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jontte

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got a blade from my bro,strange how it works better when you grind off the top part of the pommel,slides out of the sheet like a charm..hmm,wonder where I got that tip from ;)
 

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had this for some odd 25 years,any ideas about the quality??
it's a Gerber,design by Blackie Collins, made in Portland USA
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what's the opinion of the knife guru?
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....
 

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what a reliefe,that little piece is my carry on,has been awhile :)
thought it ws not total crap as it's that old,would it be bear g,well then it would be used in my garden to poke holes in the soil ;)
 

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Gerber 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.
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) IMO

A side note, Buck (branded) knives on select models are starting to re-manufacture back here in the States (change of heart from the new owner?) we shall see if Buck quality is the same as the old not that it was the best in old days never the less it was a good American knife. I'm not a metallurgist nor do I modify my blades nor am I a knife collector but I do use blades in the field and I have had a lot of failures and successes over the years, anymore I tend to stick with make and models that work for me thus why my BOB/INCH bags, home and vehicle all pretty much have the same make and model knife's. The brands I tend to stick with is Cold Steel, Ontario, K-Bar, Leathermans, my recent new brand Condor and sometime Gerber depending on what I'm purchasing. Right now I'm in the process of replacing all my Gerber multi-tools with the leatherman wave.

I have seen cheaper knives out perform very expensive custom knives, one truly don't know the quality of the knife until it is stressed in the field multiple times. Just because a famous name is attached to a knife doesn't make it a quality blade it just makes it an over priced blade **cough Bear Grylls cough** comes to mind.

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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!

check out these knives, if you want recommendations http://doomsdayisnear.com/top-rated-survival-knives
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....
 

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I've been carrying and using folding and locked blade knives for over 50 years now and have never had one fail. They've all been quality USA made knives and have been well taken care of. My EDC now is a spring loaded automatic Benchmade that I've carried for 20 years with no problems.
 
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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.

http://au.gerbergear.com/Outdoor/Gear/Gator-Golok-Machete_31-002850
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.
 

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Yeah, I have a few cheap to medium range machetes, the brand name one is SOG Bolo and then the monster Gerber Golok!
http://www.sogknives.com/bolo-machete.html

A machete is supposed to be light slashing tool. From online reviews I see coming out of the US it is all about heavy wood chopping and batoning. It is not what knives and machetes in my opinion are made for. People abuse the equipment too much. An axe is a dangerous piece of gear and if one make the machete too think or knife - you end up with the same problem. I jest watched Alone season 2 ep 2 that came out this week. A so called survival specialist nearly took a finger digit out and got serous physical injury. I only heard about the Alone History channel series this week and watched the previous serious - I think the only good non scripted survival show.

As for the Golok yip made in China, but not designed there. So only real issue is quality of the steel and handle, Chinese can make to quality, Gerber and other brand names have a reputation to keep and with social media they know products will be reviewed extensively which we did not have in the past. Quality has been getting better. The black paint started wearing off after a very hardwood log chop.. Perhaps should take it to a gun smith or get a kit and have it 'blued'.

The Golok is more of a long knife or solid axe, it is sold as such and event the packaging states, "Ideal for chopping". It occupies a weird space when it comes to blades, and heavy to carry. Hence I look at it more for urban survival. If going 'bush' woods, the golok with a multi tool and wood saw would be all one needs. The sheath is good for the price.
 

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Why won't Gerber say what their machete steel is?!!!! This is a constant complaint, Even by Gerber fan boys which, due to quality issues with Gerber, fanboys are getting harder to find. The real reason is that they are flooding the market with Chinese crap. If you put out 100,000 machetes but, only have so many actually get used then also of that say 20% that use them most break, you still look good to most! This corporate attitude is why their reputation among serious Instructors and survivalist sucks. I wont ever buy a bladed instrument from them because their quality control is terrible and when they have a bad one their attitude is "we'll just ship you another one" well that doesn't do shit for you when your out in the middle of nowhere and need it. Why cant they have the attitude of "we'll make it right the first time then you can rely on us!" When a company takes that as there pledge then they will have stupid, crazy, loyal fanboys. Like I am for companies like Coldsteel or Condor Or Ontario Or Tops These companies care about their customer base and the owners of said companies carry and use their own products. Gerber is owned by Fiskars a Faceless corporate entity. I can introduce you to most of the owners, of my listed companies, on the street and guess what you'll find in their pocket and bags? THEIR PRODUCT!!!! Not so in the case of the faceless corporate entity that is Fiskars. Hell, they probably only use their scissors because it's more cost effective. 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.
 

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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.
What happened to Gerber makes me sick!

I had a lovely Gerber Silver Knight a long time ago. A little pocket knife with excellent Japanese stainless steel, harness was in the 60's HRC. I was hoping they would come out with some bigger knives with that quality and using that steel. But instead they went the opposite way and cheapened everything. Just makes me SICK SICK SICK.
 

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I know the feeling. Steel can be addicting.
I got a nice leatherman multitool for my birthday (my boss is a prepper and we share ideas, and it makes for nice presents "from the office" sometimes).
 

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I am embarrassed to admit how many knives I have. But to be fair, I made a number of them myself, so...

My two best looking homemade knives (I have some fugly ones, LOL) are a clip point in D2 with a walnut handle, and a Chef's knife in AEB-L with a spalted oak handle.


 

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My old reliable knife, that hasn't seen much action in a number of years, but skinned more than its share of deer is my Puma Bowie. I keep it by my bed 'cause I like to look at it LOL. That stag handle soothes me just looking at it. For some reason it doesn't photograph well (like me) but looks good in person.

 
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