This tactical folder is engineered to be stealthily effective, with a machine styled black blade and a matching G-10 handle. The drop point blade is partially serrated on the full size and fully fine edge on the miniature version, a sturdy frame lock adds confident application.
The Swagger sports the same dual G-10/Stainless steel handle and features of its smaller kin in a medium-sized every day carry folder.
I bought this in a dual pack that included the Mini Swagger knife as well. I didn't quite know the quality of these knives when first purchasing them but I know Gerber makes good stuff and they appealed to me visually. The retailer I bought them from had them on sale for over 50% off. I paid around $30 after tax for both knives. I couldn't be happier with them. They are fantastic knives, carried daily and used almost the same. Always stayed sharp, unfortunately I lost this one (really don't know how) and only have the Mini Swagger left (which I mostly keep on my night stand at home to use for opening packages and what not). Overall, I got a great deal on these knives and couldn't be more pleased. I'm currently looking for a replacement for the Swagger. Unfortunately, I'm not going to get a deal like I did but definitely need something of similar quality and reliability as the Swagger. If nothing can be found, I may just have to buy it again !!!
Had it for about 2 years now and it follows me almost everywhere. It fits perfectly in a back pocket of my pants and is being use almost everyday. Serves me for city usage like opening packages and wood use for cutting heavy pieces in the wood even in my shop when i do woodworks.
Pros: slim, fast to open with one hand locks tight.
Cons: the blade gets loosen up quick.( as do every knife you'll use every day...)
I got this knife 4 years ago, as an edc knife and it still works like a beast.
Pros: Maximum performance/price. Perfect for edc.
Cons: Hard to sharpen if you don't want to damage the black finish. (Otherwise I'd give a 5*)
I got it on sale with the mini for pretty cheap. The blade is a disappointment it dulls really easy and is a pain to sharpen.
Pros: it's a folding knife was cheap
Cons: Dulls easily and doesn't sharpen as well as some of the other kinves I've owned.
I bought this knife 5 years ago and used it everyday for opening and breaking down boxes, cutting carpet, insulation, plastic, and cutting various rope. I also use it to stab holes in a 20 liter steel brake cleaner pail. It has held up like a beast. It's tough as hell and the only thing is the lock bar is starting push all the over when you open the blade. It should only be about 50 % of the way. The steel is not the best, but it is tough. The edge doesn't hold the greatest, but is reliable.
I bought this knife half off for a backup EDC pocket knife. As with all other Gerber products, I am very impressed. The only thing I find difficult is closing the knife, but that may just be a personal quirk. Overall, the knife is very sharp out of the box and is wonderful addition to my knife rotation, in my EDC.
I bought this knife on quite a discount many years ago (4+ years). This was my first introduction to Gerber and I must say, I fell in love with the company after this. The blade steel isn't the greatest, but this little knife is quite the workhorse. It has survived many years of regular use in outdoor and industrial tasks and is still going strong! The blade dulls rather quickly, but takes a wicked sharp edge very quickly. I highly recommend it for any slightly experienced sharpeners looking for a budget blade. I look forward to testing the real limits of this knife. A+, Gerber.
This knife looks and feels amazing!! The only thing I use it for is to stab my beer cans so I can shotgun them, so I'm not sure how this knife works with the heavy duty stuff that some people might use it for. My only compliant is when I'm done with my shotgunning contests with the bros it is pretty hard to close. If you want a life hack just take some olive oil and stick it in the locking mechanize so make it easier to close. Trust me cutting yourself after 8 shotgunned beers suck!!! So with the olive oil I give this sick looking knife 4 stars
bought this knife half off so can't really complain, wouldn't pay full price. This knife is currently sitting on a ledge collecting dusy with a broken tip and busted lock, the knife closes with slight force on the back while open.
I BOUGHT THIS GERBER SWAGGER AT A BASS PRO SHOP IN NORTH CAROLINA WHILE TRAVELING BACK HOME FROM MISSIPPI. I HAVE CARRIED IT OFF AND ON AND REALLY LIKE THE WEIGHT AND BLADE DESIGN OF IT I WOULD BUY ANOTHER ONE OF THEM AGAIN. I ALSO OWN THE GERBER RIP STOP WITH SERREATED EDGE AND USE IT QUITE OFTEN AT MY CAMPER DUE TO IT BEING LIGHTER WEIGHT. I REALLY LIKE THE GERBER KNIVES AND WOUL BUY ANOTHER ONE. I ALSO OWN THE GERBER GATOR MACHETE AND USE IT WHILE WALKING THE WOODS CLEARING PATHS WE WALK WHILE HUNTING AND NOW ITS AT MY CAMPER AND HAVE USED IT TO CUT LIMBS OFF A TREE IN MY YARD WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE DONE . GERBER PRODUCTS ARE AWSOME.
