Gear Review: The Gerber Crucial

Editors Note: Hunting and fishing equipment manufacturers are always sending our gear editor, Jay Cassell, their latest gadgets to test on his trips. We figured you'd enjoy reading regular reviews of this stuff, so here's his first.

I got a gobbler up at my cabin in the Catskills last Sunday (May 3). After taking some photos I went to work on gutting and plucking the bird.

Gerber Crucial

When I take apart a turkey, I always saw off the legs first; and, guess what? I didn't have my saw. But what I did have was Gerber's new multi-plier, called the Crucial Tool. The blade is sharp and better, half of it is serrated - perfect for cutting bone. Some sawing here, a bit of hacking there, and legs were off. After that came the neck. I used the fine edge of the blade to trim and cut.

A good tool. It's small, folds up neatly, and has pliers, wire-cutters, a flat head screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, a bottle opener, and a caribiner. It's 5 1/2 inches long, less that 4 inches when closed. It comes in a black belt case; too bad it isn't camo.

The Crucial will be available in stores July 1, for $50. Gerbergear.com - Jay C