Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-Tool: Is It Worth Its Weight?

Updated on August 25, 2017
Jeff Martin1 profile image

Jeffery Martin, a Security Officer, has been collecting knives since he was 13 years old.

Stock Photo of the Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool
Stock Photo of the Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool

A few years back, my former supervisor bought the team a little token of appreciation. It was a tiny little multi-tool, small enough to go on a keychain. It is noticeably heavier than my Victorinox Classic SD, but not a whole lot bigger. It was the Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool, made by Gerber, the world-renowned knife/multi-tool company.

It was compact, it was sleek, it was functional; and yes, it was sexy. In the words of Fire Marshall Bill ,“Let me show you something!”

The Tool

When I say that this tool is “compact”, it is an understatement. The overall open length is only 4.3 inches. When closed, it is a tiny 2.5 inches; not much longer than a Victorinox Classic.

Both the handle and the tools are made from stainless steel, and it is built to last.

For those of you that like to stay alive (hopefully all of you); this tool also includes the Gerber Bear Grylls “Priorities of Survival” pocket guide.

The only downside of this tool is that it weighs three ounces. As a Security Officer, I carry many, many keys, and that three ounces does make a difference. This is why I eventually traded in this knife for my 0.8 oz Victorinox Classic SD.

Features

The Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool features a total of 10 tools; 8 of which are accessible without having to open the pliers.

Needle Nose Pliers/Wire Cutter

The needle nose pliers on the Compact Multi-tool are tiny, but they work well. If you have read my first article you know that I used to always carry a Victorinox Swiss Champ with me. The spring-assisted pliers on this little tool are not much bigger than the pliers on the Swiss Champ, but their functionability (Is that a word?)makes the Champ’s pliers look “cute” at best. The pliers also include a wire cutter function that works well on small wires, paperclips, etc.

Blades

That’s right; BLADES.

Plural.

This little tool has two slip-joint blades; one fine-edged and one serrated. Both blades are approximately 1.9 inches long, about a centimeter wide, and are actually sturdy enough to act as a main blade; if you don’t mind carrying a main blade that opens using a nail-nick.

Phillips Screwdriver, Flat-tipped Screwdriver/Bottle Opener, and Small Flat-Tipped Screwdriver

I usually have a Victorinox SAK on me, so I have never had to use the bottle opener on this tool; however I have used the flat-tipped screwdrivers several times, and allowed my children to use them. They are not made for heavy duty jobs, but they will handle most day to day tasks.

The Phillip’s-head screwdriver is not a true Phillip’s-head. It is more like a small triangle. Although it doesn’t look like it would be that great; I can assure you that it does, in fact, work on Phillip’s screws.

Tweezers

The Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool has a small pair of tweezers that fold into the handle; just like the rest of the tools. There are pros and cons to this.

The pro: You do not have to worry about having to lose/replace them.

The con: The weight of the multi-tool, being on the back end of the tweezers, makes them a little awkward to use.

They are very functional, and can take more force than the tweezers that come on your standard Swiss Army Knives.

Lanyard Ring

Yeah; another multi-tool that includes the lanyard ring in its list of tools. Don’t ask why, because I do not know.

It works.

In closing, the Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool is an excellent little tool; however I personally found it to be a little too heavy for my keychain.

If you do not have a lot of keys, or just don’t mind the weight; this may be the EDC keychain knife for you.

Although I do not carry it on my keychain, I do sometimes carry it in my pocket when I want to have some extra tools on me but do not want to have a knife bulge in my pocket. Order one of your own here if you like.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • tipen2985 profile image

      Tina Pendleton 

      11 months ago from USA

      Nice tool.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, skyaboveus.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://skyaboveus.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)