Gerber Fast Draw Knife

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Gerber Fast Draw Knife
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Gerber Fast Draw Knife -
Be the first with your knife out when you carry the Gerber Fast Draw. With a fine or serrated edge and two ways to open it, this Gerber assisted-opening knife is ready to chop, slice, or carve. Open the Fast Draw manually with your thumb and forefinger. Or use Gerber's Forward Action Spring Technology—trigger the blade's sudden-release button with your index finger to allow the Fast Draw to jump into action. A fiberglass-reinforced nylon handle with a textured grip absorbs impact and ensures years of reliable use.


  • Partially serrated blade is constructed of surgical stainless-steel for durability
  • Hard, textured nylon handle ensures a firm grip


  • Stainless-steel pocket clip makes it easy to carry


  • Cross-bolt safety lock keeps blade securely in place
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Gerber Legendary Blades is proud beyond description to introduce our first assisted opening knife. The F.A.S.T. Draw relies on our proprietary new blade opening concept-Forward Action Spring Technology- that's so lightning-quick, so pleasingly easy to open with just one hand, its already drawing a lot of attention among knife folks everywhere. The mechanism was created exclusively for Gerber and patented by famed Oregon knife maker Butch Vallotton.
This spring-assisted, serrated-edge knife opens fast real fast! In fact, you can open it with just your index finger. The Fast Draw™ can also be opened the traditional way, using the thumb stud. It's also lightweight. The blade is serrated and made of high-carbon stainless steel. The black handle is made of durable, glass-filled nylon.


The Fast Draw uses a patented, forward action spring technology (F.A.S.T.) to deploy blade quickly and confidently.

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Blade material:Stainless steel
Closed length:4 inches
Handle material:Nylon
Knife blade type:Partially serrated
Locking blade:Yes
Max blade length (in.):3 inches
Number of blades:1
One-handed opening:Yes
Weight:3.6 ounces
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Gerber Fast Draw Knife Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Awesome One Handed Knife

I got an REI Gift Certificate and I was long over due for a new knife.
After researching several knives and purchasing another Gerber and returning it I settled on this one based upon Price, Blade Quality, Ease of Use, Size and Weight.
NOTE TO REI: Unfortunately at an REI store you cannot hold the knives and try them from a display case. So this leads to buying, opening, trying and returning if it doesn't feel or work right for you. This is frustrating.

I really wanted to have a knife I could keep in my back pocket for day to day use and for recreation when on the road, out fishing and you never know but protection.

This knife has not let me down great for box opening, mis. cutting and has been especially great while fishing off the beach with rod in one hand and having to cut line with the other. Not having to use 2 hands to open a knife is important. One hand seems to always be holding something to be cut. Collapsing it I hold the button and push the knife closed with the back of the blade to my leg or use 2 hands.

I have larger hands and this knife feels and fits great.
This knife is subtle and discrete, it does not bother me in my back pocket. You don't feel it while sitting on it in the car, I've slept with it in my pocket many a time on the road and have been in out of many a bar and club with no hassels except once but it was a bouncer with an eagle eye. The blade is serrated on the inner blade and sharp on the end so some sawing can be done and cutting and carving is easy.

I've had the pocket clip loosen but nothing a quick Torx bit use can't tighten up. The clip is tight so the knife has never fallen out of my back pocket.

I haven't done it yet but I'm pretty sure the whole knife can be broken down with the same Torx bit and cleaned. I like self servicable items.
Sand or fine dirt can sometimes jam up the mechanism but quick maintenance and blow out will keep it functional.

I've encountered plenty of other friends' knives and find them a pain to open or close. I keep it to myself and not brag but this knife is far superior for quick access and use. I've never had a problem with having it stay open or stay closed.

I'd say best knife for it's price range as well.
So far remains sharp.
Soulmisfit at REI on 10/10/2011

Love the knife, but...

