I was looking for a durable belt that I could work around the house in and wear on my outdoor adventures. I have one that is thin and has trouble staying secure so I was excited when I saw the Gerber GDC Belt Tool come up for review. I was not only interested in the belt itself but the tool that is integrated in the buckle.
As soon as I pulled the GDC Belt Tool out of the box I immediately knew this was going to be a tough, durable belt. It weighs more than I expected to. The belt comes out of the box at 52”(132cm) and weighs in at 9.1 oz(258 grams) I wear a 34” (86.36cm) so I cut the belt back to 43.5” (110.49cm). According to the post office scale it now weighs 8.6oz (243.8 grams). Cutting the 1.5” (3.81 cm) wide, black, heavy gauge nylon webbing belt takes a little effort with a good pair of kitchen scissors which tells me this is a tough belt. I took a flame to the end to burn off any loose strings and to ensure it won’t fray down the road.
The buckle itself weighs 6 oz (170.1 grams) according to the post office scale. The front plate of the buckle is made of G10 composite. It has a rough black finish. The 3.3”(8.3cm) tool that can be removed from the buckle is made of 3CR13 steel. That grade of steel is used by many knife manufacturers. The handle of the of the tool is a green anodized aluminum. The tool weighs 1.3oz (36.9 grams). The buckle can be removed from the belt easily by pulling the permanent looped end of the belt over the hook on the buckle. This allows you to configure the belt to a right or left handed person. The belt secures by bringing the loose end of the belt behind the buckle through the inside slot over the top of a serrated rung and back through the outside slot. There is a movable loop to but the excess belt in so it doesn’t flop around.
The tool fits securely in the buckle and snaps into place when you push it in. It will not fall out. The only way to get it out is to pull it out. To remove the tool you just put your finger in the ring and pull it straight out. It takes a little effort to pull the ring of the tool and pull the tool out of the buckle but, once it is, it fits nicely on my finger. The ring is .75” (1.9cm) in diameter and slides to my middle knuckle on my index finger. There is a serrated rest on both sides of the tool that allows you to have a secure grip. I found that if the front (logo side) of the tool is facing me (in my right hand), I naturally put my index finger through the ring, my thumb goes to a cut out smooth curve and my middle finger goes to the serrated rest. The opposite happens when I put it in my left hand. With the front of the tool facing me, my index finger naturally goes into the ring, my middle finger goes to the smooth cut out and my thumb rest on the serrated rest. You can position the tool the most comfortable way to you by simply switching hands or flipping the tool over.
The tool has several functions according to the box and I may find more as I use it more. It can be used as a flat head screw driver or a small pry bar to open something like a can of paint. It also has a bottle opener to open your favorite beverage after a hard day’s work. The tool feels very strong and I will put it to the test during the review process.
I look forward to testing the Gerber GDC Belt Tool in many different ways. I will have more information in my next two reviews as I use it outside starting this weekend when I plant my garden. More to come in about a month.