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Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's 9163

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #60 on: January 18, 2014, 09:57:45 PM »

Either way Bob. These are lovely additions to your superb collection.  :tu:

+1  :salute:

I like the look of the Electrician pliers  :tu:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #61 on: January 18, 2014, 10:07:38 PM »

Either way Bob. These are lovely additions to your superb collection.  :tu:

+1  :salute:

I like the look of the Electrician pliers  :tu:


I'd send them for you to look at Tony but they would probably come back with a blackened burn hole between the jaws. :pok: :D

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 10,052
Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #62 on: January 18, 2014, 10:16:49 PM »

Either way Bob. These are lovely additions to your superb collection.  :tu:

+1  :salute:

I like the look of the Electrician pliers  :tu:


I'd send them for you to look at Tony but they would probably come back with a blackened burn hole between the jaws. :pok: :D

That has been known in the past but not so much now  :D

(volt stick   ;)  )

 :cheers:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #63 on: January 18, 2014, 10:27:56 PM »

Either way Bob. These are lovely additions to your superb collection.  :tu:

+1  :salute:

I like the look of the Electrician pliers  :tu:


I'd send them for you to look at Tony but they would probably come back with a blackened burn hole between the jaws. :pok: :D

That has been known in the past but not so much now  :D

(volt stick   ;)  )

 :cheers:


I'm not quite there yet myself :whistle: :D



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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 10,052
Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #64 on: January 18, 2014, 10:57:03 PM »

 :rofl:  Thats never happened to me    :whistle:

 :pok:  You need something like this Bob

http://www.amprobe.com/am...tic-300-pro.htm?PID=73374

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #65 on: January 18, 2014, 11:10:41 PM »

 :rofl:  Thats never happened to me    :whistle:

 :pok:  You need something like this Bob

http://www.amprobe.com/am...tic-300-pro.htm?PID=73374

Looks effective!  (but far less entertaining than my current method of determining if voltage is present) :P :D

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #66 on: January 19, 2014, 12:08:03 AM »
Oh, are we comparing burnt wire cutters? Can I play too?

I still remember the sparks. :ahhh It was like New year. :dd:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #67 on: January 19, 2014, 01:07:18 AM »
Wow, that's quite impressive Nikola! :o :D

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #68 on: January 21, 2014, 09:31:52 PM »

The handles are made to come apart too. I wonder if they planned to offer different style pliers? And maybe different handles too, perhaps with a variety of different blades and such?

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I Knew that I've seen this design before...  This is the Patent (filed in 1998 and approved in 2001)








Wielder of the Bow of Banishment. Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 28,587 El Presidente del Fan Club Micky D
Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #69 on: January 21, 2014, 11:46:51 PM »
Oh, a 'cutter' head to go with it, that would have been cool. :tu:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #70 on: January 22, 2014, 04:12:30 AM »
Well would you look at that! :cheers: Hah, I've read a lot of multitool patents, but I've never seen that one before! Wow, that means they were pretty serious about this tool at some point. I see though later on in that very patent they are showing photos that look like the Evolution MP650. And I can see why from a manufacturing standpoint they would go with the 650 instead of this reversible jaw tool. Whatever, it's still neat to see some of the background history on this tool. Thanks Ombuds!! :tu:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #71 on: January 22, 2014, 08:35:59 AM »
Well would you look at that! :cheers: Hah, I've read a lot of multitool patents, but I've never seen that one before! Wow, that means they were pretty serious about this tool at some point. I see though later on in that very patent they are showing photos that look like the Evolution MP650. And I can see why from a manufacturing standpoint they would go with the 650 instead of this reversible jaw tool. Whatever, it's still neat to see some of the background history on this tool. Thanks Ombuds!! :tu:

Anytime ! :salute:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #72 on: January 22, 2014, 08:37:50 AM »
Oh, a 'cutter' head to go with it, that would have been cool. :tu:

Indeed !  8)

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #73 on: July 09, 2014, 09:26:52 PM »
I just thought this needed a Bump.

