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I was looking for a knife.
on April 7, 2011
Jump down to the "******"'s to get straight to the meat, and don't care how I came to my choice.
I've been looking for a while for a knife to carry everyday. I picked up a few knives, the benchmade griptillian, and the cold steel recon 1. Both of the other knifes are good, but it just wasn't what I was really looking for as an everyday carry. I always thought of multi-tools as two large hunks of metal with tools hanging off, most of which I would never use. Somewhere I saw a knife with a set of driver's in the handle. I started to look into more knives with tools, and came across the skeletool cx by leatherman. I liked it because it was a good knife, which the opened easily from the outside of the tool. It would be another good multi-tool to look at if you don't like this one. I didn't like the odd shape of it, and didn't want the built in carabiner.
Then I saw the freestyle cx (leatherman), and I liked it a bit more, but I still wanted a screwdriver set, so one seemed too much, and one too little. I had been checking out the gerber crucial but it was a hard choice because the of the bad reviews on the drivers, and the knife seemed a little small (2.25"), and the steel is better on the leatherman cx series. I went on the gerber website to check out the specifications for the crucial. That's when I found the F.A.S.T.
The first thing I liked was the hand (one side) is made out of g-10. Well ground g-10 has a fantastic comfortable grip. And the side with the pocket clip has smooth g-10, so it won't tear up your pocket like cold steel. Next each tool also has a liner lock, so it won't slip back in when your trying to use it. And the spring assisted blade could be very helpful if you need to open it one handed. Lastly I like how far the drivers extend from the handle.
The pliers are thin, and won't do any very hard jobs. But that isn't why I bought the gerber FAST, if I need a pair of pliers I will bring a pair. The knife is a little small but I knew that when purchasing. This model has the same blade as the original (2.25"), except this one is assisted opening. The blunt tip seems a little odd, I would prefer a drop-point, but it isn't all too big of a deal to me. It's pretty sharp, and it shreads through boxs, and fabric pretty easily (cardboard, banker bags, suitcases, backpacks).
The knife was a little gritty opening and closing at first. It was a little hard to open to the pliers, too much. The metal doesn't seem like it was brushed on the pliers that the handle attaches too. I put the grease on those pivits, and it slides a lot nicer, pretty much perfect. The blade didn't want to swing open easily either, but that was fixed also. You might want to get some tuff-cloth/tuff-glide for yourself, it helps against rust too. It's pretty cheap stuff, but you might get a better unit that doesn't need it.
The tools lock tight, and the handle is tight too. Seems well built. The philips looks better than the originals, but I didn't have the original. The philips fits nicely into a typical style computer screw, such as the pci car screw, Cd/Dvd Drive screws.
I like carrying it around a lot. Overall I'm happy with the purchase, I'll update after I put it through some abuse.
When I ordered 4/2/11 there was no picture of the product, and amazon didn't sell it. So I was hesitant to buy at first, I think I am pretty happy I did though.