The smart, capable little 8-function Artifact is so unobtrusive a multi-tool, it can be carried in the pocket of business pants. The built-in lanyard lets it live on a key ring too, but this deft, practical tool will aid in clearing through the tricky hurdles life serves up so routinely no matter where it spends time in between. With a sturdy structure that feels solid in the hand, at 1 ½ ounces, the Artifact won’t limit its owner in the task of overcoming trouble.
PACKED WITH USE
The Artifact keeps things simple with its tidy design, but that in no way diminishes its potential. Tools abound to allow for anything from stripping wire to prying nails, cutting box tape, and slicing nylon cord. With a Phillips screwdriver, two flat-head drivers, a pry bar, a wire stripper, a bottle opener, even an EAB #11 replaceable hobby blade, and a lanyard for suspension from a keychain or other tie-down, the Artifact is ready to work.
SOLID FOR THE DURATION
This tool, with its 3.5-inch closed length made of high quality stainless steel, manages an impressive list of features, and minimal impact for its carrier. Coated in titanium nitride for low profile long-lasting durability, and packaged to include three replacement blades, the Artifact can accompany its owner into the backcountry, the garage, or the drive into work with equal ease.
This is an important part of my EDC. I wish they still sold them as I've given many as gifts and always have people asking about it. Blades can be bought at any hobby store so if I forget it's in my pocket at the airport I can toss the blade and replace it when I get where I'm going.
I've had this multi-tool for YEARS. VERY USEFUL. I never write online reviews but i love this tool. My only problem is i cant find replacement blades for it anywhere.
I've had this for a couple years, It was on my keychain for awhile but right now its on backpack duty. It does its job. I mostly use the blade or bottle opener but over the years i have used each function multiple times
i like this tool. It has already open in my pocket more then once!! The black finish take less then 1 week to wear off and becomes grey-ish.
Love my artifact. Was at local outdoors store shopping for a new folding knife when I spotted this guy. Bought mostly because of the bottle opener but the blade has come in great use and I only had this thing 2 weeks. Only thing I don't like is the screwdrivers are a bit to big but other than that no complaints. Definitely will be getting a couple more to keep on hand.
I like the Artifact has some great features but be care when opening the blade. I managed to cut myself while showing my daughter. Ouch. Needs a small cover or something to help it out. Great tool I have used on fixing toys to cleaning out splinters in my finger. I own a few of these. Check out my Facebook site Survival Tactics 101. Keep up the goodies
It's sad to me that the production quality of Gerber items has decreased. I have had one of these for over a year and I love it. Loved it so much I want another one just to keep in other places. Bought one at a local retailer but the quality of the new piece was much different than the unit I grew to love. The finishing work on the surface of tool wasn't done. The Philips screwdriver was not cut right and the actual paint/coating was rough and un-sanded. And the piece that holds the blade seems like it plastic rather than metal. I called Gerber about my concerns thinking that maybe I got one that slipped through the cracks. After several phone calls and a bit of back and forth they did the right thing and sent me a new one. Well much to my displeasure, it was just as bad. Same exact problems. I'm hoping that maybe they just got a bad lot of them? Either way, find a better production company to farm it out to then. The quality of this company's products just isn't the same since it was acquired by Fiskars. The quality has decreases significantly. The customer service is still great, but that's really all they are good for these days. So so so disappointing. I have carried Gerber knives for years and each has gotten progressively less reliable and lower in quality. I have an actual like crater in the blade of my Ripstop knife (they don't warranty blades). I suspect that I'm going to have to make the jump up to Spyderco or Sog. That will mark the end of an era for me.
I like this little tool. I keep it in the coin pocket of my jeans and it comes in very handy. I like the replaceable blade. The pry bar hasn't really been useful, but the bottle opener works awesome! They consider the ends of the pry bar as a small and medium common screwdriver, but they are too wedge shaped to actually work. The Phillips driver works great. However, I wish it was about 1/4" further out. Sometimes there isn't enough shoulder clearance to turn recessed screws. I've never used the wire stripper.
Love this tool, keep one clipped on my belt always. I use it daily to weed vinyl letters and pry open paint cans. You really should market this to the Sign Industry, as it is the only folding #11 knife on the market that I'm aware of.
I got one of these for Christmas and it was my go-to tool for a year and half. The #11 blade was perfect for trimming paper and boards. I used it a lot, as it fit my XACTO blades perfectly. The drivers, pry bar, and bottle opener all came in handy in the variety of situations an design student might need.
My only complaint was the blade wasn't easy to hold, and like the electrician said, the blade does come open if you keep it in your pocket.
I like it but you have to be careful with it because the lock may not hold and the blade close on you when don't want too. So now I carry one with a blade and one without.
Good thought poor execution, stupid little blade will come open in you pocket and slice you wide open. Needs a better blade lock, I now carry it without the blade.
Greatest little multi tool I have ever used. I keep the artifact on my keys and use it almost daily. All off the features are practical and hold up to constant use. I highly recommend this great product to everyone.
Fantastic key chain addition. A little bigger than the Shard, they addes blade comes in handy more often that one would think. For its size it has a good weight and feel.
Could literally not imagine having any other tool on my keyring. The Exacto blade comes in handy many times each day.
PROS: it's relatively light, and it's actually pretty strong: believe it or not, the pry bar can actually handle some force on it. Uses standard Exacto-sized hobby knife blades. The Philips head works decently.
CONS: the "flathead drivers" on prybar end are too thick for 99% of all screws.
The fact that it's one solid piece of metal makes it fantastic for prying uses, and also lets you put some serious torque on the Phillips head. Forces that would break other small multitools are no problem.
I love this thing. Like Andrew said it just goes in the watch pocket of your jeans and goes everywhere I do. Word of advice..don't lose the small alan wrench it comes with or put the wrench in your tool box. It is like a 1mm and you will never be able to replace it. (trust me)
The flat screwdrivers seem a bit thick, but everything else is great. Fits perfectly in the watch pocket of blue jeans, goes everywhere with me.