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Knife collector here - Gerbers are made for very light duty. If you're planning on opening boxes or screwing in a few loose nails, these will do the trick. However, in most knife circles, Gerbers are regarded as crap knives. They use a "mystery" 425M steel which is very soft, causing it to dent and lose its edge very quickly - if you're a religious sharpener, this won't be an issue, but for everyone else, the factory edge will probably be dull within a few months of light use. This also means that the pliers' teeth will get marred very quickly. Gerbers are also notorious for developing lots of play - side-to-side wobble. Also, sometimes the locking mechanisms don't lock. I believe the China vs. Taiwan suggestions are due to the Chinese versions having random steel faults which resulted in lots of Gerbers simply breaking. Handles, blades, pliers, everything.
TL;DR: You get what you pay for with Gerber. In most knife circles, they're considered one step up from "mall ninja" gear. If you absolutely need a multi-tool, go Leatherman. If you need an EDC blade at this price, check out Kershaw.
Dec 27, 2013
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