Final 'Blade Blowout' Contest

UPDATE: That’s it, and that’s all! The final 38 knife winners from Gerber Gear are listed below…

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Our 38 winners “Liked,” Voted, and left comments that caught our eye…

Winners:
Andrei Karpoff
Chauna B
Fred Fothergill
Timmy Dow
Calvin Tait
Ken Anders
Brandon Hutchens
David Haines
Ray Shehan
Bobby Redfern
Stormy
Robert Williams
Jason Hardesty
Mike Rigby
Matt Crone
Ian Waight
Kelly Burleson
Allen White
John Loose
Jeff Adler
Neil Sierocki
Kevin Sturmer
Ben Hopton
Dan Panfil
Cristy Rice
Paige K
Jim Plank
Steve Wanke
Lisa Lopez
Daniel H
Aaron Hatfield
Jonathan Thomas
Michael Blaine
Alex Gano
Bill Thompson
Travis Boots
Andrew Grindrod
Dan Wells

Posted by Christopher Sorel - 08/07/2012 11:25 AM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica since looks like living in the jungle she can use the extra equipment for her family.

Posted by brian - 08/07/2012 11:34 AM

I voted for the man who took care of his wife’s knee. How awesome! A man should always take care of his wife!

Posted by Jamie Bacon - 08/07/2012 11:34 AM

I vote for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska because I always wanted to be a paleontologist as a child. And, knowing the little I do about the field, he could probably use the “handout”.

Posted by Gary Hammel - 08/07/2012 11:34 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because we should all push our limits!

Posted by Fridrik Pall Fridriksson - 08/07/2012 11:34 AM

Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, for his multipurpose bowie knife that he has made use of throughout his life!

Posted by tom eversole - 08/07/2012 11:34 AM

i need a new gerber knife because thats all i ever owned i lost mine in a coal mine accident that broke my back.

Posted by Anthony Leandro - 08/07/2012 11:34 AM

I should win. Because I’m Handicapped hunter and could really use a good GERBER. I know it will last my lifetime.

Posted by Samantha Sastre - 08/07/2012 11:35 AM

My vote goes to William Newsom. I’m amazed at his father’s bravery and willingness to fight off a bear using a knife in order to keep his family safe. WOW!

Posted by Cristy Rice - 08/07/2012 11:35 AM

I vote for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey because I understand the importance of a knife while hiking in the White Mountains!

Posted by Charles Featherer - 08/07/2012 11:35 AM

I voted for Hazlett for his inspirational story and great life lesson.

Posted by William Waldrep - 08/07/2012 11:35 AM

I voted for #95 because you just never know when you’ll be in need of a good blade so it’s better to have one and not need it than need one and not have it.

Posted by greg stovall - 08/07/2012 11:35 AM

Awesome story about the knife under water.

Posted by Chris bernhardt - 08/07/2012 11:36 AM

Starting my fist knife collection really could use the tips and advice

Posted by Russell - 08/07/2012 11:37 AM

As A Paramedic and Firefighter, I use my knife every day and my old knife of 5 years is completely worn out!!!!!

Posted by travis Whisenhunt - 08/07/2012 11:37 AM

Ryan Ledden needs many more votes…so vote for him.

Posted by Steve B - 08/07/2012 11:37 AM

Robert Schell should win because his story reminds me of my childhood growing up in Iddaho, and at 46, I’m still doing so.

Posted by Kyle W. - 08/07/2012 11:37 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica – Jungle Life is an amazing feat, especially with the correct equipment!

Posted by lisa lopez - 08/07/2012 11:37 AM

John Hazlett because you can’t put a limitation on living life.

Posted by Roddy cross - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

John h simply because I love the idea of sunken treasure and his knife is just that.

Posted by NICK MULLER - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

I voted for William Newsom, because sometimes a knife is just a knife, and sometimes it’s a reminder of a great memory.

Posted by John Smith - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Christi, Texas because his story was exciting, fun to read, and it seems like he’s the outdoors type who could use some good gear.

Posted by Hannah - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

Obviously William! Love his family’s connection with Gerber!

Posted by Tara Molle - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

I voted for Jenny because I think the knives/equipment would be very beneficial to what she and her family needs it for!

Posted by Nicholas - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica, if you’ve ever been to the tropical locations of the equator you should know life is made easier with a good quality blade.

Posted by john cajun bauman - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

I voted for Jenny. all about Ocast arica and family fun and survival

Posted by Pete Hohmann - 08/07/2012 11:38 AM

I voted for Robert Schell! Airborne! HOOO-AHHH!!Oh, and I could always use another GREAT Gerber knife!

Posted by Darin Altenburg - 08/07/2012 11:39 AM

I vote for John M Hazlett / Corpus Christi, Texas. It was a good story and he showed persistence in retrieving that knife.

Posted by Daniel H. - 08/07/2012 11:39 AM

I voted for William Newsom because of the hilarity of the mental image I have of his dad flailing about and the deer basically ignoring him.

Posted by Kevin S. - 08/07/2012 11:39 AM

Robert Schnell / Jackson City, CA is most deserving of the prize because of the rich history and past uses of his knife – it has sentimental value to him about his father, which to me is priceless.

Posted by Rockwell Patterson - 08/07/2012 11:39 AM

From the time of my forefathers, a phrase was handed down from father to son: “A gentleman should never go abroad without his blade”. This holds true to this day. My son is ready to receive a first knife and begin his journey to becoming a man. This knife would be perfect.

Posted by chris - 08/07/2012 11:39 AM

i should win because my old one fell in the lake

Posted by Allison Projieck - 08/07/2012 11:40 AM

William Newsom, his story was pretty good but the picture is awesome, defending his cubicle!!!

Posted by Ste Rumbelow - 08/07/2012 11:40 AM

I voted for William Newsom whose Dad had incredible courage to protect his family against a formidable animal, with his dependable Gerber in hand.

Posted by Andre - 08/07/2012 11:40 AM

I voted for John, because the idea of something watching over him is very inspiring.

Posted by Matt G. - 08/07/2012 11:40 AM

I vote for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota since his reasons for carrying a knife are similar to my own.

Posted by James - 08/07/2012 11:40 AM

Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey
Something about a sentimental knife from your dad that your going to pass on to your son(expecially a usable knife not collectable)

Posted by Michelle P - 08/07/2012 11:40 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica, that must be an amazing lifestyle most of us could never compare to.

Posted by Matt Liska - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

I voted for William because the amount of time my family has spent camping I could totally see this being a situation my family would get into.

Posted by matthew corbin - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win because there is nothing like finding some treasure under water!

Posted by EB - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

Voted for William Newsome for his great story with humor, made me smile.

Posted by Chris Burchard - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because he found it under water which is awesome! I love diving and finding things just like this

Posted by Jim Enlow - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota because I feel exactly the same. As an Eagle Scout I was always told to be prepared so I have always tried to carry a knife wherever I went.

Posted by Paul Morin - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

John Hazlett. I voted for his story because it was both plausible and something the contestant actually did.

Posted by Jayson Ballantine - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisi, Texas should win. We should all realize our personal limits, but continue to try to push them (within the confines of the law, that is).

Posted by Drew - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

I voted for William Newsom, as any man whose father defends his family from supposed bears with only his guts and a knife deserves such honor.

Posted by Chris bernhardt - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

John from corpus because we are gerber using fishing town.

Posted by Mike - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

I voted for William Newsom/San Francisco because being in the outdoors with family is all about making memories and facing challenges.

Posted by Leslie Ferrer - 08/07/2012 11:41 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler, because her story is more about function and necessity.

Posted by Ruben - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey because he was able to take care of himself and a loved one

Posted by Jose ambriz - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

The two kids with the bananas was cool reminds me of when I was a kid living in Mexico in the mountain area in summer

Posted by Raj Patil - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I vote for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because anyone that has served our country and put their life on the line deserves something!

Posted by Joe Tuell - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

i voted for the one who found a bayonette, simply because they are a veteran and i have the utmost respect for every soldier.

Posted by Richard O Mccoy - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

my son is a knife freak would make a wonderful gift for him

Posted by Rusty - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

Hazlett’s story is cool!

Posted by Jason Ross - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I vote for William Newsom of San Fran because not only was his story funny it was also a touching story of what a dad would do for his family.

Posted by Dan stronge - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I voted for William newsom (I think I spelled that right) because it’s just the type of father son story of true love with a mix of comedy that I hope my son (currently aged 2) remembers me by in many years time :)

Posted by Samuel Pettyjohn - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler in Costa Rica. She is living a life that I can only dream of.

Posted by Ryan Hinman - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

Ryan Ledden. It’s a true survival “knife story”. Plain and simple

Posted by Adam - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

Voted for John M. It’s a simple yet extraordinary story, all told in a simple, short way. Sounds almost like the beginning of a good novel.

Posted by Eric - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

Ryan Ledden tells it true why a knife is the 2nd most useful survival tool.

Posted by Mark C. - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman’s story because its not always about the actual adventure, but about being READY for one….

Posted by DJ - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I voted for William Newsome. That story made me actually laugh out loud. I could imagine my dad doing the same thing….maybe even myself.

Posted by Dale Jackson - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because not only is it a tool for “living”, they are ensuring that their children know how to survive and use the tools that are available.

Posted by William Ruehl - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I picked Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska with no conscious effort at all, purely random choice, and as far as I can tell that how you picked your top 10 (Can’t believe mine got passed over looking at some of these).

Posted by Paul Jesse - 08/07/2012 11:42 AM

I voted for Ryan Ledden because he demonstrated what a knife can truly do when you need it most!

Posted by Adam - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

I vote for Mike Dorio because I have a similar story and living in Maine, I am familiar with the Boulder Loop trail!

Posted by Dawn Seeman - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

I have been voting DAILY for Mike Dorio from Stewartsville, New Jersey! His story made my heart melt, he took his Gerber LMF II knife and made his wife two walking sticks out of a tree, so she could get down the mountain after his wife’s knee gave out! A real man, helping his damsel in distress, Mike AND Gerber were the hero’s that day.

Posted by Lee Evenson - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

I vote for William Newsom / San Francisco, California, he lives in San Francisco and has a knife, I thought that might be politically incorrect.

Posted by shayne s. - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

i voted for william newsom cause you have to be crazy to try and fight a bear with a knife.

Posted by patrick donovan - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

John Hazlett- I love the idea of finding sunken treasure despite the odds, awesome story, awesome knife.

Posted by Diana - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

Hope for the best, prepare for the worse – my mantra for why I always carry a multi-tool that’s got a knife.

Posted by Tony Heckenmueller - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman from Minnesota. I feel the exact same way about my knife. Possiblities. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Posted by Eric - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

I have to vote for Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica. She lives on an Organic Farm in Costa Rica and literally uses a machete as a means to not only feed her family, but as a survival tool. Is there anyone more deserving of new gear? This isn’t recreation, this is real life.

Posted by Jay Vanbuskirk - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

William Newsom should win as the mind creating fear out of nothing has happened to me many times.

Posted by Ryan Ledden - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

In light of my being WAYY behind with regard to votes, and the fact that my story is not quite as exciting as some of the others, Im putting in my two cents that Jenny/Costa Rica should win, All of us WANT that awesome gear, but she seems to be the only one who showed a legitimate NEED for it…The gear would go to good use on that Organic Banana Farm of hers :)

Posted by Lucas Gomez - 08/07/2012 11:43 AM

I voted for Lorin King because, knives are made for rough work, in his case excavation, and should be used for that purpose not as a weapon, except in a time of need.

Posted by vincent anderson - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California should cause his story reminds me of my dad and that’s something he would do.

Posted by Simon - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

I vote for Ryan Ledden because the Catskills are some rough mountains and he got an A on his survivor course.

Posted by Robert Toy - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

I vote for Robert Schell—a knife with a history, that he found in the bush, that he still finds ways to use—magnificent!

Posted by Matt S. - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

Robert Schell should win this one. Hooah!

Posted by Myk V. Fedricci - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

i have to vote for William Newsom because his father’s bravery/stupidity is something to be admired and i would like to think i would do the exact same thing to protect my family !!!

Posted by Chris Otoupalik - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because Coasta Rica is an awesome place.

Posted by Shannon Barlow - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

i love heritage & history. #89, Frank Altamura’s story has both. keeping a blade in the family is very special and you have my vote!

Posted by Marlon Neuhaus - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

Cause idialism is what made Gerber my favorite knife and so is his.

Posted by Bryant - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

I voted for Robert schell Simply because he used in in airborne and that earns my respect.

Posted by Aaron Hatfield - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

I voted for Robert Schell. As a fellow veteran I will always support those who have served. Plus it’s good to see him give credit to his dad too.

Posted by Chris Bush - 08/07/2012 11:44 AM

Hazlett – because he “has it”, exactly what each and every one of us need to do, push ourself past our limits to overcome any obstacle.

Posted by Sang Nam - 08/07/2012 11:45 AM

I believe John Hazlett, it’s crazy to find a knife in the time of need like that, its a miracle!

Posted by Charles Magocs - 08/07/2012 11:45 AM

I voted for Mike…. quick thinking in the field !

Posted by Curt - 08/07/2012 11:45 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas
HE DOVE FOR A KNIFE UNDERWATER!!! Its like King Arthur finding Excalibur!!! Cant get much cooler then that!

Posted by Mathew Strickland - 08/07/2012 11:45 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas We all think we know what are limits are, but when the going gets tough we find out it’s not always what we thought it would be.

Posted by Brandt Wemmer - 08/07/2012 11:45 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because I love their ethic of living close to the land in as natural a way as possible.

Posted by KevinK - 08/07/2012 11:46 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas I like the added adventure of pushing yourself for something you wanted to get.

Posted by Carlos - 08/07/2012 11:46 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because I know exactly how much of a necessity a machete after spending some time in Mexico and felt that they could use the gear.

Posted by Marianne Vasko - 08/07/2012 11:46 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas – Curiosity could’ve gotten the best of him, but he persevered.

Posted by todd - 08/07/2012 11:46 AM

William Newsom; funny but a meaningful story.

Posted by Jacob Wagner - 08/07/2012 11:46 AM

Sorry BUT i had to vote for my airborne brother. (Robert Schell/Jackson City CA)

Posted by kyle scott - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

Got to love a guy that is persistent…John…all the way!

Posted by Andy Donaldson - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

The underwater story very well written.

Posted by Christina Nelson - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

Jenny Dengler – She’s a mom that can handle a machete, need I say more?

Posted by sean cullen - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

Tom Hinderman should win as i feel his story is more relevant to the every day working man.

Posted by Dylan R. - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota
He should win because eventhough, it’s not a life/death story it’s just the plain truth for the other 99% of people that carry them.

Posted by Michael.Teegarden - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because I liked the story of a once lost knife being brought back to life and being put to use in real life.

Posted by chris - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

William Newsome’s story about memories of his father’s bravery should win this one…hands down…FAMILY FIRST!

Posted by Nathan Pinter - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

Newsom should win because of the great story and awesome pose in the pic!

Posted by Francis Wagner - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

My vote went to William Newsom because i have already lost my father but think he would have done the same to protect me and i know i would do the same to protect my 3 girls

Posted by Sean - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

I voted for Lorin because digging up dinosaurs is about the most badass thing you can do with a knife.

Posted by Ed - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

I have my military gerber muti-tool love to add this to my S.E.R.E package

Posted by Daniel B - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

My vote went to Robert Schell / Jackson City, California. I believe that the endurance, respect, and usefulness of the knife is shown through his story.

Posted by Nikki Elliot - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

Tom Hinderman/ North Branch, Minnesota. Everyone should always carry a multi-tool or a knife!

Posted by Chris Pfeiffer - 08/07/2012 11:47 AM

I vote for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska because knives are made for rough work, in his case excavation, and should be used for that purpose not as a weapon, except in a time of need.

Posted by Chris Crawford - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

Voted for Ryan Ledden. Nice to know there are still come people who can survive on their own.

Posted by Jonathan Thomas - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

I voted for John Hazlett, because his story of perseverance inspired me to keep fighting for my own free blade, which I shall wrest from you yet!

Posted by Adam Bryant - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

I like Williams story because it’s of a found memory of his father something we all need to have!

Posted by PJ - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

They’re all winners; I chose the story from William Newsom / San Francisco, California, as it’s not only funny, but a great example of how his dad was prepared to do what it takes to protect his family….even if it was to provide unintentional comedic relief… What a great memory.

Posted by Scott C. - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

John Hazlett reminds us of the rewards of persistence and drive…he has my vote.

Posted by Eduardo s clemente - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica She seems to need a better knife huh…..

Posted by Sam Hanneman - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

I voted for William Newsom, because it reminded me of some of my own childhood memories.

Posted by nigel - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

john got my vote as he was destined to find and cherish the blade

Posted by Bud Rubert - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

My vote goes to Robert Schell. As Ex-military, I understand the importance not only of a good dependable blade, but also that connection to family that having it close would bring. I also value his service. As a dad, I only hope that my son will treasure those things we made together, and that seeing and using them will bring back great memories.

Posted by JasonEG - 08/07/2012 11:48 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota. The simplicity is what go me. I can’t relate to living on organic farms in Central America, or blacking out trying to retrieve a piece of metal at the bottom of the sea. But I can relate to the simple act of always being prepared. Maybe growing up watching MacGyver, or scouting, or camping with family when I was still in elementary school; I always remember the anxious feeling when I left me knife behind. It’s a lot like forgetting a wallet, or phone, or keys… I always do a quick check before leaving the house, my office, or camp.

Posted by joseph - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

i think i should win because i love to collect knives and appreciate the quality of gerber knives and they are very durable.

Posted by Eric Morris - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I voted for John Hazlett, Tx. One word, determination!

Posted by Mike Freeman - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I vote for William Newsome because he needs knives to get some testosterone going.

Posted by Jeremy Puent - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I vote for William, the story of a boy, his dad and a knife… I hope to forge memories like that with my son and pass a great new Gerber down to him one day soon!

Posted by Hayes - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

i voted for john h. bc his story was just so cool!

Posted by Chris Sheats - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I vote for the Costa Rica family it must be a challenge living on an organic farm and the extra equipment will come in handy. I fully support living green…..

Posted by Ron Riley - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I voted for Frank Altamura/New Jersey because he has a life long knife that was and will continue to pass through his family for generations.

Posted by Tom Cummings - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I voted for William Newsom —- a nice little touch of nostalgia that reminded me of my own dad, who luckily is still here :)

Posted by CJ Smith - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

Everyone should have a Gerber, plain and simple. i’m deployed and Afghanistan and have a Gerber multi tool and a Gerber deployment kit that i ain’t giving up! Gerber always has and always will be my number one choice for every situation.

Posted by John - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I voted for William (SF) because as a father, I can see myself doing the same thing and have the same result of running into deers.

Posted by Zac A - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

William Newsom from San Francisco, California should win, he looks to fearce!

Posted by Theo Plothe - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

Tom Hinderman has it dead on when he write about his knife’s utility, because at the end of the day, it’s not about the name of or on the blade, it’s about what it can do.

Posted by Ryan - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I vote for John Hazlett, the best story by far and shows the rewards of exploring the great outdoors.

Posted by J. Moses - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because he didn’t quit when his body told him he should stop and he pushed himself until he succeeded.

Posted by Pat Hudd - 08/07/2012 11:49 AM

William Newsom, a son never forgets…

Posted by Terry - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

I voted for Lorin King because i loved to see a knife being used rather than sitting in a collector case.

Posted by DJ - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska, should win; this is a government issue knife, but it illustrates how useful as a tool and indispensable a quality knife can be.

Posted by Kenny Rider - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

Hazlett…Like pulling Excalibur from the stone…SWEET!!!!!

Posted by Chelsy Bradshaw - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

Robert Schell, love the story of how something so minor that happened in childhood can stay with you for the rest of your life.

Posted by roger davis - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

The under water knife because I would do the same thing.

Posted by brian powell - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

I should win because I love your sexy ass knives.

