A Gerber multitool is a compact multi-function tool made by Gerber Legendary Blades, part of the Fiskars Corporation.
There are similarities and differences between the Gerber multitool and tools made by Leatherman. Some of the Gerber tools are accessed by opening the handles, but unique to Gerber is a system in which the pliers slide straight out from the end. This allows the Gerber to be flicked open easily with one hand, a useful advantage if the other hand is occupied. The sliding Safe-T-Loc system (similar to the Blacie Collins "Bolt Action" lock) locks each tool securely in place.
Different sizes of Gerber tool are available, with various combinations of components from the mundane (screwdrivers) to the esoteric (demolition detonator crimps), and from the key-chain sized, like the "Shortcut" to hefty, 8-ounce (227 g) models like the "Diesel".
The company is based in Portland, Oregon, USA. It was acquired by Fiskars in 1986. Portland remains the headquarters of the Finnish company's outdoor recreation group.
A Gerber "Suspension" multi-tool, with pliers open. Pliers are spring-loaded, for easy use.
Gerber Vise Keychain, 60mm long when closed
Gerber Vise, fully opened