Gerber Instant F.A.S.T Folding Knife
I can't open the knife even with two hands. The blade is locked in because of the finishing coat on it and Gerber refuses to fix it. It is sharp right out of the box when you can manage to open it and the F.A.S.T technology is nice. But for this price and the quality you should spend an extra 10-15 dollars and get a S.O.G. Much better quality and very reliable.
January 17, 2013
Not so F.A.S.T.
This knife is definitely not what I was expecting. The design which provides the assisted opening also prevents the knife from being opened easily.
This spring mechanism keeps pressure on the blade to hold the knife closed. You can push the blade out about 3/4" and it will snap itself closed. Once you push past the "break point" the knife springs open, but the location of the thumb stud doesn't allow for enough leverage to easily overcome the spring's closing tension. Basically, it's a very ineffective design. I thought it might just be a little stiff since it was brand new, but I've spent a lot of time opening and closing it just to try and loosen it up with no success.
That being said, this knife works well if you don't actually want it to open quickly. It's very sharp and holds an edge well. It's built with typical Gerber quality and looks nice too.
Overall it's a decent knife, but the only reason I bought it was for the F.A.S.T. system, and that doesn't work well. You can get a similar knife without the FAST and spend less money.
January 16, 2013
I would buy this product again
We bought this for emergency use on the River. Always good to have a good knife handy.
October 19, 2012
Another Gerber great!
I loved the design and functionality of the original version of the fast draw. The only thing that kept me from buying one was the small size, and here they are with a man sized version! It had a bit of a breaking in period. The entire knife has a black powder coat, so you have the work the blade a bit to ware the paint off of the spring bar. I've had it and used it heavily for about a month now, and I am very pleased. Functional, handy, sturdy.
September 5, 2012
I love the spring action in this knife. It is great to be able to open a knife with one hand. The knife is very sturdy and has so far been great.
August 18, 2012
I use this knife as a edc(EveryDayCarry) knife. it is good that it has F.A.S.T built in,also it is very easy to clean. the bad thing is its a little bit heavy for me
August 15, 2012