Posted by Dawn DeVinney - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because I can relate to the perseverance and faith in his story.

Posted by Katelyn Rainey - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

I have to go with Robert Schell / Jackson City, California. His knife had a whole mystery life before he found it and created a new life. It’s been with him through everything, and that’s what a great knife will do for ya.

Posted by Scott Stevens - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

I voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia because he’s been using the same well-made Gerber in my home state for years!

Posted by NBBrad - 08/07/2012 11:50 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California got my vote because there is nothing like the example of the bravery a father who stands up to protect his family and the impact that it has with his children, even if it did end up being a couple of deer it could have been the bear!

Posted by Veronica Dickson - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California the story reminded me of something my dad would do.

Posted by patrick quarles - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I voted for William Newsom because knives can make great family memories just as well as they can cut.

Posted by Tyler Salyards - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because with her family living where they are extra equipment and knives are a great resource.

Posted by Gary Caldwell - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

Robert Schell for sure, I too have dug around many old mines in Idaho and its awsome he repurposed the knife he found!

Posted by SHAWN MCENTIRE - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica story. It is truly amazing to see them raising there family in the jungle and putting there knife to good work.

Posted by Todd - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

Anyone that will fend off a bear with a knife to give his family a chance at safety is a hero in my book.

Posted by Stephen - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I vote for William Newsom / San Francisco, California. Camping, family, danger, bravery, our dads; that’s why we love knifes so much, we want to be the men our dads are/were.

Posted by Joshua Dockins - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

My vote is for Robert Schell he served our country proud and would put it to good use

Posted by Jennifer Reed - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman. His reasons for having a knife handy at all times are true, you really never know when you will need one from opening a toy for a screaming toddler to pulling a Will Smith in I Am Legend and having to cut the rope around your leg before sunset you just never know.

Posted by Jaime Navarro - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica because everyone should have a machete on their belt.

Posted by Joe Pena - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I voted for #96 Frank Altamura’s story, great use of MacGyvering on fixing the boat in a tough patch!

Posted by Daniel Hill - 08/07/2012 11:51 AM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California. You can’t beat that story! That’s surely something that his children’s children will get a laugh out of.

Posted by Tommy Webb - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

John M Hazlett of Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win this contest to reward his persistance.

Posted by Sean - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

John Hazlett/ CC Texas. Persistent. That’s kinda like finding a buried treasure. Who knows the history behind it!

Posted by Patrick Graham - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

I’m voting for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California. I may have been a Marine Infantryman, but my appreciation for the job still carries over to the grunts in the Army and the selfless work and pride that goes into it.

Posted by Eli Esparza - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

I vote Robert schell because it goes to show that a fathers love will mold you into a strong man just like that indestructible knife of his.

Posted by eddie beasley - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

i think the woman and her kid at the banna plantation should win there doing something good and realy need some good tools

Posted by Jack Shelton - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

I voted for Frank Altamura/Great Meadows, NJ because it stresses the mutifunctionality of knives as tools and the importance of such tools as heirlooms.

Posted by Casey Burnett - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

I support Jenny Dengler in Costa Rica because she has family-utility-adventure now that is my american dream

Posted by Doss Maxfield - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota This guy just makes very good points and is dead on why a lot of us carry a knife.

Posted by Tim Johnson - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because, whether or not I would rather be on an adventure, my main knife uses are more domestic than exotic, and his story mirrored that.

Posted by Paul Chappell - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

Agreed with one of the above comments, nothing like finding treasure when diving, so it got my vote :-)…

Posted by Patrick Blanchfield - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

I voted for William Newsom because the story made me think of the kind of man a father should be.

Posted by Dion D Michel - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

Lorin King because he digs bones.

Posted by Alex Sweetman - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

William Newsom, Because his story is amazing and he has got a Gerber in the story aswell thats the best part !!!!

Posted by nick muenz - 08/07/2012 11:52 AM

I vote for the lion king because scar was the best Disney villain ever.

Posted by Dillon Stark - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

William Newsom should win the big prize…his fathers bravery for going after the unknown inorder to protect what he loves most

Posted by Cung Anh Vu - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

i voted for Robert Schell because the will and passion when he repair the knife is touching me, and how he use his knife to protect people.

Posted by Nathan - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman, he has it right, your knife is the most important tool you can have for most any situation.

Posted by Larin Backhaus - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

Robert Schell / Jackson City, California. because He’s an army vet who used His knife that He made with His father His whole life.It was a memory that He made with His father.

Posted by Alyzzia - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I also voted for the gentleman who fixed his lady’s leg. It was good quick thinking, and a great example of how well Gerber gear works!

Posted by Michael Kourmoulakis - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because I have visited Costa Rica and I love the Pura Vida concept.

Posted by Wyatt Hicks - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I voted for Mick Flanigan because he’s from the home of the Gerber blade, Portland, OR.

Posted by Kevin K. - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

Voted for 2335! Great stuff from Gerber as always!

Posted by blaine pierce - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I voted for Hazlett for his inspirational story and great life lesson.

Posted by Michael Blaine - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I voted for “Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska” Great uses for a knife, and a scientist with a weapons rocks (pun intended) on so many levels.

Posted by Alex - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because living in the jungle cannot be easy one bit and she could use all the help/protection she can get.

Posted by Trevor - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I voted for Jenny Dangler though others had good stories she has a better all around understanding and practice of the general use of knives and there use for other things than just sport.

Posted by Alex Gano - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I voted for the family in Costa Rica, because (not so secretly)I wish I was living like that. Kudos!

Posted by Clark Quick - 08/07/2012 11:53 AM

I vote for William Newsom, The story was both heartfelt and funny. I can see my dad doing the same thing.

Posted by Tim Van Woeart - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota – voted for him because I feel exactly the way he does…“We want to be prepared. That is why we carry a blade.”

Posted by Jonathan - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota
Because he exemplifies the reason we keep the knife/tools with us.

Posted by John B. - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

I should win because I need a good knife that will last through the abuse that I put it through.

Posted by Nick J - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

William Newsom – Family memories are the best.

Posted by Doug Richardson - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

I voted for William Newsome, I like his story because my brother and I did something similar with a “bear” that was a drunk guy trying to get into our tent.

Posted by Ty Howard - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas Should win. He had the best story.

Posted by Derrick - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

Tom Hinderman: While he didn’t have a story, his philosophy on the knife was well expressed and appreciated.

Posted by Lance Martin - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

Lorin King simply because they have a velociraptor claw in their picture!

Posted by Chris Irving - 08/07/2012 11:54 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett because it seems to me like he doesnt give up, and isnt that a quality you need to own a Gerber knife?

Posted by Mike Richard - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

I vote for William Newsom because his story is both comical and an excellent story of bravery and father-son bonding.

Posted by james spaulding - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California should win. Gotta love this picture

Posted by Lonnie Brooks - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica for the practical nature of the blade they use, everyday life no matter what you face, awesome!

Posted by Jim Vrana - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

The combat knife story. Being under the water that long has got to be worth a win.

Posted by J Timbrook - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

I voted for John Hazlett because like him I understand taking it to the limits…

Posted by Matt D. - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

I voted for Lorin King from Scottsbluff, NB as that bayonet looks like it has been through hell.

Posted by matt murphy - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

Mike dorio, cause.he is a looking out for his wife..its the sheepdog spirit.

Posted by A. Davis - 08/07/2012 11:55 AM

I voted for William Newsom. Had a similar situation but I was with my brother and at that time he had a knife that I wanted and later in years he brought me my very own first Gerber blade which I still have this day…Gerber for Life.

Posted by Richard G - 08/07/2012 11:56 AM

William Newsom – because my dad would have done the same thing . . . with the same reaction from the deer.

Posted by Dave - 08/07/2012 11:56 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota, for the words of wisdom there. A good way to view knives and life in general

Posted by daniel decesaro - 08/07/2012 11:56 AM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Because this knife is old fashion and shows it’s story

Posted by Benjamin Blatt - 08/07/2012 11:56 AM

William Newsom should win because crazy the “crazy dad (behavior) plus knife” story will always be a classic.

Posted by Hank Andrade - 08/07/2012 11:56 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman I am going to use his words that I personally related to and compelled me to vote for him. “ My story doesn’t involve far-away places, or exotic locales. There is no danger, no life & death struggle. My story is about the reason why most of us carry a blade of one type or another. It’s about peace of mind.” I completly agree with this I carry my knife just to have it. I dont want to ever be like “man I wish I had a knife”.

Posted by jeremy - 08/07/2012 11:57 AM

I voted for John because he’s a fighter. I like fighters.

Posted by John Roehner - 08/07/2012 11:57 AM

What a way to remember your Dad! WTG, William Newsome! Hope ya get it!

Posted by Travis - 08/07/2012 11:57 AM

William Newsom should win because it is a funny story that is a way for him to remember the good times with his dad.

Posted by Luiz Diaz - 08/07/2012 11:57 AM

My vote for Mick Flanigan/ true survival story and when a good knife matters most

Posted by Tom Federico - 08/07/2012 11:57 AM

My vote goes to Robert Schell. That knife has come a long way, went even farther and is now fighting the good fight in the legal system. Impressive

Posted by Julie - 08/07/2012 11:57 AM

I voted for William because I too went on a road trip to Montana when I was 10. In the middle of the night my dad took a trip to the campgrounds bathroom and on his way back in he tracked dog poop all over the camper and into his bed. I think it was probably a Great Dane. I would have much rather been eaten by a bear.

Posted by Michael M. - 08/07/2012 11:57 AM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, because I really like the fact that his dad helped him to make a handle for the knife and he will always be remebered of him when using it.

Posted by Julie P. - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

William – the family connection is awesome! the bravery is passed down!

Posted by Greg Hood - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

My vote is for William Newsome. His was a genuine story with a funny twist.
His father determined to protect his family from the perceived threat which
Turns out to be a total over reaction like most would have to a bear sighting
Along with the fact that he still has the trusted Gerber and a great memory of
His dad make his in my opinion far better than the rest!

Posted by Walter G. - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

I think Lorin King Should win because i love the military knifes

Posted by Daniel - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman, because I like his story.

Posted by Roger Finney - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

Robert Schell / Jackson City, California He served our country in the 82nd Airborne Division !!!

Posted by Allen White - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

I voted for William Newsom because it reminded me of the quote, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”

Posted by Jason Miller - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California. What a father does imprints itself on his children, his bravery is commendable.

Posted by Kevin Sturmer - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

Voted for Mike Dorio because he kept his head and saved his wife.

Posted by Parker - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman, because he cuts to the core about why so many of us carry our knife every day.

Posted by Bob Crosley - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

I voted for Robert Schell because his story illustrated how even what was considered a junk knife when he found it could wind up being a valuable part of his world, throughout his life

Posted by Brian Tyler - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

I voted for William Newsom because I thought it was awesome that his dad was willing to fight off a bear with a knife.

Posted by William wagers - 08/07/2012 11:58 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica should win because machetes are so practical, but are also so much fun.

Posted by Kelli Hinn - 08/07/2012 11:59 AM

I voted for William Newsom because it was humorous, and no bears were injured!

Posted by Denislav Vasilev - 08/07/2012 11:59 AM

I’m voting for William Newsom / San Francisco,California, because when i was a child something similar happened to me, and I feel like i see myself in this story.

Posted by Tim Ladd - 08/07/2012 11:59 AM

Lorin King because they would be able to put the equipment to best use.

Posted by nick frye - 08/07/2012 11:59 AM

i vote for #93, the man who helped his wife who hurt her knee. very awesome of him to do that for her, i would have definitely done the same, it’s a man’s job to take care of his woman, or any other person that needs help for that matter.

Posted by Mike Barnett - 08/07/2012 11:59 AM

My vote is for Jenny Dengler from Costa Rica… what an awesome attitude towards life she is imparting upon her children!

Posted by Marcel W - 08/07/2012 11:59 AM

I voted for William Newsom because I liked that his dad would risk his life for his families safety even if was against some deer.

Posted by Jess B. - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California.. I Have had the same kinda of “Bear” story! I live in montana! SO I LOVE IT!!

Posted by David - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

John’s story was great! Texas man!

Posted by Joshua Labovitz - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

I voted for Frank. He solved his issue from start to finish with his knife using it for more than just a sharp blade.

Posted by M. Anders - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

Voted for Tom Hinderman. I always have at least one knife with me at all times.

Posted by Tracy B - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska because I was one semester away from being an anthropologist and know that equipment is important in the field.

Posted by Joe s - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

Gerber rocks, who doesn’t need another Gerber

Posted by Miguel Caldera - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

Had to vote for John M Hazlett / Corpus Christi, Texas, because I’m a Texan, I love the water, and I appreciate a story about pushing your limits.

Posted by david costello - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

John hazlet because everyone should push their limits

Posted by David Loran - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

I voted for William Newsom, He still has his Dad’s knive and an amazing memory to go with it.

Posted by Jeremy - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

Voted for Robert Schell because my dad is a veteran, too!

Posted by Dan D - 08/07/2012 12:00 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas. Perserverance is an admirable thing.

Posted by Linda Thomas - 08/07/2012 12:01 PM

Living on a small farm, we always have a use for multi-knives.

Posted by Chris Cordes - 08/07/2012 12:01 PM

I like the story of the guy finding the knife in the rocks and trying to hard to get it.

Posted by Colin Beesley - 08/07/2012 12:01 PM

Had to vote Jenny Dengler, unlike the others, who were all using a blade for a hobby, Jenny was using one for day to day survival

Posted by Shane Wolfe - 08/07/2012 12:01 PM

John M Hazlett – his story shows what a little hard work and persistence will get you.

Posted by Jorge - 08/07/2012 12:01 PM

I like Tom Hinderman’s story, I like his philosophy. Always be prepared.

Posted by Jordan Daniel Kirkland - 08/07/2012 12:01 PM

Lorin King. Shows how knife aren’t weapons as they are used

Posted by Matt Forster - 08/07/2012 12:01 PM

It’s not the most glamorous, but Mike Dorio’s story seems to be the kind of thing I imagine using a knife for: simple, practical, and necessary.

Posted by Garner - 08/07/2012 12:02 PM

I nominate myself for sending Gerber knives to my friends that made the mistake of buying lesser quality knives.

Posted by Charles Kim - 08/07/2012 12:02 PM

Gerber knifes are the best! That’s what we’re issued for our flight gear and it’s complete that no one ever needs to buy anther knife

Posted by Nick Swan - 08/07/2012 12:02 PM

I vote for William Newsom, his picture shows the appropriate bear attack, ready stance.

Posted by Philip Peterson - 08/07/2012 12:03 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman, because it is a story that most of us can relate too.

Posted by Clinton M. Webb III - 08/07/2012 12:03 PM

I think Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia should win, simply because he lives the closest to me!

Posted by Bill Thompson - 08/07/2012 12:03 PM

Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey should win for a clasic story of an old time knife.

Posted by John Shaver - 08/07/2012 12:03 PM

William Newsom. Putting a huge amount of trust and reliability on his gerber.

Posted by Joe - 08/07/2012 12:03 PM

I have to vote for William Newsom. Funny stories always help to ease the loss of loved ones, and the inclusion of a knife must make that memory even sweeter.

Posted by James S. - 08/07/2012 12:03 PM

My vote is for John Hazlett. It’s a story of intrigue, danger, and pushing your limits for the sake of a buried blade. And let’s face it, this contest is about the best story, not the best social network…

Posted by Kyle Vogelgesang - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

William Newsom’s story is a classic tale of self-sacrafice, even though there was no real danger. This story tells the tale of an average HERO.

Posted by Lauren - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

Robert Schell of Jackson City, California should win because he’s a real American hero.

Posted by Kris Hofstede - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

I voted John Hazlett 2462, his story spoke to me – I felt like I waas there – I found myslef holding my breath throughout the story. I took a deep breath when it was done and voted.

Posted by David Smith - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

Great page and products. Can’t wait to use them!!!

Posted by Joshua Cieluch - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

I Voted for the “Indestuctable knife” nothing beats some injuneity and and Airborne trooper.

Posted by Kyle - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman of MN because i believe every word he said to be true in my own thoughts on the importance/preparedness of carrying a knife.

Posted by Brad Brogdon - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

My vote goes to Lorin King of Scottsbluff, Nebraska because 20 years using the same knife in the field is a great example of how Gerber knives are unstoppable!

Posted by Benjamin Spaulding - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

I voted for William Newsom. His story struck a chord with me as I have a similar story, but not the same wit and writing capability. I, too, have my grandfathers hand me down folding pen knife. I want to go pull it out of the jewelry box now and enjoy my memories. It’s been too long…

Posted by Eric Metz - 08/07/2012 12:04 PM

I think I should win because if I don’t, this poor college student will be forced to spend his tuition money on one of these fancy knives, and we just couldn’t have that now could we…

Posted by Mark Armentrout - 08/07/2012 12:05 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett….never give up or give in.

Posted by Chris B - 08/07/2012 12:05 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey – His story, to me, show cased the need for everyone to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Posted by Jose Arebalo - 08/07/2012 12:05 PM

I vote for William. I’d like a knife because lets face it. Opening things with a knife is way cooler than using your hands.

Posted by Greg Shore - 08/07/2012 12:05 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler. All of that gear would make her life easier and the machete is definitely a do all tool.

Posted by Lane - 08/07/2012 12:05 PM

I vote for Tom Hinderman as he accurately expresses the real-life that most of us deal with.

Posted by mike d - 08/07/2012 12:05 PM

I voted for mike dosrio, with the story of him amd his wife in NH!

Posted by Tim Shaw - 08/07/2012 12:06 PM

I believe Robert Schell / Jackson City, California should win because that is an awesome knife and story.

Posted by Andy Caldwell - 08/07/2012 12:06 PM

My vote goes to William Newsom. I’m amazed at his father’s willingness to fight off a bear using a knife in order to keep his family safe. My kind of guy!

Posted by Frank - 08/07/2012 12:06 PM

I voted for Jenny Dangler. Mainly because I like the fact that they can carry a knife the size of a machete without being harassed. I have a buck knife I would love to carry around but the size and city I’m in make it illegal.

Posted by Dan Binkley - 08/07/2012 12:06 PM

I like William Newsom’s story of his father’s over reaction. What dad wouldn’t do that for his family?

Posted by Emily Granoff - 08/07/2012 12:07 PM

#238 because i like what he does for a living! He definitely has many uses.

Posted by William Newsom - 08/07/2012 12:07 PM

I voted for myself, but they are all great stories. Thank you to everyone for reading and particularly for the wonderful comments!

Posted by Chris Ferguson - 08/07/2012 12:07 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because its always those memories of ones family that should be treasured.

Posted by Brandon OHanley - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

I vote for Robert Shel, I too have a knife that ha been with me through the years.

Posted by Darryl - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey
Should win because every boy should have a knife given to him by his Dad

Posted by victor - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

my vote is for robert schell. finding an old bowie and throwing a handle on it is the kind of resourcefulness that motivates us to carry our blades in the first place. if a relationship starts like that….

Posted by Gary D - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

I have always been picked on about my knife collecting. If I had all you are giving away I’d be the talk of the town!!

Posted by Aaron May - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

Jenny Dengler. Because the importance of knives should be taught to our children and the heritage of them.LinkText

Posted by Pedro Valles - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota #128 should win because he is very true. We need that what if winning chance.

Posted by Jeff Williams - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

I would vote for Jenny Dengler because a good blade is more than an accessory for them, it is a necessity for everyday life.

Posted by Darren - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

I think each person had a very special story to tell. I voted for the undersea blade!

Posted by Gokhan OZdemir - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

I voted William Newsom / San Francisco, California
Because I have experiences a case just like this one.

Posted by Leo - 08/07/2012 12:08 PM

I voted for the machete .. shows the great utility of a knife that can be used daily.

Posted by Brent Seamons - 08/07/2012 12:09 PM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California
of course Dads always save the day great story

Posted by qasid - 08/07/2012 12:09 PM

ryan ledden should win cause he does an adnventure which all people can do. but he did it alone only with his special kit.

