Gerber 10th Anniversary OD Green 06 Automatic Knife Review

Gerber Knives started out different than many knife companies. Joseph R. Gerber started the company in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery stets given as holiday gifts. Quickly though, it turned into thousands of retail accounts around the county. He once described his company as, “the birth of an enterprise that grew into big business,” and while this statement was accurate, it was far from being the whole truth: It was a major understatement. By the time that 1960 rolled around, Gerber had become one of the most trusted, appreciated, and collected names in knives.

Over 70 years since its founding and Gerber continues to grow. Still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber’s “enterprise,” Gerber is a company dedicated to making knives and tools that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. The sleek, stainless steel sheath knives of the ‘50s and ‘60s have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders. Gerber is no longer just a knife company. Multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, digging implements—these are the newest directions that Gerber explores with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.

Today we will be discussing the Gerber 10th Anniversary OD Green 06 Automatic knife.

Gerber 10th Anniversary OD Green 06 Automatic Knife
Gerber 10th Anniversary OD Green 06 Automatic Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V stainless steel. This premium steel is designed and made by Crucible, which is a US based company. This steel was designed specifically with knives in mind, which means that you are going to get all of the best benefits from it. This steel is most often used for the high-end pocket knives or expensive kitchen cutlery, so you know that this is a quality steel for a quality knife. For starters, this steel has phenomenal edge retention and can resist rust with ease. Crucible has added vanadium carbides to bring out the extreme hardness in the steel alloy matrix. Dollar for dollar, this steel is regarded as one of the finest blade steels with the optimal balance of edge retention, hardness, and toughness. One of the only drawbacks that this steel has is that it is known for being tricky to work with. This does increase the cost slightly, and it will prove a little bit harder to sharpen it. However, with all of the other benefits that you are getting from this steel, many people don’t find it as a big enough drawback.

The blade has been finished with a stonewash finish. A stonewashed finish refers the tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. One of the best advantages to a stonewashed blade is that they are very low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime because of how easily the finish hides scratches and smudges that occur with use and time.

The blade on this Gerber knife is a drop point blade shape. This is the most popular blade shape that you can find in the cutlery industry today. This blade style is tough, versatile, and the perfect all-purpose blade and knife for you. The most common place that you are going to find this blade shape is on hunting knives, but you will be able to find them on virtually any style of knife. That being said, the blade style is formed by having the back edge of the blade, which is the unsharpened edge, run straight form the handle to the point in a slow curving manner. The belly of the knife slowly curves upward to meet the lowered point. Because it has a lowered point, you are going to more easily be able to control your cuts and slices, which makes this blade shape ideal if you are going to be doing any tip work or need to be very focused on your task. One of the other benefits of the lowered tip is that it is also a broad tip. This is the characteristic of the knife that gives the drop point blade style its famous strength. This strong tip is also what allows you to take on such a wide variety of tasks. One of the other great features of this blade style is that it sports such a big belly, which is used when you are slicing. The majority of tasks that you will be completing day to day involve slicing, so the big belly with definitely be worth it. The drop point blade shape really only has one disadvantage, which is that because it has such a broad tip, you do lose out on much of your piercing capabilities. The drop point blade and the clip point blade are often confused with each other because they are both very popular knife blade shapes that feature lowered tips. The difference between the two lies in their tips. The clip point has a fine, sharp tip that allows you to pierce and stab with ease. However, because it is a thinner point, you do have to worry about it breaking on things. The drop point does miss out on many of the piercing capabilities, but you are left with so much more strength. When it comes to these two blade shapes, you just have to decide if you would rather have piercing capabilities or strength. And with this Gerber knife, your best bet is to have the strength that it provides.

This Gerber knife does feature a plain edge.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061-T6 Aluminum. Aluminum is considered to be a low-density metal that is often used in knife making. This metal is also one of the most corrosion resistant metals that you will find in knife making. The most common alloy used is the 6061-T6 alloy, which is what this knife handle has been made out of. All that means is that the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. 6061-T6 aluminum also has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys.

Some of the drawbacks to having an aluminum handle is that they can be cold to hold because of their conductive properties. This means that if you are planning to use this knife mostly in the winter, you need to be prepared to have gloves—it can feel like it is biting into your hands. Another drawback is that aluminum is susceptible to scratches and dings. Lastly, aluminum handles can be pretty slippery. To give you the most texture possible as well as a secure grip, Gerber has cut in diagonal grooves going down the length of the handle scale. There are also two obvious finger grooves and a third more shallow and elongated finger groove. These will work to keep your fingers comfortable, even if you are using this knife for long periods of time. To keep your fingers as safe as possible, there is a thick finger guard. This will protect your fingers from getting sliced if you accidentally slip while cutting.

Aluminum alloy is very similar to titanium, although it is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium as well as being lighter, weaker, and less resistant to wear. For the most part, Aluminum is an inferior metal to Titanium except for its lightness. However, because this is an automatic knife, which means that it is a complex knife that requires a large amount of CNC machining, aluminum is much cheaper to produce and the material costs less.

The handle has been finished with a OD green Cerakote coating. This is a polymer coating that is very similar to a paint coating. This coating is surprisingly durable and stays on the handle for much longer periods of time than most coatings do. However, the Cerakote coating does prove easy to scratch.

On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved in. This is ideal for keeping your knife close by, without having it get in the way. Also, if you have a lanyard hanging out of your pocket, you can withdraw your knife more quickly than if you just were using the pocket clip. Lastly, although this does not benefit how the knife works, you can add a touch of personal style with the lanyard that you choose to use.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is black stonewashed, which is when the metal has undergone an acid treatment before the stonewashing to darken it. The clip is kept in place by three black screws that match the rest of the hardware on the knife, except for the oversized firing button, which is silver. This clip is only designed for tip up carrying on the traditional side of the handle.

 

The Mechanism:

This 10th Anniversary knife is an automatic knife. Because it is an automatic knife, it does fall under a strict set of laws in the United States. This means that this Gerber knife will not be legal in all states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility, as the user, to know your local knife laws. BladeOps does not take responsibility for your local laws.

An automatic knife is a knife that has its blade contained in the handle which is then deployed automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. The button on this knife is oversized, so that you can still easily press it when you are wearing gloves.

This knife also features a slide safety that engages both in the open and closed position. This means that if you turn the safety on when it is closed, you don’t have to risk accidentally deploying the knife in your pocket. And, if you toggle the safety when the knife is opened, you don’t have to worry about your blade shutting on your hand in the middle of using it.

This knife is going to be able to open quickly and efficiently, because it is an automatic knife. You are going to be able to bring this knife into play easier, which is ideal. However, because there are so many little mechanisms inside of the handle, you do run the risk of one of them breaking, and the knife ceasing to work properly. When caring for this knife you need to make sure that all of the innards are clean and dry before putting this knife away. You do not want the insides to rust. One of the best (although time consuming) ways to accomplish this is to take your knife apart. Just be sure that you know how to put it back together again if you go this route. The other drawback to automatic knives have already been mentioned: it will not be legal in all areas of the United States.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.8 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.9 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at 8.7 inches long. This automatic knife weighs in at 7.2 ounces. This already spectacular knife is made in the United States of America, which means that you can be proud to own, carry, and use it.

 

Conclusion:

Celebrate the classics with the 10th Anniversary edition of the Gerber 06 automatic knife. This knife still features an over-sized button for blade deployment which is ideal even when wearing gloves, a slide safety that engages both in the open and closed position and a stainless steel pommel with a strike point. This special edition features an OD green Cerakote-coated handle scales couples with a stonewash finished CPM-S30V blade that has no serrations. On the back side of the blade, you will find a 10th Anniversary reverse flag laser mark which most definitely adds to the value of this acclaimed USA-made auto knife. Pick up this celebratory knife at BladeOps today.

 

Gerber US-ASSIST Knife Review

Gerber Gear started out as a young knife company called Gerber Legendary Blades. Joseph R Gerber, the founder behind this company, has said that it was “the birth of an enterprise that grew into a big business”. In 1939, this company actually started out as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets that he gave away as holiday gifts. However, those small handmade sets quickly transformed into thousands of retail accounts around the country.

By 1960, Gerber was one of the most trusted and appreciated names in the knife community. Over the 70 + years that Gerber has been around, it has still continued to grow. The company was founded with the principles to make high quality materials with innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. To this day, they still produce knives based on those principles.

At this point in time, Gerber is no longer just a knife company. They also sell multi tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, digging implements, and survival kits. Gerber helped to transform the knife world, and their knives and tools will transform your life. Recently, they just released a new knife called the US-ASSIST. This knife comes in three different variations of the same design, but no matter which one you choose to purchase, it will change your life.

 

The Blade:

For this knife, there are two different steel types that it comes in. The first steel type is S30V steel. This steel was produced by Crucible steel company which is an American based company. This steel was designed specifically for knives, so it encompasses everything that people desire out of their knife blade. S30V steel is often used on high end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. This steel has so many advantages, some of which are that it has excellent edge retention and can resist rust and corrosion exceptionally. Crucible has added vanadium carbides into the steel which helps to bring extreme hardness without sacrificing on toughness. This is monumental, because in most steels when you have such a hard quality, it becomes extremely brittle. The S30V steel is not like that at all. This steel has been considered to be one of the best steels used on knife blades. S30V steel has been known to have the perfect balance of edge retention, hardness and toughness. One of the only drawbacks to this steel is that it is a little bit tricky to sharpen.

