Crucial FAST Red
The Crucial F.A.S.T. is the first and only pocket tool available with assisted opening blade technology. Gerber F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technology) makes it easy to simply and quickly deploy a specially designed blunt tip blade. In the wild or around town, the lightweight Crucial F.A.S.T. offers maximum utility in a minimalist package.
*As seen in the Wired Store
- Overall Length: 5.8 in.
- Closed Length: 4.8 in.
- Weight: 5.8 oz.
- F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technology)
- 8 Components
- Half Fine/Half Serrated Blade
- Long Medium Flat Head Driver
- Long Square Cross Driver
- Bottle Opener
- Needlenose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Pinch Style Wire Cutters
- Partially Serrated Blunt Tip Blade
- Longer Drivers
- Safety Lock On Blade
- Large Thumb Stud - For easy opening
- Liner Locks On All Components
- G-10 Handle For Better Grip
I have really liked my normal smaller Crucial multi that recently got lost. (Spring thing bent out after replacements due to lost screws.) I'm hoping to like this Crucial Fast even better as the fuller size drivers should help. I don't need any change to how the blade opens as that was just fine on the original. Finally, I really like this design of simple, light and it fits my hand when cranking on the pliers. Thanks.
This is the only tool I've found that has the right mix of components. I can use the flat and phillips drivers to open electrical connections, the pliers are perfectly acceptable for crimp connections and quick cable clipping, and the knife is great for any other odds and ends. In a pinch, I can fix almost any lighting instrument with just this tool, and then open a brew afterwards. 4 start only because I have managed to break it once. Sad day, however the warranty was honored.
I have owned my Crucial fast for over a year and LOVE IT! I am reading other reviews about a broken button and never had that issue. The only issue I have now is that I lost the knife :( I am buying a new one as this is the absolute BEST every day carry knife I have ever owned. I am a huge fan of this knife/tool. Brilliant design. Easily accessible knife and pliers and screwdrivers when you need them. None of the tools you don't use and enough tools when you need them. Love this knife/tool. I am headed to the store now to buy another as my trusty CRUCIAL FAST was lost :(
I got this tool for Christmas. I was very happy until the first real task I had to do. I used the cutters to cut an extension cord and now the jaws do not line up properly. The Phillips screwdriver/bottle opener is very wobbly the knife is very sharp and still works great. All in all I would say this is a very handy light duty tool and I will be upgrading to a more heavy duty tool
I have 5 Gerber knives that are indispensable. However, the little piece of plastic that releases the blade on this tool comes off and makes the tool useless. This is a toy not a tool and should not be relied on for real work.
amazing tool the fast tecnoligy is awesome . this is my new EDC
Love this tool, very effective EDC tool, the screw drivers have a nice long shank, the blade is a very impressive steel holding a really nice edge. The pliers are sufficiently strong for a small category multitool with very precise nose ends that meet nicely for small jobs and last but most definitely a top pro is the very fun single handed spring assisted blade the will find you deploying for the fun of it.
I've been carrying my Crucial Fast for about two months now and I'm very satisfied with it. It has all the tools I need and none of the superfluous bells and whistles endemic to most multitools. A special note to the cross-head driver; I love that it's full size and not one of those shoddy flattened deals. Each of the tools is pretty high quality especially considering the value of this tool. The assisted opening blade is just icing on the cake and I'm particularly glad they chose a utility style drop point. I've had no issues with the safety switch though I wish the blade lock up was a little tighter since there is quite a bit of wiggle in the locked position.
I agree with Can and Tom, my safety lock on the blade broke too. I love the tool and I use it every day. It did last a while but now its useless and Im dissapointed.
Unfortunately I will write some unpleasant review. I had the same experience with Tom.
I loved the knife, the moment I saw at the internet and ordered from Ebay. But my F.A.S.T mechanism button broke the second day too. This is making the tool is totally useless. Such a shame for Gerber and their quality control department.
Great multi tool i have had no problems with any of the components and i for one think the safty for the assisted opening is great it preventd unwanted opeing i highly recomend this multi tool if you want a small sturdy tool with onlu the basics
F.A.S.T. mechanism button broke second day I had it. The two drivers are much better then the original Crucial but the F.A.S.T. button/lock just ruins it.
I have carried many different multi tools. I don't leave the house without one. I mainly reach for the pliers first with the knife coming in a close second. I only use the other tools occasionally. The tool gets a B- for three reasons. I am a huge fan of blade assist technology, but when I get ready to deploy a blade, I don't want to have to unlock it first. This tool has such a lock. Blade locks should only keep the blade open. The knife and pliers are already starting to develop a fair amount of side play, and the belt clip tore off exiting the truck. The tiny star screws holding it on have too small of threads in too little metal to apply sufficient hold. Overall it gets the job done. It's not as well built as my Sog, but it didn't cost as much either.
Stupidest arrangement of tools EVER! IF they made this with the option for a non-serrated blade, screw drivers, saw and maybe a scissor, this would be a fantastic tool. However, you get two crummy and awkward screw drivers mixes with a knife that has a great feel. I love the carabiner idea, but it's honestly not needed. I just don't understand why nobody makes a knife that has the essentials. All I want in a knife is a pocket clip, saw, serrated AND non-serrated option, screw drivers, can opener, ONE HANDED OPENING KNIFE and maybe a scissor. Pliars, honestly, has anybody ever found the pliers on a pocket knife to be better than an actual pair of pliers? Me neither, so just leave the pliers for the upper class multi-tools, Not every pocket knife needs pliers .
F.A.S.T push button snapped off. Useless now.
Love the simplicity and the functionality of this tool. This is my EDC as a biomed tech. So far, no complaints. Considering a second tool for a back up.
i love the tool it is a great knive the pocket clip has alreay been streched out so i cant really cary it at work anymore. the blade is awesome and the tool that lock are very usefull. but without the clip i cant cary ut so it doesnt really matter
Its a great compact multi-tool I use it a lot at my house and around town!! I love the F.A.S.T blade opening!!! Ilove every tool on it as well!! I have no problems yet and hope to have no problem with the safety breaking off..I love my crucial F.A.S.T
hey Gerber i got this knife worked fine till today i was opening it and the safety broke off and i dropped the very SMALL ball that goes in it and i don't now what else to say IT BROKE i payed 70 $ i would expect something better
The Crucial F.A.S.T. is the first and only pocket tool available with assisted opening blade technology. Gerber F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technology) makes it easy to quickly deploy the blade. In the wild or around town, the lightweight Crucial F.A.S.T. offers maximum utility in a minimalist package. Components: Half Fine/Half Serrated Blade, Long Medium Flat Head Driver, Long Square Cross Driver Bottle Opener, Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Pinch Style Wire Cutters.
The F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technology) blade features a combo edge blade and fires open with a snap like your standard assisted open EDC. Gone are the short stubby drivers and carabiner, replaced by longer, more functional ones. The Crucial F.A.S.T. now also incorporates Gerber’s G-10 handle for improved grip and weight reduction.
Gerber’s Crucial is one of the most popular multi-tools ever. If that’s not reason enough to buy one for your dad, also consider that the new Crucial F.A.S.T. version retains all the functionality of the original incarnation—including such tools as pliers, wire cutters, flat head screwdriver, half-serrated blade, etc.—while possessing a more streamlined look and feel, and weighing less than 6 ounces.
The Crucial is smaller, lighter and more functional than many of the larger, more expense multitools on the market. Indeed, for the price, and weight, this tool can’t be beat for the backcountry.