This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to take a look at the Premium line of Gerber Gator knives. These USA-made fixed blades and folders are tough, high quality knives designed to perform equally well in wet or dry conditions.
The original Gator debuted in 1991 and was voted Blade Show’s most innovative knife of the year for its revolutionary design and commendable functionality. In the nearly 25 years since, the Gator and its little brother, the GatorMate, have continued to be some of the most popular and reliable American made knives in Gerber’s arsenal. The Premium Gator line uses that legacy as a springboard and takes things to the next level with a top-notch build and ultra stylish new look.
As is Gator tradition, the handles are rubberized and just a bit tacky to enable a supremely certain grip. The handles on both the folders and the fixed blades are just a hair larger than before, making for a comfortable hold with a lot of room. There’s a gentle overall curve and a super smooth index finger indent, so these feel really ergonomic.
Blades get an upgrade this time around, too. Instead of the 420HC of previous models, these are CPM-S30V stainless steel, which is going to be more resistant to corrosion and holds its edge better. The machine-polished, semi-mirrored finish gives these knives a much slicker aesthetic than their ancestors, especially on the fixed blades with the bolsters. Blade variety among the two fixed blades includes a standard drop point and a drop point with gut hook. On the folders you’re looking at a clip point and a clip point with gut hook. All of them are a solid 4″ long.
Deployment on the folders isn’t the smoothest because of the light stop in the middle of the rotation, but it’s simple and effective. That said, a two handed opening is probably going to be the preference for many users. As with the rest of the Gator folders, the blade is held in place by a sturdy lockback.
There are no pocket clips on these folders, but they come with a really handsome, durable leather pouch with belt loop. The two fixed blades of course include a sheath with the same high quality leather construction.
All in all, the Premium Gators bring Gerber’s beloved, acclaimed design into the 21st century in just about the most stylish way possible, while still maintaining their American made legacy. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our full inventory, visit knifecenter.com