With an iconic design, the Gator series has become synonymous with craftsmanship and field-tested durability. A portable folding application partners with the patented Gator Grip handle to offer unsurpassed comfort and ease of use.
Ever notice how alligators are completely indifferent to the weather? Well these prized knives are kinda the same, because they perform to their fullest whether the conditions are wet or dry. If there's a job to be done, our Gator Folders are more than up to it. But that's not just Gerber talking. Heck, when we debuted the Gator Folders back in 1991, the insightful attendees at Blade Show named our reptilian creation as the "Most Innovative Knife of the Year." And our competitors did the voting...
Acclaimed those fourteen years ago and as popular as ever today, the Gator Folder employs advanced thermoplastics with an alligator skin texture to deliver a stunningly reliable, ultimately comfortable grip. Who could have guessed that the feel of reptile scales would be so satisfying?
Anyway, there are seven models to choose from. Each with a lock-back mechanism. And each with a blade made of stainless steel that's as rugged as they come.
I bought this knife in 2012. It has been a good work knife, which means it has been a screw driver, pry bar, and cutting tool. I have several pocket knives over $200 that have higher grade steel. Many are hard to sharpen though. The Gator sharpens easily and maintains a good edge.
The length is about right too. It has a solid lock, which is very important with EDC and as a tool. While I am not crazy about the soft handle material, it has held up well with no chipping. The blade is perfectly centered also, which is not always the case in even much pricier knives. For EDC I prefer assisted opening, yet in some states this would not be allowed.
The price is hard to believe for such an outstanding knife. I highly recommend this knife for an all-round working knife.
Awesome folding knife.
Great grip when wet with whatever you've just skinned or filleted...
Strong locking mechanism on the blade.
Takes a great edge, and then some light stone work to bring it back after using it to gut, cut, hack or hew.
It's inadvertent on my part, but seems like every great knife I have (including this one!) has inflicted some "bloodletting" on one part of my body or another, usually my hand or leg. My carelessness, or maybe it's just the knife's way of becoming your BLOOD BROTHER!
I own just about every Gator version ever released. This one has two unique selling points. First it's a drop point blade and second it's 154cm which holds an edge twice as long as the 420hc used on the original. I have been using mine for utilitarian purposes and it's held up nicely. The Gator's grip is one of the best you'll find on any knife. It's big and beefy but light as a feather. If there is one complaint it's that the steel takes longer to resharpen, but that's understandable considering it is harder on the scale, and yes it does get scary sharp.
Cleaned half a dozen deer with serrated version of this knife. Great and functional tool. I’m glad I have one.
I dressed a deer with it, and knew I stuck it in the snow when moving the deer. Then I couldn't find it. 4 months later...I found it....next to my labs dog house. That sucker took it when I dressed that deer...and chewed the handle pretty good. I sent the knife back to Gerber, and they sent me a new one. Awesome warranty.
This knife is utilitarian. Not fancy, but it will work forever. I have had it for eight years, I have lost it in mud, and found it an Alaskan winter later, while shoveling dirt in the summer. Takes any reasonable abuse you could throw at it.
The price is right for this knife, even for what Gerber's asking here. I would gladly have paid more for this knife. That I don't skin more game with it is my biggest complaint, but that's my own fault. Really a great wood carver, as well. I can pretty much fashion any sized notched stake, snare, or trap without too much work. All around great knife. Only 4 stars because I feel the spine could be a little thicker, then I could baton with it, too.
I bought this exact Gator with the drop point blade and 154CM steel to be my new hunting knife this year. I was able to find it online for half the listed MSRP.
When I first got it, it was pretty sharp. Overall build quality impressed me. Came in a nice pouch that can go on a belt. Very well made and solid. Still, I touched the blade up some with my ceramic files and it was ready to shave in no time.
Actual use? Well, I had it with me through the whole Fall hunting season here in PA this year and it has seen action. Maybe a tad larger than it needs to be, but I was able to dress and skin game from rabbit/pheasant size clear up to a 140# whitetail. May be too large for squirrel, but I don't hunt squirrel.
In total, I dressed 4 pheasants and 1 whitetail with this Gator. The high quality steel blade cut through like butter. The synthetic handle material allows a nice sure grip to be maintained even when soaked in blood. After dressing my deer last Saturday, I cleaned the knife really good and checked it for a retained edge which was still sharp enough to shave arm hair with.
Can't beat this knife for the mid $30 price tag it can be found at. Did I mention this model was made in Oregon, USA? Couple that with the 154CM steel and you have the best inexpensive hunting knife on the market. I am very happy I went with a Gerber and expect it to last many decades.
I bought my first Gator Drop Point in 2005 and became so attached to it that I bought another in 2012. My only complaint is that in attempting on several occasions to reach Gerber so I could return the blade to have the factory edge restored and to buy the optional blades they offered, I never received a reply. Disappointing.
My two Gators are great knives. I don't want anything else. The beauty of these older models is the thumb groove, which makes one-hand opening a breeze. I see the new models no longer have these grooves. That will likely prevent me from buying another, unfortunately.
Overall, the two Gator drop points I own are the best knives I could hope for. Perfect for me.
I own many different knives. Personally I am very keepy with sharpening them.
Bought a gator last year in Canada and used at home in Argentina a couple of times.
Last Saturday I tried to castrate some calves whith this gator and after two cuts trough the hary scrotums the sharpness was totally lost.
My personal experience - based opinion with this is that this knife is a total waste of my money. I havn't trown it away just to keep it as a reminder of never wasting my money in any other product from this company.
Have used this as a primary hunting knife for several years. It has never let me down. Its rubbery handle makes for a good grip, the blade stays sharp, and its compact and has a durable case.
This blade was a favorite for my brothers hide and seek game before he lost his life in the war... He would put it in soil foot or so down and gain pleasure from digging it up later only to see no rust NO RUST! After being. Buried for months... TOO COOL
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Can't believe you can still get a knife made in the USA with 154cm steel at this price. I love mine!
The Gator 154cm has a beautiful lock back system where the knife goes through two clicks before opening and closing. The first click stops the spring from the knife opening or closing down on ones fingers the second click closes/opens the knife into a fixed position. The edge is hair shaving sharp and the textured grip handle stays nicely in the hand. Also, the lightness of the knife is impressive. I would recommend this knife from the serious outdoorsmen to the camper of for an EDC b/c it fits in the back pocket well.
I found an old pocket knife in a scrap car once day. After about a year of using it (it was really worn down but still very useful) I saw that a friend had a similar knife. We compared them, and it was indeed a gerber. I am guessing it was an older style. Suffice to say, I really did miss it when I lost it.
A little warning. If you tweak the blade enough, the joint will loosen up, and only the friction of the blade resting in the handle will keep it from opening. Near the end of its life, it just took a slight flick of the wrist; but that was no problem, since I enjoyed it being so loose.
THIS IS A GREAT KNIFE A little large for me to carry every day but I have three of them. SHOULD I SAY MORE
I bought this knife so many ago that I do not remember how many. I have mainly used it for fishing in a lake but it is a wonderful knife to keep around and even carry in your pocket. I find that it keeps its edge for a very long time and takes and edge easily when needed. Most of all I love the feeling you get when you have it in your hand.
It is handy knife that I carry for basic utility purposes. Cutting rope, opening boxes and or whatever. But what I love about this knife is that there is enough weight to this blade that with a little practice you can figure out the right grip you can get the blade out with a snap of the wrist. It won't work unless you have the snap and grip just right so you don't have to worry about it opening in your pocket. Other than that, don't pay $56 for it, cheaper on amazon. Decent knife.