Folding Knives

Gerber STL 2.0 and 2.5 Fine Edged Folding Knife – Review

Two folding knives out of Gerber’s many impressive innovations in knife engineering and construction are the STL 2.5 drop point fine edge folder and its little brother – the STL 2.0 drop point fine edge folder. These rugged little featherweight folding knives can accompany their owner almost anywhere without causing interference. You will forget that you have one of these knives in your pocket – until you need it.

The ultra-lightweight handle of both of these little knives is made from stainless steel. The STL 2.5 weighs in at 42 grams and STL 2.0 weighs only 28 grams. The half-arc grooves stamped into the lower edges on each side of the handle offer the holder a steady grip with thumb and index finger while deploying the knife one-handed using the thumb hole in the blade.

 

The frame lock system prevents the blade from closure during use for safety.

The blade material of the STL 2.5 is 7Cr17MoV stainless steel which is similar to the 440A stainless steel the STL 2.0 is made from. Both knives performed excellently at slicing open box tape, cutting rope, whittling and peeling fruit. The blades came sharp enough to shave paper into curls, but not sharp enough to shave hair. The fine edge of the blade allows for rapid and easy sharpening in the field. This knife does not have a belt clip, but does have a small lanyard hole which you can put a lanyard through for additional security. I recommend that you only use this knife for light tasks, as the very thin blade and frame lock may give way causing injury. The Gerber STL 2.5 was not designed to be used as a primary survival knife – it is too small, and […]

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    Gerber LST Folding Knife – Amazing Lightweight Indestructibility

Gerber LST Folding Knife – Amazing Lightweight Indestructibility

The Gerber LST is an ultra light and ultra-thin pocket knife designed by none other than Pete Gerber, the founder of Gerber Legendary Blades (also known as Gerber Gear), and Blackie Collins (one of Gerber’s former knife designers) in 1980. Pete Gerber had a vision of creating knives that were ultra lightweight due to using synthetic materials in the handle but at the same time retained their qualities of rugged performance and reliability. The LST is proudly made in Portland, Oregon in the United States of America instead of China.

My initial impression when I first held this knife in my hand was that it was amazingly lightweight and ultra thin, yet had a feeling of indestructability. The smooth lock back mechanism was a delight to operate with a pleasant, firm “click” sound emitted whilst doing so. It has an overall length of 6.10” (15.5. cm) with a blade length of of 2.63” (6.7 cm). When closed it is only a mere 3.61” or 9.2 cm so it really doesn’t take up a lot of space in your pocket.

The blade
This knife features a  fine-edge, drop-point blade made from 420 HC (high carbon) stainless steel which is a great mid-range steel.

This steel is more than capable at handling any tasks that this knife may be used for (cutting boxes, packages, cord etc). The knife came razor sharp out of the packaging and was able to shave the hair of my arm with ease. It also was able to slice through paper quite easily. I also opened several boxes with relative ease in my testing of this knife.

The handle
The handle is made from glass filled nylon. It has a nice feel to it and the textured thumb […]

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    Gerber Winchester 2.5” Brass Folder – Sleek EDC Pocket Knife

Gerber Winchester 2.5” Brass Folder – Sleek EDC Pocket Knife

I’ve just got in a package of some nice folding knives from Gerber Gear. The first one we’ll be taking a look at is the Winchester 2.5” Brass Folding Knife made by Gerber Legendary Blades. Gerber has a contract with Winchester (best known for their small arms ammunition products) to manufacture several different knives for them among which is this neat little brass folder.
The Winchester 2.5″ Brass Folding Knife features a clip point blade, lock back mechanism and a surgical stainless steel blade. Measuring from tip to butt it is only 6 inches or 15 cm long. Weighing in at only .3 oz (8.5 g), this knife is so light weight that you even forget its in your pocket – at least that’s what I found!

On first look, it appeared to be a nice-looking, sturdy pocket knife that should serve you well for many years to come. Out of the blister-packaging, it was razor sharp and I proved that using the trusty old “shaving hair off arm” and paper slicing tests. I also turned the end of a stick into a nice spear point with it too.

Surgical Stainless Steel Blade

Since a knife is really only as good as its blade, let’s start right here.The blade length is 2.5″ or 6.35 cm – not too big and not too small.

The description on the package says the blade is made from “surgical stainless steel”. You might be thinking “Now whatever is that?” Well, I did some research on what surgical stainless steel is and its actually equivalent to 440 – a mid range stainless steel. The blade is not as susceptible to rust as a carbon steel blade, but it is still advisable to always clean and oil it […]