The blade with S30V steel has a stonewash finish. This finish is created when the steel is tumbled around with an abrasive material. Normally, this material is small pebbles. This creates a textured, rugged look. A stonewash finish helps to hide fingerprints and scratches. A stonewash finish is a low maintenance finish because it maintains its original look overtime.

This version of the knife has a plain edge.

Gerber US-ASSIST
Gerber US-ASSIST

The second steel option is 420HC stainless steel. This is a pretty mid-range steel. It is very similar to 420 steel except that it has increased levels of carbon, hence the HC in the name (higher carbon). This extra carbon makes the steel harder. The edge retention is adequate and it is resistant to corrosion. Surprisingly enough, it is one of the most corrosion resistant steels out there, even though it is so inexpensive. Even though this is a budget option, it is still a very good steel. The better the heat treatment on the steel, the better quality the steel will be. The heat treatment brings out better edge retention and makes it more resistant to corrosion.

The two knife versions that use the 420HC steel have a satin finish. This finish is one of the most common finishes on knife blades. This finish is created sanding the blade in one direction with increasing degrees of a fine sandpaper. The satin finish is used to show off the lines in the steel. It also works to reduce the reflections and glares.

This version of the knife comes in two different edge options. You can purchase the one with the fine edge or there is a combo edge. The combo edge is a partially serrated blade.

 

The shape of the blade is a drop point. This is one of the most versatile blade shapes for a variety of reasons. The shape is created by having the back of the blade slowly curve to meet the sharpened edge. This creates a lowered point which provides the user with better control over cuts and slices. The lowered tip is also a broader tip, so it has more strength behind the point. This creates a more durable blade that can perform more tasks than an average blade. Another reason that it is so versatile is because there is a large belly with plenty of cutting room. This allows you to slice with ease and makes it a great option for an everyday blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the US-ASSIST is made out of glass filled nylon, or GFN. This is the same material as Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon, or FRN. The material is a nylon based plastic that has been reinforced with Glass Fiber and then injection molded for use in knife handle. This is one of the toughest, yet also one of the cheapest materials to use on large scale production knives. Because it is so tough, yet still flexible, it can take a serious beating and still maintain its high quality. The higher the glass content in the material, the more rigid and less flexible the material is. This is also a versatile material to create because it is injection molded, the manufacturer can basically create any texture on the handle that it wants. The texture that Gerber is a deep cut out towards the butt of the handle that slowly becomes more shallow. In this groove, there is a checkered pattern. Because the finger groove is shallow and elongated, you have more control over your cuts. The handle fits perfectly in your palm and is comfortable to use even for long periods of time.

On the S30V version of this knife, the GFN is a dark gray color. On the other two versions of this knife, the GRN is black.

This handle also sports a lanyard hole. Having your knife tied to you with a lanyard is good for so many reasons. For starters, it keeps your knife safely tied to you and you can easily avoid losing your knife. If you are working in a slippery environment, you can fold the lanyard across the palm portion of your handle to provide a more textured grip. If you are going to be working in a dark environment, you can tie a brightly colored lanyard onto your handle for increased ability to see the handle, especially in case you drop it. One of the last great reasons to tie a lanyard onto your knife is that it can be easily strapped to your belt or backpack for easy storage. You can even add a small touch of your own personal style to your knife based off of what lanyard you choose.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip that comes with this knife is a black wire pocket clip. This pocket clip is scratch resistant and removable. Not only that, but it is also tip reversible, so you are able to carry your knife tip up or tip down.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is an assisted opening blade that has dual ramped thumb studs. This is an ambidextrous friendly opening knife and you can even do it with one hand. An assisted opening knife works a little bit differently than a fully automatic knife. While an automatic knife deploys the blade on its own with the push of a button or a trigger, a spring assisted knife needs an external force to engage the spring. Inside of the handle, there is a spring or tension bar that is connected to the blade and the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring is engaged and kept in its “active” state because of some resistance. However, when you open the blade with your thumb, the tension bar gets pushed past the resistance. Then, the spring is able to continue to open the knife on its own. Essentially, the resistance just needs to be manually overcome before the knife can open automatically. But, because of the slight differences between an automatic knife and a spring assisted knife, the spring assisted knives are not subject to the strict laws that the automatic knives are. This is a huge bonus. This knife also features a plunge lock with a cross bolt safety. This helps to lock the blade in either the opened or closed positon. The last great feature on this knife is that it sports the B.O.S.S. Tech stainless steel ball bearings technology. This ball bearing system helps to reduce friction and provide stable performance to help this knife last through the ages.

 

The Specs:

This knife was made in the United States of America. The blade on this knife is 3 inches long, with an overall length of 7.2 inches long. The weight of this knife is 3.9 ounces.

 

The Pros of the US-ASSITED Knife:

  • You can choose between two high quality steels.
  • The S30V is a premium steel that has been built specifically for knives.
  • This choice of steel provides you with the perfect balance between toughness, hardness, and edge retention. All while remaining resistant to rust and corrosion.
  • The 420HC steel is a hard steel that has great toughness.
  • This is a cheaper steel, however, it is one of the most stain resistant steels on the market.
  • This is a great budge option for a steel.
  • The stonewash finish helps to keep maintenance down because it hides fingerprints and scratches while maintaining its look.
  • The satin finish helps to cut down on reflections and glares.
  • The drop point blade shape has a lowered tip to provide you with better control and more strength.
  • The drop point blade shape features a large belly that makes this a great option for an everyday carry knife.
  • You can get this knife in a plain edge, a fine edge, or a combo edge.
  • The glass filled nylon handle is hard, yet still flexible, so it can take a rough beating.
  • The handle material is one of the cheapest materials on the market for knife handles.
  • The handle provides you with excellent grip.
  • The handle either comes in dark gray or black.
  • The handle has a lanyard hole drilled into the butt of it.
  • The pocket clip is scratch resistant, removable, and tip reversible.
  • The spring assisted mechanism opens the knife quickly and efficiently without having the strict laws of an automatic knife surrounding it.
  • Features dual ramped thumb studs.
  • Features a cross bolt safety.
  • Features a plunge lock.
  • Features a B.O.S.S. Tech—balls of stainless steel.

 

The Cons of the US-ASSITED Knife:

  • The S30V steel is tricky to sharpen.
  • The 420HC steel only has adequate edge retention.
  • The drop point blade shape does not give you great stabbing or piercing capabilities.
  • The pocket clip cannot be switched to carry on the left or right side.

 

Conclusion:

This knife was designed and built in Portland, Oregon. The assisted opening knife offers Gerber’s smoothest, most consistent deployment to date. This knife has been intuitively designed and then painstakingly tested, this knife is truly going to be the next generation of the everyday pocket knife.

Gerber has been a reliable company since the time that Joseph Gerber created small sets of handmade culinary kits for holiday gifts. They have built an excellent reputation in the knife community and you know that you can trust a knife that they have built.

This newest knife is a winner. They started out with giving you two options of excellent, durable steel that Gerber then carved into the most versatile shape for a pocket knife: the drop point shape. They matched the excellent blade with a fantastic GFN handle to give you one of the most durable, but affordable knives.

Gerber 06 Auto Knife Review

Gerber 06 Auto Knife
Gerber 06 Auto Knife

When Joseph R. Gerber described his young knife company, Gerber Legendary Blades, as the, “birth of an enterprise that grew into big business,” it was true, but it was an understatement for user. What had started out in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts had turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By 1960, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated, and collected names in knives.

Over 70 years since its founding and Gerber continues to grow. Still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber’s “enterprise,” Gerber is a company dedicated to making knives and tools that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that stand up to a lifetime of use. The sleek, stainless steel sheath knives of the ‘50s and ‘60s (The Magnum Hunter) have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders (the Remix). Gerber is no longer just a knife company. Multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, digging implements—these are the newest directions that Gerber explores with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.

Gerber Gear says, “Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade. All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, OR where many are produced. We also tap our global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by our famous lifetime warranty. Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.”

Today we will be discussing the Gerber 30-000377 06 Automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Gerber knife is made out of CPM S30V stainless steel. This steel is made by US based Crucible, CPM S30V, which is often referred to as s30V, steel has excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. It was designed in the US and is typically sued for the high-end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. The introduction of vanadium carbides brings extreme harness into the steel alloy matrix. Dollar for dollar, this is generally regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with the optimal balance of edge retention, hardness, and toughness. One of the only drawbacks to this type of steel is that it is a little bit tricky to work with, which means that it is a little bit tricky to sharpen.

The S30V steel has bene finished with a black coated finish. This gives the knife a very sleek look, while also adding a layer in between the steel and the environment. This prolongs the life of the blade because it prevents the knife from rusting and corroding over time. This also cuts down on glares and reflections, which means that if you are using this knife in the field, the blade glinting off the sun won’t give your position away. However, coating finishes do scratch off after time and use, and will reach a point where it has to be re-coated.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape, which is the most popular blade shape in use in the cutlery industry today. The drop pint blade is an all-purpose blade that can stand up to most things. You are going to be able to find this blade shape on almost any knife style in the industry. The shape of the knife is formed when the unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, creating a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, but it is much stronger. Because of how strong the tip is, drop points make fantastic blade shapes on tactical and survival knives. And because the point on a drop point blade is easily controllable, they make a great hunting knife as well as being capable of performing fine detail work. Drop point knives are very versatile because they feature a large belly area that is perfect for slicing, which is most likely the most common task that you will be performing on this knife. There is a disadvantage to the drop point blade shape, which is its relatively broad tip, which makes it less suitable for piercing than the clip point. But, it is this broad tip that provides the point strength that you cannot find on clip point knives. By choosing this Gerber knife, you are preparing yourself for almost any situation.

