Is that the Italian made one or the Oregon made one? Never mind you already answered that lol!! Either are fine for the purpose they were made! It appears that its a deferentially heat treated 420c not too shabby. This was a blade made before Gerber took a total crap on its costumer base.. Now I simply wouldn't trust any of there new knives....
Gerber lost their way before they sold to Fiskars, there was a time I would drive over to the factory and have my multi-tools repaired though in the last decade or so forget it, they won't give you the time of day, Leathermans is still good about walk-ins. The only thing I will purchase from Gerber is the multi-tools but even them have to be scrutinized, Gerber BG line blades are just pure crap (sales gimmick) IMOGerber is now owned by Fiskars Brands Inc of Finland. Gerber used to be a quality knife made in the USA. Some models are still made in the US, but many are made in China now. Always check the label. I personally wouldn't buy any knife, or any product that my life may depend on, that is made in China.
This Article is just General and not very informative and the knives recommended aren't that good for survival. Also What are you talking about with a "spring", folding knives by the right company can be almost as dependable as fixed blade and are easier to store and carry. Starting to wonder if you are posting click bait....totally agree, i absolutely dont recommend folding and locking knives, as the spring tends to cause more problems and often at times when you need the knife the most!
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I've been looking for a good quality machete for some time now. The Gerber Golok has great reviews and the people who have purchased it all seem to be happy with it. My only problem with the Golok is that it's made in China. It will be interesting to get your feedback on this machete after you've had it for awhile.I purchased a Gerber Golok machete yesterday for urban survival. It is more than double the usual machete thickness 6mm (0.236 in). chopped some heavy wood with it. The handle is impressive and has good shock absorbing, the edge looks fine. The thickness of the blade is such one could use it as a pry bar.
My Dad and Blackie were friends. He always said Blackie made knives you could trust your life on.
What happened to Gerber makes me sick!Sorry I f Rant Or offend some one here but, I don't believe in risking ones life on a company with a proven track record of failure.