Posted by Chloe M. - 08/07/2012 12:09 PM

I voted for Robert Schell/ Jackson City, California because I loved the story he shares with his father and how the knife has had an impact on his life.

Posted by James N - 08/07/2012 12:09 PM

I say William should win, not simply for himself but for the memory of his father. As a military member I know it takes a brave and loving man to be willing to risk himself for others.

Posted by Andrew Biswell - 08/07/2012 12:09 PM

I vote for William N. I have fond memories of camping with my family and several several years of stories being in the Cub/Boy scouts for 10+ years.

Posted by luis gonzalez - 08/07/2012 12:10 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas <——- Should win because his determination and resolve to recover the knife shows his integrity to get the job done regardless the situation.

Posted by Mandi T - 08/07/2012 12:10 PM

Voting for William Newsom / San Francisco, California. Something about a dad protecting his family and the William still having the knife touches me. :D

Posted by devan jones - 08/07/2012 12:10 PM

I voted for Mr. Newson because he carries a tool, a story, and a memento everyday in honor of his dad, just as I think his dad would’ve wanted.

Posted by Jeff - 08/07/2012 12:10 PM

William Newsome simply because the entertaining story while funny today was dead serious at the time.

Posted by c.maxwell - 08/07/2012 12:10 PM

I think William Newsom should win. Don’t we all have a story like William’s dad – but most of us are too chicken to tell it?

Posted by Chirag - 08/07/2012 12:10 PM

The bear story- William Newsom / San Francisco, California. I voted this one cause having a gerber knife with you really gives you a lot of courage.

Posted by Matthew Kuepper - 08/07/2012 12:11 PM

Tom Hinderman, because he knows exactly where we are all coming from. Not just to say words that will get you the chance to win something, but to be honest and tell exactly why we carry knives. Yes gerber make some fantastic knives, but above all he knows how much we care about any knife. All knife brands are special and stand out. I love the story of any knife saving a life. It truly is remarkable.

Posted by Aaron Lynch - 08/07/2012 12:11 PM

Tom Hinderman story should win because it encases all of the aspects in all the stories, a piece of mind, a fighting chance, possibilities and the only thing between you and blivion is the edge of your knife.

Posted by Matthew Austin - 08/07/2012 12:11 PM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff

Because he uses it in his career and every day life, for various things. A knife should be used to help you in most aspects of life, and it sounds like he’s gotten a lot of mileage out of it.

Posted by John Zirpolo - 08/07/2012 12:12 PM

I vote for William Newsom / San Francisco, California, because there is nothing like old family memories.

Posted by Phillip - 08/07/2012 12:12 PM

voted for Ryan Ledden tells you how a good knife is used in the woods.

Posted by Valerie C - 08/07/2012 12:12 PM

I cast my vote for Mike Dorio because he used his blade to take care of his wife and to make it easier for her to get home :) Gotta respect a man that takes care of his best gal!

Posted by Wally held - 08/07/2012 12:12 PM

I voted for William Newsome because his story was both entertaining and personal. Also, had there been a dangerous animal, the Gerber would have at least allowed him some basic protection. My time in the woods (as much as I can manage) and the city (I work in a fairly dangerous neighborhood) had led me to know full well how much that bit of protection can be a need more than a want.

Posted by Dylan Gaty Birnbaum - 08/07/2012 12:12 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett because a good knife can always help us break our own barrier of limitations

Posted by Jesse - 08/07/2012 12:12 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because a knife he didn’t own made him pursuit it past his limits.

Posted by Larry Smith - 08/07/2012 12:13 PM

William Newsome for sharing a great memory of a great man that would wield a knife to fend off a bear to protect his family.

Posted by Jeremy Saporito - 08/07/2012 12:13 PM

William Newsome, for the heroic action, blade winner, and deserveably so.

Posted by Robert - 08/07/2012 12:13 PM

Voted for William because of all the amazing dads that are no longer with us.

Posted by james lipinski - 08/07/2012 12:13 PM

I voted for Frank. Some of my favorite things came from my father

Posted by RyanC - 08/07/2012 12:14 PM

Got to vote for William, his story reminds me of the knife I got from my dad when he passed.

Posted by shawn curtis - 08/07/2012 12:15 PM

William Newsome. The story sounds like something my dad would do, although the knew a bit more about both deer and black bear. My dad is gone now too, but this type of story strongly evokes his love of the outdoors and his commitment to share that passion with his sons.

Posted by Daniel Barckley - 08/07/2012 12:15 PM

I think Lorin King should win because you can’t go wrong with the USM8A1. I personally have one that was given to my wife from her great uncle Glenn Messer. It’s a great knife and always has a great story!
-Daniel

Posted by Bri Stur - 08/07/2012 12:15 PM

I voted for Costa Rica chick, because anytime a blade is a way of life for someone they have earned props from me. Pura Vida

Posted by Jim - 08/07/2012 12:15 PM

I voted for William Newsom, I can just see my dad trying the same thing and I know I would to get others out safely!

Posted by Mary Pyper - 08/07/2012 12:15 PM

Mike Dorio gets my vote because he’s chivalrous & knowing he can handle what Mother Nature throws their way, he’s wife may go on more adventures…I would.

Posted by Josh Love - 08/07/2012 12:16 PM

My father was in the United States Marines Corps for 20 years, He took his Gerber multitool with him on his 2 tours in Iraq and had one in Operation Desert Storm. Those multitools saved his ass in many situations.

Posted by Mark - 08/07/2012 12:16 PM

Voted for 2737 as I have a similar story while camping with my grandfather.

Posted by Jeff - 08/07/2012 12:16 PM

I vote for William, as a dad, I hope that I can provide life skills (and humor) for my kids, like his dad did for him.

Posted by Jeff davis - 08/07/2012 12:16 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota. BecauseI like what he had to say and I’m a Minnesotan.

Posted by David - 08/07/2012 12:16 PM

I believe Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica should win because of how she is using the machete for everyday life.

Posted by Matt Gage - 08/07/2012 12:16 PM

I think that most of us can relate to – Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey story, As a young boy-scout and we as fathers need to pass on our skills to our sons for a better generation.

Posted by Jerry Lafferty - 08/07/2012 12:17 PM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Mostly because he uses it on a daily basis.

Posted by Alyssa - 08/07/2012 12:18 PM

I think John M Hazlett should win. Not only is it a cool story it is a reminder to everyone to go beyond your limits :)

Posted by John - 08/07/2012 12:18 PM

I voted for Frank because he had the least amount of votes. I always choose the underdog.

Posted by Adam Dew - 08/07/2012 12:18 PM

Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey because it looks exactly like a knife my Dad had that he always used. Brings back great memories.

Posted by David Neil - 08/07/2012 12:18 PM

I vote for William Newsom. What a great story. Gripping and full of a father’s bravado, but funny at the end. I love that the funny ending doesn’t detract from the Father’s bravery too.

Posted by Ryan - 08/07/2012 12:19 PM

I voted for Robert because of the great memory and heirloom he and his father created from an old knife left for junk.

Posted by G Kasun - 08/07/2012 12:19 PM

I voted for Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon for his quick thinking and ingenuity.

Posted by john dirienzo - 08/07/2012 12:19 PM

I liked Mike Dorio story because I had a similar story with my wife.. Good job Mike

Posted by DanielLabash - 08/07/2012 12:20 PM

I vote for William Newsom, because thats an all around funny story and his dad reminds me of my old man.

Posted by Dave - 08/07/2012 12:20 PM

I voted for Ryan because he got an A in his Wilderness Survival Skills course…

Posted by Scott Snider - 08/07/2012 12:20 PM

I voted for the family in Costa Rica . . . just because.

Posted by Travis Boots - 08/07/2012 12:21 PM

William Newsom’s story because it reminds me of a night when I grabbed my Asp to fight an intruder in my kitchen, that turned out to be a faulty ice maker in the fridge.

Posted by Jesse - 08/07/2012 12:21 PM

Tom Hinderman is the obvious winner, because all he wants is to have ancient technology around ‘just in case’-which is probably an allegory about life.

Posted by Matt - 08/07/2012 12:21 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because it is always good to be prepared.

Posted by Ronald Kundinger - 08/07/2012 12:23 PM

William Newsom, I can relate to his dad’s reaction while camping, I’ve been in similar situations.

Posted by Jason - 08/07/2012 12:23 PM

I vote for Mike Dorio because of his improvised walking devices.

Posted by Randy Taylor - 08/07/2012 12:23 PM

I vote for Mr. Newsom, and that great memory he will always have of his dad.

Posted by Nate Winans - 08/07/2012 12:23 PM

I vote for Robert Schell; beacuse I have a very similar story and have a deep appreciation for the heritage our parents pass down as we pass down to our kids.

Posted by laura - 08/07/2012 12:24 PM

I vote for jenny dengler. What a life she has! She’s strong and brave and c’mon, she carries and utilizes a machete on a daily basis!

Posted by Joe Albert - 08/07/2012 12:24 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio who know how to take care of his wife using his knife to help his disabled wife get back down the Mountain safely.

Posted by whiskers - 08/07/2012 12:24 PM

I wish people would comment more on GearJunkie, not only when there’s free swag to be had…

Posted by Morgan - 08/07/2012 12:24 PM

I voted for John because I’m a diver too and I liked his story seems like him and that blade are kindred spirits

Posted by Rob C - 08/07/2012 12:25 PM

Mike Dorio Because you always have to like the underdog!

Posted by Emmanuel Gaxiola - 08/07/2012 12:25 PM

I voted for William Nelson because the story about his dad protecting the family it’s a nice memory to have since his dad is gone.

Posted by Tarik - 08/07/2012 12:26 PM

I think William Newsom should win because of his fathers outstanding bravery and willingness to do anything to protect his family, even if it were a bear, with a trusty gerber knife!

Posted by Branden Hartness - 08/07/2012 12:27 PM

The person I voted for was the guy with the camping story because sometimes the good memories are all you have.

Posted by Ethan Lewis - 08/07/2012 12:27 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler of Costa Rica, because she would hold the most gratitude and respect for a prize that supports her way of life.

Posted by Tabatha - 08/07/2012 12:27 PM

Anyone who uses gerber and has a story is a winner, after all life is about perspective.

Posted by Grant - 08/07/2012 12:28 PM

I think that Mike Dorio should win because he helped his wife down a mountian by cutting down two two-inch think limbs with his Gerber LMF II knife and using them as walking sticks to get down.

Posted by Jacques - 08/07/2012 12:28 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas
I voted for this one because we all must remember our limitations

Posted by Tim - 08/07/2012 12:28 PM

Loved William’s story, a great mix of humor and bravery.

Posted by Tony Rosenthal - 08/07/2012 12:29 PM

William Newsom…. nothing like a “great memory” story and still owning the knife.

Posted by Matt A - 08/07/2012 12:29 PM

To cut ties with all the lies I’ve been living in.

Posted by David Strawser - 08/07/2012 12:29 PM

I voted for Robert Schell it pretty awesome that he could repair that bowie knife with his father then use it to defend all of us and our freedom.

Posted by Jim Dennison - 08/07/2012 12:29 PM

I voted for Wm Newsome because we all have a story of being somewhere at night, hear something and just “know” what we can expect if we open our eyes or step outside. And then have to laugh when it is not that. And then have a sigh of relief because we hoped it was not the “bad” thing.

Posted by Curtis Cullum - 08/07/2012 12:29 PM

John M Hazlett Corpus Christi, Texas. Without pushing our limits, we can never grow to our full potential.

Posted by zach hazuka - 08/07/2012 12:30 PM

i think that Robert Schell / Jackson City California should win because he found and created a knife with his father and he also used that knife for his military service.

Posted by Brian Guynup - 08/07/2012 12:30 PM

William Newsom should win, his dad sounds like a bad ass I’d have liked to met,going after what he thought was a bear to protect his family. Good stuff

Posted by William Miner - 08/07/2012 12:30 PM

I vote Tom Hinderman his statement of always be prepared is a motto that I learned in scouting and still believe in today.

Posted by Scott - 08/07/2012 12:30 PM

Machetes are multi-purpose tools. Jenny Dengler gets my vote.

Posted by Jennifer Chamberlain - 08/07/2012 12:30 PM

I vote for Mike from New Jersey. Way to be innovative under pressure!

Posted by Edward - 08/07/2012 12:31 PM

Robert Schell should win as an American hero and soldier who dared to fight for his country and still serves to this day as a defender of her laws!

Posted by John VanDoorne - 08/07/2012 12:31 PM

Gotta love the Dad jumping out of the tent, reminds me of my dad.

Posted by Matt Bourdeau - 08/07/2012 12:31 PM

I’m in need of a new knife to help with getting my moms house ready for me to leave for Air Force basic training, and I’ve always loved having a good Gerber on my side

Posted by James Cord - 08/07/2012 12:31 PM

I voted for the man who’s father gave him a knife when he got his totin chip cause the exact same thing happened to me. I’ve had that knife with me ever since.

Posted by Stan Parrish - 08/07/2012 12:32 PM

I think that Frank Altamura should Win because he has family values.

Posted by Jamie - 08/07/2012 12:33 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey because his adventure took place in NH, where I am a life long resident.

Posted by Ed Guy - 08/07/2012 12:33 PM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota is who I voted for. He has no great story, but reminds us of the reasons that we all carry a good reliable knife.

Posted by charlene wakefield - 08/07/2012 12:33 PM

513 really great storyhe should win!

Posted by Andy S - 08/07/2012 12:34 PM

John Newsom/ San Fran, because he learned the precious lesson of how to keep mule deer at bay.

Posted by Shane - 08/07/2012 12:34 PM

Jenny Dengler in Costa Rica. She could use the gear.

Posted by Brian - 08/07/2012 12:34 PM

I voted for # 111. I liked how he was able to use his knife to help his injured wife. Its the “ This could happen at any time” stories that I like. Simple, but great use of a Gerber knife to get out of a jam!

Posted by Tanner Vontalge - 08/07/2012 12:34 PM

My vote would have to go to the man from Beaverton, Oregon, his story shows the importance of having a reliable knife when it’s needed the most.

Posted by John Loose - 08/07/2012 12:34 PM

My vote goes to Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because I love history, especially WWII history and his blade got him through the war.

Posted by noah castillo - 08/07/2012 12:35 PM

since my own fear of zombies wasn’t chosen ,i would like the costa rican family to win due to the practical porposes they will use the prizes for.

Posted by A.Monnich - 08/07/2012 12:35 PM

Ryan Ledden / Canton Georgia, you never know when you will be stranded in the wilderness, and you need to know how to survive, having a good knife is KEY!

Posted by Prepared - 08/07/2012 12:35 PM

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself makes you FEARLESS.” (Lao Tzu/Movie “Fearless,” Jet Li)

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota should win, because, anyone can have a survival story. That’s cool, great, epic and awesome. But its not just about being cool, it’s the mindset behind it-to carry a blade not to show off and see who has the bigger knife, but to be prepared, in any instant (emphasis), that danger may be near, and though slim, if by chance occurs, having that knife and split second decision making, will determine if you can have enough fighting spirit to make it through, or to become another horror story for the rest of society to learn from. “That is why we carry a blade.” That way, you can be fearless, regardless of the situation.

However, kudos to all-very, very good stories.

Posted by Joe Fehr - 08/07/2012 12:36 PM

William Newson good story

Posted by Alan DeJohn - 08/07/2012 12:36 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica, she actually uses a knife as a way of life.

Posted by ben - 08/07/2012 12:36 PM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica Becasue organic costa rican farming is awesome!

Posted by Kevin Mills - 08/07/2012 12:37 PM

I voted for the man who valiantly cared for his lady.

Posted by kevin cardona - 08/07/2012 12:37 PM

i vote for me because, without my knife i’d probably be in colorado still, car broke down, 2:00am nobody around to hitch hike, knife in pocket, knife and ignition meet and BAMM!!! homeward bound, love gerber

Posted by justin talgo - 08/07/2012 12:38 PM

i voted for hinderman because thats why i pack a gerber!

Posted by Paul Sullivan - 08/07/2012 12:38 PM

Ryan Ledden, I can relate to the story very well.

Posted by gage harding - 08/07/2012 12:40 PM

i vote for Mike Dorio because he helped his wife get down the mountain with the things he made.

Posted by Jacob - 08/07/2012 12:40 PM

William Newsom gets my vote, just for the photo alone.

Posted by Robert Wallis - 08/07/2012 12:40 PM

Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey
got my vote because I like how his dad gave him his own knife.

Posted by Alex rohr - 08/07/2012 12:40 PM

I’d love to own a new Gerber. My old one is on the fritz, (after about 7 years of VERY hard use, (it’s a FAST model). It has served my so well as in my job as a cabinet maker. I’ve actually carved entire center peices for headboards with it. Great company, THANK YOU!

Posted by Ty - 08/07/2012 12:41 PM

John’s story for his realization of his own limits…yet pushing them anyway.

Posted by Tarl Hutchens - 08/07/2012 12:41 PM

Ryan ledden because he knows how a knife can save your life and took the initiative to learn survival skills.

Posted by Robert Richards - 08/07/2012 12:41 PM

Robert Schnell / Jackson City should get the prize because of the sentimental value to him. Memories are important!

Posted by Christian Cottrell - 08/07/2012 12:42 PM

I think i should win because when i worked at academy sports and outdoor i told everyone to buy the brand because it was the best in the world and was the reason bear stays alive.

Posted by David D - 08/07/2012 12:42 PM

I voted for Mr. Tom Hinderman of North Branch, Minnesota because he, very eloquently, described the exact reason why I have been carrying a knife for the past 20 years. Very heart felt man!

Posted by Wayne - 08/07/2012 12:42 PM

William Newsom love dad stories and a knife vs a bear that ballsy

Posted by aaron farley - 08/07/2012 12:42 PM

the guy from canton, ga – because he’s actually out there, adventuring and using his knife.

Posted by Dan Gordon - 08/07/2012 12:43 PM

My vote is for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, for his use of the found knife while in the service.

Posted by Mike Hicks - 08/07/2012 12:43 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler as she realizes the daily importance of having a knife and thus knows the importance of having a steel that keeps an edge and is easy to maintain. And she is teaching those concepts to her children.

Posted by Dustin Coble - 08/07/2012 12:43 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler so that she can use the extra equipment for her family.

Posted by Taylor Yockey - 08/07/2012 12:44 PM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California because I say so.

Posted by Josh Heusinkveld - 08/07/2012 12:44 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because Knife + woman = beautiful thing and not afraid to use it!!

Posted by Meyrick - 08/07/2012 12:44 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio who took care of his wife’s knee.

Posted by Trevor - 08/07/2012 12:45 PM

I vote for Lorin King from Scottsbluff, Nebraska because I grew up in Nebraska.

Posted by John - 08/07/2012 12:45 PM

William Newsome because his dad was willing to risk his life to protect his family.

Posted by Tom Bavone - 08/07/2012 12:45 PM

I voted for William Newsome, because that story exemplifies everything a father should be – he should be protective of his family, courageous to face certain danger for them and just a little bit crazy enough to take on a bear with 3 inch pocket knife.

Posted by Jason K - 08/07/2012 12:45 PM

William Newsom because it reminded me of a time I came out of my tent yelling and waving a camp hatchet and dagger only to (thankfully) frighten off a wild pig.

Posted by Andrew Grindrod - 08/07/2012 12:46 PM

I vote for Frank, to be given something as special as a knife by your father shows a very real and true bond between father and son, and this deserves rewarding, even more so in this day and age!

Posted by mathieu guevremont - 08/07/2012 12:46 PM

My vote goes to William Newsom / San Francisco, California:
They went trough an incredible ordeal and they definitely deserve this prize.

good luck!

Posted by Donald Anderson - 08/07/2012 12:46 PM

I think I should win because I love Gerber but can’t buy it because I am partially poor.

Posted by Kendall Carryer - 08/07/2012 12:46 PM

My vote is for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica . Living in a more primitive lifestyle i think she could get alot of use from a gerber.

