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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Since 1939, Gerber has been one of the pioneer’s of Oregon’s Columbia river bladesmith mecca. Long known as a woodsman’s blade company, Gerber aims to stay true to its roots while updating for the modern age. It is through that lens I weight the merits of the Gerber Principle.
- Zero edge Scandinavian grind
- MOLLE, drop leg, or scout carry options
- 90-degree fire striking spine
- Rubber overmold for comfort in prolonged use
- Lashing holes
- Overall Length: 7.5″
- Blade Material: 420HC Stainless Steel
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Grind: Scandinavian Grind
- Blade Finish: Stonewash
- Handle Material: Rubber Overmold, Coyote Brown
- Sheath: MOLLE Compatible
- Weight: 3.7 oz.
- Made in the USA
Even a quick glance above will show that the Gerber Principle is designed for bushcraft use. The Scandinavian grind is extremely versatile, and easy to resharpen. The 90° edge on the spine has magnesium striking written all over it. The rubber overmolded handle is incredibly comfortable, even when you’re applying serious pressure against the handle for a while. Even the sheath is designed for maximum utility, offering different modes of carry. Horizontal on the leg, or vertical on either molle webbing or a belt. The blade is kept secure by a locking mechanism, and released with a press of the thumb. It’s an unobtrusive method, and it keeps the blade (quietly) secure while sheathed. The Principle even has three lashing holes in case you need an emergency fishing spear.
All of the above sounds great in a marketing blurb, but when you’re out in the cold rain and need to get a fire going quickly you really start to see how Gerber made it all come together. This handle is sublime, being both durable and comfortable. The blade is sharp enough for fine work, yet durable enough to baton through a difficult chunk of wood. The bottom line, the Principle has become my new “Go-To” for camping use.
There really isn’t a shortcoming to be found within the Principle. This is a well-designed knife for the woodsman, leaning on 81 years of experience in the arena. Good steel combines with engineering brilliance to forge a simple and refined knife that will serve you well when the conditions turn challenging. The price on the Gerber Principle is $60, a competitive price for a blade that will last you a long time. Check it out!
About Rex Nanorum
Rex Nanorum is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his wife and kids. Growing up on commercial fishing vessels, he found his next adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. After 5 tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he adventured about the west coast becoming a commercial fisheries and salvage SCUBA diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and personal trainer, before becoming a gear reviewer and writer.”