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Gerber Paraframe Mini - Folding - Fine Edge Knife
Gerber Paraframe Mini - Folding - Fine Edge Knife

Paraframe Mini - Stainless, Fine Edge

Folding Knife

Item: # 22-48485

This lightweight everyday carry knife has an open frame that is the ultimate in minimalist design. Easy to clean, carry, and open, the Paraframe is an effortless addition to your pocket or belt clip. Available in multiple blade variations, this knife handles it all.


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    • Overall Length: 5.25"
    • Blade Length: 2.22"
    • Closed Length: 3.07"
    • Weight: 1.4 oz.
    • Lock Mechanism: Frame-lock
    • Blade Style: Clip Point
    • Blade Material: High Carbon Stainless
    • Blade Type: Fine
    • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
    • Opening Style: One-handed opening
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The smallest of the eight knives in the Paraframe series, the Mini is based on the same frame-lock design. It’s a beautifully simple open frame knife with a fine-edge blade that is lightweight, easy to clean and opens effortlessly. Built with a smooth stainless steel handle and a clip for secure travel, the Paraframe Mini is what a small everyday carry folder should be.

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  • 5 5
  • |JAN 28, 2019
  • |BY: , excellent

purchased while on a clearance isle at Target always have been a fan of Gerber and this knife stands where the name Gerber has always been... at the top!

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 2, 2019
  • |BY: , Your Title

I have one purchased as Home Depot as part of a set (with the Gator Machete). In order to close it, I have to use a second knife to wedge open the frame to allow the blade to go down. Am I missing something?

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 6, 2018
  • |BY: , Beast knife

Good little knife, but I wish that GERBER would put a
camouflage wrap on it.

  • 2 5
  • |DEC 14, 2016
  • |BY: , Deputy Sheriff

Overall good knife but the lock broke 2 weeks after carrying it. I guess they are cheap enough so that you that you can just buy another one when they break.

  • 4 5
  • |DEC 6, 2016
  • |BY: , Little guy bests his big brothers. . .

I have never been a fan of the Paraframe-series design from Gerber. But this little guy is an exception. Compared with similarly sized and purposed blades, the mini-Para is a standout! Though a "nail-nick" opener, this guy can be readily opened single-handed after practice and a break-in period to loosen the pivot. It's 2+" blade was quite dull when I bought it from a major "non-profit" retailer in Seattle. But after just a few strokes through a basic pull-through sharpener revealed the edge to be adequate to most EDC/daily tasks. You won't shave your 3-day beard with the mini-P, but other tasks will come off fine. Much better construction than the 'STL' series, which I also have, and I think also better blade, both in material and grind. Can't beat the price, at $13/street. Recommended

  • 2 5
  • |JUN 21, 2016
  • |BY: , Meh

Bought this knife befor going to Thailand so I would have a good knife. It is sharp and very easy to use but. The thing decided to rust about 4 days in to the trip not very impressed that at all

  • 4 5
  • |MAR 4, 2016
  • |BY: , Everyday knife

Needed a new everyday knife that's small. This is a great knife for the price. It's small, compact and a fabulous design. Something for everyone.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 17, 2016

very sharp blade (cut myself as soon as i opened it)!!!!! but overall very very very good knive.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 23, 2015
  • |BY: , Hunter/Kid

Great kinfe .... Very sharp ......No problems.....Love it

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 15, 2015
  • |BY: , Designer

This knife exceeded my expectations! Been carrying it everyday since i bought it.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 20, 2015
  • |BY: , good for the price

love it it says 15 for the msrp but i got it for 8 a walmart

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 14, 2015
  • |BY: , Not bad

It's small, lightweight and easy to sharpen... One hand opening? Maybe if your a magician..

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 6, 2015
  • |BY: , Backpacker

So forgot my knife and didn't realize until I was almost to my destination trailhead.
Stopped at Target real quick to buy a "cheapie"
Saw this & thought "hey this'll work for this trip"
Just needed it for rope cutting & just in case situations while backpacking.

I love it!
It's so small I kept feeling my pocket to make sure it was still there.
It's very sharp.
Works great & will be my new backpacking knife.
Might just be my EDC as well.

