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Gerber MPT #5 Club 6944

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Gerber MPT #5 Club
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:47:41 PM »
This is the club for the Gerber MPT #5. Here is a pic of the two I have.    :)
Gerber MPT5 007.JPG
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 02:20:16 AM »
The Gerber MPT#5 is an important part of Gerber and multitool history. I thought it might be good to have a club for this multitool.  Pics of the MPT, history, advertisment and stories of its use would be appreicated by all of us. Here is a link to Bob's article on the MPT at Multitool Encyclopedia.     :)

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 02:29:56 AM »
I have been meaning to get a MPT, but it always gets put on the back burner. Hopefully soon though.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 05:12:17 AM »
Unless photos are mandatory I guess I should join this club.  I have 5, a mix of old and new handles, SS and BO finish.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 05:24:15 AM »
Unless photos are mandatory I guess I should join this club.  I have 5, a mix of old and new handles, SS and BO finish.

Photos are not mandatory. Question Greg. Do any of your BO MPT's have the old handles with shoulders?
« Last Edit: February 26, 2014, 05:30:53 AM by David »

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2014, 11:10:35 AM »
Unless photos are mandatory I guess I should join this club.  I have 5, a mix of old and new handles, SS and BO finish.

Photos are not mandatory. Question Greg. Do any of your BO MPT's have the old handles with shoulders?

Yes.  I have the following:
(the two digit Id is my unique Id for each tool, necessary for my old brain to keep track once I started to collect a lot of tools)

2a  BO old handles (shoulders), old awl
7c  SS old handles, old awl
1j   SS new handles (speed bumps, no shoulders), old awl  [I think this MPT may be a transitional version ? ]
7g  SS new handles, new awl
7t  BO new handles, new awl

Other differences I noticed:

2a and 7c have the brushed stainless finish on the plier jaws
1j, 7g and 7t have the polished matte finish on the plier jaws

2a, 7c and 1j have the "5 blades" tool load with a lanyard attachment and a large screwdriver
7g and 7t have the "3 blades" tool load with just a spacer

2a and 7c have two-sided Simonds USA files
1j, 7g and 7t have three-sided Simonds USA files

2a and 7c have hex head plier pivot screws
1j, 7g and 7t have round head plier pivot screws

2a and 7c have the long stamped-out reliefs for the blade backsprings
1j has the long milled-out reliefs for the blade backsprings
7g and 7t have the short stamped-out reliefs for the blade backsprings


Anything I've missed ?

1j looks very similar to this tool on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/191082693450  (except mine is in better condition  ;)  )
« Last Edit: February 26, 2014, 11:14:53 AM by gregozedobe »

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2014, 03:08:39 PM »
Thank you Greg for providing lots of good infomation about your MPT's.    :tu:    :)

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 01:31:33 AM »
I can join now! Pics after I've cleaned,oiled and tightened the darn thing.
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 01:42:15 AM »
I can join now! Pics after I've cleaned,oiled and tightened the darn thing.


 :tu:    :)

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014, 03:13:55 AM »
The MPT is a neat piece of multitool history.  I'll get a pic of mine up tomorrow,

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2014, 07:05:01 PM »
Got an interesting MPT coming. From the pics it appears to be new handles but still has hex bolts on the plier pivots. As Gerber was making changes and using with old parts it led to some intersting combo's.   :)

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2014, 11:52:27 PM »
Got an interesting MPT coming. From the pics it appears to be new handles but still has hex bolts on the plier pivots. As Gerber was making changes and using with old parts it led to some intersting combo's.   :)
It does sound like another "transitional" version. It will be interesting to find out which mix of early and late components it has when you get it.   :tu:

I think Leatherman did much the same with their PST, using up handles and components as they moved to newer versions.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2014, 11:53:02 PM »
My entry to the club.  :)






I believe this is an older one.  Shoulders, old awl, hex bolts on all pivot points.  It's a neat tool for sure, and actually the very first tool I acquired specifically to have one in the collection rather than for use in the rotation.  It's been carried though, in keeping with my "no shelf queen" policy.

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2014, 11:56:35 PM »
My entry to the club.  :)






I believe this is an older one.  Shoulders, old awl, hex bolts on all pivot points.  It's a neat tool for sure, and actually the very first tool I acquired specifically to have one in the collection rather than for use in the rotation.  It's been carried though, in keeping with my "no shelf queen" policy.



Nice looking early one JD!    :tu:     :)




Got an interesting MPT coming. From the pics it appears to be new handles but still has hex bolts on the plier pivots. As Gerber was making changes and using with old parts it led to some intersting combo's.   :)
It does sound like another "transitional" version. It will be interesting to find out which mix of early and late components it has when you get it.   :tu:

I think Leatherman did much the same with their PST, using up handles and components as they moved to newer versions.


Agreed.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2014, 04:06:30 PM »
So far I'm not sure what to think about this tool it doesn't want to seem to close on the awl, knife side.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2014, 04:28:40 PM »
Ah! a new club to join. :D
I have one as well.
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2014, 05:34:08 PM »
So far I'm not sure what to think about this tool it doesn't want to seem to close on the awl, knife side.

Is it just stiff, or is it actually jamming/catching on something ?

Some of my MPTs are quite stiff, some are loose (the ones that have been used a lot).

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2014, 05:44:43 PM »
This is such a classic looking tool. So beautiful - like a pocket power plier, PST, or Mr. Pinchy. Symmetrical

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2014, 06:27:30 PM »
So far I'm not sure what to think about this tool it doesn't want to seem to close on the awl, knife side.

Is it just stiff, or is it actually jamming/catching on something ?

Some of my MPTs are quite stiff, some are loose (the ones that have been used a lot).
The awl catches on the pliers and the tool is stiff.
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2014, 09:36:22 PM »
This is such a classic looking tool. So beautiful - like a pocket power plier, PST, or Mr. Pinchy. Symmetrical

Reminds me of mr. pinchy tools on a PST like body, but longer.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2014, 12:26:49 AM »
This is such a classic looking tool. So beautiful - like a pocket power plier, PST, or Mr. Pinchy. Symmetrical

Reminds me of mr. pinchy tools on a PST like body, but longer.

IIRC Gerber created the MPT to compete with LM's PST for military supply contracts (and won at least one contract), so that explains the similarity.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2014, 12:28:14 AM »
I knew about the history but forgot it was competing against the PST. Thanks for the refresher.  :tu:

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2014, 12:16:50 AM »
Early MPT
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2014, 12:20:25 AM »
Couple later MPT's
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2014, 12:28:56 AM »
Early MPT

Nice.  :tu:

Love the look of that sheath too.

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2014, 06:15:55 AM »
The military surplus store just down the road from me has four MPTs NIB. I've been tempted so many times to snatch them all up. Must stay away from the Gerber page :facepalm: it could get a bit pricey for me.
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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2014, 06:25:14 AM »
You know you need one Pat.   :D

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2014, 06:28:11 AM »
You know you need one Pat.   :D

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2014, 09:58:15 AM »
Four might be excessive, but one couldn't hurt, could it?  >:D

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Re: Gerber MPT #5 Club
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Mind if I join,




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