I have owned this little guy for over 7 months and over that time I was very pleased to have this close by for whatever I needed it for. One of those things I used it for often was breaking and prying off support material from 3-D printed objects. The Dime is cheap and it has many uses so keep reading to see if you are impressed enough to buy one.
Alrighty, lets cover the included tools…
This multi-tool has the following: spring-loaded pliers with cutter jaws, plain edged blade, bottle cap lifter, clam shell package opener, spring-loaded scissors, tweezers, slotted screwdriver, and a small slotted screwdriver that has a coarse and a fine file on it.
Now lets go into detail on those tools…
The pliers on here are fitted to each other pretty tightly but in a way that reduces play rather than the smoothness of the plier action. As you can see the pliers start with a fine tip for grabbing little things, then it develops into a flat serrated jaw for better gripping, after that it becomes a rounded/concave serrated jaw for getting a hold of circular things such as nuts and bolts bolt heads. And finally its got some light-duty cutters. Like I alluded to in the intro, I use the pliers a lot for cleaning up 3-D prints. The cutters max out with thin gauge electrical wires. They are certainly useful for cutting twist ties, though.
The plain edged blade is a rigid 1.4″ (3.5cm) long and has a sheep’s foot blade profile. It was moderately sharp out of the box. The blade is a slip-joint so that means it doesn’t lock, just like all the other tools on the Gerber Dime. Furthermore, Gerber states that all the tools are made of a stainless steel. The coating will contribute to additional corrosion resistance.
The bottle cap lifter is pretty much useless to me and I think is a total waste that companies include them on anything because whatever comes out of a bottle is a stupid thing to consume whether it be sugar piss (soda), fancy carbonated water, or liquid escapism (alcohol). I think they just designed one in there so they could up the tool count. On one of the Gerber Dimes I have, the cap lifter can move back and forth but that is not a loss to me.
The clamshell package opener, a.k.a. the retail package opener, works moderately well. I wish the tip of it was a little sharper for starting cuts but it still works for getting into those tricky plastic containers without messing up your hands.
The scissors are easy to use and they haven’t broken yet like with other mini scissors I have dealt with. I’m glad to see scissors included on this multi-tool. Its always a good move.
The tweezers are another fantastic feature. They are stored underneath one of the Dime’s aluminum scales and they are firmly held in place. With this multi-tool nearby you will always be ready to quickly pull out splinters.
The slotted screwdriver, oftentimes incorrectly called a flathead screwdriver, will work for tightening or loosening screws that are near the surface of a whatever it is apart of. Again, this particular tool is good for cleaning up 3-D printed objects. It works as a chisel/pry bar because the tip or blade of it is skinny and its short and rigid enough to avoid bending during prying.
The small slotted screw driver with the files on each side is really bad at its job. The small screwdriver is okay. It should work for tightening up the tiny screws in glasses or whatever thing you have that has small slotted screws. The files are really hard to use because the shaft of the file is so damn short. The course side of the file is really bad because it barely abrades anything.
Well that covers the tools included with the Gerber Dime. I still like it despite the negatives and I plan on putting in my car from now on. Other ways you could carry the Dime around would be to attach it to a key ring as if it where a lanyard, the other way is to have it in a backpack or similar “luggage carrying” item if that’s already part of you current life. Of course you can just have it in your pocket to.
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