06 Auto - Drop Point, Serrated
The S30V steel blade offers superior edge retention and corrosion resistance. This fully automatic knife is easy to grip and has a pommel designed as a strike point for emergency egress. The large lanyard hole allows for 550 cord or webbing. Proudly made in U.S.A.
- Overall Length: 8.5"
- Blade Length: 3.80"
- Closed Length: 4.80"
- Weight: 6.30 oz
I bought this knife about a year ago and have carried it with me since. I'm an EMT and avid outdoorsman and---to date--I've never found a better knife than the 06 Auto. The deployment mechanism is wonderfully tactile, and the blade snaps open with a dull, but sharp thud. The button that deploys the blade is smooth and consistent and the locking mechanism is easy to operate with one hand through even the thickest of gloves (I can operate both mechanisms easily through even the most ungainly and thick leather structure fire gloves.). The S30V blade was genuinely sharp enough to shave out of the box, and has retained its edge better than any of the many knives I've ever owned or used. The serrated portion of the blade is fantastic for cutting rope and webbing and none of the little points have chipped or excessively worn. The pommel is very effective at breaking auto glass and providing a great way to produce blunt force when no striking tools are available. The handle is perfectly shaped to fit my XL-sized hands, and fits so well that it provides a nonslip-grip even when wet. After consistently heavy use in austere conditions, I've found no oxidation and the the only visible wear is on the pocket clip's finish [I imagine from sitting on the knife in metal chairs] and a few hardly noticeable dents on the aluminum handle. Initially I was concerned that sand might jam the mechanism, but having accidentally dropped the knife in sand many times and never experienced a jam, I'm sure that this knife will never fail me.
In California, there are many auto-specific restrictions on knife carry, but I can't justify buying a large folding knife other than the 06 ever again, so I plan to buy one of the manual folding versions of it. I've had a variety of knives of varying quality from other big-name companies, and I won't spend my money on anything other than a Gerber every again. The concept of a lifetime warranty is fantastic, but I imagine it was probably a safe bet for them, because this thing is tough as hell.
Badass knife. Thats all there is to it. Gotten me out of several jams. Never fails. Took forever to get even the least bit dull. The opening mechanism never slowed down. It has become a part of me. Feel naked without it. I carry it even when im wearing basketball shorts. Highly recommended for for any use. Military or civilian.
Best knife i ever owned. Was issued while in the infantry this knife holds up to any abuse thrown it's way. As long as you don't lose it you'll have it forever. If i were to buy a new knife this would be the one. I never leave home with out it.
Love this knife was handed it in Iraq by a unit I had been helping out in 2008, rugged and will cut about anything that can be cut. Will be fully retiring in 2 years and expect this to be on my side for all deer and hog hunting forays. The one handing opening is really appreciated as sometimes only only have one hand free.
A friend gave me his military issued S30V when he arrived home from Iraq. I carried that knife every day for 5 years. Best knife I've ever owned. It even looked new after 5 years, except for some wear on the pocket clip. Held an edge better than my previous Spyderco. Then it was stolen from me when I left it at my desk. I missed that knife so badly that I just purchased a brand new one. I will never lose sight of this one. Best knife ever!
A buddy sent me one of these while I was in Afghanistan in 2008 because I lost my knife in an IED explosion. I carried it everyday during the rest of that deployment and have used it all over south and central America as all over the U.S. after getting out of the active Army. It is an outstanding knife that sharpens up great! Take care of it and it will take care of you!
Excellent Knife, good size, sturdy feel and durable. Easy to clean and lubricate.
I received this knife while i was in Iraq in 2008. it was very useful while i was there. I then took it to Afghanistan with me in 2009-2010. it seen a lot of MRE's and other things. Back in the States its has been in my pocket everywhere i go. I use it for almost anything. I ended up dropping it one day while at work and the internal components started to fall out. Other than that happening I have no complaints about this knife.
Received as a departing gift, Loved it, reliable, dependable...very useful...unfortunately lost it while in AFG..lost without it.
I deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. A friend gave me this exact same knife. I used it for 15 months to open MRE’s, cut rope and even used it as a can opener a few times while out on patrols in the middle of Taliban country. It served me very well. During a 2010-2011 deployment to Iraq, as a company commander, I was in and out of helicopters weekly. On one trip I lost the S30V. Three weeks later, on another trip the crew chief taped me on the shoulder and handed me the knife back. I was amazed that he remembered me, and even more amazed that he had my knife. I have kept it in my right pocket every day since. Recently, the locking lever fell off. Looks like the threads stripped out. But, it still functions as it always has, I just can’t lock it anymore. Love to get it fixed some day, and maybe professionally sharpened. Best knife I’ve ever owned.
I got this knife almost 3 years ago. It has held up great. I carry it everyday on duty. Highly recommended!
