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Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool
Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool
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NEW Center-Drive


Item: # 30-001193

Gerber’s new multi-tool offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design. The innovative center-axis driver opens to align like a real screw driver, yielding maximum torque and rotation. No productivity is sacrificed with the addition of a 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. Full size, real tools - the multi-tool just got a reality check.



    • Closed Length: 4.7"
    • Open Length: 6.6”
    • Weight: 9.5 oz
    • One-thumb opening system
    • Spring-loaded needlenose pliers w/ X-Channel rail system
    • Rotatable carbide wire cutters & strippers
    • Full-size 3.25" 420HC fine edge blade
    • Magnetic 3.2" Center-Axis bit driver
    • Pry bar w/ nail puller & bottle opener
    • Serrated blade
    • Awl, file
    • Magnetic flathead and phillips bits
    • Lanyard hole
    • Fabric sheath included
    • Limited lifetime warranty
    • Made in USA - sheath made in China
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It's not an act. It's not a fashion statement. The Center-Drive™ is made for real challenges - and works like the real thing - built right here in the USA. Let those other guys pretend to have all the answers. You'll be truly prepared.


Second best is nothing to strive for. To trump the multi-tools that preceded it, the Center-Drive had to be real, tough, innovative - and it is. In the inevitable tool to tool showdown, there is no contest.


Talk is cheap. A lab can only simulate so much. The real world is the truest measure of success, or failure. From the job site to the garage, see how the Center-Drive is helping real people triumph over daily challenges they face.

Screw conventional thinking.

It seems so obvious – but until now no multi-tool has ever offered a full-size driver on the center axis with a standard bit. The result is all the ergonomics and torque you’d expect from the real thing, ready at the flick of a thumb.

Cut the B.S.

Get right down to business. A single flick of the thumb gets you access to a full-size outboard knife that is 30% longer than the competition. Don’t worry; reverse thumb support gets the job done in confidence. No compromises – in no time.

Bend it to Your Will.

Adjust to your environment, or force it to adjust to you. It’s your choice. One-thumb opening sliding jaws deliver instant command of the spring-loaded pliers, so you can take control of whatever’s at hand.

  1. Spring-loaded needle nose pliers w/ x-channel rail system
  2. Standard pliers
  3. Rotatable carbide wire cutters
  4. One-thumb opening system
  5. 3.25" 420HC Fine edge blade
  6. Magnetic 3.25" Center-axis bit driver
  7. Bit driver
  8. Extra bit holder (flathead bit included)
  9. Ruler in/cm
  10. Bottle opener
  11. Pry bar & nail puller
  12. Awl
  13. Fine & coarse sided file
  14. Serrated blade
  15. Lanyard hole
  16. Tool lock

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  • 4
  • |4 out of 5 stars
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  • 1 5
  • |FEB 15, 2018
  • |BY: , Your Title

Bought the Centre Drive to replace a Leatherman for farm work. Very good knife but it’s one-handed use is completely undermined by the soft, nylon pouch. You cannot put the knife back in the pouch with one hand. So, good knife made useless by a cheap pouch. Please make a leather one-handed pouch for the Centre Drive. Until then, I’ll keeps using my Leatherman.

  • 3 5
  • |FEB 13, 2018
  • |BY: , Telecom tech

Love the size of the pliers, the knife and the file. I love the length of the driver and that it accepts standard bits. What I don't like, is the cutters constantly breaking when I cut hard wire. I have since switched to the MP1 MRO. I love it but miss the center drive. Patiently waiting for a fix so I can switch back.
P.S. The MP1 does not have replaceable cutters, and cuts hard wire just fine.

