Gerber Releases New Multitool Concept and Fixed Blade

Gerber had a busy February, and now two new products are being put out into the world. The Armbar is a new multifunctional knife design, while the Principle brings bushcraft design principles out in a budget-centric package.


The Armbar is a knife-based multitool design, incorporating a suite of tools and functions in a relatively slender package. There are two different models with some fundamental differences between them, but there are common elements: both versions of the Armbar have a 2.5-inch modified sheepsfoot blade (with a liner lock), as well as scissors, a hammer, a pry bar, and a bottle opener.

For the Armbar Drive, Gerber drew on the Center-Drive, a pliers-based multitool which made headlines by incorporating a full-size driver into its design. That same driver arm is included in the Armbar Drive; and in addition to the driver and the tools listed above, the Drive also has an awl. The Armbar Cork model, on the other hand, swaps the driver for a corkscrew and lever arm. In place of the awl it has a can and package opener. Either model of the Armbar weighs the same: 3.1 oz.


A new fixed blade will also be joining Gerber’s 2020 ranks. The Principle is a bushcraft-style fixed blade in the classic tradition. Its 3.1-inch drop point blade sports a Scandi grind, making it suitable for a plethora of bushcraft chores. The Principle aims to bring these elements together in an accessible, budget-friendly price point – the company is listing the MSRP at just $60. This means that the steel choice, 420HC, is aiming for functionality rather than intensely high performance.

Its full tang is covered by rubberized handle scales for adequate grip in changeable outdoor conditions, and the spine is cut to 90 degrees to facilitate the use of ferro rods. The Principle weighs 3.7 oz. and comes with a versatile Kydex sheath, able to be mounted in several different ways.

Both the Armbar and the Principle are arriving with dealers now.

Knife in Featured Image: Gerber Armbar Drive