Gerber Truss Multi Tool
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- Last updated: 25/05/2021
Gerber is one of the biggest and well-respected names in the design development and manufacture of all manner of field cutlery and outdoor accessories. This includes multi-tools, knives, campsite accessories plus a wide array of survival aids and implements. The Truss was first launched in a gun metal grey chassis and now it’s been given a full black oxide finish, resulting in the company now offering the two options.
Despite the number of tools it holds, the Truss is a relatively compact butterfly opener with an all-stainless steel build. It measures 4.25” in the closed position, 6.25” open and weighs in at approximately 8.4oz.
When opened, it reveals a pair of spring-loaded needlenose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, stranded wire cutters and wire strippers.
All outboard tools are accessed when the Truss is in the closed position and deploy using either elongated thumbholes, thumb nicks or raised hubs. These 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 scissors.
All the tools lock out 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 and the deployed tool chosen for closure can then be easily and safely returned back into the handle.
The single-piece construction of the ergonomic thickset handles adds strength. This design enables a safe and confident hold when using the pliers and/or any tool deployed.
The open frame handle design reduces weight, without sacrificing strength or functional integrity. Another bonus of the design is that it’s very easy to keep clean plus they offer a slightly better feel in the hold. Also, on one side the manufacturers have cleverly integrated a lanyard or carabiner clip loop into the build.
The Truss is an all-inclusive multi-tool, with 17-tools built in a size-conscious design. This full size, yet relatively compact multitool, manages to remove excess heft while keeping all of the functionality of tools far larger. It’s thoughtfully designed and very well featured making it a highly useful and relevant model in their range. In keeping with recent trends, it’s one the company has seen fit to be given the ‘black oxide’ treatment. And while this stealth cosmetic appeal will be an attractor for some, the extra protection is always a bonus.