Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier

Last updated date: September 12, 2019

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Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier

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We looked at the top Multitools and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Multitool you should buy.

Update as October 5, 2021:
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Overall Take

In our analysis of 124 expert reviews, the Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier placed 16th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

We can think of about 600 reasons why this much-applauded multi-tool belongs on your belt. But don’t worry, we’ll just stick to the most important ones here. Like profound versatility, for example. And failsafe performance. And a level of rock-solid design and construction that pleases the eye and satisfies the soul. It all begins with high quality stainless steel. Then we incorporated Gerber’s patented one-handed opening pliers. Of the 6 models available, three feature the standard needlenose plier and the other three have our bluntnose configuration. You’d be hard pressed to find a more rugged or more fearless multi-tool out there. But go ahead and look around a bit. See what you think. Then come on back to Gerber and pick the Multi-Plier 600 that truly suits your needs. We’re building plenty.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

14 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

1,072 user reviews

What experts liked

Overall I found the Gerber Multi-Plier 600 to be a solidly functional tool and performs well as it is intended. It is an excellent option for general purpose multi tool use with the most commonly used tools on board.
- Pro Tool Reviews
The bulk of the Gerber Multi-Plier 600 is sturdy and durable steel construction. Only the locking mechanism is plastic, and we have had no trouble at all with that. With extended usage, many of the hinges and linkages loosen up.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
What I really love about the MP600 Multi-Plier Black [07520] is that is totally the opposite. It features not one, but two knives, both made out of high quality stainless steel and can be reached by just a flick of the wrist. The good thing about these two knives is that already they come in quite a “demo” size they are sharp enough to get the job done, no matter what.
- Knife Guides
The Gerber MP600 provides no-frills functionality, giving you a lot of bang for your buck.
- Reviewed
February 5, 2019 | Full review
This multi-tool comes with a lifetime warranty and is guaranteed to last you a long time.
- Best of Machinery
The sturdy nylon sheath that it has is also handy. It secures it well.
- Top 10 Best Pro
The one handed open pliers are almost unique among multi tools and feel less like a gimmick than we were expecting.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
One of the many complaints that you get from several cheap or expensive multi-pliers is that they are not safe to use. This multi tool uses an efficient locking system, so you never have to worry about anything.
- Get Hand Tool
Interchangeable and replaceable Saw blade attachment (where RemGrit saw blade is currently mounted). The saw blade can be replaced with any 2 inch (or 5cm) universal jigsaw blade. When you are ready to replace the blade (or it is worn out) you can swap it with a choice of blades that are designed for different types of materials: wood, metal, plastics, etc.
- Geek Preppier
The tool is compact while still offering a high level of utility.
- Multitools HQ
One-hand opening plier deployment.
This multi tool has a lot of features that are very useful to military personnel. Sight tool is why I bought it, but I really like the scrapper tool. I used it successfully to clean various weapons, and it cuts through ancient baked-on carbon like it was nothing. The best multi tool in my arsenal when it comes to weapon cleaning for sure
- Best Multitool Kit
October 20, 2014 | Full review
I love the deployment system of the pliers: 2 lil’ buttons, and you can pop the pliers out like a switchblade (minus the spring). Very cool, and admittedly very useful, as it’s trivial to whip out the pliers, use them and finally put the tool away in a handful of smooth motions.
- More Than Just Surviving
The MP600 has a black oxide tactical style finish and looks pretty sharp no doubt.
- The Pocket Knife Guy

What experts didn't like

However, it isn't going to win a contest to see who has the most tools on one unit.
- Pro Tool Reviews
Bulky with pointy pliers even when stowed.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
However, the MP600 is definitely designed for less precise work.
- Reviewed
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Warranty issues.
- Top 10 Best Pro
The black oxide coating also became an issue faster than we expected. It provides the MP600 with a sharp initial look, but quickly began to show wear. Scratches that would have been invisible on a stainless steel multi tool were extremely evident on the MP600.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
The only knife blade is about 1 inch of regular knife and the remainder is serrated. I like serrated and it does come in handy, but on the standard Gerber 600 you get a serrated blade and a regular knife blade.
- Geek Preppier
Retractable lanyard ring.
It might leave some black residue on your hands at first, just as any other black coated tool.
- Best Multitool Kit
October 20, 2014 | Full review
Only drawback I would have with this tool, the needle nose pliers stick out of the handle, adding a little extra closed length to the tool.
- The Pocket Knife Guy

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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.

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.

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.

“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.”

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.

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 them 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.