Gerber 06 FAST - Tanto, Serrated
Tactical and tough. That's what you get with the 06 F.A.S.T., a quick opening knife with G-10 handles for extra grip when wet. The Tanto shaped blade is designed for thrusting.
- Blade Length: 3.80"
- Closed Length: 4.8"
- Overall Length: 8.60"
- Weight: 5.70 oz.
- Handle: G-10
- G-10 handle for extra grip even in wet conditions
- Quick, One-hand opening
I have the civilian (not military issue) version of this knife. Soft steel makes for easy sharpening with rocks in the field. However, it does dull early and often. Coating does give a pretty good corrosion resistance. I recommend removing all screws, applying loc-tite, and re-installing when you get the knife. I feel engineering was excellent, but materials were sub-par. Overall, I feel this knife should cost at least $20 less.
ive had this knife for well over a year and use it as my every day carry knife. i break about 70% of everything i get my hands on and i really tried to put gerbers lifetime warranty to the test. but it looks like ill have this in my pocket for many years to come. my only gripe is it loses its edge quickly with moderate to heavy daily use but for a stamped knife for under $100 you cant go wrong.
Not the same quality as the US made 06's. Gerber phoned this one in.
This knife is not worth the money you pay for it. The handle is very well built, but the lock and the blade are very cheap. The blade comes sharp but dulls quickly with general use. There is a lot of play in the lockup. The knife is very uncomfortable to hold and the lock gets stuck. Do not waste your money on this blade instead buy a cold steel recon 1 or kershaw tension.
very good knife, love the f.a.s.t feature very good coating on the blade not easily scratched, i only wish the knife came in a larger size 4 INCHES TO BE EXACT
I always carry a knife. My fiancee' bought me this knife a year ago and it is still awesome.I useually have to get a new knife ever couple of months. I am a Harley mechanic, I use my knife for all kinds of things. I have used the blade to pry things, and useually when I do the blades break, but this one is doing good. And with the quick open and the breaching point on the bottom I would feel comfortable with this knife in a survival situation.
When I first purchased this knife I was quite pleased with the G-10 handle, tanto, surrated blade, and the assisted opening feature. But after only using this knife for around a month, the blade already lost it's edge and became dinged. Also, the blade has become very loose and moves quire a bit from side to side. I bought this knife because it was a Gerber, but apparently that doesn't stand for much anymore since they have become to wrapped in military contracts and making civilian gear in China. Goodbye, Gerber. You won't be missed!
I picked this knife up last April, so its been about 11 months.and has held up pretty well.
I bought a second one as a backup and its been setting in a cabinet for about 3 months because i have no need for it.The blade did develop some play in it after 2 months but fixed it by taking the pivot screw out and applying thread lock and haven't had the problem since.I really hate the fact that this knife is built over seas and the the blade material inst s30v like the auto. Overall I would have no problem relying on this knife in a tactical situation.
I REALLY LIKE THIS KNIFE. THE LOOK, FEEL AND THE WEIGHT TO IT IS JUST RIGHT. ITS NOT AS FAST OPENING AS I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE THOUGH.
I have a large collection of knifes to chose from for EDC purposes and this is a decent knife. You get what you pay for, for sure. After light use, the blade loses it's edge rather quickly, and with any pressure put on the blade itself you begin to see a good amount of play up and down as well as side to side. It is definitely a nice looking knife, and for EDC purposes achieves everything I need it to, but for any survival or tactical purposes, I would trust it for much. I also with the G-10 handles would be more grippy.
Overall, nice knife for the price.
I bought this knife at the BX that I am stationed at. It is a great knife for everyday carry, however it is a little bit on the heavy side, so it will take some time to get use to. Also, I wouldn't mind having a heavier spring action.
