This pocket knife is built for utility with a cleaver blade in a folding application. The FlatIron pocket folder features a robust 3.6 inch blade, a textured aluminum handle, and a sturdy frame lock design. The reverse curvature of the knife's spine keeps knuckles away from the cutting surface, allowing the use to cut and chop with precision.
As an everyday carry knife, the FlatIron meets the demands of the day and looks sharp doing it. The dependable blade shape is easy to operate with one hand and simple to stow when not in use.
Just recieved my Gerber Flatiron after anxiously awaiting it's arrival!
Let me start by saying that I love the style and profile of the blade. The edge has nice thin geometry near the edge, but a big fat meaty spine. Love that. I already love clevers being a chef, and stylistically this thing delivers.
The handle with G-10 feels like a nicer knife, and contruction/fit and finish overall are great. Has all the hallmarks of the very popular framelock folders with the hinderer-esque overtravel stop on the lock. As far as the pivot goes, it's super tight out of the box, but a quick squirt of CLP and it's free swinging and smooth.
As far as the blade steel, the 7CrMoV is kind of a nightmare, being similar to the low-end 440a, but I knew that's what I was getting. After all, I have had some ok experiences with these Chinese designer stainless blends. When done right, the CrMoV steel's can be downright adequate. This is not one of those cases.
Now to the bad. The grind is a dumpster fire. Uneven, skewed to one side, and slightly over-ground near the tip leaving an awkward ramp-like final 1/4". It's not sharp, not even a little. Won't even break skin on a tomato, let alone push cut paper, as it was more of a rip-and-crinkle. Steel feels a bit soft, and won't take a good edge despite my best efforts.
Secondly, the thumb hole. Wow. This is not ergonomic by any definition. The hole is too small, and nearly impossible to open with just your thumb. I have been opening it by reaching around and opening it with two fingers, but have now put a zip-tie in the hole (spyderco style), and that seems to work. Pretty rediculous that you can't use it as intended out of the box.
To me, this is a great concept gone wrong. I will likely carry this sometimes but it's just such a shame. If this allowed for the clip to be moved to tip-down position, the action worked well (or had a flipper), and had decent knife steel (I'm not asking for elmax but something respectable), I would happilly pay over $100.
Swing and a miss by Gerber