Description: Light weight folding pocket knife
Material: Handle; G-10 & Stainless Steel 3Cr13, Blade; 7Cr17Mov
Weight: 3.3 ounces
Overall Length: 7.13"
Closed Length: 4.25"
Blade Length: 3"
At the reasonable price of $53, the Contrast AO Fine Edge folding pocket knife from Gerber Gear is an affordable blade suitable for everyone. Some of you might think $53 is a little high when you can get similar blades for less. Here's a little secret for those of you who are thinking that, YOU CAN'T! This knife is extremely durable for it's light weight of 3.3 ounces, and with it's lifetime warranty backed by Gerber Gear, you'd likely go through quite a few of those other cheaper knives in the end spending a lot more money.
The Contrast AO folds into a thin ergonomic frame handle that makes the hold smooth and sturdy. The thin body makes for a great pocket carry via the shape and removable pocket clip. The frame also boasts two dual thumb studs for speedy yet safe and secure, right hand or left hand opening. The material used to make the handle is G-10 composite. This a reinforced glass-based, Epoxy Resin-Laminant. It makes for a super light and strong body that’s impervious to rust and corrosion.
The blade swings open fast and easy with Gerber's Assisted Opening 2.0 Mechanism. This smooth and fast opening operation was initially a concern for me. I was afraid it would wear out fast, either rendering the knife slow to open or it would loosely flail open on its own. After a couple months of strong use and abuse, those fears have been vanquished and the Assisted Opening Mechanism is still working as good as the day it left the package. You can say the same for the locking mechanism too. Secure and strong, as good the first day of use.
Moving onto the blade. The Contrast AO fine Edge features a blade stile known as a Drop Point. The Drop Point Blade is a blade that slopes all the way from the handle of the knife to it's very tip along the spine of the blade. It's purpose is to provide a thicker and stronger blade throughout the entire spine. This reinforces the blade making it suitable for heavier work loads. It's a great cutting knife. I was fairly impressed with it's quick work on a piece of a pine that I was recently dicing up for some kindling.
My overall take on this knife was pretty high. I like the way it's thin body carries, along with how easy it deploys, yet stays securely closed when folded. This is a great knife to be used as an every-day-carry that can handle a fairly vast workload. It's also a great piece to carry into the wild. Not only would I carry this blade, but I would refer it to a friend.