Hi Steve. Thanks for the edits. I had a three-day weekend, so just now
got to them, fixed and uploaded the report.
I agree with everything you said, but added a few comments below.
> Sorry for the delay in editng, I was on vacation last week work was
> wild this week.
> Great IR and only one edit that I suggest. Potentially take a look
> at centering the images as mentioned below.
> See you in two months!
> >> The Gerber Crucial FAST is a hefty little tool.
> EDIT: In my opinion the Gerber? or I believe the Gerber
> ?I'd suppose there are some brutes out there that may think it was
[JET] Good suggestion - fixed.
> >> The functioning of the tool was a little stiff right out of the box.
> Comment: My grandfather told me to W-40 every new knife for
> smoothness and rust protection?yet this could `alter' the product!
[JET] I usually use 3-in-1 sewing machine oil. I thought I'd see how it
worked for a while first though. Maybe even for the whole test as it
seems to be loosening up.
> >> Opening the Gerber Crucial into the plier configuration took some
> pretty forceful pulling.
> Comment: Spell check went nuts over the word `plier' and although I
> knew it had to be a word the internet dictionaries were just as
> confused. Therefore, I felt compelled to pull out my old OED (and
> yes the paper version) to verify the word was first used in 1568. I
> only mention this because it simply elates me to grab one of those
> musty old copies every once in awhile to simply dig through `em and
> edumicate myself!
[JET] I agree. I like using the alternate spelling of Grey, just for
fun. I used "Plier" as that is what Gerber had.
> The images are excellent; my only questions/suggestion is whether or
> not to center them to detract from the white space on the HTML? I'd
> suggest taking a look and seeing whether it not it makes the read
> more fluid. I will leave that up to you in the end, a mere suggestion.
[JET] I don't think I have ever centered images, but I'm game for
something new. I centered all the images and their captions.
Thanks again Steve...
PS: Did you notice my tinyurl?
wrote on 09/30/2011 09:26:26 PM:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, jetriple@... wrote:
> > Hi Steve... This should be fun having each other's tests to edit at
> > approximately the same time!
> > Please find the text and link for my Initial Report on the Gerber
> > F.A.S.T. Red pocket tool.
> > I noticed that when I go to the Gerber site via the link in the test
> > the Crucial Red comes right up, and appears to be in the "Outdoor"
> > section. However, when I simply go to the home page for Gerber, no
> > of searching could lead me to that same page. I did not report on
> > but Gerber may not sell many of these if the page is hidden...
> > Anyway, here are the links. I look forward to your feedback
> > James E. Triplett
> > http://tinyurl.com/JETsCrucialTool
> > -or-
> > http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/TESTS/folder.php?
> > +++++++++++++++++++++++
> > <Image> CRUCIAL FAST RED - Pocket Tool
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial FAST Red Pocket Tool
> > by James E. Triplett
> > Initial Report - September 28, 2011
> > Personal Biographical Information:
> > Name: James E. Triplett
> > Age: 51
> > Gender: Male
> > Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
> > Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
> > Email address: james_triplett@...
> > City, State: Cedar Rapids, Iowa - USA
> > Backpacking Background:
> > I am an experienced hiker, backpacker, and camper, and am gaining more
> > experience with winter camping every year. I hike every day, and
> > when possible, which leads to many weekends backpacking and camping
> > year. I try and take at least one annual week-long backpacking trip
> > addition to many one to three-night weekend trips. My style can best
> > described as lightweight, but not at the cost of giving up too much
> > comfort. I generally sleep in a tent, and seem to be collecting quite
> > few of them to choose from.
> > Manufacturer Information:
> > Manufacturer: Gerber
> > URL: www.gerbergear.com
> > Product Information:
> > Year of Manufacture: 2011
> > Date Item Received: September 24, 2011
> > Item being tested: Crucial FAST Red
> > Model number: 31-000791
> > MSRP: $58 US
> > Listed weight: 5.8 oz (165 g)
> > Actual weight: 5.75 oz (163 g)
> > Overall Length: 5.5 inches (14 cm)
> > Closed Length: 4.8 inches (12.2 cm)
> > Measured Overall Length: 5 5/8 inches (14.3 cm)
> > Measured Closed Length: 3 7/8 inches (9.8 cm)
> > Additional Gerber Crucial FAST Red information:
> > (from the www.gerbergear.com website)
> > * 8 Components (count um...)
