The idea is simple: always be prepared. The Dime is a mini multi-tool with an impressive list of features, ensuring you are ready for anything. This butterfly open tool fits on your keychain yet has 12 useful tools. Available in multiple colors and a bladeless version as well.
The idea behind the Dime multi-tool is clear: get a useful series of tools into the hands of those who want to be prepared for trouble at all times. The Dime is a mini multi-tool that suspends neatly from a keychain and provides resource for a wide swath of problem-solving potential. With its ten useful tools, including spring-loaded needle nose pliers, the tiny, lightweight Dime spins out assistance as needed.
SPRING-LOADED FOR BEAR
For people who rely on a multi-tool, the carefully selected range of the Dime’s tool series is a recognizable asset. In addition to stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, a fine edge blade, spring-loaded scissors, flat driver, tweezers, and file, the Dime includes the retail package opener: a unique blade designed to safely cut and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed.
While this is a keychain multi-tool, the Dime doesn’t skimp on elegance in design. From the smooth butterfly open of its sturdy needle nose pliers to the well engineered, comfortably ergonomic handles, the lithe little multi-tool is at the ready to manage obstacles. Store it in a pocket, a backpack, or keep it on a key ring: the Dime has you covered.
This multi tool is a joke as a work tool. As a woman I was initially excited to see an ad with a rugged woman using this tool happily and having a smaller, lightweight multi tool by my favorite company that I can carry everyday on the farm. I couldn't wait to get mine! I was wrong, after cutting hay string off just 4 bales & cutting up a couple cardboard boxes the blade is dull & needs honing. The scissors had a difficult time cutting a tag out of my fleece and the pliers....I've seen kids toy pliers handle tougher jobs! The only reason this tool gets 2 stars from me is because it is lightweight & definitely not bulky in my pocket, the package cutter is kinda cool & actually the most handy tool on this Dime, next to the bottle opener....which is the most used tool on my dime. I am hoping I can return my Dime & get credit to use towards the new Truss, which appears to be a much sturdier tool for this woman. I am a 52 year old disabled widow who is, frankly, embarrassed for Gerber for putting this tool into their lineup. The hard working woman is NOT the right target audience for this tool! Maybe take this particular tool to city folks so they can put it on their key chain so they look like they are prepared but don't really intend on ever using it! Sorry Gerber, Dime = FAIL!
For a small blade, scissors, flathead and pliers, it performs well on small parts. While the pliers don't hold up to any arduos task, tasks that would be far better suited to a larger set of multi tools, this toll is great to keep in your pocket to twist/ cut wires, hold M5 locknuts. The blade and other tools are great wittle while waiting, or open any sort of packaging, the Dime is a chime. Also, that handy bottle opener makes the Dime a great EDC when you arent going about serious work
The only downside is keeping the knife blade in servicable shape. A bit tricky to hone to an edge, great for whitling/ cutting, but can't take much abuse. Perfect as tool you don't know you are carrying.
I've had a Gerber Mark II since 1989 and in the last 10 years a Crucible and Dime, along with Gerber machetes.
If you are doing tech work The GERBER TIME is excellent to keep on you everyday. Mini repairs can be made to electronics and other misc. items. It does not have a philips screw driver but something this small I expect limitations. I have never done any serious work with the pliers but they are obviously for smaller situations. The tweezers are kept snug as a bug in their place and the Retail package opener is very handy. This is a great company and great product.
As with the other reviews, the tool is garbage. It is great in theory, but the quality control and engineering falls way short. The blade and scissors are marginal, however the pliers are a train-wreck. The pliers are best used on feathers or butter, as anything else will cause a catastrophic failure. Save you money.
I have had three of these pliers fail on me with very little pressure. If you squeeze too hard trying to unscrew a nut or something similar, the pliers bend the inside of the support in the tool and as such become useless for what I purchase them for. After the last one failed, I tried my leatherman version and it did the job with ease. While it’s more expensive, the leatherman is a much better purchase than buying another gerber dime to fail.