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Hinderer CLS
Hinderer CLS

Hinderer CLS

Folding Knife

Item: # 22-41870

Designed for tactical situations, Gerber adds the CLS model (Combat Life Saver). The blade is made of 440A steel, coated in a stealth non-reflective black finish. The design also features a seat belt cutter, window punch, and oxygen tank wrench.


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    • Overall Length: 8.5"
    • Blade Length: 3.5"
    • Closed Length: 5.0"
    • Lock Mechanism: Liner Lock
    • Blade Material: 440A Stainless Steel
    • Blade Type: Serrated / Fine
    • Opening Style: One-handed opening
    • Handle Material: Glass filled nylon
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On the heels of the successful Hinderer Rescue, we bring you the new CLS (Combat Life Saver) model with non-reflective black finish for tactical applications. The multi-functional, award winning design features a combination 440A stainless steel fine and serrated blade with sharpened tip and built-in seat belt cutter, window punch and oxygen tank wrench.

  1. Drop point 440A stainless steel blade
  2. Large dual thumbstuds
  3. Lock switch
  4. Nylon handle
  5. Strap cutter
  6. Glass breaker
  7. Lanyard hole
  8. Partially serrated blade

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  • 3 5
  • |APR 5, 2019
  • |BY: , Truck Driver

I'm not a rescue worker. I bought it because I spend 8-12 hours a day in a vehicle, sometimes in remote areas where help will take awhile to get there. If you can get a cell signal. So, I like the idea of being able to get myself out if the seat belt and door are jammed. Mostly, it was just a relatively inexpensive EDC knife for work though.

I don't hate it. I still have it. I don't use it for work now though. I had it clipped to the inside rear of a front pants pocket (jeans and cargo pants). I found it was frequently difficult to open with one hand after awhile. I tried carrying it more forward so there wasn't pressure on the blade to push it inward to the handle while closed, but had the same issue. Tried carrying it loose in a cargo pant pocket and still had the same issue.

So it worked fine otherwise. The metal was pretty easy to wear down but never seemed to sharpen quite right like every other knife I've sharpened. Edge would look flawless but just did not cut smooth for me.

If those things don't matter, then this might be a good choice for you. I really liked the size and grip shape. Rescue workers might like that it also has an Oxygen tank wrench in the handle. Many rescue knives (including the MUUUCH more expensive Benchmades) do not have that.

Also, if you're comparing to the Benchmade Triage that now has a drop point blade (not the auto one, don't know about that), the Benchmade handle is entirely smooth. Fine for people like me. Probably not fine if you've got gore, oil, diesel fuel on your hands. The original Triage has a great textured handle, but has a sheeps foot blade. So, for legit rescue workers this may actually be a better choice.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 4, 2018
  • |BY: , Capt.

I bought the first generation of this knife & it has been in my duty pants pocket for about 12 years now. Have used & abused the hell out of it, and except for sharpening of it & occasionally tightening the itty-bitty screws I have had ZERO issues with it. It has saved my kiester a couple of times & several others lives as I have worked on them or around them. My biggest fear is loosing it and not having another to replace it... I better buy another or two

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 4, 2018
  • |BY: , FF

Great knife to carry at all times. I don’t carry it in my turnouts cause it’s more useful out. I use the O2 wrench a lot cause O2 wrenches are always misplaced or in a different location on every ride. Never used window punch. Broke the thumb lock when dropped but Gerber replaced it fast. Feels good in hand and cuts through everything, even though I mainly use it to cut open boxes. I’m shocked that the more expensive FF red knife got horrible reviews.

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 13, 2017
  • |BY: , Cowboy

Really great knife , tough blade , gut and skins elk and open a can of beans. not hard to sharpen , paint wears off the blade looks like grunt, but who cares . the thumb stud fell out rendering the knife useless. But Im sendin it in and Im sure Gerber will fix it . Thats why you buy Gerber knives

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 20, 2017
  • |BY: , Police

All in all. I really like this knife. It's cuts seat belts, among other things, like a champ and is very durable. I gave it three stars because, unlike other reviews, I did not have much success using the window break. Ive attempted to use it on 2 separate occasions and it only cracked the window, leaving it still in tact. Luckily, everything ended up alright but I was very disappointed with the glass breakers performance.

