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Instant

Tactically inspired, the Instant utilizes Gerber’s Assisted Opening 2.0 mechanism for easy, one-handed blade opening. The thumb plunge unlocks the three-and-a-half-inch blade for safe closure. Layers of G-10 composite are textured and shaped to make an ultra-light, ultra-tactile handle. It’s a sleek clip folder made for everyday use.

$49
Item # 31-002184
  • Blade Length: 3.18"
  • Closed Length: 4.57"
  • Overall Length: 7.75"
  • Weight: 4.01 oz.
  • Steel Type: 7Cr17Mo
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Features

  • Assisted Opening 2.0 Mechanism
  • Thumb Plunge Lock
  • Ultra Light
  • G-10 Composite Handle

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3 old man james - JUL 17, 2014

love the look and feel. hate the asst. spring.
would like to remove it but, not sure if knife
would close right?

5 Best Knife Ever Jim - JUN 27, 2014

I have had many knives over the years but none have compared to this one. This knife has held up better than anyhting else i have ever had and i highly recomend it. i love this little knife. Its tough knife and has always impressed me

4 Hard to open at first :/ But great overall! SomekindWomber - FEB 24, 2014

When I had gotten the Instant for my father as a gift for Christmas, he had said that it was hard to open. But he uses everyday, uses it at his job, and uses it for hunting/hiking. Might consider getting one myself!

3 Good Danny - FEB 21, 2014

This is a good knife in the sense that its strong and looks cool. The only draw back is that the assist is way to sensitive. The blade will pop out in your pocket if your not careful. I bought a carrier for it and now have no problems.

5 Cool Dereck - DEC 9, 2013

Nice knife

4 Great EDC Di5tur8ed - DEC 3, 2013

I bought this knife last year to replace my Icon (needed something smaller) this is a fantastic knife incredibly durable and easy to sharpen, my only complaint it that the clip broke off after just two months of light/moderate use. Still a great buy!

5 Perfect!!! Bradley Anderson-December2,2013 - DEC 2, 2013

Awesome knife with great response to whatever you use it with. I love the knife.

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4 Your Title Jonas - NOV 30, 2013

Overall a great knife, It's been my daily carry since i got it last february. I do occasionally have problems with it trying to open in my pocket, but any time you put a spring in a knife thats a risk. Switch the button lock for a slide lock and i'll all it perfect.

5 Your Title Blaine Tooley - NOV 10, 2013

This is an amazingly sharp knife and easy to use. This knife helped me escape my vehicle in a car crash and I would recommend this knife to anyone.

4 Amazing knife Ben - NOV 5, 2013

I took this knife on one of my Boy scout hiking trips (Philmont for all you scout guys) and I absolutely love it. It cuts moleskin like a knife through butter it cuts open freeze dried packages too easily. I love the "Carbon fiber" look and skeleton feel. The blade is great for opening packages and cutting really anything. It is also super sharp and the serrated blade is great. I also take this hunting with me in my pocket, I have used it a couple of times to open and cut various things. It is also a perfect fit in my pocket, but the only bad think is that it opens in my pocket while I walk. But that was fixed with a rubber band. This thing is too sexy to be put into a sheath!! The knife is a perfect size but I think it would be cool if Gerber made a mini one like they have done with the Paraframe minis. I love Gerber Gear and I hope to purchase more knifes in the future!

4 Good Stephen - OCT 6, 2013

This is great the only problem is rust even if you wash it off the salt water will get to it.

5 every day perfect Dallas - SEP 24, 2013

my first gerber and I'm a huge fan. perfect for every day use. couldn't be happier with a simple pocket knife. totally recommended.

4 Good knife Chris - SEP 23, 2013

Just like everyone said great knife but the clip brock on me last week but worth getting that repaired.

5 Love this knife! Cooper - SEP 11, 2013

I have been carrying this knife around for over a year now and it has certainly stood the test of time its sharp out of the box and stays sharp! Its one of the best knives i own!

4 Very well made Dylan - SEP 7, 2013

For a Foreign made knife this is design very well. I've had it for a few weeks for my EDC and as a defense blade. My only complaint is that its a little stiff to open but once it starts to open, its like lightning.

4 Good knife, needs work Trevor - SEP 4, 2013

This is my second knife of the same model and is great. It stays sharp longer than any other knife I have owned. I lost the first knife due to a stretched pocket clip. The first one was bad to open up in my pocket but you fixed that problem on the newer model.

So I bought the same model again and after owning the second knife for a month the blade has major surface rust and the pocket clip broke. Great knife but still needs work. Please fix the design flaws.

5 student/mechanic Your name - SEP 3, 2013

this knife is great one of the if not the best knife I have ever owned! its great I use it everyday could not be more happy!

5 Beautiful, practical, sharp and light Was looking for a gerber and I've found it!!! - SEP 1, 2013

Great looks and light weight. Feel in love the minuet I picked it up.

5 GREAT KNIFE!!!! Ja GERBERLOVER - AUG 25, 2013

Awesome knife;Super sharp;love it. Some ppl complained that it opens in pocket,but, I bet they are dot watching what they`re doing when they put it in. In that case, the thumbstud just barely grazes the pocket edge, which makes it open about half a cm. then it is just a matter of time before it comes open all the way on its own. To prevent this, I usually put it in my pocket then make sure it is fully closed. All in all, it depends on the size and shape of your pocket.

