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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:27

New Gerber Mullet

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Gerber Legendary BladesIn a world where it can sometimes be difficult to carry a multitool, many of the manufacturers have struggled to come up with designs for TSA friendly type tools.  The latest from Gerber is called the Mullet- will it live up to the "business up front, party in the back" mentality that has driven the haistyle it's named after?  I'm not sure the mullet hairstyle sets the bar that high, so, yeah, it probably will.

Gerber MulletSo what is the Mullet?  Simple actualy- it is a one piece tool that starts with a small pry bar and adds a number of common features like a Phillips screwdriver, bottle opener and other common multitool type functions.  Gerber has this to say about it:

Problems aren't scheduled in advance, but solutions can be planned for. The Mullet is a compact keychain tool that houses 9 tools to handle those unexpected daily tasks. When accessibility is key, the Mullet answers with the ability to be carried on a keychain, from a belt loop, or through an airport.

The Mullet is a compact, portable multi-tool that works hard and plays hard. Chock full of features to handle the demands of the work day, it easily transitions to a post-work wingman to open up that hard-earned libation.

The Mullet is optimized for belt loop carry with its unique shape, eliminating the need for a carabiner or extra clip
- While belt carry is an option, it can also be stowed on a keychain with or without the included split ring
- The solid state design has no exposed blade, ensuring safe storage in pocket, on belt, or through an airport

Also according to Gerber, the Mullet has a total of 11 different functions:

  1. Cross Driver
  2. 1/4" Driver
  3. Belt Loop Carry
  4. Scraper
  5. Large Flathead Driver
  6. Wire Cutter
  7. Nail Puller
  8. Small Flathead Driver
  9. Pry Bar
  10. Key Ring
  11. Bottle Opener

I'm not sure that "Belt Loop Carry" qualifies as a function, but then everyone seems to exaggerate on different functions, so I guess we can let that one go.

The MSRP on the Mullet is $10 USD for either the black or the stonewash version, and, also according to Gerber is is 3 inches long, 3/4 nch wide and .7oz, which works out to 7.62cm x 1.9cm and about 20 grams.  Whichever way you measure it, the Mullet seems like it would be a lightweight addition to a keychain, and even better if it is (supposedly) TSA friendly.  Of course, as with all "TSA Friendly" please use your own judgement- we have seen first hand how that can work out

Of course, the other question is this- is the Mullet intended to replace the current Shard, which has been a popular model for Gerber, and is one of my personal favorite tools?  They seem to have a very similar set of functions, and at three dollars more for the Mullet, it is not a significant price increase over the Shard, and, how many tools does Gerber really need at that price point?

As usual, I am looking forward to giving the Mullet it's due and puting it through it's paces to see how well it holds it's own.

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