hmm 3.8 inch length is very close to the 4 inch length of charge/spirit tools.That is a real shame, this tool has the bare minimum on it, the most useful tools, in a nice package. But if it is going to be the same size as a LM charge or Vic Spirit, or even close, then it cannot compete, they pack pretty much everything under the sun.This would have had to be LM juice width and length for it to really stand out.
one handed opening pliers doesnt make much sense if the rest of the tools arent OHO, real shame they didn't make that a feature of the knife Who knows, maybe they will make some changes before release, that is if they still plan to release it.
Well that's what these forums are for... To be informed. All above points taken (and valid), it's still a very cool design and very pocket friendly for it's size. To appreciate it, you have to place more value on the one hand opening pliers, larger blade and bit drivers etc.
I'm also sure we'll see a new version at SHOT, lets just hope it makes it onto the shop shelves this time.
Gareth I think you misunderstand, probably because I am not expressing myself clearly I am not criticizing the Balance because of this, I am saying they missed a trick in that it would be a very strong selling point if they could advertise it as being compact, carrying the essential tools we use very often, AND being one handed opening, including the pliers, with the sliding design being unique to Gerber.As it is, I am not so much bothered about this, but disappointed with the size of this tool, it seems too big to justify having only 4 tool along with the pliers.
Just took a second to check out the Gerber site to see if anything new is posted on this tool. It is no longer shown on the site except for the pdf of the 2011 catalog where it is permanent. Wonder if this is a good sign or bad. They may be preparing for it's new january release?
This is a reply from Gerber:Hi there!The Balance wasn't released last year, although in was in the catalog. We are releasing it this year, likely in February!Thanks for your interest.