In March of this year, I bought a Gerber Dime micro multi-tool, and started carrying it as part of my EDC posse. After six months of carry, I thought I would share my experience and impressions.
The tool is very small, measuring about 2-3/4 inches long by 3/4 inch wide, by 1/2 inch thick when folded. It includes the following:
- Pliers with wire cutters
- Regular blade
- Box opener blade
- Flat head screwdriver
- Smaller screwdriver with file
- Bottle opener built into the frame
The tool is very compact and sturdy. I’ve made it a point to use it in preference to other tools, and it’s held up well.
The pliers work well for their size, with good leverage and good serrated teeth. I’ve used them to hold bolts and to tighten bolts. The wire cutters worked well on small gauge wire and for cutting the ends off plastic wire ties.
The scissors are really too small to be of much good. I did use them to cut some cord, but that might have been better accomplished with a knife.
The regular knife blade did well. It is plenty sharp even after six months with no sharpening.
The box cutter blade may be the most surprising part of the tool. I’ve used it the most, to open packages and even cut through cardboard boxes to open furniture.
The screw drivers worked well enough, although their size, combined with the small handle with the tool folded, makes them not very effective with anything but the easiest of screws. The file on the small screwdriver is virtually non-usable because of its size.
Second to the box cutter blade, the bottle opener may be the most useful part. Even with the short moment arm, beer bottles were very easy to open.
The tool also comes with a small key chain loop, which I removed, because I don’t carry it on my key chain, and the loop was annoying.
Now, I tend the throw things in my pocket without doing a lot of regular maintenance, and I found, when I unfolded the Dime to take a picture for this blog, that a few of the surfaces like the scissor blades had become rusty. A few passes with a bronze brush and a wipe with the ubiquitous lightly oiled gun rag removed most of it. Also, in six months of carry with other metallic objects – keys, a folding blade knife, coins – the flat black finish has scratched off in places.
All in all, the Gerber Dime has become a welcome addition to my pocket. While it doesn’t excel at anything other than opening boxes or beer, it is useful enough to carry, especially when carried along with a simple folding blade knife.
I give the Gerber Dime 3-1/2 eye patches out of 5.
FTC disclaimer – I bought all merchandise, and there was no consideration given in exchange for this review.