If you are planning a camping trip on your next vacation, you will need a strong arm knife along with you. And we are here to help you pick the best one among them. Today we will review one of the most popular knives available today- the Gerber Strong Arm!
Gerber Strong Arm Review
Team Gerber seemed to be very hopeful with their product during the launch and suggested the customers that it would be a great choice for their trips, helping you to cut the wood, prepare your food and even dress the fish! It is solid in the hand and has been specifically designed for survival and combat situations and is versatile with respect to its functionalities.
Sheath: The knife comes encased in a Modular Sheath System, a Gerber Specialty. The sheath is manufactured using high-quality thermo-plastic with a number of lashing points and rivets to provide you with paracord and molle lashing options.
It can be clipped inside the sheath and can be carried in a number of ways depending on your purpose. If you want to carry it on your belt, use the nylon straps to attach the snaps to the plastic.
You can also use the straps if you wish to mount the sheath to MOLLE gear. It allows the knife to be carried vertically along the hip. This feature, however, may not prove to be helpful for you if you do not have MOLLE attachments in your fish pack.
Lastly, you can also carry the knife in the horizontal form along your waistline. Here the bracket is capable of being attached to your belt and the sheath is attached to the bracket with the help of the plastic plate that is included.
So, with so many options at your disposal, carry it just the way you feel comfortable, based on your requirements.
Also, if you are a lefty, you will find Gerber Strong Arm much suitable for you since it can be placed inside the sheath in both left-handed as well as right-handed directions.
Grip Comfort: Another great feature of the knife is the comfort that it provides. The knife handle is made up of rubber and you will thus have no difficulty in carrying it. The rubber coating on the handle also makes it durable. The diamond texture of the handle makes it look good too.
The raised bolster, however, takes away a few points and reduces its ergonomic quotient since you will not be able to find a suitable position for your thumb.
Irrespective of whether it is wet or dry, it will never slip away from your hands. The shape of the grip is neutral and feels ergonomic.
Design: The knife is about 3/16th of an inch in thickness. It is not extraordinary in terms of looks but has a classic touch of elegance which easily separates it from its competitors i.e. other knife models that are available.
When inside the case, the color contrast between the knife and its sheath is worth admiring. The finish of the knife has earned the appreciation of the owners.
Durability: It is quite durable and sturdy. However, the coating of rubber may break down with usage. The blade, coated with ceramic and made of durable materials, is not much likely to break. In terms of durability, in fact, it is much better than any other knife available. Both the knife and its sheath are made in USA.
The Blade: The blade is full tang and ceramic-coated. It is composed of 420 HC stainless steel which is one of the best varieties of the steel. The edge is symmetrically ground and quite sharp. The coating of ceramic here is not too rough, unlike some other models that have their blades coated with ceramic. It offers scandi-grind features and unlike a full grind knife, it will not grind using all its strength. It would rather provide a perfect balance while cutting. The fixed blade built of the blade provides brute strength and is capable of performing all sorts of cutting operations.
It is a fine edge knife which means that there are no serrations along the edge. This is unique for a Gerber knife considering the fact that none of its predecessors from the house of Gerber were plain edged. The angle is 40 to 50 degrees inclusive of both the sides (which means 20-25 degrees for each). The edge is thus prevented from chipping and rolling without compromising with the hardness of the blade.
The spine of the blade comes out on the ground at an angle of 90 degrees, thus making it ideal for striking Ferro rods.
Handle: There is a pommel at the base of the handle helps in breaking hard surfaces. It is coated with a ceramic to ensure that corrosion can be prevented. It is an altitude adjuster at the same time.
Physical Dimensions: It is light in weight with a capacity of 7.2oz which is approximately 240g. The overall weight inclusive of the sheath is 10.9 oz which is approximately 309gram. It is 3*16*5.5 inches in dimension.
Functionalities: Finally we come to the functionalities of the Gerber Strong Arm where it must be stated that in terms of its cutting abilities, the knife is simply superb and is capable of defeating all its competitors!
It cuts like a beast, to put it in short and is capable of cutting through woods and other toughest of materials. Firstly, let us consider the abilities of the knife to process wood which is of immense importance during your camping trips.
You will easily find a knife which can split dry oaks but the question is how smoothly and effortlessly you can cut the wood and also how small the size of the pieces formed is. From my personal experience, I can tell you that Gerber StrongArm occupies a significant position in this respect as it is able to chip the wood into innumerable tiny pieces and that too without requiring a lot of strength and time on your part. So if your venture requires you a lot of wood processing, forgetting the StrongArm would be a huge blunder!
There are many similar knives that will have their edge twisted on cutting such huge quantity of woods. StrongArm is an exception since it did not suffer any malformation throughout the operation.
Dressing Fish: Another aspect of living in the wild for a few days is fishing and having your catch during meals. But for that, you need to dress the fishes that you have caught accurately. Here it removed the scales with great perfection and huge efficiency, allowing you to dress your fishes at the shortest of time. The sharpness of the knife is beyond question.
Cutting Fruit: The next test in which we put it was cutting fruits and vegetables. Before we cut them, we needed to peel them off and this is where the StrongArm was a bit cornered by its competitors. The edge is not so thin which is why the peels could not be removed completely. While cutting the peels, a portion of the flesh was also chopped off. That is nothing worth complaining, though. If you are happy with fresh cut apples to add more flavor to your meals, then it is perfectly fine. If, however, you are looking for something that will also help you to make fruit salads, then sorry…choose some other knife!
Cardboard Slicing: It is also a great performer when it comes to cardboard slicing as it can cut both ¾ inch sisal and ½ inch sisals with a single cut.
Cutting Ropes: Last but not least, cutting ropes form one of the most important parts of camping. And you cannot call a cutting knife a good one unless it can cut rope well. Strong Arm proved to be a great choice here by cutting the ropes to meet our expectations.
Value for Money: When it comes to finding value for money I would say that the Gerber Strong Arm is great in this respect since it provides such jaw-dropping features at such an affordable price. Also, in terms of functionalities, it is capable of surpassing any other knife in its price range or even at a higher price range. The above discussions on the functionalities of the knife must have made it clear to you.
So, by now, you must be having a clear idea of the features and functionalities of the StrongArm. Now, let us move on to the pros and cons of the product.
The Gerber StrongArm has won the admiration of its customers and people have enjoyed using it. It has given 4.7 stars out of 5 in a review site which is unparalleled for a knife of its type. There have been negative reviews too, but that is, kind of, negligible. The overall feedback has been great.
The Gerber StrongArm is a unique product for its price, providing quality features and offering great versatility. It has been designed keeping your outdoor ventures in mind, where survival becomes tough. And it does true justice to that, helping you to perform all your necessary tasks during camping. Starting from cutting ropes for setting up your tent to dressing the fish that you have caught for your dinner- you can do it all with the least amount of effort thanks to the cutting power of StrongArm.
The customers and reviewers have admired its classic look, its plain blade, its ergonomic handle that provides a great grip and above all, its ability to cut stuff. However, amongst the ample number of positives, there are a few negatives too, which include the problems with the handle and the grind of the clip.
These negatives, however, are ignorable if you consider the huge number of benefits that you can enjoy. So, overall, the Gerber Strong Arm is a knife that you can use for your bushcraft and similar activities and comes with numerous features. This helps it to stand out among the other products of its type and also the preferred choice of a lot of people. So just get hold of the knife and you will never regret buying it!