Made for the river.
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There are better knives out there.
I collect knives like Imelda Marcos used to collect shoes - I have a ton of them (and multitools) for no real reason other than I am into them. That said, this knife is pretty clunky and mediocre. Yes, it does its job well and if a river knife is required equipment for a trip and you are looking for a cheapie, this one fits the bill.
- The blunted tip is nice, but many other river knives also have that.
- The smooth side/serrated side is nice, but many other river knives have that.
- The shealth is not very secure
- The knife is kind of bulky and doesn't have a precise feel to it.
- The sheath does not clip into PDF 4-way clips very well and required modification.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
It's multi-purpose, it has a sharp end for cutting, and a blunt tip, that not only doesn't puncture your boat, but you can use it to adjust your oar locks! (Or anything that needs a flathead screwdriver). The sheath fits super tight on a PFD and the knife is comfortable in your hand. I'm a river guide so I've used this knife a lot and I love it!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This knife is rather big and I find that it sits awkwardly on my PFD no matter which way I have it oriented. It also takes a bit of fussing to get the sheath firmly attached to your PFD and it doesn't feel as secure as I would like it to be. I'm also a little concerned about how loose the knife is in the sheath, but it hasn't fallen out yet.
Ultimately: it get's the job done but it's not great.
Gerber River Shorty Blunt-tip Knife
As with all my Gerber products, high quality and exceeds my expectations.
use it all the time
I've had one of these on my PFD for five years now and I am always using it, couldn't imagine not having it! It dose a pretty good job of holding an edge and has been very durable.
A River Guide's Best Friend
I've been a guide for a few seasons now, and I finally found my way to the Gerber knife collection. Of all the different makes and models of knives on the river, I've been most impressed with this one, in part due to its multi-use functions. I especially like the blunt tip now, after having to adjust some oar-locks while running the rapids through Cataract Canyon. The serrated edge cut through anything I needed, yet won't puncture a boat if dropped on the floor.
Good knife for the price
I got one (although I want to upgrade to the pricier CRKT ABC ER Knife). I have used it on my PFD on approx 500 river trips (whitewater kayaking). It has never fallen out, although I have friends who have lost theirs. If you are worried about that -- any knife can fall out of a sheath. Just attach a cord to it.
It is a great peace of mind -- you would never want to be handling a rope near the water if you didn't have a trustworthy knife at hand to get you out of a predicament.
Sheath not secure
I've had my shorty fall out several times. I've been luck not to lose it when I've gone for a swim down a rapid. I'm not a big fan.