4 almost perfect randy - AUG 25, 2013

let me start off by saying this is a fantastic knife. easily my second favorite behind my gerber mini-remix 2 blade.

pros:
get insanely sharp insanely fast. seriously i just sharpened it and it not only cut hair but cut all my hair off my arm.

its very tough, ive dropped it many times and nothing happened to it at all. easily one of my most reliable knives.

the release and lock are perfect. had to oil it when i got it but after that it opened perfectly. always locks and always releases smoothly.

cons:
tipdown carry. is it too much to ask for an extra set of holes?

serrations as an option? seriously, this isnt too much to ask either. i dont mind it. im willing to live with it but i know alot of people who arnt. so i have an idea for gerber, if a knife has serations offer a fine edge version. example remix.

overall a solid 8/10. put an option for tipdown and it would be a 10 for me

3 Your Title Ken - AUG 23, 2013

Nice knife, but clip is weak and broke off, I'm on this page getting the model number so their service department can send me a new one.

5 Almost my best knife Urban - AUG 20, 2013

An amazing addition to my collection and works very well. Great job gerber

5 good knife tommy - AUG 4, 2013

I got this knife a couple months ago and it holds a edge really well. The only thing I notice is that that spring is a heavy spring so a little hard on the thumb but no big problem

5 Go Instant GUS - AUG 3, 2013

My best knife so far given its shape, handling, light weight, sharp edge... Although the first one was hard to open, but I got it exchanged with no hastle at Bass Pro Shop in Canada (excellent service).

4 Awesome knife Bran - JUL 19, 2013

This knife is an amazing knife the only reason I have it 4 stars instead of 5 was because in the beginning it was very hard to open it would cut up my thumb anyway great job gerber p.s this is a knife tht if u want something tht will take a lot of everyday wear and tear than this is the knife

5 great knife bigbuddy juddy - JUL 6, 2013

Overall a very good knife. The blade keeps a fine edge and can take a beating. The spring has not gone out on me yet and is allwaysready for when i need it. I named mine black betty

4 Overall good knife Cody - JUN 17, 2013

I got this knife about six months ago. At first, the opening was a little tough. The first time I opened it I almost dropped it from the kickback, I definitely wasn' t expecting it to open so forcefully. After a couple days it was broken in and now opens smooth as butter.

It holds an edge great also, it came shaving sharp out of the package and I've only had to do a few touch-ups after six months of everyday use.

Overall this knife is a great edc and I would recommend it to anyone, but there could be some improvements made to it.

It has opened in my pocket a couple times, but only when I pull something out of my pocket. On that note, a safety would be a great addition to this knife.

The pocket clip is also a little weak, and it just broke off yesterday so I am in the process of contacting Gerber customer service for a replacement so we'll see how that goes.

Other than beefing up the clip and adding a safety I would have to say Gerber definitely knocked this one out of the park!

2 Well ...check this out. Nik - JUN 7, 2013

Okay. Before this knife was recalled for a faulty locking mechanism. The steel quality was beyond my standard. BUT. The steel quality of THIS version is pretty much CHINESE 440CM. Which is a ''no-go'' in a lot of knife buyers books. I've used the knife for a while and the clip broke, so I received a new one free of charge from the website. And the ''stainless steel'' isn't so stainless. It's collecting a couple scars every time I take it hiking or camping. I am a Gerber life fan but I am always looking for a better knife. Plus, mine wasn't made in the USA. Just crafted. BUMMER. And another thing. The assisted opening opened in my pocket and when I was climbing it jabbed my junk. OUCH.

5 Awesome Jacob - MAY 12, 2013

I love this knife. It is very easy to open and close. This is probally the best spring assisted knife in my collection. This is a great tool for many needs, but may be a little too much for children.

5 Great Knife Jon - MAY 8, 2013

great knife for the money. does tend to get dull very fast but sharpens easy and very durable

3 what it claims to be that adverage joe - MAY 8, 2013

gerber quaility is outstanding. all their knives are very well put together. their quality has nothing to do with it being made over seas . spyderco makes theirs in japan and their knives easly beat out some american made blades. where gerber goes wrong is when the put terrible locks and poor steel in a knife and sell it for like $100. thats where the lose my business. love their knives theyre awesome like this one, i held it at the local sports store and was impressed till i saw the price for that cal. of knife
-thanks

1 Almost puncured a nut Nik - MAY 8, 2013

It opened in my pocket and the clip broke after several days of EASY use.

5 Solid EDC Richard - MAY 5, 2013

What a great knife. Blade opens up quick as a whip and locks up with authority. I love the serrated edge - makes cutting twine a snap without dulling the fine edge part of the blade. Handle is perfectly sized and comfortable. If Gerber continues to make knives like this, they've got a customer for life.

5 retired luis hernandez - MAY 3, 2013

its the best cut to fit one hand operation knife.great operation ready for action, locks solid.so light, it has natural fit and feel,part of you. i started giving all my other knives away to family.

3 Great Knife, but... Drew - MAY 3, 2013

Like Sara this is NEARLY the best of the 3 Gerber knives I've purchased THIS year. It's the right size for your hand, and it's the easiest to Open. However, the clip broke. I'll need some Factory Warranty Help.

Of the others, the FAST AO doesn't open, and the latest, the Swagger AO is a convenient size, and the clip is stout, but it doesn't open as easy as the instant.

5 Best knife Aaron - APR 29, 2013

This is a wonderful knife, many uses I used it for everything including shaving. It has a hell of an edge to to it. I only had one problem the screws at the top popped off and the casing was falling off. Other than that, it is the best Knife i have ever bought.

