The right for tool for the job is usually the one you have on you. Which is why you should carry a knife that can perform on command, time after time, until it becomes as familiar as well-worn wallet, and just as comfortable to use. The Gerber Outrigger is that knife.
A reliable daily carry knife needs to do more than cut well. It has to be pickup truck tough without monster truck heavy, open fast and easily, and sit comfortably in your hand. The blade should make quick work of slicing everything from stubborn knots to lunch, but not be so long or short that it’s awkward or out of balance.
IN YOUR HAND
In designing the Outrigger, Gerber blends elements from three of their most popular clip folders over the past 10 years into 4 ounces of a multi-faceted, problem-solving son of a gun. The Assisted Opening 2.0 technology, popularized with the Gerber Instant, uses a ball-bearing pivot for buttery smooth, one-handed opening. For added safety, the thumb Plunge Lock on the handle means easy closing, without putting your fingers in the blade’s path. The open frame design strips weight out, while adding texture to the body for increased hold. Grippy without feeling sticky, the Outrigger is finished with the same molded, rubberized handle coating that debuted on the AR 3.0, keeping the knife right where it’s supposed to be…in your hand.
PART KNIFE, PART SAW
Cut, pry, strip or slice. Whatever your pleasure, the Outrigger’s partially serrated drop point 3.38-inch blade is built for solutions. Making quick work of daily tasks, the fine edge section offers clean, accurate cuts, while the serrated part smoothly dispatches rope, twine and cord, even after hours of use.
OPEN ON DEMAND
The Assisted Opening 2.0 Mechanism opens quickly and easily, with one hand or two, thanks to dual thumb studs atop the blade. When it’s time to close things up, just push the Plunge Lock for a positive release and easy one-handed closure.
- Overall Length: 7.0"
- Blade Length: 3.0"
- Closed Length: 4.0"
- Weight: 1.9 oz.
- Steel Type: 7Cr17
- Handle Material: Aluminum with SoftGrip Overmold
- Partially Serrated Drop Point Blade for easy cutting, as well as sawing of thick rope and cord
- Dual thumb studs for quick, secure left or right-handed opening
- Plunge Lock for solid, positive release and blade closure
- Assisted Opening 2.0 Mechanism opens fast and easily
- Pocket Clip for easy carrying
- Backed by Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty
I'm sure most modern knife users would agree that just looking at this blade causes one to do a double take. I'm glade I asked to try it out. Once I started to flip the blade out and it took over on its own I was hooked. This blade demands respect with its quick flip action.
Very comfortable in the hand. Awesome blade.
I have had a number of Gerber knives over the years, from the Paraframe to the Fast Draw, and have come to expect dependable knives at affordable prices. The Outrigger is no exception, taking some of the things I love about my other blades, and putting them into one package. The first thing you notice is how lightweight the knife is, as it feels almost weightless. The aluminum and rubber handle feels like it weighs even less than the blade. The smaller size of this knife makes it easy to pocket and thin enough not even realize you are carrying a blade. The blade itself is thin, sharp, and narrow, making it a good all-around utility knife, but not for heavy duty use. The assisted opening is quite a bit different than my Fast Draw, using a small spring to push the blade out to a nice and crisp lock. There is no play in the blade or joint, so it is super solid. The button to close it is much better than the usual slider, and overall, this is a pretty “safe” design over some of the more powerful spring assist mechanisms out there. The styling and features make this something of an active gentleman’s or even active ladies’ knife, where it is non-obtrusive, useful, and good looking at the same time.
Wow, was my first impression as I held this knife in my hand. I was amazed at how light it was, but how solid it felt in my hand. It opens quickly and smoothly, and closes with the same precision. It has a rugged look to it, but at the same time, classy. By the looks of it, I think this will be a very good blade, and I will definitely put it to the test in daily carry, camping, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting. I will post a review later on once I get to really test it.