This time on Spotlight Series we’re highlighting a little something for our military and law enforcement friends: Gerber’s 10th anniversary edition of their 06 Auto folder. This beefy, rugged knife was built in the USA, right out in Portland, Oregon, and celebrates the design’s anniversary in style with exclusive OD green handle scales.
As with all versions of the 06, the first thing you notice on this model is the unique shape and of the large handle. You’ve got a couple of large finger guards and two very pronounced finger indents, which contribute to ergonomic, safe handling. The top guard doubles as a thumb ramp, with a stretch of jimping providing that sense of control in precision cutting. At the pommel is a large striker or glass breaker, which features a lanyard hole large enough for 550 cord or webbing. It also sports a reversible pocket clip, enabling left or right side, tip up carry, and designed to let the knife sit high in the pocket for a quick, easy draw.
The blade is deployed with a push of the oversized release button, which is easy to find and activate even with gloved hands. The deployment is not the fastest auto action I’ve ever seen, but it’s responsive and quick nevertheless, launching the blade out with a satisfying thunk that gives the whole package a really formidable feeling. The 06 features your basic safety switch, red means it’s ready to fire, the other way means you’re safely locked up.
The blade on this model is a solid 3.8″ drop point made from S30V stainless steel. Typically you see the 06 in a combo edge, but this one is a basic plain edge. The stonewash finish looks very nice in combination with the OD green handle scales, and there are some markings on the side to denote the tenth anniversary this model celebrates.
All-in-all, Gerber Knives has commemorated their beloved 06 Auto in the best possible way – by offering up a sturdy and stylish new version of the knife that will serve you in the field for years to come. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com