Compact Sport - Multi-Plier 400 Stainless w/ Sheath
Slightly smaller than our Multi-Plier® 600, the Compact Sport is Gerber’s most popular multitool. Built with stainless steel hardware, including Fiskars scissors and one-handed opening pliers, the 400 is durable and easy to use. Every tool locks securely into place using Gerber’s Saf.T.Plus™ system and it comes with a nylon sheath for secure carry. This is a do-it-all Gerber multi-plier designed for a lifetime of use.
- Overall Length: 5.63"
- Closed Length: 4.37"
- Weight: 6.8 oz.
- Handle Material Stainless Steel
- Sheath Material: Ballistic nylon
- Pliers Type: Needlenose
- Handle Color: Bead Blast
- Flick of the wrist, one-handed opening pliers
- Compact, lighweight, durable
- Patented Saf.T.Plus
- needlenose pliers
- wire cutter
- wire crimper
- serrated knife blade
- Fiskars scissors
- cross point screwdriver
- small, medium and large flat blade screwdrivers
- can opener
- bottle opener
- Includes Lifetime Limited Warranty
I have had this tool on my hip practically every day for the past 15 years. I originally had a 600 Blunt-nose w/bit sheath in 1993. On a machine installation in Japan back in 1998, the customer's maintenance supervisor flipped over how often I used the tool to complete my job. I ended up giving it to him before I left. (Customer relations) I replaced it when I got home with a 400. Has been on my side ever since. I have received Leathermans and SOGs as gifts and there is no comparison. I gave them away and kept my Gerber. I feel naked without it. The few times I have not had it with me, I have needed it. I use it on a daily basis. If I had to pick the BEST feature, it would have to be the Fiskars scissors. After 15yrs (Never sharpened)they are still the best. I have zero complaints about any piece of this awesome tool. The case however, I'm on my third one.
I picked this tool for my 5 year gift and I had it for over ten years and it failed I contacted gerber and they gave me a brand new one plus 2 sheaves I love this tool and company they stand behind what they sell
I've got 3 of these right now, 1 of the original "skinny" blades and 2 of the more recent blades. (Those skinny blades broke but they got a wicked sharp edge!) I carry one every day I have jeans on. (got one of those little Bear Grylls tools for the office) I probably average 10 uses of this tool a day-figure a reasonable range of 50 to 0 with the curve weighted a little heavier at the beginning.
As a company, Gerber has my sympathy. They've had their "finest hour" when they made this tool. The future of improvements is dim... maybe go back to the skinny blade and add a small file somewhere. Thanks Gerber.
no hardwire cutter is really a mess, i can't cut a 2mm steel which other brand mini-tool can do easily. love the fiskars scissors, the best scissors in multi-tool
I didn't own one before I tried it...You should do the same! This tool is fast-opening (with one hand) and is made with quality that you can actually FEEL...Costs less than the "other company" multi-tool...Compare for yourself and make your own decision...Oh, and the nylon sheath may last longer than the silly leather-type!
Bought the previous version of this knife when I was 16 and teaching sailing. Even after two summers on the water and an admittedly terrible maintenance routine (spray with fresh water sometimes, done) it only had one or two minor spots of surface rust. Other than that my only complaint had been the thin knife which was sharp but made me nervous about cutting something with force behind it. Unfortunately that tool was snagged by a coworker a few weeks ago and disappeared with him.
Just got the new version pictured above in the mail today and I already love it even more than my old one. The sliding pliers feel solid and have a smooth action and the knife is infinitely improved with double the thickness and a forward lean. Even the sheath is nicer with a kind of double nylon with a hard backing. The old sheath was a simple nylon pouch and even after a huge amount of abuse wouldn't tear, so I'm pretty confident this new one should last much longer!
Although other brands have "more" features this one has everything you'd need for handyman stuff and daily use. I carried my old one on my belt for 9 years and found a use for it nearly every day at home or work.
Blade broke on mine and the wire cutter was extremely dull! Tool was replaced and equipped with the new sheath and sent back to me pretty quickly. Great warrantee. Thanks a lot Gerber for the great service. Just for the great service I went out and bought the Instant. Haven't had it long but so far it's a pretty good knife.
