cut the stainless steel wires to shorten them a bit. The cables are made of steel strands, and the cutters on the MP600 flared two of the strands, which caused some difficulty in fitting the end caps. Once the end caps were in place, the blunt nose pliers quickly crimped the ends. The bike ride went off without a hitch and I was able to complete the 14 mile trail we set out to conquer. During the ride, I slipped the MP600’s holster into my seatpost bag where its small frame adapts perfectly to any future issues. On the way back, I pulled the 2 inch thin edge knife out of my MP600’s sturdy frame and easily peeled off the zest from an orange as we talked about our ride.
The next day we left for the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia where a July 4the float was next on our program. In order to tie our rafts together, I cut two foot pieces of 550 rope with the 2 ½ inch serrated blade and affixed bowline knots at the bitter ends to tie our rafts together to keep our flotilla safe. intact. The serrated blade worked as expected. I used it primarily for sawing drywall in other jobs, and the MP easily cut the 550. While I was at it, I cut an 8 inch piece of 550 and threaded it around. of the lanyard ring of the MP600. My buddy along the trip remarked, “What is this circle for? ”
As we finished our chariot, our appetites were sufficiently aroused and images of burgers, hot dogs and garden fireworks exploded in our minds. My mind, however, was drawn to the opportunity to test the can opener on the classic pork and bean side. Will the can opener open the cans? Yes. Should you use the can opener if a modern can opener is available? Absolutely not. Frankly, it’s a painstaking effort, but I persevered and tampered with my now-open beans with ground beef, bacon, molasses, and barbecue sauce for a chili hobo that any rail bum would approve of.
We ended the evening in the backyard, with me and the boys removing the fireworks fuses with the flathead screwdriver. Near-spectacular displays of red, white, and blue to the tune of John Phillips Sousa exploding over the Bluetooth speaker as I easily switched from a fuse puller to a beer bottle opener with my collocated tools. Explosions, alcohol and tools – the American dream.
What we love about the Gerber MP600
Gerber’s one-handed quick opening is unmatched in the multi-tool market. When something needs to be maneuvered, the ease with which the MP glides quickly from hip to hand and immediately into combat is unbeatable. The stainless steel construction has stood up to multiple deployments and countless projects around my house. The MP600’s leather sheath is ruggedly constructed, looks great on your hip, and definitely gets the job done. The MP600 has all of the standard tools you would expect from a multi-tool and almost none of the fancy stuff. Gerber offers a lifetime warranty on the MP600, which has kept many of its customers coming back, according to reviews on its website. It is reliable and gets the job done most of the time.
What we don’t like about the Gerber MP600
What happens to be one of the strengths of the MP600 is also one of its weaknesses. Pliers, while quick to get into the fray, don’t have the same grip strength and leverage as the real thing. Sometimes stubborn nails are too big for the MP600 to lift. The Saf.T.Plus locking system works great and the tools lock securely in place. Over the years, however, my Gerber’s flathead screwdrivers require an additional multi-tool to pull them out. This could be due to a build-up of grime and grime during the many missions he has completed. Carbide cutters are inferior cutters at best, and many reviews of the MP600 refer to chipping or complete braking requiring replacement. The knives frayed my bike’s brake lines which added a bit of extra time to the job as I tried to get all of the wire strands through the end cap. The file works fine, but only for blades and tools that are not on your MP600. Maybe a detachable file would be better. Finally, three flathead screwdrivers is a lot for a multitool. For my part, I would sacrifice the large and small flathead heads to install an additional tool, like a torx head screwdriver that is widely used these days.
Despite the shortcomings of Gerber’s classic multi-tool, the advantages of having a fast pulling capability for the collet are the selling point for me. It honestly depends on how you are going to use your multi-tool. If you need a quick way to lift, pull or twist things by all means, the MP600 could be the tool for you. There’s a reason the MP600 has been around since its release in 1991. Eliminate a variety of problems with the timeless Gerber MP600.
Gerber MP600 FAQ
More questions? Here is the additional brief from Task & Purpose.
Q. How much does the Gerber MP600 cost?
A. The MP600 costs $ 65, but you can find it for a discount on Amazon.
Q. Where is the Gerber MP600 manufactured?
A. The MP600 is proudly made in the USA at the Gerber factory in Portland, Oregon.
Q. Is Gerber a good brand of knives?
A. Gerber is well known for creating some of the best survival knives available today.
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Dan Caywood serves in the US Navy. He is a husband, a father, an adventurer and a mender of things around his house. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The opinions expressed in its reviews are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the DoD or its components.
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