Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

Last updated date: September 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 140 expert reviews, the Gerber Gear Gerber Dime Multi-Tool placed 11th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 8, 2020:
Checkout The Best Multitool for a detailed review of all the top multitools.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
3,163 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Gerber Dime is smaller than a Bic lighter, yet capable and satisfying to use. Designed to attach to a keyring, it contains a great selection of useful tools, including scissors, pliers, a bottle opener, a knife, two screwdrivers and a clamshell cutter (for safely slicing open retail packaging).
- New York Times Wirecutter
May 6, 2019 | Full review
Check out that package opener blade. I like that there’s a dedicated blade for slicing through plastic packaging and tape. That way you don’t get your regular knife blade all sticky with tape residue.
- The Gadgeteer
October 10, 2018 | Full review
The bottle opener of the Gerber is larger and easier to access than the bottle opener on the Squirt.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
The Gerber Dime Multi-Tool has been developed with the latest technology, so it comes with advantages that other models don’t have. One of them has to be a very small case that is compact and practical at the same time. In addition, it is very easy to use and it is based on the butterfly opening. The size is small and it has been carefully chosen in order to make this model even better. As the end result, it is 4.25 inches long and it weighs only 2.2 ounces. This makes it perfect when it comes to portable use, so this model is great to carry in a pocket.
- Knife Guides
The Gerber Dime comes in Black, Green, Red, or Purple . . . except the Green and Red versions only sport color on one half of the handle. The other half is black. Overall, the fit-and-finish is pretty solid.
- Man Makes Fire
June 13, 2016 | Full review
Gerber managed to stuff a lot into such a small, lightweight package.
- The Active Times
July 19, 2012 | Full review
The Gerber dime is one of the best multi tools when looking for something compact and lightweight to fit in your pocket. The tool must nicely fit in your pocket and not cause any problems when traveling.
- Jon's Guide
This will be able to fit easily into your pocket as it is not too heavy and not too long either. It has a butterfly opening which will make it very easy to use.
- Globo Turf
This multi tool is very ergonomic and convenient to use. The small dimensions (4” x 2.8” x 0.6”) and light weight (2 ounces) make it portable and accessible no matter where you go. You can go camping or picnicking and have all necessary tools right at hand. Gerber 30-000469 Dime Multi-Tool is attached to the ring that can be hung right to your key tag. This way there won't be a chance of leaving the tool in a different bag or pants.
- Best Advisor
The Dime is different, it’s a small handy piece that’s often carried as a keychain and that’s why style and colors matter.This micro-tool comes in 5 rich colors – from stylish-all black to purple, which makes it a great choice if you are looking for an original gift for wife/girlfriend.
- Best Multitool Kit
May 18, 2018 | Full review
The scissors on the Dime are small but effective. They cut through paper reasonably well.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
All implements aside from the pliers are accessible without unfolding the tool. Nothing on the tool locks, but the springs are secure without being too tight- Everything opens easy enough.
- Multitool.org
March 27, 2014 | Full review
Designed to cut safely and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener.
- Sanders Review
Retail package opener: This one is a winner. No, I’m serious. This tool (though it’s not terribly sharp) is the best thing the Dime has going for it. It’s good for opening those clam-shell packages we all hate, where the sharp edges can slice into your fingers. I’d love to see this feature incorporated into more multi-tools.
- Journeywind Junk
April 6, 2017 | Full review
That bubble package opener I mentioned is simply fantastic. I had heard it was really good, and that’s why I bought the tool — but it’s better than really good. It tears through a bubble package with ease, and control. Never will you feel like you are are about to cut your hand off, or be frustrated with those packages again.The size is also amazing. This is really why the Dime is so popular: it’s the perfect size. It can fit in your pocket, and yet still be large enough to be useful.
- The Brooks Review
The scissors are surprisingly good despite their size.
- Sumo Survival
August 26, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
But the knife blade doesn’t lock, as is typical of tools its size, and its pliers make better tweezers than the actual tweezers it includes.
- New York Times Wirecutter
May 6, 2019 | Full review
Note that the blade does not lock in place when in use.
- The Gadgeteer
October 10, 2018 | Full review
The other tools of the Dime are similarly compromised. Torque hard on the screwdrivers and we can't guarantee your results.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
In the closed position, the Gerber Dime has a flathead screwdriver and a flat, edged “crosshead” driver, which is like half of a phillips screwdriver bit. It works all right, but for serious multitool needs, it doesn’t work as well as the more dedicated phillips heads you get in full-size multitools.
- Man Makes Fire
June 13, 2016 | Full review
The Dime, with its handy plastic clamshell opener, came packaged in (you guessed it) a plastic clamshell. I nearly gave up before I even started.
- The Active Times
July 19, 2012 | Full review
The materials used in the construction are not great as in most multi-tools
- Jon's Guide
The variety of tools is not really big in this Gerber multi tool keychain.
- Best Advisor
Dropped it while working on small ladders; pliers broke. Now I am waiting to see if my clumsiness is under warranty.
- Best Multitool Kit
May 18, 2018 | Full review
It feels cheap because it is cheap, coming in at a tiny fraction of the price of a full size multi tool.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
The Philips driver is acceptable, but not great. It is two dimensional, short and includes a file.
- Multitool.org
March 27, 2014 | Full review
The biggest issues with the Gerber Dime that we find the pliers back spring break easily with little pressure because the metal used is too soft. They can be accessed simply but need two hands to open.
- Sanders Review
My perception of the Dime was shattered the moment I removed it from the packaging. While it retained its trademark looks, I was immediately struck by the cheapness of its fit and finish. The shiny, metal gleam present in so many of its portraits was absent, dulled by some sort of cheap, factory goo coating each of its twelve tools. As I ran my thumb over the center seam, it became immediately apparent that the two halves of the tool were misaligned.
- Journeywind Junk
April 6, 2017 | Full review
The knife blade is terrible, and the pliers are pretty hit and miss. The pliers have a very small area at the tip where they can grab onto finer things, but the diminutive size of the tool means you really reach for these when there are small things to grip.
- The Brooks Review
The packet opener is something I haven’t had the need for and I think it’s design is pretty poor in comparison to the rest of the tools within the Dime. I think that Gerber should of perhaps featured a saw or can opener instead as I feel wither one would be more useful for more people.
- Sumo Survival
August 26, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

