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PORTLAND, OREGON (Nov 17th, 2016) – Gerber, a category leading manufacturer of personal knives, tools, and gear today, announced the introduction of a completely refreshed Professional Purchase Program. The new program offers discounted access to qualified members of the Armed Forces & First Responder organizations, Outdoor & Tactical Industry professionals and now US and Canadian Armed Forces Veterans.
The new program provides exclusive offers and discounts on the entire American Made product line, over 120 products, through three programs: Service, Veteran & Industry.
– Armed Forces | National Guard | Reserve
– Law Enforcement: Federal | State | Local
– Fire | EMS
– Served in the United States Armed Forces
– Served in the Canadian Armed Forces
– Full-time employees of related industry product brands
– Members of related industry associations (OIA, NSSF, etc)
– Retail Associates of Outdoor/Tactical/Hardware specialty retailers
– Employee of National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey
– Professional Guides and Outfitters
– Search & Rescue Volunteers (NASAR membership)
– Volunteer Fire, EMS, and related
Qualified applicants can learn more and apply at gerbergear.com/proprogram.
PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 1, 2016) – Gerber, a leading manufacturer of personal knives, tools, and equipment today launched a much anticipated new multi-tool, the Center-Drive. The product is now available through gerbergear.com and select retail partners.
“Gerber has seen a tremendous response from media and the public since the announcement of the Center-Drive.” said Andrew Gritzbaugh, Gerber‘s Director of Marketing Communications. “This exciting new product reflects Gerber’s unique design DNA, and represents a commitment to innovation, quality and American Manufacturing. We’re excited to introduce the tool to the market.”
The New Center-Drive multi-tool offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design. Innovative Center Axis Tech™ aligns the full size driver in the center of the tool to yield maximum torque and rotation, just like the real thing. No productivity is sacrificed with the addition of a 30 percent longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. Full size, real tools – the multi-tool just got a reality check.
The new Gerber Center Drive will be available at the following retailers Nov. 1st 2016.
This is the Gerber Center Drive, a brand-new made-in-the-USA multitool that’s launching today, and Gerber sent us a pre-production model a few days ahead of the launch to check it out.
The Center Drive is manufactured from stainless steel, and features 14 individual tools within its frame.
The pliers are spring loaded, and are released upward via a side-mounted sliding button, purposely designed for one-thumb activation, rather than the swing open design on traditional multitools.
The pliers consist of a needle nose point with a standard center, as well as rotatable carbide wire cutters and a wire stripper.
The main blade on the Center Drive is a 3.25″ fine edge blade. According to Gerber, this blade is “30% larger than the competition”; press materials use the main blade on the Leatherman OHT for the size comparison. The blade also locks into place when fully extended via a tension lockbar.
The opposite arm of the Center Drive features the following tools:
These tools lock into place when fully extended and can be retracted by using a thumb-break slide release on the opposite side of the arm, which also incorporates a lanyard hole. The arm opposite this one features both a 3″ ruler as well as an 8cm ruler.
Easily the most impressive feature of the Center Drive is the tool of its namesake, the full-size center axis driver. Unlike traditional multitools, which typically feature a lower profile driver, the Center Drive’s driver juts out of the tool’s frame 3.25″ and curves inward towards the center axis, allowing for improved torque and rotation. The center axis driver features a magnetic attachment head, which supports any number of standard bits. Like the blade, the center axis driver locks into place via a tension lockbar.
The Center Drive also features this bit storage slot which snaps into place within the frame and rotates outward, allowing quick access to a second bit. By default, it comes with a flat head bit already inserted.
The Center Drive comes with a 12-bit kit, in addition to the Phillip’s head and flat head bits that are already included with the tool. It also comes complete with a nylon and elastic sheath which accommodates both the Center Drive and the bit set. The sheath can be mounted by the rear to a belt either vertically or horizontally via its rear straps.
By Gerber’s own admission, unlike the Center Drive itself, both the bit set and pouch are made in China. Regardless, the tool itself is USA-made, and it has a host of great features that should make for an excellent option for EDC or just a functional backup tool.
You can read the official release from Gerber by clicking the link below
The US-Assist. Designed and built in Portland, Oregon, this assisted-opening knife offers Gerber’s smoothest, most consistent deployment to date. Including B.O.S.S. Tech™, it features a ball-bearing system to reduce friction and provide stable performance for the long haul. Intuitively designed and painstakingly tested, the US-Assist is the next generation of the everyday pocket knife.
-Scratch-resistant, removable pocket clip can be carried tip up or tip down and won’t cause damage
-Dual ramped thumbstuds offer intuitive purchase and ambidextrous opening
-The specialty stone washed finish on the S30V blade has a timeless aesthetic
-The plunge lock and cross-bolt safety system ensures stable use in open or closed position
SSD Reader Heinrich sent us this great photo with caption. Thanks for the find!
While recently traveling in Vietnam, I found this Gerber Mark II Commando Dagger in a small provincial museum in Quy Nhon (Bình Dinh Province). It looks like straight out of the bronze age and must have a fairly spooky history. But since Gerber introduced the Mark II in 1967, the description of the museum is probably not correct. It would be interesting, what your readers, who may have served in this area at the time, can speculate about its origin.
Coming July 1st, Gerber is releasing a 10th Anniversary version of their 06 AUTO.
To honor the heritage and time-tested durability of the 06 Automatic family of knives, Gerber introduces a special, commemorative edition of this military favorite. This knife celebrates a decade of service, developed specifically to support American service members deploying globally. With hundreds of thousands issued to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines over the years, the iconic platform is a familiar favorite to many.
-An Olive Drab Cerakote® coated aluminum represents the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) of American troops deploying early in OEF and OIF.
-A Stone Washed, Fine Edge, S30V blade pays homage to the unrelenting durability of the platform, battle tested globally.
-Unique laser mark. To commemorate 10 years of service, the laser engraving features a reverse flag. The reverse American flag originates from the action of early US cavalry and infantry carrying the flag into battle. Always charging forward, the flag would be seen with the stars in front and stripes flowing behind. Today, Army Regulation 670-1 addresses the application and wear of the flag on the uniform, ensuring that the “star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right”. Rich in historical symbolism, the reverse flag represents the will and bravery of those deployed in service of the United States.
It is also available directly through Gerber’s ‘PRO Program’ for active duty military and law enforcement www.gerbergear.com/proprogram
MADE IN THE USA
The Gerber Custom Fit Sheath is an adaptive sheath system that will accommodate a wide variety of items as well as carry methods. The pouches are adjustable for height and width as well as retention. This is because it uses a combination of elastic and Velcro. One of the key features of the Custom Fit Sheath is the unidirectional Velcro which is called Quiet Deploy Velcro. You can adjust the height of the flap and tightness of the retention at the rear of the pouch.
It is available in both Dual and Quad versions. The Quad model is shown here amd it’s called a quad becuase each side has two slots, one in front of the other. This allows for a light and a knife, for example.
The pouch is fully PALS compliant but can also be attached to traditional belts.
Additionally, while these are made overseas, fully Berry compliant versions in Coyote are on their way.