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I first came across the Gerber Descent knife at work about 6 months ago, after I received it as part of my tool kit to help me perform my role as an Operator Technician. I didn't get round to using it for a few weeks, but eventually when the time came round where I required a knife, and I finally used it I was instantly impressed with the tool. Since that first use I have used the knife a lot, and my impression of it has continued to improve further, so much so that I purchased one from Amazon around two months ago, so that I could have one at home too.
~ About Gerber ~
Gerber was founded in 1939 by Joseph R Gerber, initially making handmade cutlery knifes. Over the years Gerber has moved into making quality knifes, axes, machetes, hacksaws, and various other tools by using high grade materials and innovative designs that are intended to last a lifetime.
I paid £16:99 (plus £1:99 delivery costs) for my Gerber knife a few months back, and this same deal is still available from Amazon.
~ Gerber Descent Knife ~
The Gerber Descent knife is a quality little tool, which has an excellent design to make it lightweight, easy to use, and very hardwearing. The knife is a flip style, which when closed leaves a flat slim line little piece of metal, which fits into the pocket easily. When the knife is pulled open, it reveals a solid thick blade which locks into position smoothly, after which the knife is ready for use. By pressing the grey locking lever back in, it is then possible to fold the knife away again. The majority of the knife and case is constructed from a combination of stainless steel and aluminum, making it tough, yet lightweight.
When the knife is flipped out, the handle is also formed, and again the design shines through very well. The handle is well shaped to fit into the contours of the hand, allowing the hand to generate a decent amount of force onto the blade, whilst keeping the palm of the hand and the fingers comfortable and most importantly safely away from the sharp blade. At the end of the handle there is a small carabiner which slides across allowing you to attach the knife to a key-ring, or a belt loop etc to allow easy access.
I have used my Gerber knife at work dozens of times now, and it always impresses. It is really sharp, and never lets me down when cutting into plastic, card, electrical cable, plastic ties etc etc. The blade will overtime become a little blunt, but it is easy enough to re-sharpen it again, and restore it to its best again. When compared with some other knifes, this removes the costly need to replace the blades each time they go blunt. At home my other Gerber knife has performed well around the home when performing DIY tasks, and also in the garden for tidying up small plants and shrubs.
Overall I'm very pleased with this Gerber descent knife, as is fairly obvious from the fact that I went out to purchase one for use at my home. It is a solid and well designed piece which stands up to any task very well. It is not the cheapest knife available, but sometimes things are worth paying a little bit more for, and to me this Knife from Garber is worth every penny.
After around six months of use my knife still looks in pristine condition, with now erosion, staining, scratches etc to any of the surfaces.
The Gerber Descent knife is also available with a serrated blade which I have recently had ordered for me at work, and so I look forward to seeing how it compares once it arrives.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
A small knife with big features, this lightweight, stainless steel and aluminum gem is built on an open frame making it easy to clean, dry and lubricate. The low rise pocket clip ensures the Descent rides your pocket comfortably. The handy carabiner slides back to clip on belt loops, back packs and Nylon cords.