Gerber Crucial FAST

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Somewhat heavy and klugy, but mostly well built and…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40


Somewhat heavy and klugy, but mostly well built and functional.


  • Well made
  • Tools actually work


  • Heavy
  • Bulky

I originally purchased an earlier generation of the Crucial which I found pretty useless. The drivers on that one were too small to be of any real use. I mentioned this to a clerk where I bought it (REI) and he gave me this newer one in exchange, no questions asked.  I was not happy with the product, REI remedied that problem.  So now I have the Crucial F.A.S.T.. 

The drivers are longer and seem to work better, the knife blade has the assisted-opening so it is quicker to deploy, and the pliers...well, don't tackle anything requiring great torque. Fix a stove or other small device and you can expect it to work OK.  

For the money and the weight, you don't get a lot of tools with this item. Upon further reflection, I wonder why we feel we have to put all our tools on one platform? A screw-driver with interchangeable bits, a pair slip joint pliers, and a good single blade knife would not weigh much more that this and the tools would all work better.  However, the drool factor would be less, I guess. 

Overall, the tool is OK, but I don't carry it. It is sitting patiently in a a spare emergency kit, waiting for an opportunity to prove me wrong.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Gerber's Crucial FAST page.

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Here's what other sites are saying:

As stylish as your favorite knife, but packed with essential features like your favorite Gerber Multi-Plier. Despite its compact, lightweight size, the Crucial Tool delivers big, full-function components including: flat head screw driver, v-cut wire cutters, knife, and bottle opener. Limited lifetime warranty. Overall length: 5.5" (F.A.S.T. 5.8"). Closed length: 3.6" (F.A.S.T. 4.8"). Wt: 5.0 oz (F.A.S.T. 5.8 oz).

- Mountains Plus

The Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. multitool combines the light, compact design and smooth style of your favorite pocket knife with the full-function components of a multitool. Features F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technolog) spring-assisted blade opening mechanism for quick, easy deployment. Safety lock on the blade keeps it securely in place for worry-free use. Stainless-steel, blunt-tip blade is partially serrated. Spring-loaded needlenose pliers make deployment quick and easy. The Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. multitool also sports a bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver, standard screwdriver, wire cutter.