The blade on this knife is a combination edge, which means that the top half of the blade is a plain edge, and the bottom half of the blade is a combination edge. This is designed to give the user the best of both worlds. You can still perform fine detail work with the top portion, but you have the teeth to saw through any thicker materials that you happen across. While some people feel like this really does give them the best of both worlds, another group of people feel that because the two portions are so small, you actually can’t utilize either of the sections.

 

The Handle:
The handle on this knife is made out of T6-6061 aluminum. Aluminum is a very low-density metal used in knife making, and is very corrosion resistant. Since it is such a soft metal, it is primarily used in knife handles and sometimes hard anodized for aesthetics and wear resistance. Aluminum is also the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust. Most knives use a type of Aluminum Alloy called T6-6061, which means the type of aluminum is 6061, and it is T6 tempered. T6-6061 Aluminum has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys. T6-6061 is used extensively in aircraft, and is often referred to as “aircraft aluminum”, and sometimes this is seen as a gimmick, kind of like “surgical stainless steel”. Aluminum alloy is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium, and is lighter, weaker, and less resistant to wear. For the most part, Aluminum is an inferior metal to Titanium aside from its lightness. However, when producing complex knives that require a large amount of CNC machining, such as the case with automatic knives, aluminum is much cheaper to produce and the material costs less. The handle on this knife is made out of T6-6061 aluminum.
The handle has been anodized black. The anodizing process is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of the aluminum handle. This is called anodizing because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodizing increases resistant to corrosion and wear, while also adding in a nice element of color.
One of the disadvantages of an aluminum handle is that it is prone to scratches and dings.
The ergonomics of this handle have been deigned to give you a comfortable, yet secure grip. To add in some texture to the smooth aluminum, Gerber has added diagonal grooves going down the length of the handle. There is also a very wide finger guard to protect your fingers form the thick blade, in case of slipping. There are three finger groves that have been carved into the bottom of the handle. These finger grooves give your fingers a very comfortable grip in case you are going to be using this knife for long periods of time. The bottom groove has a row of jimping to give you an even more secure grip.
On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved out, which will come in handy in a wide variety of situations with this knife. This is more of a tactical knife, so wrapping the lanyard around the face of the handle will give you extra texture to have an even better grip throughout the task.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is legible for left or right hand carry options. The clip is black, which matches the all-black knife and held in place by two small black screws that match the rest of the hardware on tis knife. Across the length of the clip is stamped “Gerber.”

 

The Mechanism:

The Gerber 06 is an automatic knife. This means that it will not be legal to own, carry, or use in all states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility to know what your local knife laws are, not BladeOps. BladeOps does not take any responsibility for your consequences if you choose to illegally use this knife.

These strict laws stem form in 1954, Democratic Representative James J Delaney of New York authored the first bill submitted to the U.S. Congress banning the manufacture and sales of switchblades, beginning a wave of legal restriction worldwide and a consequent decline in their popularity. In 1955, United States newspapers promoted the image of a young delinquent with a stiletto switchblade or flick knife with lurid stories of urban youth gang warfare, often featuring lower class youth and/or racial minorities.

An automatic knife is also commonly known as a switchblade. This is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle or bolster is activated. Most switchblade designs incorporate a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened positon. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed positon.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.7 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.9 inches long. The overall length of the Gerber 06 automatic knife when opened measures in at 8.6 inches long, with a knife that weighs in at 7 ounces. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

Gerber’s automatic knife series, the 06, offers a superbly ergonomic design coupled with premium materials and a rugged build that Gerber is all but too familiar with. The smooth aluminum handle was purposefully designed to give you maximum traction in any grip position thanks to the integrated finger grooves and precisely placed jimping patterns. The aluminum has been anodized for a classic black look, while also enhancing the strength, durability, and corrosion resistance of the handle. The front of the knife houses a slide safety that is in close proximity to the over-sized firing button making this knife just as functional with gloves on. The base of the knife also showcases a pommel with a strike point that can easily function as a glass breaker or self-defense tool. This classic 06 auto features a partly serrated drop point blade comprised of premium CPM-S30V stainless steel in a black finish and the pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for left or right hand carry options. The steel has been known to be the perfect balance between strength, toughness, and edge retention—the only complaint being that it does get a little bit tricky to sharpen at times. The coating works to prolong the life of the blade by increasing the corrosion resistance of the knife and cutting down on maintenance time. Pick up this Gerber knife at BladeOps.

 

Gerber Tactical Grey Ghostrike Fixed Blade Knife Review

Gerber says, “Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade.”

The company was founded in 1939 and is based in Portland, Oregon. This is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Their knives are carried and used often by hunters, soldiers, and tradesmen, with their heritage running deep. Gerber is looking toward the future, because they recognize that tomorrow’s problems can and will be solved by the next generation of innovations.

All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, Oregon, where many of them are also produced. They use their global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear of a wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by their famous lifetime warranty.

They say, “Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.”

Today we will be discussing the new Gerber Tactical Grey Ghostrike Fixed Blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of BDZ-1 Stainless steel. This steel is a great steel for knives that are meant to perform pretty rough tasks, or for utility blades. This is because utility and survival knives require high hardness and edge retention, both of which this steel can offer. While this is not a super steel, it should perform as well as a utility blade is required to. This steel is not extremely expensive, so the overall cost of the knife is not going to increase dramatically. Gerber has been experimenting with this steel, putting it on knives that have previously used 420HC. This is because the knives that have been using 420HC are more tactical and survival style knives, usually fixed blades, and the general consensus is that most of the customers have not loved 420HC. So while this is not a super steel, it will perform what you need it to. And, it is an improvement on the previous 420HC steel.

The blade has been finished with a stonewash finish. The stonewash finish is very rugged and gives the knife a well-worn look. It is created by tumbling the steel in an abrasive material until it looks almost textured. After it has been tumbled in the abrasive material, which is most commonly pebbles or stones (hence the name), the steel is smoothed out and polished. The finish is a great finish for a tougher knife like this one because it hides scratches while also reducing the reflective nature that you would get with a brushed or a satin finish. The stonewash finish can also hide smudges, which are bound to accumulate over time. In essence, the stonewash finish works to maintain the original look of the blade through long periods of time.

The blade has been carved into a modified drop point blade shape. The original drop point blade is tough and versatile, which is why it is so popular. This modified drop point is still going to be tough and versatile, it is just constructed a little differently. Typically, a drop point has a spine that slowly curves from the handle to the tip of the knife, which creates a lowered point. The biggest difference between a typical drop point shape and this drop point is that instead of going from the handle to the tip in a slow curve, it goes from the handle to the tip in a straight line that is angled towards the tip. Because of this, it still gives you the lowered tip, which helps you have more control over your cuts and slices. The tip is still broad, although it is not as broad as a typical drop points. Because it is still broad, it is going to still have the strength that people love in a drop point. And, it is going to be able to pierce or stab better than a typical drop point can. This blade still has the large belly that a drop point is known for, which makes slicing an absolute breeze. While you will be able to pierce better with the Ghostrike than you would have been able to with a regular drop point, you are still not going to be able to pierce well. This is taken from you because of the strength that you get from a broad tip.

Gerber Tactical Grey Ghostrike Fixed Blade
Gerber Tactical Grey Ghostrike Fixed Blade

The blade on this knife has a plain edge, which is great for a tactical knife because it allows you to take on a wider variety of tasks as well as giving you cleaner cuts. Plus, if you are in the field with this knife, you can more easily sharpen a plain edge with a rock than you would be able to a serrated edge. However, plain edges do dull more easily and quickly than a serrated edge would.

 

The Handle:

             The handle on this knife is made out of rubber. The rubber handle is used to keep costs of the knife down, but also to provide a more secure grip on this knife. The rubber has been texturized with small bumps to give you texture and grip when you need it most. This is a benefit for a tactical knife, because you never know how messy or sweaty the situation is going to be. With the rubber handle, you are going to have a good grip on the knife no matter the environment. Not only that, but rubber is easier to care for, because you don’t have to worry about it corroding. This means that you will be able to take the knife into more humid environments without repercussions on the handle. Of course, fi the rubber is too soft, it is going to break down, which is an entirely different issue. The rubber handle is going to be low maintenance and easy to care for in the field, which is exactly what most people want out of a tactical knife.

The handle is designed to give you the absolute best grip possible. The spine is straight, similar to the spine of the blade. The belly is where things are a little different. The rubber has a thick row of jimping that extends from the blade to the butt of the handle on the belly of the handle. This jimping is there to give you a more secure grip. There is a large finger guard, which is there to protect your fingers in case of accidental slipping. After the guard, there is a deep finger groove. This groove is large enough to fit any finger and will help the handle by making it a little more comfortable.

The handle has been skeletonized. This cuts down on weight, but also allows you to slip your fingers inside of the knife handle to really hold onto the knife. This is a benefit of the Ghostrike tactical knife, because you never know how strong of a grip you might need. With the Ghostrike, you are going to be able to have the strongest grip possible.

Lastly, the handle has been equipped with a lanyard hole.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade knife. For a tactical knife, there is the one really obvious benefit to having a fixed blade: it is going to be the superior tactical tool. While it is not going to be as discrete as a pocket knife would, it is going to be able to be brought into play much faster. When it comes to a tactical situation, every single second counts. With a folding knife, the knife has to be taken out of your pocket, opened, and then it is ready for use. With a fixed blade, the only thing to do is remove it from the sheath and it is ready to go.

