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.
The Dime Travel takes Gerber’s clever mini keychain multi-tool and adds features for use during and after air travel. This is a bladeless keychain multi-tool, making it safe for use in facilities with a no-knife standard, as well as for the airport security line. It suspends neatly from a keychain and provides resource for a wide swath of problem-solving potential. With its series of useful tools, including spring-loaded needle nose pliers, the tiny, lightweight Dime spins out assistance as needed.
For people who rely on a multi-tool, the carefully selected range of the Dime Travel’s tool series is a recognizable asset. In addition to stainless steel pliers and wire cutters that elegantly butterfly open, there’s a set of spring-loaded scissors, medium and small flat drivers, tweezers, a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed, and a fine and coarse file. The stand-out addition to this travel-friendly version of the classic Gerber Dime is the evolutionary zipper hook, which attaches to a broken luggage zipper in a pinch.
While this is a keychain multi-tool, the Dime Travel 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 Dime Travel is at the ready to manage obstacles. Pocket this cool little multi-tool whenever you’re headed out of town.
Great item! I hang this on my pack. Never had to use it for anything super important but it’s nice to know it’s there JIC.
I used the nail file as a pry-bar to try and fix a broken mirror. It bent and required re-bending to get it folded back in, and it still doesn't quite seat properly.
I also noticed that the paint on the handles is flaking off after riding in my pocket for about a year. Tacky.
The "Travel" moniker is a misnomer: TSA doesn't care about that little word on the handle and gave me a hard time for about twenty minutes at the gate, scrutinizing this thing, searching for some kind of hidden one-inch knife blade that I could use for nefarious purposes. They let it on the plane in the end, but it was such a hassle explaining to them that "this multitool seriously doesn't have a knife, guys," that I just mailed it home at the end of my trip.
The hook is completely pointless. I guess they needed to put something there to fill up space, but couldn't they have come up with something else?
So, with all these complaints, why four stars? Because, like I said, this has been riding in my pocket for about a year now. I work in a job that doesn't let me carry a knife with me, but I often have need of scissors, small screwdrivers, and pliers, and this one does that job. Also, it's got, like, the best bottle opener ever, which makes me very popular at parties.
So, despite all my gripes, I'm still carrying this thing a year down the road, so it must be doing something right. Four stars.
Loved this product, so did my Father in Law, so obviously I don't have it anymore.
So, make more, make it better and I'd say about 10% bigger allowing for stronger when opened. Forego the paint for a brushed metal finish. Love it.
I just read that someone had TSA confiscate the multitool. I anticipated that and carried with me the card board description of the multitool. When the TSA agent started to tell me that it was not allowed I showed him the cardboard information card. They let me keep my multitool. Subsequently I have misplaced this fine product and will buy a new one when they are back in stock.
Just be prepared for the TSA people. It does NOT have a knife. The scissors are smaller than what is allowed.
I bought this multitool because the main claim is that it is travel-friendly. However, it was confiscated after my second flight. It would have been better to check it in my baggage, however, I was confident with the marketing as a "travel" tool and it was taken from me.
This is a good tool which does everything I ask of it. The pliers are good and the scissors have the right amount of "spring."
Keep in mind that TSA Inspectors have wide latitude in determining what is considered a blade. What is okay with one Inspector could cause the tool to be confiscated by a different Inspector. This is problem is on TSA and not Gerber.
Always had this tool in my pocket. Worked great and never had any issues. And then I took my wife to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Security considered it a weapon. I don’t have it anymore.
Have had my Gerber travel for 9 months now and it's been extremely useful so far. Compared to it's nearest competitors the Victorinox Jetsetter and the Leatherman Style PS this has far more tools and thus greater versatility in the applications I can put it to use for. It's great that one can access all the tools but the pliers from the outside. While I have been stopped and had the device inspected about 70% of the time flying domestically (~10 security checks), I have yet to have it confiscated.
However, it must be said that the construction of the housing has a few flaws. First, the nail grip pull out was really tight upon arrival and hurt my nail bed when trying to get tools out, and now has gradually loosened. Which makes the tool nice and easy to use now after continuous use, but I'd be worried that in the future it will need tightening when it becomes too loose. Second, the tool construction flexes, particularly the pliers. These are not designed for heavy use as I learned when I finally caused the spring joint to slide out of place while tightening a bolt in the 9th month. Now, it's rather difficult to utilize the pliers as I have to push in the joint prior to using the pliers each time I expand the jaws.
I flew to California from Washington DC. I am a retired military and currently working for DoD. No issues with security on the way in. On the way out, it was a different story. It was confiscated because of the scissors (a "blade" according to them and the screwdriver; another "blade" too).
Somebody from Gerber should check with TSA before they lay the claim that these tools are safe for air travel and have proper clearance from TSA.
Now, I am $25.00 lighter and no tool.
Also had security confiscate this tool today due to the screwdriver, claiming it was a knife. Same experience as the other reviewer. Has to surrender it as either shipping it or checking it was more expensive than the tool, and would have caused me to miss my flight.
I had read several reviews saying this had been taken by airport security, I chose to ignore them thinking I could justify it to the employees. I was wrong, the airports do indeed believe the screwdriver is considered a blade, apparently this is at the discretion of the employee, they will not refer to any sort of guidelines. Shipping the knife 20 mins to my house was a flat rate, and almost as much as the knife.
Hugely disappointed with this purchase, wish I bought the full one right off the bat.
I had misplaced my Leatherman and bought this Gerber Dime to replace it (less than a month ago).
First time needing the pliers and with very little pressure. The handle gave away and a small part of the support within the knife body bent outwards. Amazed how wimpy this was constructed. My Leatherman P4 model was quite abit stronger.
If the warranty is a pain I'll just pick up another P4.
The Dime Travel has become a valued asset for Me as I go through My day wearing Mobility Assisting Devices (Leg Braces). Since there is always a chance of a hinge pin or screw coming lose while in the field I require a device that can go with Me everywhere, especially through Airports and the Dime does just that. It's become such an asset that I've picked up two for reserve in the event I lose the current one.
I like the zipper pull idea OK, but is the retail package opener really considered a blade? I use the retail package opener the most of any function on the tool. I would buy this one also if it had the retail package opener instead of the zipper hook. Not going to be attacking anyone with either of those functions on the tool anyways.
After searching online for the perfect mini multitool, I was lead to the Dime. Great tool, in my opinion. Small well constructed, the tools are accesible from the out side without opening. Mind you this is is perfect for small jobs like opening packages (ala the package tool), boxes (knife is sharp but dulls easily from use), paper cutting (scissors are pretty sturdy), bottle opener (I had given up on these due to the fact that most usually take more than one attempt, the Dime does not).
The pliers are good for what they are for, small jobs, they are not subs for full pliers. I bought in the tactical black and at first it was a little difficult to open (I actually like the fact that it seems sturdy and not flimsy like other novelty pocket tools I've owned in the past (good for banking not working tools, lol).
Overall, I am completely satisfied with the great looking and functioning product that I carry every day. I have owned Paraframes and currently have and use the Evo jr for EDC. I've got my eye on the titanium Suspension next. See my video review.