And I read that you are missing a Multilite for the purple lid you have - I do have  2 Multilites and would be willing to trade one for some other Gerber stuff that you might have twice.

Btw, is there a place wher MP 600 FPR variants are discussed?  :think:
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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #74 on: July 16, 2014, 01:04:23 AM »
I just thought this needed a Bump.

And I read that you are missing a Multilite for the purple lid you have - I do have  2 Multilites and would be willing to trade one for some other Gerber stuff that you might have twice.

Btw, is there a place wher MP 600 FPR variants are discussed?  :think:

Thank you Thomas :salute: I am indeed still looking for a Multi-Lite to use with my purple lid. I will send you a PM :)

I think First Production Run Gerber tools have been mentioned several times over the years, but I do not recall a specific thread about them..? :think:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #75 on: July 16, 2014, 02:00:09 AM »
Btw, is there a place wher MP 600 FPR variants are discussed?  :think:

I'm with Bob, I think the info is scattered across several threads.  What did you want to know ?

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No Life Club Posts: 4,694
Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #76 on: July 16, 2014, 09:59:35 AM »
Thanks for the PM. I´ll have to think about it.  ;)
Regarding the MP 600 FPR - I do have a Needlenose one with black lock-tabs.
Sadly, the plain edge blade is missing the tip.
Now I am contemplating if it is (from a collectors standpoint) worthwile to look for another MPP 600 with this early blade type and repair teh FPR or if I either just regrind the blade and use it or - shock horror - use it as a mod base?!

Alternatively, I´d trade it in with any MP 600 variant if anyone is looking for such a specimen.
 
And above all I´m just curious what different FPR tools there were.

Oh, and I´m a bit jealous on your prototype collction...  ;)
Nah, not really - They are in teh right hands Bob - although Gregs opinion on this might differ. 

While we are at it - how common are the fiskars branded Multipliers? I guess they must be from teh time when Gerber became part of the Fiskars universe and Fiskars wanted to sell some Multis themselves?
No Life Club Posts: 3,357 Apparently it is possible to have too many tools;)
Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #77 on: July 16, 2014, 01:47:09 PM »
Regarding the MP 600 FPR - I do have a Needlenose one with black lock-tabs.
Sadly, the plain edge blade is missing the tip.
Now I am contemplating if it is (from a collectors standpoint) worthwile to look for another MPP 600 with this early blade type and repair teh FPR or if I either just regrind the blade and use it or - shock horror - use it as a mod base?!

Alternatively, I´d trade it in with any MP 600 variant if anyone is looking for such a specimen.
 
And above all I´m just curious what different FPR tools there were.

Oh, and I´m a bit jealous on your prototype collction...  ;)
Nah, not really - They are in teh right hands Bob - although Gregs opinion on this might differ. 

While we are at it - how common are the fiskars branded Multipliers? I guess they must be from teh time when Gerber became part of the Fiskars universe and Fiskars wanted to sell some Multis themselves?

From what I've seen the MP600 FPR with black locktabs are less common than the version with grey locktabs, so definitely collector material.  If you aren't that keen on it I'll gladly take it off your hands  :pok:  PM me with what you'd like for it.

As far as Gerber multitools go I've only ever seen FPR on the original Mr Pinchy (Multi-Plier), Multi-Lite and MP600 (Multi-Lock).  Has anyone ever seen it on an MP400 or other MTs ?

I'm also jealous of Bobs's Gerber prototypes, but am willing to concede they are in good hands  :salute:

The Fiskars branded early Multi-Pliers are much less common than the Gerber branded version, and the ones I've seen have a different tool load as well.

