Introduced in 1999, the Multi-Plier 400 is a goodly amount smaller than its big brother the 600. Shorter pliers, narrower handles, and a lighter weight all add up into a more compact package. Hence the name Compact Sport. Despite its smaller size, the 400 retains all of the premium features of the 600 including one-handed sliding pliers, Saf-T Plus locking blades, and stainless steel construction.
Multi-Plier 400, black oxide
Terminator T3 edition
400-series plier jaws are somewhat short/stubby. They also are prone to rattle like previous Gerbers, a tendency that bothers some people more than others.
There are fine serrations near the nose, a gripping area below that, and a wire cutter area near the pivot. (No hard wire notch is included.)
Slots on the spine allow the sliding jaw buttons to move into position.
Finish is brushed stainless all over.
Angled lightening slots are on both sides, six places each handle. GERBER USA is stamped into one side. STAINLESS is stamped into the spine. (Note no inch or metric scales are included)
- Partially serrated knife blade, drop point profile, double side grind bevel. Measures 2-1/2" long. (63mm)
- Phillips screwdriver with square shank
- Combination bottle opener/medium flathead screwdriver
- Spring-loaded folding scissors, marked Fiskars
- Large flathead screwdriver
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Can opener
- Length open= 5-3/4" (145mm)
- Length closed = 4-3/8" (113mm)
- Width closed = 1-1/2" (37mm)
- Thickness = 5/8" (16mm)
- Weight = 6 oz (168g)
- Multi-Plier 400, black oxide
- same tools and features, but with black coating all over
- Terminator T3 edition
- same tools and features, black oxide coating, T3 logo and Gerber logo laser etched into one handle
- Multi-Plier 400 Compact Corkscrew
- corkscrew tool added. (Surprisingly, by using thinner washers, no other tools needed to be removed to make room for it)
- special zig-zag pattern added in one handle to allow corkscrew to fit
- Multi-Plier 400 Custom Etch
- intended as a promotional item, it was specially produced without lightening slots in the handles to allow space for laser etching company logos, etc.
- Multi-Plier 400 Compact Fisherman
- same handles as other 400-series tools
- special extra-long needlenose jaws (note these are not the same jaws as the Gerber 600-series Fisherman tool, which featured carbide wire-cutting inserts)
- special longer sheath, due to jaw tips protruding even in the "closed" position
- plain edge knife blade, instead of partially serrated
- folding lanyard ring
- awl blade
- two-sided file blade, with one side being a diamond file with hook groove down the center
- Compact Fisherman page - more information and pictures
Multi-Plier 600 tool.
- Multi-Plier 400 review - on the Multitool.org Main Site
- Another Multi-Plier 400 review - in the Multitool.org forums
- Multi-Plier 400 advertisement - from 1999