This is a decent knife overall. A tad large for an EDC knife but it does fit easily into a front pocket. This knife is NOT made of the S30V steel that the military 06 Auto Tanto is (American made; very good knife steel). This model is constructed of 7cr17MoV steel which is a bit better than your average run of the mill stainless steel knife. Some sources compare it to 440A stainless; some debate over that. --It does keep a decent edge though the serrations do seem to dull somewhat easily. My particular knife never had great serrations. If you don't abuse it & try to cut things like wire it keeps a decent edge. The 06 F.A.S.T. Tanto had a good feel in the hand and the locking mechanism engages automatically when you open it. The assisted opening works well though is a bit loud. If stealth were to be needed while opening this knife, use both hands and open it slowly. Overall, I would recommend to a friend; either this or the drop point blade, depending on preference.
I got this knife as a gift. I carry and use it everyday and have never had not one issue with it. Not sure why so many other people had problems with it. The spring assist works great and it holds an edge very well. I am now a gerber man for life.
It took a while but I finally found the info of the type of Stella the blade is made of.
7CR17. It's no S30W like the auto version. But still tough nonetheless. I love this knife and carry it everyday.
Amazing and comfortable grip. The ergonomics are amazing and designed for every technique, motion. Comes razor sharp out of the box. sharp enough to literally shave with. It fits rather nicely, clipped into your pocket, for such a large knife. I just purchased the knife today so the only draw back I have noticed thus far is, with the orientation of the clip, and blade side mixed with the F.A.S.T. technology, and the duel sided thumb studs, tends to open the knife prematurely as you're pulling it out of your pocket. This obviously could lead to pretty serious injury if you're not careful. It could also be a little bit smoother when opening and closing, but other than those two things i love the knife so far.
I've only had this knife a week now, but I have no complaints other than it could use a stronger spring mechanism. It seems to open rather slow for my taste. I can open most knives faster than this one opens on its own. As far as mechanical stability and reliability, I am very pleased. Still holds a very sharp edge and it's just the right size or gloved hands and even very cold hands. .
DECENT knife. Out of the box it needed a lot of sharpening. The serrations were not aligned with the blade but not a huge issue. The locking switch moves off track to the right which for OCD people like me requires a slight push to the left in order to align it. Again not a huge issue just annoying. FAST system works great and is literally fast and can be faster depending on the amount of energy you put into opening the blade. G10 handles are great and the glass breaker is also great. The blade can be sharpened decently but does not hold an edge for long. The steel is also VERY soft. I've used the serrations for nothing but cutting para-cord and already some of the teeth is starting to wear down. The knife does have great ergonomics and is very comfortable in the hand. The pocket clip was ridiculously tight when I got it and i had to sort of bend it up with a Flathead to make it easy to put on a pocket. Again not that big of a deal and at least I know it will never leave my pocket without my knowledge. Overall it is a pretty good folder for the price and what it is. It is a good EDC and will serve you well. You can always spend 200 dollars on a blade, but at least with this Gerber you will not cry if you lose it. And you will ALWAYS lose knives.
Love this knife & feel naked w/o it! Comes in handy at work for sharpening pencils to cutting open heavy industrial banding! Doubleplusgood!
I use this knife everyday at work all day.. shredding cardboard boxes like they're nothing. Also I paid way less than retail ($20 less at wal-mart of all places) and this knife is incredible. It is one of the sharpest knives I've ever seen right out of the box and it has kept its edge great so far. I've owned this kinfe for about a month now and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fast opening badass knife. Look no further. this knife is for you!
I love this knife so much. When I am out on a mission I bring it with when ever I get the chance. When I get my next pay check, I am buying 5 more.
searrations broke, bent, burred from cutting.......... paper, cardboard. 2 weeks in blade rattles and wobbles from light use i would actually be scared to have to use this knife for any heavy use might lose a finger.
overall looks nice and fancy but the quality, wayyyyyyy more left to be desired
when i got this knife i thought wow just wow i knew this knife was for me i like the g10 handle and the fact that it is spring assisted it has dual thumb studs so it is good for a rh or a lh witch is a good thing it is not sharp out of box with some sharpening this could be a fair hunting knife the half and half blade is good for cutting rope feels good in hand mind it is heavy but if you are like me you like a big knife
When i first bought this knife i thought it was ok, the open assist part of it is very slow half the time it dosnt if go. the knife seems more manual than automatic im not sure if the knife is supposed to make a grinding sound when opening it, other than that its fine. the blade seems to be the only decent part about it.
