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Gerber 30-000315 Crucial F.A.S.T. Tool

3.8 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
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  • F.A.S.T. (forward action spring technology) makes it easy to open and use any of its eight functions
  • Eight functions: Half fine/half serrated blade, regular pliers, pinch-style wire cutters, cross-head driver, bottle opener, flat-head driver, and needle-nose pliers
  • Safety lock on blade with a large thumb stud for easy opening
  • Liner locks on all components
  • G-10 handle for better grip
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Product Description

Tackle a variety of tasks quickly and conveniently with the Crucial F.A.S.T. tool from Gerber. Handy whether you're on the trail or in the garage, this compact pocket tool contains a half fine, half serrated knife blade along with a long medium flat-head screwdriver, a long Phillips screwdriver, a bottle opener, needle nose pliers, regular pliers, and pinch-style wire cutters. Forward action spring technology allows you to quickly and easily deploy the blade, while butterfly-style handles provide optimal control.

At a Glance
30-000315 Crucial F.A.S.T. Tool
At a Glance:

  • Eight components, including blade, drivers, pliers, bottle opener, and wire cutters

  • Forward action spring technology to quickly deploy the blade

  • Adjustable, butterfly-style handles for greater control

  • Backed by a limited lifetime warranty
At a Glance

30-000315 Crucial F.A.S.T. Tool
Along with a blade, this pocket tool includes pliers, wire cutters, a bottle opener, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, and more (click to enlarge).
Quick-Deploying Blade and Adjustable Handles
The Crucial F.A.S.T. tool features a sharp, full-sized knife with forward action spring technology (F.A.S.T.) that enables you to quickly and easily deploy the blade using a thumb stud and safety release. The knife has a half fine edge, half serrated edge along with a blunt tip for prying and scraping. A safety button keeps the blade securely in place until you are ready to close it.

When the blade is extended, you can fold and secure the butterfly-style handles together to make accurate cuts. The handles also offer optimal control over the V-cutter, and their long length delivers greater torque. In addition, the handles fan out to provide easy access to the flat-head screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, and bottle opener.

Portable, Lightweight Design
Weighing 5.6 ounces, and measuring less than 4 inches long when closed, the Crucial F.A.S.T. tool is highly portable and can fit neatly in your pocket or on your belt, thanks to a convenient carrying clip. This enables you to keep the tool handy for slicing rope, tightening bolts, opening bottles, and performing other tasks.

Liner Locks for Greater Safety
The Crucial F.A.S.T. tool features stainless steel liner locks that keep all of the tool's components locked into place when they are in the open position. As a result--whether you're cutting, twisting, or prying--you can relax and focus on the task at hand without worrying about components accidentally folding up.

Durable Construction and Secure Grip
Made of stainless steel, the Crucial F.A.S.T. tool is designed to weather the elements and retain its precision and appearance for years to come. Rugged red and black G-10 glass epoxy laminate handles offer an exceptional grip for safety and performance.

This pocket tool measures 3.7 inches long closed and 5.8 inches long open and weighs 5.6 ounces.

What's in the Box
Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. tool containing half fine and half serrated blade, long medium flat-head screwdriver, long Phillips screwdriver, bottle opener, needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, and pinch-style wire cutters.

30-000315 Crucial F.A.S.T. Tool
The Crucial F.A.S.T. tool contains a half fine edge, half serrated knife blade (click each to enlarge).

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Technical Details

Item Weight 5.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.4 x 1.9 x 1.1 inches
Item model number 30-000315
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description Lifetime Warranty

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Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #222,484 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1,331 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Multitools & Accessories > Multitools
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 25, 2010

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The blade is OK quality but the stupid locking/quick open mechanism is more trouble than its worth. Its too difficult to open by the thumb stud. The serrated portion of the blade is short and too close to the body to be of real use.
The phillips is one of the few on a multitool that's appropriately sized for real work. The bottle opener is similarly sturdy and big enough. Ditto the large flat head on the opposite side. Only thing missing is a small flat head. There is also no file but I've never used a file on any multitool in my life.
The pliers are difficult to open but are well built and solid. Wire cutters arent sharp and dont close deep enough to actually snip things.

One of the best features of this tool is that only the pliers are on the inside, in other words you only have to open it up for one tool: the pliers.
All other tools can be easily accessed from the outside which is a good thing because the pliers open so poorly.
Its awkward to handle with the belt clip but that can be easily removed if you have a tiny torx driver. As clunky as this tool is I would not keep it on me. I'd always be worried it will break in an emergency and its not versatile enough for daily carry. Too few functions for being so large and heavy. It wont sit in your pocket comfortably and its not good enough to warrant a belt holster.

Gave it two stars because its not complete garbage.
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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.
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I own both the Skeletool CX and the Crucial FAST. The CX was my EDC in my blue jeans watch pocket for roughly 18 months for broadband and satellite installations. The pliers were the most disappointing feature, and it was mainly due to the inferior grip the handles provided. I damaged the wire cutters by trying to cut wire that was too rigid. Since the screwdriver bits are modular, and one is stored in the handle, it was only a matter of time until one of them fell out. A quick call to Leatherman and they sent a few spares free of charge. Overall I was pleased with the CX because it would save me from having to worry about carrying multiple tools. However I wanted something a little more compact, had better pliers, and longer screwdriver extensions would be a big plus. I bought the (green) Crucial about 6 months ago, and in my line of work it is much more user friendly and ergonomic. When I heard about the FAST I sold the Crucial to a co-worker for $20 who's using it as his EDC. I ended up buying the FAST off eBay since Amazon did not have it in stock at the time.

I've been using the FAST as my EDC for 3 months now. It is a little shorter than the CX so it's easier to fit in my watch pocket. One reviewer claims that the spring-assisted blade is slow to open. My blade opens in <1 sec once you flick the thumb stud, and while there is some play in the blade it has never once been a problem area. The wire cutters cut thru cat5e, rg6, and 10 ga cu ground wire like a champ. The phillips & flat blade bits have very little play and have held up to my usage habits. Overall I am very pleased with the FAST and have no reservations in recommending it to others. I'll dish out 4 stars since the knife blade could be made of better steel so that it holds a better edge.
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I have a real contempt for tools that try to do too much, because they usually fail on all counts. You know: multi-tools with so many attachments that they can't be held, "fit any size bolt" wrenches, just about every bicycle multi-tool, etc. I was somewhat relieved when my original 18 year old Gerber pliers disappeared due to the fact that they were so bulky, I preferred wearing them on my belt in a holster, which meant I often didn't carry them!

Enter all 5¾ ounces of the Crucial FAST, which is small enough that I don't mind carrying the tool in my pant pocket. It's about as big as my palm is wide, and easily wrapped in my fist, meaning I can carry it every day (at work) and not notice it.

And it does all those run-of-the-mill tasks I need it to: Open electrical and communications panels. Twist and cut tie wire. Open boxes. Slice my nectarine for lunch. The screwdrivers are long enough they actually work in most situations (decent #2 Philips head and a 3/8" flat head that's good for panels but not so good with most electronic devices & pot swtiches). And frankly, if I need anything more than that, I'm either heading back for the tool bag, or calling a building engineer.

The spring assisted "FAST" blade is a treat, after a brief period of getting used to its operation and also breaking the tool in a bit. One-handed operation is nearly switchblade fast. The safety slider only gets in the way when I'm closing the blade, when it's still sometimes a bit sticky.
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