Application: Gerber Instant Knife - askLarry
- Andrea and Ralph-
Please consider my application to test the Gerber Instant Knife. I have read Chapter Five
of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide version 0609, and, as always, I will
follow all requirements.
Name: Larry Kirschner
Age: 48 (it�s still 2012, right?)
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Weight: 202 lb (88 kg) and steady at present
Email address: asklarry98 at hotmail dotcom
City, State, Country: Columbus, Ohio USA
I've been an intermittent camper/paddler since my teens, but since we got
involved with Boy Scouts, I've caught the backpacking bug. I typically do 8-10
weekend hikes per year, plus one longer trip of 9-10 days. I have spent time
over the past few years backpacking in Cimarron,
New Mexico canoeing the Canadian wilderness,
and camping out in the Florida Keys. I like to
travel "in comfort", but I�m working towards going lighter and longer.
With all of my investment into these ventures, I expect my wife and I will
continue to trek long after the kids are gone.
the next couple of months, I will be out camping and backpacking about 1
weekend per months, with some extra dayhikes thrown in for good measure. I can�t
say that I�m going to get a boatload of hardcore backpacking done, so please
take this into consideration when selecting testers.
out camping and backpacking, I�ll be looking for general effectiveness of the
knife. I typically use a knife like this for general usage whenever needed.
Tasks that come to mind are things like opening food, cutting rope, stripping
branches for a fire lay, and so on. Obviously, sharpness and weight are
important factors. I�m also keen to try Gerber�s one-hand system for
opening/closing the knife. I want to see if I can do this while maintaining all
the next couple of months, here are my plans:
I�ll be spending a weekend camping and rapelling in Newark, Ohio. This will
involve some backpacking out to the base camp, probably about 1/2 mile each
way. I�m also expecting to do about a 5-10 mile dayhike with a pack
A weekend backpacking trip in Southern Ohio, 10-15 miles over the weekend.
Another weekend camping in Newark, also with 2-3 miles of backpacking into
Plans are sketchy, but will probably involve a cold-weather trip with a few
miles of backpacking and camping somewhere in Southern Ohio.
and beyond: Will depend on the weather.
on the timing of the test, I figure 8-10 nights of camping, including one 10-15
mile backpacking trip and a few 3-5 mile trips. For a piece of equipment like a
knife, I�m not sure that backpacking usage is that different from camping
usage, but I�ll leave that to Andrea�s discretion.
Written Reports can be found at
You can also check my Tester page at http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1649.htm
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None at the moment, but I�ll probably go in for the jerky test as well.
mentoring: Brian Martel (but bot making much progress at present)
Number of owner reviews completed in
last year: 1, I think
you for considering this application and thanks to Gerber for providing another
awesome knife for testing
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