We took the standard keychain multi-tool and made it better. In addition to stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, a fine edge blade, spring-loaded scissors, flathead screwdriver, crosshead driver, tweezers and file, the Dime includes a unique blade designed to safely cut and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed. Compact and lightweight, the Dime is the most valuable change you'll find in your pocket.

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An Overview On Multitools

If you’re not much of a handyman, you could be forgiven for thinking of the once-ubiquitous Swiss Army Knife when you hear the word “multitool.” And while that trusty red pocketknife is still around, the design of the multitool has come a long way since they were standard issue for your Boy Scout troop.

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These days, the term multitool can encompass anything from a weighty gadget that requires a holster and incorporates 30 tools or more to a stealthy metal card that doubles as a wrench and bottle opener. But though the design may differ, you’re essentially talking about something roughly the size of a pocketknife that instead flips out an assortment of screwdrivers and other useful tools (and possibly a knife or three as well).

The pocketknife configuration may have worked fine for the Swiss Army, and it’s still the standard for some multitools. But more recently, if you go shopping for multitools, you’ll find most are modeled in the design of the balisong or butterfly knife.

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This setup has a lot of advantages. For one thing, you can open it with a simple flick of the wrist. With certain adjustments, the twin handles can be used as grips for pliers, scissors or any number of tools where a little extra torque is needed. To get the various gadgets loose from their folded-in position, some multitools may have a release catch or just require you to pry them loose with a tab that protrudes from the central cavity. Once they’re in use, most will have a mechanism that locks them in place for ease of use (and your safety).

What tools can you expect to find on a standard multitool? The list can vary widely, but it should include a screwdriver (with a Phillips and flat-head driver, at least), pliers, scissors and possibly a knife or two. Most will also have a bottle opener or something you can use as one. It’s a good bet that this tool is the one that will see the most actual use among weekend warriors.

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“If you’re involved in a specialty activity, there are multitools on the market that cater to those needs,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show “On The Fly…DIY” has plenty of home tutorials for testing out your multitool. “Don’t assume that the manufacturer knows exactly what you need, though. Read through the list of included tools before assuming it’s the whole enchilada.”

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The total number of tools incorporated can be as few as two or three to 40 or more. Just remember the main asset of a multitool is portability. If you can’t use a tool, it’s just dead weight. Heed that Boy Scout motto and “be prepared” … just remember, it’s possible to be overprepared.

DWYM Fun Fact

When it comes to functionality, too much wasn’t nearly enough for the F.W. Holler company of Solingen, Germany. In the 1880s, they created the mother of all multitools, a lethal piece of equipment that incorporates 100 blades. If you were patient (and careful) enough to unsheathe all the weapons in this Old West relic, you’d find daggers, shears, scissors, saws, button hooks, mechanical pens, a straight razor and even a functional .22 caliber pin-shot revolver. Strangely enough by modern standards, there was no bottle opener — but then, bottle caps weren’t quite on the market at the time.

The Multitool Buying Guide

  • The selling point on a lot of multitools is quantity. It might indeed be impressive to see 30 tools or more packed into a somewhat compact package, but keep your lifestyle in mind. Do you really need a hex driver in 12 different sizes while you’re on the go? Unless you’re a professional handyman, probably not — and even then, you’ve probably got a full-sized tool that will do the job far more effectively. If you’re planning to carry your multitool around the house, a few screwdrivers and wrenches might be all you need. On hikes, look for a gadget with a focus on knives, scissors and saws. If it’s going to be kept in the glove compartment, a strap cutter and window breaker might be life-saving tools to have. Match the multitool to your situation.
  • While we’re on the subject of tool selection, a word about knives: They’re fairly common on most multitools and can be handy on everything from whittling primitive tools to opening stubborn packages. They’re so small on many tools that you may not even consider them as weapons — but the TSA will. “In some places, blades over 2.5″ are not allowed, and you may get your tool taken away altogether,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. When traveling by air, take that multitool off the belt and stow it in checked baggage, or leave it at home entirely.
  • Size matters. The whole point of a multitool is that you can carry it easily. An arsenal of gadgetry is no good if you can’t fit it into your pocket. It’s up to you to find that sweet spot between portability and functionality. Be advised that while credit card-sized multitools can be cute, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use it for anything strenuous. No matter what the size, look for stainless steel construction or something just as sturdy.
  • Most decent multitools can fit in a pocket, but just barely. And depending on the design, you might not be able to easily retrieve it there anyway, especially if it shares space with a wallet or keys. Look for tools with at least a belt clip or sheath if you’re dealing with anything larger than five inches or so.