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 StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

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

 

The Specs:

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

 

The Sheath:

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

Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife
Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

Conclusion:

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