The Gerber StrongArm has been a companion on most of my adventuring for the last few weeks. It’s walked with me through the woods, setting up tree stands, hunting, and ultimately being unsuccessful so far. However, the knife has served me quite well.
Strong and sharp are the first two words to describe the Gerber StrongArm’s blade. It’s quite capable, nice and thick, and very easy to sharpen. The finish on the blade is actually Cerakote. Real, licensed cerakote, this is a nice touch, and cerakote has a proven record for strength and durability. It hasn’t flaked or scratched under my watch.
The Gerber StrongArm has a full tang blade, that ends with a striking pommel. The pommel is also cut for a lanyard which is a nice touch The pommel is quite strong, although I don’t keep glass around the house to break. I did strike the poles in m barn several times, and it dug in deep and hard. What’s also nice is that my hand never slipped during these blows. Which leads me to the grip.
The grip of the Gerber StrongArm has is soft and rubberized and fills the hand nicely. It certainly aids in preventing fatigue during heavy use. The grip is also textured with rubber diamonds to make sure there isn’t any slips or failures. The grip is certainly a high point with the design. It’s quite comfortable and makes it easy to do hard work with the knife over an extended period of time.
As we covered in the first look the sheath is what really helps set this knife apart. It’s incredibly modular and easy to carry. Strap it to your belt, your backpack, or to your plate carrier. You carry vertically or horizontally, openly or concealed. Carrying concealed is difficult and uncomfortable to me. It’s a big knife and you have to carry it horizontally. The only place I could conceal it was on my bag. This made it uncomfortable to you know sit down. Plus I would be afraid of being knocked backward on it and hurting my lower back permanently.
The sheath is extremely well made and is kydex. It has holes for lashing is necessary, and a slot for a strap to secure it to the thigh. It uses a passive retention system and when carried MOLLE or on the belt has a thumb snap retention device. There are two panels that allow the user to push-off the weapon out of the sheath when carried horizontally.
Pros – Easy To carry, versatile, and well made. MADE IN AMERICA
Cons – Horizontal carry is possible, but not an easy everyday carry.
Weight 7.2 oz
Blade Length 4.8 inches
Overall Length 9.8 inches
Blade Material 420HC
Handle Material Glass Filled Nylon