Gerber Profile Fixed Drop Point
This review is for the Gerber Profile FIXED BLADE knife.
It is very similar to the folding knife in appearance.
It's super tough and is an excellent all purpose camp knife.
- This knife is extremely tough and strong, with a very thick blade.
- The handle is very ergonomic and fits the hand comfortably.
- The grips are rubber, and offer grip even when the knife is wet.
- The handle has a lanyard hole.
- It's very resonably priced.
- The sheath is pretty weak.
- It won't hold an edge like the harder steel of other more expensive knives.
This is an awesome knife. I bought my sons each one of these in the spring, and they love them. It has a very cool style/look to it.
This knife is tough. That's basically the reason I bought it. It looks very tough and it hasn't dissapointed me. I bought it as a general all purpose knife for my sons to carry on camping and fishing trips. So far they have used theirs for whittling, carving tent pegs, carving weiner sticks, cutting fishing line, and batoning firewood. They have also used them to cut plastic packaging, cut old nylon garden hose, and even open a tin can of food (yeah yeah, I know it's not designed for that, but it did a very good job of it).
The handle fits your hand very comfortably. The rubber grips are nice and hefty, and easy to hold. The jimping is also very beefy. The jimping on other knives may hurt your thumb after prolonged use when you're whittling or carving, but on the profile it's wider than most, but still gives nice traction.
The handle has a lanyard hole that may seem a little small, but with a bit of effort, we were able to run paracord through it.
It is far superior to many other knives in its price range.
The shealth is functional. It has a nice big belt loop, making it possible to wear on just about any belt, including many web belts. The only real flaw I've found is that the sheath has 1 small snap that locks the knife down. It can't be mounted upside down. The sheath clearly isn't designed for that. A sturdier sheath that locks the knife down more securely would be a great improvement.
I've read other reviews that complain that this knife cannot hold a good edge. I think it holds a good edge, but it doesn't compare with the blade on my Leatherman Wave. That being said, it still holds a decent edge, and we sharpen our knives often, so it really isn't an issue.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30 Canadian
The Gerber Profile is one of the top camp knives you'll find. With its durability and corrosion resistance you won't need to buy another for another for awhile. (Even then, for $35 it's a steal.)
My version is a fixed blade not folding!
- The titanium coating which contributes to its corrosive resistance.
- Lanyard hole fits 500 lbs para cord
- Razor factory edge
- Great for all around chores
- Fixed blade-strong
- Full tang
- Very low quality sheath
- Higher weight
- Fixed blade-less then convenient storage
The Gerber Profile is a must buy. Gerber stumbled on a great thing and didn't realize it till now. The original price started at $30 but with the burst in sales Gerber is slowly increasing the price and it's only going to get higher so hurry!
The knife itself is amazing with the fact that it's strong enough to baton most logs as well as take care of any campsite chores you could think of. This knife isn't just for camping I can honestly say that I would be extremely lucky to have this knife if I ever get stranded. And it's made by Gerber, not some independent survivalist with a sponsorship of a knife company and who thinks he's cool because he signs his name on all his products. (Wink wink)
Sorry Mr. Grylls I am a big fan of your show and your products. I just hate the whole signing your name thing.
Source: received it as a personal gift
Loved the knife. Disappointed in the warranty support.
- Knife was great
- Weight feel
- Gerber support is a bit weak
Had the knife for years. My go-to blade for hiking and camping. Used for overall needs and batoning kindling. I have a machete for batoning fuel wood.
One day, I pulled my knife out and a perfect semi-circle about a thumbnail size, was missing in the rear of the blade, near the handle. It was so perfect, at first I didn't even notice it, looked like it belonged there. But then it was < "I don't remember that." Looked and saw the raw metal edge on the chip. No biggie, stuff happens.
I returned it to Gerber, following their procedure, that they, very quickly, sent me a replacement. A folding knife. Not even a Profile folding, not even the same size. I don't want or need another folding knife, I like a fixed blade for camping and hiking.
Since then, my calls and emails have been ignored. I have the Gerber folding knife in its package still and bought a Ka-Bar. Too bad, I'd even take my chipped one back. It had a lot of miles and memories on it!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $24
So good...I bought three!
- Durable blade
- Great grip
- Gerber quality!
- A little heavy...but well balanced
I was TRYING to keep this one a secret....but....
This knife is a great value, and is sold at big box sporting and department stores at great prices.
I bought one of these knives to "field test" on an AT section hike. I was pleasantly surprised that it did not need sharpening after the trip (like other fixed blades I own). The benefit over larger knives was good enough that I bought two more for my other packs.
I now carry one on each pack for day, weekend and excursion hikes.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $17.99
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