Earlier this year Gerber released the Artifact mini-tool. Coated with titanium nitride, this eight-function tool measures just 3-1/2″ when closed and weighs about as much as two quarters. What’s unusual about the Artifact is that instead of having a built-in knife, it uses #11 hobby blades.
Let’s list all the functions:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Bottle opener
- Pry bar
- Wire stripper
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Medium flathead screwdriver
- Knife (more accurately a hobby blade holder)
Wait a minute! That’s only seven. Gerber claims eight functions by including the lanyard hole as a function. This is a common practice with multi-tools, but that doesn’t make it OK. How does a lanyard count as a function? Can you call a slotted screwdriver a multi-tool if somebody throws a lanyard on it? No.
Ignoring the nitpicky argument of whether the Artifact has seven or eight functions, this looks like another neat little multi-tool. The best part: You can pick up the Gerber Artifact for about $10. They even include three #11 hobby blades with the tool.