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Gerber 04171 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier, with Sheath

4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • Includes a ballistic nylon sheath
  • Weighs 10.4 ounces when shipped; limited lifetime warranty
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Product Information

Size: Box
Technical Details
Part Number22-01471
Item Weight254 g
Product Dimensions8.9 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
Item model number3098
Item Package Quantity1
Number of Pieces1
Batteries Required?No
Weight255 grams
Length8.9 centimeter
Width25 millimeters
Height15.2 centimeter
Additional Information
Customer Reviews 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank #10,410 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First AvailableOct. 11 2010
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Product Description

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Tough, reliable, and easy to handle, the Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier is engineered to tackle jobs in just about every situation you can imagine. Featuring a sleek butterfly design, durable stainless steel construction, and Gerber's patented Saf.T.Plus component locking system, this affordable multitool packs 11 convenient tools that will quickly prove indispensable.

The Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool Features:
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutter/Stripper
  • Straight Blade
  • Serrated Blade
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Saw
  • Awl
  • Lanyard Ring

Gerber's patented Saf.T.PlusTM lock system provides safety and convenience. View larger.

The Suspension offers a unique design based on Portland, Oregon's suspension bridges that's up to tough tasks. View larger.

You can purchase seperate tool kits for even broader functionality. View larger.
Strong, Innovative Open-Frame Design
Strong yet lightweight, the Suspension Multi-Plier offers the durability of stainless steel construction along with an aluminum butterfly-opening handle that's inspired by the precision engineering of Portland, Oregon's famous suspension bridges. Like those time-tested iron bridges, this tool is designed to deliver the down-and-dirty performance that you demand from your tools.

But performance isn't everything. The tool's unique suspension-style handle sits comfortably in your hand, giving it a well-balanced feel. Compact enough to satisfy the most demanding minimalists, and cool enough for any gadget guy or girl, the Suspension Multi-Plier offers a sleek, streamlined design that will look as good as it performs.

Reliable, Easy-to-Access Tools Keep You Prepared
Whether you're at home, on the road, at a muddy jobsite, or deep in the backcountry, you can't predict what you'll be up against. The Suspension Multi-Plier is fitted with 11 tools that will give you the edge in virtually any situation.

Starting with the knives, you have the choice of a straight blade for fine-tune cutting, or a serrated blade that's great for cutting rope.

This tool also includes a Phillips screwdriver along with large and medium flathead screwdrivers, as well as a dedicated wire cutter/stripper. Unlike bulky squared-off pliers on many multitools, the needle-nose pliers at the center of this tool are designed for the tightest of spots. And they're spring loaded so that they open when you release your grip, which makes working with them easy, pinch free and intuitive.

Other useful features hidden away in the handle of the Suspension include scissors, a bottle opener, a can opener, saw, an awl, and a lanyard ring.

Safe, User-Friendly Design
If you've ever had a folding knife close on your hand in the middle of making a tough cut, you'll have a special appreciation for Gerber's Saf.T.Plus system, which locks components securely in place for worry-free use.

Even with this lock system, deployment is quick and easy. Gerber's user-friendly design makes it simple to access any tool that you need--just slide the lock-release button back and get set for the task at hand.

This Gerber multitool also comes with a nylon ballistic-cloth sheath so that you can keep it protected from the elements when it's not in use.

If you're looking for even more versatility, Gerber offers an add-on tool kit that contains an adapter, three different sizes of flathead bits, cross point bits, and hex head bits for increased functionality. Also available are several a convenient sharpening systems that can help you keep the blades on your multitool in top condition without the hassle of using a whetstone or a round file, including the DF6 Compact Sharpener and the DF8 Sharpener, which uses unique diamond fingers to acheive a perfect 30 degree angle every time you sharpen a blade (tool kit and sharpeners not included).

Gerber's History of Ingenuity
Savvy. Moxie. Craftsmanship. Attention to detail. These are just a few of the company traits that contributed to Gerber's emergence as a world leader in outdoor gear. Joseph Gerber started Portland, Oregon's Gerber Advertising back in 1910, and one Christmas, he hired a local knife-maker to craft 25 sets of kitchen cutlery as client gifts. The knives were so popular, Mr. Gerber ultimately left his agency to launch Gerber Legendary Blades in 1939.

For more than half a century, Gerber Legendary Blades has been helping people fend for themselves. Gerber designs popular, dependable tools and knives along with other outdoor gear that helps users accomplish whatever tasks they may be faced with, promoting the lost art of self-reliance.