This knife,Gerber Swagger serrated drip point model is a great everyday use folder and in my opinion I believe it's better than the Evo Gerber model.
Iv had a Gerber Evo and it felt cheap and flimsy. I gave the Evo away it was not as well put together as the Swagger is.I'm a knife collected and user and think the Swagger is a better all around pocket knife and the nie thing is it's priced less than the Evo.
Personally I Think the Evo is over priced and over rated big time.
I love the Swagger.
I will buy another soon,gotta have two of them in case they stop producing them;)
Thank u Gerber and keep putting out the great stuff for the buck bang.
I bought this knife at bass pro shops about 2 years ago and it has held up outstandingly! I use it for everyday stuff and I also use it for hunting/work. The only thinget I would change is maybe a little longer blade but it's not that big of a deal for an everyday user. I would highly recommend buying this knife to just about anyone.
Now the good.
Handle has nice grip!
Blade is sharp out of the box
And nice and slim for pocket carry,don't even feel it sitting there.
I find it's very comfortable in the hand,
If you have large hands you will not feel the same way.
Things important toe when I purchase a edc,
3.well balanced,this gets a B in that regard.Not the best but very good bbalance wise.
5.When the knife is open the blade length that goes into the handle should be at least a inch in.This knife is not one of them unfortunately and it would have been the cherry on top because it is made pretty solid for the price range with detail to finish.
You get what you pay for and I'm overall pleased with this edc.The price in my opinion is just right for what you get.
Another good pocket knife that is one of my favorites is the Bear Grylls Gerber AO,which in my opinion is a better knife for the $bang.
I paid $40 for mine and I'm fine with that,well worth it.
The Swagger runs around the $50 range depending on where you live I guess but scored mine for $28,nice and happy:)
Nice knife,good feel in the hand.
Only real issue I have is the liner lock is a little annoying to close.
I think they should have had the liner sit a bit higher,iit's hard on the thumb at first.You do get use to it but I find it makes the thumb sore until then.
I think I would have preferred a spine lock.
I really like this knife. It works very well, it feels comfortable in my hands, and it looks nice. my only complaint is that it is a bit tight so opening it is a bit harder then my other knives but its great other then that.
I have used this knife for a few years now, primarily for fishing, freshwater and saltwater, and it has held up extremely well. Saltwater has not rusted it like it does many other "stainless" knives. Holds an edge pretty well, even after making cut bait out of dozens of fish. Recommend this knife
Knife is decent, to close it sucks a bit though, seems to almost just lock up entirely. Not bad for finding it in a thrift store still on a backpack
An attractive, inexpensive, versatile knife. The only flaw is the rather fragile clip. I have used mine since 2013, for everything from opening packaging, to stuff in the garden. It is a most excellent garden knife, and single-handed opening is easy.
Recieved a well used one of these from a soldier from Fort Bragg a while back and am pretty impressed with it. I consider it a nice in between sized knife a 3 1/4" blade is a good size for me. Blade takes a shaving sharp edge and seems to hold it well, thin profile makes for comfortable carry and fairly wide pocket clip seems sturdy and dosen't get snagged on things easily. Opens easily with thumb stud or flick of the wrist. Picked a new one up to give as a present to my brother in law and think he will like it...
I've had this knife for a while now and im really impressed. I wasnt expecting much becuase of the price but its way better than you might think. Strongly recommended
Not overly impressed with the blade on this knife. Dulls extremely quickly and gets knicked easily as well. The lock frequently becomes jammed and requires extensive prying to get it closed. I suppose it is a decent knife for the money paid, but I will most certainly be looking for something better.
Bought this knife a few years back. Very satisfied. although the blade has become slightly loose, the lock still works fine. Had to tighten up the screws just a bit to keep the blade from flying out, but overall it is probably my favorite Gerber knife as of yet!
