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Gerber Gear Cable Dawg
Gerber Gear Cable Dawg

Cable Dawg Tool

Specialized Multi-Tool

Item: # 30-000399

Originally developed for US Military communications personnel, this invaluable tool is a specialized, industrial-grade multi-tool for work on fiber optic, IT, and cable systems. Loaded with industry-specific features, the Cable Dawg will save you multiple trips to the toolbox.


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    • Length: 7.5"
    • Weight: 13.8 oz.
    • Black Nylon Sheath
    • Wire/Cable Cutter
    • CAT5 Jacket Cutter
    • Spring Loaded Jaw
    • RJ45 Crimper Head
    • Wire Strippers
    • Glass-Filled Nylon Molded Handles
    • Combo Edge Knife Blade with Jacket Cutter
    • Detachable Component Handle
    • Magnetic Driver Extension
    • Multiple Driver Storage Compartment
    • NSN: 5110-01-598-2253
    • Limited lifetime warranty
    • Built in USA w/ global materials - sheath made in China
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First developed by Gerber for U.S. Military communications personnel, the Cable Dawg is an invaluable tool for civilian communications and telecom professionals. The Cable Dawg is a specialized, industrial grade multitool for work on fiber optic, IT, and cable systems. Every single tool a communications professional needs is combined into one - spring-loaded wire and cable cutters, CAT5 jacket cutter, RJ45 crimper, wire strippers, locking combo-edge knife and multiple drivers. The Cable Dawg performs the job efficiently, safely and quickly, cutting out multiple trips to the toolbox or work truck.

*In 2012 the Cable Dawg received an update to the RJ45 crimper that more confidently connects commercially available plugs.


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  • 4 5
  • |SEP 7, 2019
  • |BY: , Knife portion

Does anyone have the knife portion of this tool? I've been looking anywhere but can't find it... Willing to buy. Email me,

  • 3 5
  • |DEC 25, 2015
  • |BY: , Lead Technician

Historically, I have found a bag full of tools, each designed specifically for the task, to be far more effective than any Multi - Tool... however... now that I have transitioned to a more supervisory role... having a tool that I could just strap to my hip next to my knife/scissor and cut down on the tools I need to carry would be benificial indeed.... now... work in a springloaded punch with 110 and 66 blades and Ill place my order

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 10, 2015
  • |BY: , IT Specialist

This is a good tool with lots of great uses. However, the knife part of it seems to be rather loose and flimsy. I would like to see the knife quality improved and perhaps see the punches to be impact punches. All in all, I like it, and most of the people in my work enjoy it too.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 19, 2015
  • |BY: , IT Tech

Awesome tool, haven't had any issues with crimping as I see Mathew's review.

Would love to see this company make something for cable/coax, would definitely purchase from these guys again.

  • 1 5
  • |MAY 10, 2015
  • |BY: , cable lineman

this isnt for cable dawgs, its for IT.....

make a real multi for cable (coax), with a stripper, compression, 5-1 multi bit set using 1/4", also knife, saw, and needle nose.

  • 3 5
  • |MAR 1, 2015
  • |BY: , tech

Doesn't crimp as well as expected and already broke a bit and can't locate a replacement. For the price we pay should they be available on site somewhere. Hopefully you add a section.

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 13, 2014
  • |BY: , Navy IT

Great tool! Used this downrange on deployments all over CENTCOM. Lasted longer than most cable tools!

  • 2 5
  • |AUG 27, 2014
  • |BY: , Network Equipment Installer

Hey Gerber! Could you make this into a ratcheting crimper, razor sharp jacket cutter edge, and add some pliers! Give us an updated version man!!!

Ranked lower to see if you take a look at this to maybe get an update version!

  • 1 5
  • |AUG 15, 2014
  • |BY: , Do you really Sell This

Every time I come to the site to check it is never in stock. SO do you really sell the cable dawg tool?

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 28, 2014
  • |BY: , Data Network Specialist

This was issued to me prior to my last deployment. It ended up being that one tool that you could use for everything. I probably ran a mile of Cat-5 and tipped all of it with this tool no problem. It even has a handy bit holder and knife of course. I used it a lot to fix A/C's as well (clogged with dust).

