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Good knife BUT....
on November 3, 2013
I love Gerber products and hate to give a lackluster review, but keep in mind this is more about my own subjective opinion.
The quality is very good for a basic, survival style knife well suited for camping/hunting chores. I suppose it is equally good for tactical/combat purposes, but I don't have a frame of reference for comment much on that.
Sharp edge out of the box, but better after I put my own sharpening tools to it, and able to shave hairs easily - the standard "test" many use to determine an edge. The BEST part of this knife is the angled edge of the point.
I found this to be a PERFECT camp chisel capable of shaving thin strips of wood for various little camp gadgets. It's great for peeling bark, grooving, planing, and skewing. I never considered the uses of a tanto styled knife in this way, so this was a happy little discovery. And, it's great for kitchen duty as well - I use this knife in camp as an excellent way to trim fat off meat, chop, cut, and skin with the angled edged tip.
That said, the knife falls short (for me anyway) in an uncomfortable handle. It feels small and frail in my hands, and is missing the mass of something far more rugged and useful. I would not feel comfortable in using the handle as a pounding tool for much in a utility scenario. Gerber makes another model suited for light hammer use by the handle.
Also missing are the utility holes in the hilt for turning this knife into a spearing tool. Though not terribly needed - the knife can still be mounted on stick - the holes make for better lashing points. I actually have used this knife as a spearhead, but nothing in a defensive or hunting situation, but I imagine it would do the trick nonetheless. It's far better than a pointy tree branch for certain. My experience has been in using a tree branch as an extension handle for cutting down apples so I didn't have to climb a tree, and for use as a spud chopping a hole into ice for fishing which this knife does well.
No question - this IS a good knife. But, it just didn't do it all for me in how I want it to be all around. I feel I put it to the test in one way or another, but if I had only one fixed blade to choose for use in camp - not my first, second, or third choice.
However, if you want something a little lighter you can't go wrong. If your hands are a bit on the small side, then again, you can't go wrong. In fact, this my wife took over this knife since it was not on my full approval list. For her, it's perfect.
Regardless of my personal preferences, this is another outstanding knife by Gerber.