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It holds up well!
on 6 September 2017
I've owned my Gerber Suspension for about 18 months, and in that time have taken it on several national theatre tours, and carried it with me more or less every day, so will hopefully be able to shed some light on how it lasts in the long term.
In short, you wont be disappointed. The knives are extremely sharp, and I find myself making use of all the tools extremely regularly with the possible exception of the saw, which I've maybe used twice. The sprung pliers are fantastic and the main reason I chose the Gerber over a Leatherman, as I'm often using it one handed up a ladder.
As for how it wears over time, obviously your milage will vary depending on use, but after a 18 months of extremely heavy use mine is generally holding up well, and still looks like new after a quick clean as you can see in the pictures. The knives have dulled ever so slightly (though as another reviewer said, they arrive sharp enough to shave with, so they're still plenty good enough). The screwdriver heads are just starting to show signs of wear, and it has occasionally required me to tighten the torx screws holding it together as they've occasionally worked loose. As others have mentioned, the spring mechanism in the scissors leaves a bit to be desired, and after a few months had stopped working, though I found after dismantling it to oil and clean it a few weeks back it started working perfectly again, so I assume this is down to the torx screws working loose.
The holster is passable, though the velcro holding it shut will wear out fast. I've often had it fly from the holster whilst running. I've sewn a popper onto mine, but you may want to look for a better one.
Major good points:
Extremely useful, well thought out.
Wears well, still looks and works great after a thorough bashing
Spring loaded pliers are a big plus
Knives are amazing when new
Locking tools have likely saved me many accidents
Easy to disassemble to clean and oil
Will need a little maintenance with heavy usage
Spring mechanism on scissors is flimsy
Holster leaves much to be desired
No spare parts are sold
Overall I'm very happy, and would completely recommend!