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New! Gerber Center Drive 15970

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New! Gerber Center Drive
« on: October 18, 2016, 12:21:25 PM »
http://center-drive.com/

I'm on my phone. So no pics. Check the website.
I'm totally stoked about this one, I'm gonna get myself one of these as soon as they're available online. To speed things up, would anyone from the US be willing to ship me one? Of course I'll cover all costs. Otherwise it'll take a while before the stores that ship to Sweden will get them.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2016, 12:24:25 PM by WiseDuck »


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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2016, 12:26:03 PM »
Good amount of tools too. I love that they kept the serrated blade. I use that one a LOT on my Mp600 Blunty.
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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2016, 12:29:11 PM »
Another picture.
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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2016, 01:11:07 PM »
Looks little bit like new PowerPlay.
I like the pry bar.
Whats up with the drop on the blade after the belly?
It has something from Skeletool also.
I think I'll wait for a while and see peoples opinions about it.
Good that it is spring loaded. The awl looks too thick.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2016, 01:19:14 PM by Padre »

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2016, 01:23:36 PM »
Interesting! Octane meets Balance meets MP600

The investment cast plier head looks a little too complicated for it's own good. I can understand the desire to keep casting costs down, but I am a little unsure as to what integrity would be produced by this method, and therefore the duty level of the pliers.

They look like the standard carbide cutters, but sufficiently out of the way so as not to foul when gripping like the LM replaceable ones do.

The "awl" looks like a handy marking knife, but the taper is a little steep for what I would expect from an awl. However, no saw kind of renders a marking knife less necessary perhaps.

The effectiveness of the "Shard" cap lifter as a pry tool will depend on. The thickness of the material. I would expect a regular thickness, rather than the beefed up version on the Spirit.

Can't fault the blade configuration. An OHO plain edge with a secondary serrated blade will please a lot of users.

If this is made in the USA, I would expect the load out to be moddable with parts from other tools. Not so if this is contracted out production - which looks more likely considering the design.

They might have made a bit of a booboo with the first central bit driver claim, as I think the new SOGs offer that don't they? (albeit off the pliers rather than a driver "arm"). Again, I hope the integrity of the investment casting is up to the torsional loading.

Overall, subject to pricing, I would expect this to be a bigger hit than the Shift. I think this will tick a lot of boxes for many people.

As with all tools however, the proof is in the usage. If the strength and durability is there, then well done Gerber! If not, it doesn't matter a toss how clever the design is. Let's hope this is one of their rugged faithful offerings.

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2016, 05:08:45 PM »
I like the look of that! :tu:  I'll have to get my hands on one to play with.

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2016, 05:19:50 PM »
Wave goodbuy to compromise! That's an apt slogan.
So, I may use my LM until they say "Charge at the face of competition" or something?


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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2016, 05:56:40 PM »
They certainly arent modest in that promo video...

I like what I see though. Looking forward to reading the first reviews here.
Do anyone know what the price will be?

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2016, 06:22:24 PM »
They certainly arent modest in that promo video...

I like what I see though. Looking forward to reading the first reviews here.
Do anyone know what the price will be?

Price is same as Wave? Hopefully less.
I also dislike the straight comparison, if this fails its even worse for Gerber. Also this doesn't even compete with Wave as this tool is missing saw, file and scissors.

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2016, 06:50:37 PM »
They certainly arent modest in that promo video...

I like what I see though. Looking forward to reading the first reviews here.
Do anyone know what the price will be?

Price is same as Wave? Hopefully less.
I also dislike the straight comparison, if this fails its even worse for Gerber. Also this doesn't even compete with Wave as this tool is missing saw, file and scissors.
looks more like an OHT competitor, (they even snuck an OHT comparison in amongst the Wave comparison pics, probably because the knife blade is the same size!). Although if we are being honest, the only tools out there with a similar bit driver are other Gerber Products (MP1, Fit, Balance etc.), And the Multitasker I guess...

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2016, 07:48:46 PM »
:drool: I like the leap of faith. The video reminds me of the ford f150 commercials. I'll buy this one when it drops. The scheme is sweet too. Maybe they drew inspiration from here

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2016, 08:06:47 PM »
I really want to like it, I really do. I'll wait though and see what other people think after they've had them for a while  :salute:

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2016, 09:07:05 PM »
Hmmm. Interesting. I like the thought of the extended and centered full size driver. And the one hand open pliers I never ever liked on gerbers, but it makes sense and maybe it's time for me to get over the overal hideous gerber aethestics (your opinion may vary). The prybars nice, also known as the big flathead on the leatherman  :whistle: PryBar should be way better though!

Gerber is always thinking outside the box, sometimes it really works great. I like and used the crap out of my crucial and dime. I applaud them for that  :clap:. I'm excited to here the meme era thoughts and reviews when they get them in the hand.

