/// Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool : Review
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I’m not a mechanic or an engineer but a vagabond who likes to be well equipped and prepared. Living out of a backpack, I can only carry so much equipment so each item or in this case tool, is carefully chosen.
The Gerber Crucial fits squarely in the middle in terms of folding multi-tool sizes. Not too small where heavy-duty use would be detrimental to the tool but not too large that it would be a nuisance to equip on your person everyday in your pant pockets.
Along with the 5 just right tools and the integrated deep carry pocket clip, the Crucial is EDC perfect.
The Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool’s stylized curved handles aren’t for looks but ergonomics and it fits great. Adding grip, comfort and precision when using the pliers.
A trend that’s still relatively rare among folding multi-tools as most are dual symmetrical blocks.
Even rarer is utilizing liner locks of which the Crucial is equipped for every tool (pliers excluded). This means that when a tool is deployed all the way, a steel bar (liner) slides under it and locks it in place. This adds safety and security during hard or unconventional use.
The Gerber Crucial’s construction is positively solid which feels confident in the hands but the fit and finish isn’t flawless. However, it does not affect usability and is completely acceptable for this price point.
All the tools deploy smoothly with the blade particularly accessible with one-handed operation. The pliers, while my favorite part of the Crucial, lacks an internal spring.
Its little brother, The Gerber Dime, is my EDC multi-tool predecessor. Even at half the size of the Crucial, it performs but alas, I needed bigger and tougher pliers.
The Crucial offers an entire toolbox of full-sized components in one rugged stainless steel package.
The Gerber Crucial is one of the best budget mid-sized multi-tools available and probably the single best you can get for the money.
5 Individual Tools // Liner-Lock Mechanism // Ergonomic Handles // Deep Carry Pocket Clip // 1.5″ x 3.6″ x 4.5″ // Weight: 5 Ounces