So what is the Mullet? Simple actualy- it is a one piece tool that starts with a small pry bar and adds a number of common features like a Phillips screwdriver, bottle opener and other common multitool type functions. Gerber has this to say about it:
Problems aren't scheduled in advance, but solutions can be planned for. The Mullet is a compact keychain tool that houses 9 tools to handle those unexpected daily tasks. When accessibility is key, the Mullet answers with the ability to be carried on a keychain, from a belt loop, or through an airport.
The Mullet is a compact, portable multi-tool that works hard and plays hard. Chock full of features to handle the demands of the work day, it easily transitions to a post-work wingman to open up that hard-earned libation.
The Mullet is optimized for belt loop carry with its unique shape, eliminating the need for a carabiner or extra clip
- While belt carry is an option, it can also be stowed on a keychain with or without the included split ring
- The solid state design has no exposed blade, ensuring safe storage in pocket, on belt, or through an airport
Also according to Gerber, the Mullet has a total of 11 different functions:
- Cross Driver
- 1/4" Driver
- Belt Loop Carry
- Large Flathead Driver
- Wire Cutter
- Nail Puller
- Small Flathead Driver
- Pry Bar
- Key Ring
- Bottle Opener
I'm not sure that "Belt Loop Carry" qualifies as a function, but then everyone seems to exaggerate on different functions, so I guess we can let that one go.
The MSRP on the Mullet is $10 USD for either the black or the stonewash version, and, also according to Gerber is is 3 inches long, 3/4 nch wide and .7oz, which works out to 7.62cm x 1.9cm and about 20 grams. Whichever way you measure it, the Mullet seems like it would be a lightweight addition to a keychain, and even better if it is (supposedly) TSA friendly. Of course, as with all "TSA Friendly" please use your own judgement- we have seen first hand how that can work out.
Of course, the other question is this- is the Mullet intended to replace the current Shard, which has been a popular model for Gerber, and is one of my personal favorite tools? They seem to have a very similar set of functions, and at three dollars more for the Mullet, it is not a significant price increase over the Shard, and, how many tools does Gerber really need at that price point?
As usual, I am looking forward to giving the Mullet it's due and puting it through it's paces to see how well it holds it's own.