There’s a saying among survival experts, you’re only as good as your knife. With the Gerber Air Ranger G10 in my pocket, I’m great.
This is my everyday carry knife, it’s my backup when I go hiking or kayaking, and it recently exhibited clutchness in an AirBnB kitchen full of dull blades.
Gerber over-delivered with this model. Designed by legendary Oregon knife maker Bill Harsey, this is a rugged masterpiece of hardware undercover as a gets-the-job-done backup blade. At $40, you can afford to lose it, break it (if you can,) or give it away. But you won’t want to.
Outside picked The Air Ranger as the best value in the top 5 everyday carry knives.
The blade is a fine-edged drop-point stainless steel affair (7Cr17MoV steel to be exact.) It came out of the box sharp enough to filet paper and so far has stayed that way. At 8cm (3.1 inches) it’s legal to carry everywhere I’ve taken it.
The handle. The handle! G10 is a type of polymer grip with a non-slip texture. I’ve put it to the test cutting fishing line onboard a kayak in choppy seas. It didn’t slip. I have a small scar on my knuckle from a knife that did on an earlier trip.