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To signify its commitment to excellence, Gerber Knives has always used an image of Excalibur sheathed in the stone. While their line of knives, multi-tools and accessories is not fully approved by the Lady in the Lake, Gerber nevertheless offers superior quality products at a most affordable price.
Probably the most famous Gerber product is its Applegate-Fairbairn line of commando knives that emulates a famous 1941 combat dagger design. The current Gerber offering is called the Mark II on account of several improvements incorporated into the original design.
The company carries a very complete line of both fixed blade and folding hunting knives and hybrid hunting/combat knives that generally fall into the category of all-purpose survival knives. Gerber favors a so-called drop point design for its hunting knives. This means that the top edge of the blade makes a straight run out to the tip before making a short drop down to the point of the blade. From here, the knife blade makes a more pronounced arc down and away on the bottom edge. This gives the blade the utility of a skinning blade while still retaining a degree of direct penetrating ability with the drop point.
Gerber knives was an early entrant into the then-new market segment of multi-tools. These are a compromise between the wide functionality of a Swiss Army knife and a more useful sized knife blade than that contained in the pocket-sized Swiss lineup. Multi-tools generally include a set of folding handles that also deploy a reasonably useful pair of needlenose pliers on demand.
Another innovative Gerber product is its selection of Exchange-A-Blade knives. These are fixed blade knives that nevertheless can be switched out depending on the task at hand. A standard drop point hunter might be used to rough skin the carcass, then a gut hook could be used for cleaning out the entrails. Substitute the filleting blade for the catch of the day or use the saw blade to cut up some kindling to get the fire going. The revolutionary Exchange-A-Blade depends on an easy side-mounted push button that releases the current blade and allows the owner to snap the new one into place. It is a lot easier to keep track of one favorite knife than to worry about where you left three or four different ones.
Another very popular Gerber blade is the Bear Gryll survival knife. This features a serrated steel pommel for hammering, an integrated fire starting striker rod, a diamond grit sharpening stone on the sheath, and a combination blade that offers sleek cutting action in front and serrated sawing abilities on the back half of the blade.
No matter which one of these Gerber knives finds its way into the toolbox, a lifetime of trouble-free service can be reliably counted upon.