I picked one of these up Yesterday and only learned of its existence a few days ago,I have learned in the last year that as long as I stay off of these forums I waste a lot less money than otherwise!
I really only bought mine for the Driver Arm and had little interest in any of the other tools.
I LOVE the Centerdrive but of course they are a huge tool and not too pocketable so this seemed like a natural buy for me given how useful a Driver is in my EDC life.
On that basis I think I will get along just fine with the Armbar and despite the obvious improvement that it locking would make I dont really see that as a deal breaker for me either as I am easily able to use the driver while remaining focused on it not closing at the same time. Further if the smaller tool now shipping does the same thing I am afraid that the smaller mass of the tool would give much less solid grip for the driver in use?
I almost never use scissors on a tool unless cutting double stick tape,Velcro or Wire Ties and interesting enough this tool seems to be OK for each of these uses to me in the short time that I tested mine for the use I plan for it.
I can not easily cut a deployed wire tie to open a bundle as it just hurts to apply that much pressure but I can easily cut the unused end of them where I can get the ties deeper into the blades of the scissors for it to be effortless really.
The same is true for me with all of the tiny scissors on MTs that I can think of really which is why I rarely use the scissors on a tool in the first place and instead use diagonal cutters or medical scissors which make short work of the things they are made for.
The Hammer is just bizarre to me,I NEVER need a Cap Lifter but did try t on some,paint cans and it works really well and I will not use the Awl unless an emergency I imagine.
This brings me to the Knife Blade which is another tool that I almost NEVER use in an MT,I always carry another knife and always prefer to use that to do knife things if I have it with me.
What is interesting and compelling to me though about the Armbar in relation to the knife though is that it is really the first MT Knife that I can remember that I think I would use in the end!
Everything about the knife from the blade/handle ratio,one handed opening and overall shape actually feels right in my hand enough to suggest that if not carrying anything else but this Armbar that this could be an actual solution for me to carry a much smaller and lighter tool and tool/knife combo than I choose to carry now?!
There is something about it that just feels right in my hand as the 1st MT that has a really usable knife to me.
Gerber has always appealed to me with the design of their tools and this one is no exception.
I truly wish they had fit and finished it to a level beyond what they did along the lines of what everyone has mentioned and researched but at the same time I think I can live with it the way it is and see how it goes.
I did the same with the Pinchys and with the same kind of reservations and still would be fine Today if I had to use just a Pinchy alone for the rest of my days!
Again the Driver is really the game changer to me just like in the CD and with that perspective I really like the tool and intend to see if it works for me EDC.
As long as I can find a decent way to carry mine?
The lack of any means of carry is simply a stupid oversight that can not be justified to me?
Notice that on the pics of the new versions they seem to have solved that problem by adding a 10 cent split ring!
I wonder how long it took designers to come up with that?