I'm opening this thread with some good pictures of three multi-tools that I own. As pictured below from left to right are; Gerber Multi-Plier 600, Leatherman Surge, and Victorinox Swisstool Spirit X. I am going to focus on the Leatherman Surge and Victorinox Spirit X because I think they are superior tools to the Gerber. Their designs, ease of tool access, fit, finish, features, blades, and even pliers seem to be better than the Gerber which I will briefly discuss at the end. In profile these two tools appear to be of similar size. NO WAY. Look at the edge view. The Surge on the right is a much more substantial slab of moving parts. The Surge lists 21 tools, opening from the outside (and some tools inside) without opening the plier handles for access, and the Spirit X likewise opens the same way and list 26 tools. Here a few selections from the tool box. The Surge offers a thumb slot for one-handed opening and works well in one hand deployment. The Spirit X (the X designates a traditional SAK blade as shown versus an iteration of a wharncliffe or sheepsfoot style blade on the plain Spirit). Despite the additional size and accessibility of the Surge blade I find myself liking the traditional SAK blade on the Spirit X better. The Spirit requires two hand opening using a blade nick for withdrawal. As an additional note I generally am not relying on my multi-tool blade for cutting. I am almost always carrying a separate pocket knife. But if I was relying on the multi-tool blade give me the SAK anyway. The most significant or unusual feature of the Spirit is this chisel type blade with wire stripping edges. The most significant feature of the Surge is a slot for multiple driver bits and the use of an extension. These two items will cost you an additional $45 in total (40 bit set $25 and extension $20). With all that I really like both of these tools. The Surge is a multi-faceted beast with the additional bit kit and extender. It also offers interchangeable blades where I have substituted even a hack saw blade, besides included file, and wood cutting blade. It has a lot of horsepower. But it is a BIG ASS package. The way mine is set up it comes in at almost 1 pound of weight! The Spirit has almost identical features less the bit kit and extender. But the more svelte package and profile comes in at a little over 8.5 ounces. It can give you a lot of multi-tool punch in design that weighs half as much. Pick your poison. I can slim the Surge down and lose the bit kit using the leather sheath for it instead of my Maxpeedition. Then the size difference is much closer. I guess it's all about options and I truly could live with either but I like having both. Final look at all three and some commentary on the Gerber. I've owned Gerbers for decades. This latest iteration, the 600 with blunt nose pliers, was a replacement for a 20 year old tool that eventually fell apart. It was replaced for free because they couldn't repair it. So good on Gerber for their customer service and warranty. But the Gerbers just don't seem to have the features, fit, or finish of the latest Leatherman and the Victorinix. The blades and accessories can only be opened from the inside of the handles, no outward opening features from the closed position. That is all I have to say about that one. Street price around $80. Surge street price with bit kit, extender, and Maxpedition is around $155 Victorinox Swisstool Spirit X street price with leather case is around $105 No recommendations just some information for comparison purposes. Hope it offers you some help in the multi-tool market.