Posted by William Chaverri - 08/07/2012 12:46 PM

I vote for William Newson, because I’m father, and will fight any creature to keep safe my childrens

Posted by Sherri Pettit - 08/07/2012 12:46 PM

I really liked the under water story. It was very well written. Love your knives!!

Posted by David Myers - 08/07/2012 12:46 PM

I voted for William Newsome. William wittnessed first hand that sometimes the only difference between being a victim, or having the bravery to stand up and protect your family, is the trust in a good quality blade, such as a Gerber. His father went into a perceived life threatening situation, armed with only a Gerber knife for defense. This has directly impacted William and he remembers this lesson to this day. I hope he never finds himself in such a need with his family again, but if he does, he will be the best prepared to handle the danger.

Posted by michael brooks - 08/07/2012 12:47 PM

i think the guy in costa rica should win, lived there myself and a knife is a must have.

Posted by Nathaniel Gerlach - 08/07/2012 12:47 PM

I vote for Mike Dorio because his situation could happen to anyone and his quick thinking helped get them back safely

Posted by Scott DeWitt - 08/07/2012 12:47 PM

I think Robert Schell, in finding a piece of history and then repurposing it for a new life of hard use and combining old memories with new, should win!!!

Posted by Jimmy Foley - 08/07/2012 12:47 PM

I voted for Robert Schell were all free because he was brave enough to serve his country for our freedom.

Posted by Lance - 08/07/2012 12:47 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas. I know what it is like to what something so bad you cannot give in.

Posted by Doug Schmitt - 08/07/2012 12:47 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California. My father passed down his appreciation of a good blade to me, and expounded frequently on a knife’s usefulness. My son is 7 and has the knife bug himself, I’d like to think he got it the same way I did.

Posted by Jim Crapia - 08/07/2012 12:48 PM

Tom Hinderman, because I’m a sucker for a good multi-tool.

Posted by Brent Coleman - 08/07/2012 12:48 PM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska. This is a person who uses their knife for everything a knife SHOULD be used for; job, shelter/clothing prep, survival, and fighting bears!

Posted by Jonathan Daniels - 08/07/2012 12:48 PM

I voted for Lorin King; the reason is it seems to be an almost daily use of a knife that was built to do everything that Lorin has used it for with the exception of placing it on the end of M-16 and charging the enemy.

Posted by William RayIV - 08/07/2012 12:48 PM

Mr NEWSON deserves to win after that story!And I deserve to win a awesome Gerber also!

Posted by jmd1513 - 08/07/2012 12:48 PM

I think the old bowie knife should win. It looks amazing.

Posted by Donnie margetish - 08/07/2012 12:49 PM

i love Gerber tools they are part of my everyday life from a box cutter at work or the worn out knife for camping my life would be harder with my Gerber

Posted by Steve Belcher - 08/07/2012 12:50 PM

To be honest I picked the diver because I had to pick only one. They were all awesome stories about knifes. One of the oldest and most practicial tools known to mankind.

Posted by Jeff Adler - 08/07/2012 12:50 PM

Jenny’s got my vote. Bad-@$$ lifestyle with a bad-@$$ blade! We could all learn from that example.

Posted by Dan Marsac - 08/07/2012 12:50 PM

Mick should win because of his awesome diving story!

Posted by Adam Mikolajczak - 08/07/2012 12:50 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California, because his story was humorous and sentimental.

Posted by james hudson - 08/07/2012 12:51 PM

I liked Lorin King’s story and his old bayonet

Posted by Chris Schafer - 08/07/2012 12:51 PM

I was torn between two stories, but I mostly relate to RYAN LEDDEN from Canton Georgia because I have found myself in similar situations both upstate NY, the Appalachian Trail in Virginia (from which I hold a lot of experiences close to my heart), and, too some extent, the Everglades. You truly discover what is most essential to you in those situations. I’ve always found it comforting to have a knife handily clipped onto my right pocket, not only for eating, first aid and making quick of miscellaneous tasks, but mostly as a safety measure for those times I’ve come into close contact with the true masters of the wild: bears, cougar and alligators. Though I’ve yet to have to defend myself close-quarters in that way (since loud noises or retreating seems to work in my favor), my knife has always served me well as a totem.

Posted by Alfredo C - 08/07/2012 12:52 PM

I voted for William from Cali, he had a great story about his old man.

Posted by Ashley - 08/07/2012 12:52 PM

Jenny Dengler – Her story is a great example of the vast number of uses for a knife and how vital it’s use is in everyday life for many people.

Posted by Bruce Harrison - 08/07/2012 12:52 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey. When you need a good knife it’s nice to know you have one you can rely on to get the job done.

Posted by John Bass - 08/07/2012 12:53 PM

I voted for Mick Flanigan simply for home town pride

Posted by Jamie - 08/07/2012 12:53 PM

Jenny from Costa Rica should win because she has a great noble cause, and keeps her family life exciting!

Posted by Jeanne Garland - 08/07/2012 12:53 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas Because he found something and without being sure what it was exactly he kept diving for it until he had it in hand.

Posted by Arman Kadoian - 08/07/2012 12:54 PM

I think Arsen Kadoian/ Malmoe Sweden should win it because the knife is not only necessary for his work, but also in his hobby for hitchhiking

Posted by Jeff Warembourg - 08/07/2012 12:54 PM

I voted for the man who took care of his wife’s knee

Posted by marx andrzejewski - 08/07/2012 12:54 PM

being without my gerber is never a option for me.

Posted by jaden dritlein - 08/07/2012 12:55 PM

I voted for Jenny of Costa Rica for teaching a natural life style.

Posted by Sean Walker - 08/07/2012 12:55 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because learning to truly push one’s own limits is a lesson that everyone has to eventually learn in order to reach their potential in life.

Posted by Philip Vieira - 08/07/2012 12:56 PM

Voted for Robert Schell, Found a broken knife, fixed it, and used it.

Posted by Matt van Doorn - 08/07/2012 12:56 PM

I vote for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia because I have been there & done that.

Posted by Amanda - 08/07/2012 12:56 PM

I voted for William Newsom because that reminds me of something my dad would have done. Love you dad!

Posted by Ben Taber - 08/07/2012 12:56 PM

All I have to say is… Be Prepared!

Posted by Dusty Rhinehart - 08/07/2012 12:56 PM

I voted for Jenny Of costa Rica for teaching..

Posted by Matt Grossmayer - 08/07/2012 12:57 PM

jenny dengler of costa rica. Being in the jungle she will need it!

Posted by William Gunsalus - 08/07/2012 12:57 PM

William Newsom gets my vote because his story shows the confidence a good knife will give a man; give me my Gerber and bring on the ten foot grizzly.

Posted by jon - 08/07/2012 12:57 PM

mick should win as his story shows what anyone would go through for a good knife.

Posted by Juergen Block - 08/07/2012 12:58 PM

I voted for William Newsom. His story sounds like a real-life story, which we all can face in our everday life.
The Gerber knife is not only a perfect companion for everydays trouble we are facing, but you can give it to your descendants, leaving some value to them. We are in rushing times, where bravery and quality has become a seldom good. Let us all keep that.

Posted by Doug - 08/07/2012 12:58 PM

Hook up the gal from Costa Rica! Every good woman in the jungle needs a good knife!
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Posted by Gary Sanders - 08/07/2012 12:59 PM

William Newsom got my vote…a family story with a laugh deserves to win in this day and age of bad news and sad stories.

Posted by BEN RUNYAN - 08/07/2012 01:00 PM

I voted for Lorin King/ I am a park ranger and a good knife is a key tool in keeping the park safe for all visitors!

Posted by Dennis Russell - 08/07/2012 01:00 PM

I voted for Lorin King out of Nebraska. His story did not touch me as much as the knife he chose. I myself have had the military issued M8A1 by my side several times and it has never failed.

Posted by Chris - 08/07/2012 01:00 PM

I voted for William Newson because what his father did was a noble thing even though it ended up being a funny camping story.

Posted by Jonathan &quot;Danger&quot; Hernandez - 08/07/2012 01:01 PM

J-Haz wins as a reminder that our will is stronger than our limitations!

Posted by Chris Q - 08/07/2012 01:01 PM

Ryan Ledden for showing that he knows how to use the knife as his main survival tool based on what he learned. All very good stories tho!

Posted by Neil Sierocki - 08/07/2012 01:02 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett because the knife has a story of it’s own that will most likely never be known, and that sends my brain into adventure mode.

Posted by Ryan - 08/07/2012 01:02 PM

Voted for the Bowie knife (Robert), the knife prob had a long history before he got it. Fixed it up and continuing to use it in a true link to the past.

Posted by Reese Taylor - 08/07/2012 01:03 PM

i voted forLorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska.i had a USM8A1 great knife an theyll outlast anything

Posted by MikeA - 08/07/2012 01:03 PM

Voted for Mick Flanigan, he needs some votes!

Posted by David G - 08/07/2012 01:03 PM

Lorin King should win because that old bayonet needs to be retired and kept in good shape as a piece of history

Posted by aron eldridge - 08/07/2012 01:04 PM

I voted Tom Hinderman because not everybody is lucky and gets to go on adventures and have storeys about how thay used a knife for survival everdy people use them on the farm or just that sence of protection

Posted by Damien Evans - 08/07/2012 01:05 PM

Lorin King, His knife is a tool not a weapon, and far from a novelty.

More to the point, they mention 2 black bears. Understated, No gimmicky stories about three moose licking a bbq.

Posted by Stephanie Chilcote - 08/07/2012 01:05 PM

I voted for Frank. As an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 2, I have to give props to an Eagle Scout.

Posted by Kevin E - 08/07/2012 01:05 PM

You never know when you’re going to need a great knife… and I can’t find mine.

Posted by Stan Hunt - 08/07/2012 01:06 PM

I just need a knife to replace my Craftsman from the 1980’s please.

Posted by Michael Strittmatter - 08/07/2012 01:06 PM

I really need a new knife since i broke mine this last week. I use my knife every day for my Department of Defense job. Please help me!

Posted by Josh Bowlin - 08/07/2012 01:06 PM

i should win a knife because all i buy and belive in is Gerber!!!

Posted by KL - 08/07/2012 01:07 PM

I voted for Robert Schell because anyone who’s made the sacrifice of service for the rest of us and our country deserves a thank you, and what better way to say that than with some knives and other outdoor gear.

Posted by chris - 08/07/2012 01:07 PM

I voted for William because of the funny and touching story.

Posted by Sharryl - 08/07/2012 01:07 PM

I voted for William Newsom because his story reminded me of the first time I went camping in the deep woods. At one point, I heard something snuffle at the tent near my head. My only safety line was the flashlight I kept firmly gripped in my hands. When I finally got up the courage to look, it was just a herd of deer.

Posted by Michael Green - 08/07/2012 01:08 PM

I vote for Frank Altamura, because Bo Scouts always need more gear… Even though hus knife isn’t legal for a Boy Scout to carry anymore, since it doesn’t fold.

Posted by Jake Deardorff - 08/07/2012 01:08 PM

I voted for Mick, #135 because I too am a scuba diver and know the importance of being a quick thinker in a bad situation. Especially with man eaters about.

Posted by Todd F - 08/07/2012 01:08 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because a good knive is essentially about peace of mind.

Posted by Aaron Kennedy - 08/07/2012 01:09 PM

William Newsom definitely gets my vote. All else aside, any outdoors person knows that a great story is absolutely priceless and Mr Newsom tells a great story. His comical tale reminds me of incidents in my childhood where something of such a serious nature ends up being a humorous moment that will bring laughter and smiles around campfires and dinner tables for generations to come.

Posted by iraklis - 08/07/2012 01:09 PM

I vote for Lorin king. I like the blade and it’s story.

Posted by Bake - 08/07/2012 01:09 PM

I voted for William Newsom because it made me LOL and then tear up thinking about what fathers do for their kids.

Posted by War6 - 08/07/2012 01:10 PM

the guy from tx is very persistent but at-least he now has an amazing story to go with his knife.

Posted by Tim lovato - 08/07/2012 01:10 PM

I voted for Hazlett. Inspiring story on overcoming your limits

Posted by Kelly Sharkey - 08/07/2012 01:11 PM

I voted for William because that is something that my dad would have done in that situation.

Posted by Zach - 08/07/2012 01:11 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler. She shows that a good knife is not only needed for survival, but is a tool used for everyday life.

Posted by david - 08/07/2012 01:12 PM

Robert Schell Military veteran

Posted by Brian Sutton-Quaid - 08/07/2012 01:12 PM

The story from William Newsom / San Francisco, California gets my vote because it has sentimental tones that we can all relate to. It might be a classic tale!

Posted by Marcus Hammond - 08/07/2012 01:13 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler, gotta love a lady with a big knofe!

Posted by Bjrn - 08/07/2012 01:13 PM

Jenny…I like her attitude toward child-rearing!

Posted by jordan mcclure - 08/07/2012 01:14 PM

I vote for login king I like the blade and the story.

Posted by Rudy Fimbres - 08/07/2012 01:14 PM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California Because of the story of finding the knife as a child and still having it as an adult and using it to help an innocent man.

Posted by Don - 08/07/2012 01:14 PM

Scuba is the only way to go!

Posted by Jeramy Bourdeau - 08/07/2012 01:14 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas i just love to hear stories about people finding hidden treasures

Posted by Ivan K - 08/07/2012 01:14 PM

My vote is for Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica, simply put the Costa Rican jungle is one of the toughest terrains on Earth, I’ve seen Bear Grylls battling its fury like the “crazy” man he is, so my credit goes out to Jenny working an organic farm in an inhospitable environment deserves reward and recognition.

Posted by Dan Purdin - 08/07/2012 01:15 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win! Man is a fish!

Posted by Nick Millar - 08/07/2012 01:15 PM

I think Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska since he will use the knife daily which is the reason to carry a knife and that’s why I think I should win one too since it will go everywhere and be used by me everyday.

Posted by thomas cummings - 08/07/2012 01:15 PM

i cant pick just one story to like. so i just picked at random. they are all good stories. thank you

Posted by Steven P. Schaufler - 08/07/2012 01:16 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler. Her story best demonstrates the fact that knives, beyond being weapons and essential survival gear, are some of the handiest, most versatile, tools ever invented in the history of mankind. As she describes it, the machete in her locale is more than a tool, it’s a way of life. I found it encouraging to read she is passing this philosophy onto her boy.

Posted by John Cassida - 08/07/2012 01:17 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett – I like his tenacity – never give up!

Posted by Tyler Bors - 08/07/2012 01:17 PM

I voted for Ryan Ledden, for no other reason than we are from the same place!

Posted by CB - 08/07/2012 01:17 PM

Frank Altamura is my winner: Nothing says quality like a knife passed down from generation to generation.

Posted by Grant Fultz - 08/07/2012 01:18 PM

I voted on Tom Hinderman’s because while stories are great, Tom’s depicts the reason why we carry a knife with us, no matter the size or shape, they all have purpose.

Posted by Craig Struckman - 08/07/2012 01:19 PM

I think they are all good. Hard to choose just one.

Posted by Kevin King - 08/07/2012 01:19 PM

Newsom Always good to remember your parents.

Posted by Clint Looney - 08/07/2012 01:20 PM

I voted for Ryan Ledden, the man knows how to survive!

Posted by Henry Maxfield - 08/07/2012 01:21 PM

I voted for William Newsom because he is the most badass, knife wielding lawyer I know!

Posted by Will B - 08/07/2012 01:21 PM

I voted for William Newsom because his story reminds me of my first knife which my dad gave to me when I was 8.

Posted by D. Martinez - 08/07/2012 01:22 PM

They’re each winners, just sad only one gets the prize.

Posted by Dennis R Hall - 08/07/2012 01:23 PM

I carry a Gerber ez out and have for 17 years and that is the only pocket knife i will carry i have even used it for a chisel it is the best knife i have ever bought i love mine and yes it still is the same knife i bought that i still carry

Posted by Michael - 08/07/2012 01:24 PM

Mr. Ledden got my vote. I just liked his story.

Posted by Nic Leyba - 08/07/2012 01:25 PM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica

This is the best story. I love the family dynamic!

Posted by tom tobiasen - 08/07/2012 01:25 PM

i voted for lorin king, digging around for fossils and maybe finding something new is an exciting life.

Posted by jordan mcclure - 08/07/2012 01:25 PM

Lorin king his story is just amazing and the blade is quite nice.

Posted by steve spivey - 08/07/2012 01:26 PM

I think Richard Shell should win because he shows how useful a good piece of steel can be no matter how old, just like my Gerbers years from now.

Posted by J. Martin - 08/07/2012 01:26 PM

My vote is for John Hazlett, Corpus Christi; gotta give it your all!

Posted by Sven Izing - 08/07/2012 01:26 PM

I Vote for William Newsom. He should win, for his father!

Posted by Ryan Weghorn - 08/07/2012 01:27 PM

I think William’s story about his dad and the “bear” should win. It reminds me so much of a camping trip we took a long time ago. Sounds just like something my dad would do!

Posted by Matt Jones - 08/07/2012 01:27 PM

I vote for Frank Altamura, it’s hard to find a GOOD knife, him getting a new good quality knife will allow his current one to be passed on to his son sooner.

Posted by Blue - 08/07/2012 01:29 PM

William Newsom, because his story is about how anyone you love needs a good knife, and I want to win one for my wife.

Posted by S Fish - 08/07/2012 01:30 PM

I think I should win because I made an effort! :)

Posted by Michael Wilson - 08/07/2012 01:30 PM

I voted for Lorin King, practical and concise.

Posted by Dave B - 08/07/2012 01:31 PM

Tom Hinderman should win because his isnt a story but a fact.

Posted by Joshua - 08/07/2012 01:31 PM

Gotta be paleontologist and geologist Lorin King of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Science is cool, and blades for science is even cooler.

Posted by Brett Marcotte - 08/07/2012 01:32 PM

Hazlett – All that work for a knife? He earned it! AND it might as well have been Excalibur.

Posted by james brundy - 08/07/2012 01:32 PM

i voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because he served our country and we all owe him a debt of gratitude.

Posted by David Haugland - 08/07/2012 01:33 PM

I vote for William Newsom because that knife is part of a memory of his father and the story behind it can be passed on for generations!

Posted by Dan Wells - 08/07/2012 01:35 PM

John Hazlett because he “earned” that knife and realized his mortality and limitations in the process.

Posted by Shauna - 08/07/2012 01:36 PM

I voted for Frank from New Jersey since I know the value of a knife passed down from your father.

Posted by D. Kilpatrick - 08/07/2012 01:36 PM

Mike Dorio should win for helping his injured wife.

Posted by Harold - 08/07/2012 01:37 PM

I voted for William, gotta love family camping trips that have a twist involving a Gerber!

Posted by Steven Mull - 08/07/2012 01:37 PM

I voted for thr guy talking about everyday use for a knife. I could use a trusty blade for all my fishing trips here in Washington!

Posted by Brian Jensen - 08/07/2012 01:38 PM

I think William Newsom should win because his story is the best… and you can’t beat that picture.

Posted by David Baer - 08/07/2012 01:38 PM

AWESOME STORY ABOUT CAMPING AND A GERBER KNIFE TO DEFEND AGAINST BEARS!! wonderful!!

Posted by Ryan - 08/07/2012 01:38 PM

I voted for William Newsom because it was a great story.

Posted by Sarah Henderson - 08/07/2012 01:39 PM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska got my vote. I imagine that a new knife would be extremely handy in the field. My aunt is was an archaeologist, so I know how often a good knife can make a huge difference when you’re miles away from civilization and can’t spare a few hours to ride back into town.

Posted by Connor Thompson - 08/07/2012 01:39 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because living near the forests must be hard, and It can be dangerous.

Posted by James Peterson - 08/07/2012 01:39 PM

If I win a free knife it would be awesome. I would take it with me as an essential tool for my epic gnarbone adventures! WOOOO!

