Gerber have produced some of the greatest multi-tools and knives available in the market but does the Gerber Crucial come up to their high standards?
I bought my Gerber Crucial after seeing it on sale on a market stall for only £15 and thought it may make a good addition to the emergency kit I keep stored in my car.
According to Gerber, the tool has been given the name Crucial because instead of having a multitude of blades, screw drivers, files, saws and assorted tools, it only gives you the tools you really need which to be fair they have gotten right (see below).
The multi-tool has an overall length of 90mm when closed and just 150mm when opened up making it small when compared to others in its category and it weighs in at around 5 oz. A belt clip is attached to the tool and at first I thought that this would hinder grip but Gerber have thought about this and shaped the clip allowing it to sit in you palm without discomfort.
The build quality is not up to the usual high Gerber standard and this is seen in the amount of play that there is in the pliers (unsprung) and with the locking mechanism for the blade which stopped locking after a few days of use. The blade was fairly blunt when it came out of the packaging but it was easy enough to produce a good edge and I have to admit it keeps its edge fairly well.
So would I have purchased it for the full price of nearly £50? Well no to be honest as it just isn’t worth that amount of money however if I saw another for £15 I would as, despite its flaws, the Gerber Crucial isn’t entirely a bad bit of kit and, for light use, it may last a fair bit of time.
- Carbiner type clip that doubles as a bottle opener
- Partially serrated blade
- Needle nose pliers
- V-cut wire cutters
- Flat head screw driver
- Phillips head screw driver