When it comes to designing and manufacturing camping knives and multi-tools, it’s tough to beat Gerber, a company with a long history in the trade and a catalog filled with a dizzying array of products. No matter what you need in a knife or multi-tool, chances are Gerber has you covered.
Earlier in the year, I had the opportunity to test out a couple of Gerber products for myself and came away quite impressed. The quality of both the Mini-Remix 2 knife and the Strata multi-tool was excellent, and both have proved themselves more than useful on the trail since that time.
Recently I added a third Gerber product to my backpack in the form of the Crucial multi-tool, a lightweight yet durable tool that has quickly become an indispensable piece of gear that doesn’t leave my side when I’m heading out for a hike.
As you would expect, the Crucial puts a wide variety of tools right at your fingertips. It includes wire clippers, a bottle opener, a knife blade, a flat head, and a Phillips screwdriver. There is also an integrated belt clip and a carabiner, which helps to keep the tool close at hand at all times.
Gerber went the extra distance when designing the Crucial, and the entire unit is built from high-quality metals that don’t feel flimsy or cheap in any way. The tool’s design is clever as well, folding up to a smaller size than you would have thought possible.
Add in the stylish green casing, and you have a product that exudes quality at every turn. Best of all, the entire thing weighs just 5 ounces, which is next to nothing for a tool of this type.
If you’re in the market for a new multi-tool, and you’re looking for something that gives you everything you need without going overboard with the included options, then the Crucial may be what you’re looking for.
Personally, I’d give up a few unneeded tools to shave some weight from the tool, and that’s exactly what you get here.