Posted by steve nester - 08/07/2012 01:39 PM

I voted for ryan. anyone training for outdoors deserves a vote

Posted by Tobias Hunter - 08/07/2012 01:40 PM

Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon
Keeping a calm nerve in the deep water whilst fighting against currents, yet being able to produce a make shift strap to get himself out of danger isn’t a skill you learn overnight also that’s one hell of a story.

Posted by kyle bird - 08/07/2012 01:40 PM

I voted for Mike dorio because I’ve had a similar inccident.

Posted by Scott Atkinson - 08/07/2012 01:41 PM

I voted for William Newsom because 3 vicious BBQ eating mule deer can ruin you day, and it’s story that goes with the family history!

Posted by Ben - 08/07/2012 01:42 PM

I have to give it to the guy who helped his wife out with a walking stick. What better way to use a knife than by helping another.

Posted by Brandon carmichael - 08/07/2012 01:42 PM

I votes for Ryan because he had to apply his knife skills to not only real life but survival situations.

Posted by Alex T. - 08/07/2012 01:43 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica. Out of everyone that submitted stories it is clear that many would enjoy the gear, but she is the one that actually needs it.

Posted by matt moore - 08/07/2012 01:43 PM

i voted for Ryan Ledden from Canton, Georgia, pretty much cause i can relate im from ny and camped in the catskills many times by myself with the only real tool being my knife

Posted by Michael Rouse - 08/07/2012 01:43 PM

Voteing for Robert Schell, Jackson City, CA. I too was in the Army and was deployed to Iraq,(OIFIII)We were all handed a brand new Gerber folding knife. Made my day and got a lot of good use out of it. I guess i’m just relating becouse of militery experience,but what in boils down to is….good me need good knives!

Posted by Matt Kwiatkowski - 08/07/2012 01:46 PM

I voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia, I have to go with my State.

Posted by Walter Bird - 08/07/2012 01:47 PM

I voted for William Newsom because I had the same experience minus the knife wielding – brought back great memories!

Posted by Stephen White - 08/07/2012 01:47 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because that is the best explanation I have ever read for carrying a knife with you everyday.

Posted by Mark Beall - 08/07/2012 01:47 PM

I voted for Tom. I can relate, everyday chores require a solid reliable tool at your side, I am the same kinda guy, need a good reliable tool right at your finger tips.

Posted by Robert Bischoff - 08/07/2012 01:50 PM

Jenny Dengler should win because anyone that lives in a town where men wear machetes like cell phones should have a cool machete of their own.

Posted by Keith Howell - 08/07/2012 01:50 PM

Willie Newsome should win a knife because his story touched me with memories of growing up in the same way.

Posted by Shanti - 08/07/2012 01:51 PM

Voted for Jenny. I like the sweet practical & everyday use. It’s a fun use, and unique.

Posted by Tim Shannon - 08/07/2012 01:52 PM

I like William Newson’s story because it was a whimsical look at the courage that all of our dad’s show – from time to time.

Posted by Seth Ward - 08/07/2012 01:53 PM

I think John M Hazlett should win because of his burning curiosity and determination to succeed, even if that meant life or death.

Posted by Teal DuPre - 08/07/2012 01:55 PM

I voted for Will Newsom because My dad has almost the same story and I laugh every time he tells it :) Also because a knife passed down through the family hits close to home for myself and my husband. Both of us have inherited knives from loved ones and use them regularly!

Posted by Joe Krohn - 08/07/2012 01:56 PM

I love the fact the knife has been passed down from father to son in Frank Altamura story.

Posted by Brian Smith - 08/07/2012 01:56 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas- for never giving up and knowing you have just one more left in you

Posted by candy smith - 08/07/2012 01:56 PM

I vote for Jenny because she looks like she could use some more knives for survival.

Posted by David Stevenson - 08/07/2012 01:57 PM

I voted for Mick Flanigan because when an emergency arose he kept a cool head and improvised a solution with the tool he had!

Posted by James Kircher - 08/07/2012 01:57 PM

I vote for William Newsom because you have to love a funny story and we have all been in similar situations!

Posted by Paul - 08/07/2012 01:59 PM

Mike Dorio he doesn’t have the most votes and he is just trying to win a knife that he could be proud of.

Posted by Adam Willis - 08/07/2012 02:00 PM

i vote for “William Newsom / San Francisco, California” simply because the bond of a father outlasts everything else in life…. but a Gerber knife is a close second ;)

Posted by eric landowski - 08/07/2012 02:02 PM

I voted for William Newsom. Really liked his story.

Posted by Sheridan Hurd - 08/07/2012 02:02 PM

Lorin King Scottsbluff, Nebraska – Just makes me think of Indiana Jones.

Posted by Robert Worley - 08/07/2012 02:03 PM

voted for#297Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska
loved the story the knife is classic, and the raptor claw tops it off for me.

Posted by Mike Rigby - 08/07/2012 02:04 PM

I voted for Jenny who is going to use the knives for everyday life and to teach her children right. I have grown up using Gerber and will use no other brand!

Posted by Matthew Bloom - 08/07/2012 02:05 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because his father faced down an imaginary bear… LIKE A BOSS!

Posted by Isaac - 08/07/2012 02:05 PM

I vote for William because he is awesome.

Posted by Sarah Holzer - 08/07/2012 02:06 PM

I voted for Will because, well, he is great.

Posted by Carlin - 08/07/2012 02:06 PM

William Newsom, great reminder of why we love dads & knives.

Posted by Steven Ward - 08/07/2012 02:08 PM

William Newsom should definitely win. His father and knife made an impact that lasted a lifetime. It showed how to be a man, a father, how to defend his family, and lastly and most importantly it helped to teach him the most essential part of a fathers love. The part where a father is willing to make any sacrifice to protect, and love his family.

Posted by Jamie Harden - 08/07/2012 02:10 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas – very cool story, my vote is for him to win.

Posted by Michelle Ansaroglu - 08/07/2012 02:10 PM

My vote went to William Newsom, his dad sounded just like mine :)

Posted by Christopher - 08/07/2012 02:11 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura, its a knife passed on from generation to generation and holds alot of weight do to sentimental value.

Posted by Keith Abbott - 08/07/2012 02:11 PM

I voted for the hiker that took care of his wife also. One thing is that the wife now understands that all this “man stuff “ is needed not oly for him but for her also.

Posted by Jason T. - 08/07/2012 02:12 PM

I think William Newsom should win because the knife is a reminder of what his dad would have done to protect his family. Potentially facing a 600-700 lb bear with just a knife takes courage that isn’t come easily.

Posted by Janette Gunsalus - 08/07/2012 02:12 PM

William Newsom should win, because he has a great memory of his dad, and rather than making fun of him, he embraced how brave and protective he was of his family.

Posted by Matt Exley - 08/07/2012 02:12 PM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota
It’s a story that all of us can relate to. Not heroic or out there, just everyday uses for our knife.

Posted by Stacy Garofalo - 08/07/2012 02:13 PM

I voted for Will. It’s awesome to have a knife passed down from someone you look up to. I have three boys whom all are interested in hunting and the outdoors. I would love to be able to pass down knives and guns to each of my children and maybe grandchildren.

Posted by T. Duarte - 08/07/2012 02:13 PM

I vote Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota, because everyone has it’s own story with their knives, be it showing your bravery to save your family, escaping from a deadly situation or help your family through life in the jungle, and they all are great examples of why we need and have knives, but Tom explains it in a way that’s the same for everyone: we all carry knifes to face any possible trouble that we may encounter and that’s why we are all live under the same rule, “Be prepared!”.

Posted by Leo - 08/07/2012 02:14 PM

Robert Schell / Jackson City, California story got my vote. Not only did he use the knife for his aid but in the aid of others.

Posted by David H - 08/07/2012 02:14 PM

I vote for William in California—this is an example of a memory you can look back on with laughter and love, and is one you can never forget.

Posted by Steve - 08/07/2012 02:15 PM

voted for John M Hazlett, because it’s nice to think that with some persistance, sometime, somewhere karma can give you a helping hand….or a knife.

Posted by Nick - 08/07/2012 02:18 PM

As a Boy Scout, I have learned that “Be Prepared” is not just a motto, it is a way of life, and that is why Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota should win: he explains why we should “Be Prepared.”

Posted by Jeremy Bristol - 08/07/2012 02:21 PM

Ryan Ledden. Devotion, wilderness survival, and GA .

Posted by Wylie Cuthriell - 08/07/2012 02:23 PM

I voted for the underwater find as that is a rare way to find something for a lot of people. We find things on land or buried or with metal detectors but submurged is rare and a challenge. Gerber is and has alwasy been with me and does the job. I really liked as well and would have voted for the one that had no big adventure or story etc..etc… just that they felt confident to face a need or task with a knife or tool at their side. Thank you.

Posted by michael - 08/07/2012 02:28 PM

lorin king; that looks like a knife that’s been used abused and loved.

Posted by James Terry - 08/07/2012 02:28 PM

Im voting for Jenny Dengler because you just can’t go wrong with a machete, they can be extremely useful in any situation life throws your way. teaching her children the use of a machete at a young age is a great way to pass on their family tradition of organic farming.

Posted by Don Atkinson - 08/07/2012 02:29 PM

The story about the Dad jumping out to scare the “bear”…great. That is an awesome memory.

Posted by Danny &quot;Laambo&quot; Laam - 08/07/2012 02:29 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota because that’s exactly why I carry my knife too!

Posted by Michael C. Fortner - 08/07/2012 02:30 PM

I think Tom Hinderman should win because he truly understands the nature of a knife as a tool in our day-to-day lives.

Posted by Jason - 08/07/2012 02:31 PM

I vote William, for he is our man.

Posted by Ronnie Druien - 08/07/2012 02:34 PM

I voetd for William Newsome because I liked his story of his Dad’s bravery to protect his family.

Posted by Larry Myers - 08/07/2012 02:42 PM

They all deserve to win. Tom Hinderman got my vote. As a disabled amputee veteran for the last 40 years I find like in our scout training, “Be Prepared” is solid advice. Each time I slip on a leg I don’t know whether something will break, on numerous occasions I have used a knife to make on the go repairs, and that’s what Tom is talking about. Ordinary people living their daily lives and toting knives for that just in case moment. I never leave home without two. Gerber knives rock!

Posted by shawn lewis - 08/07/2012 02:42 PM

William Newsom hope he still has his dads knife

Posted by Ethan C - 08/07/2012 02:44 PM

I voted for John H./ Corpus Cristi, TX. He showed the power of human determination. He never gave up!

Posted by Logan W - 08/07/2012 02:44 PM

I think William Newsom from San Francisco, California should win. The stories are all good, but his has a nice twist of humor to it (I’m a sucker for humor) that makes it entertaining to read. Also, the fact that his father trusted the knife enough to possibly encounter a bear with it and nothing else gives me the impression that the knife must be pretty darn good.

Posted by Johnathan - 08/07/2012 02:45 PM

I think that Robert Schell should win because it looks like he needs a new knife and he deserves one too

Posted by Brian Price - 08/07/2012 02:46 PM

I voted for William Newsom, as I enjoyed a good laugh.

Posted by Kevin Sturmer - 08/07/2012 02:47 PM

CONGRATS to the 1st 10 winners!

I still stick by my vote and proudly say I, too, would do anything I could with everything I had (hopefully a new incredible GERBER knife) to help my wife and/or kids

Posted by Stephen Harris - 08/07/2012 02:47 PM

Robert Schell of Jackson City, CA.. Gotta help out the brother in uniform.

Posted by Christopher Lowe - 08/07/2012 02:47 PM

I voted for William Newsom because while the knife didn’t play an instrumental role in his story, it illustrates the power of fear and the human mind.

What you perceive is what your reality is.

Posted by Alex Woods - 08/07/2012 02:48 PM

Jenny Dengler for SURE,seriously, nowhere else like Costa Rica to test the integrity and prove she needs the best gear she can get!!

Posted by kegger63 - 08/07/2012 02:48 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because those are real life lessons!

Posted by Tyler Begley - 08/07/2012 02:49 PM

I think James Peterson should win, Because Gerber is the official knife of Chuck Norris

Posted by Charles Loveless - 08/07/2012 02:49 PM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, it is a good father son story and reminds me of the knife my dad gave to me, that belonged to my grandfather.

Posted by Steve V. - 08/07/2012 02:49 PM

William’s got the most votes thus far and I like picking a winning horse!

Posted by Kyle - 08/07/2012 02:49 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey because there is nothing more honorable than taking care of your wife!!!

Posted by Scott Moberg - 08/07/2012 02:49 PM

I voted for William Newsom. As a father myself, I understand what his father did that night to save his family and although there was no real threat to their safety, it’s cool to see good pople out there that take their family’s safety seriously and do what’s right.

Posted by stephen - 08/07/2012 02:49 PM

I vote for William Newsom because he remembers to not bring his Gerber on the plane.

Posted by Rick R. - 08/07/2012 02:49 PM

I am placing my vote with Tom Hinderman because I very much agree with his philosophy of carrying a blade or multitool so you are ready for anything that comes your way. As I learned in Boy Scouts, always be prepared!

Posted by Fredo - 08/07/2012 02:50 PM

i vote for Jenny Dengler, i used to live south mexico and learn how useful a machete is on a daily basis.

Posted by Rob - 08/07/2012 02:50 PM

Robert Schell should win because he deserves a good knife just like me!

Posted by Rich clark - 08/07/2012 02:50 PM

I voted for Frank for being Mcguyver like and being creative in using his knife.

Posted by James Mx - 08/07/2012 02:51 PM

I vote Lorin King – Scottsbluff, Nebraska because he is a TRUE Knife Junky!

Posted by SugCain - 08/07/2012 02:51 PM

I think Ryan’s testament of“One knife for life” should win.

Posted by Kendra Hansen - 08/07/2012 02:51 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica! Her and her family truly uses knives as part of their everyday living and are teaching their next generation as well!

Posted by Garison - 08/07/2012 02:51 PM

I voted for Frank from NJ because anyone that cares for family and takes care of a good knife deserves a new one.

Posted by Statler Willand - 08/07/2012 02:51 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica since looks like living in the jungle she can use the extra equipment for that harsh jungle environment!

Posted by david graham - 08/07/2012 02:52 PM

i vote for William Newsom, we could all use a good knife to protect out family

Posted by Jon - 08/07/2012 02:53 PM

I voted for the guy that helped his wife a happy wife makes for a happy life!!

Posted by Arthur Nickerson - 08/07/2012 02:53 PM

I think Lorin King should win because of the use of a military bayonette as a tool to search for historic artifacts such as fossils is a tough job and nothing says tough like a bayonette/

Posted by chris hale - 08/07/2012 02:53 PM

I want one.

Posted by Colin reeves - 08/07/2012 02:54 PM

I voted for William and the bear story because we’ve all been there. Hunkered down in your tent expecting the worst just to find out its a deer or raccoon! So funny!

Posted by Neil Strawder - 08/07/2012 02:54 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler in the jungle in Costa Rica. Machetes are cool but even more so when they are a way of life. Now if I could get a Machete with a built-in cell phone…

Posted by AForness - 08/07/2012 02:54 PM

William Newsom. It was a good laugh and a good knife will help in the eventual zombie outbreak.

Posted by David Haines - 08/07/2012 02:54 PM

Tom Hinderman for the piece of mind that he gets from carrying his knife. I agree. It’s nice to just know it’s there to help you with whatever you come across.

Posted by Ben Hopton - 08/07/2012 02:55 PM

I think John M. Hazlett should win because he has a very creative and interesting knife story, which closely resembles the story of King Arthur and Excalibur; a king needs his fortune, right? (which in this case is enough Gerber Gear to last him 50 lifetimes)

Posted by Greg Valdez - 08/07/2012 02:55 PM

Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica. Because everyone should be wearing a knife on their belt, “…not a cellphone!”.

Posted by Joe Kane - 08/07/2012 02:55 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because I agree with him 110%, living in a city where crime is rampant and not getting better anytime soon, you need protection. Having to wear braces on both of my legs to walk normally I cannot run, but wearing a good Gerber blade on my belt at least gives me some degree of confidence.

Posted by Dustin Troxel - 08/07/2012 02:55 PM

Lorin King has my vote because knives and science are awesome and having a job that lets you use them together is even better!

Posted by Sam Odgers - 08/07/2012 02:55 PM

I voted for Lorin King for two reasons; I also have a knife that goes everywhere and does everything, and I have also always been partial to those old bayonettes.

Posted by Jared Alexander - 08/07/2012 02:55 PM

I voted for William and his story of the bear attack. WOW! You never know how the right (basic) equipment may one day save your life, or the lives of others in your group.

Posted by Sayre Precure - 08/07/2012 02:56 PM

I voted for John. His story shows how perseverance can result in some pretty cool rewards.
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Posted by Larry Falkenberg - 08/07/2012 02:56 PM

I voted for #2752,just reading his story of the underwater struggle to get that knife I could feel my lungs burning and I had a hard time breathing just like I was with him there trying to retreive that knife.

Posted by Jeremy Foster - 08/07/2012 02:57 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler – Costa Rica because a knife to her and her family is what a cell phone is to most of us – essential for every day life.

Posted by Alexis Légère - 08/07/2012 02:57 PM

I vote for William Newsom because it story with is father look almost the same has mine when I went camping with my father in Gaspésie.

Posted by Joel - 08/07/2012 02:58 PM

I voted for Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon because I am a fellow diver!

Posted by Matt Szymanski - 08/07/2012 02:58 PM

Lorin King: One knife for 20 years.

Posted by Grant O - 08/07/2012 02:58 PM

John M Hazlett should win he pushed himself to the limit to get that piece of treasure from the sea.

Posted by dan panfil - 08/07/2012 02:58 PM

William Newsome’s story was by far the most entertaining and full of heart, his father sounded like a great man!

Posted by James Demetriou - 08/07/2012 02:59 PM

I think that Jenny Dengler of Costa Rica should win the contest because she is teaching her children a sustainable way of living and to not rely on technology to run your life.

Posted by Brian Benally - 08/07/2012 02:59 PM

Texas!

Posted by dylan weidner - 08/07/2012 02:59 PM

I liked john hazletts story the most because the thrill of accomplishment and underwater treasure is very intriguing!

Posted by Jacob Mars - 08/07/2012 03:00 PM

I think robert schell, should win. Fixing a old Bowie knife with his dad and using it throughout his military career as airborne and ststill has it to this day. Amazing.

Posted by James Dishman - 08/07/2012 03:00 PM

I voted for the diver story. And I should win because, well just because

Posted by Nathan - 08/07/2012 03:00 PM

Robert Schell, because he took a old piece of junk knife and fixed it up into something useful, and gave that knife many more years of life.

Posted by Jim - 08/07/2012 03:00 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura, because my own father gave me a knife just like his father gave him.

Posted by Carolyn Barnett - 08/07/2012 03:01 PM

I liked on facebook as Carolyn Barnett and i voted.I would like to win this for my sweet husband of 42 years.I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey

Posted by dillon moody - 08/07/2012 03:01 PM

i vote for Jenny Dengler because it looks like she could use the equipment to support her family since she is living in the jungle area of Costa Rica.

Posted by Philip Donahue - 08/07/2012 03:01 PM

I choose story 166, just the piece of mind of a knife in your pocket brings you can be uplifting and reliving at the same time.

Posted by Chris Dillard - 08/07/2012 03:01 PM

I’ve been a fan of/had Gerber knives for over 20 years and still have the first and I’m always looking for a new Gerber to add to my collection…

Posted by Roni Eng - 08/07/2012 03:02 PM

I voted for William Newsom because his story is funny and definitely something I can relate to whenever I’m in the woods camping on the weekends. He’s got a good piece of memory of his dads, but perhaps he could make some of his own for his own kids some day.

Posted by Ky K. - 08/07/2012 03:02 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California, because his story is about man, foolish but brave enough to risk his knife for his children, something every should learn from.

Posted by Luke M. - 08/07/2012 03:02 PM

I voted for Lorin King because I believe that studying our past is key to understanding our present and unlocking our future.

