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New Gerber Knives – SHOT Show 2020

New 2020 Gerber knives, featuring Gerber Fastball

Gerber’s new knives continue to lean into what worked well for them last year: a reinvigorated product line built with customer feedback in mind. Gerber is one of the biggest cutlery brands out there, so we’re excited to see them testing the waters in the premium EDC market, while continuing to offer USA-made products as well as smartly-designed budget knives.

Shop Gerber Knives New Arrivals

Principle: A Fixed Blade for Bushcraft

Gerber Principle Fixed Blade

The design process for this new USA-made fixed blade started by consulting with bushcraft instructors across the country to find out exactly what they needed in a belt knife. The result is the Gerber Principle, a Scandinavian-ground blade made to fit the hand in whatever grip the task demands. The handle has smooth rubber over-molding for comfort, and a 3.1″ blade made from 420HC steel. Typical for Gerber, the sheath is also well thought-out, with modular carry attachments that allow scout-style (horizontal) carry, vertical carry, or MOLLE attachment.

DoubleDown: A USA-Made Folding Machete

Gerber DoubleDown Folding Machete

No, it’s not a butterfly knife. Can we call it a bali-chete? The Gerber DoubleDown is built to take on the jobs of a knife, a machete, and a hatchet. The 6.8″ blade has quite a bit of reach thanks to the long handles, so you get plenty of momentum for chopping if you choke back on your grip, and plenty of control for carving or slicing if you choke up.

The DoubleDown is made specifically with splitting kindling in mind, featuring jimping designed to keep a baton strike from glancing off the blade. Not many manufacturers encourage people to baton with their blades (let alone their folding ones), so we take our hat off to Gerber for giving the people what they want! Despite how the knife looks, it can’t easily be flipped open or closed, due to the “quad-lock” safety built in, which keeps the handles from folding unintentionally. We’re excited to see how these perform in the hands of our customers – Gerber seems confident that these Portland, Oregon-made tools can take whatever you can throw at ’em.

Fastball: Gerber’s Best Folder Just Got Better

Gerber Fastball Folding Knife

The Fastball was our favorite new Gerber folder last year: a winning combination of detail-oriented design, quality materials, and solid execution. It was a pitch to the knife enthusiasts who expect a lot from their daily carry knives, and it landed. This year, Gerber is pushing the design even further: upgrading the steel from S30V to 20CV, upgrading the backspacer from plastic to aluminum, and giving it a cool new cleaver-inspired blade shape. The flipping action and finishing on these are on point (even if the blade lacks one). Suffice it to say we’re excited to get them in stock. Until then, they’re available for pre-order if you want to be first in line when they arrive.

Asada: Speaking of Cleavers…

Gerber Asada Folding Knife

Moving from the USA-made products into Gerber’s import line, we turn to the all-new Asada: a compact folding cleaver with full-sized appeal. The 3-inch blade of the Asada isn’t tiny, but it’s small enough to make it easier on the pocket than the similar-looking FlatIron folder. The Asada will be available with either 7Cr17M0V blade steel with an aluminum scale, or D2 with Micarta. Both versions feature a steel frame lock, a ball bearing pivot, and snappy flipper deployment.

Sumo: A Budget Crossbar Lock Folder

Gerber Sumo Folding Knife

At $36.95 (as of today), the Gerber Sumo might be the most affordable folding knife with a crossbar lock on the market. That alone is enough to get excited about, but the design is solid, too: a useful drop point blade shape and comfortable handle should make this a compelling buy for anyone looking for a strong, capable budget folder.

Prybrid Multitools

Gerber Prybrid Utility Tool

Finally, Gerber also unveiled a new series of hybrid multi-tools. Built around replaceable utility blades, these tools are small enough to drop in a pocket without fuss. Each features a sliding mechanism for deploying and retracting the blade safely, and has a pry/open end for when the job requires a little more torque. The Prybrid X takes Xacto-style hobby blades, and the Prybrid Utility takes standard utility razor blades.

What New Gerber Are You Looking Forward To?

We’re looking forward to all the new knives from Gerber – what are you waiting on? Keep your eye on our new items page as these products begin to trickle in, or you can always pre-order something if you want to be first in line for new stock.

