Gerber Ripstop I

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This knife is a pretty great EDC with a very sharp…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift


This knife is a pretty great EDC with a very sharp combination blade. It has a slim profile and fits in a pocket well, with a strong pocket clip that keeps it from moving around.


  • Slim handle
  • Combination blade
  • Pocket clip
  • Sharp out of the box


  • Slim handle
  • Combination blade

This knife is a great EDC. It's small enough to fit easily inside a jeans pocket, yet large enough to cut through 'hard to cut' items like rope and plastic packaging.

The pocket clip is tight and when I slide the knife into my pants pocket, the clip keeps it in place and doesn't allow it to float around in my pocket.

I used this knife primarily for cutting rope and heavy nylon twine while working on a Christmas tree lot. It was exposed to temperatures as low as -40 celcius and it still opens and closes easily. The liner lock still functions properly, despite being used in frigid temperatures, and being repeatedly brought indoors then outdoors dozens of times a day, for 21 days straight.

I find the handle is not designed for tasks that take extended amounts of time, such as whittling. It is very thin and would probably get uncomfortable in the hand very quickly. The tasksĀ I used it for were cutting rope and twine and plastic packaging materials while wearing work gloves. It worked great.

The blade stayed sharp for many days.

When the blade did require sharpening, I found it difficult to sharpen, due to the combination edge.

While the serrated edge worked great for rope that was under tension, it seemed no better than a sharp fine edge for rope that was loose.

I'm very happy with this knife. For the tasks that I use it for, it works perfectly.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Gerber's Ripstop I page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The all-stainless-steel construction of the super-lightweight Gerber Ripstop I Serrated Knife is made lighter by the cutouts in the streamlined handle and blade.


Super-lightweight frame lock concept with dual thumb studs make opening the blade a snap. Simple one-handed closing. Length closed: 3.4". Blade length: 2.3". Weight: 2 oz.

- Mountains Plus

Streamlined clip knife so lightweight you won't even know it's in your pocket. The innovative design reduces bulk by slimming down the handle to an efficient exoskeleton. All stainless-steel construction. Dual thumb studs for easy operation. Close it with a simple one-handed movement. Imported. Dimensions Closed: 3.4"L, Open: 53/4"L, Blade: 2.3"L.

- L.L.Bean

Despite tough stainless steel construction and an open length of nearly six inches, the Gerber Ripstop I Serrated Edge Knife weighs a mere two ounces. By using a carved-out handle design, Gerber managed to shave this knife's weight and create a low-profile shape that won't feel like a rock in your pocket. The Ripstop I Knife includes dual thumb studs for easy one-handed operation and a straight edge by the tip for precision work that a serrated edge can't quite handle.