Just as portable as the ever-popular LST, the Commuter offers a slightly heftier design with grippy rubber inserts on the handle and a 420HC steel stone washed blade. The slim design is carried comfortably in pocket, featuring a nail nick opening, finger jimping, and lock back safety mechanism for secure purchase in the open or closed state.
The Commuter is an everyday carry pocket folding knife designed and built in Gerber’s Portland factory. It is just as portable as the ever-popular LST and US1 yet offers a slightly heftier design to fit into a larger hand; it can still be carried comfortably in a pocket, purse or backpack with very little weight added.
I like nearly all of my Gerber knives and I have at least a dozen of them Gerber and at least a dozen more various brands. This one gets the most use and pocket time of the lot. It's lightweight and the texture of the handle permits a good handle in use and gives resistance to it sliding out of your pocket while seated. It came to me razor sharp and maintains an edge fairly well. I touch it up with a strop occasionally and can shave with it. My only complaint is that the grind of the bevel on mine is uneven, still sharp but uneven.
I bought a slightly different version of the Commuter to use as a box cutter at work. I like 420HC and my diamond stone better than a 100-pack of utility knife blades. But what I really, really like is finally having an opportunity to buy something made in the US, without spending twice as much. What is it about Portlandia that is so friendly to manufacturing? Keene makes boots there, you guys make knives...should I move there? Oh, wait, I already work in American manufacturing.