Pros: Ease of Opening, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
Excellent Carry Knife
BLUF: This is an excellent knife for every day carry, but it well-suited for tactical purposes! I lost my Gerber Paraframe a few months ago (much to my dismay) and so I decided to go with something a little more tactical to suit my role as an Army Cadet. I purchased the Gerber Paraframe Tanto in powder black to fulfill this purpose. I was instantly impressed by the packaging from Gerber, just a simple cardboard box package with the company logo, the model, and the contact info for the warranty department. I was disappointed initially with the relatively short blade (3.125") compared to the original Paraframe, and the size relative to the handle was a bit awkward to get used to. It opened like a champ, though, right out of the box and continues to do so pretty easily, unlike most Gerber knives, which surprised me. The thumb studs are easily positioned so you can open it one-handed and close it one-handed as well with a bit of practice. It is very concealable as well, I challenged my police officer friend to pat me down while I was carrying the knife and he was unable to find it on my body. The pocket clip makes it easy to retain, although the flare to assist with clipping adds a bit too much of an assist, causing the knife to catch and snag on things like table edges, thick brush, or other people's clothing in crowded environments. This has become my personal defense knife, as it is large, sharp, and strong enough to serve as a viable weapon in a fight with its straight-edged Tanto tip and easy-to-grip frame. I would feel safe and effective with this weapon in my hands in a fight. Overall an excellent knife. It can be big for everyday carry into facilities that don't look kindly at pocket knives like schools or hospitals, but for a good everyday knife it's excellent. I've used it for everything from cutting cardboard boxes to field dressing small game and it has performed very well. Easy to sharpen and easy to maintain.