So springtime is a good time for reviewing my EDC stuff. Weeding out what I don’t use, getting rid of duplicated stuff, or replacing multiple items with single multipurpose items. Today brings me to consideration of the Gerber Shortcut.
The best way I can describe this one is simple: It’s like a Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Pocket Knife on steroids. If you like micro small everything, then I’d direct you to the Swiss Army Classic. But for me, I find myself really challenged working with such a small knife/tool.
Unlike a pocket knife, this item folds more like a multitool. But unlike it’s larger cousins, the Shortcut does not conceal a pair of pliers, but instead is a fold out pair of scissors. They are decently sharp, and are very easy to manipulate. The more traditional holding posture of the tool when used for it’s scissor function lends a lot more control to their use than most scissor bearing tools I’ve worked with so far. The only real down side is that the blades of the scissors are only 1″, but at least you can get some healthy leverage on them when needed.
But wait! There’s MORE! There’s also a knife blade comparable to a swiss army knife’s quality.
Note that they’ve marked BLADE on the side with the knife.
A nail file. Not a huge fan of this one, prefer the file on the Gerber 600 Multi-tool
with cross hatched groves on one side, and parallel grooves on the other. But it works.
And they’ve marked NAIL FILE on the side with the file. Good to know what you are pulling out so you are not fumbling with an open blade if that’s not what you need. I’m strangely a huge fan of this feature.
A flat head screwdriver as well as a “wannabe” phillips head screwdriver.
Calling it that is a very serious stretch of the imagination, it being flat and all, but it has worked for me on occasional light duty. I wouldn’t rely on this part of things over the real thing.
A stubby set of tweezers that you cannot lose, since it’s attached, for the good and bad of it. Less agile than the removable version in the Swiss Army Classic, but far more stable and unless you lose the whole tool, you won’t lose the tweezers like many of my comrades have.
A small tool something between a small flathead screwdriver and an awl. Works fine for both applications in my experience.
A lanyard hole, a big saving grace for me since I’ve outright lost tools in the past.
You’ll also notice that the body screws can be tightened with a star bit, I do like keeping my tools tight having had too many things open up accidentally at inopportune times.
And last big note that I do really like, unlike many tools, the various functions are accessible with the tool closed, very fast access to what you need is essential.
All in all, I’m a fan of this tool, and have carried it for various work applications in the past. This has to have some of the best small portable scissors out as far as tools go, is easy to grasp and work with. But with some so/so secondary tools. At least Gerber has somewhat addressed this in a tool we’ll look at soon, the Gerber Splice