5 Awesome knife Jarrod - APR 29, 2013

Sturdy reliable sharp and fast I've had it for a few months now and it's still as amazing as It was when I got it

4 Excellent Knife Brandon - APR 24, 2013

For the price this knife is a steal. The only problem is the pocket clip. Would recommend to anyone who needs a good everyday flip knife.

5 Never leave home without it Joe - APR 19, 2013

I received this knife as a gift during christmas of 2012 and love it! The size and shape of handle fits my perfectly and I have some pretty big hands. For work I always have my gerber multi-tool with me but wanted a pocket knife. I got exactly what I wanted. A knife that is strong and easy to have in my pocket. The assist opening is very slick too. It takes a little while to get used to opening it because it is a little stiff, but totally worth it. You don't have to worry about it opening up in your pocket, but its easy enough to flick open with one hand in a quick one fluid motion. Buy this knife! You will not regret it!!

5 Amazing VXStryker - APR 19, 2013

Highly recommend this knife. Not to light but not to heavy, sharp and comes out nice and fast. it will be a little stiff when you get but after a week it will be easy to get out. Amazing knife overall!!

2 Piece of Crap Zac - APR 17, 2013

I had this knife for about two weeks and all the screws for the pocket clip fell out and got lost. Although the opening is smooth as heck, I can still open my wave knifes just as fast, and they are a lot bigger than this.

5 Love this knife Lisa - APR 16, 2013

I have had this knife now since last summer and love it! I love using it for outdoors work, the spring action makes it so easy and the blade is wonderfully sharp. I haven't even needed to sharpen it yet!
I won this knife from a Gerber facebook contest and am very happy I did. I can't wait to expand my Gerber collection further.

5 owner KEITH BAYNE - APR 10, 2013

i bought this knife a couple months ago. i have used it at work,home,camping. it is so easy to open,very lite weight,and sharp as a razor. love it. highly recommend it.

4 AWESOME tom - APR 9, 2013

I've had this knife for a few months now and I love it, it holds a nice edge and there is no play in the blade at all, over all I give this knife 4.5 stars and not 5 because the clip does seem a little weak.

4 AWESOME tom - APR 9, 2013

I've had this knife for a few months now and I love it, it holds a nice edge and there is no play in the blade at all, over all I give this knife 4.5 stars and not 5 because the clip does seem a little weak.

4 Did it again Wil - APR 3, 2013

You guys at Gerber continue to make fantastic blades. I've had to replace my mini covert "F.A.S.T." blade (Which I will be sending it to be fixed as soon as I can) with this one (temporarily). I absolutely love the action on the knife. It's quick... Real quick. Just as the name implies... It's "Instant"!

Keep up the great work!

5 Beautiful! Outdoor Geek - APR 2, 2013

after the marketing done on this prodect I was hooked, well done Gerber on the promotion of this! I bought it right away and have never been happier with a knife. this is my EDC, always stays SO sharp. I would definitely buy this knife again, problem is.. Gerber made it so good I'll never have to buy it again!

5 Definitely Worth It CodyP - APR 1, 2013

I got this knife as a Christmas present and haven't left home without it. It took a little while to break in the assisted opening but since then it's been a breeze to open right or left handed. The blade required a little touch up out of the package but since then I haven't had to sharpen it after using it almost every day these past 4 months.
I would definitely recommend this knife for everyday use.

5 Perfect EDC Scout 240 - APR 1, 2013

This has to be my favorite knife and is perfect for ever day carry. The texture on the handle helps you keep a good griping the knife and I love that only 1/3 of the blade is serrated and not 1/2. I never leave home without it in my pocket.

4 Good Knife Alex - MAR 30, 2013

I've had this knife since a few weeks after it came out, It's a great knife, nice and sharp, feels great in the hand. Just a great knife. Well priced as well. My only complaint is as many people have pointed out, the pocket clip is weak and if your not careful it can snap easily if it catches on something, but Gerber will send you a new one if this happens.

5 Fantastic Nick - MAR 29, 2013

i am hard on things, I have broken every knife i have ever owned till this one. its simple, cheap, and Reliable. You cant go wrong with it. I carry it everywhere, till someone stole it. Def worth buying a replacement.

5 Tough Tim - MAR 28, 2013

I found this knife along side the highway where it looked like it had been thrown out of a car window. The blade was roughed up a bit and the clip was broken but beside that it was in good shape for have landed on asphalt.

5 AWESOME Thomas - MAR 21, 2013

I just bought the knife and was a little iffy but its a really nice knife for EDC.

5 Great knife Ben - MAR 17, 2013

This knife has a great blade that keeps an edge really well. The spring assist is nice and strong. Coins in my pocket sometimes get wedged in it but that's not even a problem always pops open when I need it.

3 Ok knife Carter the survivalist - MAR 17, 2013

The handle has sharp edges and so does the relase when I got the knife it was very sharp I recommend this knife if you have tough hands and want it to last good job gerber....

5 Well built. Gortops - MAR 15, 2013

I applaud the craftsmanship in the making of the handle. A fine looking piece. I adore the blade shape, but I noticed the black finish wears off rather quickly. In my field of work I find myself using this everyday and am very pleased. But aesthetically speaking, this knife gets dull. This, however, does not stop me from loving this. Rugged and strong.

1 HORRIBLE KNIFE PHIL - MAR 14, 2013

I'm only gonna say this in a few short words...the knife is horrible. the button that locks up the knife in place broke on me the first time using it on a camping trip...even before hand when you keep it in your pocket or clip it to your side after awhile the knife blade would pop out, it's very dangerous from the fact if you were to fall down the blade would stab you. sounds ridiculous but it has happen to people with other knives...but I will say the blade is strong and stays sharp...that's the only nice thing I can say about it. DON'T BUY IT.

