Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cb88 Nice, But Not For Lefties
The Gerber Ripstop II weighs a light 98 grams and comes with no sheath/case but has a belt clip. The label says it is 3.0 ounces or 84 grams.
The product is 7.4” long, and 4.20” when closed and sports a 3.0” blade partially serrated. Given the hollow slot openings in the blade and the handle, there is expectation that this is a light weight knife. The label states it comes with a Full Lifetime Warranty (North America Only).
There are no perforations to make it easy to get it out of the packaging as it is sealed in plastic and then the plastic is further laminated with the cardboard labeling. Definitely need to open this before heading into use.
The knife is sharp but the point is thick and not very useful in puncturing anything intricately. The serrated portion of the knife is only 1” long and would not be ideal for continual use or the need to perform something repetitive. The serrations are also only focused on one side and appear to be designed for a right handed person. I could only open the knife one handed using my right hand based on the handles design even though the knife has dual thumb studs. Based on that I don’t see the value added of having the thumb studs on the clip side of the knife. The handle is very thin, making the product light weight, but it may be considered uncomfortable for long term use unless you are wearing gloves.
Given the lock mechanism uses the built in handle design, the knife required two hands to close the knife easily. Gerber makes a lot of nice knives and this would be ok for an everyday carry knife for the weight. For improvements on this knife, it could benefit from a gut hook on the back plane of the knife, and the removal of the left thumb stud. This knife is clearly designed for a right handed person, so as a left handed person, this would not be my choice.
February 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer88 Solid little knife
This is nice drop point folding knife from Gerber. The blade is 3" with a drop point and partially serrated edge...very sharp. It's a forged blade, high carbon stainless so we'll see how it holds up over time and sharpenings. The thumb slot opening allows one handed opening with a smooth action. The grip is a "skeleton" design that incorporates the blade release. Overall build and quality is solid. Although the knife is light it feels sturdy. My only reason for the four stars is that the skeleton grip is not very ergonomic and could result in hand fatigue with extended use.
December 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by UTbadger Very nice pocket knife
This knife is durable, well-made, and light. For one-handed opening there is a knob for your thumb (on both sides of the blade), but also an open slot through the back of the blade that can also be used. The blade slides open with just the right amount of friction and locks into place well with a slight click. The lock release is the type at the bottom of the blade, in the handle, where you just push it aside to allow the blade to close. The belt clip is on one side and cannot be switched. The blade came well sharpened and appears to be very sturdy.
December 8, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by raymond nice design
I really like this knife. The design is very slick and smooth. The blade seems to be solid and has a very good edge on it. The belt clip is mounted securely and clips on to your pocket smoothly. The blade lock appears to be very secure but is easy to release. No issues opening or closing this knife with one hand if you choose to do so. I would recommend this product.
September 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PaulCoMat Typical Gerber High Quality
The first thing I look for is sharp edges or snags other than the blade. There are none. For its size and weight this is one mean knife. The clip is easily removed with a Torx screwdriver so this could easily be a pocket knife. The blade tension is just perfect to allow popping open with one hand, right or left using the thumb studs. Blade is very sharp from the factory and the serrations are very sharp and effective.
September 2, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Nothing special
This is not a good knife for the price point. It is a very rigid open/close experience. The thumb tabs do not aide in opening the knife which makes a one handed open very difficult. Because of the skeleton design you can not open it left handed (since the thumb tabs do not work) Overall it does not feel good in my hand. The factory edge is decent, about what is expected for a mass produced knife.
January 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by theo98 Looks Good!
The Gerber open design 3.5" pocket knife not only functions well, but is also a cool looking tool. It is well made and as most Gerber cutlery, comes with a sharp blade and integrated serrated functional edge. The opening action is quick and positive, but found the thumb lock tang is flush with the sheath handle and awkward to close the blade with just a one handed motion. Overall, a nicely created modern pocket tool!
January 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cinester71 Work of Art
We can start by saying this is a Gerber knife, the review could end there; for me Gerber has some of the best, most durable blades in the market. This knife is well designed, comfortable in your hands, opens easily with one finger and locks into place solidly. The blade is thick and very sharp, can almost work double duty as a utility knife (Gerber has one of those also). The overall weight is light due to the skeleton frame, but sturdy and solid. This knife is perfect for attaching to your belt and use for whatever comes accross your way that needs cutting.
October 25, 2015