  • 2 5
  • |DEC 10, 2013
  • |BY: , ET3

Nice tool at first but the knives on all five of the ones I ordered for our workcenter are defective. Three of them don't sit flush in their handle when closed and I can't figure out why they don't, while the remaining two are practically falling apart. The blades are floppy and don't lock into place properly when opened.
The cutters are nice when new although they are wearing out and don't cut so well now, even though they aren't that old and don't see a huge amount of use.
As others also stated, the RJ45 crimpers are faulty although Gerber has updated the ones they are selling now. Doesn't solve my issues, though.

All in all, they aren't the worst ever but I don't think they're worth more than $50, let alone the $300 price.

  • 4 5
  • |AUG 20, 2013
  • |BY: , Telecommunications Engineer/Manager

Being in the field most of my career and then transitioning into a managerial position I found myself still needing tools every now and then but never having all of my tools on hand when I needed them. This tool fills the void. It takes a little getting used to it but all in all is a great tool to have in my laptop bag when I travel between all of our organizations locations. I am considering supplying these to all of my staff.

  • 3 5
  • |MAR 22, 2013
  • |BY: , Your Title

Awesome tool...I found that the cutters don't deal well with softer CAT5 outer shield. I will keep it and test out some more.

  • 2 5
  • |NOV 15, 2012
  • |BY: , ST5 Support Afghanistan

This tool is indeed one of the sexiest tools I have seen (at least at first sight). The tool itself is well built and functions extremely well, except for one extremely important function; the CAT5 crimper. I am not sure if this tool is specifically built for CAT6 or what, but I have tried numerous CAT5E RJ45 connectors, and I cannot get one of them to properly crimp. I have a PALADIN tool kit I usually carry with me, and this tool replaces all of it .. but unfortunately, I still have to use the PALADIN kit because the Cable DAWG crimper is defective. At least mine is. I'm glad I had this issued to me for deployment, instead of throwing away 300 dollars of my personal money. Hopefully GERBER fixes the issue.

  • 1 5
  • |AUG 8, 2012
  • |BY: , Upset with results

Hi I’m a communications Specialist, currently deployed in Afghanistan. My wife ordered me a Cable Dawg as a gift since I was in need of a new crimper. At first I was excited to get to use the tool. But after less than a week, it’s giving me more problems than the cheap crimper I was using before. The “wire cutter” cuts through the jacket of the cable fine but doesn’t cut the internal cables. It more or less Dents them. The RJ-45 crimper doesn’t complete a crimp: by which I mean that it doesn’t press in the copper completely, derails from the copper and presses the plastic, ruining the copper. And it doesn’t crimp the plastic to hold the jacket in place. I have tried countless RJ-45s as well. The knife was working fine until I noticed for some reason it won’t close all the way and the “jacket cutter” is still exposed. The Jacket cutter cut through the jacket of the cable fine for 3 days. Now it doesn’t even want to score through the top layer. I am greatly disappointed in the performance of this tool. I don’t know if this one just happens to be severely defective or if you make all of the Cable Dawgs like this. If I were to improve it, I would add an actual Razor edge that could cut through cable (because two angled edges of metal that arent sharpened at all cant cut the small cables) and a ratcheting action for the crimper like the Paladin brand line.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 11, 2012
  • |BY: , Mr

As an IT Technician in England I have been using this for around 6 months and it is incredible! I now carry one tool to various different sites instead of 5!

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 8, 2012
  • |BY: , TADSS Facilitator ORARNG

This tool is a is a very useful tool, I have used it to set up my training simulation devices, it is a very versatile tool, by having the various tool items attached to it, it has made it easier to do my job, instead of carrier a bag of tools with me, I have just this one and with proper maintenance to the tool it remains a very effective tool for setting networks up. I strongly recommend this to any IT personnel.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 9, 2012
  • |BY: , yup

this tool is dead sexy!

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 21, 2012
  • |BY: , KING


  • 5 5
  • |DEC 1, 2011
  • |BY: , Sr.Cable Tech

Received tool as groomsman gift. Well built and functions properly. Nice tool to have.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 30, 2011
  • |BY: , Your Title