So earlier this month, I went over one of my old trusty pocket tools, the Gerber Shortcut. Yes, this is a discontinued product, but I felt that it’s still got relevant merit since it’s still for sale in many places. And while I carried that for a long time, It’s not perfect (what tool is?). The good people at Gerber also saw a lot of these shortcomings and improved on an already nice design, creating the Gerber Splice.
Just like it’s predecessor, the Splice is a multitool based around scissors instead of pliers (for those that insist on pliers, there’s the Gerber Vise, same thing but with small pliers, good for fishing!).
One of my big beefs with the original Shortcut was the poorly implemented file. With the Splice, Gerber has replaced this with both a crosshatched file on one side,
And a regular straight ridge file on the other. Note also they kept the almost too flat to use phillips head screwdriver tip, but this time it’s on top of the file, good use of tool real estate here.
Next up would be the improved bottle opener / flathead screwdriver tool. In this case, it’s a lot of tool for these two features, but the structural cross piece actually does give this a lot of stability for either task.
The down side, they got rid of the tweezers that were on the Shortcut. I’m sad to see it go, since this was a fine replacement for the Swiss pocket knife.
While it maintains it’s original blade, it also adds a serrated blade at around 1.5″.
You’ll notice they did away with the words defining what tools are on what side and went to pictures. The blade side shows a serrated blade icon.
The opposite side shows an icon of a bottle, for the bottle opening non bladed side. This strangely took me a while to get used to.
The small screwdriver/awl like feature is still here and is unchanged.
The good stuff that remains unchanged, good star screw adjustments/fasteners, similar lanyard split ring point, and the same great scissors in a very safe to carry fold out package, as shown in the original Gerber Shortcut
This tool still gets carried regularly by me generally in a pocket especially since scissors are great to have around when on the go and you have kids. I do like most of the updates to it, even if I’m a little bitter about the tweezers disappearing. Give and take, since there’s only so much space on a tool of this small size, so I can’t beat them up too much for the decision. The Splice just like it’s predecessor is a solid pocket tool, well worth the extra size and weight over a swiss army style knife.