New Gear: Gerber Center-Drive Multitool

gerber center-drive multitool

Gerber announced a new multitool that many sport shooters, hunters and outdoorsmen might like. It is called the Center-Drive Multitool.

One of the main features of this tool is that it features a driver that uses standard bits and is aligned along the center line of the tool.

Gerber Tool

Other features of this tool are:

  • a full size, outboard knife that is said to be 30% longer than the Leatherman OHT. There is a thumb support on the multitool to give you better cutting power with the knife. This blade has a plain edge.
  • spring loaded pliers. This is a feature that I really like. I’ve had multiple multitools and have always found that non-spring loaded pliers can be a bit of a pain to work with.
  • thumb opening for main tools. The driver, knife and pliers are all deployed with a quick flick of the thumb, making them as easy to access as a common knife.

In addition to the knife, driver and pliers, the Center-Drive also has the following tools built in:

  • serrated blade
  • awl
  • wire strippers (part of the pliers)
  • pry bar
  • file
  • bottle opener
  • ruler

The driver also comes with a flathead bit and a Phillips bit. Gerber sells a bit set to supplement the tool if you want one. The tool will be available for purchase on November 1. Gerber states the MSRP will be $89.

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  • Blake

    Thanks for the quick write-up; lots of good stuff in this thing.

    I generally prefer to avoid multitools as the individual tools are usually pretty crappy, & not much smaller than a collection of small good-quality single-function tools (& of course you get exactly what you need).

    But this might change my mind…

    • BattleshipGrey

      I have one of the older Gerber multitools and always carry it on my belt. It comes in handy a lot for piddly projects around the house, fixing the kid’s toys and various odd jobs that I don’t feel like dragging out a bunch of tools from the box.

    • Swarf

      If I were you, I’d change it back.

      This is a nice design. I appreciate that the bit holder aligns closer to a center axis, but I have not seen anything produced by Gerber in the last (roughly) 10 years that wasn’t Chinese garbage. Just crap. But hey, it’s affordable.

      And it’s a shame, too. Their multi-tools used to be top tier for my industry, along with Leatherman and SOG. I own a Gerber that I’ve had for many many years that still functions well. But it is also stamped u.s.a.

      I’m not one of those “USA or bust” guys. I think plenty of other countries are capable of quality manufacturing. But not China. And certainly not when it comes to Gerber.

      • Giolli Joker

        Nowadays China as well is fully capable of quality manufacturing.
        In the knife industry Kizer stuff is top notch and it’s fully a Chinese company.
        Chinese stuff made in China in order to cut costs, on the other hand, tends to be crap.

  • Tim

    I have used the original Greber multi tool professionally for 15 years as a aircraft mechanic (A&P). The tool is very handy and useful. Their customer service is top notch. When I have damaged it, they have repaired and replaced it within 7 days and never charged me (though I admitted abusing it).

    I like that this new design doesn’t require the adapter to use bits and the knife blade opens outwardly.

  • Edeco

    Alright standard bits and replaceable cutters. No scissors tho apparently and overstyled for my taste, so nty.

  • VanDiemensLand

    Argh, why no scissors! Biggest complaint about the OHT too, I dont need two blades, I do want scissors.

    • MisterTheory

      Preach it Brother!!!!

  • Swarf

    Careful. People get comments deleted making jokes around these parts.

    Somebody is sensitive.

    Also some comments apparently get put on double secret probation. It’s like a nunnery.