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Gerber STL 2.5 - Folding - Drop Point Fine Edge Knife
Gerber STL 2.5 - Folding - Drop Point Fine Edge Knife

STL 2.5, Drop Point, Fine Edge

Item: # 31-000716

Strong. Thin. Light. The STL 2.5 is an evolution of the original, still light at 1.5 ounces yet strong enough for your daily tasks. A cut out in the blade offers easy one-handed opening, and the ultra-thin blade is longer for added value. A lanyard hole ensures it will always be on hand and ready.


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    • Blade Length: 2.6”
    • Open Length: 6.0”
    • Closed Length: 3.4”
    • Weight: 1.5 oz.
    • Lock Mechanism: Frame Lock
    • Blade Style: Drop Point
    • Blade Material: 7Cr17MoV Stainless Steel
    • Blade Type: Fine Edge
    • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
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One of Gerber’s many impressive innovations in knife engineering and construction is the STL 2.5 drop point fine edge folder. This rugged little featherweight folding knife can accompany its owner almost anywhere without causing interference.

Elegant steel composes the ultra-lightweight handle of this little knife. Weighing in at a scant 1.5 ounces, it somehow manages to contain an agile 2.6- inch stainless steel fine edge blade within its tiny yet solid frame lock construction. The half-arc grooves stamped into the lower edges on each side of the handle offer the holder steady purchase with thumb and index finger while deploying the knife one-handed using the thumb hole in the blade. Frame locking prevents the blade from closure during use for safety.

Slice open box tape, cut rope, even whittle with the STL 2.5 folder’s fine edge blade. Its tidy structure makes cleaning the blade effortless. The fine edge of the blade allows for rapid and easy sharpening, regardless of location. A small lanyard hole provides optional tie-down and additional security for this reliable knife.

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  • 5 5
  • |AUG 3, 2018
  • |BY: , Average guy

Best pocket knife ever, don’t even know it’s there. Carried mine daily for the last 5 years, indispensable. I read others find the lock hard to operate, not me. It opens and closes easily with one hand, and locks securely. Holds an edge pretty well too. 10/10 would buy again, even for the $40 I gave REI for it.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 19, 2018
  • |BY: , Systems Representative II

I love my knife! I have had it for years. It has been with me thru alot.

I let my coworker us it the other ay and he was able to break the blade. I was shocked that it broke, and have missed it every day.

This is possibly the best lite pocket knife I have ever owned and will be looking for the replacement blade for it.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 26, 2018
  • |BY: , Urban Jungle Must have

I always wear slacks or dress pants, part of the job. This knife it PERFECT. Small, sleek, all black is great touch. slips in pocket with little to no weight. once oiled and sharpened, easy open and close with one hand. does not hold edge long but easy to resharpen. I had my first one for 6 years till i lost it and had to buy the same one not even a question.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 25, 2018
  • |BY: , Ms

I have owned the STL 2.5 for 2 years now and I love it. It has a really nice feel - slim and smooth. The blade has a unique way of closing, being a slope in the spring steel casing that is pulled back slightly to move the blade. I have not had to sharpen it yet, it is my constant companion.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 19, 2016
  • |BY: , land baron

This is the best pocket knife I have ever seen for the price. Used it for everything and it has handled it all. Light and easy to carry stays sharp with a little care. Five stars.

  • 4 5
  • |JUL 29, 2016
  • |BY: , Your Title

Small Knife, easy to use on peeling fruits and vegetable. Great for cutting tapes open and what not.

Only downside is that the edge doesn't hold very long.

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 27, 2016
  • |BY: , Tradesman

Had this knife for about 6 years, Used it everywhere and never left home without it. Fits well in the pocket without the extra weight. Perfect for the little things that may require a blade. Great blade for the price!

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 2, 2015
  • |BY: , Engineer

This knife is easily the favorite of my collection. It's probably the best value knife I've come across. 7Cr17MoV blade takes and holds an edge about as well as any steel I've come across (including much pricier steels). I used it extensively during a recent family beach vacation and I noticed a little corrosion on the handle and blade, but it was easily sharpened away and removed with oil. So, you might want to keep a thin coat of 3-in-1 or your preferred lube on it. I believe Gerber makes a similar-looking knife with a 440 stainless blade, and I'd avoid that one as the steel will be disappointing.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 15, 2015
  • |BY: , great knife

i bought this knife and have no problem with one handed opening or closing. i found i could beat the hell out of the blade and was still sharp. probably the best knife in my collection next to my swagger.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 13, 2015
  • |BY: , Great Knife, Marginal steel

Overall I am extremely pleased with this knife. My only complaint is that is doesnt hold an edge as well as some of Gerbers other products.

  • 1 5
  • |MAR 25, 2015
  • |BY: , adventurer

terrible design...can't close without using a dime or another knife. Headed back to REI to return.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 20, 2014
  • |BY: , Hands down best DtD knife

This is my second one as my first one was lost and I must say, this is without a doubt, the best pocket knife that I have ever owned, light and small, it goes everywhere. I do agree though, that the edge only lasts so long and I find myself taking this to a stone about 2x a week, then again, I do use it alot.