Oh wow. I've had this knife for a couple of years now. I bought it simply thinking "that looks like a solid folding pocket knife..." Having not read any reviews, and it being my first Gerber blade, I went along with it. Little did I know exactly how awesome a $25 knife at MEC would be;
I'm a hiker/back country camper, landscaper, assistant white water rafting guide, and a dog sled guide. This knife is simply incredible. It holds up to water perfectly, has cut more than its fair share of sod, and you can use it to pry open super-tight / frozen knots. It sharpens easily and holds an edge for quite some time.
This pocket folder comes highly recommended from me to anyone looking for a reliable knife.
bought this knife 2 years ago, I use it as an everyday carry knife for home, work and in the woods. It has skunk atleast 2 whitetail, countless smaller cirtters. Has taken an awful punishment at work and just keeps going. The screw holding the blade in place seems to have started to work itself loose and will not tighten.
I also have another of these as my emergency back up
Pretty decent knife. Sharp edge, good grip, easy to open and lock with a light weight. Maybe I'm just not used to this frame lock but I hope you like it!
I,v taken this knife on 7 camping trips and it exceeded all my expectation, I didn't think i would skin a squirrel but it did. it built my shelter. Over all Great Knife recommended to all my buddies
This is the best knife I have ever bought. I wasn't really sure about it when I first got it due to the economic price. But I work construction and use it every day. I will burn though about 2 or 3 knives a year, but I've had mine for over a year. ( You can see the clip in my wedding photos in my pocket). I never leave home with out it. I would high recommend it.
This knife is extremely hard to close. Much more difficult than any other knife I've ever owned. First time I pulled it out of the package, I struggled to close it and ended up giving myself a nasty cut. Also noticed the gripping pattern is not uniform on the handle. Looks like there was a manufacturing flaw. Only had the knife about 2 weeks, but I am happy with the blade. Quite sharp and does well with what I've used it on so far.
I go a lot out in the woods and I needed a knife that's not too big and not too small so I took my new swagger with me justs to try it out. I didn't expect much of it I thought it would break easily but surprisingly it stood up pretty well now I take it everywhere with me. Thanks Gerber
The only reason I'm giving this a second star is because the blade and handle material are rock solid, and quality for the money. However, the locking mechanism is absolutely garbage. On numerous occasions I have had this lock fail with one occasions under moderate stress. This simply should not happen. Has resulted in injury and is no longer my "field" knife. Gerber makes $15 knives that are better than this thing.
I actually got this knife in a mix up when trying to have my Swagger AO returned to me and was disappointed to find this knife instead. In the end everything was straightened out and don't even the mix up because I ended up with a pretty good knife.
This is a very good quality knife for its price. I got it at canadian tire for 22$ and this is just a over all great knife for edc
Loved this knife I got it when I was at my step sons boot camp gradation. I used it all the time held and edge for a while. Was great until it got stolen
My first impression of the knife, looked A bit thin in the lock mechanism. that being said, I took the knife on A deer hunting trip.Used the knife to field dress a young six point buck. This knife did not just meet my expectations,I found the knife to be exceptional! Very easy to control, blood all over handle, still had great grip thanks to the g-10 handle. Cut through the pelvis bone as well,with some prying. Should never pry with A knife by the way. It stood up well!! The only problem I had was closing after use as the lock mechanism stuck,due to tissue from deer. Just washed in A puddle and worked just fine. lock still tight as the day I bought it. Love the thin profile, Gerber i'm in love, and her name is swagger. Oh yes I would buy another one gladly.Thanks Gerber great job.
An amazing knife for price point, have has this knife for about a year and used everyday! still don't have to sharpen the blade!! I'm impressed with build quality and find this knife great overall! % Stars for me!
I had this knife for a long time and it worked very well but one time a stuck it into a log and the tip broke off. Good knife for self defense and stuff like that but not made for heavy duty work.
Bought this knife less then a year ago not overly impressed as the knife would not hold an edge to saves its own life. Was used as an EDC knife since its purchase and it shows little wear in that aspect so i guess that is good. thin and light enough to not notice it in pocket. ill give three stars based on looks, and usage. would be five stars if it held an edge longer. I finally broke the tip off trying to pry shot gun shell out off barrel, user error not knives fault
I see quite a few people having problems with this knife and others that have none at all. I've had this knife for about 8 months. I thought I lost it a couple times, which broke my heart, but it always turned up again. Some of the problems I see in the comments are the tip breaking and the lock sticking. The lock is not a big deal for mine, in fact of all my knives this is my favorite locking mechanism. I'm guessing some people's knives are on the edge of the allowed tolerances and the lock just get too tight and stuck. It has happened to my knife of a couple of occasions, especially when it was hot out. The tip breaking was a concern of mine, though. for the fist month or so i babied the knife, but now I tear through just about anything. My suggestion is to not pry at things with a knife, go get an appropriate tool, but if your tip does break off, these knives have a lifetime warranty and only cost $25. Not even Kershaw or Benchmade can beat that price.
