The Quality and the Problem with Gerber Knives
I bought my first Gerber knife during the summer of 1998. The knife
was inexpensive and worked well for many years so when I was looking
for a new work knife I thought I would get a Gerber knife. I was
looking for a lightweight knife with a side clip. I found out Gerber
knives made today are cheap, not inexpensive, just cheap both in price
and in quality. I bought a couple new Gerber knives and neither one was
nearly as good as the one I bought a few years earlier.
new knives were used almost everyday and had to be sharpened almost
every week. Even a cheap knife sold at the price these are should be
able to hold an edge for a little longer than a week. The only two good
things about the current line of Gerber knives are they are lightweight
and they are cheap enough that you can use it as a work knife and if it
is lost or broken, you are not out much money.
Gerber name use to represent a decent knife at a fair price. Gerber now
represents a mass-market knife with quality sacrificed as much as
possible to make the knife as cheap as possible. It is far easier to
stamp out a soft medal blade than it is to stamp out a hard medal
blade. You can stamp soft medal faster and the stamp die last longer.
Guess which way Gerber decided to go soft steel or hard steel that hold
I like the shape and feel of both new Gerber
knives and they could be good inexpensive knives if the metal used for
the blades were not so soft they loose their edge so quick.
Below are the two Gerber locking knives I bought that would be good knives if Gerber had used a harder steel for the blades.