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Gerber Shard- First look

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Gerber Shard- First look
on: July 29, 2008, 05:21:58 PM
I got this in the mail about twenty minutes ago, so I can't say I have many opinions on it so far.  I have never heard of this particular model, so it is a new one on me.



It's basically the Artifact's little brother as you can see, with the only difference being the lack of a knife blade.  It still retains the screwdriver, bottle opener and small pry bar.



It also has some jimping on the top and bottom to increase grip.  I can't comment on how effective it is until I've had a bit more time to play with it, but it seems like a pretty good idea initially. 

The Shard is also about half the weight of the Artifact:

Shard: .78oz (22.1g)
Artifact: 1.49oz (42.3g)

I am pretty thrilled with this new discovery, and I'll post more thoughts on it soon.  Meanwhile, I need to get back to work! :D  If anyone else has any info on this one, I'd love to hear it.

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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #1 on: July 29, 2008, 05:29:41 PM
How great is that!?!  :)  I have been saying for a while now how I would like to remove the blade from the artifact in order to make it legal EDC in the UK.  Looks like there is a better solution.  :)
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #2 on: July 29, 2008, 06:11:11 PM
man,thats looks a lot more better than its big brother.
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008, 06:13:06 PM
How great is that!?!  :)  I have been saying for a while now how I would like to remove the blade from the artifact in order to make it legal EDC in the UK.  Looks like there is a better solution.  :)

so even a microscopic blade like artifact´s,is illegal cause it locks?
how about removing the lock instead of the blade:) ?


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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 06:20:22 PM
How great is that!?!  :)  I have been saying for a while now how I would like to remove the blade from the artifact in order to make it legal EDC in the UK.  Looks like there is a better solution.  :)

so even a microscopic blade like artifact´s,is illegal cause it locks?
how about removing the lock instead of the blade:) ?

It sure is.  ::)

I carry so many blades that I don't need it really.  I just wanted everything else (which I can now get  :)).
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 06:39:28 PM
Now that I like :)
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 06:43:30 PM
Hoping WD will come up with one with a Vic logo on it.  :D
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008, 06:49:17 PM
Hoping WD will come up with one with a Vic logo on it.  :D
Oh I do believe I broke another rib ::) :D :D
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 07:06:36 PM
Hoping WD will come up with one with a Vic logo on it.  :D
Oh I do believe I broke another rib ::) :D :D

So is that all of them now then?  :P
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008, 07:08:20 PM
Hoping WD will come up with one with a Vic logo on it.  :D
Oh I do believe I broke another rib ::) :D :D

So is that all of them now then?  :P
No all the one's on my right side haven't been broken...yet :D
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #10 on: July 29, 2008, 09:49:29 PM
I've just bought the artifact but havent seen this tool in the UK before.
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 10:19:52 PM
I really am impressed with that little thing :), has anyone used either that or the artifact on bike tyre's ??? ,I think it might make a handy little tire iron :)
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #12 on: July 29, 2008, 10:23:34 PM
That's pretty neat. Although I imagine the Atwood fans are going to be all in a snit about this one too.


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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #13 on: July 29, 2008, 10:34:17 PM
That was my thought as well.

I have a few "supplies" downstairs chilling in the fridge that I'll try the Shard out on shortly, but for now, I am really liking this little tool.  I like the Artifact too, but the Shard seems to be significantly more convenient, and without a blade I can see it getting a lot more places too.

My guess is that when this lil bugger hits the market (Dennis at www.Gerber-Tools.com has never heard of it either) it will be around $10, since that's the range of the Artifact.  With Atwoods starting around $40 and going waaaaaaaayyyyyy up from there I think Peter might be looking for new work! :D

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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #14 on: July 29, 2008, 10:55:34 PM
Do you reckon the Shard would work as a bike tire iron mate ???
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #15 on: July 30, 2008, 12:52:02 AM
If you mean just for levering the tire onto the wheel then yes.  If you have something more planned for it, probably not.  This thing is about the length of your little finger, so don't expect too much! :D

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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #16 on: July 30, 2008, 01:00:04 AM
I like the look of it, kind of like a mesh between atwood and Gerber. Looks sleek, and organic....I would carry it more than the Artifact I think due to length


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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #17 on: July 30, 2008, 01:23:10 AM
It's got a smooth swoopy-curvy look to it. Totally different than the Atwood chiseled appearance. :)
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #18 on: July 30, 2008, 03:04:16 AM
Well, it doesn't have the same leverage as the Artifact when used as a bottle opener, but it works well enough.  You can really feel the jimping on the handle, but more of a "traction" type feeling, not a "sharp corner digging into your flesh" type feeling!