This knife is by far the best knife I have ever used! The handle id rugged, Lock is incredibly strong, and the blade, tough as nails. I have not found a single thing it won't cut through.
Great Knife! Durable and dependable, wouldn't leave home without it.
Love this knife use it everyday. Hold up to everything I've had it for a a couple years now and no issues at all. Mud, sand, water nothing messes this knife up.
bullet proof and reliable..love this knife has stood up to two plus years of abuse daily...keep up the good work Gerber.
I've used one of these extensively over the last few years, it came back from Afghanistan and it has never left my side. This knife has been great at everything from opening packaging, cutting rope or cord, scraping paint or whatever else from a surface, and camping preparation. I've used the strike point on a few occasions, most recently to break open a gift that a friend had encased in concrete. Everything on this functions well and is quite reliable with a good grip. Easy to use with gloves as well.
This knife has also become somewhat iconic, I've had people I've never met approach me and share stories after noticing it.
A friend of mine was in the marine corp and carried this all through Afghanistan and he is moving and he gave it to me to remember him. I have used it a lot and it is by far the best tactical knife i own. That's out of like 30 so that's saying something.
This is by far the best knife I have ever owned. Blade was sharp right out of the box. Very solid feel, opening is very snappy. I couldn't be more pleased with this product. Way to go Gerber!
Well constructed, reliable and safe, had mine on me every day in Afghanistan, and still carry one on the job today.
This is a fantastic knife. Great solid construction. However, disassembly/reassembly is a pain. It would be nice if you folks at gerber would make some detailed step-by-step instructions available instead of offering a ridiculous mail order service. Support your products with detailed instrux and you'll have much happier customers.
Very reliable and helpful to me in Afghanistan. I stiil carry it everyday.
My husband used to have this knife when he was active duty. Could anybody give me a price range? Please and thank you!
this knife is perfect, I really recommend to anyone who likes knives, the quality meets every single part of this knife.
Great knife for my A-Land tour; always with me and super reliable.
Ths knife is always with me, either in my bunker gear for fire and emergency medical or in my pocket when off duty. Tough, takes abuse, but good for precision for cutting seat belts, cutting off clothes, slashing through metal and plastic. Stays super sharp and dependable.
Great knife. Got it in Afghanistan and did have to have a customs memo to bring it back in March, but if I remember correctly I threw it in my check bag on a flight out to Virginia for a school and it made it, it might just be on international flights, check with the TSA before traveling though, things change day to day. I haven't sharpened it since I've got it and it still has a pretty decent edge, although it does need sharpened now. It was super great on 550 cord out of the package, now it takes a bit of effort, but nothing having to saw with my old pocket knife. I love all the new Gerber knives we have been getting. We just updated our Aviation Survival and Escape Knife to the LMF II ASEK.
this is a very good knife and stay sharp for a long time very handy easy to use and would recommend it to any one
I was issued this knife and it is extremely durable, BLADE WISE, but after having used it (very hard) for two years the three tiny rear set screws began to loosen and I lost one of them before I realized it. The auto open spring was never really a good solid opener, but since it was issued I used it until the screws fell out. Probably could have gotten waranty work done on it, but not in Afghanistan. I would definitely buy it again.
Love this knife, have a tanto as well. I'd be lost without them. Like to see a smaller "pocket" version of these knives.
Great utility knife, though it is starting to get a bit dull from 4 years of hard use.
Ordered this knife and it came today. Superb knife. I will treasure it for a lifetime. Recommend this knife to anyone. Works flawlessly. Thanks Gerber!!!
great knife and is extremely durable i would for sure recommend this knife to anyone
I got this knife a little wile back and really liked it, but after a wile the lock broke on it.
you only need a letter if you plan to carry it with you or in your bags that you take with you
i was given this knife about 1 1/2 years ago and i loved everything about it, but as luck might have it i have been out of the navy for a few months and it was stolen from me one day and i was just wondering if there was anyway of getting another
You should not need a letter to get the knofe back through customs. I got mine from the Marines in Iraq and i did not need a letter to bing it back. But things do change. I love the knife it has been years since i have got it and it still is sharp. I use it for everything and no matter what i use it for it stays in great shape and really sharp. I am looking at getting another one.
This think should be called a Timex, because no matter what abuse and improper use I throw at it, it never fails to deliver...It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
I was issued the serrated tanto blade several years ago and love it. I have several other auto's from the BMade company and I love those as well, however the Gerber is my go to blade. I love the heft of the knife as well as the great balance of it. Until just recently it was my daily carry. My own actions caused it to need a repair by Gerber. I mailed it off with a description of what was done to render it to need repair, and my contact information so we could work out the payment details once they evaluate the knife. Less than one week later the knife was returned fixed and under warranty.
AWESOME costumer service!!! Gerber will continue to be my 1st choice "go to blade" forever.
