Gerber Paraframe I

This weekend our special comes from Gerber Knives’ Paraframe line of folders. The Paraframe line has been a Gerber mainstay for years, with numerous blade shapes and styles, sizes, and deployment methods available. This weekend we’re taking a look at the Paraframe I, which we’ve got on close-out for less than ten dollars.

This knife is about four inches in the closed position and has a full stainless steel construction with a spiffy bead blast finish. The handle boasts the distinctive Paraframe skeletonized style that keeps the weight down to just 2.6 ounces. Handling on this one is pretty comfortable, especially for people with medium-sized hands. It has a nice ergonomic curve and the chamfering around the edges has removed any potential hotspots. There’s no jimping, but the index finger indent leaves you with a feeling of control in your precision cutting tasks.

Typically with the Paraframe line you’ll see dual thumb studs, but in this case they’ve been replaced by a fingernail nick to broaden the number of localities in which the knife can be carried. The nick provides solid traction and the action is smooth and easy, for a basic but satisfying two-handed deployment. The blade is a 3″ clip point, held securely in place by a sturdy frame lock.

The pocket clip on this model enables a right side, tip-down carry. The knife’s slim profile lets it ride very comfortably, and the lack of thumb studs means the draw is a lot smoother than is typical for a Paraframe.

Overall, this is a solidly built utilitarian EDC, and at this price you don’t have to feel bad about the years of abuse you’ll put it through – in fact, why don’t you buy several? To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

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Ryan