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Gerber Gear Paraframe I Folding Knife
Paraframe I - Stainless, Serrated
Gerber Gear Paraframe I Folding Knife
Paraframe I - Stainless, Serrated

Paraframe I - Stainless, Serrated

Folding Knife

Item: # 22-48443

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: 7.01"
    • Blade Length: 3.01"
    • Closed Length: 4.11"
    • Weight: 2.6 oz.
    • Lock Mechanism: Frame-lock
    • Blade Style: Clip Point
    • Blade Material: High Carbon Stainless
    • Blade Type: Serrated
    • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
    • Opening Style: One-handed opening
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Like all eight knives in the Paraframe series, the Paraframe I is based on the same minimal frame-lock design. It’s a beautifully simple, open frame knife with a serrated locking 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 I is everything that an everyday carry folder should be.

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  • 4 5
  • |APR 1, 2019
  • |BY: , Outdoorsman Supreme

Since half these reviews are from people who found the knife, I thought I'd tip the scales.

I also found mine while hiking in Arkansas. It was stuck right into a tree.

I had an older version that was heavier and perhaps has a sturdier blade, but I like the handle of the new one.

However, with 60% of these reviews coming from people who found these knives, it makes me wonder whether Gerber is going around leaving them places. Something to think about.

  • 4 5
  • |MAR 9, 2019
  • |BY: , Mr.

I found my Paraframe while hiking in the woods along an old path. It was about 75% buried in the dirt. Cleaned up nicely with no rust and only minor discoloration on the blade. Overall, I like this knife. It appears to be the older model.
However, it does have a few things a buyer should consider. First, it truly holds it's edge, but also requires a serious sharpening/honing tool as the blade is very high carbon. Even then, I can get a respectable edge, but never "razor" sharp. Good balance of durability & sharpness for real field use. The point is a little obtuse for me, which makes getting a "needle-prick" point impossible. So, not really a stabbing/piercing tool so much. As others pointed out, the hinge & lock are somewhat stiff but not so much you cannot use them with one hand. A little light oil helps. The only other caution one needs to exercise with this knife is to be careful reaching into a pocket for it. The center cut-out in the handle is large enough for anyone's finger tip to fit through. The folded blade occupies the top half of that space. It is extremely easy to stick a finger tip into that hole and get a nasty slice if not paying attention! So remember to grab around the knife when fishing it of a pocket. I would suggest to Gerber that they consider making a slight modification in the shape of that center hole in future models.
I own quite a few knives of all brands for all types of activities. While I cannot say this is my favorite, I can say it's one of my most used for general purposes because of its durability & long edge retention. Indeed, I keep it on the living room end table and use it daily.

  • 4 5
  • |JUL 15, 2018
  • |BY: , Supervisor

Supposedly, these knives are identical, but they are not. I have two. One is much heavier that the other and less compact and convenient. I hate that one. The other is slim, active, sharp and perfect in most "pocket carry" ways. I would buy more of those. Caution is needed to find which is which.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 15, 2018
  • |BY: , Supervisor

This is my knife. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My knife is my friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My knife, without me, is useless. Without my knife, I am useless. I must use my knife true. I must cut straighter than my others who possess no skill.
My knife and myself know that what we cut. We know that it is how we cut that matters. We will cut...
My knife is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its grip and its blade. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my knife clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My knife and myself are one. . We are the masters of our craft. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until we have no use for each other again!

  • 4 5
  • |JUN 25, 2018
  • |BY: , Found buried in beach, Love it

I was walking down the beach in florida when I found mine buried in the sand. I have absolutely fallen in love with it! Its lightweight, simple, and has an amazing design. I would recommend! After reading Bob Duke's review, I think it is a older model of it, but it is still flawless (other than some rust, but it was in the water for who knows how long)!

