Servicing a number of the Gerber multi-tool platforms, these carbide cutter insert replacements are a lifesaver. Once you have used all three rotations of the current insert, replacement is a breeze with the T8 wrench, 4 replacement screws, and 2 included replacement blades.
These clever carbide cutter insert replacements are a part of the impressive Gerber multi-plier family, a series of one-handed opening multi-tools popularized in great part because of the easy-access one-hand opening feature. Specific models of the Gerber multi-tool series feature the Tungsten Carbide cutting insert. Once dull, the three-sided blade insert can be rotated 120 degrees, for a total of three rotations. The replacement inserts fit select models of the MP Basic, the MP Pro-Scout, and the MP Legend.
Tungsten Carbide is a hard material consisting of carbon and heavy metals used to make metal-cutting tools. The carbide cutters supplied with your Multi-Plier are considered a replaceable part and are not covered under the Gerber Blades warranty. The carbide cutters are designed to cut a No. 26 hard wire or No. 2 hard fish hook.
The carbide machining inserts broke while cutting 18g soft copper wire, no twisting no pulling, just a simple cut and crunch carbide pieces all over the place. I was issues this tool and for $23 to replace the carbide cutters i'm tossing the thing in a lake. While I like the concept perhaps HSS inserts would of been a better choice!
Gerber steel (tool, high carbon you know your steels, bet you could pick a good candidate.) inserts would be a fantastic option, providing us the durability of classic machined in cutters with the replaceability of the current inserts.
I purchased the center drive because of the excellent screwdriver utility. I am impressed with the complex forming and machining that went into the tool. However the carbide inserts, while ingenious are the weak point of the design. I am familiar with tungsten carbide inserts in working with lathes and I understand how brittle they are. So I decided to test the cutters on a piece of 3/32 steel rod. Wire cutters will either cut or resist pressure and not cut. However the carbide cutters nicked and shattered, giving no noticeable resistance to indicate they could not handle the cut. They did make the cut
I have always been in love with my Gerber Multipliers. I still have my first multiplier which was the very first model that Gerber made. I usually upgrade every three years. So when I saw the MP600 with the replaceable carbide cutter I was enthusiastic. I thought I was upgrading, much to my surprise right when I needed it most the cutter shattered. At first I didn't realize what happened and kept trying to cut the wire and couldn't figure out why it wasn't cutting. To add insult to injury somehow a sliver of the cutter ended up stuck in my hand which I had to, very painfully, dig out later. Then just to put the icing on the cake I find out that the replacements are $15-$23! What the heck! This is not the quality or value that I expect from Gerber! Come on y'all if you are going to put junk parts on your products just so you can charge an outrageous price for the replacements then I may have to look for a different company to supply my multipliers.
This model has been on my side for about five years, use it daily for something. Works perfect every time, never fails. Have sharpened the main blade occasionally. It is literally my third hand.
I just got one of the non-pinching Gerber multi-tools and was planning on replacing the cutter blades but have now decided to take the tool to the grinder to prevent anyone else from being tempted to waste money on a faulty part designed to break. Then I'll be throwing it in the bottom of the tool box.
An indispensable tool for me. Just broke off my replacement carbide cutters. I will not spend 23.00 again for something that should cost no more than 5.00. Switching brands. Thank you Gerber!
Well there sure isn't any lifetime Warranty from gerber, but I found the limited part. Was shocked to read all this as my cutters fail/crumbled on .032 safety wire the first time used.. gerber your a joke $23 to fix your flawed design?? Toss this junk in the bottom JUNK drawer. going back to my Leatherman super tool, If it's broke they fix it .
I got this as a retirement from the military. I have replaced several blades and I hate the flimsy pieces of junk. great tool as long as you don't want to cut anything. I do not recommend any gerber tool with these replacable blades. There is a reason they are not covered under the warranty. They know they will fail. $23 is absurd and they know it. Junk them and get a leatherman with good cutters if you cut at all.
The City issues these to employees. We all have broken cutters.... need a fix before we switch to a different brand....
Same as everyone else,broke on first use cutting 12ga, solid wire....very disappointed
Very disappointed!!!!! Was foolish enough to purchase replacement blades and they shattered the first time I used them!! I was cutting soft tie wire !!!!!!!!!! I'm going back to a Leatherman
Cutters are no good love the rest of the tool. Going to have to get different tool on my third set of cutters!!!
