Monday, September 10, 2012

TOOL: Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T.

I've been a huge fan of my Leatherman Skeletool. We've been inseparable. Four years and counting. Served me well the whole time.

But I have a confession. I've been cheating. I picked up a new tool. A cute little piece of kit from Gerber. Their Crucial F.A.S.T. multitool. And, man oh man, is she a keeper!

The good stuff: smaller, lighter, very easy to open one handed (thanks to the Forward Action Spring Technology powering the blade) and quite nice on the eyes.

The bad stuff: I'm not in love with the actual blade. Sure, it pops out like lightning, but it isn't the most fierce-some thing and doesn't have much heft to it.

As a minimalist, I like the bounty of functionality in a small form factor. And I like the aesthetics. Quick, clean, and sleek. But as a testosterone drenched knuckle dragger, I need something potent and aggressive. Not sure if Crucial F.A.S.T. will be able to keep up with me in the long term, but I'm going to put her through her paces. If the relationship doesn't work, I can always go back to the Ol' Faithful Skeletool.

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