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 4, 2018
  • |BY: , Retired

I've had my praraframe for some years now. It's a really fine knife. Mine must be an earlier model because the logo looks like a sword stuck into a stone; King Arthur style. It takes a little getting used to because it is an open frame and is stiff when new. The blade is of an excellent steel and holds an edge. Unobtrusive, I sometimes clip it inside a suit coat.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 27, 2017
  • |BY: , Amazing knife

Fun to mess around with.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 7, 2017
  • |BY: , Your Title

The Gerber Paraframe 1 is a very very nice knife . I am very happy to own one of them . It fits nicely in my front pocket and is easily accessible whenever I need it . I do highly recommend owning this Very fine Gerber knife for an everyday carry . It has a very nice warranty which I am also very happy about.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 11, 2017
  • |BY: , Barnhand

I absolutely love the knife I'm going to buying a third one because I lost the last two so far can't find either one and love the knife do much going to end up buying one more. easy to open stay Sharp for decent amount time and easy to sharpen bring a barnhand sometime you need a good sharp knife you can open with one handand perhaps cut twine or Roper with have use it for woodworking and a few other things and it does the job perfectly

  • 3 5
  • |JUN 18, 2017
  • |BY: , Your Title

Cosmetically nice knife. But I cant get past how stiff it is to open and close. The saftey latch being so small it almost requires 2 hands to close the knife. Edge is pretty good, seems to hold up for a decent amount of time aswell.

  • 4 5
  • |MAY 16, 2017
  • |BY: , camping

Fine knife. No complaints.

  • 3 5
  • |DEC 13, 2015
  • |BY: , A Gear Freak

Great knife over all. Holds a decent edge for a good amount of time and I do have a few complaints there's no opening assist stfu on the back for your finger and out of the box the framelock and the opening are kind of stuff but hey, other than that its worth the 17 dollars I paid for it.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 9, 2015
  • |BY: , Tough, and Backed by Excellent Service

This knife has been my daily driver for maybe 6 or 7 years, and has seen very heavy daily use in an industrial parts shop as well as camping and whatnot. It is indestructible. It feels great in my hand and has the kind of balance and stability I find in my non-folding premium knives. It has been wet for extended periods, hammered, heated, twisted, used to pry, and abused in all kinds of ways--and shows no signs of wear.

I have lost a couple of parts over the years, but in both cases I just dropped an email to customer service and they shipped replacement parts the same day! It holds an edge quite well and does not resist sharpening too much--i'd say it strikes a balance here. This knife has outlasted all other knives I have owned.

As THE WHIZ said in an earlier review, I wish I could give 6 stars.

**I would recommend doping the assembly hardware with thread locker and tweaking the pivot bolt to your preferred hinge stiffness.**

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 13, 2015
  • |BY: , Hobbystore manager

This knife is awesome! Carried with me every day for 2 years. Unfortunately my knife has been stolen and I am going to buy another one. Great knife, great memories.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 15, 2015
  • |BY: , Your Title

I would give this knife a "6" if I could. Have owned it for 3+ years, carry it every day. It is useful for gardening, work, opening boxes, cutting ropes and vines, just about everything. Best pocket knife I have ever owned.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 4, 2015
  • |BY: , Your Title

Had the same one in my pocket for as long as I can remember.

  • 3 5
  • |FEB 24, 2015
  • |BY: , Solid Knife

Overall it's a good knife, holds a decent edge against moderate use. It does have a bit of a bur along the length of the blade though.
My only real complaint is that after a little while it stopped locking, so the blade flops around now. I'm not really sure when this happened, I just noticed it one day,. but it does make the knife a little less useful.

  • 3 5
  • |FEB 24, 2015
  • |BY: , Solid Knife

Overall it's a good knife, holds a decent edge against moderate use. It does have a bit of a bur along the length of the blade though.
My only real complaint is that after a little while it stopped locking, so the blade flops around now. I'm not really sure when this happened, I just noticed it one day,. but it does make the knife a little less useful.

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 21, 2015
  • |BY: , hinge is stiff when new

You can adjust the hinge a little bit with a star- head screwdriver and a bit of light weight gun oil. After that, it should easily flick open.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 5, 2014
  • |BY: , retired Sergeant of Police

My wife gave me mine a couple of years ago and I always carry it. With a little bit of oil and practice I can easily open it with one hand. Great knife!!

