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Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's 16052

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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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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?
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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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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.

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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 »
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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.org/index.php/topic,35912.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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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #90 on: August 16, 2016, 03:51:48 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) ::) ::)

Makes you think "What are they thinking sometimes ??? " :facepalm:

 :D
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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #91 on: August 16, 2016, 03:52:14 PM »
New page banana man dance

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #92 on: August 25, 2016, 09:45:26 AM »
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) ::) ::)

Makes you think "What are they thinking sometimes ??? " :facepalm:

 :D

I suppose this highlights the other factors in bringing a tool to market; ease of production, cost of production, is there a place for it in the marketplace? etc. etc.

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #93 on: July 27, 2018, 12:43:21 PM »
Necro thread revival (but definitely related to the OP).

I think I have managed to get the rest of the prototypes from the same source as the original mother-lode.  It did take some years of pestering and reminding, but persistance paid off.

Off course Bob had cherry picked the choicest MTs (and so he should have, but I'm still jealous), but I'm happy with what I got:

MP600 hard coated with a metallic gold(ish) colour on the handles and pliers (definitely a different finish to the others that seem to be painted).

MP600 with Lime green handles (looks to be very similar to Bob's example)

MP600 with light copper coloured handles

MP600 with one orange handle and one dark blue handle

MP800 (legend) with navy blue handles and BO pliers (this also seems to be a very hard coating - possibly ceracoat or similar ?)


AFAIK that was the last of the prototypes this seller had, but who knows ?

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #94 on: July 27, 2018, 01:45:48 PM »
Necro thread revival (but definitely related to the OP).

I think I have managed to get the rest of the prototypes from the same source as the original mother-lode.  It did take some years of pestering and reminding, but persistance paid off.

Off course Bob had cherry picked the choicest MTs (and so he should have, but I'm still jealous), but I'm happy with what I got:

MP600 hard coated with a metallic gold(ish) colour on the handles and pliers (definitely a different finish to the others that seem to be painted).

MP600 with Lime green handles (looks to be very similar to Bob's example)

MP600 with light copper coloured handles

MP600 with one orange handle and one dark blue handle

MP800 (legend) with navy blue handles and BO pliers (this also seems to be a very hard coating - possibly ceracoat or similar ?)


AFAIK that was the last of the prototypes this seller had, but who knows?

Kudos Greg!

Great additions to your collection! You and Bob are the best scroungers ever!
« Last Edit: July 27, 2018, 01:52:40 PM by Yadda »

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #95 on: September 26, 2018, 11:40:08 PM »
Just reading thru this thread again. 

Greg  :hatsoff: I am so happy you managed to get those tools.  Congrats even if its late.   :salute:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #96 on: September 27, 2018, 05:09:05 AM »
Just reading thru this thread again. 

Greg  :hatsoff: I am so happy you managed to get those tools.  Congrats even if its late.   :salute:

Thanks, it was a bit of work to get them, but well worth it  :D

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #97 on: September 27, 2018, 05:54:33 AM »
These J-SEWS' threads are my favorites to go through. Too bad he doesn't come around the site anymore. :(

Congrats on the awesome acquisitions, gregozedobe! :like:

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #98 on: September 27, 2018, 01:10:11 PM »
These J-SEWS' threads are my favorites to go through. Too bad he doesn't come around the site anymore. :(

Congrats on the awesome acquisitions, gregozedobe! :like:

Thanks  :tu:

Bob is still collecting weird old MTs (the older and weirder the better  :D ), but he doesn't logon to MTo very often these days.  I'm hoping to encourage him to share his comprehensive knowledge on older MTs more frequently, but he's had a few setbacks this year.

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Re: Some Gerber prototypes from late 1990's/early 2000's
« Reply #99 on: September 27, 2018, 02:28:35 PM »
 :cheers:

That is quite understandable about Bob. I have been a member or owner of a couple forums in the past(not tool related) and had things pull me away that weren't related to the actual website subjects.  :ahhh


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