Other than being the superior tactical tool, it is also going to be the superior survival tool. This is because fixed blades are usually longer and stronger than folding knives. For starters, the blade can be thicker because it does not have to fit inside the handle of the knife. This means that there is going to be less bending of the blade and in the end, less snapping of the blade. There is also no mechanism that can wear down or break over time. With a folding knife, you have to be worried about the hinge wearing out as well as worrying about the spring rusting or wearing out. There are none of those pieces on a fixed blade, so the knife is not going to break. Because of these characteristics, the Ghostrike is also going to make a great survival knife, because you can use this knife for things other than cutting. It is going to be strong enough that you can dig with it, pry with it, use it as a food preparation tool, a first aid tool, or even just a regular knife. When it comes to fixed blades in survival settings, there is almost no end to what they can do.

Lastly, cleaning and maintenance are going to be especially easy with this Gerber knife because it is a fixed blade. As for cleaning, all you have to do is wipe down the blade and the handle and make sure that the blade is dry before putting it in its sheath. Maintenance is also going to be easy because there are no moving parts on this knife that will need replacing. When it comes to a fixed blade, what you see is what you get. And with the Ghostrike, what you see is pretty fantastic.

 

The Sheath:

             The sheath that comes with this knife is a molded polymer. This is essentially a plastic sheath. The plastic sheaths are going to be the cheapest ones that you can find on the market. However, you do get what you pay for which means that the plastic sheaths are also going to be the least quality ones on the market. While some plastic knives can be durable, they are not the best home for you knife because they trap in moisture. For long periods of time, a plastic sheath is going to have a significantly negative effect on your blade. However, this did keep the cost of the knife down, which is a benefit. The sheath is very rectangular and has a variety of carrying options because of the design of the sheath. With this sheath, you will be able to have your knife with you at all times.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.3 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.08 inches. The handle on the Ghostrike measures in at 3.6 inches long. The overall length of this knife measures in at 6.9 inches long. The sheath that comes with this knife weighs 1.9 ounces. The knife, without the sheath, weighs in at 1.9 ounces. This knife was made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use it. 7

 

Conclusion:

Gerber has been producing fixed blade combat and survival knives for the military forces since the late 60’s and the Ghostrike continues with that fine tradition of excellence. The new-and-improved Ghostrike sports a new handle color in addition to a stronger blade steel so you can tackle more tasks while it still holds an edge. Key highlights of this knife include an ultra-light skeletonized profile and also includes a diamond textured handle and dedicated finger groove for extra support. This model features a tactical grey rubber handle, a modified drop point style blade in a stonewash finish and the molded polymer sheath allows for a variety of carry options. You can pick up this new knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

Gerber US-ASSIST Spring Assisted Knife Review

When Joseph R. Gerber described his young knife company, Gerber Legendry Blades, as the, “birth of an enterprise that grew into big business,” it was true, but it was an understatement for sure. What had started out in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts had turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By 1960, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated, and collected names in knives.

Over 70 years since its founding and Gerber continues to grow. Still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber’s “enterprise,” Gerber is a company dedicated to making knives and tools that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. The sleek, stainless steel sheath knives of the ‘50s and ‘60s have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders. Gerber is, however, no longer just a knife company. Multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, digging implements—these are the newest directions that Gerber explores with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.

Gerber says, “Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade.”

They go on to say, “Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers, and tradesmen. Gerber’s heritage runs deep. And we are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.”

All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, Oregon where many are produced. They also tap their global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by their famous lifetime warranty.

“Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.”

Today we will be discussing the Gerber US-ASSIST Spring Assisted knife family.

 

The Blade:

There are actually three versions of this Gerber knife. One of them uses CPM-S30V steel, while the other two use 420HC stainless steel.

The CPM-S30V steel is a premium steel that is designed and made by Crucible. This steel was made specifically for knives, so you can expect it to give you all of the best and most needed qualities. For starters, it has fantastic edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. Crucible added vanadium carbides o bring out the extreme harness into the steel alloy matrix. If you look at this steel dollar for dollar, it is regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with the optimal balance of edge retention, hardness and toughness. However, this steel does prove to be hard to sharpen.

The second and third versions use 420HC stainless steel. These two versions are a little bit less quality, and thus, cheaper, because of the blade steel that is used. 420HC is similar to 420 steel but with increased levels of carbon (HC stands for High Carbon) which makes the steel harder. This is still going to be considered a lower-mid range steel, but the manufacturer can bring out the best in this affordable steel using quality heat treatments. A good heat treatment will result in better edge retention and resistance to corrosion. Surprisingly enough, although it is one of the cheaper steels, it is also one of the most corrosion resistant steels that you are going to find.

The S30V version has been finished with a stonewash finish. A stonewashed finish refers to tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finish blade. One of the most positive features of a stonewashed finish is that it easily hides scratches and smudges that occur with use over time, as well as being very low maintenance and preserving their original look over time.

The 420HC versions feature a bead blasted finish, which is created by using abrasive glass beads that are blasted at the steel at high pressure, which results in an even gray finish. A blasted finish reduces the reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. The blasting does create an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even form stainless steel such as this one, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape, which is the most popular blade shape that is in use in the market today. This blade style is a great all-purpose knife that can stand up to almost anything. It features a lowered tip that gives you more control, it features a broad tip, which is what makes this blade shape so tough, and it features a very large belly, which is what makes this blade shape so easily used in almost all situations.

There are two edges that you can choose from. If you want the CPM-S30V steel, you can only get a plain edge. However, if you are choosing the 420HC steel, you can choose between a plain or a combo edge. The plain edge is going to give you cleaner cuts. Plus, you are going to be able to get a finer edge and it will be easier to sharpen. The plain edge is best used for push cuts, which include peeling, skinning, and even shaving.

The combination edge is a blade that has the upper two thirds plain and the lower third serrated. This edge style is designed to give you the best of both worlds. It is said that you can still take on the fine detail work and get clean cuts with the portion that is plain. But, you are also prepared to saw through thicker materials with the serrated section. While this sounds nice and many people do feel that way, one of the biggest complaints is that both portions are too small to reap the benefits. Many people feel like the plain portion isn’t large enough to tackle most of your tasks and the serrated portion is too small to actually saw through any of the thick materials.

 

The Handle:

The handle on all of these knives has been made out of Glass Filled Nylon, or GFN. This is the same material as Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon, or FRN. This is a nylon-based plastic that is reinforced with glass fiber and injection molded for use in knife handles. This is one of the cheapest and toughest handle materials to produce in large scale production knives. Gerber is one of the major producers of GFN handles. This material is not seen in custom knives because it is optimized for large scale production with dies for injection molding, and not unique custom made products. Even though GFN is perceived as a cheaper material, which it is, it makes for a very tough knife handle material and can take some serial abuse. It is quite a bit more flexible than G-10 and other Resin Laminates, so it does not have the rigidity associated with it. However, it makes up for this in its impact toughness. Additionally, nearly an y texture can be created on the surface of a GFN handle because it is injection molded, making it very versatile material to work with, with infinite possibilities.

Gerber US-ASSIST Spring Assisted Knife
Gerber US-ASSIST Spring Assisted Knife

The handle has a basket pattern woven across the middle of the handle. This pattern is slightly inlayed and will give you plenty of texture. The ergonomics of this handle fit fantastically in your palm—there is an elongated shallow finger groove that gives your hand a very comfortable grip.

The butt of the handle does have a lanyard hole, which will add a little extra grip when needed, add a touch of personal style, and allow you to withdraw this knife a little bit more quickly.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is a scratch resistant clip that is designed for either tip up or tip down carry. This is a skeletonized black clip that is kept in place by a single black screw that matches the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

The US-ASSIST is a spring assisted knife that features Gerber’s patented B.O.S.S. Tech (Balls of Stainless Steel) as well as a dual ramped thumb stud.

An assisted opening knife, which is commonly known as a spring-assisted knife, is a knife that spring open only after the blade is slightly pushed open with force. Unlike the switchblade, nothing holds down the assisted opening knife when it is in the closed position. As the user begins operating up the blade with a thumb stud, which has some resistance, the spring or torsion bar catches the knife and propels it open where it locks into place. Some of the benefits about an assisted opening knife is that it opens smoothly and efficiently—just like an automatic knife. However, because it is not a fully automatic knife, you don’t have to worry about the strict laws that surround an automatic knife. However, that being said, laws are constantly changing, so keep up with your local knife laws.

The Balls of Stainless Steel technology leverages a ball-bearing system, providing Gerber’s smoothest, most consistent deployment to date. Stainless steel balls reduce friction for seamless opening every time. The cage is designed to keep the balls contained or stable performance over the long haul.

The thumb stud makes for an easy and common operation used to open a spring assisted knife. The thumb stud sits on the side of the blade near where the blade pivots on the handle. It makes for a comfortable way to use one hand to open the knife. However, you should keep in mind how closely this puts your hand to the blade itself—there are many reports of people cutting themselves while opening the blade. One of the complaints against the thumb stud is that because it sits off the blade, it does have the tendency to get in the way at times. One of the biggest advantages of this specific thumb stud is that it is dual ramped, meaning that it extends off each side to make it completely ambidextrous to open. The thumb stud is also textured, which will give you a better grip.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.2 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened is 7.2 inches long. This Gerber knife weighs in at 4.9 ounces. The US-ASSIST was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The US-ASSIST knife was designed and built in Portland, Oregon and showcases their patented B.O.S.S. Tech (Balls Of Stainless Steel) which is a ball-bearing system that offers smooth and consistent deployment. This spring assist knife can easily be operated with one hand thanks to the dual ramped thumb stud design and can be closed with the release of the push button. The GFN (Glass Filled Nylon) handle scales keep the knife light in your hand while still offering plenty of grip security thanks to the textured center. The Gerber US-ASSIST comes in several variations, you can choose either premium CPM-S30V stainless steel or 420HC for the drop point blade, and you have the option of choosing between a plain and combo edge. The scratch-resistant pocket clip is designed for either tip up or tip down carry. Pick up your favorite of these three knives today at BladeOps.