  • 1 5
  • |SEP 22, 2014
  • |BY: , terrible design

I bought a ParaFrame II for camping and had it maybe four hours before I suffered a nasty cut on the tip of my ring finger simply by reaching in my pocket for it. Upon closer examination, I found that the gaps in the open frame are large enough to allow a fingertip to easily slip in and get gashed. How did this one ever get out of testing? That's simply inexcusable.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 19, 2014
  • |BY: , Found - I ain't even mad!

I found my this knife whilst hunting a few years back - As I was walking down a dirt road, I dropped a round from my rifle, picked it up and saw this covered in mud. Picked it up and wiped it off and have been carrying it ever since. Didn't get a deer, but scored this knife!

Anyway, I'm not fond of the opening, it seems rather stiff and the way the frame is designed, it can catch on your pocket between the clip and frame.

However, the knife if very comfortable in the pocket, will stay clipped to the pocket, and I think holds an edge decently. I sharpened this knife only once after finding but it will still open boxes and cut decently. (I know, I need to keep it sharp but I've just not made time to do so!). The serrations are very sharp. I can actually use this to cut wire between the serrations and frame by closing the blade. While this is probably not the best use of serrations, it works quite well when needing wire cutters!

All-in-all, I'm very pleased with this knife. I certainly cannot complain about the price (found = FREE) and the quality is quite acceptable. I would not hesitate to acquire another Gerber.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 17, 2014
  • |BY: , A1C

I had one of the paraframe and absolutely loved it until I lost it somehow. A year and a half later I picked up a roll of fencing that had been sitting in my yard and found the paraframe clipped to it. After spending a year and a half in the New England elements there were a few rust spots but other that that the knife was the same as the day I lost it, just as sharp too.

  • 3 5
  • |AUG 18, 2014
  • |BY: , Your Title

Great knife, but cant open with one hand. The thumb posts don't do anything. Otherwise love it.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 9, 2014
  • |BY: , Great Work Knife

I work at a shooting range and use my knife almost every day. It is a fantastic knife. It holds an edge very well, it is very sharp due to my sharpening skills, and it is super light. Clips well on my pocket also. Only thing is, I beat it up pretty good on a daily basis, and there are a few tiny spots where rust has formed, although a little cleaning takes care of that easily. GREAT knife 10/10.

  • 4 5
  • |JUL 4, 2014
  • |BY: , Good Large Carry Knife

I am a college student and ROTC cadet who uses his knife for just about everything. I've used my Paraframe for everything from field-dressing small animals to carving wooden sculptures. I used it mainly for cutting general, everyday materials like ropes, 550-cord, and packaging tape. The handle is wide enough that you can get your whole hand around it, but skinny enough you can carry it in your pocket easily.
I loved the positive retention the pocket clip gave me, as I carried it all through every bit training and never lost it, even through low-crawling across asphalt, dirt, and scrubby grass. The edge seemed to hold pretty well, I only had to sharpen it twice in a year.
I didn't like that it took some fiddling to open and lock, although with a bit of oil and some sanding I got it to open one-handed fairly easily.
Overall an excellent knife. I unfortunately had mine stolen, and so I replaced it with the Tanto version of the Paraframe in Oxide Black.
Great knife for the money!

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 3, 2014
  • |BY: , Your Title

I received this knife as a gift over 5 years ago and have carried it everyday since. It's been an outstanding pocket knife that has endured a significant amount of abuse. I've never had any trouble with opening it with one hand or having it open unintentionally. It's been very smooth. I do have to agree that it does need occasional sharpening, but it takes an edge easily. The clip works well for me and has never hung up even while carrying it in uniform. I did lose one of the small screws that holds the clip, but I will contact Gerber for a replacement. Every bit of 5 stars!

  • 5 5
  • |APR 28, 2014
  • |BY: , mechanic

I've had it for a couple of years and it has become my favorite knife. I have several other knives and brands, but when I get dressed to go to work or do things around the house, this is the knife I grab to clip in my pocket. It's not too long so when I stick it in my pocket, I don't know it's there until I need it to do something. It holds an edge for weeks, with daily use, and is almost in every case, large enough to accomplish the task at hand. I've had no issues with some of the negative complaints the other poster's have had except one, I just noticed a couple of the screws have fallen out of the back of the handle. That's why I came to the sight today, to get some replacements. I'll be sure to "Loctite" them in!

