Gerber De Facto Knife

Priced: $95.00 - $146.99 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 2 reviews.
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Gerber De Facto Knife -

The Gerber De Facto Fixed Blade Knife has a 4" spear-point blade, dual serrations, rubberized grip and spike pommel that quickly transforms an empty hand into a lethal defense weapon. What sets this knife apart is its innovative sheath locking system, a "weapons hot" friction lock for fast, unrestrained deployment in danger close situations and a secondary retention lock to ensure that the knife isn't lost during high-speed insertion.

Built with a friction lock for rapid deployment in close quarters, this knife is quickly and easily accessible. A secondary retention lock secures the knife during ordinary activities. Rubberized grip with a spike pommel makes this knife versatile protection. Made in USA.
Blade length: 4".
Overall length: 8-7/8".
Weight: 3.9 oz.
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Blade Edge:Serrated
Blade Length:4" / 10.16cm
Blade Material:440C High Carbon Steel
Handle Material:TAN499 Injection-molded
Overall Length:8.88" / 22.55cm
Weight:3.9oz / 110.56g

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Gerber De Facto Knife Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

5 Star Knife 4 star sheath

How can I give a knife 5 stars when the sheath has problems? Because I love this knife.
The knife fits VERY tight in the sheath, I like tight fitting sheaths but they kinda over did the tight fit. Its a nice looking sheath and matches the knife well.
If you buy this knife you will have to use your imagination about how you will attached it to your belt. No conventional belt attachment.. A plastic like stap is included for attaching to a pack or something.
The blade is s30v which seems to be one of the best production knife steels on the market. The handle is firm rubber like and feels good in the hand. Bottom line If you can get by the sheath issues I mentioned you will enjoy this great knife like I do.
scoremaster at Cabelas on 06/30/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Some Good, Some Bad

The Good:
-blade steel is S30V, great stuff - extremely light, strong, holds edge long time and sharpens nicely - top of the line steel, hence the entry point number (note entry point number is used to discuss a topic which otherwise might flag this review for removal by Cabelas - it is what it takes to get into this knife) -the handle - can't say enough good things about the handle, its awesome! fits so good in hand - it has natural grit to is that makes it easy to hold, unlikely to drop and very smooth and comfortable (magic that they could combine these features - extremely good handle) -color - beautiful coyote tan color (note I haven't experienced this myself yet but I read another review that says the coloring will scratch off with use - probably true of any knife) -Blade shape - very nice spear point and dual-edge ... its awesome! -lightweight - I think the blade itself is around 3.6oz and around 4.3 with sheath ... consider the size of the blade, this is amazing (again due in large part to the S30V steel) The Bad:
-the Sheath system has 2 flaws in my opinion:
1. its difficult to extract this knife from the sheath - yes, it has an extra retention system so you can argue a positive is that you never have to worry about losing this knife outta the sheath, but if you're in a tactical situation and you need to deploy this knife quickly, its a problem in my opinion - I have to use two hands to get it out
2. the mechanism to belt clip this is not very good in my opinion - it comes with a separate plastic (kydex?) part to allow belt access. Its pretty cumbersome and strange. I wonder why the Kydex sheath wasn't just molded to allow a belt to go through it - in my humble opinion, this knife is a good candidate for a 3rd party custom sheath Summary:
Its the factors under the Bad above and the entry point (wink wink) that makes me give this a No recommendation. The good qualities of the knife make this a very hard decision, but I'm trying to be honest. The recommendation would change with if the entry point was lower (obviously I guess).
It really is an awesome knife in your hand, its just the sheath and the entry point which make it a questionable buy
Stoie at Cabelas on 04/30/2013