Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier Review

June 18, 2015
Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
84
Overall Construction
7
Needlenose Pliers & Wire Cutters
7
Knife Blades
6
Saw
8
Locking
6

The Good

  • Adjustable, single hand operation
  • Good size to weight ratio
  • Assortment of on-board Tools
  • Tool pictures on handles

The Bad

  • Pliers are not spring loaded
  • Some on-board tools are hard to access
  • Tip of pliers sticks out of body
THE VERDICT

The  Gerber  Diesel is  a  familiar  design  from  the  company  that  pioneered  one  hand  operating  pliers  on multitools. There’s nothing risky or innovative about the Diesel—and that’s what you need when you’re working with  a  tool  that  was  designed  to  be  put  to task  whenever  and  wherever.  Having  experienced the  operation  of  the  pliers  on  both  the  stainless  and  black  oxide  versions  of  the  Diesel,  I  would recommend the stainless.


The Gerber Diesel is a familiar design from the com

pany that pioneered one hand operating pliers on

multitools. There’s nothing risky or innovative abo

ut the Diesel – and that’s what you need when you’r

e

working with a tool that was designed to be put to

task whenever and wherever. Having experienced

the operation of the pliers on both the stainless a

nd black oxide versions of the Diesel, I would

recommend the stainless.

The Gerber Diesel is a familiar design from the com

pany that pioneered one hand operating pliers on

multitools. There’s nothing risky or innovative abo

ut the Diesel – and that’s what you need when you’r

e

working with a tool that was designed to be put to

task whenever and wherever. Having experienced

the operation of the pliers on both the stainless a

nd black oxide versions of the Diesel, I would

recommend the stainless.

The Gerber Diesel is a familiar design from the com

pany that pioneered one hand operating pliers on

multitools. There’s nothing risky or innovative abo

ut the Diesel – and that’s what you need when you’r

e

working with a tool that was designed to be put to

task whenever and wherever. Having experienced

the operation of the pliers on both the stainless a

nd black oxide versions of the Diesel, I would

recommend the stainless.
FULL REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
The name says it all for the Diesel—as this Gerber multi-plier is built for abuse and is up to task for the most stubborn of jobs.

The sliding lock mechanism on the Diesel works like a dream, which is a nice change from previous tools utilizing the same technology. I’m not a big fan of its plastic/nylon pieces, but they haven’t failed me yet.

Bead-blasting is an added layer of protection against corrosion and the Diesel has been blasted to the extreme. The only drawback is that it wears over time, so folks looking for a tool that stays pretty, might want to look the other way (or suck it up).

The Diesel is generally self-sufficient and doesn’t require a lot of attention to stay in good working order. I recommend lubricating the slides for the pliers after significant use, as they can slow down due to grit and lint.

DURABILITY
In terms of function, the Diesel meets and beats all standards in terms of durability. In terms of form, the tool shows signs of wear after a few days of pocket travel.

Pliers are rarely an issue with Gerber tools, but the wire cutters on the Diesel are a bit soft. For the price you’re paying, I recommend Gerber look into making them replaceable. 

The on-board tools chosen to fill in the Diesel’s frame are familiar and functional. The saw performed like a champ and shows no sign of slowing. For the most part, the knife did too but it did start to dull towards the end of testing, especially the tip, which is really aggressive based on its Wharncliffe shape (one of my favorite blade shapes, by the way).

DESIGN / EASE OF USE
The pliers on the Diesel slide down the rails with ease and stay in place. A major improvement to this would be getting the arms to be spring loaded. It is annoying to open the pliers to access the inner tools, and some of the other tools are hard to get out without opening the tool next to them or on the edge of the frame.

EDGE RETENTION
The Gerber Diesel features scissors, a saw, a half-serrated blade, and two types of files. All of these performed exceptionally well, but the knife did begin to dull towards the end of testing. This is due to the shape of the knife more than the steel used. The Wharncliffe style of blade is a little less utilitarian than a drop-point blade but it’s just as effective when put to task.

VALUE
With similar one-handed multitools on the market being in the same price range, but featuring spring loaded pliers and tools that can be accessed without deploying said pliers, the Gerber Diesel seems a little aggressive in terms of price. The construction and features warrant fair pricing, but I wouldn’t pay more than $60.

WHATS INCLUDED
One-hand opening Needle-Nose Pliers
One-hand opening Standard Pliers
One-hand opening Wire Cutters
2.25” Cross Cut Saw Blade
2.5” Wharncliffe Partially Serrated Blade
Can Opener
Bottle Opener
Scissors
Small Flathead Screwdriver
Medium Flathead Screwdriver
Large Flathead Screwdriver
Medium Phillips Head Screw Driver
Single Cut File
Double Cut File

 


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MSRP
$84.00
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