4 Good for the price mcrow - MAR 13, 2013

Overall I would put this knife as a good value. It isn't made to be a premium knife but more of an entry level open assist knife.

I paid $30 for this knife though It tends to go for $30-$40 depending on where you look. The G10 handle is nice gives a good grip. The thumb stud is easy to gain purchase on and the retent of the blade is just right. The open assist system works well, though it's not as good as Kershaw's system.

The button lock works great, you can open and close this knife easily with one hand. The blade is made of "budget" steel, not bad steel but not premium steel. I would put the performance around 8cr steel or between 440C and AUS-8, but closer to AUS-8. So overall the steel is not impressive but it is good enough for a everyday carry/utility knife.

5 Awesome knife please make without serrated edge! Ian - MAR 12, 2013

I would easily buy another one of these for myself, and possibly ones as a gift if GERBER would PLEASE make this knife with a straight plain edge! For this price I got mine at $34.00 I love it although I have never been crazy about serrated blades. Light, super fast,Great ergonomics,great look,very smooth, and comfortably small, however not to small! In a pinch it could be pressed into service efficiently and effectively for self defense. I would prefer at least a 4 inch blade for sd however with this I would still feel confident that I could stop an attacker eventually. ccw handgun is my preference actually.

5 nice oliver - MAR 11, 2013

this knife is an amazing knife and i would highly recommend it to anyone ho is looking for a cheap knife but one hell of a knife

5 Awesome Knife Rick - MAR 3, 2013

Iv had this knife for about year, but it finally met its fate the other day at work.
Over the past year it had been through alot, from carving wood, breaking down boxes, cutting rope, its been left outside for a few days and even dropped deep in the ocean! But unfortunately it was no mach for the trash compacter at work....

Action is great, Blade is great and the Handle is great!
I would recommend this knife to anyone!

4 Great knife Sara - MAR 3, 2013

The knife is amazing. I've had it for over a year, the only problem is the clip just recently broke. other than the clip not being strong enough, it's a great knife to own.

4 Please Read This Vincent - FEB 18, 2013

I love this knife I actually bought two of them my self, I love every thing about tis knife except it does not have an option for a plain edge with no serration. If you guys at Gerber could do that option in the near future that would be great. But, overall a great knife love it.

4 Sweet Action Stephen M - FEB 16, 2013

Great Knife Gerber. Just please make the clip a little stronger.

3 knife enthusiest anthony - FEB 12, 2013

i liked the feel of this knife and the blade shape. i had got the knife as soon as it hit shelves and mine mightve been in the recall group it had a tendency for the assistmechanism to un intentionally fire the blade until the assistspring bar in the rear of the handle simply snapped. i never sent it in to be fixed but gerbers customer service is great and i know i wouldve had a new one. i chose to drill the bladeso now the button locks it closed and open. it has sincebecome a beater knife

3 Your Title John Snider - FEB 8, 2013

I love the feel of this knife and how sharp it is. but the clip is not as tough as the knife and soon broke.

4 great knife survival/camper - FEB 4, 2013

I will agree saying this is a great knife. But the first one i bought did not come with a serrated edge which i thought was strange so i took it back and now have a new one. People really seem to get bad luck with this knife when buying it but i love my auto gets what i want done when i want it done.

3 Updated Review Ron B - FEB 4, 2013

I wrote a really bad review on this knife a couple of weeks ago because of poor one handed opening action. I am happy to report that cutomer serevice was helpful and I had a new knife in my hand quickly. New knifes action is great. Knife is everything it is supposed to be. G-10 handle is secure in hand, knife is heavy enough to feel comfortable to tackle anything a knife needs to do and light enough to be a fantastic EDC. Gave a 3 star ranking instead of 5 because I hope Gerber really listens to reviews and adopts better quality control and builds this and all thier knives in the good old USA.

5 My everyday and everything David B. - JAN 29, 2013

This has been my every day and everything knife over the past month. Not only is it one tough knife, it's very comfortable & lightweight to carry all the time. The Gerber Instant will do it all. A real gem in the Gerber line.

1 One hand action on my knife sticks Ron B - JAN 28, 2013

I have read several reviews and have seen that many people have complained that the action is bad for one handed use.

Mine actually feels like sand is caught in the action until the assist takes over and then knife open easily.

Blade is super sharp, shaved hair out of package. But there really seems to be a lack of quality control with this knife.

Too bad because for weight, and secure feeling in hand I could have really loved this kinife.

Going to contact customer service and see how painful that will be. Maybe I will write an update.

5 Great Knife John y - JAN 26, 2013

I had an issue with my first one but Gerber replaced it with no questions asked and ive been using the second one for a long time now and it stands up to everything. I would definitely purchase another one in a heartbeat! A great knife GERBER - thanks

5 Great Knife Michael - JAN 24, 2013

This knife is part of my EDC. It has never opened in any of my pockets. I generally clip it in my right hand pants pocket. Opens like a switch blade and closes very easily. Still sharp after six months of use.

5 Perfect EDC Knife Tommy S. - JAN 23, 2013

If you're looking for a great EDC knife that won't break the bank then this might be the right knife for you! Quick spring action, grippy handle & a razor sharp blade... I've had it 3 months now and I have yet to have it open in my pocket like others had mentioned.

