I own a number of pocket knife/multitools, and this is one of my favorites. I carry it with me all the time, and use it a lot. Here are some of the nice things about this one:
- The flashlight is one of the brightest on any multitool. It's almost as bright as a small LED flashlight (the kind that have 3 AAA batteries). It's far brighter than the light on the CRKT guppie, for example.
- The flashlight takes a standard AAA battery, not some hard-to-find button battery. This is actually quite useful, because I've had to replace the battery several times. Because the light is so bright for one AAA battery, the battery does not last long (maybe an hour or so? I'm not sure). Some other reviewers complained that the light just died; that's probably because the battery ran out. LED lights tend to shut off suddenly when the battery is low, not gradually like the old incandescent lights.
- The scissors on this tool are good, as good as any other multitool (except the special purpose scissors multitools like the Gerber Splice--those are better). It seems more sturdy than the Victorinox swiss army knife scissors--I've broken the spring on one of those, and another has the spring slipping out, but this one has a different mechanism for the spring that doesn't seem so prone to failure.
- The screwdriver is quite good. This is a full-size screwdriver, not some half-width thing like you see on a lot of Leathermans. In fact, it is a standard size 1/4 inch bit. (It's a standard width bit but not a standard bit--it's a double-headed bit, phillips on one end, regular on the other, with a detent in the middle. It's significantly longer than a typical 1/4 bit, but in a pinch you could just use a standard 1/4 bit.)
- The light shines where the screwdriver goes. This means it's handy for screwing stuff in a dark corner. Better than a regular screwdriver, in my opinion.
- There is also a small Phillips and a small regular screwdriver, which are handy for getting those recessed screws. Most multitools cannot reach deeply recessed screws. These smaller screwdrivers look like they might be good for eyeglasses, too, though I haven't used mine for that yet. These come out in the opposite direction from the light, so the light doesn't help them; but I still find them useful.
- The knife blade is good, Like a lot of Gerber multitools, it's half-serrated (smooth at the tip, serrated in the back). Some people don't like the half-serrated blades, but I think it's a good compromise. When you're using a knife tip (to poke open something, for example) you usually don't want a serrated blade, but when you're cutting with the full length of the blade (e.g, sawing cardboard) then you do want the serrations. So I think it works well.
- The knife blade locks open, as a safety measure so you can't accidentally close it on your finger while in the middle of cutting. A lot of multitools (e.g., most Victorinox swiss army kinves) do not have locking blades. The screwdrivers and the scissors lock open, too. I'm not sure the locking is useful for the scissors, but the fact that the screwdriver cannot suddenly bend inward is nice too.
- There's a pretty good pair of tweezers in the handle. I've used these a number of times. They have an angled tip, unlike the tweezers on most Victorinox swiss army knives, which I think is really useful for pulling out those tiny slivers. These tweezers are a bit bigger than the tweezers in the swiss army knives.
- It has a nice smooth shape that fits pretty well in the pocket--doesn't have sharp edges to cut your pockets.
Disadvantages of this multitool:
- It doesn't have pliers, saw, or file, like some other multitools. If those things are essential, this is the wrong multitool for you. I do wish Gerber made a bigger version of this that had more tools.
- It's kind of big for a multitool with just 5 tools. The flashlight takes up half the volume, mostly because of the battery. I'm willing to accept this, since it's a very good flashlight and I like the standard battery. The whole thing is a bit smaller around and a bit longer than a standard small LED flashlight, and you get a lot more than just the light.
- Some people have complained that it's not that well made. True, it's not as beautiful as a Victorinox swiss army knife, and it's not as durable as a Leatherman or a SOG. I've had mine for over a year now, and it's doing just fine, except that the switch for the flashlight started wearing away--it's just rubber. I just put some flexible glue on it, and that seems ok for now. Given that it's only 20 or 30 dollars, I don't mind replacing one of these every few years.
I carry this pretty much everywhere I go, mostly for the flashlight, but secondarily for the good screwdrivers. If I have to grab just one multitool, this is usually it. I don't like being without it.