Posted by Julian Hernandez - 08/07/2012 03:02 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because that machete needs a rest! Not like the machete needs it, but a break is nice every-now and then. Besides, the family would greatly benefit from it!

Posted by Ben Ricetto - 08/07/2012 03:02 PM

I vote for William Newsom because we have all had that situation happen in camping where you hear a big noise and it turns out to be a squirel.

Posted by Tania - 08/07/2012 03:02 PM

I voted for Ryan because I plan on doing what he did before summers end

Posted by Sasha Dang - 08/07/2012 03:03 PM

I vote for William Newsom because his story was was touching and it made me think back to the few good moments I had with my Dad, and William had a foxy picture.

Posted by Lance Delarosa - 08/07/2012 03:03 PM

I voted for William Newsom, His father did what a real man is suppose to do in that situation. It’s pretty funny as well when you think about it. He was going to cut that bear up and then it turns out it was some deers lol.

Posted by Ben Rantala - 08/07/2012 03:03 PM

I voted for William Newsome because it’s a great story of remembering his father.

Posted by Jason Schellhamer - 08/07/2012 03:04 PM

I voted for Robert Schell/California. For I am also in the military and my father also gave me my first knife, the story really hit home for me.

Posted by Eric Albright - 08/07/2012 03:04 PM

I vote for William, because you never know when you’ll need a knife

Posted by Jeremy Kester - 08/07/2012 03:04 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett his perseverance gained him a reward and a story to pass on to future generations !

Posted by Amanda Colaianni - 08/07/2012 03:05 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio because he put his wife first, himself second. No, I’m not a feminist. Looking out for others/those you care for is important. Story was short and “to-the-point”.

Posted by Will - 08/07/2012 03:05 PM

John Hazzlet has just a real cool story to go with his pic.

Posted by Jason Bryan - 08/07/2012 03:05 PM

William Newsom, it’s easy to laugh about his story now, but at the time, his father was prepared to attack a bear threatening his family with a small knife….primal instincts at thier finest!!

Posted by Anthony Fox - 08/07/2012 03:06 PM

Frank Altamura should win, His story shows the quality of gerber knives and How long they last!

Posted by Samuel Lowrey - 08/07/2012 03:07 PM

I personally voted for Ryan Ledden because of the fact he used his gerber fixed blade knife for more than one purpose, and proved it’s usefullness as a survival tool during backpacking adventures.

Posted by Chris Callison - 08/07/2012 03:07 PM

I voted for Jenny because she has a machete, a MACHETE!!

Posted by Robb Abbaduska - 08/07/2012 03:07 PM

My vote goes to Frank Altamura. Another Great Boy Scouting Story.

Posted by Brian McCabe - 08/07/2012 03:07 PM

I voted for William -my grandfather gave me my first knife and still have it along with my stories and a piece of him is always with me…just like William.

Posted by Tiffany - 08/07/2012 03:08 PM

I voted for William Newsom since I find his story hilarious and have done the same thing myslef with MY Gerber!

Posted by Andrew - 08/07/2012 03:08 PM

Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica should win because they are putting their convictions into action.

Posted by Paige K - 08/07/2012 03:08 PM

I think Jenny Dengler should win. Her story with a knife is not about her life in a ‘what if’ situation, it’s about ‘right now.’

Posted by John - 08/07/2012 03:08 PM

William Newsom simply because I know my dad would have done the same thing.

Posted by PJ Alaniz - 08/07/2012 03:08 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler I have never been to the jungle but I have been out on the woods in southTexas I know it can be rough so I am sure the jungle is worse.

Posted by Arnaud St-Yves - 08/07/2012 03:09 PM

I think that Tom Hinderman should win, he is right about why we carry a knife…at least he is right about why I carry one!

Posted by Austin - 08/07/2012 03:09 PM

Mike Dorio, A good guy just doing good for his wife.

Posted by Martin I - 08/07/2012 03:09 PM

I voted for Mike from NJ for several reasons: I love my wife and would do fhat for her too(if she would ever go camping or hiking with me), I love my LMF II as well, and he’s from Jersey too! Fingers crossed for you Mike!

Posted by Rob Wagner - 08/07/2012 03:10 PM

John hazlett… He doesn’t give up, bend or break, nor does a gerber knife!!

Posted by Nate - 08/07/2012 03:10 PM

I voted for William Newsome and I can picture my father doing almost exactly the same thing and it is a fond memory.

Posted by Thaddeus O'Connell - 08/07/2012 03:10 PM

I place the vote for Jenny Dengler, in Costa Rica. Spending time in the forest is a gift that we are given in life…something that should be passed down for generations to come! The knife is one of the most primitive tools that we have, and carrying that instead of a cell phone is something special indeed! Teaching children about the use of such tools, including machetes, is incredibly important. It helps them understand it, and respect it!

Posted by Jake T. - 08/07/2012 03:11 PM

Will Newsom should win just for the hell of it and his hilarious story.

Posted by Rich - 08/07/2012 03:11 PM

I voted for Lorin King because I too use a knife everyday at work. However I work in a hotel and use it to fix shelves and open tp cases not fighting bears and digging up dinosaur bones so it’s not quiet the same.

Posted by Clint Radford - 08/07/2012 03:12 PM

I needed a good laugh and William Newsom’s story was just the ticket; I could just see the look on the deers’ faces as they non-chalantly went back to licking the BBQ as the dad was ready to strike!

Posted by HAL - 08/07/2012 03:12 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett, of Corpus Chrisit, TX, cause that’s a helluva discovery that makes me jealous, cheers for the vintage possession!

Posted by Mike Freelon - 08/07/2012 03:13 PM

Voted for Newsom because bears are scary.

Posted by Phil DeNomme - 08/07/2012 03:13 PM

I voted for Lorin King cause I wanted to support a fellow Nebraskan and also always had an interest in paleontology.

Posted by David Adametz - 08/07/2012 03:14 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler’s Costa Rica story. Her story intrigued me because she is incorporating her machete into her lifestyle. With her lifestyle, her machete is vital to everyday activity and I can appreciate that she uses it for so many things. Plus a machete is such a monster of a knife to own!

Posted by Michael Edlich - 08/07/2012 03:14 PM

I got my gerber for 10 years now soo i shut win so i can get an upgrad on my knive..:) just a litte HI from Denamrk..:)

Posted by keith martin - 08/07/2012 03:15 PM

Voted for the guy who took care of wifes knee in the White Mountains.

Posted by Kevin Roth - 08/07/2012 03:15 PM

John m Hazlet, Because he has shown true grit snd passion.

Posted by Marissa B - 08/07/2012 03:15 PM

I voted for William Newsom because it is important to remember the funny times of those who have passed.

Posted by Christopher Medina - 08/07/2012 03:15 PM

as a small town police officer, a knife is a tool as important as my sidearm, i am constantly finding a reason to use it on the job, it is one of the most important tools a man can have

Posted by Nate Becker - 08/07/2012 03:15 PM

Voted for Jenny Dengler. I love how they’re teaching their boys about safety and survival while living on the edge.Good stuff!

Posted by John Beach - 08/07/2012 03:16 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California, I like his story of his dad defending them from the 3 BBQ loving Mule Deer. Those are the stories to be handed down to the family.

Posted by Jon Kopecky - 08/07/2012 03:16 PM

Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia
So many uses for such practical purposes! Go Ryan!

Posted by Bob - 08/07/2012 03:17 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because I love how his dad was willing to risk his life to protect his family and maybe one day William Newsom can do the same for his family. Then his children will have the same amazing story to pass on to their children and so on.

Posted by Carlito Mojica - 08/07/2012 03:17 PM

William Newsom FTW. Family first, no hesitation. Bravo! I want to add to my daily EDC rotation. I would be honored to use a Gerber. Stay safe.

Posted by Shawna Crowley - 08/07/2012 03:17 PM

Mike Dorio was my vote seems like a genuine person that had a good story to be heard

Posted by Kevin - 08/07/2012 03:17 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas, he kept trying till he got the knife out, not a quitter,just like Gerber knives!

Posted by Max Oden - 08/07/2012 03:17 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura. What a wonderful history his family has with that knife. That’s something to be proud of. And it gets used, too! How great is that? It’s not something that just sits on a mantle at home and is admired. It’s a hard worker. I hope his son will eventually have a chance to make his own memories with it.

Posted by Chris Van Deinse - 08/07/2012 03:18 PM

I think Mike Dorio should win because he goes hiking with his wife and could use the gear to help get her butt down the mountain.

Posted by Chris Jemmett - 08/07/2012 03:18 PM

I vote for Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey, because the thought of a knife being handed down from father to son is what it is all about!

Posted by James - 08/07/2012 03:18 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because his entry is not about a specific, highly personal, or cathartic event involving a knife; it is about that simple basic tenet, branded into the mind of every Boyscout, that all of us can relate to and which underlies the purpose of carrying a knife at all: Be Prepared.

Posted by Justin - 08/07/2012 03:18 PM

I think I should win because I need a new knife.

Posted by Nick Loglisci - 08/07/2012 03:18 PM

My vote went to Tom Hinderman. I agree with his mentality. You have to be prepared for anything.

Posted by Brian Crowley - 08/07/2012 03:18 PM

I think Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia should win because living outside for 3 days in the cat’s is very hard which out having everything handed to you now in real life.

Posted by Chris Cordes - 08/07/2012 03:19 PM

What a way to find a knife in the ocean, my vote is for that one.

Posted by Frank Altamura - 08/07/2012 03:19 PM

I’ve got one of the original Gerber MultiPliers – before they redesigned it so it wouldn’t pinch your hand. It lives in my motorcycle tank bag – like my rain suit, I never leave home without it – or a roll of duct tape! (BTW, I never got pinched…)

Posted by Dan Marsac - 08/07/2012 03:20 PM

2 dans already won…why not make it three

Posted by Julie Fuller - 08/07/2012 03:21 PM

John M Hazlett…liked his story of persistance, and pushing your limits!

Posted by Mark Jones - 08/07/2012 03:21 PM

I put my vote in for Robert Schell because he served for our country and anyone who takes on that responsibility, will always be a winner.

Posted by Allan DeLeon - 08/07/2012 03:22 PM

I believe that Robert Schell should win because theres nothing more touching than something a father and a son share, and not only that, it was something that he used many times reguardless of the age or appearance and something that he will have to remind him of the time he and his father shared together.

Posted by Nick Moreton - 08/07/2012 03:22 PM

I voted for William Newsom. The story about his father and the bear is what we need more of in this country: people who will do anything to protect their family, even if it means risking their own lives.

Posted by AJ - 08/07/2012 03:23 PM

I voted for Mike Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia because his story shows you how important a simple tool like a knife can be out in the wilderness

Posted by Chad Nordby - 08/07/2012 03:23 PM

I voted for the paleontologist – he’s using his knives in the field on a daily basis – what he does not only helps him do his job, but also increases OUR knowledge of the past.

Posted by Big Bob - 08/07/2012 03:23 PM

I voted for bear fights with nothing but a knife!

Posted by Glenn Laudenslager - 08/07/2012 03:24 PM

I votged for William Newsome, and I cracked up at how funny it must’ve been to see his dad flailing away with the knife. If those mule deer rushed him he would’ve been overrun, LOL.

Posted by Steve Wanke - 08/07/2012 03:24 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because that is a family that is actually living by the knife. They need to carry every day.

Posted by Fowler j - 08/07/2012 03:24 PM

I voted for Robert Schell, because he found an old beat-up knife and made something out of it which he later used in the Army.

Posted by Holly Reichert - 08/07/2012 03:25 PM

I chose William Newsom of San Fransisco because the story reminded me of something my grandfather would do and I cherish those memories I have of him.

Posted by Chauna - 08/07/2012 03:26 PM

William Newsom’s (San Fran/Cali) story brought to mind memories of my own father figure; my grandfather; so I cast my vote for the corny-but-brave men in our lives that we love greatly and miss even more when they are gone.

Posted by Dan Kidder - 08/07/2012 03:26 PM

Nick Flanigan. BTDT!

Posted by David Rutter - 08/07/2012 03:27 PM

William Newsom should win. It’s a nice memory to have about a father.

Posted by Derek Peace - 08/07/2012 03:27 PM

Voted for William Newsom as his story had a funny twist at the end and also a great story to pass to his future generations.

Posted by Frank Myers - 08/07/2012 03:28 PM

Frank, cause his story reminds me of my own.

Posted by Ken Andrs - 08/07/2012 03:28 PM

I chose Frank because he shares of a right of passage that all boys desire, to carry a knife and care for your family, that is a knife worth tottin’.

Posted by Steve Kennedy - 08/07/2012 03:29 PM

I voted for Robert Schell/Jackson City, CA because a good knife can save your life and make it a little easier in a combat zone.

Posted by Rita Evans - 08/07/2012 03:30 PM

I think Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota should win because he uses your knife in everyday situations.

Posted by Ashley Schultz - 08/07/2012 03:30 PM

Ryan Ledden should win because he willingly and regularly goes out and actually uses his knife while backpacking and practicing survival in the wilderness.

Posted by jeff - 08/07/2012 03:31 PM

i voted for Robert Schell because i really dig what he did with the handle and for keeping it close for so long.

Posted by T. Nylander - 08/07/2012 03:31 PM

I voted for John Hazlett, because it shows you how determined we can be when we see shiny objects in the water.

Posted by Charles Askins - 08/07/2012 03:34 PM

William Newsom, because being prepared to fight a bear over your bbq ribs is priceless when it turns out to be 3 mule deer.

Posted by Tim Brown - 08/07/2012 03:34 PM

Dan Wells y not hope you win

Posted by Grant - 08/07/2012 03:34 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler… the idea of everyone trading their iPhones for machetes is a beautiful idea.

Posted by Mike Campbell - 08/07/2012 03:35 PM

William Newsom should win. The story of his father risking his life for his family is touching. Only with a gerber would someone try to fight a bear.

Posted by edward beasley - 08/07/2012 03:35 PM

Again i vote for the mom and son in the banana field they actually need the gear and its top of the line. I have almost 20yrs in the army and its my job to make sure people who need it get help.

Posted by jason - 08/07/2012 03:35 PM

i voted for king.. king should get it because i used to carry that same exact knife in the us army

Posted by Charles - 08/07/2012 03:36 PM

I vote William, Wonderfull story. Remind me one adventure few years ago.

Posted by Sarah E. - 08/07/2012 03:36 PM

I voted for William Newsom of San Francisco, CA because even though it wasn’t a bear, his father was prepared for anything. I also voted because I can picture my father doing the same thing.

Posted by Travis Olsen - 08/07/2012 03:37 PM

William Newsom gets my vote. A good story of bravery selflessness and a touch of humor.

Posted by jason shields - 08/07/2012 03:37 PM

i voted for king.. king should get it because i used to carry that same exact knife in the us army

Posted by kevin mcfarland - 08/07/2012 03:38 PM

William newsom should win because it’s in his blood to protect those he cares about.

Posted by Jay Bullis - 08/07/2012 03:39 PM

Voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica… Nothing better than spending time with kids and teaching them values and invaluable skills. Love the outlook of everyday, every time out, a knife is needed.

Posted by Todd Volante - 08/07/2012 03:40 PM

William Newsom, his courage and levity personify a class act.

Posted by Nicholas Ranayhossaini - 08/07/2012 03:41 PM

Story wise, Mr. Ledden’s should win because it shows the value of a knife as a tool for survival, but in the vein of who should win the free swag it should totally be me cause I turned into an adrenaline junkie after I had cancer (thus realizing the value of doing awesome stuff while you’re still here) and will totally go do stuff with it a lot of the time!

Posted by William RayIV - 08/07/2012 03:41 PM

I voted for William Newsom because his father ,and him are owners of a GREAT GERBER KNIFE!

Posted by James Schmidt - 08/07/2012 03:41 PM

congrats to all , i want one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jealous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jesse B - 08/07/2012 03:42 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura because passing a blade from father to son is a memorable rite of passage for any young boy, and my father has a blade just like that one that we used once to skin a deer that my mother hit with her car.

Posted by Mike Henrich - 08/07/2012 03:43 PM

I like William Newsome’s story because I have had a similar experience backpacking in MT, only I awoke to find a bear, not a couple mulies, in my camp site.

Posted by David Brown - 08/07/2012 03:44 PM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska…. Anyone who can improve our understanding of the history of the world deserves to win for sure.

Posted by DaVid yap - 08/07/2012 03:44 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas

We don’t find the knife, the knife will find you.

Posted by Jake - 08/07/2012 03:46 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because I agree with the statement “Nearly every local man is wearing a machete on their belt, not a cell phone!” Everyone should have a knife at all times!

Posted by Jeff Jewkes - 08/07/2012 03:47 PM

I think William should win having great memories and stories that you will never forget about ones we have lost.

Posted by Brenda K. - 08/07/2012 03:50 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler because there is nothin like a mom teaching her kids how to use a big blade responsibly.

Posted by Andrew garcia - 08/07/2012 03:51 PM

I vote for William newsome. His father was ready to fight off a bear with a knife like a boss.

Posted by Kyle Hosler - 08/07/2012 03:51 PM

My vote also goes to Robert Schell, having spent my entire life camping and hunting I know the importance of a great dependable blade and it could even save your life having a knife.

Posted by Sterling W - 08/07/2012 03:52 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because the way she is living is awesome.

Posted by Brenton Kaiser - 08/07/2012 03:53 PM

I voted for Ryan Ledden/ Canton, Georgia because he showed the true meaning of survival by using his knife as his primary tool for whatever obstacles stand in your way when surviving in the wilderness, which most people don’t even realize you encounter if you are truly stuck in a life or death survival situation (even if this was just for a school survival course).

Posted by Nick Harmon - 08/07/2012 03:55 PM

I voted for William Newsom. I too at a young age began to use a knife and always like to keep one handy although I never had to fight off any mule deer to this point in my life hah.

Posted by Rick - 08/07/2012 03:57 PM

Mike Dorio from Stewartsville, NJ for acting cool and calm using the best tool at his disposal to make a bad situation much less bad… I hope he got extra brownie points from his wife…

Posted by James Ramsey - 08/07/2012 03:58 PM

I voted for William Newsom, just because fighting off mule dear with a knife is where its at!

Posted by Zach - 08/07/2012 03:58 PM

I have learned this lesson as well. My knife was much easier to get out of the bottom though. Still have that thing homemade handle and all.

Posted by miles - 08/07/2012 04:00 PM

I voted for Ryan. I liked his story and think most people can relate to it.

Posted by Bruce - 08/07/2012 04:00 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey because of the Boy Scout connection. I really liked that the knife helped him through the Boy Scouts program.

Posted by Geoff Brown - 08/07/2012 04:00 PM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, because he used his trusty blade for everything and it stood up to it all, just like a great knife should.

Posted by Gretchen - 08/07/2012 04:00 PM

Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica This is how I would you mine. Pruning would be lots of fun with a Gerber

Posted by Derek - 08/07/2012 04:01 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura because I have a similar knife that was my dad’s boy scout knife and it’s my favorite knife.

Posted by Kyle B - 08/07/2012 04:01 PM

Jenny Dengler, Costa Rica. Knives are worth more than just money

Posted by Alfonso - 08/07/2012 04:02 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler in Costa Rica, because her story strikes me as an excellent example of how a knife (in her case, the machete) can shape so many aspects of a culture.

Posted by Robert shook - 08/07/2012 04:02 PM

I love gerber knifes they are strong durable and can wirhstand anythin. I spent 4 years in the army and 15mo in iraqu I had a gerber knife the whole time it stayed sharp and with stood everything I threw at it. Thanks for making such veary awsome knifes!!!!

Posted by Amy Perkins - 08/07/2012 04:05 PM

I liked William Newsom’s story because it reminded me so much of my Dad, who is also passed.

Posted by Dawn Seeman - 08/07/2012 04:05 PM

I have been voting DAILY for Mike Dorio from Stewartsville, New Jersey! His story made my heart melt, he took his Gerber LMF II knife and made his wife two walking sticks out of a tree, so she could get down the mountain after his wife’s knee gave out! A real man, helping his damsel in distress, Mike AND Gerber were the hero’s that day.

