Awesome One Handed Knife
I got an REI Gift Certificate and I was long over due for a new knife.
After researching several knives and purchasing another Gerber and returning it I settled on this one based upon Price, Blade Quality, Ease of Use, Size and Weight.
NOTE TO REI: Unfortunately at an REI store you cannot hold the knives and try them from a display case. So this leads to buying, opening, trying and returning if it doesn't feel or work right for you. This is frustrating.
I really wanted to have a knife I could keep in my back pocket for day to day use and for recreation when on the road, out fishing and you never know but protection.
This knife has not let me down great for box opening, mis. cutting and has been especially great while fishing off the beach with rod in one hand and having to cut line with the other. Not having to use 2 hands to open a knife is important. One hand seems to always be holding something to be cut. Collapsing it I hold the button and push the knife closed with the back of the blade to my leg or use 2 hands.
I have larger hands and this knife feels and fits great.
This knife is subtle and discrete, it does not bother me in my back pocket. You don't feel it while sitting on it in the car, I've slept with it in my pocket many a time on the road and have been in out of many a bar and club with no hassels except once but it was a bouncer with an eagle eye. The blade is serrated on the inner blade and sharp on the end so some sawing can be done and cutting and carving is easy.
I've had the pocket clip loosen but nothing a quick Torx bit use can't tighten up. The clip is tight so the knife has never fallen out of my back pocket.
I haven't done it yet but I'm pretty sure the whole knife can be broken down with the same Torx bit and cleaned. I like self servicable items.
Sand or fine dirt can sometimes jam up the mechanism but quick maintenance and blow out will keep it functional.
I've encountered plenty of other friends' knives and find them a pain to open or close. I keep it to myself and not brag but this knife is far superior for quick access and use. I've never had a problem with having it stay open or stay closed.
I'd say best knife for it's price range as well.
So far remains sharp.
Love the knife, but...
I use this knife as my every-day edged tool - I carry it habitually and have found it to be handy across a wide range of conventional applications. I particularly like the spring assist - I am middle aged, and I am beginning to get a little stiff in the hands, so the spring-assist really helps with one-handed opening.
I am on my second knife. I bought the Gerber name, thinking that any product they made would be as rugged and reliable as all of their other products. However, within a few months the spring and locking mechanisms broke, rendering the knife useless at best and a hazard to your fingers at worst. Since I had opened and closed the knife perhaps 500,000 fewer times than I might have reasonably expected, I have to assume (or want to assume) that the problem was with the steel of the spring they used - a one-off flaw rather than a design weakness. REI replaced the knife with no fuss, making the decision to get the same knife again that much easier. I have had Knife2, The Sequel for about a month now - no problems so far - but I confess that I now find myself concerned about the apparent flimsiness of the lock switch - it is sort of loose and just feels dinky when I slide it back and forth - I worry about whether it is rugged enough for the long term.
If this knife doesn't last I'll have to go with a different product, but there are none out there that I can find that combine all of the features that I like in this one.
Can be excellent knife price is excellen
I owned one of these for about 5 years. Very happy with it. But YOU MUST DO THIS AT STORE, actually open knife after purchase. Check the child safety on/off switch which lets you open it. After it meets your satisfaction you have a knife I paid[$] at REI 5 years ago. Gerber just seems like their knifes leave the box either perfect forever or defective. After 5 years I always carry the knife in right pocket. The clip got caught on a desk and was ruined so I took it back for a repair. The would not repair it just gave me all my money back! So I now could spend $10 for the next step up in Gerber awesome knifes. But once again I got a bad one out of the box when I checked it at store. Just went back and exchanged. Having knife on right side always is like a extension of my arm. I love this knife. I call her Sweetness.
Quick and Useful
This is a great pocketknife. It isn't large and doesn't stick out when folded, has a smooth mechanism, and gets the job done. It's ligtweight and easy to bring into action from your pocket in two simple motions. When ordered, the blade is sharp enough to slice cardboard; afterwards, it loses that consistancy and must be sharpened. The serrated edge remains sharp and good for sawwing, but the points eventually wear out. It can be easily opened and closed with one hand. Once, the knife jammed, and it was stuck open. It did, however, fix itself in a few days. The knife I got had a loose handle, which was totally impossible to tighten. Even the REI store did not have a small enough 'star' screwdriver to tighten it. I lost it the next weekend when it fell out of my pocket, but I plan to buy a new one as soon as possible.
I carry this knife every single day, and have for about 5 months. I use it probably 100 times a day (I work in a warehouse) It holds and edge even through tape, cardboard and even the occasional METAL strap. I can easily open and close it with one hand. Only con is that every 3 or 4 weeks I need to tighten up all the screws as it gets a bit wobbly, and the clip starts to loosen, but if you just do that whenever you sharpen it it works out fine.
Unlike a few people I have NEVER had this knife unintentionally open. That being said I always put the switch to the lock position before returning it to my pocket.
This is a great day to day pocket knife if your looking for something a little larger than your average blade. Fast draw is super handy and makes it easy when only one hand is free. However, Gerber metal is Gerber metal and seems to dull quite easily which doesn't seem to bother me much, I simply resharpen. If you don't know how to sharpen a knife I suggest you learn because this knife will keep you busy. Also, after about 2 months of use the knife lost the majority of its rigidness and loosened up. Simply put, great knife for the value, if you want a top of the line knife go Benchmade, forget Gerber.
Great knife but open in store first
First thing when you buy the knife open it at the REI. It may not open smoothly. I had two in a row that were bad. That was 6 years ago. Since then it has become part of my body always in my pocket. It may take a 1/2 hour to learn how to open it and close with one hand. But playing with knifes is fun! The trick to closing is to hold up the security switch in the up position then close it on your leg. It becomes second nature. The clip that held my knife in place to my pants wore out, I fixed it for two years but it was dead.
I've carried this knife in my right pocket every day for almost 5 years and its still going strong. One thing that makes this knife better than any I have owned is the orientation of the pocket clip. Its set up so when you pull it our of your pocket its ready to go. i.e. no spinning or twisting to orient the blade required. I sharpen it every couple months and take it completely apart to clean and oil maybe twice a year. Other than that I beat it up daily. Great knife very easy to open AND CLOSE with one hand. Wouldn't do anything without it.
Was looking for a slim light weight carry knife and this one fit the bill perfectly! The fact that the price is really reasonable for the quality is a nice benefit. Carries so comfortably that more then once I have forgotten it in my pocket and it made it to the clothes hamper with my jeans before I realized I didn't have it. If you are looking for an easy to one hand open knife that is easy to carry, keeps an excellent edge and is strong and durable then this is it!
You will end up sitting around playing with this knife because it is so much fun to open. Opens very fast and without much input, but it is safe at the sametime because it requires positive input to open. One time I was messing around with it and it kinda suprised me because there is a point at which it will spring open and I didn't think that I was at that point yet. I ended up dropping the knife on the ground because I didn't have control of it so be careful!