Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool

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Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool -

Gerber Suspension Multi-Pliers.
If we tell you that this engineering masterpiece was inspired by the bridges of Portland, Oregon—we've got more than our share, here—don't make the mistake of thinking that Gerber's gotten all misty-eyed and romantic. On the contrary, the Suspension has all the down-and-dirty performance characteristics a tough guy would expect.
This is a classic workhorse with spring-loaded pliers, our patented Saf.T.Plus™ component locking system, a ballistic nylon sheath, and the very same structural integrity that goes into every Gerber tool.
Oh sure, it's a sleek looking son-of-gun. And the open-frame configuration is something of a break-though where the industry is concerned. But just because it’s got nice lines, there's no reason you can't use it in some pretty ugly situations. In fact, we dare ya.
Includes: Lifetime Limited Warranty


  • Nylon ballistic cloth sheath included
  • Stainless-steel construction and aluminum handle provide the strength and durability for long-term use


  • Open-frame styling and easy butterfly-opening handle was inspired by the bridges of Portland, Oregon


  • Spring-loaded needlenose pliers make deployment quick and easy
  • Components included on the Gerber Suspension: Needle nose pliers, wire cutter, fine edge knife, serrated edge knife, saw, scissors, crosspoint screwdriver, small and medium flatblade screwdrivers, can opener, bottle opener and lanyard hole.
  • Saf.T.Plus system locks components securely in place for worry-free use
  • Plus, one serrated blade, drop-point blade, wood saw, awl and parcel hook
  • Needlnose pliers
  • User-friendly lock system makes it easy to access the tool you need--simply slide the lock-release button back to unlock
The Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier narrows the gap between pocket knife and toolbox. Inspired by Portland, Oregon's bridges, the Suspension has an open frame that belies its ability to support your emergency needs. Incredibly strong and packed with trusted tools, this multi-plier opens quickly and locks each component in place while in use. And it's a sleek-looking multi-tool—because looks are important when you're cutting wires or tightening screws.


Tough, reliable and easy to handle, the Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier (Clam) is engineered to tackle jobs in just about every situation you can imagine. Featuring a sleek butterfly design, durable stainless steel construction and Gerber's patented Saf.T.Plus component locking system, this affordable multi-tool packs 11 convenient tools that will quickly prove indispensable.

Northern River Supply
Looking for a top-brand multi-tool that won't break the bank? Featuring fourteen essential tools and legendary Gerber Quality, the Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool is a great tool at a great price.
Gerber's Suspension Multi-Tool features open-frame design on a butterfly-opening handle. The Suspension Multi-Tool is equipped with spring-loaded needlenose pliers, fine edge knife, serrated edge knife, Saf. T. Plus™ component locking system and includes a durable ballistic nylon sheath. Overall length: 6''. Length closed: 3-1/2''.
Components: needle nose pliers, wire cutter, fine edge knife, serrated edge knife, saw, scissors, crosspoint screwdriver, small and medium flatblade screwdrivers, can opener, bottle opener, and lanyard hole.

Backcountry Edge

A classic Gerber multi-tool, Suspension Multi-Pliers offer rugged backcountry performance. With spring-loaded pliers, a patented component locking system and a sleek, lightweight design, the Suspension Multi-Pliers is ready to tackle anything you throw at it.
The Suspension Multi-Plier model is not only sleek looking-its spring-loaded design, coupled with Gerber’s patented Saf.T.Plus™ component locking system, makes it a reliable workhorse. And at just 4" long (closed) and only 6.7oz., this stainless-steel sensation is as easy to carry around with you as your boat or car keys. Includes: Needlenose pliers, wire cutter, fine-edge knife, serrated knife, saw blade, scissors, cross-point screwdriver, small and medium flat screwdrivers, can opener, bottle opener and lanyard hole. Titanium gray handle. Open: 6-1/2"L. Sheath Material: Ballistic Nylon. Limited lifetime warranty.

Inspired by the suspension bridges in Oregon, this sleek, open-frame, spring-loaded tool is a tough workhorse. Features Saf.T.Plus™ component locking system, needlenose pliers, wire cutters, fine and serrated knives, saw, scissors, Phillips-head screwdrivers, small and medium flathead screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, and a lanyard hole. Stainless steel handle. Ballistic-nylon sheath.
Overall length: 6".
Closed length: 3-1/2".
Handle color: Titanium Gray.


With a butterfly-opening handle, Saf.T.Plus™ locking system and a sleek design, this multi-tool will turn bolts--and heads!


