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  • This usually makes for a knife that may take an edge, but will not hold it for long, and the Torch II does not avoid this pitfall
  • The best part about this knife is really just how cool it looks and feels
  • But beyond those two rather limited applications, I really cannot recommend the Gerber Torch II
  • And if its looks don't appeal to you, there is really no reason to consider this knife at all

    • by strick284
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      Gerber is a respectable manufacturer that makes solid knives, and this one is no exception. It has 3.5″ 440A stainless steel blade and stainless steel handles with textured G10 insert. It measures 4.6″ closed and weighs 5.9 ounces. It has a frame lock, part serrated tanto blade, thumbstud, and finger flipper. It has a black titanium nitride coating.

      This is a very cool knife. It looks awesome, particularly due to the blade shape. It is a big, heavy beast of a knife with a thick, strong lock. The action is very smooth, and it opens easily with


      the thumbstud or the flipper, requiring almost no wrist movement. It can also be fairly easily shaken open into a reverse grip, where it feels very comfortable in the hand. It has jimping in multiple places around the handle, and the G10 is textured well. The tanto shape blade with a top swedge makes for a very sharp point that excels at peircing cuts. The coating is very scratch-, rust-, and wear-resistant.

      But all is not well with the Gerber Torch II. It weighs almost 6 ounces, but only has a 3.5″ blade. The Gerber Evo with the same length blade only weighs 2.8 ounces. The flipper is unnecesarily long and catches on your pocket when you try to take it out. It has jimping, but it is not particularly sharp or tactile. Also, the blade did not come very sharp from the factory. The serrations in particular were very dull, and that is bad because serrations are difficult to sharpen. This lack of sharpness is probably due in part to the low-quality blade steel Gerber tends to use (this is my biggest complaint with Gerber knives in general). 440A is not even ...


      • Gerber Torch II Tanto pocket knife
      considered by many in the knife industry to be a cutlery-grade steel. It is very rust resistant, but not very hard or wear-resistant. This usually makes for a knife that may take an edge, but will not hold it for long, and the Torch II does not avoid this pitfall. Finally, the MSRP on this knife is $69.12, and actual retail is something like $50. For such sorry blade steel, this knife is overpriced.

      The best part about this knife is really just how cool it looks and feels. It really doesn’t excel at anything else.

      And it’s biggest issues are the weight and price. If you like the look of the knife, and the price and weight don’t bother you, this could be a great carry knife for you. If you like the look but not the weight, it could be a great piece to add to your collection provided you have money to throw around. But beyond those two rather limited applications, I really cannot recommend the Gerber Torch II. And if its looks don’t appeal to you, there is really no reason to consider this knife at all. Now THAT is a shallow knife design.




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