 

Gerber 30-001295 06 Automatic Knife Review

Gerber is Unstoppable, just like the men and women who carry their gear. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us where they are at. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today, that includes much more than a blade.

Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers, and tradesmen, Gerber’s heritage runs deep. And we are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.

All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, OR where many are produced. They also tap their global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific fear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by their famous lifetime warranty.

Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years that is what their customers have expected from them. And whether their products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.

When Joseph R Gerber described his young knife company, Gerber Legendary Blades, as the, “birth of an enterprise that grew into big business,” it was true, but it was an understatement for sure. What had started out in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts that had turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By 1960, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated and collected names in knives.

Over 70 years since its founding and Gerber continues to grow. Still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber’s enterprise, Gerber is a company dedicated to making knives and tools that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. The sleek, stainless steel sheath knives of the ‘50s and ‘60s have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders. Gerber is, however, no longer just a knife company. Multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, digging implements—these are the newest directions that Gerber explores with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.

Today we will be going over the Gerber 30-001295 06 automatic knife.

Gerber 30-001295 06 Automatic Knife
Gerber 30-001295 06 Automatic Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V stainless steel. This steel was released by Crucible knife industries. This steel is a martensitic stainless steel designed to offer the best combination of toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance. Its chemistry has been specially balanced to promote the formation of vanadium carbides which are harder and more effective than chromium carbides in providing wear resistance. CPM S30V offers substantial improvement in toughness over other high hardness steels such as 440C and D2, and its corrosion resistance is equal to or better than 440C in various environments. The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grind ability, and toughness compared to steels produced by conventional processes.

The steel has been finished with a black coated finish. There are a few benefits to a coating your knife blade, but some of the biggest ones are that it reduces corrosion on the blade because the coating forms a barrier in between the blade and the environment. The black coated finish is also matte, which means that it will cut glares and reflections, meaning that the knife won’t give away your position if you have it in the field with you. Unfortunately, coatings can and will scratch off after continuous or heavy use. This means that to benefit from the coating advantages, the blade will have to be recoated. One of the other disadvantages is that sometimes the coating is applied unevenly, which means that slicing will not be as smooth.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is one the most popular blade shape in use today in the knife cutlery industry. This is an all-purpose blade shape, that is also very durable and functional in most tasks that you are going to come across. To form this blade shape, the back or unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow, curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point is what gives the user more control while also adding strength to the tip. One of the only disadvantages to the drop point blade shape is that it does not have as sharp of a tip as the clip point blade style. But, because it does have a broader tip, it is much stronger. It is because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use that drop pint blades are a good option for taking on tactical and survival missions. And because the point on a drop point blade is easily controllable, they are a popular choice on hunting knives. The lowered, controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meant. Drop point blades also feature a large belly area that makes slicing a breeze. In most situations, you are going to be required to slice, so the belly is the perfect characteristic when you are searching for a versatile, all-purpose knife. By choosing this Gerber knife that features a drop point style blade, you will be prepared for any situation, whether it is the expected or the unexpected.

The 30-001295 06 knife boasts a plain edge, which is just one long continuous edge. This style of edge has no teeth, which means that it is going to be easier to sharpen and you will also be able to get a finer edge. Plus, the plain edge is going to give you cleaner cuts than a serrated blade would. The plain edge is perfect for taking on any tasks that require a push cut, which is something like shaving, peeling an apple, or skinning game. One of the only disadvantages to the plain edge is that if you need to saw through thicker materials, a serrated blade would benefit you better. However, if you can get the edge sharp enough, you will be able to get through some of these thicker materials.

 

The Handles:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Aluminum is a very low-density metal that is used in knife making and it is very corrosion resistant. Since it is such a soft metal, it is primarily used for knife handles. A fun fact about aluminum is that it is actually the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust. The majority of knives use the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, which just means the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This type of aluminum has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all the aluminum alloys. This specific type of alloy is often used extensively in aircraft, and is actually referred to as “aircraft aluminum” sometimes. However, this does not mean anything special, it is just a nickname that the handle material has acquired. Aluminum is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium, and is lighter weaker, and less resistant to wear. For the most part, Aluminum is an inferior metal to Titanium aside from its lightness.  However, when producing complex knives that require large amounts of CNC machining, such as this knife, aluminum is much cheaper to produce and the material costs less.

The ergonomics of the handle have been designed to give you maximum hold while still maintaining a comfortable grip. Across the face of the handle, Gerber has carved diagonal grooves. There is a deep finger groove, followed by a slightly shallow finger groove, followed by an elongated and very shallow finger groove. These grooves will help you keep a very secure, yet comfortable grip on the knife handle. To protect your fingers, there is also a large finger guard, in the case of finger slippage, so that you don’t get sliced. On the spine of the handle, there is a couple of different sections of jimping, which will help you have more control when you are slicing with this knife.

The butt of the handle has a lanyard hole carved into it, which is ideal if you need to keep this knife close to you, but also out of the way. Having a lanyard attached to this knife will also allow you to keep this Gerber knife more deeply in your pocket, which will help conceal it as well as keep it safer, but with the addition of a lanyard, you will be able to remove the knife quicker out of your pocket than you would be able to if you did not have the lanyard on it.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The clip on this knife is designed for tip up carry only. However, the handle has been drilled for either left or right hand carry options, which helps to make this knife ambidextrous. The clip is all black to match the handle and blade. It is held in place by three black screws, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, which means that it does have strict set of laws surrounding it. This knife is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility as the user to know your local laws. BladeOps is not responsible for knowing your local knife laws.

Automatic knives are also known as switchblade, and are knives that have a blade concealed and stored in the handle. This blade is released when a button on the face of the handle is pressed, because a spring inside is activated and it will automatically flip the blade out before locking it into place. To close the knife, you will hold down the button and manually fold the blade back into the handle, where it will stay stored until you need to release the blade again.

There are a variety of advantages to having an automatic knife. The biggest one is that you can quickly and efficiently release the blade from the handle—even if you only have one hand to work with. This means that the knife can be brought into play more efficiently and quickly than a regular folding knife. However, because there are a lot of inner mechanisms, maintenance on an automatic knife does prove to be more complicated. Plus, this knife might not be legal in your state.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.7 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.9 inches long. When this automatic knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 8.6 inches. This knife is definitely one of the heavier ones to have, weighing in at 7 ounces. This Gerber knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

Gerber’s automatic knife series, the 06, offers a superbly ergonomic design coupled with premium materials and a rugged build that Gerber is all but too familiar with. The smooth aluminum handle was purposefully designed to give you maximum traction in any grip position thanks to the integrated finger grooves and precisely placed jimping patterns. The front of the knife houses a slide safety that is in close proximity to the over-sized firing button making this knife just as functional with gloves on. The base of the knife also showcases a pommel with a strike point that can easily function as a glass breaker or self-defense tool. This classic 06 auto features a plain edged drop point blade comprised of premium CPM-S30V stainless steel in a black finish and the pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for left or right hand carry options. Pick up the Gerber 30-001295 06 Automatic knife today at BladeOps.

 

Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife Review

When trying to find an identity, Gerber chose to be known as the Unstoppable knife brand—just like the men and women who carry their gear. They have had decades of innovation mixed with dedication that has put them in the place that they are today. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. And today, that includes much more than just a blade.

Gerber was founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, USA, and is an American brand whose precuts have global reach and relevance. These tools are carried extensively by hunters, soldiers, and tradesman, with Gerber’s heritage running deep. They are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.

All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, Oregon where many are produced They also tap their global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by their famous lifetime warranty.

When you think of Gerber, you should be thinking of quality, reliability, and innovation. For over 70 years this is what their customers have expected from us. And whether their products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.

This company started out in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts quickly turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By the time 1960 rolled around, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated, and collected names in knives. This company is still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber. The products that they produce now range from knives to multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, and even to digging implements. All of these tools are made and explored with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.

Today, we are going to be talking about the Gerber StrongArm Fixed blade with a black combo edged blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Gerber knife is made out of 420HC steel. This is an old steel, or more correctly, a retrofit of a very old steel. The base recipe is 420 steel with the addition of carbon, which is where the HC comes from—HC. This steel is soft, yet it is more rugged than other similar products. This steel material has a greater carbon base and is mixed to a harder content than 420 stainless steels. There are many different levels of steel, but products made from 420HC steel are definitely different from other types of steel in terms of performance and reliability. Some of the major benefits to having a knife with this steel is that your blade is going to be very easy to sharpen and will remain durable when it is in constant use. If you are planning on an adventure or an expedition, you should be looking for a blade with 420HC steel. One of the most common places that you are going to find this steel used is in hatchets, machetes, or fine swords because it is so tough. This steel reaches a 57 HRC after suitable heat treatment. The price range of this steel is a definite advantage.

The StrongArm blade has been coated with a black ceramic coating. Coatings do provide you with good corrosion resistance, but they will scratch off eventually and at different rates. Some of the other benefits to the coated finish is that it will help to reduce the reflection and glare of a blade. But, like I said, all coatings will scratch off eventually, especially after heavy use, and it will need to be recoated at that point. This particular coating is a powder coating. Basically you give the blade has a thick ceramic or plastic-y coating on it. This style of coating probably won’t peel off, but it has been known to scratch off semi-easily.

