Reviewed 09/11/2010 by Matthew
-Price Paid: $10.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 3 months
My friend was visiting me and forgot this little multitool at my house. Since he lives far away, he just told me to keep it and play with it until I saw him next. It's been a few months now, so I figured I'd write a little review.
The Gerber Curve is a keychain sized multitool with 5 tools on it(there's a semi hidden bottle opener on the Gerber Curve under the caribeaner styld clip. It fits in pocket nicely, looks reasonably attractive, and for what it is is pretty functional.
Unfortunately, the one I have has been well used, and it is obvious. This pocket knife is difficult to clean and the action of the tools has become stiff and difficult to open as a result. The clip is pretty flimsy, and although easy to clip on your keys, I don't ttink I really trust it. The locking feature is ambidextrious, which is nice, however it is also a bit too stiff to use comfortably. The jimping on it allows your fingers to get decent purchase to operate the lock, which is a plus.
On the cleaning, the multitool is assembled with torx bits, and to really clean this, you'd have to disassemble it. Since this multitool is not mine, I have not taken it upon myself to complete this task and give it a thorough cleaning. If I did, I suspect I'd rate it a little bit higher than I did.
Lastly, on the ergos, it is difficult to find a good two fingered grip I like, because the tools seem to be in the way. If Gerber could adjust this on the next iteration so that my pointer finger has a valley to sit in instead of a peak, the ergos on this thing would be pretty killer.
Tobe fair, my friend said he only paid like 10 dollars for this Curve. For 10 bucks I'll admit that it's a pretty decent last resort to keep on your keychain.