5 Your Title Bryant Gerber - JAN 23, 2013

Awesome knife! I love the simplicity of the assisted open, much better than previous designs. have had it about a month and just broke the clip, very common for me happens to every knife. Hopefully there will be a better design for that someday

5 Really great knife Corey - JAN 15, 2013

I got this from a friend who knows nothing about knives for my birthday and needless to say I am very satisfied. It has become my new daily carry and the spring action is very nice.

4 Broken Clip Marc M. - JAN 13, 2013

I got this knife for Christmas from my wife and i really love it. It has opened in my pocket once. So i switched to mu left pocket and it cannot open.
I have had the knife less than a month and my clip has already broken. I have reached out to Warranty today, so hopefully it will be a quick response.

3 Like the Knife... but Bill mcGuire - JAN 10, 2013

Overall good knife, love the blade stays sharp. The only gripe it will not stay closed. I have a rubberband to keep it closed.

3 Ditto on the safety issues Allen - JAN 5, 2013

the knife would open inside of my pocket for the first month or two of having the knife but now that i have worn in the mechanisim it is much better. kept an edge well and has worked like i thought it shouold. Overall not a bad knife

5 Your Title duane - JAN 4, 2013

wife got me this for christmas and i love it

5 The best Knive Rodrigo - JAN 4, 2013

I got it and it haven't opened on my pocket as some say. It is really sharp. Love it!

2 No Safety? Ryan - JAN 3, 2013

I've used Gerber's since I was a boy scout, my Gator has been abused for over 15 years and finally won't continue to hold an edge, it has sentimental value to me so i decided to purchase a new knife instead. I purchased the Gerber Instant, and so far the knife is fine, other than the fact that i cant carry it with the clip that is intended to hold it secure... the clip screws need tightened daily but worse yet is I still require my sheath because this knife will open in my pocket unintentionally. thats going to be bad for my thighs or furniture.. This knife needs a safety, I've grown to expect more from Gerber.. definately not this.

5 Outstanding Papa - DEC 31, 2012

This knife was given to me by my son...all I can say is I love this knife...! Thanks son...!!!

2 Quality Control is Lacking Travis - DEC 28, 2012

I've purchased three of these knives, one for myself and two as gifts. Both the knife that I purchased for myself and the knife I purchased for my friend arrived with several stripped torx screws, mine with a broken torx head still stuck in a clip screw. However, both knives function as designed.

I purchased the third for my little brother for Christmas and the knife barely functions. The blade was so poorly machined that the knife cannot be opened with one hand alone.

I have long been a Gerber fan, own several of their knives and tools and have never had a problem with any of my other purchases. But, the fact that I've purchased three of these knives over a three month period and all three made it through quality control with damaged parts is ridiculous. I'll be returning the knife I purchased for my brother while he uses mine in the meantime.

For a knife that Gerber spent so much time and money marketing, I'd expect them to take more care in manufacturing it. I am one very disappointed buyer.

5 Almost perfect Fernando L. - DEC 28, 2012

I purchased this based entirely on the design aspects. Now after owning it for some time the looks are nearly not as important. The spring assist is nice, it does have a little kick back when you open it. Sharpness is amazing no effort in cutting. My only complaint is the blade will open up if you are bending or bump into something. This has only happened 4 times. Besides that its an amazing knife

4 Outdoorsman Jedidiah - DEC 17, 2012

I just got this knife and love it. Really easy to sharpen and holds an edge like nothing else. Shaved some hair off of my leg with it without difficulty. The only reason i gave 4 stars is that I really wish there was a fine edge version. Other than that, I think it's the best knife Gerber has made.

3 Your Title Shawn - DEC 16, 2012

Good knife despite having to return it due to a recall on the locking mechanism. Customer Service was rather slow on the uptake and I only found out about the recall after emailing to tell them it broke after a few uses.

The new lock is a little more ridged, not nearly as smooth on open but it'll do.

I would have given it 5 starts had it not been for the recall and lackluster customer service.

I'd recommend it for a person who isn't super into knives but needs something lightweight.

5 Great knife! Matthew - DEC 14, 2012

Ive had this knife for a few months now and its beast...the only thing is that the pocket clip bent, how can i get that fixed?

5 Your Title Lereine - DEC 11, 2012

AWESOME knife... lightweight and chick-friendly!

5 great job Gerber, but logan - DEC 11, 2012

I watched the reviews for this knife and little by little I fell in love with it, but there is one thing that needs to be changed. That is, ALL GERBER KNIVES NEED TO BE MADE IN THE U.S.A. !!!!!!!!

5 Maintenance Kris - DEC 7, 2012

Bought two of these knives, one for me one for my dad n they r awesome. Sturdy, dependable, and come sharp as hell right outa the box. I carry mine in my pocket, and the knife is a big knife but i like how when u clip it on ur pocket u can barely notice u have a knife on u. Guys did a great job with this one, only thing that could make it better was to see made in usa on it.

5 survival for life greg - DEC 2, 2012

great knife very sharpe holds a good edge light weight, easy open easy close and cant beat the low price for such a great knife!!

5 Your Title Steel - NOV 28, 2012

It is a beast knife

5 good job weenay - NOV 24, 2012

nothing is wrong with it it works perfect and is light ill only buy gerbers for life

5 Great knife! John - NOV 23, 2012

Got this knife three days ago. I've had many pocket clip knives like this, and the Instant is hands down the best one. Best blade, best grip, best feel in the hand. Can't go wrong with this knife.

3 Edge type! Eli - NOV 22, 2012

Needs to be a fine edge version!