Same as everyone else, I liked Gerber before but it is not worth the price when it doesn't work, at least Leatherman makes a great product, I would give zero stars if I could just for the fact that your charge so much on an obvious faculty product, you make money because your product doesn't work, just not a company I want to support
Logged on here to try and get replacement cutters and saw that everyone else has had the same issue I have.
I have been impressed with Gerber for quality to price value but they failed on this one...
Come on Gerber... fix the issue or charge WAY LESS than $23 for new cutter bits. Please.
My old pair of Gerber multi pliers were the best just very old. The new and improved version as pliers and extra's are ok. But the Tungsten Carbide Cutter are not worth the trouble and the cost is unreal. The cutter need to be made of a tool still and heat treated. The current cutter inserts bad news. Gerber needs lower the cost of the inserts and make them more available at local department stores.
While I love Gerber Multi Tools and have had a needle nose Gerber for over 20 years it finally broke. One of the nose ends broke off so I ground it down to a flat nosed tool and kept on using it. One day the can opener broke so I sent an email to Gerber who had me send the old one in, which I did. They promptly sent me back a brand new flat nosed multi tool with these carbide inserts. While trying to cut a piece of wire one of the inserts shattered. I'm not going to spend $23 on new inserts but will keep using the Gerber tool. I love the tool. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't use it, and I carry it everyday. I guess I'll just have to use something else to cut wires from now on. Just my opinion, but I didn't like the carbide cutters as much as the built in cutter in my original Gerber Tool. Just my opinion tho.
I tried to cut a nail, made of 1mm non hatdened steel wire. And the cutters cracked.
I cant imagine how can it cut a barbed wire, if the tools on which these cutters are installed are called tactical.
Do you have a steel version of these inserts?
If you dont, i will have to make them.
Unlike the cutters, my MP600 is superb
I had the same problem with cutter cracking. My last tool had non replaceable cutters. They get dull, but never completely go missing. Using at work it cracked, then later fell out. In concept I like it. in practice the carbide is too brittle. A high carbon steel bit would be better.
Seems as if these cutters need to be re engineered, the kit should be reconfigured to about 20 cutter heads along with the screws and tool for that price.
order 3-4 of these kits you would have a new tool that would work of the old style.
I'm currently on the third replacement from the original tool that I bought. but am very dissapointed in this style/cutting heads.
This is my third pair of inserts. Don't like my tool at all!!!!!!
My inserts shattered cutting through some tie wire. The wire was double wrapped and the cutters wouldn't get through so I gave a little twist to try and work them through. I heard and and felt a crunch and the cutters were no more. $23 for new ones?! Come on! As a welder the cutters are important. Now the whole tool is pretty much useless to me. Good thing I still have my Leatherman.
They worked, right up until they broke.
When reading the other reviews, do keep in mind they're only speced to cut 26 gauge wire. That's a diameter of 0.4mm.
These guys were working, but I was trying to cut through an old wire fence. At 2mm and four cuts later, they couldn't handle it anymore and just gave way.
I'd get the replacement parts if they weren't so expensive.
Love the tool. Hate the junk cutters. They broke the first use. Replaced them. Broke second use. Rotate nothing they just shatter.
The tool is outstanding I have carried one almost 24/7 for the past lifetime.
The carbide cutter is crap got 3 cuts and all three blades on both cutters broke. I was truly happy to find out that they are not a covered item and I can buy as many sets as I want for $24 a set. I would like to have my old Gerber without the inserts it cut anything,I sent it in to be fix and they sent me the head with the inserts. Good marketing send me shit and do not cover it.
At least my needle nose set has the good blades (non-insert) The blunt nose go in the gun bag and the needle nose on the belt.
After reading some of this stuff it is good to know you are providing this crap to our military. GOOD SHOW.
This is the worst thing ever. I sent 2 tools in that had the non replaceable cutters to get another tool replaced and they came back with the new carbide cutters. I thought it was a WOW for customer service, but it turned out to be a big dud. I hate the inserts, they shatter cutting anything. Please Gerber, find a new material for the inserts.
Cutter broke the first time i tried to use them. Tried to cut a simple clothes hanger to help someone get into their locked car. Not a good testimony of quality. The rest of the tool seems fine but not impressed with the cutters.
I have had and have several Gerber Multi-Tools, loved them. I had a chance to try the one with carbide inserts. What a neat idea. They are awful. Broke them the first time I tried them. $23 for replacements? What a joke. I'll throw it away and buy a competitors tool before I do that.
