Gerber Truss Multi Tool
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- Last updated: 29/12/2020
Gerber is a forwardthinking company, they have brought us many innovative tools and now comes the intriguingly named Truss. Like many of their models, it’s relatively compact yet is a very well appointed and featuredriven tool that like all the others they produce, has an all stainless steel build.
The Truss is a butterfly opener and measures 4.25” in the closed position, 6.25” open and weighs approximately 8.4oz. When opened, it reveals a pair of spring-loaded needlenose pliers, regular pliers, hardwire cutters, standard wire cutters and wire strippers.
All the outboard tools are accessed when the Truss is closed. They deploy using an eclectic mix of elongated thumbholes, thumb nicks or raised hubs. They include a 2.25” long fine edge knife blade, 2.25” serrated edge blade, wood saw, bottle opener, can opener, small/medium/ large flat head drivers, awl, file, extended reach crosshead driver and a set of sprung Fiskars scissors.
All the tools lockout in the open position with Gerber’s patented Saf.T.Plus mechanism. To unlock the mech, you slide back the grippy ‘narrow bar’ shaped catch positioned adjacent, and on either side of the pivot point for the outboard tools. It operates with a secure, yet smooth motion.
The handles are a major plus point as they are quite thickset and ergonomic in an understated way. This obviously translates over to them affording a safe and very confident grip when using the pliers and/ or any deployed tool. As can clearly be seen they are of an open frame design which goes a good way to helping reduce weight, but without sacrificing strength or functional integrity.
Another bonus of the design is that it’s very easy to keep clean and the abbreviated handles do tend to give you a better grip over some of the smooth finished types, plus they have a very stylish gun metal grey finish. This not only gives the tool a quite stylish appeal but adds a little more to the ease of usage due to the sides having a well-rounded off profile. It’s nice to see that on one-side, they have cleverly integrated a lanyard or carabiner clip loop into the build.
Now although other Gerber multi-tools have similar components to offer, the Truss is amongst one of the more substantial models, yet one that still manages to be highly portable. This is in part is due to the supplied Nylon belt pouch.
To sum up, the Gerber Truss is a thoughtfully designed and very well featured multi-tool that is a highly useful and relevant inclusion to their range. It will be of great interest to many hunters and outdoorsman.