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Gerber Flik, my initial impression. 4440

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Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:36:57 PM »
Gerber Flik



Features

V-cut wire cutters
Opening assist for smaller tools
Outboard heavy duty tools
Components:
needle nose pliers
pinch style wire cutter
saw blade
can opener
cross driver
fine edge blade
scissors
small and medium flat drivers
bottle opener
serrated knife



 I bought the Flik as an impulse buy. It's looks are what first caught my eye. It like any other MT is going to have Pro's & Con's. It's not in the league with the 'Heavy Duty' MTs. ( ST300 & Swisstool ). If rating the Flik, my opinion would put it somewhere in the Light to Medium duty range. But non the less it is a pretty decent performer.
 I carried it much of the week & got to test it a bit. I slipped a fan belt on my Mack Wednesday. As I hung in over the engine to cut the belt. I thought.. Well.. Here's where I break it... The reverse Tanto blade sliced thru the belt with no issues. I was fairly impressed. Next the V cutters. Loading a 53' tip trailer I noticed a cable hanging out the back of the trailer. The V cutters snipped the cable like it was butter.The scissors are Fiskars so they work flawlessly
 . The downside are the small tools. & they are SMALL. To me the small drivers are the Achilles heel of this tool. They are so small as to be useless. But I hardly ever use them so it's a non issue for me. The gadget factor is off the charts on the Flik tho.. for me it's one of the coolest looking MT's out there. Even with the needle nose extending while in the case. ( on my belt ) I still like the Flik & plan to use it as my EDC.



Just my two cents. If you catch one at the right price. Grab it, you won't be disappointed.  :D



I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates.. He said.. " I drank what?"
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2014, 03:50:06 PM »
I was very disappointed in the Flik. I just looked on Amazon and IMO, approx. $40 USD is way too much to pay for what you get. Now, if they fix the drivers to work my opinion may change, but without them it's useless to me...

SAW
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2014, 03:51:34 PM »
I was very disappointed in the Flik. I just looked on Amazon and IMO, approx. $40 USD is way too much to pay for what you get. Now, if they fix the drivers to work my opinion may change, but without them it's useless to me...

I can understand that. If you need drivers. This is not a tool you would go to.



I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates.. He said.. " I drank what?"
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,745 You're amongst friends.
Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2014, 03:53:45 PM »
I was very disappointed in the Flik. I just looked on Amazon and IMO, approx. $40 USD is way too much to pay for what you get. Now, if they fix the drivers to work my opinion may change, but without them it's useless to me...

I can understand that. If you need drivers. This is not a tool you would go to.
However, there's no disputing that the MP600 is a superb MT. I would gladly carry one without reservation.

SAW
Hero Member Posts: 847
Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2014, 03:57:29 PM »
I was very disappointed in the Flik. I just looked on Amazon and IMO, approx. $40 USD is way too much to pay for what you get. Now, if they fix the drivers to work my opinion may change, but without them it's useless to me...

I can understand that. If you need drivers. This is not a tool you would go to.
However, there's no disputing that the MP600 is a superb MT. I would gladly carry one without reservation.

Agreed... but then you get into size difference.



I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates.. He said.. " I drank what?"
Hero Member Posts: 847
Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 04:01:51 PM »
Actually , not that big of a difference. ( Had to look )

« Last Edit: March 09, 2014, 04:14:25 PM by Dale »



I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates.. He said.. " I drank what?"
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »
I usually don't have a need for drivers all that often, so I wouldn't mind having one of these.  You get the awesome Gerber flickiness, and outside opening blades.  I also like how Gerber has what tool is where engraved on the handles.

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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2014, 04:11:37 PM »
The flik is worth $40 and then some. It is one sweet tool. Glad you like Dale.

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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2014, 04:43:37 PM »
I actually paid a little under $40. If you haunt Ebay you can catch them at quite reasonable prices.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gerber-Flik-Multi-Plier-Needlenose-Stainless-/251455864625?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a8befff31
« Last Edit: March 09, 2014, 06:00:02 PM by Dale »



I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates.. He said.. " I drank what?"
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2014, 09:08:23 PM »
I agree with Dale, and i would like to add, again, that the serrated blade on the Flik is wonderful at work.

Antonio
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2014, 10:50:40 PM »
Thanks for the write up Dale.  :tu:

While I do need the drivers often if I can find one for a great price I would probably pick one up. Im not much for the newer style tools and am more of a traditional tool guy, but the Flik ergonomics appeal to me for some unknown reason.  :tu:

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Hero Member Posts: 847
Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2014, 12:21:22 AM »
That's what made me get one...



I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates.. He said.. " I drank what?"
Admin Team Point Of No Return Posts: 33,351
Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2014, 10:14:07 AM »
Thanks for the thoughts and pics Dale. :cheers:

I am a unashamed Flik fan.  IMO all MTs have compromises of one type or another, for the Flik it's the length of the screwdrivers.  I will say that the flat drivers are well formed, but definitely short.  Also the can opener is woeful.  And yet there is a lot more it does well; one of the only serrated blades I like, excellent scissors, all outside accessible tools.....the list goes on.

Try not to be the person who blunders around and causes everyone else to get out the way.  Everyone else thinks you're a utter...
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2014, 10:20:01 AM »
I just don't understand how you guys can use that style of multi-tool. Every one I've used like that (which is only a couple), if the pliers slip while you're using them, you pinch your palm and get a blood blister!
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2014, 10:27:39 AM »
I just don't understand how you guys can use that style of multi-tool. Every one I've used like that (which is only a couple), if the pliers slip while you're using them, you pinch your palm and get a blood blister!