5 My Favorite! EJ - NOV 20, 2012

Bought this knife and it hasn't left my side! Had to sharpen it once already but absolutely love it! Light weight, nice design, easy open but only when I want it to.

5 great everyday knife jake - NOV 13, 2012

great everyday knife

4 great knife for those of us out here "doing it" Grant - NOV 10, 2012

..it seems like every time I'm ready for a new knife, I have 2 choices..big as a machete, or "aww, ain't that cute?" Well not any more! This is a good "useable" sized knife..not so big that it'll bug you in a front pocket, not so small you'll lose it. Now, the downside..when it's all the way down on the clip, the thumb button on the blade hangs up on my pocket..it could be my pants, I dunno, maybe they could make left/right handed models, and only have the thumb button on one side (??) Other than that, I can't believe I hesitated on buying this knife...

4 I Like Knives Evan - NOV 1, 2012

I usually don't buy assisted open but I really wanted one. I purchased this knife because it looks cool, has a fair price, and I wanted to try the 2.0 Mechanism.

So, I get my knife in the mail and am really excited to test it out. I unbox the knife and try to open the blade with my thumb. I could not get the blade open with my thumb, I open it using two hands and realize it opens fine. I try to again open with my thumb and try real hard, it opened. This knife is far to difficult to open, the pressure needed from my thumb is ridiculous, both of my thumbs are now bruised (my fault for trying to open again and again). Overall not a huge deal I can still open it with two hands or with my sore thumbs. But when I buy an assisted open i expect it to open properly.

I realize that many of these knives are very easy to open and may open in pockets. My knife is just the opposite. I think Gerber adjusted to the easy opening knives and this was the cause, hopefully they find a middle ground. Another possibility is that i will be able to "wear it in" and make it easier to open.

Beside being difficult to open i am absolutely pleased with the knife. It is very sharp right out of the box and has a great weight.

5 Gerber Lover Charley - OCT 31, 2012

Terrific knife. Very fast opening with little effort, but never opens when I don't want it to.

5 School Safety Officer Jerry - OCT 25, 2012

This knife is awsome. Great feel, great weight, and great features. I use it at work and as my every day carry. I highly recomend it.

5 Need more in stock Justin - OCT 24, 2012

This knife is amazing and need more to buy for family members and friends.

5 Your Title Doug - OCT 23, 2012

This knife rocks ! Had it for around one month now. In my pocket everyday. Never had it open when I didn't want it to. The grip on this knife is excellent. Can't be beat for the price

5 Wow! Brennan - OCT 22, 2012

Cut through a half inch piece of cardboard with literally no effort whatsoever i fricken love this knife

5 Love this Knife! Hector - OCT 19, 2012

Easily in the top 3 of my EDC collection. Bought the Venture because of it, but have to work through a warranty issue. As far as this knife is concerned, I absolutely love it. Great lock-up, solid grip, awesome blade design, and ideal size and weight. A must have!

4 What a blade! They call me Nik - OCT 14, 2012

Really amazing locking mechanism and blade is sharp as can be. Worth every penny. A GOOD INVESTMENT!

5 outdoor enthusiast Eric - OCT 13, 2012

I bought this knife on impulse, and I don't regret it. I've owned the Gerber AR 3.0 straight edge for years, and rationalized buying The Instant because of its serrated edge. The feel and weight is perfect, and I absolutely love the assisted opening device.

4 Great knife, but Isaiah - OCT 12, 2012

This is another great and well made knife by gerber! The blade is sharp and has a very nice curved look to it. The G-10 handle is great and doesnt slip out of your hand. The only the I have wrong with this knife is that there is no way to keep the knife closed once you fold it. The FAST system on this knife is very sensitive and it opens if you drop it, mess with is in your pocket, or hand it to someone else to quickly. All around this is a great knife I just wish that they was a locking system to keep the blade closed. I put a piece of paracord through the lanyard hole at the bottom and loop it over the blade when its in my pocket but even that's not a perfect system.

5 Great knife Matthew Robinson - OCT 12, 2012

For getting my eagle scout rank, i asked my dad to get me a knife. i was looking at the myth which isnt my Favorite knife it needs to be rininforsed with something in the handle. This knife, is amazing! i take it everywhere and use it all the time, its sturdy and very durable! i would recommend this knife to anyone!

3 almost there Paul - OCT 11, 2012

Blade shape looks perfect... you only need three changes: A straight edge version, s30v steel, and get rid of the thumb stud the scratches up your knuckles when you put your hand in your pocket... go with a simple round thumb hole

5 A Real Essential Joe - OCT 1, 2012

Short enough to carry, big enough to impress, the knife has a good and simple design, easily opened and closed with one hand, sharp enough to cut you need to cut, and built to impress. I have never had a problem with the knife opening in my pocket, and the clip is working pretty well for me so far. For fifty bucks, a great buy.

5 Only if they had a fine edge.............. Chcikeneater - OCT 1, 2012

Great knife but I want it as a fine edged knife

4 Spc Mitch Moore - SEP 30, 2012

Outstanding knife, I love it but it opens in my pocket every time. Because of this I usually carry my Paraframe II instead. Definitely worth buying but don't be surprised when you have holes in your pockets.

5 Still going strong Daniel - SEP 28, 2012

I did a review back on AUG 6 and got it on that day.Ever since then it has been IT IS STILL GOING STRONG!!,And the only kinfe i carry around the farm Every Day.SPEND THE 50 BUCKS AND GET THIS KNIFE!!!!!!!!!!

5 Love this knife Mandy - SEP 26, 2012

Love this knife, would and have recommended it to others!