New Buck Knives and the BuckMaster 2.0: SHOT Show 2020

The Buckmaster returns, shown in an vintagebook

Buck Knives continues to mine their design archives for popular knives from the past, bringing them back with a modern twist. For 2020, they’re reviving the BuckMaster, one of Buck’s rarest and most memorable fixed blades: a diving/survival knife built for Navy SEALs in the 1980s and ’90s. We interviewed BuckMaster expert Rich Neyman and retired Navy SEAL Tom Coulter, who told us the story of the original knife and its upcoming return!

Thrill Integral Slipjoint, Another First for LionSteel: SHOT Show 2020

Lionsteel shot show 2020 main image

Innovative Italian Craftsmanship

LionSteel knives are known for their impeccable quality, and the company is always looking to stretch the limits of modern manufacturing technology. They were the first to bring an integral frame lock design to production. For 2020, they’ve done it again – this time with a traditional slipjoint.

New Knives from SHOT Show 2020: Video Coverage

Shot Show logo

Since SHOT Show isn’t open to the public, we sent David C. Andersen out to share the knife news with the rest of us. 2020 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the knife industry. Read on for an up-close look at all the new knives to come from Spyderco, Benchmade, SOG, CRKT, Gerber and many more.

New Spyderco Knives: SHOT Show 2020

New Spyderco Knives Announced – Shop Now!

We sat down with Spyderco’s Eric Glesser to talk new knives and new steels, including a new alloy developed especially for Spyderco blades. Read on for pictures and video of the first Spyderco fixed blades and pocket knives to come in 2020.

New Benchmade Knives: SHOT Show 2020

New Benchmade Shot Show 2020, Benchmade 940 held in hand closed

New Benchmades Announced – Shop Now!

Our first stop on the 2020 SHOT Show tour was the Benchmade booth, where they revealed more than a few new products: mini versions of all-time favorites, tactical knives, gentleman’s folders, and even a few automatics. Let’s take a closer look!

Welcome to SHOT Show 2020

Shot Show logo

If you love knives, the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is worth paying attention to. It’s where most brands announce their new products for the coming year–Victorinox, Boker, Buck, Gerber, SOG, Spyderco, Benchmade (and many more) are all in attendance, carrying prototypes and early production samples of fixed blades and folders to come in 2020.

Best New Knives of SHOT Show 2019

Last week, we were at SHOT Show taking a look at all the great new products that are coming out in 2019. If you missed our coverage, be sure to check out all of our videos straight from the show floor. David C. Andersen, our product specialist and star of our YouTube channel, has picked out a few of his favorite things that he saw when he was in Vegas attending the show.

 

The first item up is something we actually got in a couple of weeks ago just before the show kicked off, and that’s the CRKT Provoke by Joe Caswell.

 

 

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an innovative take on the popular karambit design that features a new kinematic opening system. This is an innovative new opening design that addresses some shortcomings of the typical folding karambit. The buzz at the show for it was great, everyone loved to see it, and we’re excited to have it in.

 

If you’re a knife nut, you know how hard it is to keep track of all your Torx bits that you use to adjust the pivots and screws in your knives. CRKT’s new Twist and Fix tools really fix that problem by keeping them together in one neat little unit.

 

 

What this thing has going for it over some other all-in-one tools is a really streamlined design that also has a fidgeting aspect to it. It’s essentially a bent pin coupler design, and it’s really fun to twist it around and watch the bits raise and lower until the one you need is ready for action. It’s not just a Torx set that’s available, either. They’re also coming out with versions containing popular home screwdriver bits (including Phillips and flathead), sets that combine Torx and hex wrenches, and a socket set.

New Gerber Knives at SHOT Show 2019

There are a lot of new things from Gerber coming in 2019, and Karrson Koivisto was kind enough to talk us through them as we stopped by the Gerber booth at SHOT Show 2019.

 

New CRKT Knives at SHOT Show 2019

CRKT has some killer new innovations coming to market this year. We stopped by their booth at SHOT Show 2019 to get a closer look at their new Provoke as well as their new Deadbolt Lock.