> > 1. Half Fine/Half Serrated Blade
> > 2. Long Medium Flat Head Driver
> > 3. Long Square Cross Driver
> > 4. Bottle Opener
> > 5. Needlenose Pliers
> > 6. Regular Pliers
> > 7. Pinch Style Wire Cutters
> > * Partially Serrated Blunt Tip Blade
> > * Safety Lock On Blade
> > * Liner Locks On All Components
> > * Longer Drivers
> > * Large Thumb Stud - For easy opening
> > * G-10 Handle For Better Grip
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial Expanded
> > Initial Report
> > September 28, 2011
> > General Information:
> > The Gerber Crucial FAST came in a cardboard box without any
> > Printed on the box, is warranty information (Gerber warrants to the
> > consumer that this product will be free of defects, in material and
> > workmanship for as long as you own the product.), and basic philosophy
> > behind the Crucial FAST. There are no instructions for use or care.
> > The Gerber website explains that "The Crucial F.A.S.T. is the first
> > only pocket tool available with assisted opening blade technology."
> > F.A.S.T. stands for Forward Action Spring Technology and is designed
> > easily open the knife blade with one hand. Only the knife blade has
> > feature.
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial Pocket Clip
> > Pocket Clip on the Gerber Crucial.
> > Initial Inspection:
> > The Gerber Crucial FAST is a hefty little tool. At just over 1/3 of a
> > pound (163 g), it feels quite solid in my hand. The red and black
> > are attractive. The red handle looks to have an anodized metal
> > The black handle also appears to be anodized, but has an additional
> > on the side, which forms a textured G10 (glass epoxy) grip. There is
> > lock for the blade on the black side of the black handle, and a pocket
> > clip on the opposite side.
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial in Plier mode
> > Gerber Crucial Pliers.
> > The Gerber website states that there are eight components to the
> > and then proceeds to list seven. It seems to be common practice to
> > as many features or components as possible on a multi-tool, and in my
> > opinion Gerber pushes it a little here. In reality, there are only
> > items which can protrude from the tool, albeit several have more than
> > feature. There are two screw drivers, one knife blade, and the
> > The pliers are actually needle-nose, regular pliers, and a wire cutter
> > one, so that's three components so far. The flat blade screwdriver is
> > single use, but the Phillips screwdriver also contains a bottle
> > bringing the total to six components. There is only one remaining
> > extremity on the Crucial, and that is the blade. I think the missing
> > eighth component comes from the fact that the blade is both half fine
> > half serrated, which would give us eight components, counting the
> > two.
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial Blade
> > The Crucial knife blade counts as two components (smooth edge and
> > edge).
> > The functioning of the tool was a little stiff right out of the box.
> > Opening the Gerber Crucial into the plier configuration took some
> > forceful pulling. The screwdrivers opened easily. The evidence of
> > FAST technology is very apparent when opening the blade, although it
> > take some limbering up to get it to "snap" into the fully locked
> > As the knife gets looser, and I get more proficient, this has started
> > work quite well.
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial Plier Close-Up
> > The Crucial Pliers count as three components (needle-nose, regular
> > and wire cutter).
> > The two screwdrivers and the blade all lock into the extended
> > The screwdrivers use more traditional spring locks, which need to be
> > pushed aside to retract the drivers. The blade lock is incorporated
> > the FAST forward action spring, and a little slide button on the
> > of the tool needs to be activated for the blade to release so it can
> > folded back into the tool. This slide can also be slid when the blade
> > collapsed, locking it in the closed position, preventing it from
> > accidently opening.
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial flat blade screwdriver
> > Standard Screwdriver. The serrated metal is the lock which is pushed
> > the side to release the driver.
> > <Image> Gerber Crucial knife-blade lock
> > Red means "Warning". With the red dot exposed the knife blade is
> > unlocked.
> > The raised black surface behind the slide is the G10 Grip.
> > The small black material on the blade is the "thumb stud" for easy
> > opening.
> > Initial Report Summary:
> > The Gerber Crucial FAST Red Pocket Tool is attractive and seems
> > comfortable to hold. The finish is nice, and the pocket clip seems
> > suitably long enough for use. The blade and drivers snap solidly into
> > place and seem quit secure when locked. They are also easy to return
> > the folded position. The pliers take more effort to unfold, and fold,
> > they too seem well made, solid, and stay nicely in the usable
> > far everything seems first rate about this tool. It is pretty much
> > expected, although the folded length is about an inch (2.54 cm)
> > than that reported on the website. I suspect a typo.
> > This concludes my Initial Report. Please check back in approximately
> > months when I will add the Field Report section to this document.
> > Thank you to Gerber and backpackgeartest.org for this testing
> > Respectfully submitted,
> > James T.
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