Got this knife a while back and it still works great. I have heard of others running into some trouble with the locking mechanism, but if you need a knife for extreme duty situations, then you should fork out a little more money. I have taken good care of mine and used it numerous times. My only suggestion is to look around at the pricing. This knife retails at $77, but I got mine on sale at walmart for $45.
1. GOOD; Sturdy hand grips that fit your hands, handy window breaker and lanyard loop at the base. Easy opening, locking and closing, (for me). Sturdy thick blade.
2. Could be better; Blade dulls easily, but sharpens quickly with sharpening steel, blade wobbles and rattles after continuous heavy duty use.
Overall a good emergency back-up knife, but not a utility
I got this knife for Christmas about 2 years ago. It loses its sharpness pretty quickly, and it is a little too big to be practical to carry daily. It is VERY sturdy and I haven't had any problems at all with parts coming loose. If I was put in a survival situation, this would be the knife I would chose to carry out of my personal collection.
it dulls quickly and doesnt stay sharp, also after 4 uses on 9line or parachute cord the locking parts never locked,
Final: poorly made knife with no idea of rush medical/tactical/useful tool is suppose to be. would never buy again but its a fantastic fishing knife.
also make for a great throwing knife or stake to hold a tent down or hammer.
I've had this knife for almost a year and the locking mechanism was difficult to use when i first purchased it but after i broke it in it has worked perfectly. The blade stays sharper for longer than many other blades i have had and i use this knife many times daily at work and it does the job. Impressed, i usually go with Boker, being from Germany, and decided to go with a Gerber and i was quite impressed i like this knife a lot.
I bought this knife at REI, during a recent sale. The knife was impressive in the display case, but so far that is where it has stopped. The blade has already begun to rust, near the base, after one canoe and one camping trip. The blade feels loose and when I tightened the blade adjustment screws, it would only get but so tight. The grip feels great, but I noticed that when the handle gets wet, the locking mechanism becomes very very tight, making the knife almost inoperable which is a deal breaker for me. The blade is quite sharp, but the steel gives way easily when cutting things like metal wire, or thick leather. I intended to carry this knife in my duties with the team, but when opening it, its SO loud, that tactical feasibility is limited. Even when the blade is tightened, its still feels quite loose. I intend to take this one back to rei and get a SOG assisted opening knife. Gerber I am surprised that you would put this out there under the guise of tactical. It is a gimmick knife...
NIce looking knife but why cant you make a civilian verson (not automatic) with s30v steel made in the us??
I was issued this knife, and I'm grateful for it. It's a fantastic knife and has served me well in Afghanistan on three tours. I don't know how these other fellows had problems with theirs. It's just not the same experience as I've had with mine, and I've never heard of a problem from any of my buddies who carry them too.
its a great knife
GREAT KNIFE NO PROBLEMS.
The clip became loose after a couple weeks, the serrations wear very easily, low quality steel. I've had lots of knifes over the years and was disappointed about this one.
I just got this knife at Walmart for about $60. Its strong and just a great knife. I bring it on all my campouts.
I have had mine for a few years now and love it. I carry it on a daily, and carried it in Iraq . This knife has never let me down
I have had this knife for one day after buying it for 60 dollars at walmart and the serrations are rolling and breaking off of the blade as well as the locking mechanism is sticking badly and sometimes very sporadic in if it works or not. overall not worth the money and will be returned shortly.