  • 4 5
  • |SEP 26, 2015
  • |BY: , Just bought one

Just bought one of these on sale such a great carry knife sharp balanced weighted and sleek looking works as good as it looks I would recommend for the price good little blade for just about anything work wise or In the everyday world thanks Gerber you guys do great

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 24, 2015
  • |BY: , Your Title

The only knife a carry. Needs nothing. Perfectly simple and perfectly sized. I buy a new one every time I lose one. I need to stock up in case they quit making them.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 8, 2015
  • |BY: , Guitar-man

Great little knife, it's definitely not something that I would use as my general purpose knife since it's so small but it's great for when you don't want to bring a big knife into town and scare people. It's a beautiful knife, the rainbow oil stain goes great with the matte black frame, although the matte black paint gets scuffed easily (for those of you who keep your knives in meticulous shape). The blade curve is also practical, with a long straight part that ends in a semi abrupt curve to the point end. It is not spring assisted, but thumb studs are present on both sides of the blade for a quick opening as well as a finger stud on the back. My only complaint is that on of the thumb studs on my model fell off when I lent it to a friend. I'm not sure if this was due to a factory error or if he was just being rough with the knife.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 1, 2015
  • |BY: , awsome

Best everyday carry, utility knife I own. In fact I own 3. Right sized, right shaped, right priced. Stays reasonably sharp giving the use and abuse I put the thing though. And doesn't need a ton of time on the stones or steels to put the edge back on it either. A few passes on a ceramic rod is about all it ever takes for me to restore the edge.

As for some of the complaints I've read, yes a thumb stud would be a great update. And as far as the open frame gathering up your keys and pocket change. Well that's what the clip is for. To keep the knife out of the garbage in the bottom of your pockets. Use it!

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 23, 2015
  • |BY: , Mr smith

  • 4 5
  • |JUN 3, 2015
  • |BY: , Kid

Nice blade. Looks even better in-person. Used it to slice fruit, basic stuff. Only things I didn't like is that it's not one-handed opening and the part where you put your thumb when cutting is uncomfortable if you're cutting something tough like a strap.


  • 5 5
  • |MAY 1, 2015
  • |BY: , Service Tech

Carried This Knife 3 Years With ZERO Issues. Used it Almost Every Day.
To Bad Its Not Warrantied Against Loss
After I Lost It (I Guess Taking My Car Keys Out Of My Pocket) Within A Few Days I Bought A Replacement One. Could Have Bought Any Knife But I Chose This One - Simple, Sturdy Quality And Just Right Size For A Pocket Knife.

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 21, 2015
  • |BY: , great little knife

perfect for edc and hard use.I chopped through a thin(er)log and it still has no blade play.GREAT JOB GERBER!!!

  • 3 5
  • |NOV 11, 2014
  • |BY: , Mini paraframe

Very nice knive for the price but after 4 years of use the bolt that hold the frame to the blade broke . it lasted me 4 years of hard work carrying I practically every day.i was wondering if you could send me a new one if I sent it back

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 27, 2014
  • |BY: , Photographer

Great knife!

I originally bought the full size Paraframe with
the serrated edge, and loved it. After awhile though I did need something a little smaller to carry around on a regular basis.

I was a little worried that the quality would be less than the full size, but it has held up almost better than the full size. Can't go wrong with this blade.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 16, 2014
  • |BY: , very good knife

as a cub scout at the camp trading post there was this knife that i really wanted i come to find out the truck had to bring more they were out of stock every day we tried to get it my pap told me we would get one so i got this with a sharpener very satisfying

  • 3 5
  • |JUL 12, 2014
  • |BY: , huh?

i have a knife like this but a different symbol on the blade, (still says gerber) but its the one with the knife in a mountain, anyone know what this is, either way its a nice knife, hold a pretty good edge

  • 4 5
  • |JUL 4, 2014
  • |BY: , Excellent Small Carry Knife

I've carried this knife every day for close to a year, through ROTC training, college life, and outdoor excursions. It is a bit small, like my STL 2.5, but the frame is a bit beefier than its little brother. I can easily get leverage on the blade to open it, and although it lacks a thumb stud and requires two hands to open, I haven't been in a situation where it hasn't been impractical to do so. The edge was a little hard to keep until I reground it using a Tru-Hone sharpener, but the steel was pretty good. I've used this as a tape cutter, a rope cutter, and a carver and never had any problems with it.
It does, however, get stuff wedged in it from time to time. If you have coins or things in your pocket they can get jammed between the frame and blade or inside the pocket clip, causing some problems. You can't have everything, y'know.

A pretty great knife!