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 18, 2018
  • |BY: , Rancher

Bought the Gerber to try out because I had a gift card to Bass Pro. I was excited about the canter drive screw driver with the ability to use regular bits. I have hundreds of miles of pipelines I maintain in the summer to take the water to the cattle. Whenever there is a break I patch it up using some clamps which take a 5/16 nut driver so in that regard this tool is perfect because I only have to carry a nut driver bit in my pocket instead of another screw driver. The knife works great for cutting twines and seems to be holding its edge well. The problem I have with the tool is the wire cutter. If you are going to show a "rancher" working on his fence in your social media the pliers and wire cutters had better work on a fence. The first wire I tried to cut with these pliers shattered the cutters so I am not even able to rotate them. I am normally a Leatherman guy and I have never had a problem cutting my barbed wire with them. I had high hopes for this multi tool, but I guess I will be sticking with my Leatherman for now.

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 7, 2018
  • |BY: , Electronic Technician

Owned a centerdrive since they first came out. Nice mult-tool. Could use a small flat screwdriver. Bit holder is flimsy. I lost several bits because if it so I tore it off. Plus it prevented the pliers from closing completely.
Kind of miss my fisherman multi-tool which this replaced. Used daily for work.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 6, 2018
  • |BY: , Cunstruction worker

I've had my Center drive for about six months now, and it is the best investment I ever made! Everything on this tool is built tough, and can be used on and off the job. Great work Gerber. God bless the USA!

  • 4 5
  • |JAN 5, 2018
  • |BY: , Great, but....

Great tool, replaced 2 Leatherman tools with this one. Disappointed though that the 1st time I used the pry bar it broke!

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 18, 2017
  • |BY: , Tool Head

Almost Perfect! If you could access the serrated blade from the closed position and the file was upgraded to match or exceed the one on the LM Wave I'd buy three.

  • 1 5
  • |NOV 6, 2017
  • |BY: , Not reliable

I bought mine about 8 months ago and so far the pliers broke, the knife won't lock out, the bottle opener broke. I have contacted Gerber about this issue they said I can not get a refund, but they said I could send it to them and get a warranty repair and it would take 6-8 weeks to be done and I have to pay shipping. I suggested that I could just do a even trade for a different product and i got no response back.

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 30, 2017
  • |BY: , Summer Camp Director

I have had this tool for about 7 months. I do various maintenance jobs and enjoy many things about this tool. First, the pliers flick open easily and are very functional. They grab well and lock open which is a must for me. They are easy to open and close with one hand and work very well. Next, the knife blade is long and has stayed sharp for me pretty well, although I typically carry another pocket knife on me anyway. The lock on the knife works well for me and I have no problem opening and closing it with one hand. The driver arm is long, opens easily and locks open as well. You can use any standard 1/4" bit with it. I have used the driver in a bunch of situations and I have changed some of the bits out of the set; I didn't need 3 flat head bits in addition to the one on the tool. The nail puller is a feature that I found I use more than I expected to. It pulls nails and staples easily and the edges have bent slightly, but it still works fine. The awl comes sharp and has worked well to put holes in plastic, leather, and rubber when I needed it to. I really haven't used the file a ton, but it has done a fine job when I have used it to smooth metal edges or burrs. The serrated blade has worked fine for me, although I really wish Gerber had gone with exchangeable saw blades on this tool. I really like the lock for the serrated blade, nail puller, awl, and file. Having locks on all the tools is really nice and it makes it easy to put them away as well.
My only real complaint is the carbide wire cutters. When I tried to cut a clothes hanger, they broke into several pieces. In other reviews many people had the same issue as me and the replacement set costs $23 without shipping.
In conclusion I really like this tool, the locking tools and one handed opening features make this super convenient and easy to use. If they make one that has exchangeable saw blades and better quality wire cutter blades or non-replaceable wire cutter blades I would buy it real quick.

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 17, 2017
  • |BY: , IT Technician

I paid $150 for mine and so far its the best knife I've ever brought. It has come in handy so many times for those quick jobs that i don't have a lot of time to do and has saved me a few times when i can't find a tool that i need

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 5, 2017
  • |BY: , Writer, LEO, Photographer

The Gerber Center-Drive is heavier than most of the other Gerber Multi-tools. However, the Center-Drive is sturdier and well designed. I took mine backpacking in the Colorado Canyon Country. I found multiple uses for this tool. This is a well made professional multi-tool from a world class manufacture. The price is cheap for a tool of this caliber. I highly recommend the Gerber Center-Drive.

