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Thursday, 20 December 2007 14:33

Gerber Multi Plier 700 Urban Legend Review

Written by Grant Lamontagne

Now discontinued, the Gerber 700 Urban Legend incorporates a number of Gerber’s more innovative features in a handy sized tool. Oddly enough it’s not a typical Gerber design so I absolutely ad to have one. A quick phone call to Dennis at Gerber Tools and I had one winging it's way to me in no time flat!

Gerber Multi Plier 700 Urban Legend

The Urban Legend is more compact that I anticipated but still has a good list of functions. On one side it has a one handed opening, drop pointed blade and three flatheads, one of which is integrated with a bottle opener. The other side has a phillips screwdriver, folding lanyard ring, scissors and tweezers. I can’t say I am impressed by some of these, but I’ll get to that later. One thing I do like is that all of the implements lock open using Gerber’s sliding SAF T LOK system.

The handles are ergonomic and very comfortable, partly owing to the rubberized inserts, but the most impressive feature is the plier head. For a regular sized tool the plier head is pretty hefty and includes the triangular carbide cutter inserts with hard wire notches. I quickly tore apart several coat hangers with it and it worked beautifully. The carbide cutters are great and should be on every multi tool along with Leatherman’s diamond file!

Gerber Multi Plier 700 Urban Legend

I also like the scissors- Fiskars scissors are well constructed and work great, which considering that’s what Fiskars does, it shouldn’t come as any surprise. They are a little small but they are robust.

While I really like this tool, I still have a few hang ups with it. If you didn’t see that coming, well then you are probably new to this site!

Gerber Multi Plier 700 Urban Legend

The main blade opens nicely but is a little short for a full sized tool. It’s shorter than most other full sized tool blades due to the plier spring mechanism. It’s not the end of the world, but if you are a heavy blade user this may be important.

That may be nit picking, but there is more. My dislike of multiple flatheads is well documented and this one is no different. I will say this though- the bottle opener design incorporated on most full sized Gerber tools works much better on outside opening tools like this one than it does on sliding head models like the MP600 series since the opposite handle doesn’t get in the way.

Gerber Multi Plier 700 Urban Legend

The one thing I really don’t understand about this one is the tweezers. Tweezers are for doing small, fine work, which is virtually impossible while trying to balance a full sized tool. I don’t like solid mounted tweezers on keychain tools because they are awkward so you can imagine how hard it must be to use them on a full sized tool. I can’t imagine what Gerber was thinking when they put tweezers on a full sized tool, but then that might also be part of why this tool was discontinued.

Lastly, the sheath is a typical Gerber nylon sheath with accessory pouch. I don’t have the accessory kit for it, but it’s the same adaptor and screwdriver bits that’s found with any other Gerber tool.

Gerber Multi Plier 700 Urban Legend

Overall I like this tool despite it’s shortcomings. As a tool it is comfortable and useful, which is really what is important in a tool. I’d prefer to have a saw and file rather than numerous flatheads and tweezers, but other than that, the 700 is a good tool. To a collector it’s even more interesting as it is a discontinued model.

Pros:

  • Locking implements
  • Carbide cutters
  • Scissors

Cons:

  • Tweezers
  • Stubby blade
  • Too many flatheads
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