Loved the tool but like everyone else my carbide cutters broke the first time I used them cutting a coat hanger. Very disappointed! Even my cheap small Chinese tools I've had have never had a problem with that, did they even test these before selling??? Useless cutters = a useless multitool in my opinion
Too bad I didn't read these reviews first. Tried to cut metal banding and the inserts shattered. The funny part is, the insert replacement kit comes with four screws. I will never wear out four screws before the inserts shatter again.
I have went through ~3 sets of cutters on my MP600 but they were free. Now that I have gone through my spares I will not spend 23.00 for another set only to have them shatter. I will keep the tool as I find it an excellent tool to have readily available. Hopefully Gerber will have a better/cheaper design.
Same as the other guys here. Cutting a clothes hanger and blade shattered. Gerber should have tested this before selling it. I thought I was buying the best Ferber but got the worst.
These carbide cutters are awful. They need to be redesigned all together. They cannot strip stranded wire, which by the way a lot of people do with there pliers. They are to brittle to cut hard wire, within the range of use specified by Gerber, Whats the point. Buy the Leatherman replaceable wire cutter plier head, way better. I"ll hold on to my mp6oo in hopes you guys will fix the cutters, as I like the tool itself better.
I used the carbide cutters to cut a close hanger ( a lite gauge one ) and the carbide shattered.
My old tool cut it like butter, so i was not real happy this happend
I regularly use mine to cut .32 safety wire for lockwiring bolts. After about a year, mine never went dull; they broke off at the screw.
I cut meter seal on electric bases and have had success with the carbide cutters but as with any thing they do wear out over time. I have had my multi tool 800 years now and have gone thru a few sets of carbide cutting heads.
Was @ a vehicle wreck where the fence needed cutting for ambulance crew to get to the patient. Blades shattered on the first wire I cut. NOT GOOD. This pair is not near as tough as the other pair I use daily (not sure what model that pair is) that do NOT have replaceable blades.
The cutter worked great, until I dropped my pliers from 3 feet on to concrete. Shattered one cutter. I prefer the old model with the integrated cutter.
I agree. It was cutting 20 gauge wire as well and snap. i would rethink design or blade composite.
After reading the reviews to the left here, I'm dubious but believe carbide is only as good as the user.
l have the same problem as everybody else. the simple fact that Gerber stood by there word made me more than a believer. LIFETIME WARRANTY Gerber Replaced the carbide cutters free of charge I even bought a pair without the carbide cutters so I will always have a pair on me
These are bad,,they shatter on the littlest wires. I thought the Gerber name meant TOUGH,,,,,not with these inserts,,,
I have the same problem and am disppointed with the quality. The cutters shattered first time used to cut steel fence wire (12ga) and twenty dollars is a lot for replacement.
Thought the tool looked tough with the blunt nose pliers and carbide cutting inserts. I had the same problem as many others. Carbide cutting inserts shattered the first time I really needed them. And it seems none of the authorized dealers are willing to order replacement inserts for me.
Right above this place to give an opinion. Under Features #3 "Includes Lifetime Limited Warranty" Well I guess we know what it is "Limited" to. Charging me $20 to replace them. Just like everyone else here. Shattered on the first use of them. Hope the military gets better help than us civilians do.
I was attempting to cut through a section of copper 15 ga. sheathed wire, and the blades shattered. I question if these blades are as durable as they are marketed to be given they shattered when cutting such soft wire.
First time using cutting barb wire fence in a emergency situation to let fire trucks through a fence the inserts shattered. We use to issue these to every FF/Medic but will be switching to something that will get you out of a pinch in an bad situation. These I wouldn't trust to let my kids cut copper wire with. Someone is bound to get a chunk of carbide in their eye as poor as these are. Come on Gerber you can do better than this. Don't waste your money.
you don't cut wire in half with this.
you strip wire.
go back to highschool.
My original carbide cutter broke the first time I used it. I ordered a new set of cutters and they broke about the third time I used them. I was cutting tie wire each time. I think the design of the carbide cutters is faulty. The screw hole seems to weaken the carbide. Something needs to change.
Like so many others, the first time that I used the wire cutters, they shattered. Very disappointing quality from Gerber. The tool itself is great, but I wish the cutters were more durable, and/or cost less to replace.
Like others here, mine snapped in half.
Mine broke while rotating for a new cutting surface. Very little torque was applied to the screw, and, pop. Very disappointing.
