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Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport 3397

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Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« on: June 20, 2007, 03:47:37 AM »
Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport



Technical Specs:
Overall Length: 5.56''
Length Closed: 4.31''
Weight: 6.6 oz.
Handle Material: Stainless Steel
Sheath: Ballistic nylon

Components:
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutter
Wire crimper
Combo edge knife blade
Fiskars® scissors
Phillips screwdriver
Small, medium, and large flat blade screwdrivers
Can opener
Bottle opener




Out of the box impressions:
Upon opening the box, some things immediately stood out to me.  First, the Gerber isn’t as “compact” as its name implies, and second, the finish of the tool was a bit better than I expected.  Regarding its size, I’m sure compared to the larger 600 series Multi-Plier, the 400 series is more “compact.”  When compared to other standard sized tools, the Gerber matches up quite equally. 
The implements in each handle open and close smooth.  There is a bit of noticeable drag when opening them.  The locks engage securely and release easily.
The last thing I noticed is concerning the sheath.  The only thing I’ll say about it is that the sheath has already found its way into a box up in the closet…

Using the MP400:
I’ve had the MP400 for a few days now, and I’ve had a few opportunities to use it.   I have to say; one of the things I like about this tool doesn’t have anything to do with actually using the tool.   Gerber’s sliding pliers is a “fiddlers” dream.  I constantly (and mindlessly) play with them.   The pliers themselves work fairly well.  I don’t feel any excessive flexing when gripping objects.  I also do not feel any unnecessary flexing in the handles when squeezing them.  They are comfortable to use, and squeezing the handles does not cause any pinching or pain. 



One of the implements I find myself using the most on a Multitool is the can opener.  Unfortunately, the can opener on this tool is quite disappointing.  I tried opening several cans with it, thinking that I might just need to get used to using it.  In this instance though, practicing didn’t help.  All of the cans ended up with badly jagged edges, and half the time the opener would deform the lip of the can making it impossible to grip the edge.  Every time, I found myself reaching for another opener to finish the job.

The screwdrivers on this tool are acceptable.  They fit into all the screws I’ve tried them on.  The major problem I have with them is that they are too short.  Unfortunately, the sliding pliers leave very little room in the handles for anything else, and the drivers all suffer because of it.  This can cause clearance issues if you run into any screws in tight spaces.

I have to say, I’m disappointed in the scissors.  Oh, they work very well.  They’ve cut thru everything I’ve put in front of them.  The thing that bothers me is that Gerber has gone thru a lot of effort to advertise “Fiskars” brand scissors.  Because of this, I was expecting the scissors to have “Fiskars” branded all over them.   They don’t, and I’m disappointed.  I admit this is petty, and the scissors do work very well.  I’m just a bit disappointed that they aren’t branded.

Final thoughts:
I’ll admit that before owning the MP400, I had a low opinion of Gerber brand tools.  I must also admit that, now that I own one, my opinion was wrong.  Despite some of its shortcomings, the MP400 is a nice tool to own.  “Fiddle factor” aside, it’s a useful tool that would perform well for anyone.

If you took all the intestines out of your body and stretched them end to end... you would die.
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Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2007, 01:12:04 PM »
Nice write-up sir, and excellent pictures!

Gerber tools take a lot of heat for their supposed shortcomings. The way I look at it, all multitool designs are a compromise, and all have their strengths and weaknesses. IMO, the best thing about the Gerber 400 and 600 series is the one-hand-opening pliers. They're quick and easy to deploy, even with your other hand occupied. Can't do that with a Vic or a L-man. 

In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
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Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2007, 12:40:36 AM »

They're quick and easy to deploy, even with your other hand occupied. Can't do that with a Vic or a L-man. 

And safe to use one handed!

Can I ask what was wrong with the pouch?
What is it like for 'in pocket' carry?

Dave
« Last Edit: June 21, 2007, 01:39:14 AM by damota »
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Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007, 01:46:57 AM »
Can I ask what was wrong with the pouch?
What is it like for 'in pocket' carry?

Dave

The sheath was generic and cheaply made.  It didn't look like any thought was given to fitting the sheath to the tool at all.  I don't know how else to describe it.

If you took all the intestines out of your body and stretched them end to end... you would die.
Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 23,213
Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007, 02:56:45 AM »
Seems odd that your Fiskars weren't marked as such. The ones on my 400 are clearly labeled:


In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
Formerly known as 665ae No Life Club Posts: 3,370 blah blah blah
Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007, 03:30:36 AM »
Ugh... I was ripped off.  I'll have to write "Fiskars" on my scissors with a permanent marker :)

If you took all the intestines out of your body and stretched them end to end... you would die.
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Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2007, 03:54:46 AM »
Uh...have you checked on the other side of yours?

In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
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Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007, 03:55:00 AM »
 :pok: ;D

In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
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Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007, 04:21:59 AM »
Adding to the mystery the scissors on my MP400 aren't labeled either!

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Formerly known as 665ae No Life Club Posts: 3,370 blah blah blah
Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2007, 04:27:52 AM »
Uh...have you checked on the other side of yours?

Haha... I actually had to think about that one.  Luckily I have the MP400 with me at work tonight, and it's not labelled on either side.

If you took all the intestines out of your body and stretched them end to end... you would die.
Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 23,213
Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2007, 04:50:12 AM »
Hmmmm. It is apparent then that I have a very rare and exclusively marked Gerber 400 Multi-Plier tool. No doubt it is worth a fortune.

Does anyone have the number for Sotheby's auction house? Or should I go with Christie's?  :)

In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
Sr. Member Posts: 422
Re: Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Compact Sport
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2007, 12:01:46 PM »
As the MP400 is an old design were the scissors not bought in by Gerber from Fiskars but now as Gerber is Fiskar owned they might deem it unnecessary to stamp the scissors, after all if they wanted they could stamp the whole tool as Fiskar if it suited there marketing ploy (say for the EU).

Dave

 

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