Gerber Empower Auto Knife Review

Gerber Empower Auto Knife
Gerber Empower 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 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 (the Magnum Hunter) have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders (the Remix). 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.

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 Empower automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V stainless steel. This stainless steel is a premium steel that is designed and manufactured by Crucible Industries, which is based in the United States of America. This steel is known for having high edge retention as well as being able to resist rust with ease. This steel was actually specifically designed for premium pocket knives as well as kitchen cutlery, which means that you are going to get all of the best qualities for a knife that you could ask for. To design it for these purposes, Crucible added in vanadium carbides to the steel alloy, which is what brings out the extreme hardness without letting it get too brittle. In fact, this steel is known for having one of the best balances between hardness, edge retention, and toughness. This is a complicated balance to achieve because the harder the steel, the less tough that it is. Crucible really hit it right on the head with this one. Really S30V steel only has one drawback—bookcase of its harness, it is tricky to work with or sharpen. You won’t need a master sharpener to do it by any means, but a beginner sharpener probably isn’t the best option for getting the best edge.

This Gerber blade has been finished with a Stonewashed finish. This finish is rugged and gives a well-worn look to the blade. The biggest advantage to a stonewashed blade is actually how well it preserves the original look of the blade over time. To create this finish, the blade steel is tumbled with small abrasive material, which are most commonly ceramic pebbles. When the blade is done being tumbled, it is removed and smoothed out, then polished. The look is textured and works to hide scratches and smudges exceptionally well.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a spear point blade shape. The spear point blade shape is considered a hybrid shape because it combines many of the best attributes from different blade shapes. However, it is most similar to the dagger style blade because it is great for piercing. The spear point is created symmetrically, because both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that is exactly in the middle of the knife. Although it is very similar to the dagger style blade, it does have its differences. For example, the dagger style blade has a sharper point, but because it is finer, it is also weaker. The spear point has a less fine point, but because of that, it is stronger and won’t be as prone to breaking when used on harder targets. The spear point blade shape also has a lowered tip, which is going to help you have better control over the knife as well as being able to perform fine tip work. Spear points also differ from the dagger style blade because it does have a small belly that can be used for some cutting or slicing. If you were to compare the belly with that on a drop point or even that on a clip point, it would look incredibly small. But, it will get the job done. Like I said, this blade shape is often considered a hybrid blade shape. This is because it gives both piercing and slicing capabilities, it has the sharpness of a dagger style blade, but more of the strength that you would find on a drop point blade. This blade shape is really going to get the job done, almost no matter what the job actually is.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum that has been anodized black. It also has a two-toned black and white textured inlay for a little added grip.

Aluminum is a great material for a knife handle because it is a low-density metal. This means that while you will feel like you have the heft that you need to take on most tasks (and you do) you will not feel weighed down by the knife. This is ideal for the Empower knife because it is a larger knife, but won’t feel as if it is a larger knife. The most common aluminum alloy is the 6061-T6 alloy, which just means that the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This aluminum alloy does have one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys. While aluminum does have an older brother, Titanium, which is known to be the superior metal, aluminum is lighter and easer to work with. This means that when the manufacturer is making a complex automatic knife such as this one, using aluminum instead of titanium is going to keep the cost of the knife down considerably.

The handle has been anodized, which is an electrolytic process that increases the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of the aluminum. Anodizing is not only going to add the sleek black color, but will also increase the resistance to corrosions and wear. Because it is anodized, the knife handle does have a longer life expectancy.

The handle really does have a simple shape. The neck of the handle does go inward and then the spine bulges out to fit comfortably in your hand. The butt is a rounded square with nothing too fancy, but it does have a lanyard hole carved into it. The belly of the handle has a slight finger guard and a deep, but elongated finger groove. This Gerber knife is going to fit comfortably in your hand, even if you need to use it for long periods of time. Since aluminum is not known for its high texture, Gerber has added an inlay that will give you plenty of texture for a solid grip when you are using this knife. The inlay is made out of Gerber’s Armored Grip, which is “electroformed handle scales that provide a quick, confident grip and a striking aesthetic designed to empower those who carry it.” Overall, the blade and the handle create a rugged, yet elegant look.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife can only be attached on the traditional side of the handle. This means that the knife is not going to be fully ambidextrous. However, the pocket clip is reversible for either tip up or tip down carry. This helps the Empower knife be more comfortable for a wider variety of people. The clip is not a deep carry clip, which is also a drawback as it will not be as concealed or as secure inside of your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife that has been equipped with a safety slide as well as a plunge lock. Because this is an automatic knife, you should be aware that automatic knives do fall under a set of strict laws in the United States of America. This style of knife is not legal in every city or state. You need to know your local knife laws before purchasing this knife because BladeOps is not the responsible party. Automatic knives are often known as switchblades. This is a type of knife that has a folding blade that is contained in the handle. The knife is opened automatically when a button on the handle is pushed. A fun fact is that switchblade knives have actually dated back to the mid-18th century. The first examples that are known right now were constructed in Europe. However, they have had a tumultuous history which is why they do have such a strict set of laws surrounding them.

