Cons: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Sheath, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Not the Gerber I knew in Boyscouts circa mid-90’s
Even the Gerber website doesn’t list the blade steel this is made out of...but it says 5Cr15MoV on the package. That’s a pretty crap Chinese grade of steel (even for Chinese steels) and not a good place to start from.The fit and finish on my copy look like a poorly-made Pakistani knock-off. The grinding in the finger grooves looks like someone slipped a few times while machining it out — by hand— with a hand file. It’s so badly jagged that it can honestly be called shrapnel-like.It’s REALLY difficult to open one-handed, and there is already deep gouging —right out of the package, mind you— from the spring-loaded pin that locks into a detent at the base of the blade, just forward from the bolster/hilt. My copy is impossible to close one-handed. It even feels a bit dangerous to close two-handed because both the liner lock and the blade swivel are so super-tight and grittier than a desert dust storm.The edges of the handle are nearly as sharp as the blade itself. I can’t see using this with any amount of force for very long—or I’ll cut my palm as much as I’ll cut the work I’m using this on. Why on earth don’t they bevel or chamfer the edges of the handle if they’re not going to make the rubberized grips wraparound (like the gator) —or AT LEAST make the rubber come to edges of the handle frame? Seems like they want to punish the user for buying the budget version of their knife lineup.Well, Gerber, consider me punished. Lesson learned. I thought I knew ye well, but alas, ye hath produceth crap and alienateth an early-years loyalist. Never again will I buy another Gerber. I’ll just buy a Chinese brand 9Cr18MoV for comparable price, better fitment, smoother action, better corrosion resistance, and decent usability.But it is heavy. So maybe I can just throw it at an assailant in a self-defense scenario. Or something. I guess. I’m really grapsping at thin air to find an upside.