I have always found the pliers it a bit awkward to use. Like the handles are way too close together, so it forces me to grip and squeeze it using the ends of my fingers. This places it out, farther away from my palm. If I don't hold it this way, it can pinch. But its never pinched me before, and no multi-tool can ever really replace good purpose build pliers. The blade doesn't lock either... thats one more complaint.
I think its a cool piece to keep around though just for sentimental reasons. It was a gift from my parents when I was a late-teen, and I pack carried it a lot in the 90s and early part of 2000. I would pack carry it with my canteen and the used/dented mess kit I bought from the surplus store on camping trips. Thats all I had... its all I could afford back then. My friends all had USMC Ka-bars that they lent me whenever I needed something for heavier cutting jobs, but I almost always made due with the gerber tool.
And it is Made in USA. I think around this time Gerber started to out-source most of their production to China/Asia. Lets AVOID a big USA-China debate, as that will lock this thread in a heartbeat, I'm just citing a unique aspect if this tool that you can't buy today.
So using a tool like this brings back memories for me, and it is a bit of an antique... it goes beyond anything technical. It was designed, manufactured and patented on North American soil.