A guest review for The Survivalist Blog about the Gerber Shard “One Piece Multi Tool” (OMPT). The author, a regular on BladeReviews.com. The author advises he has been carrying his OPMT for several months now and has “really enjoyed owning it….I’ve had fancier OPMTs in the past, but thonestly this $5 beater does everything I need it to…”









“Of course a good EDC is no substitute for a full-on get home bag, but it is more than 99% of the population carries, and has got me out of a number of jams. That is a compromise urban and suburban preppers often have to take. As a “mild-mannered”suburbanite stuff like cargo pants, MOLLE gear, and utility belts are usually out of the question (at least during working hours). For this reason I find it extremely important to find highly functional gear that is lightweight and compact; easily stowed and inconspicuous.

That is why I really like a OPMT. It is light, flat, simple and functional. The kind of thing that blends in with a set of keys but can pay big dividends in critical as well as every day situations…”

Read the original review in its entirety.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Goose4771 August 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

Just bought one of these last week as I was rebooting my EDC. I absolutely love it!


defensor fortissimo August 7, 2012 at 6:50 am

Another good example is the Swiss-tech utili-key. Folded up, it blends in on a keychain just like another key, lets you access 6 different tools and the whole package sells for about 10 dollars. The only disadvantage is that unfolding it is a bit of a pain in the neck but overall it's a handy little gizmo.


defensor fortissimo August 7, 2012 at 6:52 am
BLACK August 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

Couple this with a CRKT "eat N tool" and be good to go. Good job!!


Mike August 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

I've been making do with my old P-38 can opener…but this looks petty cool, too.


Josh W August 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I bought a pair of these a couple years ago, when they first came out. I haven't ever regretted spending the ten dollars. One is on my keychain and gets tons of use, the other I keep on a loop with some other small tools and kit in a ready bag.

Inexpensive, lightweight, always at hand, and essentially indestructible. If I had to come up with a complaint about the Shard, it's that the screwdriver bits are somewhat thick and dull as it comes from the manufacturer, making the heads seem a wee bit too thick for many uses. A few minutes with a file or a grinder will put a more useful edge on the pry-bar end flat head bits, but you'll lose the black protective coating.


Larry August 8, 2012 at 3:38 am

It looks like Gerber has a big brother for its Shard, called the Artifact, which also has a small box cutter like blade in it. I saw it here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/bb32/#tabs

The same site carries the Eat N Tool too.



TheNite August 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Instead of OPMT you put OMPT twice (one of them in the title). Just letting you know…


Pete August 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

The Shard is a nice always-there tool. I gave a half dozen away and regret it!

I even gave one to a hot chick in the office. Said it was one of the best gifts she's ever got, because it is a ctually functional.


Scott September 12, 2012 at 5:23 am

I have the Artifact and I have to say it is great. Uses a (obviously) replaceable X-Acto blade. Sees a ton of use.


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