OR - Gerber Gator Folding Knife - Joshua Reed
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Gerber Gator Knife by Gerber a division of Fiskars Brands, Inc.
Name: Joshua Reed
Weight: 150 lbs
Email address: Joshua@...
City, State, Country: Lehi, Utah, Utah
My father started backpacking with me when I was 8 years old. Living in
Colorado, we mostly hiked in the Rockies. We occasionally hiked in Utah and
eventually moved to Arizona. I�ve been backpacking the Four Corners for 15
years both as a Boy Scout and now as a Boy Scout leader and a weekend
backpacker. I now live in Utah and I backpack or hike at least once a month
and would get out more if it weren�t for gainful employment. I�m a
lightweight backpacker and love remote and survival type of camping as well.
Manufacturer: Gerber a division of Fiskars Brand, Inc.
Year of Manufacture: 2000
List Weight: 0.34 lbs
Delivered Weight: .30 lbs
Overall Length: 8.5�
Blade Length: 3.76�
Closed Length: 4.96�
Lock Mechanism: Lock Back
Number of Product Uses: 300+
The Gerber Gator comes in a clear blister package and comes with a sheath. The
sheath is made of ballistic nylon and holds the knife securely. The sheath
has a belt loop for easy transportation. The blade style is a clip point
and is made from stainless steel. The grip on the knife is a black,
rubberized material that is designed to look similar to alligator skin.
The blade on the Gator is easily opened and locked into place simply by
sliding the blade out and up into position. The locking mechanism gives the
blade a slight spring to it in the opening process so as to keep the blade
in place while in a pocket or pack. To release the blade from its locked,
opened position, one would push down on the lock release located at the rear
of the handle. The blade will then be free to be slid back into place
within the handle.
I have used this knife in many situations and for many years and the knife
has withstood the test of time and abuse. I carry this knife with me
anytime I leave the house for any outdoor activity. It�s been used for
everything from cleaning the dirt out of fingernails to cutting firewood for
tinder. I depend heavily on this knife and its secure locking mechanism to
keep me safe from accidental blade movement or closure. I recently used
this knife to carve a survival bow and hand drill fire starter and the blade
stayed sharp for the duration of both projects and longer. The handle of
the Gator is rubberized to provide maximum grip even when wet. The Gator is
my main fishing knife and has seen its share of underwater use when
preparing fish or cutting fishing line. Just like my keys and wallet, my
Gator has also been through the washing machine on more than one occasion. It
remains as solid and usable as the day that I bought it (more than I can say
for my wallet).
The blade on the Gator is easy to keep clean and to sharpen. I have
sharpened mine on various surfaces over the years including wet-stones,
rocks and even a grinder. It holds an edge for an exceptional length of
The Gerber Gator is an excellent knife for all outdoor situations with its
tough blade and rugged grip. Gerber has been making this knife since 1991
and continues to manufacture it because of its dependability, strength and
aesthetically pleasing appearance. I will continue to use mine for many
years to come.
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- RAY/KATHY - Joshua Reed(1) - Gerber Gator Knife - Posted Sep 16 (msg#79541), Revised Sept 20, Taken Oct 10, Edit Oct 10(79618), Repost Oct 14(79651), Edit Oct 16(79668), Follow up sent Nov 15
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