This blade has been carved into a drop point style of blade. This is the blade shape that you should be searching for if you are looking for a phenomenal all-purpose knife that can stand up to almost anything. This blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes around, along with the clip point. These two blade shapes are often confused with each other, but we will talk about where they differ and where the two are similar, along with the pros and cons of each style of knife. Almost all hunting knives have a drop point blade shape, but you will also find this blade shape on a wide variety of other knives—because they are so versatile. The shape of this knife is created by the back edge of the knife running straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, creating a lowered point. It is this lowered point that provides more control and adds strength to the tip. It is this strong tip that makes the drop point blade shape such a popular option on tactical and survival knives. This blade shape is easily controllable because the tip is dropped, making it easily controllable. One of the many reasons that this blade shape is so versatile is because it sports such a large belly. This belly is perfect for slicing and cutting.

Drop point and clip point blade shapes are similar and both the two most popular blade shapes in use today. They are both very versatile, however, they both have different pros and cons. The drop point does have the lowered point, like we earlier mentioned, but it also has a very broad tip. This broad tip is where the strength of the knife comes from and what makes the blade so durable. However, this wide point is also a disadvantage of the blade, because with the broadness, you lose all stabbing capabilities. A clip point blade has a lowered point as well, so it is going to be easily controlled, but the tip is not broad at all. The tip on a clip point is thin, sharp, and fine, which gives you plenty of stabbing capabilities, but it is going to be more prone to breaking. Clip point styles are weaker than a drop point blade shape.

This black blade is a combination, or combo, edge. This means that the upper two thirds of the blade is a plain edge. This portion is going to allow to slice and cut, while also performing detail, fine, and tip work. The lower two thirds of the blade are a serrated edge. The serrations are small teeth that are used to saw through thicker materials. Some people worry that because each of the edge styles are smaller, you don’t get the best of both worlds. While this can be true on a smaller blade, this is a fixed blade, with a larger blade than most knives. Because of this, you really are going to get the best of both worlds through this blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Gerber StrongArm is made out of a rubberized diamond texture grip. This material will give you crazy good grip while also providing you with a comfortable grip through the harder tasks. To keep your fingers safe and your grip secure, there is a large finger guard at the base of the blade where the blade and handle meet. The butt of this handle also flares out. This handle is all black, just like the blade.

On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole drilled into the handle. There are so many different benefits to using a lanyard with your fixed blade. For the most part, you are going to be using your fixed blade for the tougher tasks, most likely the outdoors class. For starters, a lanyard will secure your blade against loss. When you are running around outside, or through canyons, or even out on the water, you do not want your blade to fly out of the sheath and accidently stab yourself or lose your knife. If you are using this blade for hunting, you are going to have to reach inside the cavity to cut the esophagus so the intestines can be pulled out. This situation is a messy, bloody situation, which makes the knife handle slippery. And although there is a finger guard and heavy texture, a lanyard around your wrist or hand can prevent your hand from slipping down the blade of the handle. A third reason to use a lanyard on this knife of yours is to help with visibility. If you happen to put your knife down while you are using it, it may blend in with the surroundings. To combat this, you can easily tie a vibrant cord through the hole and you will never lose it again.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade, which means that there actually isn’t any mechanism or moving parts inside of the knife. This is a full tang blade, which means that the blade metal itself extends through the full length of the handle. The Rubberized handle has been molded around the full tang to give you an easier grip on the blade. The full tang style of fixed blade is the toughest style of blade, because there is no weak spot in the metal where it could wear down or snap.

There are so many different advantages to having a fixed blade. They are stronger than a folding knife and no matter what size you get your blade in, it is going to have the same strength behind it. Fixed blades also don’t break. There are no inner or moving parts to break in a fixed blade, so there is nothing for the mechanism to wear down, rust, or break. One of the biggest perks of a fixe blade is that they are so easy to maintain. You do not have to worry about cleaning all of the inner pieces. All you really have to do is wipe down the blade and handle, oil the blade, and call it good. Fixed blades are also superior survival tools. With a full tang fixed blade, you can use it for cutting, digging, splitting, food preparation, hunting, hammering, and even as a prying tool.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4.8 inches long, with an overall knife length of 9.8 inches. This knife weighs in at 10.9 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath on this knife is a modular system with snap components for MOLLE horizontal or vertical and vertical belt carry. MOLLE is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It is used to define the current generation of load-bearing equipment and backpacks used by a number of NATO armed forces, especially the British Army and the United States Army. The system’s modularity is derived from the use of PALS webbing as rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the vest to allow for the attachment of various MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories.

Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife
Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

Conclusion:

The Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade knife boasts a tough-as-hell combo edge drop point blade. Gerber has been producing fixed blade combat and survival knives for the US Military since 1968 and the StrongArm continues the fine tradition of excellence. The 420HC stainless steel blade has a black ceramic coating. The StrongArm is designed around the basics of military survival training and the diamond texture rubberized handle allows you to get a solid grip no matter the environmental conditions. The pommel is designed with a point for use as a defensive strike point or glass breaker. The modular sheath system features snap components that allow it to be carried vertically on MOLLE, horizontally on a standard 1.75″ belt or in a traditional drop leg belt mount fashion. Proudly built for you in Portland, OR. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

 

Gerber Grey Shark Belly Knife Review

Gerber Gear has a charming backstory. What once started out as Gerber Legendary Blades, a young knife company, it quickly grew into a big business. Joseph R. Gerber started this company out in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts. But this quickly turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By 1960, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated, and collected names in knives.

It has now been 70 years since its founding and Gerber continues to grow. Still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber’s enterprise, Gerber is a company dedicated to making knives and tool that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. The sleek, stainless steel sheath knives of the 50s and 60s have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders. Gerber is, however, no longer just a knife company. Multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, digging implements—these are the newest directions that Gerber explores with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.

When talking about who they are, Gerber has said, “Like the mean and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us ere. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in Inc. Today that includes much more than a blade.”

These knives are carried extensively by hunters, soldiers, and tradesmen, and Gerber’s heritage runs deep. They are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.

All of Gerber’s products are designed and engineered in Portland, Oregon, where many are produced. They also tap their global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is back by their famous lifetime warranty. “Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are sued to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.”

Today, we will be going over the Gerber Grey Shark Belly Wharncliffe folder knife, which was released just earlier this year.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 420HC High Carbon Stainless Steel. This steel is a 420 stainless steel that has been modified with more carbon, which is actually where the HC in the name comes from—High Carbon. This steel also usually sports a better heat treatment than a regular 420 stainless steel would have. 420HC holds a higher carbon production rate than a stainless steel. The content is much softer than the higher number steel count 440, yet it is more rugged than other similar products. This steel material has a greater carbon base and is mixed to a harder content than 420 stainless steels. Buck Knives is well known for using this type of steel in their products. There are many different levels of steel, but products made from 420HC steel are definitely different form other types of steel in terms of performance and reliability. Tools made from this steel are easy to sharpen and are durable even when in constant use. This makes this steel type a great option for machetes and tools. Blades made from this material are less prone to rusting or corroding as long as you remember to rinse, dry, and oil your knife after use. There are plenty of advantages to using 420HC steel, but one of the biggest is that they are so easy to sharpen. Knives made of this material stand up really well while fishing or hunting, making this knife a reliable work tool while on the trail or in the outdoors. This will be a strong and reliable blade.

This blade has been finished with the most traditional finishes on knife blades: a satin finish. This finish is created by sanding the blade in one direction with increasing levels of a fine abrasive, which is usually a sandpaper. A satin finish works to show the bevels of the blade, showcasing the lines of the knife, while also reducing its reflective glare. The finer the abrasive and the more even the lines; the cleaner the satin finish blade looks. This is a slightly less shiny finish than a polished finish, and it is less expensive than both the mirror and polished finishes. This is a semi-shiny finish with a luster falling between bead blasted—which is a matte finish, and mirror polish—which is a high gloss finish. This finish requires great hand skill to accomplish and does cut down on corrosion slightly.

This knife has been carved into a Wharncliffe blade shape, which is extremely similar to the sheepsfoot blade, but not to be confused with the sheepsfoot blade. The Wharncliffe is pretty much as standard blade shape that has been turned upside down. This means that the blade has a totally flat cutting edge, and the spine of the blade drops gradually until the tip forms a point. The history of this blade shape gets pretty muggy because there are a few main stories about how the Wharncliffe came to be. But, the actual name “Wharncliffe” did not exist until 1822, which means that this knife style was named after that point in history. Regardless of the history, the Wharncliffe is a very useful blade shape, although it might not at first appear to be. It is fantastic for opening boxes and envelopes, and for box cutting. However, it is not very good for preparing food and skinning as the lack of a belly makes it difficult for cutting soft tissue and using it on a cutting board.

There are a variety of things that are confusing between the Wharncliffe and the Sheepsfoot blade. It is generally accepted that a Sheepsfoot blade has an abruptly curving spine at the tip of the knife, creating very little point, while a Wharncliffe has a more gradually tapering spine creating a pointer tip. Unfortunately, this also means that the Wharncliffe shaped blades will also have a more fragile tip.