« Last Edit: July 16, 2014, 01:49:27 PM by gregozedobe »

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #78 on: July 16, 2014, 09:46:10 PM »
I agree!! :o The MP600 FPR is far too special to be used as mod fodder. I'm sure Greg or myself or someone else would be happy to trade you for a standard MP600 that would be a better starting point for modification. :salute:


Like Greg, I have seen "First Production Run" etched on the original Gerber Mr. Pinchy, the Multi-Lite, and the MP600. (Both needle nose and blunt nose versions of the MP600)

Also, on the topic of FPR multitools, I've also seen Bear Jaws 155, Bucktool 360, and Bucktool 355 models so marked.


As an interesting side note, I once had a discussion with the gentleman at Gerber who was credited with inventing the sliding jaws concept. He confided to me that with all the pre-release hype they were under enormous pressure to bring the first Mr Pinchy tools to market, and there was no time to fix all the little mistakes, which of course they were well aware of. (misplaced cutouts in handles, nail nicks on wrong side of blades, etc) So someone came up with the genius idea of marking the tools First Production Run, which deflected most of the negative criticism when they finally hit the market, and in the long run made the tools MORE desirable/valuable, not LESS. ;)


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No Life Club Posts: 4,694
Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #79 on: July 16, 2014, 10:23:39 PM »
Thanks for the insight! My little one is taking up my time atm, but I´ll get back to both of you regarding the possible trades.

No Life Club Posts: 3,357 Apparently it is possible to have too many tools;)
Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #80 on: January 31, 2015, 01:53:22 PM »

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It seems Gerber must have made at least two of these purple/pink little gems, as I just won one on eBay (mine comes with a "standard" tool load body ie serrated blade).  I had some stiff competition for it (obviously another Gerber collector), but unlike several recent rare MTs on eBay I wasn't outbid this time  :D

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #81 on: January 31, 2015, 02:57:20 PM »
:woohoo:  Nice catch mate.

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #82 on: February 01, 2015, 01:00:04 PM »
 :tu:
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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #83 on: February 01, 2015, 06:33:59 PM »
Great score  :tu:
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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #84 on: February 04, 2015, 03:19:44 PM »
Congrats Greg! Was yours just the top piece (like mine) or did you get the entire tool? :)

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #85 on: February 04, 2015, 10:59:38 PM »
Congrats Greg! Was yours just the top piece (like mine) or did you get the entire tool? :)
Thanks all.  I didn't expect to ever get a purple/pink Multi-lite, but it just goes to show you should never say never  :D

This one came with a "standard" (most common ?) tool load body ie serrated blade.

I wonder if they made any other colours for the top piece ? ie besides black, green and purple/pink

This post suggests there is a possibility, but the poster hasn't been on MTo for a couple of years:
http://forum.multitool.or....msg578528.html#msg578528
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Thanks that was a very fast reply.    It is a little odd ball not having a needle nose pliers but the tools it has work great and have been invaluable over the years.    I bought this in 1997 in Towanda Pa.
Funny you mention flea markets when we lived in Gainesville Va in 2001 there was a flea market across the highway, one of the stands had a dozen of the plastic covers in different colors.    They were made in China.    I didn't buy any but wish I had.

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #86 on: August 11, 2016, 02:39:26 PM »
No wonder Poncho necro'd threads. These are awesome!
That reversible plier head was so neat! What a shame it was never released.  :-\
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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #87 on: August 11, 2016, 04:14:07 PM »
Hard to believe! Especially the one with detachable pliers, OMG  :sa: :popcorn:
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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #88 on: August 12, 2016, 08:59:47 PM »
Agreed! :tu:  Yeah I tell you what, some of these tools that Gerber experimented with and DIDN'T produce are way better than some of the crap that they DID produce. (I'm thinking Radius, Steady, Freehand, etc, etc, etc) ::) ::)


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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #89 on: August 16, 2016, 03:50:39 PM »
No wonder Poncho necro'd threads. These are awesome!
That reversible plier head was so neat! What a shame it was never released.  :-\

That's right 8) I love a lot of the old threads for this very reason :like: Many great pics and reviews and info have been amassed over the years here at MTO :dd:


 

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