I've had this tool since 2002.Love it.Would not go to the woods without it.Still functions like new.I periodicly clean and oil.Great one handed opening to remove hook from bass.I need a new sheath but no biggie.Would buy another one if something happened to this one.
Blade broken, tool replaced completely including new sheath. Only drawback is that the new model comes with a shorter blade that is more difficult to extract. But I appreciate the service and the quality of the tool.
This is a decent multi-tool. Does not have as many tools are some of the bigger ones but this one does have some useful tools(some, not many but maybe one or two)
Keeping rust from spreading the the tool though is an ongoing battle. The knife on it is quite useless and keeping the serrations sharp are a pain. The tool would benefit from have a serrated and a fine blade. The scissors are also worthless due to their size.
Over all, not a great tool for the money. Quality of this Gerber is good but do yourself a favor, keep using Gerber...just not this one.
I have had one of these for more than a decade. I picked it up around 2001 when I was starting up in the Civil Air Patrol. I carried it every where then, always on my belt. It is the single most useful tool in my kit today. For a long time, my tool box consisted only of this, a hammer and a pair of phillips screwdrivers I used for PC repair. Leatherman's were all the rage when I went multitool shopping for the first time. A friend recommended Gerber and I have never regretted the purchase. When it finally breaks some day, I will replace it with another Gerber multitool.
I wore out 2 Bull-nose before I switched to the Compact. I have worn out 2 of these (one during my deployment to Iraq in 2006) and my 3rd one has a broken scissor spring now but I LOVE THIS THING. I call them my metal fingers and I keep mine on my belt everyday. It looks a little funny when I dress up for special occasions but I have never regretted having it with me. Never leave home without it. I need a new one, come on Santa!
This is by far one of the best tools I've ever owned. Had it since 2004 when I was in the US Army, where I used it almost daily; until recently one of the plier ends broke off when I used it on my car.
Sent it into Gerber, since it has a lifetime warranty. Gerber refurbished it like new and sent it back all within 2 weeks. Top notch service!
Owned for 8yrs now and couldn't be happier with it.
The only thing that ever happened is the scissors got a little loose with time and use.
I would note for anyone interested it is a light weight tool i work in a light industrial environment and it suits me fine if you need something beefy you might want to look at a larger version.
This was my multi-tool I used while Scouting in Wisconsin. Didn't keep me from getting my Eagle at all.
I had the multi sport for 8 years when the main blade broke. I always loved it and it got heavy use. I contacted gerber who replaced the blade and other parts for free. Also giving me the new updated case.
I had these for years before I met my wife 12 years ago, so probably 15 years or more now. I dont know what to do without them.
Around the house, in the garage, in the woods, even kept me from getting stranded by a corroded battery cable once.
Even my wife uses them all the time when we are working around the house.
Absolutely wonderful !!
Amazıng Product had mıne for over 12 years! Need a new sheath and the blade needs sharpenıng but ı use ıt everyday!
I had the knife for about 6 years of just around the house usage. I was disappointed when the main blade snapped at the base white trimming a Christmas tree. Multiplier 400 m. Guess I'll buy a SOG
Best tool I ever had it got me out of a tough spot more than once. The one hand opening made it easy to use even when my hands were full. My wife lost it on me while we were fishing about three weeks ago. She said she would get me a new one for Christmas…but I don’t know if I can wait that long. I find myself reaching for it on my hip only it’s not there.
This was bought as a replacement as my original one was lost after many years. The main blade on the unit I received does not match the picture. Because of its shorter length and contour, the blade is difficult to open. The pliers do not open with a one hand operation. The nylon sheath is oversize. I am very disappointed in how this current product has changed from my original one.
I love the sharpness of the knife, I love the one handed opening. I love the versatility of this tool. I'm sure there are better quality tools out there but for the price you could do a LOT worse. I would recommend to someone wanting a DIY/camping multitool.
Lasted for 13 years, priceless 1-handed open for pliers, quality sheath/pouch also lasted 13 years. Locking blade/tools make for safe use.