We got this for our daughter, and immediately took it back after we opened it and realized what frame lock means. It is an odd convoluted method where the metal frame of the knife handle has a cutout in it- the cutout is supposed to move and catch the blade, to lock it- which it does. But then to get it closed, neither me or my husband could do it easily, much less expect our 10 year old to do it. Seems very cheap and breakable, and dangerous. Maybe many like it, but not this family. Sorry Gerber!
Within the first week the thumb stud fell off, I contacted Gerber and they sent me a new thumb stud for free and it got here in less than a week, I put the new stud on with some thread lock and it seems to be holding up. Im very happy with Gerber's customer service, Im just hoping I got one from a bad batch. Apart from that this knife has served well as an EDC for me.
locking mechanism failed after 2 weeks, it wasn't treated bad our even dropped. Should of bought a Buck for the same price, I've never had this problem with Buck. That's what you get when it's made in china
My pivot was pretty tight and as a result it was a little slow and stiff to open. The liner lock wasn't terrific, but it wasn't terrible. All in all, it wasn't a bad knife. This was my first knife, so I was looking for a cheap knife that I wouldn't mind completely screwing up. I put a lot of wear on it and it's held up. I then graduated to companies like Benchmade and Spyderco, who sell more expensive but better knives, in my opinion. So that was what the Swagger was for me: a cheap beginner's that held up surprisingly well.
Really good knife, I've had mine for more then a year and it's always up to any challenge, really dependable and handy. I'd give it a thumb up, not 2 just cause the tip of the knife twisted on it then broke off soon after. But I returned my old swagger for the knew swagger. Great knife.
The tip on this knife broke on me, I've only had it for 6 days. All I did was drop the knife. Im disappointed.
This knife is pretty good, comes really sharp out of the box, and stays sharp for a while
Mazin' (Amazing) knife, worth the buy
had this for about 2 years, and has held up good and still has its sharpness, but last month the tip bent, so I'm looking for a new knife, but switching brands, as I agree with ROB F. Damn china and your cheap labor!
or I would look for another Gerber kinfe
Really sharp right out of the box. Dulled pretty fast though. I like it a lot. It's a good knife just to carry around. Light and fits in your pocket great.
This knife is the best knife ever. i lost my first one and went right out the next day and bought another one. its that good. it goes everywhere and i feel empty out with my "black Betty."
just got this knive today it is veary sharp and the g 10 grip is great it feels so good in my hand only thing is that when it is knew it is a little hard to open at first but over time that will go away.
I had this knife for about a month, and it was holding up well until I took it on a13 day backcountry hike. 11 days in, my friend stuck it in a rotting log, and upon bending the knife at an awkward angle, the tip broke off flush. No excuse for a rotting log winning against a knife.. So I took it back to the store where I bought it and they gave me a new swagger free of charge.. But upon opening it, the lock got stuck and I COULDN'T CLOSE THE BLADE. I took it back, and the store clerks couldn't close it either. They gave me a new one, and it's held up for 3 months of regular use. HOPE 3rd TIMES A CHARM!
Based on the above, I say it's faulty and wouldn't recommend it. I recommend Gerber step up their craftsmanship..
Well I dropped mine in the sand sunday and it got buried its now thursday and I havent cleaned it and it works as if it never happend and it was full of send I flipped it open a few times and its good as new I love this knife it keeps its edge even with what I do with it
Its a great knife ive abused it and it's still sharp. But one day I swung it open it slipped from my hand and the tip broke because it landed on some concrete tip first. Gerber needs to make an indestructible knife blade tip.
(cont'd) I'm confident it would have no problem cutting through a seatbelt in an emergency.
My only complaint about this knife, as others has also expressed, is the beautiful black finish wears off quite easily, especially on the tip. Not the end of the world but it does make the knife look more run down than it actually is.
Overall this is an excellent knife for the price. Its a $30 EDC/pocket/light utility knife, not a $200 special forces combat knife. For the price and what it is, I highly recommend it.
