Since 1939, Gerber has been a household name in the United States. The name is synonymous with producing the best pocket knives. The company, Gerber Legendary Blades was founded by Pete Gerber who was once an advertiser for his family’s business.
Moreover, Gerber has produced lots of knives and we’ll do our best to review some of the best Gerber pocket knives ever made. Did you know that Kershaw was once a Gerber employee? Of course, you did.
Check out some of the notable names attributed to Gerber Legendary Blades include the Gerber Guardian, the Gerber Mark II, the Gerber LMF II Infantry, the Gerber 31 Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro, the Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife, the Gerber Blackie Collins Clip Lock Diving Knife, the Gerber LMF II A SEK, the Gerber Gator, the Gerber/Emerson Alliance and a host of others…
So here is a list of the 6 best Gerber pocket knives we are reviewing.
|#1||Gerber STL 2.0 Knife||1 ounce|
|#2||Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Scout Knife||1 ounce|
|#3||Gerber Fast Draw Knife||4 ounces|
|#4||Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife||1 ounces|
|#5||Gerber LST Ultralight Knife||0.3 ounces|
|#6||Gerber Ripstop I Knife||2 ounces|
1. Gerber STL 2.0 Knife
The Gerber STL 2.0 Pocket Knife is a masterpiece from Gerber, the fact that it is regarded as an essential knife notwithstanding. First, the knife weighs a paltry 1 ounce – you will probably forget you are carrying it. Then you’ll also realize that the knife is strong, thin and light. Apparently, that’s where the name STL comes from.
It is a perfect everyday carry given its lightweight. However, the number of tasks the knife is suited for is limited. Design wise, the knife’s design is apt for it. It sports a small lanyard hole that can be attached to a keychain. Furthermore, it features a beautiful looking drop point 440A stainless steel blade about 2.1 inches long.
The titanium coating provides a great finishing for the blade. On the other hand, the liner lock mechanism is in place to keep the knife blades away from your fingers.
Also, one of the unique features found on many Gerber knives is the frame lock which allows blades snap into place, then restricts the blade from wobbling while it is in use.
- Very ultralight in all ramifications
- Lives up to its STL brand name.
- Perfect everyday carry.
- Can be attached to a keychain
- Titanium coating gives it premium look.
- Razor sharp stainless steel blade which is easy to sharpen
- Pocket clip is absent
- Without proper greasing of the knife, opening it can become a herculean task.
2. Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Scout Knife
Falling in love with the Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Scout knife is unfortunately unavoidable. It has some sort of contrast in size and a solid feel when you hold the handle.
This knife is the mini version of the bigger “Bear Grylls Scout Knife”. One of the things you’ll notice it lacks, at first sight, is a pocket clip. This is, however, overshadowed by the finesse and usefulness of the knife which can be slipped in and out of your pocket effortlessly. The blade length is barely 2.5 inches long and the knife weighs same as the Gerber STL 2.0.
The blade is made from carbon stainless steel materials and is coated in a gray finish. Out of the box, the blade is as sharp as anything you can think of. The blade is partially serrated – half plain edge and half serrated. Sharpening it might not be the easiest of tasks.
- The knife is lightweight
- Stainless steel blade
- Looks different and has a solid feel when held
- Easy to lock and unlock.
- A hole for attaching the knife to a keychain.
- No pocket clip
- The partially serrated blade may be difficult to sharpen.
3. Gerber Fast Draw Knife
With a weight of almost 4 ounces and a blade length tapering at 3 inches, the Gerber fast draw knife is a wonderful knife worth owning. This is the first-ever knife from Gerber to be made using the Fast Draw technology. Using the dual thumb studs on the blade, one can easily open the knife. The mechanism was developed by Butch Vallotton for Gerber.
The drop point blade extends from a 4-inch long handle made from glass-filled nylon material. The styling of the handle ensures that it feels firm to the grip; even if your hands are wet, it won’t slip.
