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Gerber MP600- one for every need? 1389

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Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« on: March 12, 2017, 10:16:43 PM »
I am going through the current Gerber catalogue and I decided to see just how many current MP600's there are.  I was a little surprised by the results.

There are a total of 26 different variations, consisting of 18 variations of the basic MP600, four versions of the Pro Scout, three different versions of the MP600 ST, and the MP600 DET.

I have often said that there were more variations of the MP600 than any other tool, but even I was unprepared for the sheer number of variations, and this is just what's currently listed, and doesn't take into account the tan Iraqi Freedom versions, the yellow, red, blue and green ones, the Terminator versions, the MP650's, or the earlier Multiplier versions. 

Nor is it counting the MP400's, MP700's, MP800's or anything else in the Multiplier series, or the current issue Center Drive!   :ahhh

I used to joke that you could center your entire collection on MP600's and probably never get all the variants.... well, it seems that statement is a bit more accurate than I thought!   :ahhh

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 12:56:13 AM »
I heard rumor that April might be a MP600 challenge month...
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 12:57:12 AM »
And before I forget...   :worthless:
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 02:50:48 AM »
There is also the Trailrider MP600 (with hoofpick) variant, the Cable Cutter MP600, and the various First Production Run MP600s, sadly all discontinued, and recently Snap-On have released a re-labelled red MP600 (model smt97r).  Did the 26 include the camo MP600 ?

IIRC The blue, red, yellow and green MP600s were from the "build-your-own-Gerber" process where you could specify a custom tool load-out as well as handle colour, so a huge number of possible combinations there .......  ;)
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 06:42:30 AM »

I used to joke that you could center your entire collection on MP600's and probably never get all the variants.... well, it seems that statement is a bit more accurate than I thought!   :ahhh

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And for me the best thing about MP600's and its variations... if you still can't find one that meets your needs, you can mod it easily. My MP600 has a Pro-scout saw blade, Carbide Bluntnose pliers and none of the tools I don't want or need such as a lanyard ring or plain edge blade.

Eventually I'm going to swap out the knife blade for a file in my MP400 to make a bladeless compact multitool. I know modding voids the warranty but I seriously doubt I'd ever send one back because I got spare pieces to go around.
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 07:24:07 AM »
Welcome to the forum Chris.   :cheers:   Yup for lego ability the MPs rule. Franken Gerbers just plain rock.   :multi:
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2017, 12:30:32 PM »

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2017, 05:12:49 PM »
I love the Gerber MTs so much because of this. I have or have had 9 different models and they were all different. I have 4 now (5 if I hadn't "gifted" my latest one in the failed trade I had on January) and all are customized tool-wise to fill different roles.



It's incredible how many combinations are there, maybe MP stands for Many Possibilities instead of Multi Pliers?  :think:



In any case, the best of all is how reliable, tough and just pure "tool-like" they are in all their iterations. From the MP400 to the Legendary MP800 (a true favorite of mine), long live these incredible tools! Maybe someday I'll track them all, they are the true spirit and essence of the good old Gerber name :drool:

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2017, 05:46:38 PM »
And before I forget...   :worthless:

Since I don't have all of the variations to take pictures of, these screenshots from the price list will have to suffice for now!

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2017, 05:49:41 PM »
There is also the Trailrider MP600 (with hoofpick) variant, the Cable Cutter MP600, and the various First Production Run MP600s, sadly all discontinued, and recently Snap-On have released a re-labelled red MP600 (model smt97r).  Did the 26 include the camo MP600 ?

IIRC The blue, red, yellow and green MP600s were from the "build-your-own-Gerber" process where you could specify a custom tool load-out as well as handle colour, so a huge number of possible combinations there .......  ;)

Here's the 26 I have listed, with item and UPC numbers and descriptions, in case the pics above aren't legible.

