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Stuart writes: “I’m not sure if the Gerber Suspension Butterfly is a winner, but for $25 it’s gotta be better than my loose cheapo.  The best part is that when you buy one from Amazon right now, you get a Gerber Clutch for free.  I don’t have a Clutch, but I do have their Shortcut.  As far as I can tell, the main difference is that one has scissors and the other has pliers as the main part of the mini-tool.  So, for $25 you get a hopefully-adequate multi-tool and a great mini-tool.  For those of you who (like me) can’t splurge on a Leatherman, this is a deal you might want to consider jumping on.”

I haven’t tried Gerber’s multi-tools, but I have to admit that I’m not a fan of their mini-knives.  I tried one out a while back and was pretty disappointed.  That’s not to say that this is a bad deal, but YMMV.

Gerber 22-41471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier and Sheath [What’s This?] [Amazon.com]


3 Responses to Deals: Buy a Gerber Mutli-Tool, Get a Keychain Tool Free

  1. Fred says:

    Gotta love Gerber’s company motto: “Fend for yourself.”

  2. nrChris says:

    Unlike the cheapo jigsaw, this is an area where I can’t justify spending real money. Not for something that I am invariably going to lose or break. Cheapo on the power tools–probably not. But cheapo on flashlights, multi-tools, screwdrivers–things that my kids (no, not really the kids so much, but they are convenient to blame) are going to lose, or worse break–not going to spend the money in that category.

  3. Cybergibbons says:

    Never tried one of the cheaper Gerbers – I carry a MP800 Legend, which I think is much better than most of Leatherman’s offerings. Things I like about it are:
    * Spring loaded handles
    * Replaceable cutter on the pliers
    * Good locking mechanism on all tools
    * Tools can be pulled out with the pliers closed – which also means that the handles of the pliers are smooth so you can apply more force (which I see the suspension has as well)

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