I use this knife as my every-day edged tool - I carry it habitually and have found it to be handy across a wide range of conventional applications. I particularly like the spring assist - I am middle aged, and I am beginning to get a little stiff in the hands, so the spring-assist really helps with one-handed opening.
I am on my second knife. I bought the Gerber name, thinking that any product they made would be as rugged and reliable as all of their other products. However, within a few months the spring and locking mechanisms broke, rendering the knife useless at best and a hazard to your fingers at worst. Since I had opened and closed the knife perhaps 500,000 fewer times than I might have reasonably expected, I have to assume (or want to assume) that the problem was with the steel of the spring they used - a one-off flaw rather than a design weakness. REI replaced the knife with no fuss, making the decision to get the same knife again that much easier. I have had Knife2, The Sequel for about a month now - no problems so far - but I confess that I now find myself concerned about the apparent flimsiness of the lock switch - it is sort of loose and just feels dinky when I slide it back and forth - I worry about whether it is rugged enough for the long term.
If this knife doesn't last I'll have to go with a different product, but there are none out there that I can find that combine all of the features that I like in this one.
jlmiaa at REI on 01/01/2013

If you are looking for a low priced spring assisted knife with a good lock this is a good one to get! It is a little awkward to open compared to higher quality spring assisted knives, but one you get used and break it in it should be a good knife. My favorite part about the knife the switch on the side to close and lock the knife. It is a little hard to see in the main picture but you can see it. This is probably the coolest idea for a lock that I have played with.
- The lock is awesome and easy to use.
- The handle doesn't feel too cheap and plasticy.
- Low Price.
- Spring assisted
- A little difficult to open because the clip is so flat that it is hard to grip with your fingers.
- Right handed open only. Lefties are SOL because of the locking switch.
I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a low priced spring assisted knife who doesn't want to drop the money on a higher end Benchmade or SOG knife. If you want a high end spring assisted knife I would recommend getting the Benchmade Mini Barrage knife.

Jeff Guest at on 02/19/2013

Can be excellent knife price is excellen

I owned one of these for about 5 years. Very happy with it. But YOU MUST DO THIS AT STORE, actually open knife after purchase. Check the child safety on/off switch which lets you open it. After it meets your satisfaction you have a knife I paid[$] at REI 5 years ago. Gerber just seems like their knifes leave the box either perfect forever or defective. After 5 years I always carry the knife in right pocket. The clip got caught on a desk and was ruined so I took it back for a repair. The would not repair it just gave me all my money back! So I now could spend $10 for the next step up in Gerber awesome knifes. But once again I got a bad one out of the box when I checked it at store. Just went back and exchanged. Having knife on right side always is like a extension of my arm. I love this knife. I call her Sweetness.
Big Dog at REI on 08/08/2010

Quick and Useful

This is a great pocketknife. It isn't large and doesn't stick out when folded, has a smooth mechanism, and gets the job done. It's ligtweight and easy to bring into action from your pocket in two simple motions. When ordered, the blade is sharp enough to slice cardboard; afterwards, it loses that consistancy and must be sharpened. The serrated edge remains sharp and good for sawwing, but the points eventually wear out. It can be easily opened and closed with one hand. Once, the knife jammed, and it was stuck open. It did, however, fix itself in a few days. The knife I got had a loose handle, which was totally impossible to tighten. Even the REI store did not have a small enough 'star' screwdriver to tighten it. I lost it the next weekend when it fell out of my pocket, but I plan to buy a new one as soon as possible.
Mahooganah at REI on 04/04/2010

Part of my daily apparel!!!

I am not considered dressed for the day without my pocket knife. If I get downstairs and realize that I don't have it, I turn around and go right back up to get it. Never leave the house without it, or even go outside without it. I use it for everything from cutting boxes, twine and other things in the garden including vines and veggies, to cutting fruit when I am on a picnic.

Totally the best knife I have ever had - probably would never consider having choosing a different one. Absolutely satisfied with Gerber, and love their warranty. I had my clip bend and crack once, and they simply sent me a brand new one. All I had to do was screw it on. LOVING IT!!!!!
Master Hiker at REI on 10/10/2013

This is a great day to day pocket knife if your looking for something a little larger than your average blade. Fast draw is super handy and makes it easy when only one hand is free. However, Gerber metal is Gerber metal and seems to dull quite easily which doesn't seem to bother me much, I simply resharpen. If you don't know how to sharpen a knife I suggest you learn because this knife will keep you busy. Also, after about 2 months of use the knife lost the majority of its rigidness and loosened up. Simply put, great knife for the value, if you want a top of the line knife go Benchmade, forget Gerber.

