This was an absolute steal for me. Usually when you buy items imported from the states, they end up getting priced about twice as much as compared to the actual MSRP. It’s also hard to get outdoor equipment for street prices since they have a small local niche market. So what we have here is the Gerber Essentials kit that’s made up of 3 items. Gerber’s very popular Paraframe I, a Mini Suspension Multitool with sping loaded scissors (I’d go for the pliers actually) and a mini Tempo torch. All good things. I'm tempted to review the whole package as a set but thwarting all inclinations for convenience/laziness aside, I'll review the items found inside this blister pack one by one and we will start with the Gerber Paraframe I.
Closed Length: 4.11"
Weight: 2.6 oz.
Blade Style: Clip Point
Blade Type: Serrated
Opening Style: One-handed opening
I've allowed this knife to get past me so many times since I wasn't too keen about its skeletonized handle frame and after seeing so many variations from plain edge, combo edge, black finished, bead blasted, version 1 and version 2 and so on, I decided to just drop it and move on to the next knife. I remember ending up with with a Gerber Gator, but that's another story worth writing about in the upcoming knife reviews this year. Writing this from where I am now, I'm glad I waited. I've actually come to the realization that the things that I gravitate toward will simply find their way into my household at some point in the future whether I want it or not and the same premise has proven itself time and again. So here I am holding this knife. It's sharp. Razor sharp. As with all of my other Gerber knives, taking an edge has never been an Issue, but Gerber has been notorious for using softer steels that are easy to sharpen but will not hold their edge if put to the gruelling demands of camplife. Which is why I always look at Gerbers as knives to actually use, abuse and wear out - you have to treat them with a consumerist minset because they're like real tools that have their flaws and weaknesses but given the amount of use and proper care, they should serve you well and once you retire them, you'll be happy looking at the dinged up beaten knife with fond memories of the adventures you had with your trusty Gerber product.
Anyway, the main reason as to why still ended up wanting to have this in my EDC list is the frame lock feature that works so smooth and so well! I've had the luxury of using different knives over time with different locking mechanisms and the frame lock is by far my locking mechanism of choice because not only is this lock safe, it is also stronger due to the tolerance of the entire frame over a thin 410 stainless steel liner. The knife also has some overized amidextrous thumbstuds that is machined to exacting measures that the micro terraced ridges actually caches and holds on to your thumb whenever you set the blade out for deployment. There's a good clip point on this knife's slender blade that gives you a good bit of stabbing leverage as well as an ergonomically contoured stainless steel handle that minimizes fatigue on your hands expecially for extended use. The size of the knife Doesn't really inspire too much to be used for bushcrafting but if it's for preparing food, peeling fruits, cutting veggies, whittling and making feather sticks. For the latter, make sure you pinch the spine of the blade as you shave off very very thin layers of wood as you go through the length of the wooden branch that your making feather sticks out of since it's a folding knife afterall. So as an end note, this will make a very good edc knife for daily chores and may even work well as back up if you don't need to whip out that full tang, large field knife or your Ka-Bar USMC combat knife.