Hey Gerber knife fans, check it out. Come January, Gerber plans to release a new US made survival knife called the "StrongArm."
Sporting a 4.8" fine edge blade made from 420HC Stainless, the StrongArm appears to be based on Gerber's hugely popular serrated-edge Prodigy Survival Knife. Fans of the Prodigy have been begging Gerber for years to introduce a fine-edged version of the Prodigy. Could this be the knife they've been hoping for?
Although the StrongArm was created with military survival in mind, it has great potential to be a no-frills, functional survival knife for civilian use like the Prodigy.
The StrongArm's sheath is reminiscent of the Prodigy's, but with a slimmer profile, ala' Cold Steel's Secure-EX sheaths.
Although Gerber is listing the StrongArm's MSRP at $75.00, Knife Center is already taking pre-orders for this knife at $39.95. At this price, it could be the deal of the century for a quality, name brand survival blade that's made right here in the good ol' USA.
The StrongArm will be available in both fine and serrated edge versions. The official word from Gerber is a release date of January 1st. Check back here in January and we should have a review posted on the StrongArm, including a direct comparison with the Prodigy.
GERBER GEAR'S OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade
Gerber has been making survival knives for the US Military since 1968. The StrongArm Fixed Blade knife carries on our legacy of tough-as-hell fixed blade knives for combat and survival applications. Featuring a fine edge, full tang 420HC blade with black ceramic coating, the knife was designed around the fundamentals of military survival training. Obtain a solid grip on this knife in all conditions with its diamond texture rubberized handle.
ONE SHEATH, MULTIPLE MOUNTING OPTIONS
The StrongArm’s modular sheath system is as important as the knife itself. With the sheath’s snap-together components, the operator can mount the knife vertically on MOLLE, horizontally on a standard 1.75” tactical belt, or in a traditional drop-leg belt mount fashion. The StrongArm Fixed Blade is proudly built in Portland, OR. MSRP: $75.FEATURES
- Fine edge, full-tang 420 HC steel blade
- Ceramic blade coating
- Rubberized diamond texture grip
- Striking pommel
- Nylon webbing for drop-leg carry and secondary retention
- Detachable belt hoops for horizontal belt carry
- Snap-in MOLLE strap
- Made in USA
- Blade steel: 420 HC
- Handle material: glass-filled nylon with rubber overmold
- Blade length: 4.8” (12.2 cm)
- Overall length: 9.8” (24.8 cm)
- Knife weight: 7.2 oz (204 g)
- Overall weight: 10.9 oz (309 g)
UPDATE!- Comparison: Gerber StrongArm vs the Gerber Prodigy
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About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)