Oh yeah. And spring loaded pliers!!  :gimme:

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2016, 10:22:23 PM »
I just realized... I dont think you can flick these open, since there is only a slider on one side! :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2016, 10:50:43 PM »
I am excited for this! I would prefer scissors over the serrated blade, though. Personal preference. Made in the USA is a nice touch - definitely glad to see that. I can't wait to try this one out.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2016, 10:51:56 PM by rdub934 »

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2016, 10:54:39 PM »
Well, I just wish the tool is in-the-line of the MP series and not the Chinese (Strata, Flik, Suspension, etc.) ones as far as toughness, industrial feel and durability. I really dig my MP800 (favorite Gerber, most beautiful MT for me) and have been carrying it a lot this month



but it's worn out and maybe I need something capable, similar and a worthy successor for this magnificient tool.



The head shape and cutters remind  me of the Legend too...I prefer the CE blade, though



anybody know any specs? Will it be as thick as the MP800, as heavy?



Thanks, I'll have my eye put on this one for sure!!

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2016, 11:47:15 PM »
I just realized... I dont think you can flick these open, since there is only a slider on one side! :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

Never fear, flicking is an option  :rofl:

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2016, 12:01:02 AM »
Watched the video again and  :viking: :viking: :viking: :viking: :viking: :viking: :viking:  :viking: :viking:  :viking: :viking:  :viking: :viking:

 :hatsoff: :hatsoff: :hatsoff: :hatsoff: :hatsoff: :hatsoff: To Gerber. It's a bold move to tackle the giant of any industry, but this one is not even hinting.  Many people do not like the mini driver on the wave, nor the fact it lacks an awl, people complained about the wave scissors (I like them, but some don't). Also a negative to most of the Wave competition is the lack of oho blade. Check, check, and check so far. Add that to replaceable cutters, usa made, oho pliers, no scissors or saw (but a lot of people use some type of power saw and are satisfied with their classic scissors) Oh and don't forget the cries of a standard bit driver for multi tools......it seems like Gerber has been listening to it's customers and it's competitors customers.

Btw really good marketing idea to drop this the first of November. Just in time for a million and one Christmas shoppers looking for something for dad, uncle, brother...I'm genuinely excited for this tool.  :gimme: :gimme: :gimme: :gimme:
« Last Edit: October 19, 2016, 12:04:27 AM by Demel »

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2016, 12:17:54 AM »
I'm always pleased to see more MT offerings.  The competition is good, and if anything it exerts a downward pressure on costs.  And this one looks like a decent MT.
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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2016, 12:34:30 AM »
I'm always pleased to see more MT offerings.  The competition is good, and if anything it exerts a downward pressure on costs.  And this one looks like a decent MT.

Should we be expecting a winter or summer burial for it?  :P :D

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2016, 12:47:52 AM »
I'm always pleased to see more MT offerings.  The competition is good, and if anything it exerts a downward pressure on costs.  And this one looks like a decent MT.

Should we be expecting a winter or summer burial for it?  :P :D

:rofl:

Seriously, I like what I see. I'll be waiting for its release...... :tu:

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2016, 01:01:13 AM »


They're not pulling any punches in the marketting

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2016, 01:01:53 AM »

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2016, 01:03:23 AM »

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #24 on: October 19, 2016, 01:04:08 AM »

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #25 on: October 19, 2016, 01:28:10 AM »
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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2016, 01:51:12 AM »
Many people do not like the mini driver on the wave, nor the fact it lacks an awl, people complained about the wave scissors (I like them, but some don't). Also a negative to most of the Wave competition is the lack of oho blade. Check, check, and check so far. Add that to replaceable cutters, usa made, oho pliers, no scissors or saw (but a lot of people use some type of power saw and are satisfied with their classic scissors) Oh and don't forget the cries of a standard bit driver for multi tools......it seems like Gerber has been listening to it's customers and it's competitors customers.

When I was running an engineering company, the Wave was actually an ideal choice for me. The pocket clip meant no snag hazards from a belt sheath (which I refused to wear for safety reasons). The OHO serrated blade was ideal for tearing through cling film used to wrap large irregular components, and the diamond file could tickle up a HSS flat scraping blade or forming tool on an old manual roll turning lathe if I didn't have an emery stick handy. The mini driver even came in handy for repairs and adjustments on some metrology items.

However, as a jobsite tool, I think they've picked a good tool choice to appeal to a wide market. I'm not ready to part with my Wave, Spirit, MP600's, or LC6 just yet, and I'm also off the jobsite at the moment, but I'm certainly looking forward to reviews from users who make their tools work for a living

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2016, 01:56:06 AM »
I will need one for my collection. However, I am going to reserve judgement until I can get a hard copy in my paws.

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #28 on: October 19, 2016, 02:12:36 AM »
I'm pretty bummed to see the carbide cutters on this. It's a good concept, but the carbide has let me down before, and is expensive to replace. I have submitted the suggestion to Gerber that they produce an identical designed replacement, but made of 154cm or similar material.

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Re: New! Gerber Center Drive
« Reply #29 on: October 19, 2016, 02:56:49 AM »
This one has me interested.  I may grab one when I can. 

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