|Item Weight||3.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.72 x 1.57 x 1.18 inches|
|Item model number||22-41616|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||5|
Gerber Ripstop II Knife, Serrated Edge [22-41616]
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We built these knives for the non-conformist in you. The Ripstop II has a super-lightweight frame lock concept that delivers bold strength and high functionality. The weight of the all stainless steel construction knife is made lighter by the intriguing handle and blade design. There's no bulk in the thin, streamlined handle. Dual thumb studs make opening the blade a snap. Closing it is a simple one-handed step.
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This fits the bill.
It came sharp, is super smooth to open (as far as the smoothness of the hinge) and light. Its a quality purchase for a few bucks....
That said, my quibbles:
1) the thumb stud is too close to the hinge. Yes, this helps keep it out the way, but it also makes it a bit of a bear to leverage open. Once it's started it swings open smoothly and locks securely in place, but it's not always a 1-handed job.
2) The thumb lock is a PITA to release with one hand. I'm not sure if it's the ergos of the handle or that the material is super stiff (not entirely a bad thing), but I often have to use two hands to close this sucker.... and that bugs me. I have several Kersh knives with assisted opening and they close easily with 1 hand.... I wish this was more like those. however, I like the serrations more on the Gerber.
Anyway, if it's <$13 I'd give a strong recommendation. If it's > $17 I still recommend it but I'd also look a little long at the competition to see what else is out there in the $20-ish market.
That's my $0.02.
Hope that helps.
Despite all the caveats, the knives checks all the boxes in ergonomics, affordability, sharpness, weight, and corrosion resistance. I would very strongly recommend this knife just based on very study frame lock, strong ergonomics for small hands, and decent edge retention. I have no conflicts of interest, and will not recieve anything for this review.
Have not yet cut myself but I know it will happen. Or possibly the open knife will be flung across the room. Not kidding.
Have worked the action to try to diminish force required without results yet.
Will get a pair of leather gloves and repeatedly open the knife to see if I can break it in.
Appears the lock back is bent toward the action causing lots of friction and a lock when fully closed. Will attempt to dissasemble knife and bend the lock back.
The others knives worked well and continue to function properly.
I don’t usually provide a review but when a knife is likley to cut me when opening or someone else unlucky enough to be in the same room it needs to be reported.