Gerber popularity?

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    Gerber popularity?

    I don't seem to find a lot of the name "Gerber" mentioned; I've been keeping Gerber blades on me since I got my first as a present when I was 16 or so. My favorite was an old AR 3.0 BBS, before I lost it during a camping trip; the one I purchased to replace it isn't nearly as smooth opening no matter how much I work it.

    My current "carry" is a Gerber Paraframe, which I have in both serrated and fine edge, and they're the smoothest, fastest opening folding knives in the family (a family with lots of knives, I should add). The Paraframes are also very slim, so they're easier to conceal, I think, than most folding knives I've toyed with. My S&W ExtremeOps folder is smooth, but not as intuitive to hold or as fast to open, and my Ka-Bar MULE folder is great but has no clips to keep it anywhere but in a pouch or loose in a pocket and isn't a one-handed knife.

    I find my Gerber knives to be perfect as a concealed, one-handed carrying companion, and often have a couple on me.

    So what do you guys think of Gerber folders? Not meant for the defensive roll or good to go?


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    I still have an old Gerber lockback folder w/o a clip. It's a great small knife. But I think Gerber's quality of blade steel has fallen off.
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    I have one of the last USA made Gerbers - the E-Z-Out...I love it! I carry it EVERY SINGLE DAY just like I have for the last 3 years. There are three things I ALWAYS have on me - the Gerber, my wallet and my SureFire E2e.

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    I have the EZ-out also, made in U.S.A. But when I look at pics of new Gerbers, it looks like the current Gerber Magnum LST Jr. serrated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cockedlocked01 View Post
    I have the EZ-out also, made in U.S.A. But when I look at pics of new Gerbers, it looks like the current Gerber Magnum LST Jr. serrated.
    Is it still made in USA? Are ANY Gerber's made in USA?

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    Mine is, but it's several yrs. old. That was my point, the name of my knife's stamped onto the blade says, "EZ out." But when I look at new Gerbers, mine looks exactly like the magnum LST Jr.
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    I carry a Gerber multitool EVERYWHERE I go!

    I'm not a big fan of their folders. They make good knives, I use one for skinning deer, but for an everyday carry knife I've looked elsewhere.
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    I like mine because it kinda remind me of my Glocks. It's easy to deploy, it's tuff as nails and it works every time I need it to.

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    I love Gerbers! Still have my '64 Gerber slim, canted-blade fighting knife with blood handle and leather sheath with a rawhide tie down that I bought back then and carried for a long time. I also have two other Gerbers I bought about 20 years ago or so and which I've carried in Blackie Collins upside down shoulder rigs while on assignments, and nice rigs they are. One I gave away to an old SAS friend, but I've still got the other. I hasten to add that discretion remains the better part of valor, and should the need arise, I would rely on my .45 - don't want to get up close and personal anymore.
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    Only gripe I have about my Gerber:

    CHinese steel.
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    My Paraframes are all made in the US, I believe, and all three are a few years old. I see no markings to indicate otherwise. Anything specific I could look for?

    Good to see there are some Gerber users though. Just seemed a bit rare is all, amidst all the other "tactical knives" I can't find one that does what my plain ol' folder does for a heck of a lot less. $20-$40 for a nice knife is always a steal, in my opinion. ;)


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    Scratch the China mark.....it's Taiwan. Stamped on the blade at the tang by the thumb stud.

    It'll hold a sharp ass edge for a little bit, but not after a ton of abuse.
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    I have a few Gerbers. My favorite by far is my old LST Magnum. It works great for skinning and processing deer.
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    One of my very first knives was a Gerber EZ-Out, the one with the half-serrated blade. It was brand new and I cut a piece of small diameter rope with it, and a couple of the serrations snapped off. I wasn't very happy about that.

    I still wouldn't mind an Applegate-Fairbairn, though, just because.
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    I have the Gerber mini covert applegate-fairbairn . Seems to work decent.
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