MP600 BASIC   07500      0-13658-07500-9   Multi-Plier 600 - Bluntnose Stainless   Box
MP600 BASIC   07520      0-13658-07520-7   Multi-Plier 600 - Bluntnose Black   Box
MP600 BASIC   07530      0-13658-07530-6   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose Stainless   Box
MP600 BASIC   07550      0-13658-07550-4   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose Black   Box
MP600 BASIC   47530      0-13658-47530-4   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose Stainless   Blister
MP600 BASIC   47550      0-13658-47550-2   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose Black   Blister
MP600 BASIC   07500G      0-13658-07500-9   Multi-Plier 600 - Bluntnose Stainless w/ Carbide Insert Cutters, Sheath   Box
MP600 BASIC   07505G      0-13658-07505-4   Multi-Plier 600 - Bluntnose Stainless w/ Carbide Insert Cutters, Leather Sheath   Box
MP600 BASIC   07510G      0-13658-07510-8   Multi-Plier 600 - Bluntnose Stainless w/Carbide Insert Cutters & Tool Kit, Sheath   Box
MP600 BASIC   07520G1      0-13658-07520-7   Multi-Plier 600 - Bluntnose Black w/Carbide Insert Cutters, Berry-Compliant Sheath    Box
MP600 BASIC   07530G      0-13658-06891-9   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose  Stainless w/ Carbide Insert Cutters, Sheath   Box
MP600 BASIC   07535G      0-13658-07535-1   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose  Stainless w/ Carbide Insert Cutters, Leather Sheath   Box
MP600 BASIC   07550G1      0-13658-06895-7   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose  Black w/ Carbide Insert Cutters, Berry-Compliant Sheath    Box
MP600 BASIC   30-000314      0-13658-12059-4   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose Black w/ Carbide Insert Cutters, Leather Sheatth   Box
MP600 BASIC   30-000453      0-13658-12515-5   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose Black w/ Carbide Insert Cutters, (TAN499) Berry-Compliant Sheath    Box
MP600 BASIC   30-000952      0-13658-14072-1   MP600 - Bladeless   Box
MP600 BASIC   30-000952      0-13658-14072-1   Multi-Plier 600 - Bladeless - Needlenose Black   Box
MP600 BASIC   31-002727      0-13658-14522-1   Multi-Plier 600 - Needlenose Stainless   Fr/Eng Blister
MP600 DET   07400      0-13658-07400-2   Multi-Plier 600 - DET Black, Sheath   Box
MP600 PRO SCOUT   07563      0-13658-07563-4   Multi-Plier 600 - Pro Scout Needlenose Stainless, Sheath   Box
MP600 PRO SCOUT   07564      0-13658-07564-1   Multi-Plier 600 - Pro Scout Needlenose Stainless, w/ Tool Kit, Sheath   Box
MP600 PRO SCOUT   07570      0-13658-07570-2   Maintenance Kit - Multi-Plier 600 / Firecracker Flashlight Combo   Box
MP600 PRO SCOUT   47563      0-13658-47563-2   Multi-Plier 600 - Pro Scout Needlenose Stainless, Sheath   Blister
MP600 ST   30-000513      0-13658-12767-8   Multi-Plier 600-ST (Sight Tool), Black, Berry-Compliant Sheath   Box
MP600 ST   30-000588      0-13658-12990-0   Multi-Plier 600-ST (Sight Tool), Black, Sheath   Box
MP600 ST   31-001519      0-13658-12989-4   Multi-Plier 600-ST (Sight Tool), Black, Sheath   Blister


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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2017, 06:17:51 PM »
Now what I don't get is why LM doesn't do the same? :think:  So we get a Rebar, a BO Rebar and a knifeless Rebar, but that's about it AFAIK.  So much scope for more.

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2017, 10:58:58 PM »
I think that list is stretching it a bit.

For example, the bluntnose only comes with insert cutters now, so bluntnose black and bluntnose black with inserts are the same thing.
And again for the packaging, sheath types, tool kits and flashlight etc.

Really you have five models, basic, pro scout, blade less, det, and sight tool.
I believe it's only with the basic model that you can choose between a few options.
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2017, 11:41:16 PM »
I think that list is stretching it a bit.

For example, the bluntnose only comes with insert cutters now, so bluntnose black and bluntnose black with inserts are the same thing.
And again for the packaging, sheath types, tool kits and flashlight etc.

Really you have five models, basic, pro scout, blade less, det, and sight tool.
I believe it's only with the basic model that you can choose between a few options.
Yup, I feel like saying there are currently 26 variants in production is a little disingenuous, seeing as most of the variations are just packaging differences, or the same tool with different accessories. 

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2017, 11:52:38 PM »
There are too many versions from my brain to handle.  So I don't try.  Though I can tell the difference between blunt nose and not blunt nose.
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2017, 11:56:42 PM »
There are too many versions from my brain to handle.  So I don't try.  Though I can tell the difference between blunt nose and not blunt nose.
Whats the difference?  :P

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2017, 01:24:53 AM »
Really you have five models, basic, pro scout, blade less, det, and sight tool.
I believe it's only with the basic model that you can choose between a few options.

Agreed. It's like ingredients at Taco Bell. Cheese that, beef this and fold it up differently and it's a whole new menu item. The Gerbers all seem to swap similar components around, even the new Center Drive is pretty much half MP600. That said, there's something for getting the tool you want in the color you want with your choice of sheath. In this day and age, people want choices.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 02:23:13 AM by ChrisEDC247 »
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2017, 01:08:18 AM »
Half MP600?

Got to disagree with you there. The only things the Center Drive has in common with the MP600 is the serrated blade and file.  Two components are the same, everything else is new and purpose built for the Center Drive.

Seems pretty different to me.

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2017, 02:40:06 AM »
Now what I don't get is why LM doesn't do the same? :think:  So we get a Rebar, a BO Rebar and a knifeless Rebar, but that's about it AFAIK.  So much scope for more.

That is exactly what I was thinking as I was reading this as well :facepalm: If nothing else just have several different options available for order on the website and through dealers in a book :ahhh I would pay more for a tool (Read that as a LM Rebar :whistle: ) I could get that would fit my needs better if I could choose what was on it :D


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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2017, 03:03:24 AM »
And before I forget...   :worthless:

Since I don't have all of the variations to take pictures of, these screenshots from the price list will have to suffice for now!