  • 2 5
  • |AUG 24, 2017
  • |BY: , Great Guy

I really liked the one-handed operation of this tool. It's great. It is heavier than I expected for sure. The problem, the first time I really needed to use it it broke. I needed to file off a little rough spot on one of my aluminum hatch doors on my boat. As soon as I applied a little pressure and started to file it snapped off. I guess Gerber will fix it? Now I have to pay for shipping to them and wait 4 to 6 weeks. Not as fun a birthday gift as I had hoped.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 29, 2017
  • |BY: , Your Title

This is the best thing i bought in a while.Believe me!

  • 1 5
  • |APR 21, 2017
  • |BY: , Teacher

Very large and clunky! The handle is not very comfortable and there is a gap that does not close between the two sides of the plier handles. The blade is challenging to use due to the size of the handle. I had very high hope for this tool, but is fall short of something you would want to keep on your belt.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 2, 2017
  • |BY: , outfitter/ guide

Great tool for every day use. The screw driver is practical and I use it more that I would have thought. There are a ton of quick jobs I can do and the full length makes it practical.

The pliers are handy, quick to access and the spring type suspension makes one handed use while fishing or various other jobs easy. The wire cutter is also really good.

quick access to the knife is key, great size blade for everything.

Overall great Multi-tool for all kinds of jobs and everyday use.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 5, 2017
  • |BY: , Mr.

I purchased this little gem a couple of months ago and have been wearing it every day for work since I bought it. I am full time on a SWAT team and have carried several different multi-tools over the last two decades. This one is excellent for me. The knife and extended bit holder are worth their weight in gold. Having the ability to use regular bits found at any hardware store is feature I have wanted for years on my other multi-tools. The knife is long enough for most jobs and holds a decent edge. The pliers are also top notch. Easily as good as my Leatherman MUT. I have a old Gerber one handed opening multi-tool like this one, that would pinch my hand every time I closed it. Which led me to retire it quickly. I was nervous this one would do the same, but it does not. Cleaned and lubed the tool when I got it, and it slides out very easy now. Was pretty dirty from the manufacturing process. The only item I wish it had was a set of scissors. Personal preference. Lastly, I purchased this through Gerber's LEO / Military program. Excellent price!!!!! For the money, you can't go wrong. It is just as good as any Leatherman or Victorinox multi-tool. In some cases...even better.

  • 3 5
  • |DEC 21, 2016
  • |BY: , Your Title

Gerber while this is an over good multi tool you should improve your QC. My multi tool came with some bad burs on the blade. I needed to fix and sharpen my brand new knife. My blade also has some bad lock sticking that I have yet to resolve. The serrated blade needs to be a little sharper too.

Not sure why you used black oxide on the file. While it does look cool I think it takes away from the functionality some. The file also doesn't have milling on the side. My file was super dirty and needed to be cleaned.

I like the pliers. Spring loaded makes them easy to work with. The jaws align very well. I think you can grab a gnats ass with them.

Screwdriver works well. I really like the smoothness of the swing out and positive lock. About time some figured out standard driver bits.

Have not used the pry tool yet. It does seem to stick up some in the handle. I think it could have been replaced by another tool like scissors.

The sheath is nice,but not made in USA. Wish you included the tool to rotate the cutting blades. I like the way the jaws sit flush when closed so it doesn't chew up the sheath. The sheath lettering is a little to much of an add. I used a black sharpie to tone it down some and it seems much nicer now.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 17, 2016
  • |BY: , CW2 Nightstalkers

This is hands down the best multitool I've owned. Not even comparable to my others (leatherman and an army standard issue gerber 600). I didn't realize how much the one hand operation matters, it changes everything. I'm use this daily and can't believe I was doing work without it.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 15, 2016
  • |BY: , Badassador

After using the Center-Drive this past hunting season, I've been impressed with the facelift Gerber has brought to the age old multi tool. Tools flip out quickly and easily with just one hand and the construction is bomber.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 5, 2016
  • |BY: , A great piece of kit!

