Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool

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Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool -

Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool.
As stylish as your favorite knife, but packed with essential features like your favorite Gerber Multi-Plier. Despite its compact, lightweight size, the Crucial Tool delivers big, full-function components.
Includes: Lifetime Limited Warranty


  • Strap Cutter


  • Carries like a pocket knife – weighs a mere 5 oz.


  • Half Fine / Half Serrated Blade
  • Longer handle better torque
  • Convenient Clip
  • V-cut wire cutters
  • Saf.T. Plus system locks components securely in place for worry-free use
  • Flat head screw driver
  • Liner lock
  • Includes Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Other features include carabiner clip, bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver and standard screwdriver
  • Spring-loaded needlenose pliers make deployment quick and easy
  • Stainless-steel, blunt-tip blade is partially serrated
  • Philips Screwdriver

The Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool (Clam, Black) offers an entire toolbox of full-sized components in one rugged stainless steel package. The handles are ergonomically curved for a better grip and more torque. The liner-locking knife blade is half fine edge and half serrated. Built with a clip and weighing just five ounces, the Crucial can also be carried as an everyday pocket tool.


The Gerber Crucial multi-tool combines the light, compact design and smooth style of your favorite pocket knife with the full-function components of a multi-tool.


Gerber's Crucial™ Multi Tool has just what you need and no more. Although compact this tool is not short on features. It includes essential tools such as includes Needle Nose Pliers, 1/2 fine Edge Serrated Blade, Phillips Driver, Large Flat Driver, Bottle Opener, V Cut Wire Cutters, Carabiner Clip, Pocket Clip and Regular Pliers.

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The compact, rugged Gerber® Crucial Multi-Tool folds up small enough to fit in a pocket while providing a complete array of full-sized components.

Built to carry like a gentleman’s pocketknife, but with the added versatility you expect from a multitool. A longer handle offers better torque on the spring-loaded needle-nose pliers. Other tools include standard and Phillips screwdrivers, V-cut wire cutters, blunt-tip knife and bottle opener that doubles as a handy pocket clip. Knife and tools secure in place with a liner lock. At a mere 5 oz., you won’t even know it’s there until you need it. Includes manufacturer Lifetime Limited Warranty. Imported.
Overall length: 5.6".
Closed length: 3.6".
Weight: 5 oz.
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Blade Length:3 in / 7.62 cm
Blade material:Stainless steel
Bottle opener:Yes
Closed Length:3.6 in / 9.1 cm
Handle material:Stainless steel
Knife Features:Bottle Opener, Flat Head Screwdriver, Wire Cutter
Knife blade type:Partially serrated
Length:Overall Length: 5.5"
Locking blade:Yes
Material:Stainless Steel
Max blade length (in.):3 inches
Number of blades:1
Overall Length:5.5" / 13.97cm
Phillips screwdriver(s):Yes
Standard screwdriver(s):Yes
Weight:5.0 oz /141.74g
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Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Fantastic tool for the price & function!

I picked up the Gerber Crucial over two years ago and I have to admit, after going through two of them, it is one of my favorite multi-tools.

Pocket Clip; will come off quickly since it is very shallow and the 2 mount screws are very small and it really does not matter how often they are tightened.

Bottle Opener; Is just that, the bottle opener itself is fantastic. Using it as a binder to carry the tool around; fail. The swing gate will get destroyed quickly.

Blade; Mini-tanto combo serrated style is an easy to maintain blade. Straight edge sharpens quickly and retains for a decent duration or heavy use. Opens and closes easlily once broken in, clean movement while bare handed and gloved.

Pliers; Since the grip is shorter than most multi-tools, it takes a little bit to get used to where and how exactly to grasp it. I've added pics for the way it fits my hands & placement. The curved grip allows for a little more torque, without the tool slipping from your hand. Also, holding the tool utilizing the reverse curve of the base of the grip for a *no pinches* usage, even with gloves on and stable handling, is a great bonus.

Honestly the best parts of the Crucial, actual drivers that LOCK into place!!! (pics attached). Again the slight ergo-curve of the tool makes turning the drivers utlizing your palm drastically more comfortably than most other multi-tools. But the fact the each driver locks into place is the greatest bonus, no more tool head sliding out sideways to damage your hands & fingers.