Excellent tool, had iteh "tecnician" black version for about 7 years, I love it, durable and compact.
This is just beautiful... Amazing thing Like it, Buy it.
Best Multi tool I ever bought worked great till the airlines lost it for me now im sure its working great for someone else.
i have had the Multi-plier 400 for 10 years. I use it almost daily and try not to leave home without it.
I've had this tool for many years. Working as a roadie and on stage it has been a lifesaver many many times. If I'd ever buy a new one it would be because I want it in black!
I have had this tool for over 10 years. It has served me thru multiple jobs and in tons of situations. Now it sees use in maintaining multiple guitars and looks as good as it did the day I bought it. Excellent tool!
As an IT in the military, having the right gear for the right job is crucial to mission success. The CS-400 has been the best and most crucial tool in my set for a long time. I would recommend it to anyone who is constantly on the go.
Have had this model for about 3 years. I've been very happy with its usefulness and durability.
I had one for over 10 years and just lost it. I've had some other brands but this one was the best. I'm going to get another one.
Had this tool bought for me when I joined the British army 10 years ago and still have it now... I have had 3 sheaths though...dwarves me well in Afghan, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Serria Leon plus hundreds of exercises around the world!!!
Needed a compact needle-nose to walk the banks with. This is perfect due to one hand opening with a fish in other hand, All tools are solid, knife is super sharp, scissors are top notch, love it. Everything locks so it's safe. I just recommend this tool to friends looking for a gift for their son.
I've had this knife for probably 20 years. The excellent nylon sheath is wearing out, but the tool itself hardly looks or feels used at all. It's a perfect compromise between weight, toughness, and versatility. All the tools are very well designed. Lock-up is rock solid, even after twenty years.
I got this multi-tool when I was 10 and in the Boy Scouts. Now I'm 22 and the knife and scissors are still as sharp as they were when I first bought it. I love this thing and it really is built for life.
this is the best multi-tool i have ever laid hands on it has such a good design and the locks on it are very reliable I would recromend this knife to anyone- thanks gerber!!
Been using it for over 10 years now, best one I've ever used. Always with me and used daily. Feel naked without it. Love the one handed opening and the grip with the tools on the inside is more comfortable than others. Worth it's weight in gold.
Like Paul and Jeremiah I have broken the blade and want it repaired. I have got the knife apart so how do I get hold of the replacement part without sending the knife on a journey of a life time. If you cannot make arrangement s to have them repaired in the UK you shouldn't sell them here.I resent having to buy a whole new multi tool. who really cares about the life time warranty. What is the liability of sending a blade it came over in the first place? The wire cutter could be made of sterner stuff. You obviously have a lot of blades that meet an early demise. I have had a few of these kind of knives and still use the one without the blade!!! With the continuous work it gets, the sheath has worn out . Is that in the warranty as well? Do the stars mean for service or for quality I'm rating it for ease of repair.
Like Paul said, I also snapped the knife blade off and was here poking around to find out about the lifetime warranty.
A fantastic Multi-Plier unfortunately I broke the blade. Is it true there is a life time warranty on it? My friend told me about this warranty, so I thought I'd find out firs hand.
Does it have a Life time warranty?
So when i was 10 years old i saved up what would of been alot of money and bought this knife. Im now 16 and this is still my favorite knife, and is always coming in handy. This tool goes everywhere with me, hiking, fishing, kayaking, or work and its never
Bought mine 11 years ago before traveling to Africa. Didn't know it was top choice tool in Africa. Initiation was removing a wood parquet floor glued to concrete no other tool could get the glue off but the blade in my Gerber (a blend of 400 & 600). Blade
My father gave me this about 8-9 years ago. I use this quite often, and sometimes even for medium sized jobs. I had to get a new sheath for it a year or so go... but the tool itself is still working hard. Very tough, very durable very great piece of equip
I love this tool because it says what does ,and looks,feels.i only wish and suggest that the wire cutters will be a bit stronger like the Leatherman.Overall! i am a big fan of both tool brands,including sog,victorinox.I hope they'll be some changes with t