  • 3 5
  • |MAR 12, 2014
  • |BY: , But for a good EDGE

If you want a knife that holds an edge, keep looking. This one requires constant attention to keep it sharp. Even closing it will dull the blade. After a year or so the screws holding the clip on and the blade screw will back out easily and have to be tightened on a regular basis. It a good $20 butter knife if you don't mind sharpening it before and after use.

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 15, 2013
  • |BY: , NICE

I just got this knife last week in a special edition tin along with the Gerber mini paraframe. The handle is black and the blade is the color of the one in the pic. The knife is just slightly small in my openion and it rides a little high in my pocket. Otherwise, its a good knife from Gerber that seems to be good for edc, possibly hunting, and even extended use. I like it .

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 21, 2013
  • |BY: , Great for 5$ let alone the 25$ normal price

The local Walmart had it mismarked for 5$ so I figured I would pick it up. Blade comes fairly sharp nothing too extreme and the action is perfect not to tight or too loose. Well rounded knife for the price even if you do pay the full price. Only complaint is that the finish had some blemishes but its a tool can't complain too much.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 15, 2013
  • |BY: , excellent knife

I've had one for ~3 years, and now have two. My favorite knife to carry, opens very easily, is light, and clips well in my pocket.

  • 3 5
  • |MAY 3, 2013

This thing won't keep an edge and requires being sharpened constantly.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 24, 2013
  • |BY: , Impressive knife

It's lasted me for a good several years and it's still going. You just need to sharpen it.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 17, 2013
  • |BY: , boss

this knife is your everyday carry around knife that will definatly get the job done.i have learned how to flick the knife open using the thumb stud in three different is a very nice knife overall

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 20, 2012
  • |BY: , Best $20 I've spent all year!

Just bought this bad boy and it's already impressed me. Lost my ol' Winchester knife two weeks ago and was real picky on buying a replacement. Saw this one at Lowe's. Love the design and the blade is tough. Looks like Gerber Gear and I have a bright future ahead.

  • 2 5
  • |NOV 7, 2012
  • |BY: , Me

Solid knife with very little play, but I can't call it easy to deploy. It still roughs up my thumb after thousands of openings.
Maybe I should not have oiled it, but even taking a file to the bit that engages the blade to keeep it closed it is hard to open.

  • 4 5
  • |SEP 14, 2012
  • |BY: , great knife for the price

Just broke the tip off mine after abusing it daily for close to two years. It was my everything tool for cutting, prying, screwing, etc. My only complaint is its a pain to clip onto your pocket because of the design of the blade lock. It catches on the edge of your pocket 50-60% of the time. If you can live with that, you'll love this thing. Keeps a decent edge too.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 11, 2012
  • |BY: , CALEB

I,m VERY VERY HARD on my knives and this one is great it locks steady it holds a edge great its just a all around awesome knife!!!

  • 2 5
  • |JUN 11, 2012
  • |BY: , Lumberjack

This knife sucks. It holds a decent edge, but the screws fall out really easily.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 1, 2012
  • |BY: , AWSOME Knife

its a very durable knife. and i use it every day wether its cuting wire or many things i use it for it does the job! and the blade is easy to sharpen with another knife or something else. very good tool and its all thanks to gerber!...

  • 5 5
  • |APR 4, 2012
  • |BY: , Great Knife. No Issues.

I've been carrying this knife for two years now in my front pocket. I'm not sure what the guy who said he cut himself while it was closed was doing, because thats pretty impossible. The fit is very secure, in fact at first it was a little too snug and difficult to open. Within a week or two of use though, it was loose enough to open one handed, but not so loose that it falls open ever. Great all purpose knife with the serrated edge as well.

I've had to sharpen it a couple times, but I use it for a LOT of silly things. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good pocket knife. And I've never even had a single spot of rust or pitting on the blade.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 22, 2011
  • |BY: , None

I've been a huge fan of Gerber blades for 15+ years. My Paraframe is my favorite yet. Light, sturdy, durable.

Thank you for making such fine folders.