I normally just carry the tool in a molle style case or small tool kit. It is smaller than other tools length wise, but thicker than most as well, so not very comfortable in your front pockets.

Hope this helps!
Masanobu at REI on 04/04/2012

Love, Love, Love

I use this every single day. I have cut rope, bashed it against rocks and steel, picked out cactus, dropped it in the sand and stepped on it, opened beer bottles, fixed systems with the screwdriver and hung upside down with it in my pocket. I work on a SAR team in the desert and am always loaning it out for a quick use. Others who use it compliment me on what a sweet little thing it is. True, it isn't going to be the 100 tool Swiss Army knife, but why do you need that much? I have had it for almost two years and it is still sharp. We compare our multi-tools with each other and other teams, and I can honestly say I wouldn't change it for anything.
The only problems I have ever had with it is the bottle opener will slip on the lid if you are not careful, and it doesn't have a can opener. It gets dirty easy (as I said, I've squished it in the sand) but you just take a q-tip and clean it out before spraying a little WD-40. As the name states, it has everything crucial on it you could need.
HappiestHanging at REI on 12/12/2010

Great Tool for the Price

This has been a great multi tool so far. Its been on many back country backpacking trips and has been put to great use. I did find myself wishing for additional tools/function at times (scissors).

It was my daily carry for about a year. I would constantly play with the knife, flipping it open and closed. Eventually this pointless use loosened the pin holding that end of the tool together, resulting in a severe wobble.

Enter Customer Service. I sent the knife in, (NO RA # required), with my return address and within 2 weeks I had a brand new knife. All i had asked them to do was clean and tighten the bolt. I could have easily done this myself but i couldn't find the appropriate sized wrench.

I've been very pleased with the knife and even more so with Gerber.
Clatyon Craig at REI on 03/03/2013

Great Tool

This is a great little multi-tool. The construction is very solid and the tools open and close very easily. A few people have given this multi-tool a low rating because it lacks more tools. In my opinion these people don't get the concept of tools being made for certain applications. If they want one with more tools then they should have purchased one of those. Since I needed a multi-tool that was compact and had a knife and pliers/wire cutters it serves my needs perfectly. If you only need a multi-tool that has a few key tools and rock solid construction then this is the one for you.
Steve the Climber at REI on 05/05/2011

Great tool for daily use

Great for the basic tools you need for daily carry around the home or office. I've put this thing through some abuse (working on scientific equipment in salt water) and it's held up well. Blade comes very sharp, and stays that way with a little whetstone work. The only times this thing has come up short are working on really tiny screws (so no eyeglass repair) or on cutting zip ties (still worked, but not as well as cutting pliers). Just bought 2 more as gifts. And with this price, you can afford to drop it over the side of a boat.
Sea and Summit at REI on 11/11/2010

Nice little knife

The knife is a good all-around tool. It is a little small yet still has the same features as a bigger knife. I bought this one because my Leatherman was about twice as heavy. The price was the decision point for me. I was looking at a new Leatherman but the price has gotten so expensive I feel like you are just paying for a name. Even though lower priced this knife is still well made.
HarlanRHarris at REI on 04/04/2013

I love this tool!

I got this as a stocking stuffer last Christmas. The blade is great for cutting plants, rope, or whittling. The carabiner is great for opening beverages, but don't clip onto a raft unless you can remember to take it with you. The mini phillips head helped me put together a childs table and chair set, and the flat head is good for battery removal.
Land Art Becky at REI on 07/07/2010

simple is good

it is a well made, simple little tool. the fact that it does not have a lot of useless things on it is good. the knife & screw driver blades lock, which is a good thing. the only blade left, the bottle opener/carabiner does not lock (no big deal). if i were to lose it. i would buy another one.
pawsqawty at REI on 03/03/2010

So far, so good

I've been a Gerber fan for some time. I was happy to see a stripped-down multi-tool though I don't find the carabiner particularly useful, yet. Maybe I'll find something to do with it. I was a bit dissappointed in how heavy the knife is though I'm hoping that this will pay off in ruggedness.
Phaedrus at Campmor on 08/08/2013

Decent For the Price

For the price this is a pretty decent tool. Although, the tool is fairly hard to clean. I, unfortuntately, got a little sand into the tool and have found it near impossible to get fully functioning again. On the other hand, for the price you could do a lot worse.
Forward17 at REI on 12/12/2010

Negative Reviews:

Good concept, but quality is lacking.