The blade does feature a plain edge, although there is some shallow jimping at the bottom of the blade near the handle. This is so that you have impeccable grip no matter what you are using this knife for. This jimping, along with a design on the handle is where the Grey Shark Belly got its name.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of Glass Filled Nylon, or GFN for short. This material is the same thing as Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon, or FRN for short. They are both a nylon based plastic that tis reinforced with glass fiber and injection molded for use in knife handles. This handle material is one of the cheapest and toughest handle materials to produce in large scale production knives. This material is not going to be seen on custom knives because it is optimized for large scale production with dies for injection molding, and not unique custom made products. And even though GFN is perceived as a cheaper material, which it is, it makes for a very tough knife handle material and can take some serial abuse. TI is quite a bit more flexible than G 10 and other Resin Laminates, so it does not have the rigidity associated with them. However, it makes up for this in its impact toughness. Additionally, nearly any texture can be created on the surface of this material because it is injection molded, making it a very versatile material to work with, with infinite possibilities. As a general guide, the higher the glass content, the more rigid the nylon is going to be.

The characteristic that makes this material almost indestructible is that the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions as opposed to G 10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, which have the fiberglass strands aligned in a single direction. This means that the other materials are going to be extremely strong in a single direction, but as soon as they are stressed in a separate direction, they are prone to cracking and falling apart. These other materials are very brittle because of this characteristic and will crack if subjected to a hard or sharp object. GFN though, has the haphazardly arranged nylon fibers, which means that it is not going to be brittle. On the other hand, it is not going to be as “grippy” as G 10, and some people feel like it has a cheap, plastic feel to it. The last major benefit to having a knife handle made out of this material is that it requires zero maintenance.

This handle does sport a lanyard hole that has been carved into the butt of the handle. On the belly of the handle, there is a row of markings that do resemble shark markings, which is one of the reasons that this knife was named the Grey Shark Belly.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a skeletonized, wire pocket clip. It is silver, to go with the blade. The clip does have a slight bend to it, which will help it stay snugly in your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual folding knife that features a lock back mechanism and a thumb window to assist you in the opening process. The thumb window is very similar to the thumb hole, except that it is more rectangular and much larger. Since the 1980s, the thumb hole has most often been associated with folding knives from Spyderco. Over the years though, many other knife makers have adopted the feature because of how well the thumb hole does work. Opening a folder equipped with a thumb window is just like using a thumb stud. By its very design, it is ambidextrous. And, many knife enthusiasts prefer the thumb window to the thumb stud because it doesn’t protrude from the blade and get in the way.

This Gerber knife features the lock back locking mechanism which is also known as the back lock. This is one of the oldest and most reliable locking mechanism on the market. Due to its simplicity and affordability, the lock back mechanism is one of the most well-known knife locks. The lock back functions with a locking arm, which sits along the handle spine and is molded with a hook that fits into a notch on the back of the blade, behind the pivot. This hook is dragged by tension from the back spring into the notch, therefore locking the knife with a snap. Because it is reliable and economical to construct, the lock back is one of the most common used in folding knives.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.25 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.5 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 7.75 inches long and the knife weighs in at 2.3 ounces. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Shark Belly is one of many new models released by Gerber in 2017. This manual folder features a lock back mechanism that utilizes a rocker arm to provide top-notch stability and ease of operation. Each high carbon stainless steel blade is deployed with the use of the thumb window which also provides an ambidextrous opening option. The name of this knife is indicative of the unidirectional pattern of the lower portion of the handle scales–providing an ideal amount of control regardless of the task at hand. This mode features grey GFN (Glass Filled Nylon) handles, a sheepsfoot style blade, that is partly serrated, in a satin finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up your Shark Belly knife today at BladeOps.

 

Gerber Coyote Brown Mini Covert Auto Knife Review

Joseph R. Gerber one time described his young knife company as the “birth of an enterprise that grew into a big business.” He nailed it right on the head, and while it was true, it was definitely an understatement. Gerber Gear started in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets that were given as holiday gifts turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By 1960, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated, and collected names in knives. Over 70 years since its founding and Gerber is continuing to grow. They are still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber’s enterprise, Gerber is a company dedicated to making knives and tools that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. The sleek, stainless steel sheath knives of the 50s and 60s have given birth to today’s lightweight, open frame clip folders. Gerber is no longer just a knife company. They are now designing, making, and selling multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, and digging implements. These are all the newest directions that Gerber explores with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.

“Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable.” With decades of innovation and dedication, Gerber has come far. They are renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem solving, lifesaving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today, that includes much more than a blade. This company was founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers, and tradesmen, Gerber’s heritage runs deep. They are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.

All of Gerber’s products are designed and engineered in Portland, OR where many of their products are produced. They also tap their global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is back by their famous lifetime warranty.

“Quality, reliability, and innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected form us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.”

Today we are going to be talking about one of their Mini Covert automatic knives. This is their Coyote Brown version.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM-S30V stainless steel. This steel is a premium grade steel that is made by US based Crucible. This steel is often referred to as only S30V steel, instead of CPM-S30V steel. It has excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. This steel was designed in the US and is typically used for the high-end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. Crucible added vanadium carbides to the steel alloy matrix to bring out the extreme hardness. Dollar for dollar, this is generally regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with the optimal balance of edge retention, hardness, and toughness. One of the only drawbacks to this steel is that it does prove tricky to sharpen. Crucible has made a better looking brother, S35VN steel, which is distinctly similar, but easier for manufacturers to work with thanks to the niobium addition. S30V is really common these days and is one of my favorite steels for a blade.

This steel has been finished with a black coated finish. A coated finish helps to reduce the reflection and glare while also reducing wear and corrosion on the blade. Unfortunately, because it is a coated finish, it can and will be scratched off after continuous heavy use, and the blade on the Mini Covert will have to be re-coated if you wish to keep all of the high qualities. As a general guideline, the harder the finish, the more resistant to wear and corrosion, but also the more expensive to add to a knife. A coating finish also eliminated shiny surfaces, which is an absolute necessity if you are using this knife on a mission. Another great benefit is that a coating finish can reduce drag during a cut. Lastly, the coating finish does add aesthetic to the knife. It provides an even, matte surface to the blade.

This blade has been carved into a spear point blade shape. A spear point blade is similar to the needle point blade because they are both good for piercing. However, its point is stronger and it does contain a small belly that can be used for slicing. A spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center lien of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. They can be single or double edged, although this version of the mini covert is single edged. In contrast to the needle-point blade which has a very sharp but weak point, a spear pint knife has a strong point that is also sharp enough for piercing. However, a spear point blade is only good for piercing if both edges are sharpened. The lowered point is easily controllable and is useful for fine tip work. Spear point blades contain a small belly which can be used for some cutting and slicing applications, however, the belly is relatively small when compared to drop point and clip point knives. A spear point knife is a great choice for the knife lover who is looking for a good balance between piercing and slicing ability. It combines the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, while maintaining some of the belly that is used for slicing. This is a hybrid shape that is extremely functional.

This blade is a plain edged blade. Plain blades are best when you need precision and accuracy. Plain blades excel at tasks such as carving, dressing an animal, trimming your nails, or peeling an apple. The nice advantage of plain edge blades is their versatility. With a plain edge blade, you directly affect its purpose by changing how you sharpen it. It is standard practice to customize the edge of a plain edged blade to tackle a specific task. For some tasks, a highly polished, low friction edge will do the best job. Tasks such as food prep and wood carving are great examples of when a highly polished edge is ideal. For other tasks, a roughly sharpened edge that has hidden “micro-serration” is ideal and will often work similar to the way a true serrated blade would.

Because this blade is a plain edge blade and features the spear point blade shape, it is an extremely versatile blade shape that is going to meet your needs in a wide variety of situations.

 

The Handle:

Gerber Coyote Mini Covert
Gerber Coyote Mini Covert

The handle of this knife is made out of 6061-T6 Aluminum. This is the most common type of aluminum that is in use today, which has tremendous tensile strength. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. It is a low density metal, so it is lightweight. However, it does provide a nice, hefty feel to the knife as well. This is a huge benefit of aluminum because you do want the weight or heft to complete tasks, but you also don’t want to be weighed down by a crazy heavy knife. When properly texturized, an aluminum handle can provide a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable and easy for extended use. However, aluminum can prove to be a very slippery material. On the downside, if you use your knife quite a bit during colder winter months, you might find the handle uncomfortable cold given its conductive properties. Aluminum is generally considered inferior to its stronger, yet more expensive brother Titanium which tends to be found on the more premium knives. One of the other drawbacks to this handle material is that it is susceptible to scratches and dings.

This knife handle has been anodized for color, hardness, and protection. Thus making it a more durable knife handle. The anodization process has made the handle a Coyote Brown, which is a light tan color. Anodizing is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. The process is called anodizing because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear and provides better adhesion for paint, primers, and glues than bare metal does. Anodizing changes the microscopic texture of the surface and the crystal structure of the metal near the surface. Thick coatings are normally porous, so a sealing process is often needed to achieve corrosion resistance. Anodized aluminum surfaces are harder than aluminum but have low to moderate wear resistance that can be improved with increasing thickness or by applying suitable sealing substances.

To help with grip, there are three skinny grooves cut across the palm of the handle. This knife has a skinnier top part of the handle, which has two curves cut out for added finger control. Then, the handle flares out to fit well into you hand, and tapers back towards the butt of the handle. This handle does sport a lanyard hole.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is designed for tip down carry only. The clip is black, to contrast with the handle and to match the blade. It is a deep carry pocket clip, helping it fit snugly in your pocket. “Gerber” has been stamped across the middle of the clip. This clip is kept in place by two small, black screws.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife that deploys with a lever on the palm of the knife handle. An automatic knife is also known as a switchblade or an ejector knife. This is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a lever on the handle is activated. The blade is unlocked manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed positon.

You do need to keep in mind that automatic knives have strict laws surrounding them in certain states, cities, and areas. Make sure you know your local knife laws before purchasing and carrying this Gerber Mini Covert.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 2.8 inches long with the knife sporting an overall length of 6.5 inches long. The handle measures in at 3.7 inches long. This knife weighs in at 2.1 ounces. This knife is made in the USA.

