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.
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.