When I saw this, I thought "cool". A multi-tool with a belt clip. I don't like using pouches so I put a bulky multi-tool in my pocket and have a knife clipped to my pants. This product will will negate the need to bring both tools and frees up pocket space.
The belt clip bent several times over the course of just a few days, then the belt clipped snapped in 2. if I can't clip it, I might as well bring a more complete tool.

I read the packaging and it says "made in China". I don't mind it being made there if the quality can be assured. But I've had pocket knives that are China made that have lasted for years. This product actually has the Gerber name on it and it didn't even last a week.
ZangLussuria at REI on 09/09/2011

Not that good.

I bought this for my son to use with Scouts. It maybe lasted two months before he managed to break the pliers. Once one of the jaws had snapped off, the thing became pretty useless.

The build quality is not the best. If the materials are improved then this would be a viable alternative but for now - I wish I would have spent a little more and got something more durable.
Chris Mellor at REI on 05/05/2013

blade does not lock,

It looked good in the package, but I found out is has an overall weak construction. The grip does not lock in place to form a secure handle. On mine the blade did not lock. I returned the tool and replaced it with another model.
texaggie at REI on 02/02/2010

Not very durable

Intended to use this tool at work and around the house. It began falling apart very soon after some very light use. I was extremely disappointed.
Big D at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

An ok tool

I use this tool personally and for Search and Rescue, and in my experience I have found that it is an OK tool.

The carabiner spring wears out very quickly, allowing it to swing freely away from the body of the tool. It works well enough as a bottle opener, though the tool is a bit heavy and bulky to clip it anywhere having it flop around as you walk. The pocket clip is another area of contention as the bend at the end of it is quite shallow, combined with the thicker body than your average clip in pocket knife, it is fairly difficult to slide out of your pocket quickly. Both the phillips and the flathead screwdrivers have a very shallow reach, which, combined with the thick body, really limits what you can use them for though the locking feature is quite nice.

The two remaining functions of the tool are the partially serrated blade which can be opened with one hand easily and the pliers. The blade is quite nice, it is fairly thick and I have used it for prying with no effect and the scalloped serrations hold an edge well. Note that the blade is quite short at about 2.5". Finally when fully opened the needle nosed pliers are fairly comfortable to grip, though the overall small size of the device makes them a little awkward to hold. The wire cutters work as expected and so far, the tool has held up well.

The tool makes an attempt to combine a good mid-sized partially serrated folder, a swiss army knife and a classic leatherman style multi-tool into one, taking only the "crucial" elements from each. Unfortunately, of the primary 4 tools, 2 are almost useless.

While it still has some value and I carry it around on occasion as I like the small size and the pliers aspect, I've found I have to also carry a swiss army knife as this tool does not have robust enough general features for an everyday carry.
unrealtrip at REI on 03/03/2010

Not All Steel is Stainless

I fell in love with this tool because it was inexpensive, felt good, and does exactly what I need it to do. Not too much, and definitely not too little. I especially like that the partially serrated blade has a very functional length and can be opened quickly with the nub at its base. I'm also a big fan of being able to lock every tool.

Unfortunately, although most of the tool is corrosion resistant, the locking mechanisms are not. I left my Crucial in my pocket while swimming in a river yesterday, and the piece of metal that locks the screwdriver bits in place has started to rust despite my attempts to dry and clean the tool thoroughly. I expect that the similar metal piece that locks the blade will start rusting soon as well. It's not a huge problem, but I'm sure it will reduce the life of the tool and make the tools harder to open over time. I think that's a pretty big design oversight by Gerber, but I guess that's why the cost is so low.

Oh well! Time to get a Leatherman, I guess.
Sir Monty at REI on 05/05/2012

Comes in handy all the time

I like this tool, it is something I carry everywhere. The first one I bought has some issues; the implements did not seem to snap into place when closed. There was always a little wiggle room. The point at which I decided to return it for another was when the pocket clip fell off after I had repeatedly tightened the screws to the point they had stripped out. The second one I got after returning the first () was a lot better. None of the implements seem to be loose except for the clip/bottle opener, which after reading other posts seems to be par. Over all I do not regret buying this tool, I don't think you can get a better product for the price.
Landslide at REI on 05/05/2011