  • 5 5
  • |APR 15, 2016
  • |BY: , Engineer Tech

Best knife always carry and I love Gerber

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 13, 2016
  • |BY: , Everything/Everywhere

Stop looking around! This is the only knife you will ever need, it does everything. I've put this puppy through cutting cement bags, sandbags, cardboard boxes, birthday cakes, skin animals and it's held up, recently lost it's sharp but sharpened it and it's back in action

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 10, 2015
  • |BY: , Medic

I bought this knife while I was in Medic school back in 2011. I've had it ever since. It has always been a great knife and the extras on it have been invaluable. The o2 key is an awesome thing to have! Twice now I inadvertently found out that this knife does not conduct electricity.. I won't go into details, but it was a nice surprise to not get shocked! I sadly lost it this year on a float trip, but I've already got my new one in my pocket. It's irreplaceable for this line of work.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 10, 2015
  • |BY: , Medic

I bought this knife while I was in Medic school back in 2011. I've had it ever since. It has always been a great knife and the extras on it have been invaluable. The o2 key is an awesome thing to have! Twice now I inadvertently found out that this knife does not conduct electricity.. I won't go into details, but it was a nice surprise to not get shocked! I sadly lost it this year on a float trip, but I've already got my new one in my pocket. It's irreplaceable for this line of work.

  • 4 5
  • |JUL 30, 2015
  • |BY: , Electrcian

Had it for 3yrs solid every day use, kept it sharp. Thumb stud finally came loose and went MIA. Hope I can get a replacement part.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 21, 2015
  • |BY: , EMT

I've owned and heavily used this knife for over a year now, and love it. Shatters windows like a champ. Still cuts seatbelts with ease and the knife holds its edge really well. And you can't beat having an O2 wrench on hand when you need it. Having a good knife is essential in the first responder world and this one has it in spades.

  • 4 5
  • |MAR 6, 2015
  • |BY: , Police

I have owned this knife since 2012 and have used this at work and as a daily carry. The black finish wears away so I would buy the similar red model if I had to buy it again. The knife is durable and works perfectly. I would rather rate it 4.5 stars but only because of the finish. However, any knife with any black coat will do this in my experience.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 2, 2014
  • |BY: , owner

the Gerber hinderer CLS is great but the glass punch in the end of the knife fell out . Can a replacement punch be purchased . also , how do I insert a new punch (glass breaker) without it coming out again.

  • 4 5
  • |SEP 3, 2014
  • |BY: , Mr.

I wish all these type of knives would have the pocket clip in the same direction. I've owned a Tanto Serrated for a while. I got used to the direction of the blade and clip, but now I have to train myself again. Don't get me wrong they are all awesome tools.

  • 4 5
  • |JAN 11, 2014
  • |BY: , Police

It's a great knife that I really appreciate. I use it for everything at work. The punch work perfectly

There's only two bad things. The black finish wears off and the stainless steel of the blade is to soft. I always have to sharp it.

  • 4 5
  • |DEC 10, 2013
  • |BY: , Make a left handed model

It is a great knife but you need to make a left handed model of this knife

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 24, 2013
  • |BY: , OIF Combat Medic

Outstanding tool. Solid construction, fits comfortably in hand, reliable and clearly made with quality materials. I would strongly recommend this knife for any first responder.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 21, 2013
  • |BY: , Knife Collector

1) There is no giant GERBER logo on the blade

other that this knife is solid. lockup is super crisp and the blade is razor sharp out of the box. would be nice to have a flipper but the over sized thumb studs allows easy thump flick opening. Love the feel and perfectly balance. my only downside is that the belt clips is very large and kind of juts out.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 7, 2013
  • |BY: , Everyday Chick

I bought this knife a few years ago after being cornered at my apartment front door. I wanted something that was low key that I could carry/use in case of an emergency. After much research I came to this one knife because of all the reviews from Military, Fire, Medics and PD. It has never left my side since and come in more handy than I could ever imagine. I've dropped it, gotten it wet, had it covered in oil, paint, and even apple juice. While I don't use it for some of the more serious uses many others here use it for, I wouldn't have anything else. It's very easy for me to open one handed (and I have very small hands) and I can do it quickly and quietly. I also live by a river and have to drive levee roads so the punch and the cutting tool were definite deciding factors. I also own two Paraframe II and a Paraframe I. but this is the one I carry all the time, everywhere. My family makes fun of me and calls it my "machete", but this is the best thing I've ever purchased. Wouldn't trade it and if it ever got lost I'd buy another immediately. Maybe 2.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 6, 2013
  • |BY: , EMT

