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Gerber Answer XL FAST Assisted Folding Knife 4" Combo Tanto Blade, Aluminum Handles - 31-000581

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Part Number: GB000581
Manufacturer: Gerber Knives and Gear
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GB000581: Answer FAST XL
The Answer FAST XL assisted opening folding knife, developed in order to provide lightning-quick access to a knife when most needed, is a Gerber tactical innovator. The dual thumb studs operating in conjunction with the smart safety-slide lock offer an intuitive ease of utility. The Answer FAST XL, building on its smaller sibling's profile, does as the name suggests: once in the hands of the owner, problem-solving is a snap.


Using one hand, intuitively flip open the Answer FAST XL tanto-style folder while actively engaged in cutting into a box, tearing through a cord, or snapping ties or netting. With its 4-inch partially serrated hardy stainless steel blade coated in black oxide for low visual signature, this assisted-open knife can stand up to tough application. Its super-solid anodized aluminum handle will tolerate muscular utility while keeping weight at a minimum, and the textured inlay on the handle allows for confident use by its operator. Jimping on the upper handle beneath the thumb and curvature of thoughtfully positioned lower finger grooves are built for easy ergonomic functioning and grip with this sturdy knife when downrange.


Engage the capable 7 ounce folder's safety slide locking mechanism with the thumb once the blade is deployed; the blade can then be closed one-handed after the slide lock is compressed upward merely by flipping it down against a hard surface. Tip-down carry makes it easy to bring the Answer FAST XL out of a pocket, engage the safety-slide lock, and open the knife wherever and whenever the need for a strapping knife might arise. A stainless pocket clip is attached, and a lanyard hole in the pommel provides for the option of tie-down for additional security.
  • FAST (Forward Action Spring Technology)
  • Textured Inlay - For All-Condition Grip
  • Black Anodized Aluminum Handle – Lightweight and Discreet
  • Full Fine Edge Drop Point Tactical Blade
  • Lanyard
  • Item # 31-000581
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Overall Length: 9.3"
  • Closed Length: 5.5"
  • Weight: 7 oz.
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Type: Partially Serrated
  • Blade Material: Stainless Steel w/ Black Oxide Coating
  • Handle: Anodized Aluminum with Textured Inlay
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 013658118195

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
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Richard C
Feb 22, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
Very Nice Deal "SWEET"!!
1 out of 5
SE Michigan
Aug 21, 2011
Pros: Ease of Opening, Weight, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
would be ok if it were a 2" knife
Very, very weak locking mechanism. Safety that disengages with gravity. Loose blade. Pocket clip that hangs up half way. Very disappointed!
1 out of 5
chicago, illinois
Feb 21, 2011
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Material
this is a dangerous toy
the construction of this knife reminds of of those comb switch-blades available in novelty stores. nothing about this knife inspires confidence regarding its quality of materials or construction. i'm surprised that Gerber manufactures such junk. do yourself a favor and pass on this one. it looks good in a picture. that's where it should stay. and. the thumb stud already broke in less than a week of use. i've never had that happen before on any of my knives over years and years of use. i'm going to try and return it for a refund. i can't imagine seriously using the thing.
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