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- Last updated: 15/12/2016
Gerber recently have been concentrating their efforts on the Bear Grylls Survival range of products. However, more than a few tasty additions to the Gerber roster of knives and a few multi-tool tools have also been added, one being the model on test here, the Strata Multi-tool.
Tools and Features
Measuring 4” in the closed position and 6” fully open, this latest butterfly opener can be classed as a ‘compact’ multi-tool but is still very strong and in use feels relatively chunky. It holds some of the most useful tools hunters require for hunting and general purpose field use.
The needlenose pliers, and replaceable ‘carbide’ pinch cutters are now becoming more familiar in this design of multi and are complimented further by a 2 ½’ fine edge partially serrated knife blade. The 2 ¾’ aggressive edged wood saw is another good inclusion, while a can and bottle opener seem to be obligatory on all multi-tools.
The relatively small but very strong ‘sprung’ Fiskar scissors I feel are always a welcome addition, as is the large flathead driver, clam package opener (something I always find useful for cleaning and scraping various items to clean or get into), and small flat head driver. There’s also a large crosshead driver and a small tipped file. All deploy by lugs with only the knife blade having a thumb assist for one-handed opening.
The stainless steel has a brushed finish non-slip coating and there are black ABS inlays covering sections of the handles including the ‘tool’ locking mechanism.
In my opinion, the Gerber Strata is a multi-tool that shouldn’t be allowed to slip through the net due to Bear G hogging the limelight recently. The Strata is also certainly as practical as it is attractive while the very solid weight of 7 1/2oz gives very good indication of the Strata’s intended usage and how secure that weight helps the tool feel in the hold.