Top positive review
Perfect Combination of Small Size and Functionality
on May 29, 2013
I did a lot of research on this tool before ordering it. The original Crucial with the carabiner was nice but when I saw this one, I thought it would rival my little Swiss army knife clone. With the pocket clip, it fits in my jeans and I don't even notice it's there, but the tool is solid and actually pretty substantial for its size. The blade opens with one hand quite easily and locks solidly into place. It was razor sharp right out of the box. The drivers are a little small, but I just open the tool part-way and it gives the cross-head driver a lot of reach! The pliers are very well made and I like that they are so thin and yet tight, sturdy and shaped perfectly for small to medium jobs. I would have like them better if they were spring-loaded but for how I've used them so far, it hasn't made much difference anyway. The bottle opener and a corkscrew are very strong as well! Yes, they don't lock in place but that isn't a big deal to me. It would have been neat if Gerber could have figured out a way to make a can-opener/bottle-opener combo, but it's still great (It almost is, to be honest!). I love how the blade feels in my hand, and how it has both the straight and serrated edges. I think it increases its functionality. It really is a good marriage of small size and capable tools. I know people have made comments and done videos saying it's not a good "survival tool" but for me and the fishing, hiking and occasional camping I do, I think it's a great multi-tool! Some like the carabiner, some like the strap cutter, but I really liked that mine comes with the bottle opener and corkscrew. To each his/her own! The Gerber Crucial looks great and functions well! I highly recommend it!