Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Blade Material, None
Carried Several For Years In The Military And L/E
I have a limited release model and several of the basic models. First thing we did in one of my units was sharpen the top edge to make a true folding dagger. If only Gerber would put some more carbon in the steel, you could get a REALLY razor edge. I've carried them deeply concealed clipped inside the BDUs and ready clipped inside a pocket. They have come in handy, and instinctively become a combat knife in crisis. My only other gripe-you best use something like Loc-Tite Gel to top the grip panel screws! THEY WILL WORK THEIR WAY OUT AND BE LOST! Why Gerber has failed to fix this is beyond me! I even have a #0045 of 1500 that is missing a panel screw. Try tightening them in harder on your own and find you now have a permanent fixed blade! The screws are soft, so when you try lossening them, they tend to strip. So, I go with the superglue. Back to the positive, you have a very fast folding dagger, capable of slashing, stabbing and handling like a fixed Applegate-Fairbairn in a flash. I see them as a combat knife and carry other knives as my utility use. I carry the Gerber and the lesser known Kel Tec folder as my utility most often. The Kel Tec is basically a folding version of the mil issue pilot's knife.