Employing many of the features first seen in the Freehand a year earlier, the Flik addresses most of the gripes leveled against previous Gerber tools. No more rattle when closed, no more rattle when open, no more pinched palms, no more tedious opening of the pliers in order to access the blades. Time will tell whether the complexity of the changes were worthwhile.
Freehand as well) is perhaps the most intricate of any plier type multitool. In operation, the jaws function the same as many previous Gerber tools. Simply depress the two buttons on the handles and the jaws slide out and lock into position. Beneath the surface however, Gerber has engineered its way around a number of gripes, including jaw rattle and palm pinch. The result is a complex assembly of parts that seems to operate quite well.
- STEP 1) Jaws are retracted. Mating "hooks" in the handles engage the jaws, locking the whole assembly together and preventing rattle.
- STEP 2) Press buttons and extend jaws.
- STEP 3) Open handles. Small tabs automatically engage. Pliers are ready for action.
Flik jaws themselves are somewhat stockier than those on previous Gerber tools. There are fine serrations near the nose, a gripping area below that, and a bypass wire cutter area near the pivot. (No hard wire notch is included.)
GERBER and FLIK are stamped in large font on both faces. Small tool icons are stamped for the four large outside blades. (Note no inch or metric scales are included)
- Wharnecliffe knife blade with plain edge. Measures just under 3" long (72mm)
- Can opener
- flat phillips screwdriver
- saw blade
- Sheepsfoot knife blade with serrated edge
- Lanyard ring
- Combination bottle opener/medium flathead screwdriver
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Spring-loaded folding scissors
- Length open= 6" (150mm)
- Length closed = 4-3/8" (111mm)
- Width closed = 1-1/2" (38mm)
- Thickness = 7/8" (22mm)
- Weight = 8.7 oz (248g)
Freehand is essentially a larger version of the Flik.
- Flik review - on the Multitool.org Main Site