Gerber is no stranger to tougher-than-nails knives that can withstand the punishments dealt out by Mother Nature. Now, the company steps it up quite a few notches with the Terracraft knife, one of the premier knives of its new Reserve Program (more on that later).
This top-quality knife pulls double duty as both a rural aid for all types of bushcraft and survival applications, as well as urban uses for both tactical needs and general-purpose, everyday use. What sets these knives apart from others is that they are created in small batches. That ensures each knife receives individualized attention to overall quality, proper functionality, and small details that may otherwise be overlooked if mass-produced.
I had a chance to take the Terracraft in hand to review its sleek design and characteristics, as well as test the blade under intense real-life situations. Will it incur top marks and reach the top of its class, or is it far more style than substance? The answer lies ahead, but just a hint: Order yours today before they’re gone.
Simple and solid are two adjectives that came to mind as soon as I picked up the Terracraft knife. With full tang construction and a handle that was absorbed into the contours of my palm, the knife exhibited the perfect extension of my own hand. The 4-inch blade offered just the right amount of cutting length, and looking at the thickness of the blade, I knew this knife could hold up to loads of abuse out in the field. The pommel, upon some pre-test research, boasted hammer-ready effectiveness, and it appeared to be able to back up that claim. Three pre-drilled holes were equally spaced on the handle, no doubt contributing to the well-balanced feel.
The sheath was equally impressive. The thickness of the American made leather was exceptional with both rivets and double stitching holding the material together. A top snap locked in the blade snugly with little give; it was a sorely needed trait for traversing through thick brush when the risk of losing your knife is a very real possibility. Basic, but in a good way, and yet quite functional in design, the included sheath attached easily to my belt without issue and stayed put during my short hike through the brush.
The true measure of a knife is, of course, its usefulness as arguably the number one survival or emergency tool you can have. It needs to stand up to the abuse and constant use for the numerous tasks that you may encounter when out in the field.
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