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Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman. 9300

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,302 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« on: August 02, 2009, 05:08:40 AM »
I am a bit overdue for a review. So here is something a bit fishy.

I have previously talked about several COAST multi-tools that are geared towards the fisherman. Here are 2 more Fishing focused multi-tools. The Gerber MP600 Fisherman and the Winchester Fisherman.

I think it is fitting that both of these tools are compared to each other, as a quick visual glance will tell you that you are looking at possibly two Gerber products. If not, at the very least, a Gerber product and a licensed product produced by someone else.

Apart from the obvious design parentage, both products are aimed squarely at the fisherman. With that said, there are some weird design choices to be found in these models. We will get to that later.





The Gerber comes with a lanyard, and a small allen key to remove the cutters. The Winchester comes with a bit set and adapter.


Note the Gerber sheath has a single grommet to prevent the plier head from tearing through the sheath. This is inadequate reinforcement, and is an obvious weak spot. With that said, the Winchester offers no protection what so ever from the long needle nose pliers tearing into the bottom. The Winchester does offer a rear storage area for the bits though.


Here we have the Gerber MP600 Fisherman and the Winchester Fisherman with their pliers slid open and ready for use. Note the size differential between the two models.


Here, we can see the tool layout for each tool.

On the Gerber you have:
A very nice file with a fishing hook furrow, a bottle opener with medium flat head screwdriver, a lanyard ring, a small flat head driver, a sheep foot serrated knife blade, a clip point knife blade, an awl, a Phillips driver, and scissors.

On the Winchester you have:
A file, a Phillips driver, a small flat head driver, a sheep foot serrated knife blade, a clip point knife blade, a large flat head driver, a lanyard ring, and a can opener.

If you compare the tool list, you will note that there are some weird tool selections found in the Winchester. For example, the file does not have a hook sharpener. One also has to ponder at why a bottle opener was omitted for a can opener.


Here we see the business end of the pliers. These are designed as dedicated needle nose fishing pliers. Note the removable cutters on the Gerber on the left.  Upon closer inspection, you can see the obvious similarities in the plier design of each model.


Now looking on the side, we can see that both pliers are of similar thickness, even though the Gerber on the left is longer. Also of interest is the sliding plier button layout. The Gerber offers a refined mechanism compared to the Winchester. Both works equally well at sliding open the pliers one handed however. This action is smoother on the Gerber.



Looking directly head on. You can see how similar these tools are to each other. The Gerber is on the left, and the Winchester is on the right.

Conclusion

Of the Two, the Gerber is the superior product. However, I believe that the MP600 Fisherman is no longer being produced. There are a few other Gerber Fisherman products that I am aware of, that being the MP400 Fisherman, and the Flik Fisherman models. The Winchester is often far cheaper however. For less money, you are trading on quality, non locking tools, and some weird folding tool compromises.

Gerber MP600 Fisherman:

Pro:
-   Larger and better built.
-   Comes with a lanyard.
-   Has removable carbide cutters.
-   Smart folding tool selection.
-   All tools lock.
Cons:
-   Flimsy sheath.
-   Due to the design, needle nose pliers jut out past the body when closed.
-   No fish scale remover.

Winchester Fisherman:

Pro:
-   Smaller size means it is an easier carry.
-   Bit set with adapter can come in handy.
Cons:
-   Sheath has no reinforcement.
-   Due to the design, needle nose pliers jut out past the body when closed.
-   No locking tools.
-   No fish scale remover.
-   Fit and finish a bit lacking compared to the Gerber.

Final Thoughts

Both of these multi-tools are aimed squarely at the Fisherman wanting a pair of needle nose pliers along with a tool selection that would come in handy on a boat or on shore. The Gerber comes with a dedicated lanyard, which in my opinion, is a must if you don’t wish to lose your tool to the waters. The Winchester does give you a ring, but you will have to supply your own lanyard. The tool selection on the Winchester is odd in comparison to the Gerber.
It is my opinion that the Gerber is the better model. The Winchester is ok, and it is found cheaper than the Gerber. Likewise, this Gerber model has been discontinued, even though you can still find them out there new and used. Although the Gerber is discontinued,  I can easily recommend this model over the Winchester.

Other considerations are the dedicated COAST fishing multi-tools.





« Last Edit: August 02, 2009, 05:14:27 AM by Chako »

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Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009, 05:14:59 AM »
Nice review Chako!

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Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2009, 09:40:35 AM »
There is also a tool made by Able which the Coast is a copy of.

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Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2009, 01:02:16 PM »
another excellent review... thanks  :tu:

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Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2009, 01:54:01 PM »
Another great set of pictures and fine write-up Chako. :tu:


A question though: is your Gerber equipped with a diamond file?

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,302 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2009, 07:52:13 PM »
Yes it does Bob.

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Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 23,213
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2009, 09:04:46 PM »
Yes it does Bob.

Okay thanks. :) I was asking because someone here had a 600 Fisherman that only has a regular file. :(

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Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,643
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2009, 03:03:20 AM »
Great pics and writeup on these 2 Chako :tu: It's a shame Gerber doesn't put a diamond file on more MTs :( of course it's a shame LM doesn't either ::) :D
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,302 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2009, 03:22:02 AM »
Good point. Diamond files are the best files in my opinion.

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Hero Member Posts: 665 Better to have a tool, than be a tool.
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2016, 02:27:52 AM »
Great tool never go fishing without it. However I did you my sog blacktip for ice fishing this year and it did preform nicely.

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Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2016, 09:59:57 PM »
Thanks for reviewing these unique tools.

No fishscaler?! That strikes me as an obvious oversight on both of them. 

I don't fish so maybe I'm missing something..
Thread Killer 2017 Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,136 Born to multitask.
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2016, 11:23:20 PM »
Great tool never go fishing without it. However I did you my sog blacktip for ice fishing this year and it did preform nicely.

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Have you been having issues with rust?
Hero Member Posts: 665 Better to have a tool, than be a tool.
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2016, 01:12:46 AM »
Great tool never go fishing without it. However I did you my sog blacktip for ice fishing this year and it did preform nicely.

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Have you been having issues with rust?
Zero,  I can't believe I'm going to say this. ......but better then my Leatherman in that department.

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Thread Killer 2017 Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,136 Born to multitask.
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2016, 03:04:46 AM »

Have you been having issues with rust?
Zero,  I can't believe I'm going to say this. ......but better then my Leatherman in that department.


 :sa:
Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,552
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2016, 08:58:00 AM »

Have you been having issues with rust?
Zero,  I can't believe I'm going to say this. ......but better then my Leatherman in that department.


 :sa:

Around the ocean they'll all (SOG, Gerber, Leatherman and Victorinox) spot rust unless cared for.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,643
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2016, 08:21:17 PM »
Ocean saltwater is rough on anything metal :ahhh I still wished that the diamond file was on more MTs :whistle: :D
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,302 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2016, 01:44:12 AM »
I always get a kick out of saltwater.  :D

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Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,552
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2016, 09:40:38 AM »
 :D
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,643
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2016, 01:47:28 PM »
 :facepalm: stupid filter :bnghd: :rofl:

saltwater :D
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 61,643
Re: Gerber MP600 Fisherman and Winchester Fisherman.
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2016, 01:51:35 PM »
I was all like :think: what the heck kinda word did I type in there and then I was like owe :-[ :D

saltwater :D

 

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