It certainly is more "key-chain-able" than the Artifact, although the small lanyard hole on the Artifact fits on a spring clip easier since there isn't quite as much metal to get the hook around.  I've only had it a few hours but I am pretty happy with it so far.

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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #19 on: July 30, 2008, 03:10:28 AM
Somebody post this over at EDCF and watch the atwood nuts' blood boil.  >:D


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Reply #20 on: July 30, 2008, 03:11:57 AM
Somebody post this over at EDCF and watch the atwood nuts' blood boil.  >:D

Title the thread, "Why I'll Never Buy Another Atwood"    >:D :D
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #21 on: July 30, 2008, 03:12:53 AM
At about 1/10th of the cost (estimated) of a Prybaby (there's one on eBay right now for well over $100!  :o ) I think I'll stick with the Shard, thank you very much!

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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #22 on: July 30, 2008, 03:15:41 AM
Somebody post this over at EDCF and watch the atwood nuts' blood boil.  >:D

Title the thread, "Why I'll Never Buy Another Atwood"    >:D :D
That would be first class entertainment for sure. :D

I doubt that this will actually hurt the Atwood brand too much, but I'm sure it will, um.... iritate.... a few fans. I could be wrong, but I doubt people who would actually fork out the $$$ for an atwood would settle for these, and people that would be happy with these wouldn't dream of shelling out the $$$ for an atwood.
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #23 on: July 30, 2008, 03:24:50 AM
It's an interesting thought though- how far would we go for quality, or a Made in the USA label?

The Shard is a Chinese manufactured tool, but it has no moving parts.  It's a slab of solid steel with some fancy cutouts and some black paint.  I am guessing it will retail for around $10-15.

The Prybaby is US made, has no moving parts, is solid steel (or titanium) and has some fancy cutouts and occasionally some kind of coloring, and I rarely see them for much less than $60, and often around $100.

We often berate the "cheap Asian knockoffs" around here, and yet here we are appreciating a Chinese manufactured tool that could be construed as a copy of a respectable US brand.  It seems so unlike us that I have to wonder a) where we draw the line and b) are Atwoods thought that lowly of amongst people who actually carry and use tools instead of people who buy them for collection/investment?

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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #24 on: July 30, 2008, 03:32:10 AM

I doubt that this will actually hurt the Atwood brand too much, but I'm sure it will, um.... iritate.... a few fans. I could be wrong, but I doubt people who would actually fork out the $$$ for an atwood would settle for these, and people that would be happy with these wouldn't dream of shelling out the $$$ for an atwood.

I definately agree, but the same thing was said about artifact since it came out at shot show, didn't help any. For me I just can't justify spend $50+ on a piece of metal that's intended to be used in destructive tasks, heck I made my own with a dollar store wrench.


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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #25 on: July 30, 2008, 05:04:08 AM
It's an interesting thought though- how far would we go for quality, or a Made in the USA label?

The Shard is a Chinese manufactured tool, but it has no moving parts.  It's a slab of solid steel with some fancy cutouts and some black paint.  I am guessing it will retail for around $10-15.

The Prybaby is US made, has no moving parts, is solid steel (or titanium) and has some fancy cutouts and occasionally some kind of coloring, and I rarely see them for much less than $60, and often around $100.

We often berate the "cheap Asian knockoffs" around here, and yet here we are appreciating a Chinese manufactured tool that could be construed as a copy of a respectable US brand.  It seems so unlike us that I have to wonder a) where we draw the line and b) are Atwoods thought that lowly of amongst people who actually carry and use tools instead of people who buy them for collection/investment?

Vellly intulestink....

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I would have some Atwoods if they were more readily available. It's not just a matter of money for me. I sometimes have the money and sometimes not. If all of the Atwood models were always available I would have bought some a few different times. I'm just saying it's not as simple as where they are made and how much they cost.


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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #26 on: July 30, 2008, 05:04:34 AM
 I foresee bunches of them sold and strategically stashed in toolboxes,gloveboxes,keyrings etc.And bunches more sold for gifting.
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #27 on: July 30, 2008, 09:58:07 AM
Thanks Grant I my have to grab one at some point :)
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #28 on: July 31, 2008, 01:45:55 AM
I still got to get one of thise. For some reason my order never went through.
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Re: Gerber Shard- First look
Reply #29 on: July 31, 2008, 03:16:26 AM
I still got to get one of thise. For some reason my order never went through.

Where did you order it from?


 

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