Gerber Gator Premium Folder – Clip Point Blade ReviewSeptember 10, 2015
- Corrosion resistant blade steel
- Slippery in wet hands
- Flimsy leather sheath
- Difficult field maintenance
Geber is going in a good direction with their designs and materials. This version of the Gator Premium folder is well suited for hunters, fishermen, and survivalists alike. But the Gator Grip falls short in grip-abilty when it gets wet.
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
The CPM-S30V blade steel used in the Gator Premium Folder is truly premium, but the nylon frame (whose sides are fused together) doesn’t allow for any field maintenance. If it breaks it’s useless. So far the Gator has not broken.
EASE OF USE
Because of the size of the Gator Premium Folder, it’s easy to open with two hands but can be difficult to open with one hand. Otherwise, the clip point style blade really makes it a winner out in the wild, especially for hunters. Though the handle grip is exceptional when your hand is dry, it’s horrible if your hands are wet. The lock back style lock is easy to use, but I would recommend against batoning with the Gator, as it can disengage this style of lock.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
Gerber is stepping up their game by using CPM-S30V in some of their newer knives–especially in something like the Gator Premium that could be used to field dress an animal and needs to be corrosion resistant and sharp. Additionally, the clip point style blade allows for more precision in cutting and could even be used in trying to remove a thorn or sliver.
The CPM-S30V blade on the Gator Premium will last until the next ice age, but the fused frame and rubber over mold does not inspire confidence for durability. In the past, knives from Gerber and some of their competitors with this type of rubberized body have not stood the test of time.