The plunge lock is also known as a button lock, which is often found on automatic knives. The plunge lock is going to use a spring-loaded plunger to hold the knife open. When you press the button, it will line up a notch in the plunger and allow the blade to pivot open. Some of the pros to the plunge lock is that it is very strong and durable, it is also going to be easy to use, it is fast and effective, and it does not put your fingers in the blade’s path, which makes it a safer option. Some of the overall cons to the plunge lock is that it is a difficult and expensive mechanism to manufacture which is going to increase the overall cost of the knife and it is not an ambidextrous mechanism.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.25 inches long with a handle that measures in at 5.16 inches long. When the knife is opened, the overall length of it measures in at 8.41 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.6 ounces. As a key, anything under 5 ounces is going to make for a pretty good everyday carry knife, which means this just makes it. This knife was made in the United States of America, so you can feel patriotic when you use it.

 

Conclusion:

             The Empower side-open automatic series joins the ranks with Gerber’s other American-made autos–showcasing a fresh new look that blends a tactical feel and user-friendly styling. Based upon the Gerber Propel, the Empower will be offered in 4 different variations while still offering an integrated slide safety as well as an over-sized firing button. Along with the new name premiers the new Armor Grip™ handle scales, in 2 unique patterns with some even being photo-chemically etched, which provide an ideal balance of control and grip security. This model sports a black anodized aircraft-grade aluminum handle complete with a two-toned black and white textured inlay, a spear point style blade in a stonewash finish and the reversible pocket clip is designed for the traditional side of the handle only but is eligible for a tip up or tip down carry. You can pick up the Gerber Empower today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

Gerber Harsey Air Ranger 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.

Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, USA, 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. 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.”

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 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 (the Magnum Hunter) have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders (the Remix). 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 discussing the Gerber Harsey Air Ranger knife.

 

The Designer:

             The man behind this knife is Bill Harsey, who is an American knife maker and designer who works with several knife companies, including Gerber Legendary Blades, Lone Wolf Knives, Spartan Blades, Ruger/CRKT, Fantoni, and Chris Reeve Knives. Harsey is a custom knife maker, designing and crafting one-of-a-kind folding and fixed blade knives, often to order. In Battle Blades, author Greg Walker identifies Harsey as producing superb edges and blade finishes on his knives, as well as making knives specifically for Al Mar and Colonel Rex Applegate. Even so, he is best known for his collaboration projects.

 

Gerber Harsey Air Ranger Knife
Gerber Harsey Air Ranger Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife has been finished with a black coating. The coating is going to work to prolong the life of the blade because it does increase the wear resistance as well as the corrosion resistance of this knife. This is because it creates a barrier between the blade steel and the environment and everything has to go through the coating before it can reach the steel. When the black oxide coat is applied evenly, it helps you have smoother cuts because it cuts down on any drag or friction that the steel may have had in the first place. However, the black oxide coating is not the highest quality coating and will scratch off after either heavy use or over time. Once the coating has scratched off, you no longer have any of the life-prolonging benefits. But you also are going to have much more drag because the scratches will create texture on the blade.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. The clip point blade shape is one of the two most popular blade shapes on the market. This is because it is versatile and it is going to excel at piercing. The blade shape is made up of a spine that runs straight from the handle to about halfway up the knife. At this point, it is going to turn and continue to the point in a straight angle, which does create a dropped point. This section makes the knife look as if it has had a portion of the blade clipped off of it and is referred to as the clip, which is where this blade shape got its name. Because it does have a lowered point, you are going to be able to perform fine tip work with this knife. And because the tip is controllable and both sharper and thinner at the spine, this blade shape is going to excel at stabbing. This is because these characteristics help create less drag which leads to faster insertion as well as faster withdrawal. Not only is the Air Ranger going to excel at piercing, it is very versatile because of the large belly. The larger the belly, the easier it is to slice. Clip points are prone to having their tips snap because they are thinner. To prevent this, try to avoid stabbing your blade into a harder target.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of black G10. Gerber says, “Establishing the Air Ranger as distinct from similar folders is its innovative handle. The ultra-tactile G-10 offers you steady purchase while deploying the blade. Its one-hand opening releases with a thumb using the dual thumb studs positioned near the hilt, and the liner lock keeps the blade open safely during use. Make dexterous use of this sturdy knife in all conditions.”