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 3, 2014
  • |BY: , Mgeee

It is...
Never bought a knife since I got this
one. Cuts great

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 30, 2014
  • |BY: , gud

It have been on my belt for a will and I still love it. Great for my part time job in a fast-food restaurant for opening boxes and other package, but it have served me well during my camping trip. The blade is a bit stripped, but I blame myself on that ..... opening a can with it... at least those bean where good :D

  • 5 5
  • |APR 30, 2014
  • |BY: , good


  • 4 5
  • |APR 1, 2014
  • |BY: , great knife

its a very well made knife with a sharp blade. its smaller than i thought i like to call it my pee wee knife. its a little hard to open it might just be cause i'm left handed.
over all i'd give it 4 out of 5 stars

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 31, 2014
  • |BY: , Amazing knife

Great knife, I carry it where ever I go but is does chip easily

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 6, 2014
  • |BY: , Retired US Army Helicopter Pilot

I have had mine for around 10 years and have no complaints with the design, quality, or the sharpness of the blade.
After Christmas 2013 I was burning all of the present wrappings and boxes in my 55 gallon steel burn barrel. The bottom half of the barrel was red hot when I accidently dropped my Gerber into the barrel which stayed red hot for the next 20 minutes. Once the ashes cooled I fished my knife out and to my surprise it was intact and the stainless steel was darker and not so shiny. The blade was just as sharp as always but the two nylon washers had melted. Even the spring blade lock worked great. NO COMPLAINS HERE

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 24, 2014
  • |BY: , Lumberyard laborer

I've had a Gerber knife for fifteen years. Best knives in the world. Easy to sharpen holds edge well. I will never get another brand of knife. I also like they are so small you can't even feel them in your pocket or belt.
I would feel lost without it.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 17, 2014
  • |BY: , Excellent Knife!!!

This is a very good knife for the price. Excellent make and design. Plus you get Lifetime Warranty on it. Great Buy!!!!

  • 4 5
  • |DEC 30, 2013
  • |BY: , knife

I think they did a very good job designing it and it is very handy and is very sharp I like this knife.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 21, 2013
  • |BY: , good

I bought m one today and it is very sharp it cuts paper without riping it

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 22, 2013
  • |BY: , love my mini

Love my mini paraframe...i've had 4 of them over about 10 years because I carry it everywhere and have lost the first 3 to courthouse and airport security in my travels. I would take them back to my truck but usally the hassle of that isn't worth just giving it up and buy a new one. Have bought them in the past and will buy another next time it gets confiscated.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 19, 2013
  • |BY: , Skilled Carpenter

I have had 3 of these over the last 10 years and will never buy anything but for a knife to carry daily. I am a carpenter and use this knife for everything you can imagine. Best knife I have ever owned.

  • 1 5
  • |JUL 7, 2013
  • |BY: , Crappy

It sucks. It doesn't cut very well at all

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 1, 2013
  • |BY: , No hate here

Its been on my belt off and on for years for random uses fishing cardboard who knows what else, still perfectly intact and clean and I think it would still be sharp enough even without the occasional sharpening... its well worth its cost especially when you find it on sale ;) you wont even notice it on your belt

  • 4 5
  • |APR 11, 2013
  • |BY: , good

I do really like this knife.

  • 4 5
  • |APR 6, 2013
  • |BY: , Good

I used it for a couple days and the lock is excellent the blade is pretty sharp too, would be better if the blade had a thumb stud or be bigger

Overall i think this knife is for camping, backpacking and things like whittling.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 22, 2013
  • |BY: , Retired Old Goat

This is a good EDC. Compact.good frame lock-up, Sharp. Wish it had a thumb stud, to match the other two knives that I have in my small collection. Easy to open. Good back- back up to the larger knife.

  • 3 5
  • |FEB 21, 2013
  • |BY: , Horrible

Came out of the package extremely sharp, and held it's edge. However, I find it is useless for cutting anything bigger than string. Plus the screws stripped out in just two months of little use.

  • 4 5
  • |JAN 20, 2013
  • |BY: , 2 is 1, 1 is none

I give this knife a four out of five stars for its lgihtweight, compact, and liner lock design. The only wish i had was a thumb stud.

pros- lightweight, compact, clip, very sharp out of the package, and feels very good in your hand.

cons- pretty hard to open, no thumb stud.

Overall, i would recommend this knife to anyone from weekend camper to survivalist.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 12, 2013
  • |BY: , Soldier

Nice little knife, needed a non serated edc back up and this does the job perfect. I carry minimal items in my pockets and only carry tools such as my multitool, a larger blade, an edc pocket knife and now this smaller back up. Love it so far. Would have liked a thumbstud but this is not meant to be your main knife and made to be affordable. Good deal overall

  • 4 5
  • |JAN 5, 2013
  • |BY: , Like it

I wish the blade locking mechanism was different. It took a little time to figure out. Also wish it had a thumb stud. Love the shape of the blade though. Overall good little knife!