4 wastewater Everett - SEP 26, 2012

I like most everything about knife, but the clip. Took it to work and only used it once and when I came home the clip was still hanging on my pocket and knife had fallen into pocket, but lost the screws to put the clip back on. I am afraid to carry it clipless in my pocket if it decides to open at any point while in my pocket with my luck it would be worst case scenario. I would say poor assembly or fasteners caused this and wonder if its covered by warranty.

4 Very Nice, with a few concerns... Chris in Macon, GA - SEP 26, 2012

This knife is great! Sharp, light, strong, quick... But it has a few short comings.

1. The knife DOES open in your pocket. This may be a concern for some folks, but so far with me it hasn't harmed me when opened in my pocket.

2. The belt clip. The clip got bent when I brushed up agains a wooden rail. I can't seem to bend it back. BUT... it is removable with a T6 star screwdriver. I will email them to see if it can be replaced.

Other than that.. GREAT KNIFE!

5 Excelent!!! Cowbow - SEP 25, 2012

This is a great knife!!!!! The assisted opening is great and the blade is super sharp. Extremely light weight but no to much so it still feels solid. Only complaint is it was a bit hard to open easily with one hand at first but not i have loosened it up a bit from use and it is working like a dream! A great investment!!!!

4 Retired vet representative Gary - SEP 25, 2012

A good knife. Very fast opening. Found out that if you push the stud towards the front of the knife instead of 90 degrees to the blade, it opens much easier. Please make the blade in a better grade grade steel and a razor edge. It would be worth paying more for. No problem with clip...so far.

5 knife hound homer - SEP 23, 2012

just got this and so far so good love the way it fits in hand and opens and close great this is a great edc

5 awsome masondixonprepper - SEP 17, 2012

good edge retention, fast deployment and sturdy lockup is making me fall in love with gerber again

4 Your Title rob - SEP 16, 2012

great knife, horrible clip

4 Gerber instant Jim Smith - SEP 15, 2012

Amazing knife sharp, great handle great job Gerber.

2 bad design Gage - SEP 14, 2012

this knife always opens in my pocket which then makes it even more difficult to remove from my pocket and within the first week of use the locking mechanism broke keeping the knife from staying open i am not impressed with this knife at all

3 needs improved before i buy greg - SEP 12, 2012

i like the blade and knife shape but it needs tip up right side pocket clip and
needs a plain edge that is easier to sharpen
looks like i will stick to SOG
the pocket clip alone keeps me from buying several Gerber knives

4 improvements box cutter - SEP 12, 2012

The knife needs tip up right side pocket clip. The deep carry clip that it has bends 180 degrees from the mount creating a poor spring and a weak clip. The knife should also be made in america, out of 154CM, and be offered in a plain edge that is easier to sharpen.

2 Unfinished Chaz - SEP 8, 2012

I really want to buy this knife for multiple reasons like: the assisted open, the blade shape and design, and durable G-10 handle... But with the knife simply having no lock to prevent it from opening in my pocket, I cannot bring myself to buy this product. Fix that and you got yourself another sale!

5 i cant wait!! Josh isaia - SEP 3, 2012

I just ordered this knife and i cant wait for it to come in the mail.. the reviews seem all so good so i cant hardly wait.

4 The Osborne Tactical - AUG 30, 2012

Good EDC knife, needs to have better steel. Changing the pocket clip so that it can be drawn and opened without changing the hand placement is a must! Hope to see these changes to this design!

5 GREAT KNIFE Agent - AUG 30, 2012

i got this knife and love it. great compact size, assisted opening is great. light but strong. the only down side is I have already broke the clip off, just sitting down. I snapped getting caught in the chair.

4 Outdoors guy Topher - AUG 27, 2012

Almost perfect!
Day one i had the knife and it felt and worked great until I decided to sit down. The new clip seems to catch on more things than previous clips. I sat into and office chair and the pocket clip broke right off.
Not the best quality pocket Clip, everything else about this knife does ROCK!

5 SGT Benjamin Leisure - AUG 26, 2012

Just got this knife downrange Afghanistan. Definitely love this thing, it's by far my favorite flip-knife, so easy to open with one hand, the shape of the knife is great, and the handle is nice and sturdy.
Bought my wife one as well, she loves hers just as much as I love mine.
Thanks, Gerber :)

5 amazing wilson - AUG 25, 2012

this is an amazing knife i have bin using it for a while know and have had no problems perfect for ant job u need it for

5 Best knife i've ever owned. Dan - AUG 24, 2012

This knife was very sharp out of the box but I sharpened it a little with my owner sharpener just to make sure that I was getting everything out of it. The only issue i've had with it in the past 6 days of ownership is that it swings extremely fast and if you don't use the thumb peg to open it (you use your hand trying to unfold it) I sliced my thumb pretty badly, so yeah word to the wise just make sure you use the thumb pegs, they are there for a reason.

5 GREAT KNIFE Slyfox1973 - AUG 24, 2012

GREAT KNIFE COMPANY. THE GARBER BRAND WILL ALWAYS BE A GREAT COMPANY. THERE KNIVES ARE MADE VERY WELL AND THEY HOLD UP TO THERE STANDARDS. I WILL GET OTHER GARBER PRODUCTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. TO GARBER WAY TO GO KEEP UP THE GROOD WORK.

5 Slyfox Josh Halsell - AUG 24, 2012

Very Great knife to own. I have the Garber bear and it is a great knife as well. I would love to own this knife as well because it is light and would be easter to carry on hiking, fishing and camping trips. So, to Garber and there great knive. Keep up the great work on a very great product.