G10 is known for being hard, tough, strong, but still lightweight. This material is created when the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth, soaks them in resin, then compresses them. Lastly, the material is baked under pressure. Unfortunately, because all of the fibers are arranged in a single direction, it creates a material that is very strong in that direction but not super strong in any other direction. This is why the material does suffer from being brittle. G10 helps the Air Ranger go from a good tactical knife to a great tactical knife because G10 is durable, lightweight, and non-porous, which means that it won’t absorb any fluids it happens to come in contact with. This creates a low-maintenance knife handle.

The handle is simply shaped with ergonomics that will give you a solid, yet comfortable hold. There are some areas of jimping to give more texture. This knife does have a lanyard hole.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is a tip down clip. This is the safer way to carry a knife, so it is not too big of a drawback that you cannot carry the knife tip-up as well. The pocket clip is wide, which helps to make it very sturdy. It is black, which matches the blade and the handle and creates an all-black knife. The clip is kept in place by three small black screws which match the rest of the hardware on the knife. The clip is wide at the top but quickly tapers, where it remains the same width for 2/3rds of the clip. In the middle, Gerber has stamped their name in silver, which pops.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that has been equipped with both a thumb stud as well as a liner locking mechanism. The thumb stud is probably the most common one handed opening feature for folding knives in today’s world. The stud sits on the butt of the blade near where the handle begins. When the knife is closed, the stud extends out of the spine of the handle, where your thumb can get a solid grip on it and swing the knife opened. This is a dual thumb stud, which means that it extends out of both sides of the blade. This creates an ambidextrous knife opening mechanism, which is always preferred. The thumb stud is easy to get the hang of and you can open the knife with only one hand, which is perfect for when you need both hands on the job. However, there are some complaints when it comes to a thumb stud. For starters, some people don’t like how the stud extends out of the blade. This is because when the knife is opened, it does not get out of the way, like a flipper does. It still sits on top of the blade, extending outward. Some people feel as if the thumb stud gets in the way when they are trying to use the knife. The other major drawback to a thumb stud is that it does put your fingers in the path of the blade when you are trying to open the knife. This means that it is not the safest opening mechanism that you will be able to find on the market.

The liner locking mechanism is one of the most common locking mechanism that you are going to find on a folding knife. The main characteristic of the liner lock is a spring bar that is on the same side as the sharpened edge of the blade. This spring bar lines the inside of the handle. When you close the knife, the spring bar is actually held under tension, but when the knife is fully opened, the tension will slip the bar inward, putting it in contact with the butt of the blade. This keeps it securely in place and will prevent the knife from closing on you when you are in the middle of using it. If you want to close your knife, you use your thumb to push down the spring bar so that it is no longer touching the butt of the blade. Then, you can push the blade back into the handle. Liner locks are popular because they create a knife that has two true handle sides, helping make it even more ambidextrous. You can also close the knife with just one hand. However, liner locks are not the most durable or the sturdiest knife locking mechanisms, so if you are wanting to perform some heavy duty tasks, you might not want to use the Harsey Air Ranger.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.30 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.20 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.3 ounces. The Air Ranger weighs in at 2.6 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The Gerber classic Air Ranger, designed by Bill Harsey, comes roaring back with an ultra-tactical G10 handle that delivers a superior grip on this iconic knife. With an elegant fine edge clip point blade, the black oxide coat gives you a low profile and highly corrosion resistant tool. Easy to open with dual thumb studs. Sturdy tip down pocket clip for easy carry.

When Gerber describes this knife, they say, “Gerber’s classic Air Ranger, designed by acclaimed knife maker Bill Harsey, gets an assist with a new G-10 handle to deliver the superior grip expected of this iconic knife. Possessing an elegant fine edge drop point blade, the folder packs a serious punch. The Air Ranger Black G-10 folding knife is a great, logical daily carry for addressing trouble efficiently. Deploy the Air Ranger G-10 to open tape on the latest Internet delivery, cut cardboard to help with a child’s school project, or cut the tow rope when boating. Resilient black oxide coating on the blade and all hardware gives you a low-profile, highly corrosion-resistant knife when you need it. The well-attached pocket clip reliably keeps it tethered to a pocket or belt loop. The lanyard hole provides optional tie-down and additional security for the sturdy knife.”