  • 2 5
  • |JAN 3, 2013
  • |BY: , Nice blade, not great for dropping in your pocket

The blade is reasonably nice, but the knife overall is hard to carry in your pocket because several knife features tend to pick up or grab on to keys, coins, or other items in your pocket.

More than once I was annoyed to draw the knife out and to have to spend time removing a coin wedged between the frame and blade or caught behind the belt clip before I could use it.

The blade does seem nice - keeps its sharpness well and has a shape that lends itself to control

  • 4 5
  • |DEC 31, 2012


  • 2 5
  • |DEC 10, 2012
  • |BY: , Disappointed for the Second time

Forgot I actually bought this knife a couple of years ago as an everyday pocket carry knife. I returned it b/c of it's lack of easy of operation. I'll be returning it for the second time.

Positives: size, looks, feel, clip, a little heavy but tolerable.

Negitives: not easily opened. Need two hands and a strong thumb nail. Would be nice to open with two fingers. Blade doesnt alway lock in the open position. Needs an extra push to make sure it's locked. Disengaging the lock is ver y cumbersome. The end of the clip needs to be more rounded and the tops of screws needs to be smooth. Tends to catch on clothing.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 2, 2012
  • |BY: , Pocket Friend

Kept this in my pocket for years. It was my first Gerber. Once I was an adult I got knives with larger blades, but I still keep this friend in my camera bag. Even after years the blade is still great. This is why I'm loyal to Gerber, even the small products are made well.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 4, 2012
  • |BY: , woods badass

i like this little knife because it is lite wait and strong. this knife will last a fairly long

  • 4 5
  • |JUL 3, 2012
  • |BY: , Sooner Fan

Considering the price tag, this knife has performed far beyond my expectations. IF ONLY IT HAD A THUMB STUD!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 25, 2012
  • |BY: , fly fisherman

got this knife for christmas last year and have only used it a few times. i'll be taking it with me to camp. overall a strong blade, just as sharp as the gator

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 24, 2012
  • |BY: , its all KNIVES

Great little knife and 1st one, as soon as i opened it i cut myself.

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 13, 2012
  • |BY: , Great Little Knife

I have had this knife for a long time and even lift it out in the rain for a couple of days. Still works as good as when I got it.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 25, 2012
  • |BY: , Survivalsteel

Hi, Great Stuff But Can Anyone Tell Me where it's selling for cheaper.

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 4, 2012
  • |BY: , IT Pro, Camper

I own two of these knives, and it's a great little blade for the price. It's lightweight and it stays sharp for a long time. I'm very rough of these knives and they hold up well. One of the blades doesn't stay locked all of the time, the clip has slowly ground away from years of use and i have to bend the metal lock sometimes to get it to stay locked. Overall, i'm very happy with these knives.

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 2, 2012
  • |BY: , Not Bad, But...

I've had this knife for about a year and it delivers some solid performance. However, there are some problems with it. The blade does not have a very high level of edge retention, and a couple of months ago the threads in the holes of the knife handle holding in the bolts for the pocket clip stripped, which was very disappointing. Gerber may have fixed that problem since, but still something to be mentioned. There are better knives, but this one is worth its price.

  • 4 5
  • |JAN 17, 2012
  • |BY: , Good Knife

I bought the Mini Paraframe instead of the full-sized version because the larger one is a bit bigger than I wanted. However, I cannot understand why Gerber equipped this knife with fingernail notches rather than the thumb studs like on the original Paraframe.

  • 4 5
  • |DEC 11, 2011
  • |BY: , Basic User

I got this one over a year ago and the things still sharp and only has a few scraches on it. I haven't even needed to sharpen it! I use it about every week to open boxes, and whatever other things I need it for. I am looking on here to get another one!

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 14, 2011
  • |BY: , tff

Fine knife. I think the overall length is only about 5.25" instead of the 6" listed.

  • 3 5
  • |OCT 5, 2011
  • |BY: , Basic User

Purchased this knife as an all around pocket knife for under $10 nearly a year ago.

It is solid and have no worries with it folding in on me. Locking blade is secure.
Was a little stiff at first but keeping it oiled to prevent rusting (yes have had r

  • 4 5
  • |SEP 30, 2011
  • |BY: , Big Cheese

Just received the knife. Seems solid. The blade is sharp and evenly ground. It's a little hard to close.

  • 2 5
  • |SEP 17, 2011
  • |BY: , Your Title

Purchased this knife at Dick's. I had been all over looking to purchase an LST. As the LST no longer has a pocket clip, I chose this as a replacement. I am GREATLY disappointed.

-The blade was not sharp and was ground unevenly.
-There are PLAST