Last spring, after breaking the frame lock on my previous EDC knife (which had been with me for over a decade) I was heartbroken and set off to find a replacement that would live up to its predecessor.
After much shopping around, I finally settled on the Swagger -- largely due to the form factor, weight and looks (similar to my previous knife). I wasn't sure what to expect given it was a $25-30 knife, but since I needed a replacement I figured, worst case, for the price it would be a stop gap replacement.
Having used it all summer, I can now say the Swagger turned out to be a great value and really exceeded my expectations.
People have commented on the textured handled being only on one side: it IS a "right handed" knife in that respect, and being right handed I've never encountered any problem with this. The blade is very tight and does exhibit some stiffness when opening and closing, but no much its annoying. The blade also clicks closed with some tension, preventing accidental opening (as with many cheaper knives); this is an extremely nice feature I expect to find on higher end knives.
The locking mechanism clicks into place very securely. It does take a bit of getting used to for closing, but once you become familiar with the knife its fine.
There are ambidextrous studs for one-hand opening with your thumb, which again is stiff (partly because the blade is being held closed) but once you figure out which angle to push it at opening it becomes a lot easier. Like any tool, you have to learn how to use it properly. There's also a textured portion on the spine side of the blade to facilitate two-handed opening which is both aesthetically pleasing and useful. Nice touch, Gerber.
The blade itself was razor sharp out of the box and has managed to keep its edge through normal use (cutting wood, rope/paracord, cardboard, trimming plastic, etc). As with my previous EDC knife (which had an almost identical blade) the serrated portion is extremely effective at cutting paracord and similar materials.
It isn't very sharp out of the box and the handle SUCKS the deign is really cool and the overall quality is not bad but only one side of the handle is made out of G10 it'll be aa lot better with the two size. the clip is ok and the blade is strong.I don't really like frame locks at all but this one is garbage.
I am not to disappointed but it's far of the other usually good quality gerber knives.
The swagger is a great sturdy legal size knife in my city I can carry in my pocket with the clip on the edge of my pocket so I don't have to dig it out. It is razor sharp and holds it's edge when I use it to open up mail and boxes at work.. If can also be a great defense knife that would discourge any attacker if caught by surprise. Great reliable everyday carry knife.
Opening and closing this knife is difficult and annoying. The frame lock is in an awkward position that digs into your thumb when you close the knife. They also apparently don't oil the knife, so some WD40 in the pivot is a must.
I have had this knife for a year. Love it, carry it everyday has a very sturdy handle and keeps a sharp edge. Good size and feels good in your hand.
I like the knife.. the only complaint i have is that the just about all the screws on the knife itself were loose.. making the whole knife itself loose. this is not the only gerber i have got that has done that also.
Now that I've had my swagger for awhile I can confidently say it is freaking awesome it still has the factory edge on it. The pocket clip has grown on me I like how its got a flat bottom i find myself pushing up on that to get it out of my pocket. The only flaw that I've found is that the paint comes of fairly easy and thats it. I love how it feels in my hand. I have a ranger training course with my Civil Air Patrol coming up and intend on bringing it can't wait to see how it holds up but so far I would recommend it
just bought the swagger today so far i like how it feels in my hands came kind of shard out of the box pocket clip is awkard and will take a little gtting used to and the only thing i dont like about it is the grip on the handle is only on one side all i can say is its awesome the only improvments that i would make are (Gerber i hope your listening) putting the grip on both sides and making a bottom opening peg so you can open it using your index fingure or your thimb i will update latter with a preformance eval i look forward to carrying it every day for a long time
i dont own this knife, i'm looking into it but if you're unsure about buying this knife i promise you this. u get more than what u pay for with this company, i have had the gerber"3.5 for around since it came out and it still to this day beats out my benchmade and my leatherman all the knifes i have got from this company are the best so if you're even thinking about buying this or anyother knife from gerber you're going to get a amazing, duable,and trustworthy knife
not a review but i gotta know and its probably a stupid Question but does it have a pocket clip?
P.S. one star is because i dont have it but i am thinking about buying it...
Very good for the money, its definitely just as good if not better then other brands higher end pocket knifes, for a fraction of the cost.
the swagger is a mid-sized edc knife with competitors like the sog flash2 and kershaw skyline. bothare excellent blades but both cost 15 bucks more. having owned all 3 I can say with confidence that the swagger has the sturdiest lockup and most comfortable and its the one I trust when the going gets tough. its a beefy knife for its size and its worth anyone's consideration