Being small has its advantages. When others look to brawn to solve a problem, the small tend to use their heads. This is where the Gerber Outrigger Mini comes in. Tiny in stature, but big on ability, this little knife has the DNA of its larger siblings, in a package suited to smaller hands or to those who like a tool that’s virtually weightless.
A reliable daily carry knife needs to do more than cut well. It has to be pickup truck tough but not monster truck heavy, open fast and easily, and sit comfortably in your hand. The blade should make quick work of slicing anything from stubborn knots to lunch, but not be so long or so short that it’s awkward or out of balance. Though it may be small, the Outrigger Mini meets all of these qualifications.
MINI BUT MIGHTY
The Outrigger Mini blends elements from three of Gerber’s most popular clip folders from the past 10 years to make 2.9 ounces of multi-faceted, problem-solving design. 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—your hand.
PUNCH ABOVE YOUR WEIGHT
Cut. Strip. Slice. Where others see problems, the Mini sees solutions. Making quick work of daily tasks, the fine edge blade offers clean, accurate cuts, time after time. 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 two-handed closure.
- Overall Length: 5.88"
- Blade Length: 2.5"
- Closed Length: 3.38"
- Weight: 1.3 oz.
- Steel Type: 7Cr17
- Handle Material: Aluminum with SoftGrip Overmold
- Fine Edge Drop Point Blade for smooth, accurate cutting
- Dual thumb studs for quick, secure opening
- Plunge Lock for solid, positive release and blade closure
- Assisted Opening 2.0 Mechanism opens fast and easily
- Pocket Clip for carrying
- Backed by Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty
Same problem as others, it's just to hard to open. Mine was so hard to initiate opening that you have to take a screwdriver with you to pry it open. I finally gave up and pitched it in the trash. Worst Gerber I ever experienced.
I have carried this knife for a few years and have absolutely loved it. It takes and keeps a razor sharp edge when properly maintained which, to me, is the most important feature of a knife. My only complaint is a minor one and was already mentioned. The rubber around the edge does tend to come off but it's never affected the function of the knife. I would imagine some superglue would solve that issue. I'm buying my second one because I dropped the first and didn't realize it. As far as a simple pocket knife goes, this is the best I've ever carried.
Bought this knife 6 days ago. I was very excited as I went to the store to buy it, as I had my eye on it for a couple of weeks. I hadn't bought any knives in a while (I currently own 19 Gerber knives, love the fixed blades by the way).
The knife was a possible 4 or 5 star contender, small, deep carry pocket clip, good in hand, ball bearing pivot, razor sharp fine edge and offered one handed assisted opening (or so I thought).
This knife was nearly impossible to open (had to use two hands). Tried opening and closing for 1 day, then put some light oil to the pivot point and then tried for a couple more days opening and closing. It got a bit better but far from one handed opening. By this time my thumb was sore as hell. Tried loosening pivot screw, no difference. it seems the initial force needed to overcome the torsion bar is just to much for a knife this small (maybe a larger repositioned thumb stud). I have an outrigger and outrigger xl they are also a bit tight but you can get more thumb behind the thumb stud so they are ok.
Went back to the store to exchange it. After trying 5 more mini outriggers in the store with the same problem I decided to go with a different brand even though I preferred the look and feel of the mini outrigger (don't need a knife I have to struggle with to open or possibly cut myself trying to open). Has anyone in quality control tried to operate this knife one handed? I hope someone at Gerber with the power to do something about this problem (which seems to be plaguing many of your folding knives) does so before you loose more business.
I initially liked this knife a lot because it was small. I never go anywhere without a knife, and this one was comfortable and seemed sturdy. A couple months of use revealed that the black rubber/polymer started detaching from the metal, to the point where it would inhibit the blade from opening and closing. I called customer service who offered a replacement of the same knife. I sent it in and received a new on in a timely manner.
Knife 2: within 1 month of daily carrying and use, the entire rubber/polymer on one side started coming off, I removed the whole side of black cover so that it doesn't impinge the blade lock like the first one did.
This knife now sites in my truck console and I carry a different one. I haven't bothered contacting Gerber again because the only option is a replacement of the same model of inadequate knife, not worth my time and shipping when I wish I just bought a different model.
I recommend you get something else if you plan on using this as a daily pocket knife.
Love this its just had to open so 4 stars
Seems like a quality knife, opens very fast. My only complaint is it's very hard to initiate blade deployment.
i have put this knife through my every day life and carry it ever day along with a multi tool. this knife has saved my butt alot in my life just from every day things
Easy to sharpen and is very sharp, but its the hardest thing to open that I've ever owned. I would not recommend this product.
just got it today seems to deliver on all my needs i'm very impressed.