The first thing I notice about any of these tools imported from Asia is how big and fat they are. For the same number of blades, this tool is nearly twice as thick as a Gerber 600 tool made in the USA. So are most other imports. Why so fat? The handle sections themselves are thicker, but there are also the too-thick spacer washers between each blade. It all adds up to a tool that is "fatter" than it needs to be.I'm thinking that the quality controls and better engineering on American and European knives and tools allow them to be built leaner and meaner, while the cheap imports need to be built "thicker" to allow for more fluctuation in the manufacturing process.~Bob
As an afterthought are the in handle tools the same fitting as other Gerbers?
I hope it was well discounted Bob, I would not be a happy bunny if I had paid full price for that although it will be of interest for your collection. Mind I wonder if that Wharncliff blade with a proper thumb stud would fit my Recoil. Is it the cutting edge that is 21/8" or the whole blade?
And look at all those spacer washers! (red arrows) Why so many? I think Gerber should either make the whole tool skinnier, or add a fifth blade to each handle instead of all those spacers.~Bob
Looks simular to the tools they make for Winchester. The thumb stud on the Freeman is cast with paint on the surface on mine the back is just bare metal. Afraid it is not my cup of tea.Dave
Good:Spring loaded pliersLong length of screwdriversAll blades lockTitanium nitride coating for wear resistanceNot so good:Handle cut-outs serve no purpose, and do not make the tool any lighterKnife blades are quite shortTool handles are much too fat
I would love to hear ringzero's opinions on the Gerber Radius, you don't fancy getting yourself one, do you?
As regards the overall thickness of the handles, my perspective is biased because of my small hands. I can appreciate your preference for a larger tool with more to grab onto.
The only remaining unknown in my mind is in regards to durability....Are those cast aluminum handles with all the cutouts strong enough to withstand heavy usage?