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Problem Solving Tool: GERBER’s Center-Drive Plus MULTI-TOOL

Gerber’s Center-Drive Plus offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design. The Plus is optimized for weapons maintenance. The innovative center-axis driver opens to align like a real screw driver, yielding maximum torque and rotation.

A 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws provide full size, real tools – the multi-tool just got a reality check. New to the Plus is the addition of much-requested scissors, tumble-finished tools, and a premium leather sheath.

In Special Forces, everybody has a multi-tool. You never can tell what you are getting into and you can’t always bring a tool box. Gerber’s Center-Drive Plus is a no compromise full size tool. The center drive feature gives it the torque of a real tool and lends itself to weapons maintenance and and other small machine repair. I got to see the Center-Drive Plus at SHOT and it is now the Alpha of the multitool world.

The Needle nose Pliers deploy with one hand so you can hold the problem in the other. They are very narrow. Other tools have fat teeth. This looks good in the store, but many problems are small things in small places and a tool that is to big is worse than no tool at all. I like the Needle nose Pliers.

It even has scissors. the thing about scissors, you may not need them often, but when you need them there is no good replacement. The medic will only loan out his trauma shears so many times before you are cut off. Center-Drive Plus!

GERBER has just introduced a new, elevated version of the category-defining Center-Drive multi-tool – the Center-Drive Plus. Available at retail and on January 22, 2019, MSRP for the Center-Drive Plus is $136.00.


    • Closed Length: 4.7
    • Open Length: 6.6”
    • Weight” 9.5oz
    • One-Thumb Opening System
    • Spring-Loaded Needlenose Pliers with X-Channel Rail System
    • Rotatable Carbide Wire Cutters & Strippers
    • Full-Size 3.25” Partially Serrated Blade
    • Magnetic 3.2” Center-Axis Bit Driver
    • Pry Bar w/ Nail Puller & Bottle Opener
    • Serrated Blade
    • Awl, File
    • Magnetic Flathead and Phillips Bits
    • Spring-Loaded Scissors

“The original Center-Drive was a total market disruptor and best-seller for us right out of the gate,” says Eric Moore, Gerber Product Manager. “The expansion of the Center-Drive lineup is a no-brainer. We took cues from our customers to add the most commonly-requested features like spring-loaded scissors, a partially serrated blade, and an American-made leather sheath to create an even better version of an already hardworking multi-tool.”

Gerber’s Center-Drive multi-tool changed the game, designed for real life and heavy-duty work. New to the Center-Drive Plus version is the addition of spring-loaded scissors, a partially serrated blade, tumble finished tools, and a snap closure leather sheath. The thoughtful one-thumb opening design allows for quick deployment of the three full size tools you depend on most: the pliers, the blade, and the center axis screwdriver.

Keeping the Center-Drive’s namesake, the 3.2 inch magnetic bit driver opens to align with the center axis of the tool – giving you all the torque and rotation of a traditional screwdriver. The full-size external blade conveniently replaces your everyday pocket knife is now partially serrated. All tools are tumble finished for a sleek, polished look that doesn’t sacrifice performance.

About Gerber: Gerber is a leading global supplier of activity-specific knives, multi-tools, and problem-solving gear. Built on the pillars of craftsmanship, innovation, and an unrelenting commitment to quality and service to others, the trusted brand features a diverse portfolio of equipment for recreational and professional end users. For more information please visit

About the Author /

Mark Miller is a former Customs Agent and a Green Beret who served in Afghanistan and a number of other live fire locations. A student of firearms and shooting, he is an FFL and a SOT. The guiding philosophy of his life is that terrain and situation dictate tactics and the enemy always gets a vote on any plan.


  • ZandraBig

    April 28, 2019

    Gerber makes great tools. Thanks for the write up on the new hotness.

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