These cutter inserts are very good in cutting copper wire. But after few weeks of work they suddenly shattered. Shame that a good MP600 is equipped with such unreliable feature, not to mention the price.
I have the same problem with my inserts, Shattered the first time I used them and at $20 dollars to replace I don't see any more gerbers in my future.
You need to improve and replace these carbide cutter to all who are having breakage. Mine broke on cutting a vine that I got tangled up in. Not very impressive for a Gerber tool... and then charge for replacement on a faulty product.
Was shocked when the carbide cutters shattered when cutting fencing wire.
Not what I've come to expect from a Gerger product.
20 bucks for a replace pair is a bit rich.
CRAP cutters - break easily!
Looking for non-Gerber replacements.
Really disappointed with the carbide cutter inserts. Like a lot of the others reviews, mine shattered after the first time using them. $20 to replace is expensive considering the durability that the Gerber name has always shown in the past. Always loved the Gerber tools, but with this poor quality, I may have to change brands.
First time using the cutters since I was issued, Cutting 20ga saftey wire and one of the cutters shattered into 10 pieces. So much for rotating them 120 degrees. Requesting a warrrenty claim since these are in my opinion defective.
I have to agree with every review on here for these cutter inserts. For Gerber to have there name of them is a disgrace to the Gerber name. They break and shatter so easily, and $20 to replace is expensive considering they shatter after cutting 1 wire. For that price you can buy a real pair of wire cutters but that defeats the purpose of having the Multi-Plier.
Called Gerber and were really helpful, also broke my pliers and they fixed them and had them back In less than 2weeks. Awesome customer service. Still don't like the carbide cutters but they work.
I had my cutter inserts shatter after very little use ,that's why I'm ordering new ones. I do believe these should be made from tool steel.I really like this tool and use it every day,but the cutter is the only problem I have
Used the cutter to cut a ty-wrap...it shattered. Now I cannot find my box that had the extra blades in it. Oh well, probalbly don't need them anyway. $20 for 2 blades???? Ridiculous! However, I LOVE the multi-tool. I use it repeatedly everyday. The cutters suck though....
Think they should make a HSS insert! The current ones are horrible and crack and shatter first use.
These cuters are junk time for a plan B gerber,$20 for a new part thats all most 1/4 of what the tool cost.
First time I used them to try to cut a piece of wire, one of the inserts shattered. I am very disappointed. I think Gerber should give me a couple of dozen inserts and maybe I can get through the rest of my fencing repairs.
Had a tool issued in the military, I also recently tried to cut some high tensile fence wire, cracked the insert. Now I know the limits.
Loved the IDEA of these, as I have worn the (non replaceable) cutters out on my other pair after years of use.
The idea is all I love. These SUCK!. Break way to easy cutting stuff I cut every day with my old pair.
Can't believe they would issue these to our soldiers where their life may depend on them.
I have been loyal to Gerber for years, not so sure after this.
Used the cutters for first time to cut fencing wire and shattered both cutters ,I've had an older pair which didn't have carbide cutters and they were bulletproof,not all that impressed
Just about to send them in or call to get a new screw and bit. Looks like I am screwed because I am not paying $20 for a little bit that apparently everyone else has broke or lost. Gerber I have a bunch of your tools and I love them but if the kit calls for 4 replaceable screws something is wrong.
Had a pair for many years without the carbide cutters. Had these for a matter of weeks and one cutter has shattered. Not very impressed. Think I'll change brands when I next replace them.
Really!!! This is the crap that we have issued to us you can't even cut air with these and now you want us to pay to fix this junk. No wonder we are losing jobs overseas we can't even make a multi tool that can cut wire.
I was Issued one of these and the cutters broke the first time I used it. I have 5 of there tools in all. The last 3 I purchased myself at the exchange. The cutters are broke on all of them. Not a very reliable tool. And expensive to replace parts. I'm not going to pay $20.00 for this. What a ripoff.
just broke mine also cutting a coat hanger and now i find i have to pay twenty bucks for replacement blades, guess i go without hhhmmm?
I've gone through 2 sets of these! They seem to just shatter if you try to cut anything tougher than a paperclip!!! WTF? Why aren't these things made of hardened steel or titanium or something that'll hold up better?
just had tool replaced with one that has these replaceable cutters . both shattered after cutting wire a coat hanger. i don't think i should have to pay $20.
These replacement wire cutters should be covered by warranty not $20 I was cutting high tensile wire and they both shattered I never had that problem with the nonreplaceable ones. just saying!