You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

A Review of Gerber’s Greatest Three.

Before the knife company was born it started out as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets that were made to be given as holiday gifts. When the knife company Gerber began, Joseph R. Gerber was striving to make knives and tools that had both high quality materials and innovate designs. He wanted these knives to stand up to a lifetime of use. It began as strictly knives, but has since grown to produce other items such as axes, machetes, flashlights, and survival kits as well. Each of these hold the same quality as that first batch of cutlery sets. As gerbergear.com says, “Gerber has quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated and collected names knives.” That is no understatement and any of their knives would be a fantastic choice. However, today I have made a list of the three best rated, most popular, and most classic of Gerber’s knives.

 

Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife:

Bear Grylls Ultimate
Bear Grylls Ultimate

This knife has been designed to be a stellar survival tool. In 2011, this knife had become an international best-selling knife. A knife doesn’t become a best seller globally without deserving that title, so what makes it such a good knife? First off, the blade is made out of 7Cr17MoV stainless steel or with the Pro version it is made out of 9Cr19MoV stainless steel. Most commonly, it is found in a combo edge, but you can get it without the serrations if that is what you prefer. If you are going to get this knife to use for survival, I would recommend getting the half serrated blade, because the serrations are fantastic for cutting through thicker materials such as rope or thicker branches. Either way, the blade measures up to be 4.75 inches, which is the perfect size if you need a larger knife, but still need it to not get in the way when attached to your belt. In my opinion, it is really the handle and the sheath that set this knife apart as such a great survival knife.

Let’s start by discussing why the handle is so great. The handle is made out of black rubber with orange accents—this helps you find your knife if you ever seem to misplace it or lose it during a survival situation. Because of the rubber scales on the handle, you will always have fantastic grip even if the knife is wet or you are wearing gloves. At the end of the handle there is a textured metal cap, which is put there so that you can hammer or beat on any materials.

The sheath also has fantastic qualities to it—the sheath is made out of nylon, which is a lightweight yet durable material. Plus, this nylon is mildew resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your knife getting wet. Included in the sheath is also a fire starter, a ferrocerium rod that locks directly into the sheath with a striker notch designed into the back of the knife blade. A big bonus to this sheath is that it has an integrated diamond sharpener so that you can sharpen your knife on the go and in any situation.

Included with your purchase of this knife is a pocket guide that outlines survival essentials and land to air rescue instructions. A big selling point of Gerber is that they are US made, which is mostly true. This knife is assembled in the United States, but they do use a Chinese steel for the blade.

Pros of the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife:

  • The blade and knife are big enough to take on any tasks but not too big to get in the way when it counts.
  • In 2011, this knife was an international best-selling knife.
  • Has a combo edge for thicker materials, but you can get it in the straight edge also.
  • The handle is thick enough and the rubber scales give you grip in any situation, even while wearing gloves.
  • Has a textured metal cap for hammering or beating.
  • Sheath is durable, yet lightweight, and mildew resistant.
  • Includes a fire starter and a built in diamond sharpener.
  • Comes with a pocket guide for survival essentials and land to air rescue instructions.
  • Assembled in the USA.

Cons of the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife:

  • This is a little bit of a pricey knife.
  • This would not be the most efficient way to cut through larger branches, but it definitely does the job.
  • The butt cap has been reported to break away from the handle.
  • The 7Cr17MoV steel isn’t the best steel.

 

The LMF II:

LMF II
LMF II

This is also one of Gerber’s best-selling knives. This knife comes in three models, either the Infantry, the Survival, or the ASEK. They all have the exact same design, it is just the knife handle and sheath colors that change with each of the models and the accessories vary from knife to knife. The Infantry is either black, brown, or green handle and comes with a sheath. The Survival is only in brown but it also comes with a safety knife, strap cutter, and sheath. Lastly, the ASEK comes only in green and it also comes with a safety knife plus a strap cutter and sheath. Those are the only differences, so now let’s go over what the model of the knife actually is.

The blade of the knife is 4.84 inches of 420HC stainless steel. This steel is a very tough steel and has been known to be resistant to rust. It is such a tough steel that you can actually dig, hammer, or pry along with the regular slicing and chopping. However, this steel does not keep its edge for long periods of time when it is going through heavy use. The silhouette of the blade is a drop point and the edge is a combo. A drop point blade is a great option for a survival knife because it stays durable and strong over the entire blade. By keeping this strength and durability, this knife is an excellent contender for any task from slicing or cutting to a bushcraft task. The overall length of the knife is a little over ten inches. Without a sheath, the knife weighs 11.67 ounces, but with the sheath it weighs a whopping 24.28 ounces.