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Blade material:Stainless steel
Bottle opener:Yes
Can opener:Yes
Closed Length:3.5" / 8.89 cm
Handle Color:Titanium gray
Handle Material:Stainless Steel.
Knife blade type:Straight edge / Serrated
Lanyard ring:Yes
Length:Overall Length: 6"
Length Closed:4"
Locking blade:Yes
Material:Sheath Material: Ballistic nylon
Max blade length (in.):1.25 inches
Number of blades:2
Other features include:wire cutters/strippers, scissors, bottle opener, can opener, Phillips screwdriver, large and medium flathead screwdrivers
Overall Length:6", Length Closed
Pliers Type:Needlenose.
Sheath Material:Ballistic nylon.
Standard screwdriver(s):Yes
Style:Pliers Type: Needle-nose
Weight:Weight: 9oz.
Wire cutter:Yes
Wire stripper:Yes
Wood saw:Yes
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Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Works every day

My job requires me to be in and out of utility pedastools all day. This tool is always in my pocket, and i use it 30+ times a day, stripping phone wires, or turning stubborn gas valves.

i have used more expensive leatherman's skeletool, and other multi-tools, and it seems all of these products last about 6 to 8 months before something breaks. no point spending 80+ dollars for a different brand name when the other names don't hold up any longer. (do consider though, this is heavy use, all day every day type of use)

this product definitely stands out amongst the others in it's price point, the suspension pliers are REAL hand savers when splicing FIOS tracer wires together...also, the titanium nitride coating on this is generous, and HIGHLY effective at preventing rust (my tools get rained on and i don't ever dry it). Also, the knives stay reasonably sharp. I scrape mine against copper all day, and use it for cutting rust off pipes, so i don't expect them to cut fish or anything that requires culinary type of sharpness.

the one con i have is they are HEAVY, but it's because they are made to be durable, also, the Phillips head is TINY, but the one on leatherman's skeletool is the same size.

for campiing this product is VERY durable, functional and corrosion resistant, but it is dense and heavy, keep that in mind if you're going to be packing long distance.

i HIGHLY recommend this tool, i am on my second one.
Outpost at REI on 08/08/2009

good for its price

I quite liked the tool, especially for the money I paid [$]but it was very hard to impossible to open most of the tools. One has to use his nails for the inner tools and some of them just didn't move at all. Also, the serrated knife, despite of its pretty big nob on the blade was so hard to move that I had to push very hard to open it. Actually, the only tool that open smooth was the normal knife. I liked that all tools lock but to unlock them, the mechanism sliders are sharp on fingers and in a long term, I'd be worried about durability because the base of the mechanism is plastic. Other things I didn't like were short blades, no pile, limited number of tools (no exchangeable tools) and thickness of the handles.To be fair, after some use, the tools get little easier to open but considering my overall impression, I still went and exchanged it for a Leatherman's New Wave.Overall, the Gerber tool is good and I would recommend it to some but I've already tried several cheaper tools and was not wiling to have something I wasn't fully satisfied with again.
flymodel at REI on 09/09/2007

Get's the Job Done for Light/Medium Duty

I purchased this tool to get me by and test how much I would use a multi-tool before I bought a more expensive/heavier duty tool. For the past year, I have used it for work, camping, hiking, and at home. It has proved to be a very durable tool for the money. The knife is still razor sharp, tools have not bend (yet), and pliers spring still functions.

I do plan on purchasing the new tool that I originally had in mind because I found that I use the multi-tool often. This is going to stay in my vehicle/work truck as an extra backup. If you don't have $150 to spend on the top of the line, this is the tool that will get you by.

Biggest complaint about the tool is actually the sheath that came with it. It last a whole 2 days! What a joke. First it was the belt attachments, then the entire sheath unraveled. I leather craft as a hobby, so it was no problem making a new quality one that has lasted.
NorthernFitnessExplorer at REI on 09/09/2012

The Suspension is a solid value

I think the Suspension is a good value for the casual user, though I have doubts about how it would hold up if the pliers were used hard and frequently. The fit and finish is good - a lot better than some tools you may find It's a bit heavy and bulky. The knife is very sharp out of the box. The pliers are spring loaded and feel good. The Philips screwdriver is the flat variety and those are not great in general.I like the one handed opening of some of the tools and the locks. One handed opening is something that's really important to me in a tool and this is one of the few inexpensive tools that does a decent job with it on the main blade, plus some.All in all, I think the Suspension is a good value with some really great design ideas. I don't think it's in the same class as say a Leatherman Wave or a Victorinox SwissTool Spirit (which are twice the price, to be fair).
powerring at REI on 05/05/2009