Griffin at on 02/24/2012

Great knife but open in store first

First thing when you buy the knife open it at the REI. It may not open smoothly. I had two in a row that were bad. That was 6 years ago. Since then it has become part of my body always in my pocket. It may take a 1/2 hour to learn how to open it and close with one hand. But playing with knifes is fun! The trick to closing is to hold up the security switch in the up position then close it on your leg. It becomes second nature. The clip that held my knife in place to my pants wore out, I fixed it for two years but it was dead.
Big Dog at REI on 03/03/2010

Great Knife

I've carried this knife in my right pocket every day for almost 5 years and its still going strong. One thing that makes this knife better than any I have owned is the orientation of the pocket clip. Its set up so when you pull it our of your pocket its ready to go. i.e. no spinning or twisting to orient the blade required. I sharpen it every couple months and take it completely apart to clean and oil maybe twice a year. Other than that I beat it up daily. Great knife very easy to open AND CLOSE with one hand. Wouldn't do anything without it.
Aaron36 at REI on 03/03/2009


Was looking for a slim light weight carry knife and this one fit the bill perfectly! The fact that the price is really reasonable for the quality is a nice benefit. Carries so comfortably that more then once I have forgotten it in my pocket and it made it to the clothes hamper with my jeans before I realized I didn't have it. If you are looking for an easy to one hand open knife that is easy to carry, keeps an excellent edge and is strong and durable then this is it!
hwyman9007 at REI on 12/12/2012

Negative Reviews:

Great Action great feel. CHEAP STEEL

This is for the Non serrated version. I initially loved this knife. I purchased it because i had used Gerbers paraframe knife in the past and loved it. The action is very smooth and always locks firmly into place. It is extremely to open and close single handed. Unfortunately the steel used in the blade seems to be of very poor quality. The knife does not hold an edge for more than a day or two worth of use before it needs to be sharpened. It also develops nicks easily in comparison to other blades in its price range. Very disappointing considering the quality usually present in gerbers knives. Not a good choice as a survival knife, i would not want to get stuck with this as my only blade.
SLObackpacker85 at REI on 08/08/2009

Stiff Locking mechanism

The Knife was very appealing, except when I brought it home and tried to use it a few times. The more I used it the stiffer and more difficult it became to move the locking mechanism to open and close the knife. With a new design to lock and unlock the knife could be great. Other than that the knife seems fine, but if you can't open and close it...what's the point.
MtnTrekker at REI on 03/03/2010

Do NOT carry this in your pocket! It will open on any sort of impact [bump into something, flick, it's open in your pocket]. If you own one, try dropping it on the ground from about waist level. It will open. I had one open in my pocket and sink about 1/3 of an inch into my leg. This knife is UNSAFE to use as a pocket knife!

Aaron Cole at on 09/13/2007

An amazing knife for all of three weeks

I was in love with this knife from the moment I bought it. Until the F.A.S.T. quickdraw system broke. Now the blade dangles limply from the handle and doesn't lock in place in either the closed or open positions.
I'm taking it back to REI this minute and getting the more expensive version, hoping for better quality.
Greenik at REI on 06/06/2008

Fast Draw doesn't work

The knife appears to be a great bargain but the Fast Draw mechanism does not work properly on the knife I bought. It locks into position and the only way to unlock it to close the knife is to wedge the button mechanism open with a key or something that is small and thin.
Justin Hancock at REI on 05/05/2009

Knife broke in about a week. Very unhappy! Unacceptable for a Gerber product.

aac4850992 at on 09/27/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Excellent quality, but...

I've had this knife for several years now. I like most things about this knife and love how the blade flips open easily. But it's NOT designed to be operated by south paws (like me). Unlocking the blade for opening requires that you flip the knife around so that the blade faces your palm in order to flick the lock open with your thumb. Then you must twirl the knife around again for opening. This wouldn't be too bad except that it's really easy to slide the locking button down while doing this, thus locking it all over again.

Similarly, closing it requires the same awkward motion: flipping the opened knife around again to thumb-operate the unlock.

Also, between the amount of force required to operate the button when open and the low-grip nature of the button, it's darned near impossible to unlock the blade if my hands are wet. I've literally had to get a key out to dig in and push the button up so that I could close the knife.

I've been thinking of switching to Benchmade for their ambidextrous operation.
Ki6vsm at REI on 12/12/2009

With some wear it will be fine but the fast opening is held up by the amount of pressure required.

Jamie Kreiger at on 08/29/2012

fast to open but not to close

So far over all this a good knife. But hard to close with one hand.
tony13 at REI on 09/09/2007