5 best so far mike - AUG 24, 2012

for the money this knife is well worth it its strong light and not to big or to small i used to carry a para frame but this knife is far superior i can't even tell its in my pocket and it fits my hand well very controllable handle all it has to do is last and it will be the best pocket knife yet

5 Iron2Iron Austin Fingerle - AUG 24, 2012

Most my friends own st least one of these knives and they say they live up to the Heep.. I've seen them go through lots and they realy are awesome...and I wont one.

5 Flicked! Dave - AUG 24, 2012

This knife is so useful, it can kill your boredom by simply flicking it only.

4 tradesman brent - AUG 23, 2012

this knife looks awesome but could you offer a straight edge version?

4 Hard to open BangHard - AUG 20, 2012

It's an excellent knife but the thumb studs are hard to get into

5 bazinga anto - AUG 18, 2012

this looks awesome need to have it i live in northern ireland and im a cadet need it!!!!!

5 Mr Matt - AUG 17, 2012

would love this knife if it had s30v steel and tip up right hand carry clip

5 Awesome Victor - AUG 14, 2012

this is a great knife. too bad i wont be able to take it to basic training but it will be waiting for me after two months and it is a must have. i also have taken it hiking and hunting. fast access sharp as hell, even my wife loved it she got herself one. keep it up Gerber

5 best knife wild man - AUG 14, 2012

this is an amazing knife fits the hand perfectly and is more than what it is sold for. Amazing job Gerber

5 Powerful David - AUG 13, 2012

Its really a powerful knife. So compact yet so powerful. One hand is all I need. Sharpness stays.

5 Go getter Devon - AUG 12, 2012

I just purchased this knife 8 hours ago and i can't put it down. The style and performance has just blown me away.

5 MUST HAVE KNIFE! ADAM - AUG 12, 2012

THIS IS A MUST HAVE KNIFE IF YOUR WORK REQUIRES BOTH HANDS FULL OR IF YOU JUST WANT TO HAVE A GOOD EDC KNIFE!

GET IT NOW!!!= )

5 excellent cut g man - AUG 9, 2012

this knife cuts smoothly and precisely.

5 cool knife cool mom - AUG 8, 2012

im getting this knife for my son friday

4 Great Knife Eagle Scout/World Traveler - AUG 8, 2012

My only wish is that they would either have the button on both sides, or make a left handed version of the knife, as I am left handed.

5 dad Michael T McDaniels - AUG 7, 2012

Just purchased this knife and it is well made, tight and sharp. I would give it 4 1/2 stars only for the reason that the thumb stud catches on the lip of my jeans pocket when drawing it. If it

5 IM getting it soon daniel - AUG 6, 2012

i am going to get this knife soon and so why i picked it is because it is a gerber assisted opening pocket knife,its just want i need for around the farm

5 Instant Zach - AUG 4, 2012

Its a great knife, the only thing i dont like about it is that the spring is a little tight out of the box. I recommend putting a little oit in the mechanism so it makes it easier to open. Otherwise its light, its dependable, and i would carry this everyday.

3 Your Title John - AUG 1, 2012

Great EDC for the money. Blade could have been made from a stronger material. but over all a great knife!

5 ForeignAffairs Shaela - JUL 30, 2012

This knife is aweosme. I look the sleek design and its sharpness.

5 survivalist J - JUL 25, 2012

very sexy and works great

5 Everyday user Jason - JUL 19, 2012

I'm not normally a sucker for adveritising but the Instants "Trouble" video peaked my interest. I saw it this morning and bought the knife this evening. What a well thought out design! The handle fits the hand perfectly, the release mechanism is perfect for a shotgunner like me (it functions the same as a cross block trigger safety) and the opening mechanism is out of this world! I'm talking fast!!! Jesse thought the dual thumbstuds is a problem, but the thumbstuds actually lock into the frame when open, preventing the blade from over extending. For design alone, I'm giving this 5 stars, but we'll see how she holds up.

5 Scout J MAN - JUL 13, 2012

Great all around knife for the cost and it is extremely light. Good job Gerber

4 wildman wild guy - JUN 13, 2012

amazing knife one thing isthere is no lock iwear my daily on my belt but with this i have had to start wearing in my pocket other than that its awsome super sharp and super quick when deploying

5 Your Title mac - APR 13, 2012

Great knife its the perfect size for every day carry its lighter than other knives i have had the assisted opening is great and it may seem small but the pocket clip is the best i have ever had usually they are too tight and impossible to just slip on and off but in short its a great knife expecially if your cheap like me and want a good knife without paying too much

4 Your Title Jesse - APR 11, 2012

Just purchased this knife and it is well made, tight and sharp. I would give it 4 1/2 stars only for the reason that the thumb stud catches on the lip of my jeans pocket when drawing it. If it had a single stud that was reversible for left or right handed users instead of a stud on both sides it would be easier to draw.

5 So far so good JON - MAR 27, 2012

Haven't even owned it 24 hours, but I've been familiarizing myself with it and I quite enjoy the snappy opening of the blade and the sharpness of it. It seems like good quality craftsmanship, time will tell. The price seems right, I went to Dick's in Plainfield IN to purchase a SOG Trident but wound up getting this instead. The blade is nice and TIGHT, by the way and not loose as seen on some other pricey knives.

5 G-10 Richard - MAR 10, 2012

fast sharp and looks great i love this knife. Great price

5 Sharp Jeremy - FEB 13, 2012

It looks sharp!

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