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Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:35 pm
by zelph
Ok, let's call it neo.

I had to google the knife to see what it looks like: It's not a folder but this is what comes up.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/sur ... ng-machete

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:08 pm
by irrationalsolutions

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:03 pm
by JollyRogers
I picked up the big brother of that knife the other day and had a chance to take it out and forage for wood today.
Here is the knife I bought: http://bear.gerbergear.com/knives/ultimate-knife/
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The knife has a good heft to it and a good grip. The colors make it easy to see and it has holes in the grip and pommel to allow it to be strapped to a stick and used as a spear.
I used the pommel for breaking sticks and it seems pretty rugged.
The fire starter is about the size of a Light My Fire Scout Swedish Fire Steel.
The knife has a decent sheath with a place for the fire steel, a diamond sharpening stone and a small pouch with signaling and survival tips, as well as several loops for tying it down or looping it on a belt. The sheath has 2 straps with Velcro, 1 for strapping the pommel down and the other allowing the sheath to unfold and expose the diamond sharpening stone. I'm not crazy about the Velcro straps. They look cheap and I am concerned the Velcro will either eventually tear loose or get clogged up with debris to where it will no longer function.
The knife fits securely into the sheath and will not come out on it's own if left unstrapped.
The serrated teeth seemed to hold up better than the rest of the blade. After a few attempts at splitting sticks I noticed very small nicks in blade edge. Weather this is due to poor tempering or that the edge was ground too thin remains to be seen. The good news is that with a little spit the diamond sharpener took this blade back to a razor sharp, nick-free edge in less than a minute.
The back side of the blade is nice and thick and looks as if it will do well if hammered on. There is a small part of the back-bone of the knife that is ground down making a sharper edge for striking the fire steel to keep your from tearing up the edge to start a fire.
The little pocket on the back of the sheath for storing the survival pamphlet is stitched down flat. This means that the folded up little survival pamphlet will not fit unless you tug pretty hard on the pocket and stretch it a bit. This pocket seems to be made of a form of Tyvek or strong plastic sheeting, but I was genuinely concerned that I would tear it before I had enough room to slide the pamphlet into the pocket.
I am still unsure if the stainless pommel is actually part of the tang or if it is just attached. This is probably my biggest concern. I haven't really whacked anything too hard with it yet but it held up without incident when breaking sticks.

Overall, I would say it is worth what they are charging for it. Will it last forever? Not likely. But I think it will perform as advertised.

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:08 am
by ConnieD
YouTube has some adverse reviews.

I have seen complaints on other forums, if you split wood using the baton technique, the handle breaks.

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:53 am
by JollyRogers
Not so much the handle since it is molded, but as I mentioned before the pommel would break off. Supposedly that was the first batch and has been fixed.

Also it seems there is some inconsistency with how sharp the knife comes. Mine was actually pretty sharp.

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:11 pm
by ConnieD
I don't know about fixed.

There was a recall.

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:13 pm
by JollyRogers
I have one and wrote bout my experience thus far.

I posted a YouTube video where Gerber admits there was a problem with the first batch and they did a recall to get the bad knives off of the market, then fixed the problem and re-released the knives AND then replaced the knives of anyone who notified them of the problem. Also the guy doing the review baton-splits a 6" diameter log stating that they seem to have fixed the problem.

So why be all "Debbie Downer"? :roll:

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:27 pm
by ConnieD
I didn't know "the rest of the story".

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:08 pm
by irrationalsolutions
Personally I picked up the folding knife because of the weight and for general use. If I were going to be in a situation where I thought I may need to depend on a knife it wouldn't be a gerber of any kind or have his name on it.

Re: new gerber knife

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:32 pm
by JollyRogers
Understood. I honestly don't know of any mass production knives I would put too much stock in. Most likely, I would make my own.

It would take awhile, I haven't done it since high school, but I was pretty good at it.

Everyone has a different measure of necessity when it comes to gear. That is why DIY is so great. This knife has more survival "convenience" than durability.

If I were stranded for a couple of weeks this would be fine. If I were stranded on a desert island for the rest of my life, not even close.

Let's not forget this is just a $50 knife. Gerber doesn't make the best knife, they just have one of the best guarantees. There is a difference.