Gerber 39 Series Micarta Review

September 10, 2015
Gerber 39 Series Micarta
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Construction & Materials
8
Ease of Use
6
Steel Quality & Edge Retention
6
Durability
6

The Good

  • Premium blade steel
  • Slim and stylized profile
  • Micarta handles

The Bad

  • Small thumb plate
  • Minimal blade chipping after testing
  • Pricy
THE VERDICT

The 39 Series Micarta is a lot different from what we’ve come to expect from Gerber, who generally steers clear of the type of premium materials found here. The look and feel of the knife is impressive, but the function could be improved with a larger thumb plate.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

 

FULL REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
Micarta’s handle scales and CPM-S30V steel aren’t materials commonly associated with Gerber knives, but they’re fitting for a knife of this build and design. Additionally, the 39 Series Micarta is bolted together like a tank, it’s beautiful and tough.

EASE OF USE
Though the overall design of the Gerber 39 Series Micarta and its blade shape make it useful for almost any typical pocket knife task, the thumb plate is a little undersized and takes some getting used to. Additionally, the liner lock is very stiff at first, but loosens nicely over repeated use.

STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
Choosing CPM-S30V was the right choice for the 39 Series Micarta, being that Gerber is positioning it as a premium knife. Unfortunately, the grind was thinned out a little too much when the knife was sharpened and there is some chipping in the edge on the round heading up towards the tip of the blade.

DURABILITY
Besides the minimal chipping on the blade edge, the Gerber 39 Series Micarta is a very strong knife that will hold up for years to come.

 


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MSRP
$170.00
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