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Gerber Diesel Multi Plier Black
- Price: ~$52
- Weight: 4/5
- Size: 4/5
- Durability: 2.5/5
- Utility: 2/5
- Overall Rating: 2.5/5
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Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier Black 22-41545 Multitool [Gerber Description]
This is one of the biggest, toughest multi-tools that also features the ease and convenience of wrist-flick deployment. That’s the story behind the Diesel Multi-Plier. We’re talking about an industrial-strength tool here. The kind that pulls no punches and shrinks for no task…regardless of how tough it might be. The individual stainless steel tools are bigger than average, and more rugged than normal. And each one locks into place for maximum safety and security with the Saf.T.Plus system. Maybe you could get by with a lesser tool. But why run the risk of all the cussing and fuming when you can own the multi-tool that rules the road? Diesel. The one tool you need when you can only carry one tool.
The Gerber Black Diesel MultiPlier is highly rated on Amazon and other shopping sites so we were expecting a top of the line performer. In 2014, the Gerber website listed it under the Military section with Credentials Required to purchase. On paper, the Gerber Diesel has the right stats but we were disappointed we got our hands on the Diesel multitool. The loose play in the pliers jaws, plastic components, and design limitations leave the Diesel lagging the competition.
Our Hands On Review
First the good. The Gerber Diesel features the convenience of wrist-flick deployment of the pliers. All tools are fully locking with Gerber’s patented Saf.T.Plus component locking system. We enjoy using tools without the worry of one coming closed on our knuckles during use. pliers and all tools are fully locking so no worries of a blade coming closed on your knuckles during use. And that’s where the positives end.
At 4.92 inches when closed and 8.6 ounces, the Diesel multitool is full sized and best suited for belt carry in a sheath. The knobby protrusions from the locking mechanisms make it uncomfortable in your pocket even if you don’t mind the weight. Unfortunately, the included nylon sheath is nearly unusable. We struggled to get even a 1 inch dress belt through the narrow belt loop. Most guys wear a significantly wider and thicker belt with jeans or work clothes – Gerber really missed the mark with this sheath.
To use the knife blades and other tools, the pliers must be extended. We found this design increasingly annoying as we used the Diesel. The pliers can be used with one hand, but then two hands are needed to separate the handles and open the tool. We missed the slick one-handed opening on the best-in-class Leatherman Charge TTi. After opening a knife blade, the lower pliers handle is in the way which limits the reach of the blade. We found ourselves attempting awkward positioning (and sometimes unsafe) to make a cut. The same handle interferes when using the saw or file.
Perhaps the biggest drawback was the slop that was present in the pliers jaws. We measured 3/32 inch of sideways play at the tips when held against a hard surface. We also are not impressed with the plastic pieces present on the locking buttons and are unsure of their durability over time and in cold weather. Other similar priced multi tools like the Leatherman Super Tool 300 offer all metal construction.
- Blade length: 2.25 in with lower half serrated (our measurement, Gerber doesn’t list the blade length in their specs)
- Closed length: 4.92 in
- Weight: 8.6 oz
- Pocket clip: no
- One-handed: yes (pliers), knife blades are not one-hand accessible
Official Tool List for the Diesel Black MultiPlier as provided by Gerber
- needlenose pliers
- wire cutter
- partially serrated knife blade
- cross point screwdriver
- small, medium, and large flat blade screwdrivers
- can opener
- bottle opener
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