Prior to this Gerber Center Drive I've used the Freehand and found it excellent over the last few years. I was disappointed to hear that the Freehand was discontinued but after receiving the Center Drive I'm more than happy. As a rancher and horseman I use this multi tool constantly through the day for any number of repairs and fixes. The one handed opening can be a life saver at times and now with the Center axis bit driver built in, I think I've got everything covered. Well done Gerber!

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 29, 2016
  • |BY: , One multitool to rule all the others.

I personally love this multitool so much I've turned my moto around a mile away from my house and headed back to put it in my bag after spacing on it. Because already the one time I didn't have it... I needed it. I usually have a tool roll on my bike that has pliers, pocket knife, safety wire/zip ties, sockets, allen keys, screwdrivers etc... as I was pulling the roll off my bike the other day to make a quick exhaust mount (mine snapped) I realized I could actually take half of the things out and just throw in the Center-Drive in their stead. I used the fine edge blade to cut through two-inch metal-band-reinforced rubber hose the other day... like butter. Once this thing is in your arsenal, you'll wonder how you ever went without!

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 21, 2016
  • |BY: , The best multitool ......good job gerber

I own over 40 multi tools my favorite for long time was the Gerber mp1 because the driver was very useful in my work .....I used Leatherman wave ...but this time you make the perfect tool for a hard worker like me .......I think you improve a lot when you make the mp1,bullrush,mp600 snap on ,and the center drive ......

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 16, 2016
  • |BY: , Worth the money

I've been in possession of the centerdrive for about 15 minutes and I can safely say it's the best multitool I've ever owned. The actual driver alone makes it worth every penny, since it takes all of my Irwin 1/4 inch bits which I find incredibly useful. I really like how quickly you can open the pliers, with just a quick wrist flick they fly right open and you're ready to go. Overall fantastic knife, would definitely recommend over a Leatherman.

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 11, 2016
  • |BY: , Your Title

Love it but definitely would have preferred an all-black version...

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 7, 2016
  • |BY: , Multitool addict

Oh boy, I bought it because I thought it was going finally improve on the MP-600. Now since I got it today I now realize Gerber combined the best of the 600 plus a great one handed driver and full size blade. Leatherman surge + MP 600= Center Drive. I love it, it might be the best Gerber ever. The sheath is great, with storage for 8+ bits! Keep up the great work, please have 154 cm version one day or even a blade-less version. I am buy more for Christmas gifts.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 7, 2016
  • |BY: , Mechanical Technician

It's a good MT, pliers head grips really good and wrench holds awesome in comparison to all others I've tried over last 20 years. Center drive bit holder can't be beat, awl is built strong, file is awesome and actually a useful size, serrated blade is my favorite serrations. That said, there is some negetives. Pliers pop out when squeezing with blade out, there's IMHO to much movement when closed and lock release is plastic and proud so it will break eventually. Overall 5 stars because there's flaws in all MT's but this my winner replacing 20 years of premium MT's. Great job Gerber

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 5, 2016
  • |BY: , Arborist, multi-tool oficiando

Ordered 11/01, received 11/04 and after opening and using it for only 2 days, this tool is a BEAST! Basically, Gerber took the best of the MP 600 and MP1 and constructed a near flawless multi tool. Congratulations Gerber, you finally passed Leatherman!

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 3, 2016
  • |BY: , Replaces My Leatherman Permanently

To make a long review short, the long hex bit driver and one hand operation of the most important tools makes this multitool faster and more convinient than my current one. Goodbye old Leatherman.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 1, 2016
  • |BY: , Guide/Outfitter

The Center Drive has held up very well to the conditions I have used it in. From fixing the Carburetor in the boat motor, to crimping wire sleeves on leaders, un-hooking fish...just been nice having the one tool on my belt that can handle 90% of the work instead of switching from one tool to the next and losing them along the way. Good multi-tool for everyday use. Favorite feature is the easy one hand opening.