User Review: Gerber River Shorty
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
Terrible dive knife.
- Friction locking system
I am an avid snorkel and scuba diver. I love to lobster, harvest muscles, scallops, spear fish, and just about any underwater sport there is, I do! I find myself in need of a good dive knife on some of my more random adventures.
I could not believe the lack of quality when it came to such a knife from Gerber. I have many other fine Gerber blades, and generally love their commitment to a higher standard. However, this was not the case with the River Runner.
I bought this as my dive knife, having lost a few in the past due to poor sheath designs. I was initially drawn to this knife because of the sheath. The sheath is a tension sheath, in which the blade clicks in and out of, it is very sturdy and one that I wish other companies would copy. The knife fits in either way also, which is a plus.
The sharpness of the blade out of the box was not lacking, I did feel the need to give it a good once over on a stone. On my first dive with the Shorty, I used it to pry some mollusks, kill an octopus that I caught, and even cut some fishing line I found wrapped around my leg at one point. It performed wonderfully!
However when I got to the surface I noticed some rust on the blade by the hilt. Nothing a little steel wool/lemon juice couldn't take care of, but rust nontheless. I rinsed it with fresh water, then proceeded to treat as mentioned above. The rust came off, but the next day when I awoke, I actually found the blade had rusted even more just sitting in the humid air.
I was told it was stainless steel, what type I still don't know to this day. I have had other 440 type stainless steel fishing and diving knives in the past, but none have ever rusted like this rust bucket. I would go through the aforementioned process after every dive it seemed, and enough was enough in the end. I sold it.
Still to this day I am not sure if I had a defective knife, or what, but I can say that I never saw it without rust after that first dive.