Currently a full time EMT upon the County Ambulance Service and a Volunteer with local Rescue, I wanted a knife that can take a beating and keep trucking. This is it.
I've came close to doing it all with this knife. From cutting clothes to seat belts, even using the blade as a means of prying a door open. This is one of Gerber's Angels. I knew it's potential the first time I cut a fender well off of an SUV. Sadly lost, I have it back on my wish list and will accept none other for my pocket.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 4, 2013
  • |BY: , EMT/VFD

Im a emt and a volunteer fire fighter and just recently received this knife for christmas. This is hands down the best knife I have ever owned. Everything about it from the thumb stud to the glass breaker to the seat belt cutter works very well and is very easily accessible with bunker gear on. Best knife to own in the fire or ems industry.

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 23, 2012
  • |BY: , Marine/Corrections officer

I bought this blade while on a military base about 2-3 years ago. It is really tough. The blade holds an edge and the knife construction is tough. I carry it every single day and the only wear and tear is the paint on the clip wore off and some paint on the blade. Clip is very sturdy compared to my kershaw, and this knife just feels very solid. Clearly one of the best in my opinion.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 6, 2012
  • |BY: , Student

When I had to pick one knife to take to a survival school it was this and I wasn't disappointed. I usually carry more than one knife, but this is the one that keeps me alive.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 5, 2012
  • |BY: , FF/EMT

Got this knife about two years ago, carry it daily, finally got to use it in an emergency situation, the glass cutter worked phenomenal, I took out a front windshield of a car within minutes and was able to get to the victim. Quality Knife

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 12, 2012
  • |BY: , guy with a knife

good knife have not gotten to break glass but the blade it great and the strap cutter preforms way better then you would think a good buy

  • 3 5
  • |JUN 11, 2012
  • |BY: , Firefighter/Paramedic

I got the for Christmas, it's a good knife, but after busting out 3 windows the window punch is dull and the point is rounded. Also like those who said before, the black on the blade chips off pretty easily. Overall a decent knife for the money.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 6, 2012
  • |BY: , EMT

Love this knife. Haven't got to break glass with it but the belt cutter works great for cutting webbing for our High Angle Rescue Team.

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 22, 2012
  • |BY: , Praetorian

Incredible knife, versatile and effective tool. I wish they would make this particular knife in an auto without the serrated edge. Over all an incredible knife.

  • 5 5
  • |APR 30, 2012
  • |BY: , EMT/Military

Awesome knife. Have used and abused it for 3+ years and has handled every task I have thrown at it. A little large for off duty carry.

  • 5 5
  • |APR 11, 2012
  • |BY: , Tactical Operations

Fantastic Knife! Couldnt have asked for more. I was on a tour in Afghanistan and an IED blew the vehicle I was in off the road, lucky I had the knife. I could cut myself and the others out of the restraints, and the window smasher works too, was fast enough that we were out laying down covering fire in no time. Although saying that if it were an auto it would help, but that isn't a major improvement.

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 13, 2012
  • |BY: , Military

Very impressed with this knife; durable, thick blade, seat belt cutter, glass breaker, etc. The blade is curved enough to allow good cutting action, seration when needed. One addition I would make, make it an auto action, this would complete the knife.

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 29, 2012
  • |BY: , EMT/Firefighter

Gerber has a great line of products. All my multi-tools, and knives are Gerber. I am sure this will be a great addition to my line of tools, and knives. This knife has all I need when I am on the job. The only issue I have off the bat is the package states this comes with a sheath. This must be a miss print or someone forgot to put mine in because there is no sheath.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 16, 2012
  • |BY: , Emt/Firefighter

I have had this knife for years and I don't think I would buy a different knife. It has taken a lot of abuse over the time and has never let me down. The only reason I have to buy a new one is because of the 3 small screws the hold the clip, ripped out of the threds. Hopefully some one will see this because that's is the only thing I would change.

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 4, 2012
  • |BY: , Paramedic

This is a great knife. I carry it everywhere, on and off duty. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me is because I dropped it once and a chunk out of the handle near the O2 key chipped out. Also, the black finish on the blade wears off easily. However, overall, a great tool.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 26, 2011
  • |BY: , EMT/Firefighter

I love this knife. The oxygen tank key is brilliant. The "seat belt cutter" works for all kinds of things. This is an awesome knife.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 8, 2011
  • |BY: , EMT/Gun Sales

Excellent knife. Durable, Rugged, and useful. Not to mention it looks badass.