While other Gerber multi-tool models make short work of metal, MP1 goes with – and against – the grain to prevail across multiple challenge scenarios. Among the most visually-beguiling options under test, this model musters a solid array of basic tools (“12 components” as described by Gerber). Larger and gloved hands will favor slide-lock mechanics (“wedge lock”) and less-constrained tool access in this 8oz system. Easy-gripping, rivet-affixed G10 handle plates provide positive traction during both handling and use.
Testers echoed the brand’s enthusiasm for spring-loaded jaws levered by butterfly handles, all in a comfortable, balanced form factor. High carbon steel brings a sense of quality to the piece with 420HC stainless used in fine-edged and serrated blades. Equipped with a magnetic driver bit receiver, MP1 extends long enough to generate meaningful torque with the included #2 Phillips head.
A pry bar reduces the temptation to put the three blades and screwdrivers at risk for unplanned tasks that have no obvious or associated dedicated tool. Active Junky’s experience with Gerber suggests MP1 comes with the same exceptional level of warranty and customer support even for models that are far more complex than fixed-blade knives or folders
Size: Closed length: 4.38
Weight: 8 oz.
Materials: 6150 Carbon Steel Jaws; 420 High Carbon Steel Blades; G-10 textured composite handle