GERBER MP600 BLUNT NOSE BLACK
Overall length: 6.38". Closed length: 4.88". Weight: 12 oz.
I had this one's grandfather on my belt for maybe fifteen years. It turned up missing (kids) so I got this one as a replacement. Just as useful if not a little more so because of the updated tool set. The cutters slip through a wire hanger like it's nothing and it makes a fairly blunt cut. File has course and fine sides that do a great job on burrs and bevels. Standard and serrated edges are good. Standard knife edge hones to fine, (not razor) sharp. The new locking system is a VERY good idea. I manged to nick myself a few times with my old one.
My favorite feature of this is the "flick to open." Actually, I don't do it that way at all and I advize against it, because on a few occasions, I have let the thing fly and one of those put a pretty good dent in my bike's tank. I've found that you can one-hand it just by holding it upright and squeezing the slider buttons betwixt thumb and forefinger. The Multi Plier is a little stiff at first and needs some machine oil and a little use to loosen up, but once it's there, it will drop down with just a pinch.
The finish is outstanding and maybe improved over the previous generation. It cleans up well even after hard use on plumbing and automotive work
Missing star is probably just nostalgia for the previous model. The plastic grip on the lock release just really bugs me. I'm sure it's sturdy and all, I just have this overwhelming desire for the whole thing to look like it was made from the same metal.