Def
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2017, 04:49:18 AM »
Half MP600?

Got to disagree with you there. The only things the Center Drive has in common with the MP600 is the serrated blade and file.  Two components are the same, everything else is new and purpose built for the Center Drive.

Seems pretty different to me.

Def

Your right it's almost all new exclusive tools. I misspoke. What I meant to say isn't so much that the "Center Drive is half-MP600" and more that "Gerber likes to reuse components and engineering when possible".

It's an efficient way to do business. Kind of like how automakers share body platforms. One handle of the new Center Drive looks pretty much like a CAD copy/paste of the MP600 with added parts. Now they don't have to stamp out 20 different serrated blades. They've got one in two colors that fit into 20 or so models. Would your average collector consider those variations desirable like how SAK-collectors will buy a tool just for the scale colors? Likely not to that extent but it's a windfall for the average consumer who gets what they want without having to buy something else.

I would actually love to see the Center Drive awl and prybar come to the MP600 side or visa versa, scissors being the first big one. I doubt that will happen anytime soon because the CD is such a money maker. If I could stand losing a long tool on the CD, thanks to the MP600 platform: I could buy another tool, sacrifice my warranty and possibly do that swap myself.
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2017, 11:37:40 AM »
And before I forget...   :worthless:

Since I don't have all of the variations to take pictures of, these screenshots from the price list will have to suffice for now!

Def
Wait a minute! How long have you been carrying stuff for me to buy?

I started carrying SOG within the past couple of weeks, but I am also an authorised Gerber dealer and have access to a number of other brands.

I'll be making a big announcement in a couple of days, so don't go too far.  :D

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2017, 11:39:16 AM »
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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2017, 11:50:32 AM »
The great thing is, you'll be able to handle something before you buy, and you get to save the shipping.  :D

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2017, 11:52:45 AM »
Half MP600?

Got to disagree with you there. The only things the Center Drive has in common with the MP600 is the serrated blade and file.  Two components are the same, everything else is new and purpose built for the Center Drive.

Seems pretty different to me.

Def

Your right it's almost all new exclusive tools. I misspoke. What I meant to say isn't so much that the "Center Drive is half-MP600" and more that "Gerber likes to reuse components and engineering when possible".

It's an efficient way to do business. Kind of like how automakers share body platforms. One handle of the new Center Drive looks pretty much like a CAD copy/paste of the MP600 with added parts. Now they don't have to stamp out 20 different serrated blades. They've got one in two colors that fit into 20 or so models. Would your average collector consider those variations desirable like how SAK-collectors will buy a tool just for the scale colors? Likely not to that extent but it's a windfall for the average consumer who gets what they want without having to buy something else.

I would actually love to see the Center Drive awl and prybar come to the MP600 side or visa versa, scissors being the first big one. I doubt that will happen anytime soon because the CD is such a money maker. If I could stand losing a long tool on the CD, thanks to the MP600 platform: I could buy another tool, sacrifice my warranty and possibly do that swap myself.

I guess I am so used to hearing people bash Gerber that I assumed that was what you were doing.  Sorry about that.  :D

I am surprised there isn't a BO version of the Center-Drive, especially considering that it is half BO already.

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2017, 12:10:44 PM »
I am surprised there isn't a BO version of the Center-Drive, especially considering that it is half BO already.

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I'm not surprised...   :whistle:   :whistle:

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2017, 05:24:19 PM »
And before I forget...   :worthless:

Since I don't have all of the variations to take pictures of, these screenshots from the price list will have to suffice for now!

Def
Wait a minute! How long have you been carrying stuff for me to buy?

I started carrying SOG within the past couple of weeks, but I am also an authorised Gerber dealer and have access to a number of other brands.

I'll be making a big announcement in a couple of days, so don't go too far.  :D

Def

Killing my wallet this year, boss, slow down... :-\

nah, can't wait for more new interesting stuff really. Come on, talk!  :pok:

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2017, 06:19:52 PM »
I'll be making a big announcement in a couple of days, so don't go too far.  :D

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2017, 06:49:30 PM »
And before I forget...   :worthless:

Since I don't have all of the variations to take pictures of, these screenshots from the price list will have to suffice for now!

Def
Wait a minute! How long have you been carrying stuff for me to buy?

I started carrying SOG within the past couple of weeks, but I am also an authorised Gerber dealer and have access to a number of other brands.

I'll be making a big announcement in a couple of days, so don't go too far.  :D

Def

Killing my wallet this year, boss, slow down... :-\

nah, can't wait for more new interesting stuff really. Come on, talk!  :pok:

If all goes well.... Friday....

 :pok:

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #28 on: March 15, 2017, 06:52:02 PM »
Can we order Friday? We will be drunk and loose with our money.

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Re: Gerber MP600- one for every need?
« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2017, 10:01:50 PM »
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