The handle is made out of a glass filled nylon that has a TPV grip over top of it. The handle is a wider and flatter handle than most. This gives you a better grip than a different design would have and you can even lash it onto a stick if you need to. Because of the TPV grip that is placed on top of the nylon, you will have fantastic grip even when the knife is wet. Just like the Bear Grylls Ultimate, this knife also has a stainless steel butt cap that is for hammering or crushing.

A unique aspect to the LMF II is that it is electrically insulated. Gerber designed this to prevent aircrew from being shocked if and when they cut through live wires if they were trying to free themselves from their aircraft. The butt cap and the blade are molded to the handle, but they are electrically isolated from each other.

The sheath of this knife matches the handle. No matter the color, it is made out of ballistic nylon that has a fire retardant coating over it. This sheath also has a built in sharpener, which is ideal for on the go sharpening, especially if you are in a survival situation and don’t have a way to access a different sharpener. Plus, it is an ambidextrous sheath so you can carry it on either your right or left side.

Pros of the LMF II:

  • Comes in three different designs, so you can get it in a variety of colors or have a variety of different accessories.
  • The steel used on this blade is extremely tough—in fact, you can dig or hammer with it if needed.
  • The steel is resistant to rust.
  • The drop point silhouette keeps the blade very strong across the length, so it can stand up to almost any task.
  • The handle is actually eclectically insulated, so you won’t electrocute yourself if you have to cut through live wires.
  • The handle has a metal butt cap for hammering or crushing.
  • With the grip, you can have great grip on it no matter the situation.
  • The sheath has a fire retardant coating over it.
  • The sheath sports a built in sharpener.
  • The sheath is ambidextrous.

Cons of the LMF II:

  • This knife is extremely heavier, which many people don’t like, especially for your everyday carry knife.
  • This knife can be a little bit excessive for an everyday carry knife.
  • This is a more expensive knife, but it is worth it.
  • The steel doesn’t keep its edge after long periods of heavy use.
  • 420 HC isn’t the best steel.

 

The GDC Tech Skin:

GDC Tech Skin
GDC Tech Skin

The GDC in this name stands for Gerber Daily Carry. The Gerber Daily Carry collection is designed to reinvent the way common objects work so they can fit perfectly in your life. Many people think that the Tech Skin is the best one in this collection. This knife is perfect for your everyday carry knife.

The blade is a 7Cr17 steel that is 2.5 inches long. The blade has a drop point silhouette. This silhouette and steel is perfect for your everyday tasks such as opening knives. Unfortunately, the knife doesn’t come as sharp as many people are expecting, so you will probably have to sharpen the knife right when you receive it.

The handle of the knife is rubberized by using a TacHide. Something great about this handle is that the rubbery texture provides great grip, but you can still keep it in your pocket and not worry about it scratching anything such as your phone screen or wallet. This handle is a very comfortable handle to use. Something fantastic about the handle, especially when it is folded, is that there is no metal to be found anywhere on the knife. This is why it is so safe to put in your pocket with other items and why it is such a comfortable knife to hold. Unfortunately, this knife has a tendency to get sticky when you are in a hot room or hot weather.

Another great aspect of this knife is the lock back mechanism that provides a very secure lock when open or closed. Plus, the knife features a thumb stud. With the lock back mechanism and the thumb stud, it is a very easy knife to open one handed. When closed the knife is 3.4 inches long, so it is not very big knife. This makes it a fantastic knife option for your everyday carry, but it won’t stand up to the heavy duty tasks.

Pros of the GDC Tech Skin:

  • The drop point silhouette of the blade is great for everyday tasks.
  • This is an ideal knife for your everyday carry knife.
  • The rubberized handle gives you a fantastic grip.
  • A huge pro of this knife is that you can put it in your pocket with your phone and other items and not have to worry about the knife scratching up your objects.
  • You can easily open this knife one handed.

Cons of the GDC Tech Skin:

  • The rubberized handle can get sticky while in hot weather or hot temperatures.
  • This knife is pretty small, so it won’t stand up to any of your heavy duty tasks.
  • The knife does not come super sharp, so you will probably have to sharpen it as soon as you receive it.

 

Conclusion:

What started out as a simple batch of homemade knives for holiday knives transformed into something great. Gerber is a very reliable knife company and any of their knives would be a good option. These three knives are three of the most popular knives that Gerber produces. The Bear Grylls Ultimate, the LMF II, and the GDC Tech Skin are all fan favorites and I am sure that you would love them too.

 

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.