Posted by Michael Williams - 08/07/2012 04:05 PM

I like Tom Hinderman’s story because it relates to my own situations that I recall, and why I love to carry a multi-tool. Thanks

Posted by Chris Roberts - 08/07/2012 04:06 PM

I vote forFrank Altamura/NJ. My Grandfather passed a knife (service knife?) down to my father as a kid, and he passed it down to me on my 15th birthday. Knifes aren’t just useful tools, but a way for a father to pass a torch to his son.

Posted by omar pulido - 08/07/2012 04:06 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler, Few people realize the importance of a machete for every day life in some coltures.

Posted by Chad Boyd - 08/07/2012 04:08 PM

I think William Newsom should win because should win because true or not, I loved the story.

Posted by Jim Plank - 08/07/2012 04:09 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because his story makes me think of the human spirit and perserverance and how I want to teach my children to never give up and always push on. Thank you!

Posted by Kellen M. - 08/07/2012 04:09 PM

I think Tom Hinderman should win, he’s just an average guy like the rest of us, so if he won it would as though we all won since we are all just average people.

Posted by Eric Jaquez - 08/07/2012 04:09 PM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica – Jungle Life is no joke, especially with the correct equipment!

Posted by Parris Kershner - 08/07/2012 04:10 PM

I voted for William Newsom , because it reminds me of so many of my family memories growing up.

Posted by Leah DeLuzio - 08/07/2012 04:12 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas as it was a very interesting story and showed his perservation and dedication.

Posted by Nick Traficante - 08/07/2012 04:12 PM

I voted for William newsom,what a great story and love these blades

Posted by Brandon Hutchens - 08/07/2012 04:13 PM

I think John M Hazlett of Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win not only because of his great find, but because he reclaimed a knife from its final resting place and gave it a purpose again.

Posted by Chuck - 08/07/2012 04:17 PM

Lorin King, I have one of those bayonets myself, and find it very handy in rough country.

Posted by Jack McLaren - 08/07/2012 04:20 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because his story was the most genuine and resonated with me the most.

Posted by Melvin Barlow - 08/07/2012 04:20 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California.

Posted by Rich Kolb - 08/07/2012 04:21 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey because he had a good story about using a knife in a real world situation in one of my favorite outdoor areas.

Posted by Austin Burns - 08/07/2012 04:23 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas

It was a cool story about how persistance can pay off in the end!

Posted by Gareth - 08/07/2012 04:23 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas. The story just resonated on a personal level with me. A goal that is out of reach, but attainable with some intestinal fortitude and the belief in oneself, is a great motivator. The fact that the knife was a symbol of his personal courage is pretty special.

Posted by Anthony Gerardi - 08/07/2012 04:24 PM

Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon, because I’ve been to where he was and wasn’t able to dive, and respect the fact that he used his imagination.

Posted by Matt Struck - 08/07/2012 04:25 PM

Tom Hinderman was my vote as he reminds us all of how a tool such as a blade can be used for almost anything and brings us security when we need it the most.

Posted by Matt Struck - 08/07/2012 04:25 PM

Tom Hinderman was my vote as he reminds us all of how a tool such as a blade can be used for almost anything and brings us security when we need it the most.

Posted by Archie Robbins - 08/07/2012 04:26 PM

I just like the knife and story of 343.

Posted by Rich W - 08/07/2012 04:28 PM

I voted for Robert Schell because he showed how something as simple as a great knife can continue to have an impact in every stage of someone’s life.

Posted by Angel Velez - 08/07/2012 04:29 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota.
He is absolutely right. Having peace of mind knowing you have a dependable knife or multi-tool when you need it, especially if it s a GERBER. You cannot go wrong with Gerber!

Posted by Brad Cagle - 08/07/2012 04:37 PM

I believe Jenny Dengler from Costa Rica should win as the equipment would best serve her and her family with their style of living.

Posted by Kyle - 08/07/2012 04:39 PM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Posted by Robert Brittian - 08/07/2012 04:39 PM

I voted for John Hazlett because I liked hi story.

Posted by Mark Sandoval - 08/07/2012 04:40 PM

I voted for John from Corpus Christi. Who doesn’t love a fable about sunken treasures!

Posted by Nicholas Montgomery - 08/07/2012 04:40 PM

I think Robert schell/ Jackson city california because what better way to show respect to a man who served his Country by voting him to win and to top it off he worked with his day to fix the knife. Nothing better then a hero and a father son team.

Posted by Jonathan Telford - 08/07/2012 04:41 PM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota
I think it should go to Tom because he gave the best reason To have a knife it is the every day we look to be prepared for.

Posted by Matthew Gerber - 08/07/2012 04:43 PM

I think the best story is that of Robert Schell, because it’s a dad and son story, he carried that knife in combat, and it just looks damn cool!

Posted by Kent Sullivan - 08/07/2012 04:43 PM

John M Hazlett should win because he knows how to push himself to the extreme, and that is the best way to put all that gear to good use.

Posted by james Mullen - 08/07/2012 04:45 PM

William Newsom, made me think of my hero my dad.

Posted by Chris Kiel - 08/07/2012 04:46 PM

I voted for “Robert Schell / Jackson City, California” because, like this knife, the bond between father and son can’t be broken and it sounds like both have served this man well in life.

Posted by Andrew Huddleston - 08/07/2012 04:47 PM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska because they’re like a bad ass Dr. Grant and you can’t say no to that!

Posted by Marc - 08/07/2012 04:47 PM

I think the guy who helped his wife who had a problem with her knee should win.

Posted by Gordon miller - 08/07/2012 04:49 PM

I vote for John Hazlett because of the limits he went to retrieve the dagger.In the end he got a free knife even though its water damagef its a reminder of his limits.

Posted by James Conte - 08/07/2012 04:51 PM

Gerber is the best thing thats happend to the outdoors, I Voted for Robert Schell Because I too am a Military Man

Posted by Karen Phillips - 08/07/2012 04:53 PM

I vote for John Hazlett because if you have a good knife you hate to lose it ! I am tired of entering your contests because someone always takes my idea, tweaks it and wins with it dammit!

Posted by Josh G - 08/07/2012 04:54 PM

I think Jenny Dengler from Costa Rica should win because survival skills + survival knives > cell phones!

Posted by Allen B. Marston - 08/07/2012 04:56 PM

>>> I Voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California, because I feel all of us have some memory of our father that we’ll always remember, Plus its a freaking HILARIOUS mental image^^^^^^

Posted by Jason Starkey - 08/07/2012 04:56 PM

My vote goes for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because I grew up with a dad that did that same thing for my brother and I as we were camping off the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC, but the only difference in the stories was that my dad did not encounter deer.

Posted by Raymond Langer - 08/07/2012 04:58 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Christi, Texas and his efforts to retrive the dagger.

Posted by Mike Garrison - 08/07/2012 04:58 PM

Tom Hinderman, I completely agree.

Posted by Joe Murphy - 08/07/2012 05:00 PM

I think that Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota should win because his statement sums up why 99% of the people I know carry a knife. We all go backpacking a ton and we know that if something comes up, our knives will be there even if a hospital isn’t.

Posted by levi good - 08/07/2012 05:00 PM

I voted for mike dorio of new jersey simply because not every story has to be epic. It was a simple story about a guy using his blade to solve an every day problem and that’s the true test of a blade. Solving everyday problems with a reliable tool you can count on.

Posted by luke hicks - 08/07/2012 05:08 PM

I’m voting for Jenny dengler because I chose at random.

Posted by Andrew H - 08/07/2012 05:09 PM

I voted for Robert Schell because he got a high variety of uses from one single knife, a semi-homemade one at that.

Posted by Trevor Kukuk - 08/07/2012 05:11 PM

I think Ryan Ledden should win because he has shown and knows what it takes to make it in the wild!!

Posted by Brian Verba - 08/07/2012 05:11 PM

I voted for Lorin King due to the fact that a good knife should be an extension of a person using it on a daily basis for everything life has in store.

Posted by MIGUEL MARTINEZ - 08/07/2012 05:11 PM

MY DAD BOUGHT ME A GERBER KNIFE FOR CRISTMAS AND I REALLY LIKED IT AND HAVE BEEN GOING HUNTING WITH HIM SINCE I WAS 4 I WISH I WIN

Posted by Scott Knoll - 08/07/2012 05:13 PM

Robert Schell because that is a cherished item from his youth to remember his dad with not to mention he is still getting to use it.

Posted by Ed Pepper - 08/07/2012 05:16 PM

Jenny should win – great story about the need for a Machete and lets face it she’s the only gal in the group.

Posted by Steve Houldridge - 08/07/2012 05:16 PM

I think Frank Altamura should get it, he used his head and the tools his dad gave him as a child!

Posted by Joshua Luria - 08/07/2012 05:19 PM

I like Mike Dorio’s story about hiking and being from NJ, he could use a good knife.

Posted by Joseph Carollo - 08/07/2012 05:21 PM

I am voting for Frank Altamura. I am a sucker for any story about a Dad passing his tools to his son!

Posted by julian - 08/07/2012 05:28 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas nothing like the feeling of discovery!

Posted by John Milbery - 08/07/2012 05:29 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett because his story was inspirational!

Posted by Mior Muhd Hafiz - 08/07/2012 05:38 PM

i vote for William Newsom. his story is really inspiring. reminds me of my dad (firefighter). bravery they show really makes me wondering whether i can be like them or not.

Posted by Noah Buehrer - 08/07/2012 05:40 PM

I voted for Mike Flanigan. As a diver myself I know how quick thinking and ingenuity can mean the difference between life and death when things go awry deep underwater. No matter if I’m scuba diving, free diving, or just snorkeling, I always keep a knife strapped to me within quick easy reach, especially when spearfishing! Never know when you may have to fend off a shark that gets to frisky

Posted by Johnny Cupp - 08/07/2012 05:42 PM

Gotta be Ryan trying to survive in banjo country.

Posted by Justine Mosher - 08/07/2012 05:51 PM

I voted for William because we’ve all been spooked in the woods and a handy dandy knife, no matter the size is a huge security blanket :)

Posted by jeremiah - 08/07/2012 05:53 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because machetes are awsome and look at that pic…epic.

Posted by Nathan Bennesby - 08/07/2012 05:55 PM

Voted for John M. It’s a simple yet extraordinary story, all told in a simple, short way. Sounds almost like the beginning of a good novel.

Posted by Duane Smith - 08/07/2012 05:56 PM

My vote goes to John Hazlett. Determination is a character trait that is pretty rare. If he would do this to free a knife from some rocks……what would he do in a really critical situation?

Posted by Ryan Ledbetter - 08/07/2012 05:57 PM

I voted for mike from NJ cause knifes might be his only means of defense.

Posted by James Sigmon - 08/07/2012 06:02 PM

I voted for John H’s story and he should win because I’m going to sit here and HOLD MY BREATH until he does!….3…2….1..(gasp)

Posted by Mike Dorio - 08/07/2012 06:04 PM

I am voting for myself. Thanks to everyone for their nice comments.

Posted by Joe Gonzalez - 08/07/2012 06:10 PM

I am voting for Lorin King, cool tools used to do a cool job. Also I’ve rediscovered the benefits of gerber knives! Found mine in a tool box and now use it for just about anything. Also my groomsmen all get Gerber Mutlitools!!!

Posted by Damiano Staydog Povoleri - 08/07/2012 06:11 PM

I vote: Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota

I love his philosophic approach to knife concept, to the personal feeling with own blade and the study for the perfect knife choice.

Posted by Stephen - 08/07/2012 06:14 PM

I think William Newsom should win because a man should always have a plan of action to keep his family safe and should also have the guts to put himself between danger and his family like Williams father.

Posted by Tony Butz - 08/07/2012 06:18 PM

Tom Hinderman is the winner. Life can be exciting and dangerous but the knife is for the things we cannot plan for. One blade for whatever reason.

Posted by Joseph - 08/07/2012 06:19 PM

William Newsom cuz he has a good pose

Posted by Paige K - 08/07/2012 06:23 PM

I think Jenny Dengler should win. Her story with a knife is not about her life in a ‘what if’ situation, it’s about ‘right now.’

Posted by Craig Porzondek - 08/07/2012 06:27 PM

Gerber, if I win I want baby carrots or mashed peas? Please!

Posted by mike tuck - 08/07/2012 06:28 PM

i voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because it reminded of spending time with my dad(though we never made a knife a together which is totally rad)

Posted by Ruth Langhorne - 08/07/2012 06:30 PM

I think Chanc Mahan deserves to win! We all cherish our dads old pocket knives.

Posted by alex tyler - 08/07/2012 06:38 PM

William Newsom because he has bears in his story and anything with bears needs a knife to match.

Posted by Laura Newsom - 08/07/2012 06:39 PM

I voted for Will Newsom so he could carry on in his fearless father’s footsteps and also because he has the same last name that I do.

Posted by Dave Zollo - 08/07/2012 06:42 PM

I voted for William Newson because his story was amusing and reminded me of fond memories made camping with my dad.

Posted by John Sonnstedt - 08/07/2012 06:45 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because he sounds like a regular dude* and awe share some of the rational for always carrying a knife.

*I happen to be a regular dude too.

Posted by Jon Washer - 08/07/2012 06:45 PM

Anyone brave or foolish enough to take on a bear with a knife deserves one of the best knives on the market.

Posted by cody - 08/07/2012 06:47 PM

John from Corpus Christi Texas because he tells a story of never giving up even when you think you cant, push on because someone up above is watching over you
A true Texan attitude

Posted by Nickolas Miller - 08/07/2012 06:55 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas – Purely on inspiration and personal drive. Something we should all have.

Posted by Nicole Dorio - 08/07/2012 06:56 PM

Well, I’m voting for Mike Dorio. ;) He’s a good man with a good heart, and he got me out of a sticky situation with that knife. He’s a winner to me no matter what! :)

Posted by Christopher carpenter - 08/07/2012 06:57 PM

I voted for john m hazlett because his story was inspirational. I think I shoul win a final knife blowout because I live in ays and its hard to get gerber but im such a huge gerber fan.

Posted by chris - 08/07/2012 07:00 PM

I need to cut stuff all day long and they said my rambo knife isn’t “work safe”.

Posted by todd - 08/07/2012 07:02 PM

my vote is for Tom Hinderman, because his story isnt a story at all but the truth on why we carry

Posted by Anthony Shanks - 08/07/2012 07:06 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota because preparedness is the best survival tool.

Posted by Scott Earnst - 08/07/2012 07:08 PM

I voted for Robert Schell as I thought it was neat how his Dad did something with him that he cherishes to this day.

Posted by BrandoN - 08/07/2012 07:10 PM

Dengler should win, what a great opportunity for her lil grommer getting to live the simple life in costa rica. He’ll be on a surfboard during the day, climbing trees cutting down fruit after his sesh.

Posted by Trevor Smith - 08/07/2012 07:17 PM

I voted for William and carry a Gerber, just in case I run across a couple of crazed mule deer!!

Posted by VICKI JOHNSON - 08/07/2012 07:22 PM

I think Jenny Dengler of Costa Rica should win because more women should be prepared for everything, from living in a jungle area to the zombie apocolypse.

Posted by Kevin Mar - 08/07/2012 07:24 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura. Frank’s knife is very much like the one I got from my Dad. I had to vote for it.

Posted by Scott Applegate - 08/07/2012 07:29 PM

William Newsom, what a great memory of a father that ends with a chuckle. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Bennett Tatgenhorst - 08/07/2012 07:31 PM

I voted for William Newsom. The story is well told, and brings back childhood memories in an amusing way. Great story!

Posted by darreng - 08/07/2012 07:36 PM

looks like the Minnesota man could use a new knife

Posted by William Ward - 08/07/2012 07:36 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler, she could use an excellent tool that she would other wise be hard pressed to obtain.

Posted by Ari Leach - 08/07/2012 07:39 PM

Jenny Dengler, because she has a machete. The end.

Posted by Alex Chamberlain - 08/07/2012 07:40 PM

John Hazlett. Only because i believe him i live near south padre and i found all types of things washed up from the ocean every time we go out to the beach things from strange to amazing ever since the tsunami hit japan.

Posted by John Holz - 08/07/2012 07:42 PM

I voted for William Newsom because it seems like every sound you here when you are in a tent is a bear outside ready to pounce on you and thrash your tent, I could see myself doing the same thing.

Posted by wyatt neill - 08/07/2012 07:43 PM

i’ve know john for the majority of my presence on this rock and i know he is the real deal when it comes to any type of blade. for this gerber should be honored to have him on their website.more power to you bro. the force is strong with this one….

Posted by nic martel - 08/07/2012 07:47 PM

Mick Flanigan – ive been there with scuba troubles and had a good knife by my side to save the day! nothing beats a gerber!

Posted by Stephanie - 08/07/2012 07:51 PM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska because his job sounds really cool and it sounds like he could get some real use out of the prize!

Posted by Scott Davis - 08/07/2012 07:55 PM

I voted for ryan Ledden because his story could be anyones story, real life happens every day!

Posted by Glen Robert Corral - 08/07/2012 07:56 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler of Costa Rica because her experience is an everyday experience and more realistic. It’s not just a one time adventure. She deals with everyday problems or struggles and uses her blade or machete to solve or fix them. It has become part of them, an everyday tool to survive. I could relate to her cause I’ve also lived in a tropical country most of my life and we have a similar blade, like the machete, called “bolo”. The “bolo” is our tool as well as our weapon to survive.

Posted by brett lemon - 08/07/2012 07:56 PM

tom hildenbrand, because I have carried a knife all my life, its like wearing shoes something you just do

Posted by Logan - 08/07/2012 08:01 PM

I voted for Ryan because he’s a fellow backpacker and we could always use more tools, as long as they’re light weight!

Posted by Nick - 08/07/2012 08:03 PM

Mick Flanigan should because he is awesome.

Posted by kathryn christie - 08/07/2012 08:09 PM

I voted for the young man who wrote about memories with his father and his bravery. It touched me because I recently lost my father. I always enjoy reading about a fathers bravery and selflessness when trying to take care of their family.

Posted by nick - 08/07/2012 08:19 PM

I voted for the story about the family camping and the mule deer, because I had a similar encounter with some coyotes near my tent when I was camping once.

Posted by Rich - 08/07/2012 08:21 PM

I think that Jenny from Costa Rica could really use some good Quality equipment!!

Posted by Joseph Waechter - 08/07/2012 08:23 PM

I’m voting for Lorin King. I like a person that puts their knives to work. You can only keep em pretty for so long.

Posted by Pat Perkins - 08/07/2012 08:25 PM

I like Jenny Dengler because her blade story is beyond practical, and used pretty much every day, one way or another. Food, survival, defense, etc. I also love her hilarious and somewhat taboo picture. :)

Posted by Mark - 08/07/2012 08:29 PM

I messed up. I meant to click the button to read more of an article and accidently hit the vote button. Such as life. Sometimes we make mistakes.

Posted by sandon carson - 08/07/2012 08:29 PM

I vote for Hazlett. What a way to find a knife. It is like a diamond in the rough.

Posted by Paesan - 08/07/2012 08:35 PM

I’ll vote for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey because they had to rely on their LMF 2 for survival.

Posted by jason vincent - 08/07/2012 08:51 PM

I vote for the coal miner w the broke back.

Posted by Steve Grapevine - 08/07/2012 08:54 PM

I wish I could vote for all. You can never have too many knives. There are too many different occasions for the need for one.

Posted by Alana - 08/07/2012 08:58 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica with the machete she uses on a daily basis. I myself have used a machete to cut up a banana tree. It only took me 2minutes, instead of about 10-20 minutes with any other cutting implement. As Jenny lives on a organic farm, i can see how a machete is a great accessory and how much knifes are beneficial in her life.