This knife is great! I lost my other name brand auto knife and replaced it with this one. This is hands down better to the other manufacturer that is also located in Oregon. Great product!!
This knife is great for EVERYTHING. You can tell by just holding it that it has been built with quality materials. It is tough and great for any soldier that needs a nice knife in the field. I use this knife in everything in the army whether that is for Demo Qual or day to day tasks when not on duty. I would highly suggest to any soldier to carry this both with there uniform and civilian clothing. It goes with me everywhere.
Not only is this my favorite knife I've ever owned, this might be my favorite possession, period! I want to be buried with this awesome knife. Feels absolutely AWESOME in your hand, the handle is perfect. Perfect balance. Excellent heft. Awesome opening system. And when the opening mechanism broke, I mailed it back to Gerber, and it was fixed for free and returned to me about a week later. Unbelievable. NO complaints about this awesome knife. 6 or 7 stars, fu*k 5!!
This knife was given to me by my son in the U.S.ARMY.Best knife evre.Always onmy hip.THANK SON
An Army First Sergant gave me mine in Afghanistan two years ago and it has replaced me Covert Folder I carried for years. I love this knife. I use it for everything from a pry bar to a hammer.
I was given one of these knives about 3 years ago and have used it quite a bit since then. It has held it's edge well and the opening/locking mechanism is almost as solid as it was out of the box. I trust this knife as much as I trust much more expensive brands, and I know from experience Gerber will stand behind it IF it ever fails.
Most useful knife I've been given. Comparable with the use of the SOG standard issue.
i am in the military and got this knife just recently while in afghanistan...i love it, perfect knife to carry around..just have to make a letter to make it back through customs, but i definitely recommend this knife!
could not be happier the construction is flawless,love it and carry it everyday!
I have tried my best to wreck this knife. Not intentionally of course but when I look at what I have done with this knife, I am almost ashamed. I have opened boxes, cut cardboard, shaved a little wood off of a project or two, pried staples, pried bent nails so I could pull them with a hammer, and even used the end as a tack hammer. Never fails, always carry it.
nicest knife i have ever owned
I was issued this knife yrs ago I was wondering how could I get a new non-serrated straight blade. Or to get the one I have sharpened.
my question is when i was in Fallujah with the maries they issued me a tan s3ov great knife!! unfortunately i was traveling through kbr and their bullshit security took my knife from me or i could not fly ! does anyone know where i can get that knife?
I was issued this knife. I have used it to pry, cut cordage, cloth, sandbags, paper, heavy cardboard, etc. It has been dropped in dirt, sand, and has been bloodied (cutting uniforms off the injured). I used WD40 and a can of compressed air to clean it. Used military CLP to oil it. Knife worked well, kept it's edge. Opens slow/stealthily. Easily opened with gloves on. Good sturdy pocket clip. The strike point works well. Good lanyard hole for 550 parachute cord. I wore mine right on my body armor clipped to a mini-carabiner. I recommend it to any and all military and LE/public safety person. In civvies, I would recommend carrying it in a sheath. I now own 4 of these knives. I keep a backup in my vehicle. I have no idea where this knife is made, but I encourage Gerber to keep this quality of product in mind in all future offerings.
I got this knife a few years back as a secondary egress knife. I use it for everything it wasn't meant to do. As a carpentry hobbyist, I use it in place of a chisel for light work, even striking the blade with a small hammer from time to time. It has held up to many years of abuse. I would probably plunge into a state of depression if I lost this go-to, heavy duty auto folding knife.
I got mine when I was in the Marines, this knife has been through its paces and so far after about three years its held up well.The only problem I have had is the tip of the blade has some chips from hard usage, though it really isn't a problem because the blade takes an edge so well.
Freakin Hardcore! This is one heavy duty SOB that's not for Pansies. The blade is razor sharp and with the press of a button it will get you out of any trouble you may find yourself in. Hell it could probably even hammer in nails if you had to. AAA+++!!!
By far the Best knife I've ever used.
I used it for practical, tactical and non-ethical work. I used this knife in the mountains to split wood with a rock. I would recommend this knife to any and everyone. Gerber a year back replaced my old knife with a
NICE KNIFE GOT ONE ON DEPLOYMENT GOOD FOR CONCEALMENT SELF DEFENSE OR SOMETHING AVAILIBLE INCASE OF EMERGENCIES OR FOR SURVIVAL ALL AROUND GREAT KNIFE HAVING THE SAFETY ALSO A PLUS IN TRAINING ON WEAPONS SAFETY MUSCLE MEMORY TRAINING AIDES TO INSTILL SAFE
I have hade knives and collect for over thirty years, the quality of this knife is impeccable! would recomend to anyone. This is a knife you can count on when your life deponds on it !!!!!!!
BEst knife i ever had until someone ran off with it at a stupid COP er stopped at overnight. Wish i had another.