About knives, I’ve always been a traditionalist. Mostly.
For hunting, I carry my Dad’s old Case Sodbuster pocket knife and a disposable razor knife. For day to day use, I carry the same Case Sodbuster. In fact, that elderly single blade folder has served me as long as it did my father, and I’ve never really needed more.
This is not to say I don’t own other knives. There are a few Gerber's around, including an old Mark I combat knife with some interesting history. These are now called the Mark II and have serrated blades. There’s a boot knife that was a present and I’ve never had reason to carry. There’s even a rather large Shrade folding knife that has survived three worn out carry cases so far. In addition to those, a handful of ‘belt tools’ have graced my person over the years, each having its own blade or two amongst the myriad other gidgets and gadgets on them.
I once crawled down a well pit, waste deep in water, and made the entire repair with nothing more than a Gerber multi tool in my hand and a flashlight in my teeth. Both had been on my belt, as regular friends.
Today, I became a little more modern, and bought myself a new folding knife for everyday carry. The Sodbuster will be retired to the gun safe, Just in case the new kid on the block isn’t up to the job.
I’ve been looking at the Gerber Paraframe for some time now, impressed by the lightness and apparent strength. While the old Case Sodbuster is tough as nails, I like the idea of something lighter, thinner, and with a clip that will keep it in place. If it means I’ll be more likely to have it on me, then all to the better.
The Paraframe has a single clip point blade, available with either a fine edge, or half the edge serrated. This time I chose the serrated version, as it seems to suit me better. Too often I find myself sawing through something tough with my pocket knife. I get there eventually with the Sodbuster, but I’m not adverse to a tool that will make life easier.
On the flip side of that serrated/fine edge choice is the chore of sharpening a serrated blade. It takes a small round stone to do that, and a few extra minutes. I have the stone, and am willing to invest the time.
It’s a lock blade, which the old Sodbuster is not. If you’ve ever been using a folding knife and had it try to close on your fingers, you’ll understand the attraction of a lock. In this case, it’s a ‘liner lock’ that must be pushed sideways to unlock the blade for folding. It’s fairly positive and takes a good amount of thumb pressure to release.
Speaking of thumb pressure, the Paraframe is designed for one handed opening as well as closing, and has a pair of small knobs on the back of the blade. Pushing one with the thumb of the hand holding the knife will open the blade to its locked position. It takes some practice, but in a few minutes I had the operation down pat.
Reading opinions online regarding the Paraframe, the only complaint I can find is the screws that hold it together back out over time. The fix is easy, and is even recommended as regular service by the company. Simply use a T6 torx driver to remove one screw at a time, give it a tiny dab of loctite, and reinstall. I expect that once I do so with red 271 loctite, it will never even think of coming apart. In fact, it would probably take a torch to remove the screws in the future.
Gerber has an interesting history as a company. It was started by an ad man who saw a niche he could fill. In the 1930’s he hired a craftsman to make some knives as gifts, and they went over so well he abandoned the advertising business and built a knife making company. The history shows, as Gerber has run some fascinating ads over the years.
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