Gerber’s Fast Draw Knife is one of the company’s first knives to include the F.A.S.T opening system. This inexpensive pocket clip folder opens with the convenience and speed you’d expect from a more expensive automatic.
The patented Gerber Forward Action Spring Technology (FAST) is the work of Butch Vallotton, a well-known knife designer from Oregon. Combined with a new slide lock, action is fast and safe. Before the blade either opens or closes, the slide lock button must be moved, preventing accidental closures as well as unintended opening inside the pants pocket. To open the nearly three-inch-long high carbon stainless steel blade, push the slide lock open and then swing the blade out with either thumb stud. After a push, the FAST mechanism takes over.
Just over seven inches long when fully open, the 3.6-ounce Fast Draw is enough knife for ordinary uses and is a good lightweight choice for campers and hikers concerned about weight. People with larger hands might find the textured black nylon handle a little small. With a combo-serrated edge, the knife is better suited to rough work than fine slicing or carving.
Most knife manufacturers now provide some type of assisted opening knife. Knives must resist opening until manual pressure pushes the blade past a detente point. From there, a spring mechanism can propel the blade to an open position. It’s not quite automatic, but it makes one-handed opening more dependable and available to the ordinary user.
See the Gerber Mini-Covert for this company’s high-tech approach to a venerable WWII combat design.
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