Gerber StrongArm Knife

Gerber StrongArmIt isn’t often that I am kinda giddy taking something out of the box, but it does happen. And what did it happen with? A Gerber StrongArm Knife.

This knife, sitting there in the box, is just downright impressive. Right away I loved the sheath and the looks of the knife handle. But once it was out of the box and in my hand I just loved the way it felt. The balance to it was near perfect. The blade is plenty heavy enough but it was balanced out by the handle and full tine.

The handle is just simply built right. It is made out of diamond-texture rubberized handle. The little nubs all over it make it a sure grip in your hand. The little indents in the handle on each side also just seemed to make it fit even better. All-round…it was an awesome “feel” in my hand.

Let me share the technical specs with you first, then back to the review.

  • Blade material: 420HCGerber StrongArm
  • Handle material: glass-filled nylon with rubber overmold
  • Blade length: 4.8” (12.2 cm)
  • Overall length: 9.8” (24.8 cm)
  • Knife weight: 7.2 oz (204 g)
  • Overall weight: 10.9 oz (309 g)
  • Fine edge, full tang 420HC steel blade
  • Ceramic blade coating
  • Rubberized diamond-texture grip
  • Striking pommel
  • Nylon webbing for drop-leg carry and secondary retention
  • Detachable belt hoops for horizontal belt carry
  • Snap-in MOLLE strap
  • Made in USA

There was a little confusion as I was looking over the sheath. It was kind of complicated to me at first. I kept trying to figure out how the heck the sheath would attach to something. I mean, it was pretty obvious how it would fit on a Gerber Strong Arm knife reviewbelt, but the rest wasn’t not self-evident. And then there were these two plastic pieces as well that were just laying there. So I did the commonsense thing…I got out the instructions.

Whoever designed the sheath system for this knife is a freaking genius! Once I laid it all out and read the instructions it was amazing to me how many different ways this sheath could attach to pretty much anything tactical, or just a belt. I fell even deeper in love it. Yeah, kinda creepy…sorry.

Back to the knife…I looked closely at the blade, it is one hunk of solid steel. This isn’t some thin fighting knife blade. This blade is heavy-duty enough to split wood with no problem. I did it. Yet, there is enough of a sharp point to easily penetrate whatever you needed to, especially an enemy at close range. And that opens another door.

I grasped the knife in a number of fighting grips and made a few moves with it, then a few more. The knife was effortless to move, well-balanced, had the feel of a top tier fighting knife. I would not hesitate to put my life in its hands.

The blade came out of the box razor sharp and with a light coating of oil. That is a mark of a good knife maker…sharp and oiled. The oil on the blade by the knife maker will ensure that the knife blade, especially the cutting edge, won’t rust while it sits in a warehouse somewhere waiting for a good home.

I really hesitated to take this knife outside to the fire pit, but I had to test it. I started with splitting wood, and it did just fine. I felt a little strange banging on it to drive it through the wood. But hey, how else are you going to figure out if the knife is any good or not.

I worked the edge against some wood for a bit longer, and then tested it for sharpness. It was still as sharp as I started, I was very pleased. FYI…The blade takes an edge well and isn’t difficult to sharpen.

I went back inside the house and for about 2 hours while I watched some football I just handled the knife. Man, it just kept getting better and better. The feel to this knife is awesome!

I would say this knife isn’t a true fighting blade like the CRKT Hissatsu. But the blade is plenty pointed enough for piercing and the edge will cut just fine. However, the blade is also wide and thick enough to be used around camp or for survival. So I would call this blade a “hybrid” of combat, fighting, hunting, and survival. Probably best to describe it as a solid military-style knife.A great all-pupose, well-rounded knife. This knife will make it onto my tactical vest real soon.

Here are some of the carry methods with the Gerber StrongArm sheath system –

This is what I started with...

This is what I started with…

Gerber Strong Arm horizontal carry optionGerber Strong Arm vertical carry optionsGerber StrongArm MOLEE upright carry optionGerber StrongArm MOLLE inverted carry optionI would have no problem carrying this knife into the wilderness camp or in a grid-down survival & combat situation. The knife is just that good!

Combat knife:  A
Survival knife:  A-
Hunting knife:  A+
Fighting knife:  B+
Sheath & Carry System:  A++

No questions…a very, very solid “Buy!

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9 thoughts on “Gerber StrongArm Knife

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  4. Excellent review and I agree with your evaluation. A little light in the heft dept. for a survival knife but I have for years (since Vietnam) carried a USAF Survival Knife on my web gear (old school). I’m not of large stature so a K-Bar size knife was/is awkward but as a fighting knife I prefer the K or a Bowie size (which I also own) but the Gerber is fine, no, excellent for me and will be for others that know how to use a knife and keep it dangerously sharp. Not as pretty as my old Randall but totally functional. I still have and use web gear/LBE (may upgrade some day) when I put on training and the only difference in gear is the Gerber Strong Arm. I saw it at a Walmart one day and thought, “what the heck, for $50 and being a Gerber it was worth at least checking out.” I was pleasantly surprised. I like that it’s lighter as we know that ounces matter especially as we age. One of the key factors is the flexibility of how to mount or strap it on. A lot of thought went into the scabbard/sheath. Full tang with punch and the rubberized handle for grip work great. I got the model with the serrated edge on it but that was just a matter of personal preference and oh yes, it holds an edge but no matter what I do after I use it, I sharpen it. I don’t normally do recommendations but in this case I concede and say, good knife system. There are other knives out there that are quite adequate and I own a few but for the price and marrying that with the scabbard/sheath mounting system, it puts the Gerber Strong Arm in a class of its own. it’s a must have for my kit. If in the future I find anything that goes to the negative, I’ll update my post. Thus far, no complaints….D


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  6. Thank you for your review. I have not purchased a Gerber in some time but this knife sounds like a good investment. I had to laugh..instructions? Who reads those? But I do appreciate the illustrations of the various carry options. And I will say depending on weather and terrain you just might have to use a different carry.option as opposed to simply throwing the knife in a bag.

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    • Yeah, it about killed me to actually read the instructions. Even worse because I had to! But man, the knife is sweet. I bought one for my wife. She gets it for her birthday next week 🙂 AH

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    • Yeah it really is. I was pleasantly surprised at just how nice it is. That makes a number of Gerber knives I bought in the last couple of years that are top notch. I hope you consider it if you are in the market for a new one. Well worth the money! AH


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