This thing came in handy during my seasons with the National Park Service, Ticks were a daily problem... multiple times a day. One day I pulled 32 ticks off of me, only half or so of which were embedded but you get the idea. This thing killed many a tick and was eventually dubbed the tick slayer. The needle nose pliers are spot on even after heavy abuse, allowing me to pull ticks with ease. Definitely a solid multi tool, haven't had any problem with the tools holding up to whatever I've thrown at them. The blade is nice and sharp, and seems to stay sharp. Downside, the case is garbage, it still holds it, but that's about it, barely closes, frayed all over, looks to be needing replacement soon. Seems like a good deal, I got it as a present, but I would probably pay this much if I were in the market.

Ryan OConnell at on 05/27/2011

Great Multi-Tool!

I have had this multi-tool for 2 years now and have only now had to claim warranty for a broken piece of metal that prevents the knife blade and screwdriver from opening too far. I primarily use it at work as a mechanic and I think it's one of the best multi-tools I've had (compared to the leatherman's and even other Gerber's). I have been very rough with it and until now, it has held up to alot of punishment. I especially like that the pliers are spring-loaded. The only con I see is that the handles bend a bit at the hinge when using the pliers to apply a moderate to heavy amount of turning force. I am not terribly concerned with being able to clean the tool but if I was, I believe a toothbrush would be more than adequate.
GN at REI on 11/11/2009

Great tool, but screw driver hard to use

This multi-tool is nice and functional -- especially the lock-out feature that keeps the knife and other tools locked out while you're using it. The only drawback to this tool is that philips screw driver is almost impossible to get to. The side it is on is very narrow so it's hard to pull out if you have medium or large fingers. Also, the philips screw driver has an odd design -- it is flat on top with notches for the four angles. That makes it tricky to use. I don't use this multi-tool for screwing many things so it's never been a huge problem, but I could see it being annoying for someone who needs to use that tool frequently.
ClimbRideRepeat at REI on 02/02/2012

Just Buy It!!!

If you need a multi-tool and want to stay below 40 bucks this is for you!!!! Loose it in the woods or break it on that wilderness adventure you won't be heartbroken.....cause it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

I was very happy with the quality and usefulness of this thing, Gerber got it right!

Yeah I own high dollar, super light, made of "gold" super tools.....but this guy is the one with me on every camping trip! If you don't need a flux capacitor on your next "back to the future" journey this is the tool for you.....just buy the dang thing and save the $$$$ for the Thermorest neo-air you've been drooling over!
OzarkKid at REI on 11/11/2010

Great Multi-Plier tool

This product is a great for a simple tool to use while hiking or doing anything outdoors. It has even been handy while doing indoor work as well. It is well built with all stainless steel build and comfortable holds. The only con is that the slide button on the side which allows you to bring down the blade (or whatever tool you have flipped open), is very difficult to slide and bring the blade down. I wish it didn't take so much to use the slider, but other than that it's such a great buy. The blades and other tools are fantastic and useful.
Jake at Campmor on 08/08/2013

great tool

I bought this tool about a week ago and it hasn't left my side since. I've used every too except the small screwdriver and the saw for a variety of projects around the house, as well as while camping one night on an island on the local lake. so far it has been the best tool i've ever bought, especially for the price. i've used the leatherman wave and it doesn't even touch this tool. it is a little heavy however, and the blades are smaller than on some tools, which is why i didint give it a perfect score.
xbrinelax2011 at REI on 07/07/2009

Negative Reviews:

sleek looking, but not effective

Used this multitool this past weekend. The knives are pretty sharp and had no issues with it. The issue I had was with the can opener.

While opening up a can, the can opener started from being in-line with the handle to having a 30 degree angle. It seems that the backing that prevents the can opener and other knifes slid down and now it doesn't stop any of the other tools from bending support.

I'll be returning this and finding another tool.
Camp Jason at REI on 08/08/2011


this was my second Gerber purchase. The first pair was amazing but I lost them. They were extremly corosion resistant, even survived a night in salt water in my bait bucket. This pair got wet in the rain and now wont even open with WD40, very disapointed, wish I had the first pair
itsonmywall at Cabelas on 12/01/2012

Bulky with tiny blades

Poor design and poor quality make this tool almost useless.