Excellent tough quick opening all purpose work knife that I wouldn't mind having on me all the time for whatever job especially for the price. Love the heavy feel of the knife in my hand and there is plenty to grip on to. I absolutely recommend this knife and have much experience with Gerber reliability.
I had surgery last week on my left elbow, its a great knife for only having one hand. Haven't got to use it to hard but one of the best knives I've purchased.
Good blade for the price, not the best knife they offer. I use it at work all the time for things it shouldn't be used for for about two years and I have never had to sharpen it. Locking and spring assist are a great feature. I too had to tighten up the blade screws a few times but it doesn't bother me. Fits great in the pocket with a phone or keys. Defiantly a good buy.
Pretty good knife, got it from Walmart for $60, only problem so far was the blade screws loosened up but got them tightened back up. Love the assisted open feature. Will probably buy the auto version eventually.
Good enough steel for what it is, very good blade guards. Solid feel, positive lock when open. Can easily drive it through most objects with no finger slip with the g10 grip. Great knife so far!
I've had this knife for almost two years, and some time last year, I made the mistake while "celebrating" to drive the blade into a picnic table, when my friend pulled it out sideways and snapped off about a CM of the tip. I was pretty bummed because I love this knife (or my slightly older model anyway) and hated to think about replacing it, especially at the price of this knife, so I got an UZI defender as my main work knife, and hit the shop bench with my Gerber, and ground the nose down and put a new tip on it, and minus some damage I did to the black finish, its good as new. Great opening mechanism and great handle, just would like it to be more idiot proof.
Well the price is absurd for what the knife actually does. Cool features but for all practical purposes I wold not reccoment this knife
when you first take out of the box your like yea i love it but ive had it for two months and it broke the whole fast part broke so know it doesn't have ast. opening and more importantly it does not lock. do not buy this knife!
Like how fast the knife opens but the knife sucks my serrations broke off the blade
I'm sad to say I'm not entirely impressed with this knife, cutting a piece of very small gauge wire bent a couple of the serrated teeth which tells me its made of cheap low grade steel. The opening action is louder than the rack of many pistols making it hardly "tactical". Cutting into an aluminum can will remove the paint in an instant. As a man who knows knives I would not recommend this knife for somebody who uses a knife in a tactical environment.
I have always been a S.O.G guy but Gerber is really stepping up their game. I have recently bought Aluminum Presto 3.0, and this one the 06 FAST Tanto. I am very very impressed.
Take it from me, i've used a multitude of different knives, till i found this one from a co-worker, absolutely incredible, went straight thru one of the boxes we were breaking down, split the box in half like butter! You'll spend a lil more on one, but totally worth it!
Great Knife, don't leave a single day without it in my pocket. Deploys very F.A.S.T and locks up very nice.
Bought this knife and I absolutely love it!!!
I love this knife it does the job for all my needs!
Just bought this knife it give me the feel of a recon1 with the g10 handle love the balance and the F.A.S.T technology can't wait to put it through the paces
Great knife for everything i've used it for
Bought this knife the other day. Really lie the feel of it in my hand. The sharpening on the tip of the blade was a little off. Kind of rounded, but nothing I can't fix. Gerber is really changing my opinion on their knives. Keep producing one's like
There are a lot of knife makers out there and there has been an explosion over the past couple years of new makers, some with great products and some without. This is fueled at least in part by the fact that it seems there isn’t a cop alive today who doesn’t have the clip of a folder hanging out of at least one of their pockets. Contrast all of these new question mark knife makers with a company like Gerber Legendary Tools. Born in 1939, Gerber has made a huge impact on the knife industry and particularly in the military and LE industries. Now it’s true that they had a couple bad years, and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it. But Gerber has come back with gusto and it appears they’re making up for lost time. The 06 F.A.S.T. is a perfect example of this. Made of solid materials and from a solid design, this tanto style folder is a great example of Gerber’s quality products.