gerber gator folder

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hobo2

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does anyone use one of these? if so whats your thoughts about this knife? i got one recently off a mate because the pivot pin had snapped. i replaced it with an allen bolt and nut of stainless steel. it not in my opinion a nice knife. but is it a good knife?
 

Xunil

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I had one plain edge Gator but I've also had a couple of the smaller Gerber GatorMate knives, which I much prefer to the larger Gator.

Good blade steel, well heat treated, grippy handle, lightweight, there are a lot of things to recommend.

Unless the materials failed spectacularly your mate much have been going some to snap the pin - despite their light weight they are pretty tough knives.

I don't like the part-serrated version but then I'm not a fan of serrations on knives to begin with.

Basically I like them as working knives - decent quality, tough and they don't break the bank.
 

plastic-ninja

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Jan 11, 2011
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Have to agree with Xunil , they do make great blades.I have a half serrated folder Gatormate which I take when I go up the fells as a just in case.I have had one or two Gerber folders where the pocket clip came off within a few weeks but I don't like those clips anyway so I'd say "good knife".
 

Claudiasboris

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Feb 8, 2009
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Among the knife fans on the American forums, Gerber isn't thought of that highly any more. Apparently they're unclear about what steels are used.

The Gators seem to have a good, solid handle and grip from what I've seen, and the blades look an aggressive American hunter-style.

Never used one though.

Claudiasboris