I have two other multitools; a Leatherman Skeletool and a Leatherman Wave. Both are smaller when folded and have a knife blades that are useful for more than trimming fingernails.
Elfgier at REI on 05/05/2011

Way too heavy, poorly designed

It was super heavy, and way too difficult to get the tool out that was needed. I returned this immediately for a swiss army knife.
SophieK13 at REI on 06/06/2013

Neutral Reviews:

You Get What You Pay For

I am a Park Ranger at a state park and my multi-tool gets used every single day without fail. That being said, for almost 2 years i carried a Suspension and put it through the paces. Gripes are few but pretty important. the pliers do not offer much holding force. i don't know if it is because of the amount of flex in the handle hinge or something else. they will not break a moderately rusted nut. they also do not offer much twisting power without bending the jaws. the tips of both screwdrivers chipped during the first use. not badly enough to render them useless, but still not what i was hoping to see. lastly, and most nit-picky, the belt sheath that came with it did not last 3 months on my belt under everyday use. the belt loops ripped out of the seams. i don't consider this to be a terrible fault however, because i get into and out of a vehicle constantly, am walking through thick underbrush frequently, and constantly snagging it on things. no belt holders last long.

That being said there were things i really liked about the Suspension. first is the spring loaded plier handle. it makes working 6hp boat motors more comfortable and removing fish hooks a less clumsy operation. second, the knife blade is incredibly sharp and when unfolded fits in the hand in a very comfortable and controllable way. i have removed countless splinters, metal and glass chunks, and tick heads from myself, which is much easier and safer with a sharp controllable tool. and the pro of this tool which makes it a serious contender is the price. this was my first multi-tool and the very reasonable price is what made me finally break down and buy one.

when i lost my Suspension on a camping trip to Maine last fall i mourned it's loss. i have been without a multi-tool for almost a year now and have finally been pushed to buying one. i am replacing my suspension with a Leatherman Wave. i am hoping that it will be a sturdier and heavier duty tool than my Suspension. for twice the price it better be. you get what you pay for with the Suspension, and if you will use it for light duty only i would expect years of happy performance. if you are going to really put it to the test, i would buy more than one because you will be replacing it.
mlt205 at REI on 08/08/2011

Weak tool from Gerber.

Bought this tool to replace my 5 year old Winchester Winframe Multi Tool and was not impressed. Had the Gerber for a month and tried it out for everything I used my old tool for. Work, home, car, backcountry camping.

This tool was no lighter, did not have a file, flat blades not swept. The scissors are not sharp, more like child-proof scissors. The saw clogs up easily and is difficult to clean out. The pliers have very little grip in comparison. Can be difficult to open the tools if you have short fingernails.

On the plus side. One hand opening of the 2 knife blades. Tools lock in place, but you need to hands to unlock.

Bottom line. Just proves to me that more expensive is not necessarily better.
JaceB at REI on 04/04/2010

its okay...

I was given my first Gerber knife at age 9. I still have it. So naturally when I wanted a multi tool knife I went for a Gerber. I loved it for the first few months. It was always on my belt or in my pocket. Then one day i was using the wire cutting tool in the pliers and Snap! The plier's pivot area cracked in half. I am going to send it in to get it fixed, but It seems that it should have been stronger. I still like Gerber products but am hoping this will be fixed in the future.
porter13 at REI on 05/05/2010

Pretty solid multi, but after a while you can definitely tell that it isn't made quite as nice as a Leatherman or a Victorinox multi-tool. This is a big step forward for the Gerber line-up, which hopefully continues doing what it is doing, and getting better. The lock up is pretty tight, the blades come sharp, and the tools are functional. But personally if I could only have one tool, it would be a Leatherman, since I know from long experience how well they are all made.

Shane O'Donnell at on 10/27/2009

This thing is too heavy for my purposes. It would be a good leave in the car tool. The thumb studs for the blade came off after very little use and all the tools have developed a lot of play front to back and side to side. I am usually pretty hard on my stuff however. This thing just cant take the abuse imho.

Matthew Forrest at on 03/31/2013

Good knife, defective at first?

Great tool. I got it and the first weekend though, the pliers metal snapped when I used the wire cutter. Brought it back and they replaced it (). The new one has been perfect since then though.... guess the first one was defective.
einstein at REI on 10/10/2007

not bad... needs some redesigning

This really is a nice multifunction tool, but the unlock/release switch to fold the tool back in was much too difficult to slide. For this reason, I returned it and went with a leatherman that had similar features.
parit at REI on 08/08/2013

bit heavy but good

good for the price
cogito ergo sum at REI on 09/09/2009