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Gerber Answer FAST XL Knife, Serrated Edge, Tanto [31-000581]

3.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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  • F.A.S.T. (forward action spring technology)
  • Textured inlay, for secure grip in all conditions
  • Black anodized aluminum handle, lightweight and discreet
  • Partially serrated tanto point tactical blade
  • Open length 9.3-Inch, blade length 4.0-Inch and closed length 5.5-Inch
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Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber's problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade.

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Gerber 31-000581 Answer XL knife with F.A.S.T. (forward action spring technology) blade opening technology and tactical features. The Answer XL is the solution where there is a problem. And quick.

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Technical Details

Part Number G0581_Taille XL
Item Weight 7.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 9.1 x 5.2 x 0.1 inches
Item model number 31-000581
Color Black
Material Stainless Steel
Item Package Quantity 1
Blade Edge Plain/Serrated
Usage personal
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description Lifetime Warranty

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ASIN B004DT4AOG
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3.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #64,513 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#314 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Knives > Hunting Knives > Fixed Blade Hunting Knives
#2,232 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Hunting > Knives & Tools
Shipping Weight 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available November 25, 2010

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When the Gerber F.A.S.T. draw XL Tanto knife came in, I was very excited, I have been a fan of the F.A.S.T. system for sometime now, and I thought that this knife would be a nice addition.

The first thing I noticed is that the blade was loose when drawn, unfortunately, this meant the blade would wiggle around during use. This is a huge contrast from the FAST draw serrated knife, which were both extremely tight upon opening.

Whipping out a torx screwdriver set soon fixed the problem, however, within 4-5 weeks, very minimal use, the thumbstud had popped out and was lost some time during a camping trip. Then it loosened up again.

Gerber knives have always exceeded my standards, I'm sad to say that this was a far cry from their normal worksmanship, however, I will say that the FAST draw serrated knife (stainless steel) that I received was well made, and thus far have had no issues.

By the time the issues were apparent, I attempted to return the item, but I was outside of the 30 day return policy. If Gerber would send a replacement knife, I would be happy to update the item's rating, as long as the replacement was of the standard Gerber Quality.
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Had this about a week and the blade stopped locking when opened. Fortunately discovered when not using on something serious. Returned this product asking for a full refund. Also, if you look at my pictures, you'll see a white spot in the middle of the blade on both sides. This is from the blade rubbing against 2 screws when closed. It came this way so not sure if this was used or not. The ruffage on the grip was also poorly cut to fit into the recessed areas. One other thing was that when you looked in the chamber, you could see where the blade tip was touching the back of the handle when closed. This would have a negative effect on the sharpness of the blade.
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I have had this thing for a about a year now and can say proudly that I don't baby it, its my work knife. When I go traveling, camping, whatever its always on my side. Its showing signs of ware now but, I would say its pretty durable for what I put it through.

Pros:
1. Overall good quality materials are used in the construction of the knife. Design is great too, its is not overly bulky.
2. Belt clip works well for me just be careful when clipping to anything other then the belt or jeans. The knife is heavy and will slide out of your pocket if the pocket compartment of your garment is slightly inverted (while driving).
3. Handle is very well designed to provide grip in wet conditions. (Rubbery inserts do help.)
4. Finally, good size blade for a folder. Blade is sharp out of the box, made of good steal. Fairly durable coating helps to prevent rust and conceal the true nature of the object in your hand:) I haven't experienced issues with wobbly blade as reported in some of the reviews here. Mine was and still is tight. FAST works well for me, flawless in execution every time. That said, I do take care of it and I do not use it for an axe.

Cons: I really can't think of any.

Bottom line: There are better knifes out there that is certain. But for the price, I am convinced that this is the best bargain out there if you are looking for an everyday driver.
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I purchased this item in February and it broke on me yesterday when I flicked it open I noticed some parts had fallen right out of it...this knife should hav lasted forever the way I was babying it..it still looks brand new...i know Gerber makes good knives but this one is flawed an won't last anyone long
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Pros: Good, sturdy blade that holds a edge for quite a while. The FAST spring assist works great, and it is sturdy in my hand.
Cons: Not made in America and the belt clip was moved from the butt of the handle to the pivot side, and it was easier to use on the butt side for my usage.
Overall: YES! YES! and more YES!

Well, It's been almost a year since i bought this, and I still carry it with me daily. I had to send it into Gerber for warrenty work, the main screws that hold the blade came loose. The locking switch gets gummed up on the inside from being in my pocket too. Still a sturdy knife, and with a good sharpener, it still holds an edge.

A further addition, I have since had to send it into Gerber for work, the hindge screw came loose and the saftey was gumming up. They promptly sent me a brand new one, no questions. The new one seems a bit better then the first, showing an improvement in manufacutring process and attendion to quality control. I cannot say enough good about Gerber as a compnay, and it's sad that many overlook them for Kershaw, SOG, and Leatherman only. Nothing against those comapnies, but open your options and you might find exactly what you wanted in Gerber.
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By M5 on January 11, 2013
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I purchased the knife as a utility knife. I have had the knife for over a year now and use it daily cutting various things from plastics, cardboard, zip ties, wire or whatever needs cutting. It is still working perfect I feel naked without it. It is on the large side and you notice when its not in your pocket. It holds its edge I have not had to sharpen it yet.
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