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#149094 - 09/16/08 04:47 AM Gerber Artifact
ducttape Offline

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 45
Anyone have one of these? Opinions?

Gerber Artifact

I have a Gerber EAB but haven't carried it much since they recalled it and gave me their redesigned model.


#149099 - 09/16/08 04:59 AM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: ducttape]
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
Multitools are worth their own history at this point. First we had the Swiss Champ and one day the big brother from leatherman was created. Or was it? I seem to recall James Garner packing his own homemade version in THE GREAT ESCAPE?

So now we have this throwback to small and minimalist. I think with another redesign another tool might reappear. I think it was called THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE.

#149101 - 09/16/08 05:13 AM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
Paul810 Offline

Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 1428
Loc: NJ, USA
That tool reminds me of the Atwood pry tools; the shape of the pry/bottle opener part is very similar.

With that said, Chris Kavanaugh has a good point there. A basic SAK could probably do everything that tool could do, and more, without much of a size or weight penalty. The Tinker model comes to mind; less than $20 and the same length as that tool with more funtions.

On the other hand, for the price (~$10), I would pick it up just to try it out. wink

#149105 - 09/16/08 07:08 AM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: Paul810]
AROTC Offline

Registered: 05/06/04
Posts: 604
Loc: Manhattan
I love my Tinker, an excellent knife. Thin enough to fit in my pocket, but with all the essential tools. Very neat, very compact. Large blade for every day use, small blade kept scalpel sharp for emergencies. I even like the awl, at the very least it gives me a point and edge I don't mind abusing. Wouldn't change a thing.
A gentleman should always be able to break his fast in the manner of a gentleman where so ever he may find himself.--Good Omens

#149106 - 09/16/08 10:07 AM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: AROTC]
Matt Offline

Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 40
Loc: Texas
I've never seen one before. But I do like it and I have a weakness for new gadgets...

#149134 - 09/16/08 12:33 PM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: Paul810]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Not being a SAK guy, I am getting confused. In another thread recently someone warned about useing a SAK blade as a prybar, resulting in a snapped off blade. Now the SAK is a replacement for a solid prybar???

#149136 - 09/16/08 12:51 PM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: OldBaldGuy]
BillLiptak Offline

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 259
Guess it depends on how thick the SAK is......

-Bill Liptak

#149138 - 09/16/08 12:59 PM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: BillLiptak]
BillLiptak Offline

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 259
Actually I just google imaged it (no pics showed for me on the above link, but then again I'm using my phone), OBG it looks more like a small prybar, similar to an Atwood with a cut out on the "bottom" for bottle opening. On the "top" rearward section is an arm that swings up and out with an x-acto blade (replaceable) at the tip. Seems to me Gerber has been doing their homework and designed a tool that is becomming very popular, the mini-pry bar.

-Bill Liptak
Edited because I am an idiot who can't spell.

#149141 - 09/16/08 01:05 PM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
CityBoyGoneCountry Offline

Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 369
Originally Posted By: Chris Kavanaugh
So now we have this throwback to small and minimalist. I think with another redesign another tool might reappear. I think it was called THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE.

A good pair of pliers is the foundation on which all new multitools are built. This is something that a SAK doesn't have, and it's why I'm not interested in buying one.

#149167 - 09/16/08 02:53 PM Re: Gerber Artifact [Re: ]
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
My old MG came with a roll of basic tools and this big, copper faced hammer. I sort of looked at the hammer in shock, wondering what desperate banging of SU carbs was implied. Well, it was there for the wire wheel knockoffs. I did beat a few parts with it eventually. I have a collectable set of pliers. They were actually made in the US of A. I'm going to duct tape one of my Moras handle to handle. There you go, the perfect cheapo multi tool- and with a usefull supply of tape too!

Edited by Chris Kavanaugh (09/16/08 02:54 PM)

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