 

Conclusion:

The Applegate-Fairbairn designed Gerber Covert automatic knife series was modeled after their best-in-class Covert folder model and combines premium elements with user-friendly functionality. This auto knife features coyote brown anodized aircraft aluminum handle scales that showcases a sleek symmetrical design with integrated dual finger grooves for a secure hold despite its size. A front-mounted slide safety has been built into the handle and even portrays a red dot so you know the knife is ready for action. This Mini Covert auto knife also features a plain edge spear point blade comprised of premium CPM-S30V stainless steel in a black finish and the pocket clip is designed for tip down carry only. The stainless steel is durable and strong, and maintains one of the best balances of toughness, hardness, and edge retention. The aluminum handle is durable and strong and very resistant to corrosion. However, it does accumulate scratches easily over time. With the combination of those two materials, you are going to get one of the most durable knives on the market.

Pick up your Coyote Brown Mini Covert Auto Knife today at BladeOps.

 

The Gerber Center Drive Multi Tool Review

Gerber Gear started out as Gerber Legendary Blades, which actually started out as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts. The founder of Gerber is Joseph R. Gerber. When speaking about Gerber Legendary Blades, he has said that it was, “the birth of an enterprise that grew into a big business”. This is a very true statement, but also quite the understatement. Like previously mentioned, it was 1939 and he designed and made a small batch of handmade cutlery sets. Less than 30 years later, in 1960, Gerber had become one of the most trusted, appreciated, and collected names in knives.

It was over 70 years ago that Gerber was founded and to this day, the company is still growing. They are grounded on the same principles that the company began on: they are dedicated to making knives and tools that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. At this point in time, Gerber doesn’t just make knives. They design and make axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, digging implements, and multi tools. In fact, they recently released a brand new multi tool called the Center Drive. And that is what we will be discussing today.

 

The Steel:

The steel used on this multi tool is 420HC steel. This is a mid-range steel and is actually considered the king of the 420 steel series. 420HC steel is most similar to 420 steel, except that it has a much higher content of carbon, which is where the HC comes from in the name (High Carbon). The higher the carbon content in the steel, the harder the steel will be, so with this steel you do end up with a very hard steel. This is an inexpensive steel option, so it is surprising when you find out that this steel is one of the most corrosion resistant steels on the market. The most common place that you will find this steel is on budget blades. This steel usually undergoes a heat treatment and the better the heat treatment, the better the steel will be. With a good heat treatment, the manufacturer can bring out better edge retention and better corrosion resistant properties. This steel struggles to keep its edge for long periods of time and for heavy duty use. But, since this steel is used on a multi tool where you aren’t looking for a razor sharp blade, this steel will definitely get the job done.

Gerber Center Drive MultiTool
Gerber Center Drive MultiTool

The Look:

The 420HC steel is used all over this multi tool, meaning that the handles and the tools have been made out of this steel. However, to add depth and a unique look, the different features have been finished in two different ways. The handles of this multi tool have been finished with a matte gray look. All of the tools that fold out of this multi tool have been finished with a black finish. The contrast helps to add depth and provides this multi tool with a very modern look.

On the gray handle, there are a variety of etchings and cut outs. The company name is etched into one side of the handle, along with small triangular etchings. One the other side of the handle, there are triangular cut outs. On the side of the handle with just the etchings, one of the triangles is actually cut out to form a lanyard hold. This is a huge benefit, because being able to tie a lanyard onto your tool is a real game changer. Some of the most obvious benefits to having a lanyard on your knife include that you can add a touch of personal style to the tool depending on which lanyard you choose. Another benefit is that if you are using this tool in a dark or cramped space with limited sight, and you happen to drop it, a bright lanyard will help you find the tool quicker. One of the biggest benefits to having a lanyard hole in your multi tool handle is that you can secure your tool against loss. This is a multi-tool that you are going to want with you at all times. It has almost every single tool that can help you get out of a sticky situation, whether it is the expected or unexpected. Since you are going to want it with you at all times, the lanyard hole helps quite a bit. This way, you can easily tie the tool to your belt or to your bag or backpack strap.

 

The Tools:

The Gerber Center Drive has been outfitted with thirteen different tools. This means that your multi tool with offer you uncompromising performance through almost any situation. The Center Drive has been designed for real challenges and works perfectly. When talking about their new product, Gerber has said, “Second best is nothing to strive for. To trump the multi-tools that preceded it, the Center Drive had to be real, tough, innovative—and it is. In the inevitable tool to tool showdown, there is not contest.” I would say that Gerber has hit the nail right on the head. This brand new multi tool is truly a game changer.

  1. The Pliers.

On the Center Drive multi tool, the pliers are located at the top of the tool in the middle of the two handles. These are spring loaded needle nose pliers, that sport an X-Channel rail system. Needle nose pliers are also known as long nose pliers. This type of pliers is used for cutting and holding. Many jewelry designers, electricians, and network engineers use this type of pliers to reposition and snip wire.

  1. The Bolt and Nut Grippers.

This is located on the inner side of the pliers. This will give you a secure grasp on any of your nuts or bolts.

  1. The Rotatable Carbide Wire Cutters.

The wire cutter and stripper can easily be used to strip the electrical insulation from the electric wires. The wire cutter will quickly and easily slice through the wire.

  1. Magnetic Axis Bit Driver.

The bit driver is a magnetic center that measures in at 3.2 inches. The simple version of this multi tool comes with a Phillips head bit. This type of head has a small cross in the center and the ability to self-center.

  1. The Extra Bit Holder.

You have the option to purchase the version of this multi tool that comes with extra bits. These bits include multiple sized Phillips heads as well as a flathead drill bit. All of the drill bits are magnetic. These bits are stored in a small container where each bit has its own little slot.

  1. The Ruler.
  2. The Bottle Opener.

The Bottle opener is located on the left side, near the file. This will easily allow you to open any bottles, making this multi tool a great tool for emergencies or just everyday life.

  1. The Pry Bar and Nail Puller.

This tool is a metal bar that has both ends flattened and a curve on one end. This tool has a small fissure in the end that is the perfect tool to use when you are trying to remove a nail.

  1. The Awl.

The awl is a long point spike. This tool can be used for making holes in wood or used for making markings on the wood.

  1. The Tool Lock.
  2. The File.

The file folds out of the butt of the left handle. This file has a fine side and a coarse side. This file can easily be used to remove fine amounts of material from a workpiece.

  1. The Blade.

The serrated blade folds out of the left side of the handle, and is arranged right next to the file. Because it is a serrated edge, you will easily be able to saw through some of the rougher or thicker materials that you encounter throughout your day.

  1. The Other Blade.

This blade folds out of the right side of the handle and has a fine grind. It is a plain edge blade that makes up for all of the slicing tasks that you will need to perform that the serrated edged blade will not be able to accomplish.

 

The Different Versions:

There are four different “versions” you can get when it comes to the Center Drive. While the tools in all of the versions are the same, it is the accessories that change. You can get the simplest version of the multi tool, which is just the multi tool and a fabric sheath. The second version of this tool that you can purchase is the multi tool along with an included bit set. The third version of this multi tool that is offered is the multi tool along with a MOLLE compatible sheath. The last option that is available for purchase is one where the multi tool comes with the included bit set and the MOLLE Compatible Sheath.

 

The Sheaths:

There are two different sheath options. On the simplest versions of this multi tool, it does come with a sheath. This sheath is a simple, black fabric sheath. The fabric sheath is an inexpensive option for your tool sheath. With a tool sheath, you really get what you pay for. So while this fabric sheath is adequate, it will wear out quicker than other sheath materials. The fabric sheath is prone to getting stretched out, so it will still work, but your tool will not be quite as snug as it once was. A fabric sheath will get the job done, but does not offer you any extra anything.

The second sheath option is an upgraded sheath. This sheath is a MOLLE compatible sheath that comes in a light tan color. This is also a fabric sheath, but carries a handful of benefits along with it. MOLLE stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. This equipment is used by a large number of NATO armed forces, including the United States Army. The system’s modularity is derived from the use of PALS webbing as rows of heavy duty nylon stitched onto the vest to allow for the attachment of various MOLLE compatible pouches and accessories. This means that this sheath will work on any other MOLLE compatible products. The nylon that they use is tough, durable, and hard to scratch.

 

The Specs:

The closed length of this multi tool is 4.7 inches long, with the open length of it being 6.6 inches long. This is a little bit heavier of a tool weighing in at 9.5 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Ever since Gerber came to be, they have been creating exceptionally quality knives. They have built a reputation over the past seventy years of being reliable, innovative, and long lasting. One of Gerber’s main goals and drives is to create tools that will last a lifetime. And I would say that they have definitely accomplished that.

The Center Drive is the newest of their multi tool series and comes with four different versions. Each of the versions comes with separate accessories. Each tool, even the simplest version comes with a fabric sheath. However, you can upgrade and get a version with a MOLLE Compatible sheath. And you can get an add on with a case that carries extra bit heads. To make up the exceptional multi tool, they started with a steel that is extremely stain resistant and very hard. When speaking about their new tool, Gerber has said, “Our new multi tool offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design. The innovative center axis driver opens to align like a real screw driver, yielding maximum torque and rotation. No productivity is sacrificed with the addition of a 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. Full size, real tools—the multi tool just got a reality check.”

With thirteen different tools on this multi tool, you know that you will be equipped whether in the expected or the unexpected situations. Grab your Center Drive multi tool right here.