Good buy, will probably get a few.

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 15, 2014
  • |BY: , Publisher

I have an apparently earlier version of this -- your model 1911212A -- and am puzzled on how to unlock the blade without having to use a dime to unspring the lock.


  • 5 5
  • |DEC 9, 2013
  • |BY: , Soldier - LTC

I love this knife and take it wherever I go. Its a great took to keep handy as a soldier. I've bought about a dozen of these as it's the only knife for me when in garrison. I've lost a few and made few folks happy when I give them mine.

Its small, thin and strong as an ox. A great general purpose knife. I have a problem keeping an edge on them, but other than that, you cant go wrong with this one.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 8, 2013
  • |BY: , College Student

I carry this knife everywhere I go, and while it may not be large enough to act as a good defense knife in a fight, it does its job as a general tool.The back of the blade is curved enough to act as a flat-head screwdriver and it's small enough to conceal almost anywhere.
I didn't like how skinny the handle is, as it makes it hard to use with gloves and doesn't work well with my large hands. It's curved enough that you can overcome the size factor and actually get leverage, however it requires a bit of practice to find that spot where it sits well in your hand.
The edge is easily sharpened and rarely goes dull from use or carry.
An excellent little knife to carry around and you hardly even know it's there.

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 15, 2013
  • |BY: , great, but needs a clip

this is my favorite knife, of any i've had. very light and small, you barely notice you have it, but its still big enough to be useful for anything i need it for. it stays decently sharp too. i've seen complaints about the finish scratching, but who seriously cares? i've had had the hinge loosen up, but it's easy to tighten, so again, who cares?

my only complaint is that it has no clip. i'm on m second one. i lost the first because it kept falling out of my pocket. i liked it so much though that i got another one, and made a clip out of high carbon steel wire.

  • 1 5
  • |OCT 4, 2013
  • |BY: , user

Disappointed and not impressed.

Although it's attractive and a nice size, it's difficult to use. Difficult and cumbersome to open with one hand, if not impossible. It's very slippery with the smooth sides let alone if it was a little wet.

When closed the blade is nicely protected and not capable opening accidently. When open it has a secure lock but forget about ease of closing. It takes two hands.The lock is my biggest issue. Takes quite a bit of effort using your fingertips and nails which get painful after a few times. Stop using this type of lock.

Gerber: in my opinion if you make it a fraction thicker with better side grip and put a normal lock on the knife, It will be perfect.

Until then I'm buying returning this one and getting something else.

  • 1 5
  • |JUL 31, 2013
  • |BY: , Father

Gave this to my son for his birthday. Went through the wash folded in his shorts and found half the blade had broken off. Not impressed with durability.

  • 4 5
  • |JUN 9, 2013
  • |BY: , Your Title

Easy to use, lightweight, and thin. Scratches easy, but if taken care of properly it lasts and lasts. Sharpness didnt last long, but knives are able to be sharpened! I like mine just fine. Fits just about anywhere without anyone knowing. Good quality!

  • 4 5
  • |JUN 2, 2013
  • |BY: , Regular Joe

Found this while out walking today, brought it home and cleaned it nice, put some 3 in 1 on it and gave it a nice edge. I like it :)

  • 2 5
  • |OCT 4, 2012
  • |BY: , Marketing Director

Nice size, not bulky. Anodizing is very soft, marred and scratched just from being in a pocket with keys. I expected more resilient, higher quality material.

  • 3 5
  • |JUL 30, 2012
  • |BY: , Certified Engineering Technologist

Not sure how the guy above managed to break this during 'normal' use, or failed at sharpening it, possibly he put a 15 degree or less edge on it when 25-30 is more the ideal angle for this knife. I use this for when I must go to meetings or any time I am required to dress up, its small, light, thin, sleek looking and performs well under normal use. I wouldnt consider this knife as an everyday pocket folder, but for the occasions that i may not want a larger bulkier knife, this one is great. Also, not sure about the whole bit about it being a womans knife, can a knife be male or female? at the end of the day, if the thing in ur hand is doing what a knife is supposed to do, than all is good.

  • 2 5
  • |JUN 25, 2012
  • |BY: , dont buy for your woman

i bought this thinking it would be a good knife for my girlfreind i am a knife collector and a big fan of gerber products but i do not belive that they should advertise this as a womans knife because i being a full grown man have a very difficult time operating the extreamly resistant frame lock my knife came with and there is no way my girlfreind can saftly disengage the lock so thumbs down on that

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 8, 2012
  • |BY: , Your Title

Handy and useful. Equipement I'm satisfied with.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 27, 2011
  • |BY: , IT Professional

Received this for Christmas and through light use so far, it has performed nicely.

Not sure what the above guy was doing, but it was used all Christmas day to open presents, and cut through bindings on toys and whatnot. Here at work, it opens packages just fine, It fits great with a small footprint on my keychain, for easy access, and no inconvenience.

  • 1 5
  • |SEP 3, 2011
  • |BY: , Dr.

An absolute load of rubbish! Wouldn't hold an edge and snapped during normal use.