In the past several years, Gerber has seemed to redefine themselves with a growing line of products. This is a good thing for consumers that enjoy different products for a wide variety of uses. The Gerber Outrigger is a line of folding knives that are available in various sizes and styles.
Under review is the Fine Edge Outrigger, which is the regular size knife of the product line. This knife is right in line with the quality you would expect from a company like Gerber. If there is one quality I can easily attest to, it’s the sharpness of the blade right out of the package. Within minutes of handling, and because of my carelessness, I was able to surgically remove a healthy portion of flesh from the top of my finger. It only happens once, they say.
While on the subject of the blade, it’s important to note the high quality stainless steel, in this case, the Outrigger is made of 7Cr17Mov Stainless Steel. You’ll have no problems worrying about the sharpness and it’s very easy to sharpen after heavy use. The blade retains its edge for a very decent amount of use.
With a blade length of 3”, closed length of 4”, and overall length of 7”, the Outrigger is what you’d expect from a regular sized product. The drop point blade comes to a fine point, but with a shorter distance than normal from the spine to the blade. The aluminum handle is surrounded with a SoftGrip Overmold that helps to keep a firm grip during excessive use.
The Outrigger line of knives all feature Assisted Opening 2.0, which opens very quickly. I had a few issues with getting the blade to open, as it was very stiff and even with the thumb studs, it wanted to resist as I opened it. Overall, this is another great product from Gerber, but it’s also available with a serrated edge, a Mini, and an XL model.
Pick yours up from Gerber now for $49.
Author – Rodney Pointer is a former Army Infantryman. After graduating from Airborne School, he was ruthlessly assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana to live out his days as a dirty leg. He served with the 2nd BN, 30th Infantry of the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. Following his deployment to Afghanistan, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Intelligence Operations. He currently works as a nuclear security contractor.