Wednesday, February 9, 2022

An EDC or GHB Find

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping

I'm conflicted as to which use might be best for this combo set I found.  I'd really like to put this onto the GHB shopping list that was last week's post, but I have some reservations about that. 

Sku #1005-394-705

Full DisclosureThis Gerber Multi-Tool and Knife Combo is a promotional item found in a local (to me) Home Depot store. The price as found is $19.97, which after I brought it home is less than the retail cost of the Dime multi-tool sold separately at Amazon. Since last week's post was for a young woman needing the basics now and who can, over time, decide how and what will be a priority upgrade, I think this is a great start. 

Unfortunately, I can't find the set anywhere else, so I will be listing info from Amazon for both.

Gerber Dime Mini Multi-Tool
From the Amazon ad:

  • Sturdy stainless steel construction
  • Compact, lightweight size fits perfectly in pocket - a daily companion for any task
  • 10 tools: Needle nose spring-loaded pliers, Wire cutter, Fine edge blade, Retail package opener, Scissors, Medium flat driver, Crosshead driver, Bottle opener, Tweezers, File
  • Convenient, easily accessible butterfly opening
  • Overall length: 4.25 inches, Closed Length: 2.75 inches

The idea is simple: always be prepared. The Dime is a mini multi-tool with an impressive list of features, ensuring you are ready for anything. This butterfly open tool fits on your keychain yet has 12 useful tools. Available in multiple colors and a bladeless version as well.

We took the standard keychain multi-tool and made it better. In addition to stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, a fine edge blade, spring-loaded scissors, flathead screwdriver, crosshead driver, tweezers and file, the Dime includes a unique blade designed to safely cut and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed.

I didn't know there was a bladeless version until I saw the specs on the Amazon page. When I was traveling for business, something like this would have been handy to have in my pocket.

Gerber Ripstop II
 From the Ripstop II Amazon ad:

  • Sturdy pocket clip
  • Dual thumb stud for easy one-hand opening
  • Super lightweight, streamlined design
  • Overall length: 7.4-Inch
  • Weight: 3-Ounces

The Ripstop II has a super-lightweight frame lock concept that delivers bold strength and high functionality. The weight of the all stainless steel construction knife is made lighter by the intriguing handle and blade design. There's no bulk in the thin, streamlined handle. Dual thumb studs make opening the blade a snap. Closing it is a simple one-handed step.

The set mentioned above is apparently a promo item, as a black, non-serrated blade is included in it, whereas the regular Ripstop II is serrated and comes only in stainless steel. I like being able to recommend a quality brand, but I don't like to advertise something that may not be in great supply, like the combo set. 

I will pass along the Dime information and hope that is an acceptable pick. While the stainless knife is not a bad choice for something that may not be used or even looked over  regularly, at $32.74 the price may be a bit high  for a beginner. 

Regardless, this set is going into the Purple Pack for the time being.

Recap And Takeaway

  • Gerber multi-tool and knife purchased from the Home Depot: $19.97
  • I try to tailor suggestions to the user. What I like and might use can be drastically different from the next person I talk with.
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