The locking and release button work in tandem to ensure the knife deploys when needed and retracts when you give the instruction.
- Lightweight and easy to handle.
- The blade is made from steel which is easy to sharpen and is always sharp and with a razor-like.
- A safety button with tons of safety indicators to ensure your safety when you are using the knife.
- Hard to close one handed
4. Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife
The Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife is a simple easy to use knife that is well made and designed thoughtfully. It is the mini version of the main Gerber Paraframe Pocket Knife although it lacks the thumb studs.
Weighing just an ounce, the knife which is suited for a variety of tasks is ever ready to deliver on its promise not to fail its owner as long as it’s well taken care of. Unlike most of the best Gerber pocket knives which we just reviewed, this particular knife comes with a pocket clip. Additionally, the clip is just as strong and as sturdy as the knife and its blade.
The knife is available in two blade types; fine edge or serrated. It suffices to say that Gerber gives its users a choice – choose what you like. The blade is kept in check by the locking mechanisms on the knife. The frame lock ensures the blades deploy and closes safely.
- Lightweight and very portable
- Pocket clip is present on the knife
- The knife can come with either a fine edge or a serrated edge.
- The pocket clip can come off easily
5. Gerber LST Ultralight Knife
Just when we thought we had seen the lightest of the best Gerber pocket knives, we bump into the LST. This ultralight and ultrathin pocket knife designed by Pete Gerber and Blackie Collins weighs just 0.3 ounces.
The knife is made in America and it sports a simple smooth lock back mechanism. The tiny click sound made by the lock mechanism tells you that the blades are right where they are supposed to be. The blade length measures about 2.6 inches. More so, the blade itself is made from mid-range high carbon stainless steel.
The knife’s handle, on the other hand, s made from glass filled nylon material. At the base of the handle is the lanyard hole where you can attach the knife to a keychain. This simply implies that the knife doesn’t come with any pocket clips.
Sharpening the knife is pretty easy, thanks to its fine edge. Task wise, there are quite a handful of tasks the knife is not suitable for – it is not suitable for heavy duty tasks.
- Very light to the hand and feels firm when grabbed.
- Lanyard hole for easy pocket attachment.
- Ergonomic design
- Swift lock back mechanism
- Stainless steel blades
- No pocket clips on the knife.
6. Gerber Ripstop I Knife
At last, we review an awesome knife with an awesome design – the Gerber Ripstop I knife. Additionally, this knife also has a variant which is called the Gerber Ripstop II knife.
The Ripstop 1 knife weighs just 2 ounces and shares some similarities with the Gerber Paraframe mini knife. The Gerber Ripstop 1 Knife sports a unique bold design based in a stainless steel frame that houses the workings of the knife. Moreover, the Ripstop knife is built on American soil. Little wonder it reeks of the quality found in other homemade American products.
The Ripstop can serve as an EDC although it wasn’t meant specifically for that given its shape and blade size. The total length of the knife measures just 5.75 inches out of which 3.45 inches house the handle. The Ripstop’s handle sports a skeletal look but still feels great when held. It does get prone to environmental weather conditions i.e. if the weather is cold, expect to the knife’s handle to be cold and if the weather is hot, the handle will no doubt be hot.
On the other hand, the Ripstop’s blade is made from 440 steel and is easy to sharpen. Furthermore, by pressing the dual thumb studs, the blade is quickly and easily deployed from the handle, ready for immediate use. Sharpening the blade is a simple task – it comes out of the box razor sharp.
- Very lightweight
- Unique design and body build
- Perfect blade length that complements the handle
- Knife clip is present
- Quick blade deployment at the press of the dual thumb studs
- The handle might feel much smaller to some people with larger hands.
Choosing any knife out of the best Gerber pocket knives won’t be a daunting task anymore. More so, don’t forget to take a look at our review of Kershaw knives and our best pocket knives buying guide.