|Item Weight||5.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.1 x 1.6 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||30-000118|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||5|
|Warranty Description||Limited lifetime warranty|
Gerber 06 FAST Knife, Serrated Edge, Tanto [30-000118]
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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.
Tactical and tough, the Gerber 06 F.A.S.T. clip folding knife is based on the best-selling 06 Auto design and matched with Gerber's proprietary forward action spring technology--or F.A.S.T. Using one hand, the blade is opened approximately ten degrees, allowing the spring to drive the blade lightening quick the rest of the way into the open position. The distinctive tanto blade of this Gerber 06 F.A.S.T. excels at thrusting and picking, while the half fine and half serrated edge blade helps with both cutting and ripping. The textured G-10 handle ensures a sure grip, and the pocket clip enables easy carrying. The blade measures 3.8 inches, and it has an overall length of 8.6 inches when opened and 4.8 inches when closed. Easily pocketable, it weighs 5.7 ounces. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
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So, I usually swear by fixed blades, but I wanted something I could carry everyday and that would be legal. In my state, automatic opening knives are illegal. This is not an automatic opener, it's an assisted opener - you don't press a button, you nudge the blade to get it started and the spring takes over after a few degrees. The blade size is perfect too, as the maximum allowed size in my state is a 4" blade (this one's about 3.75").
I bought this knife for the handle. It's the best handle I've ever seen on a folder. The checkering provides a great grip surface without irritating your skin. The fingering is nicely done and comfortable whether you hold the knife blade-up or blade-down. It gives a nice, firm, comfortable, and most importantly safe grip. Your hand will not slip off this handle when wet. The handle is perfection.
The blade is good, if a little soft. I've had to sharpen it a bit more than I would like, but it's taken some abuse. I've batoned it to cut down trees up to 4" thick. I've used it all day, every day for about a year in a warehouse. I've used it for carving, whittling, fieldcraft, you name it. It's a good all-purpose blade. The finish will eventually show its age but it has kept its color nicely. It's still got a nice matte finish for no unwanted reflecting.
The joint may need a little adjusting. I found it loosened up over time and I had to tighten it up once or twice. No big deal, but be aware that they use Torx (star head) bolts to hold it together, sizes T5 through T-9, I think. So if you don't own small Torx drivers, you may want to pick some up.
Here's the big con - after about a year, the main spring broke in mine. The spring being broken meant the knife had to be manually opened, and with no tension, there was a risk of accidental folding. I was able to repair it myself by stretching the unbroken part in a few minutes, but I'm handy and I have the tools. Since then, I've had no problems with it.
The clip is set up for carry inside the right hip pocket. You can switch it over if you're lefty, but again, you'll need a small Torx to do it.
The locking mechanism is very nice and intuitive, clearly marked so you can tell with a glance if it's locked or not. It may be a bit awkward for left-hand use, but is nicely placed for use with the right thumb. It locks automatically.
Opening is smooth and crisp. Closing is easy and natural.
All in all, it's a great knife, but it loses a star for the amount of maintenance it's needed.
As for my credentials, I'm a combat veteran and worked in shipping and receiving for a while. I abused this knife in both military and industrial applications. I've owned it for a few years now. It's still my go-to everyday knife, and I would buy it again.
Pros: Great handle, decent blade, nice fit and finish. Legal almost everywhere.
Cons: Needs maintenance (with uncommon tools), spring my eventually fail.