Mr. Pinchy has his victims. Flick handles spread when it is opened properally, so it won't bite even if it slips.
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2014, 12:08:59 PM »
Actually the only MT that I ever have problems with pinching my hand is the LM Wave.  The place where the OH blade and the file or saw meet just seems designed to do it. ::)

The original Multi-Pier certainly had it's problems, but none of my other, later, sliding headed Gerber's have ever given my a nip.

Try not to be the person who blunders around and causes everyone else to get out the way.  Everyone else thinks you're a utter...
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2014, 11:14:15 PM »
Actually the only MT that I ever have problems with pinching my hand is the LM Wave.  The place where the OH blade and the file or saw meet just seems designed to do it. ::)

The original Multi-Pier certainly had it's problems, but none of my other, later, sliding headed Gerber's have ever given my a nip.

Never done it myself but my Wave has given someone else blood blisters exactly that way.
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2014, 07:51:23 AM »
Actually the only MT that I ever have problems with pinching my hand is the LM Wave.  The place where the OH blade and the file or saw meet just seems designed to do it. ::)

The original Multi-Pier certainly had it's problems, but none of my other, later, sliding headed Gerber's have ever given my a nip.

Never done it myself but my Wave has given someone else blood blisters exactly that way.

Cheers Tom. :)  It's good to know I'm not the only numpty who has managed to do it. :doh:

Try not to be the person who blunders around and causes everyone else to get out the way.  Everyone else thinks you're a utter...
Hero Member Posts: 847
Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2014, 12:25:03 AM »
I gotta say.. I am pretty impressed with this Flik.. I've been beating it up for a couple weeks & it's hanging right in there.



I'm thinking of the immortal words of Socrates.. He said.. " I drank what?"
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2014, 03:24:21 AM »
Maybe the stainless version is better but the black version I have is not very good.  Most of it seems to be painted and that paint makes the tools hard to deploy.  The stubby drivers are a joke.  Compared to any leatherman,  sog, or vic the gerber is not worth what they charge.
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2014, 10:15:23 AM »
Maybe the stainless version is better but the black version I have is not very good.  Most of it seems to be painted and that paint makes the tools hard to deploy.  The stubby drivers are a joke.  Compared to any leatherman,  sog, or vic the gerber is not worth what they charge.
I think it depends on which leatherman/sog/vic you consider. The Flik can be found at a very nice price. 

Antonio
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2014, 12:11:05 PM »
I suspect this is a classic case of "horses for courses", different people have different needs.  I work as a building maintenance engineer and use the screwdrivers on any MT day-in-day-out.  I successfully managed to carry a Flik for months at a time without becoming remotely frustrated. :shrug:

I also guess it depends on how much you paid for it.  Here in the UK it can routinely be had for very nearly half the cost of a LM Wave, a bit of a bargain IMO.

Try not to be the person who blunders around and causes everyone else to get out the way.  Everyone else thinks you're a utter...
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2014, 11:59:09 PM »
Maybe the stainless version is better but the black version I have is not very good.  Most of it seems to be painted and that paint makes the tools hard to deploy.  The stubby drivers are a joke.  Compared to any leatherman,  sog, or vic the gerber is not worth what they charge.
I think it depends on which leatherman/sog/vic you consider. The Flik can be found at a very nice price.

Comparing the Flik to a Wingman, I still feel the Leatherman is better.  Unless you need the one handed opening pliers.  The Flik just does not seem to be up to the quality standards set by Leatherman.  Maybe it is just me, aside from the freehand I have not been impressed with any of Gerber's offerings.  And the drivers on the freehand are also comically small.  The MP600 series are just not useable as there in no space between the handles when the pliers are shut, no room for the pinky, so they cannot be opened one handed after they are deployed.  They need to put spring loaded jaws in those.
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2014, 12:02:16 AM »
I suspect this is a classic case of "horses for courses", different people have different needs.  I work as a building maintenance engineer and use the screwdrivers on any MT day-in-day-out.  I successfully managed to carry a Flik for months at a time without becoming remotely frustrated. :shrug:

I also guess it depends on how much you paid for it.  Here in the UK it can routinely be had for very nearly half the cost of a LM Wave, a bit of a bargain IMO.

Very true, one man's junk is another man's treasure.  I paid around 30 for the flik and my cheapest wave was 40 shipped.  Both new.  The Flik cannot compare to the wave, I would saw the wingman/sidekick are closer (but still better) in quality and size.  The Flik plierhead is small, about the size of a SOG PPP.  Just not mu cup of tea.   
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2014, 12:51:38 AM »
I find the Flik almost as infuriatingly disappointing as the Juice

I like the pliers, love the scissors, don't mind the saw, and would like the blades if they didn't arrive covered in fash.
The drivers (and the ridiculous can opener) are a joke IMO, though I know Gareth uses them quite successfully

The latching mechanism is the biggest stumbling block for me. It's a nice idea, VERY badly executed. The pawl should be one piece, not two stamped pieces side by side. As it is, it's a lottery as to whether you get one that latches properly depending how snugly the two pieces sit next to each other. Mine was a complete disaster in this respect, and rendered the tool pretty much unusable.

Had the pliers latched out properly, I might forgive the shortcomings (pun intended) of the drivers.

They didn't, and I don't!



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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2014, 12:55:45 AM »
I didn't like mine either so I sold it years ago.

SAW
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2014, 08:59:16 PM »
I really like my Flik, although thanks to this ongoing minimalist challenge, I'm not able to actually use it for a little while longer.  Just curious Dale:  Are you still carrying the Flik as your EDC?

K-Tibbs
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2015, 06:49:31 PM »
I can't find the flik fisherman. all sold?
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Re: Gerber Flik, my initial impression.
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2015, 06:54:28 PM »
I can't find the flik fisherman. all sold?

Yes, discontinued... Some can be found occationally at fleabay...

 

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