The best locking mechanism in the world doesn’t change the fact that the blade of a folding knife and the handle of a folding knife are two separate entities. Your best shot at no-fail performance when you need to put the pressure on comes from a full-tang, fixed-blade knife. Gerber’s newest entry in the fixed blade race is the Terracraft. Specifically built for bushcraft — the art of surviving in the wild using no more than the skills in your head and the tools in your pack — the Terracraft is not only a fixed blade, it’s an extra thick fixed blade with features that would easily make it a top pick for any wilderness survivalist.
Starting with the S30V steel, the blade is easy to sharpen, holds an edge, and resists corrosion. Then there’s the ergonomic handle which is designed to be comfortable no matter what grip you employ and has three through-holes for lashing the blade to a pole so you can spear a fish for lunch and nab a squirrel for dinner. The pommel is hammer-ready and the spine of the blade is squared off at 90 degrees for striking your fire rod/flint rock to get your embers caught. The included leather sheath protects your blade (and you) while keeping it close by.
Made in small batches at Gerber’s Portland, Oregon factory, it’s one blade you’ll find yourself using on repeat whenever you’re out there in the wild. You’ll even find plenty of uses for it back among civilization too.
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