Rather striking at first glance, the skeletonized handles of the Gerber Suspension serve a number of purposes. They lighten the tool somewhat. They allow the user to tell at a glance which blade he is selecting. And perhaps most importantly, the fancy handles serve to catch a potential buyer's eye. This they do rather well. At the time of this writing the Suspension is reportedly the biggest seller in Gerber's line-up.
Somewhat unusual is the fact that the wire cutters are anvil type, as opposed to the more common bypass type wire cutters on multitools.
Due to a surprising number of spacers between individual knife blades, handles on the Suspension are quite thick, a trait some users find undesirable.
- plain edge knife blade with thumb stud for one-hand access. Wharnecliffe profile, 2" long (51mm)
- medium flathead screwdriver
- flat phillips screwdriver
- saw blade, with a rather short 2" stroke
- serrated edge knife blade with thumb stud for one-hand access. Sheepsfoot profile, 2" long (51mm)
- combination can opener/cap lifter device
- small flathead screwdriver
- fold-out lanyard attachment
- spring loaded scissors
- Length open= 6" (152mm)
- Length closed = 3-7/8" (100mm)
- Width closed = 1-7/8" (48mm)
- Thickness = 7/8" (22mm)
- Weight = 8.9 oz (252g)
800 Legend and 700 Urban Legend, both of which were produced in the USA and came out some years prior.
In 2007 Gerber brought out four multitools which use most of the same blades, pliers, and framework components as the Suspension. The Crux, Method, Resolve, and Tread appear to be nothing more than Suspensions with a variety of different handle styles.
In 2008 the Evo? and Ripstop? were added to this list.