What's in the Box
Suspension multitool and nylon sheath.

Customer Reviews

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I was attracted to this tool mainly because of its looks. The skeletonized body and the well-designed lock-release mechanism are good selling points. The tool also has a large selection of useful tools. However, all of that is offset by various flaws. The washers used between each tool are incredibly thick, adding weight and bulk to the tool for no good reason I can see. It would be a much better tool with thinner washers in my opinion. The tools and blades are quite short, which reduces their usefulness. The plier handles are quite far apart when the pliers are closed. There's no reason for this either, as far as I can see, and makes it quite uncomfortable for all but the largest hands. This could have been easily remedied in design also.

Overall, I can't say it isn't a good value for the money. On paper at least, it has an impressive list of features for the price, but where it falls short is in the utility. None of the tools work as well as they could. For that reason, I feel I am being charitable in giving it 3 stars.
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The best multi tool on the market. I have owned others but they always fall apart, blades become loose etc.
This is my second Gerber suspension, I lost my original a few weeks ago. It had travelled around Scotland and coast to coast in Canada. Originally bought as a multi tool for when out on a motorcycle, it soon became the object you don't leave home without. Camping, travelling, fishing and at work on more than one occasion.
I love the design, it's spring loaded pliers are great, blades are nicely edged. It's also great that the blades and tools lock into place and don't fold on your fingers in use. It's also nicely shaped and finished. It looks pretty cool too.
If your looking for a very well made, reliable and solid multi tool, this is well worth the money.
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This is a nice every day tool you won't feel bad putting to work. It sits in the palm well even tho it's much smaller than you'd imagine from the listing. All the tools are finished nicely and lock into place securely; no worries about them snapping shut on my fingers.
My favourite part of this multi-tool is the lanyard hole, it can stay in the open position and not interfere with the tool being holstered in a pouch.

I rated it 3/5 just because it feels a bit small and it just doesn't excite me much. To be fair, if I rated it purely on it's merits and not emotional reaction this tool would easily get a 4/5 all day long.
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This Gerber Multifunction tool is very useful for somebody who needs it for work. does't take much space on the belt and it comes with a black nylon sheath. I've made a lot of research before buying and found a impresive variety of multifunction tool present on the market with price range very wide. A lot of brands each with different or similar function mutltitool, but when it comes to price/quality, Gerber's reputation preceed's them and for the price of this item depending on your needs, it's very complete. Plus it comes with a black nylon sheath wich is very practical for portable purposes like work.
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I am resisting an urge to be harsh in my review of this multitool, but I keep reminding myself that it is half the price of my Leatherman Wave and a quarter of the price of my Charge TTi.

The good:

- It's a good-looking little tool. The handles have a nice, clean finish.
- It's a lot cheaper than higher-end multitools, but much higher quality than the ultra-cheap, no-name brand ones you get in the tool aisle of your local hardware store.
- The pliers deploy very smoothly.
- For those who like this sort of thing, the pliers are spring-loaded.
- All the tools, except the pliers/wire cutters, are outside-accessible.
- All the tools lock.
- The outside tools seem reasonably solid.
- The lanyard ring is easy to deploy.
- The nylon sheath can be worn horizontally or vertically on a belt.

The bad:

- The blades are ridiculously short for a tool of this size. They're barely 1/4" longer than the blade on my keychain tool!
- The "patented Saf.T.PlusTM lock system" is clumsy and gets in the way of one-handed operation. Looks good, works awful!
- The wire cutter has a visible gap -- it won't even dent paper -- and the wire stripper is too wide to handle small gauge wires.
- The spring on the pliers is weak and mushy. It doesn't affect the operation, but it makes the tool feel cheaper.
- It's way heavier than it has any business being. Even the Leatherman Wave weighs less and it packs a lot more tools that are bigger, too.
- The asymmetric shape, thinner at one end than the other, makes it more difficult to fit in sheaths or pockets.
- The scissors are almost unusably small.
- No file. Even my keychain tool (a Gerber Vise) has a file!
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Perfect little multi-tool for the glove box! Takes much little space and is always useful now and then! It can be a little bit tricky to open and close some of the blades, as you sometimes have to push a button to lock/unlock what you need. I can see how it could be harder with wet or cold hands. Compared to other models I've had in the past, this one feels solid.
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