Posted by TJ Robinson - 08/07/2012 09:02 PM

I liked william newsomss story, how he thought the deers were a bear! its so great that a story like that can live on though the people in it may pass, the story will live forever

Posted by Michael - 08/07/2012 09:08 PM

I vote for William Newsom. My favorite knife came from kid story too. It’s something very special you remember for life. Somethong you can’t forget.

Posted by John C Lappe - 08/07/2012 09:14 PM

voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia because his story reminded me of my time in Colorado Outwardbound.

Posted by Brian Auten - 08/07/2012 09:17 PM

I think that Frank Altamura of Great Meadows, New Jersey should win. I also have a knife passed down to me and was given to me when I got my Totin Chit in Boy Scouts.

Posted by AJ Massey - 08/07/2012 09:20 PM

Jenny Dengler for sure. If not for the awesome story, then for the pic of her attempting to scalp her child.

Posted by Apolinar Hernández - 08/07/2012 09:21 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica. A machete can make difficult situations or hostile environments that the family is one that is simply a tool in life

Posted by Gordon Strawn - 08/07/2012 09:24 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura of Great Meadows because of his life-long experience related back to Boy Scouts. As a scout leader we make memories and teach skills that last a life time….just as I too have from those that taught me!

Posted by Matt Richardson - 08/07/2012 09:39 PM

My vote goes to Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey. Every one of us has a family member that we miss greatly. There’s nothing more personal than a man’s knife, and it’s the perfect item to hand down for generations in his memory..

Posted by Janet Nunez - 08/07/2012 09:44 PM

I voted for John Hazlett from Corpus Christi, TX. He’s such an awesome guy and to top it off his love for the humane society is truly inspiring. Hope he wins!!!

Posted by A Rutledge - 08/07/2012 09:45 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio cause he took care of his wife and helped her get down the mountain with the help of his knife.

Posted by Xavier E - 08/07/2012 09:54 PM

i voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because i would go that far and even further to get a knife.

Posted by Shawn O'Neill - 08/07/2012 10:04 PM

Voted for Mike from Beaverton Or, sounds like he had some adventure. Would make an awesome first knife for my sons b-day next week.

Posted by Jared Taylor - 08/07/2012 10:16 PM

i vote for Tom Hinderman, because his story is what Gerber is about, bring it on, come what may, but be prepared, because i am.

Posted by Tom - 08/07/2012 10:26 PM

Frank 214 has an heirloom from his dad that he will pass to his son. Way to go.

Posted by Jennie - 08/07/2012 10:32 PM

i voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because he really worked for that knife and that’s a true description of a knife lover!

Posted by Bryan Clements - 08/07/2012 10:36 PM

I vote for William Newsom , because his story made me smile , thinking of the crazy shit my Dad used to do .

Posted by Garth Schulz - 08/07/2012 10:38 PM

Frank Altamura got my vote because the knife was from his dad and will be passed on to his son.

Posted by Lewis Bornmann - 08/07/2012 10:47 PM

Jenny Dengler got my vote for having what I saw as the most useful tool of the bunch: a knife for everything from preparing food to clearing brush.

Posted by Jason Atkin - 08/07/2012 11:02 PM

I voted for frank. As an eagle scout i realize the impact that getting that knife when you earned your totin chip ment. I can’t wait to share those special moments with my son.

Posted by Brandon Copeland - 08/07/2012 11:11 PM

I feel my wife should get this knife because she likes to walk the dogs at night and will not carry a pistol but likes the size of this knife and i like the reliability for her safety.

Posted by Roy Cheung - 08/07/2012 11:37 PM

William Newsom because memories of people past is all we have left of them.

Posted by Thayne - 08/07/2012 11:40 PM

The Idaho knife by Robert Schell. Its the history of the knife. It had a history before it was picked up by Robert as a kid. We all know that the previous owner must have accidentally lost the knife. But, then it has a new owner and it’s life continues on a new adventure.

Posted by Ross - 08/07/2012 11:44 PM

I think Jenny Dengler should win. She uses a knife daily, and is a everyday part of her families life.

Posted by Peter Ward - 08/07/2012 11:53 PM

I have voted for Mike Dorio, at 161 votes, I always back the underdog.

GO MIKE! GO MIKE! GO MIKE! The UK are supporting you. I want to give you hope that you might win!!!!

Posted by Cory - 08/08/2012 12:21 AM

I voted for Ryan because I can relate to his story in regards to the importance of a quality knife when you are in the woods.

Posted by Martin Papac - 08/08/2012 12:41 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett #3193 what’s not to love about deep sea diving, facing death and finding an awesome knife for free?

Posted by Bec - 08/08/2012 01:08 AM

I like the guy with the bear/mule deer story – it reminds me of something my husband would do lol!!

Posted by Chuck - 08/08/2012 01:30 AM

Tom Hinderman hit the nail on the head, we carry for all those times we don’t need it, for the ‘just in case’.

Posted by James Kennedy - 08/08/2012 01:36 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler’s story because she loves her Machete and cuts down lots of cool things with it and everyone knows it’s a LOT of fun to cut things down with a big knife!!

Posted by Sean Arthur - 08/08/2012 01:44 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett from Corpus Christi, Texas because his story was lighthearted and positive.

Posted by Shane Pierce - 08/08/2012 02:56 AM

William Newsom, camping with a fearless father!!

Posted by Stan Hunt - 08/08/2012 03:35 AM

I voted for William Newsom because the vision in my head from his story is comical.

Posted by Brian Bain - 08/08/2012 04:08 AM

William’s Dad story should win… We all definitely need to be thankful and appreciate our great Dads when we are blessed to have one around!

Posted by Jorge V. - 08/08/2012 04:09 AM

Tom Hinderman, because no one ever hopes to be in a bad situation, but we all sure do prepare for it. Its amazing what situation a sharp knife and a bright flashlight can get you out of.

Posted by Max S. - 08/08/2012 04:33 AM

John Hazlett. Everyone from Corpus Christi knows that a knife is an essential part of daily existence…

Posted by Charles Featherer - 08/08/2012 05:33 AM

Being a Scoutmaster, I had to select Mick’s entry today for his story that defines our motto, ‘Be Prepared’. (Entry #2 in this contest, crosses fingers).

Posted by Don - 08/08/2012 06:11 AM

I think Hazlett should win. There’s nothing more cool than finding a nice knife.

Posted by David Myers - 08/08/2012 06:26 AM

Voted for John Hazlet. If you work hard enough, you can recover things you believed lost forever.

Posted by Nathan - 08/08/2012 06:28 AM

I believe that William Newsom’s story is great,his dad having the sense to carry some type on weapon while camping is perfect.

Posted by Chris Benack - 08/08/2012 06:53 AM

<—[== Today I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California – One simple reason…I too have accused a simple racoon of being a brown bear albeit I was in the mountains of New Mexico…but let’s just say it was probably the same amount of emBEARassment.

Posted by Parker - 08/08/2012 06:55 AM

Voted again for Tom again. He got every aspect of why to carry, except he left out zombie apocalypse.

Posted by Joseph - 08/08/2012 06:56 AM

I voted for Newsom because His story story reminds me of my father, Fearless and always ready to defend the family regardless of the threat.

Posted by Paula Corsello - 08/08/2012 07:05 AM

Tom Hinderman deserves it because he is like most of us, living a normal life but yet still staying prepared, no matter what he does or where he goes.

Posted by Thomas Packer - 08/08/2012 07:08 AM

I voted for Robert Schell because I liked his story.

Posted by Michael Campbell - 08/08/2012 07:09 AM

William got my vote because of the awesome picture reenactment. I can just see my dad doing the same thing.

Posted by Bill Beardslee - 08/08/2012 07:13 AM

I vote for John M Hazlett because it shows the durability of the knife along with the rewards that come with pushing oneself a little harder.

Posted by Mike Hofford - 08/08/2012 07:15 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett because he exemplifies the image of a Gerber knife, unstoppable in the most impossible situations.

Posted by Brett Sanger - 08/08/2012 07:20 AM

I voted for William Newson because his story reminds me of the strength and determination that I’ve learned from my dad through the years.

Posted by Phil Szrama - 08/08/2012 07:22 AM

I voted for Jenny Dangler, because her use of the machete and knives is her family’s way of life.

Posted by Carl Mitschke-Woods - 08/08/2012 07:27 AM

I voted for William Newsom of San Fracisco, his story reminded me of the many camping trips our family took and my Dad always with his trusty pocket knife which he used for absolutely everything.

Posted by Chris Schafer - 08/08/2012 07:31 AM

Although I salute Mike Dorio, I still have to go with RYAN LEDDEN from Canton Georgia. Plenty of long hikes have taught me that even if the wilderness is the place I feel most comfortable, a good sturdy blade makes my stay a whole lot easier and safer! Good stuff, man!

Posted by Chris Wilson - 08/08/2012 07:34 AM

i voted for the guy with the wicked horns because who couldn’t use some horns

Posted by John Smith - 08/08/2012 07:44 AM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because I want my son to have the same fond memories of me when he’s older.

Posted by Bruce - 08/08/2012 07:47 AM

Tom Hinderman, He gives the most common story, the reason most people start and continue to carry a knife.

Posted by Michael M. - 08/08/2012 07:50 AM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because it reminds me of camping trips with my family and good stories that follow.

Posted by Paul H - 08/08/2012 07:51 AM

I believe Jenny Dengler should win because I can relate to the story.

Posted by Jason M - 08/08/2012 08:00 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California. What a father does imprints itself on his children, his bravery is commendable.

Posted by Dorran Larner - 08/08/2012 08:00 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because the possibilities for the use and benefit of a knife are limitless. I could not count how many times I have hear “does anyone have a knife”?

Posted by Rob Rooney - 08/08/2012 08:04 AM

Amazed at the story of an abandoned knife winds up as a prop in a trial to ‘defend an innocent man’

Posted by Colin Beesley - 08/08/2012 08:15 AM

Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica – unlike the others, she doesn’t use her knife as a a tool for her hobby, she uses it for real, to survive, extra knives would no doubt help her family & friends out no end

Posted by Zach - 08/08/2012 08:30 AM

John M Hazlet/Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win because his knife is a symbol to him of what he can do and that someone is watching over him.

Posted by cameron ream - 08/08/2012 08:50 AM

The story where the guy found the knife in an abandoned cabin should win

Every body should respect the military and father son relationships.

Posted by Caleb H - 08/08/2012 09:05 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas has my vote! It caught me as a mini King Arthur/Excaliber story! Minus the lady in the lake thing! But a blade in the water, and not quitting when the chance was there, and in the end it all paid off with a beautiful knife in hand!

Posted by Dave - 08/08/2012 09:12 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica – As Jenny points out a knife is an indespensible tool needed not only for survival but to prosper.

Posted by Joseph Carollo - 08/08/2012 09:14 AM

I voted for Frank Altamura. Any story where a Dad passes a tool on to his son and the son keeps it to pass on rocks!

Posted by Josh - 08/08/2012 09:18 AM

Robert Schell. His tale emphasizes that the memories we make keep much longer than any object we may briefly carry.

Posted by Jake Deardorff - 08/08/2012 09:30 AM

I think Ryan Ledden should win for the reason being that he and I share the love of backpacking and have both engaged in outdoors tests where you were allowed very meager rations and supplies and came out on top with a smile on our faces and the love of the outdoors in our hearts.

Posted by Lars Erickson - 08/08/2012 09:31 AM

I believe the “John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas” dudes is the best. not only is it adventurous but it a dream come true. that’s like walking down the road and finding a 100 dollar bill and the best part is he kept it. Most people in this situation would sell the expensive knife to buy better equipment. this just shows the durability and reliability of gerber gear!

-Lars

Posted by Chandini Davis - 08/08/2012 09:39 AM

I voted for Jenny. My mom encouraged my dad to buy me my first knife when I was a young girl, he would teach me the rough and tumble tricks with a knife, but really it was my mom who taught me how to brandish a knife like a lady!

Posted by nick frye - 08/08/2012 09:40 AM

my vote for today goes to william newson’s story. there’s nothing more ballsy than rushing out of a tent at a supposed bear with nothing but a knife to try to protect your family!

Posted by Douglas Donaldson - 08/08/2012 09:41 AM

I think Lorin King should win ,Doing the work he/she does is very demanding not only on the person but on the equipment as well and will put your equipment to the ultimate test .

Posted by Franko - 08/08/2012 09:43 AM

I voted for William Newsom because I make the same exact pose every time I test out a new knife.

Posted by Tom Carrick - 08/08/2012 09:44 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because living in the jungle, you can use all the help you can get.

Posted by Lee Evenson - 08/08/2012 10:00 AM

I think William Newsom San Francisco should win, his story is very close to home, and he still carries the knife even living in San Francisco, even though that could be politically incorrect!

Posted by Matt O'Rourke - 08/08/2012 10:05 AM

I voted for William Newsom, because that’s the look I’d have if someone took my red Swingline stapler. Or if I was attacked by mule deer.

Posted by Bob Crosley - 08/08/2012 10:06 AM

I voted for Robert Scheer because I was touched by his story of finding what was a junk knife, fixing it with his dad, and then making it a treasured part of his entire life.

Posted by Tony - 08/08/2012 10:06 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because it reminded me of Arthur reaching down for Excalibur and struggling to free it.

Posted by Barrett Leslie - 08/08/2012 10:07 AM

I think Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon should win because his story was the most practical.

Posted by Angela Harris - 08/08/2012 10:07 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett because that knife looked AWESOME

Posted by Jarrod Homer - 08/08/2012 10:07 AM

I voted for William, because bonding with your father in the great outdoors, for me, is one of life’s greatest blessings.

Posted by Daniel Decesaro - 08/08/2012 10:07 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett because as a firefighter for 2 departments I push my limits everyday as he did and if I won I would put this knife on my gear.

Posted by John E. Yonkers III - 08/08/2012 10:08 AM

John M. Hazlett should win because he was destined to be the holder of that knife he pulled from the depths in the same way that he was destined to win that super sweet prize pack!

Posted by Eric Schmitz - 08/08/2012 10:08 AM

I think Robert Schell needs a new knife so he can put the one he and his father fixed up on the wall.

Posted by Andy - 08/08/2012 10:09 AM

I voted for the New Jersey man who helped his wife in the White Mountains – He should win for helping out a loved one!

Posted by Adam Bricker - 08/08/2012 10:09 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because I like the idea of people actually using their knives for survival and not just for show. Plus a huge machete and a small child in the same picture…how can you not vote for that?

Posted by Michael.Teegarden - 08/08/2012 10:09 AM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because of the military ties and the resurrection of an old blade by a father and son.

Posted by Nicole Bishop - 08/08/2012 10:09 AM

I voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia because my boyfriend was also in a survival camp and really really enjoyed it :)

Posted by craig porzondek - 08/08/2012 10:11 AM

William, however, the story would have been better if it was the “Rabbit” from Monty Python and his dad was eaten alive. “Runaway”…

Posted by ADAM M BECKHAM - 08/08/2012 10:11 AM

I voted for John Hazlett very cool story

Posted by Glenn Simpson - 08/08/2012 10:11 AM

I voted for Robert Schell as well. Risking your life for people is far above camping pr sport diving. His choice of knife reflects the professional’s view.

Posted by Eric McBride - 08/08/2012 10:12 AM

I voted for Robert Schell from Jackson City, California because of the adventures he had taken his blade on and had it survive longer then anything that was issued to him.

Posted by Jesse Daniels - 08/08/2012 10:12 AM

I voted John M Hazlett of Corpus Chrisit, Texas because he story was well written and had me holding my breath to find out how it ended!

Posted by shanel silva - 08/08/2012 10:12 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler. Living in Costa Rica and teaching her children to live off the land and how to protect yourself from the wildlife…is amazing!! Way to go

Posted by Brandon - 08/08/2012 10:13 AM

I liked lorin because of the true outdoorsman feel.

Posted by Arthur Nickerson - 08/08/2012 10:13 AM

The only thing better then a great knife is a FREE great knife as John Hazlett can attest to.

Posted by Debra - 08/08/2012 10:13 AM

I vote for Jenny- she is living off the land and trying to raise a family. She has spirit and that is something you can’t help but admire!

Posted by Jason Van Tassel - 08/08/2012 10:13 AM

I think William Newsom / San Francisco, California should win because it sums up what having a knife is all about, using it when it’s needed.

Posted by Timmy Dow - 08/08/2012 10:13 AM

William Newsome is brave/CRAZY enough to stand up to a bear in order to protect his family. Grylls better move over!!! I vote for this hero!

Posted by John - 08/08/2012 10:13 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler. Living in the Costa Rican jungle, I’m sure her family needs all the equipment they can get! Very admirable that her family are organic farmers, too.

Posted by Justin B - 08/08/2012 10:13 AM

Robert Schell , just shows that ANYTHING can last!! you just have to have faith!

Posted by Anthony Gaynor - 08/08/2012 10:14 AM

I could really use a good Gerber!

Posted by Matt A - 08/08/2012 10:14 AM

I voted for Nick Ledden. You can count on a kife for its one of a million purposes, but it’s also a psychological boost.

Posted by Kristopher Chalmers - 08/08/2012 10:14 AM

I voted for William, as his story reminded me of when I went camping in Canada with my dad and brother

Posted by Sean Devos - 08/08/2012 10:14 AM

I had to vote for Mike Dorio because the best possible use is always to help someone else.

Posted by nick - 08/08/2012 10:14 AM

Lorin, due to his awesome profession!!

Posted by Brent Nolen - 08/08/2012 10:14 AM

I voted for WIlliam Newsom, amazing story, and because i dont know how effective his bear scaring skills are but i think they would be a little better with some new gear :].

Posted by Chip Orton - 08/08/2012 10:14 AM

I would like to win because my wife and I are going to Yellowstone for our anniversary in a little over a month and with all the other stuff we’ve had to buy, I can’t afford a knife right now…but could use a great knife in the backcountry. I love Gerber gear. Already have a Gerber multi-tool.

Posted by Gabriel O. - 08/08/2012 10:15 AM

I voted for Mike Dorio…for making the hiking polls to help out his wife after she injured her knee.

Posted by Elliott Ho - 08/08/2012 10:15 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California should win. That story is epic!!

Posted by Brian Hanson - 08/08/2012 10:16 AM

I voted for #174. I liked how he used his Gerber Knife to help his injured wife!

Posted by D.T. Konkle - 08/08/2012 10:16 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas becuase there is nothing better than find buried treasure!

Posted by Ari Leach - 08/08/2012 10:16 AM

Still rooting for Jenny to pull from behind. I mean, come on, she uses a machete as her everyday carry!

Posted by doug clay - 08/08/2012 10:17 AM

must have more knives

Posted by Josh Stubblefield - 08/08/2012 10:17 AM

I voted for William Newsome because everyone who has ever camped in bear country knows that feeling of waking up in the night listening to something investigate your site.

Posted by chris joice - 08/08/2012 10:17 AM

a knife is but a tool… it’s what you do with it, and how resourceful you can be that makes it something else… fashioning a hiking pole to assist an ailing hiking partner is an excellent example of knife-skills.

Posted by Troy B - 08/08/2012 10:17 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because she’s “living the lifestyle”

Posted by N King - 08/08/2012 10:17 AM

I voted for Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon. Gerber Gear saved his life!!

Posted by Michael Blaine - 08/08/2012 10:17 AM

Today’s vote goes to Robert Schell, because: He is local to me, I need the Gerber Instant and the length this man went for the blade he loves and his continued faithfulness to it is what this obsession is all about!

Posted by Josh Hibbs - 08/08/2012 10:18 AM

I vote for Ryan Ledden. His story was inspiring to me and he used an AWESOME TOOL (his Gerber knife) to survive out in the wilderness. It was truly a task that the Gerber was meant to be put through. It makes me want to go camping and see all the AMAZING uses I can put a Gerber knife to.

Posted by Jessica Grate - 08/08/2012 10:18 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett (Corpus Christi,TX) because his story was made my lungs burns reading it (!) and made me wish I had found a knife of my own!

Posted by Ralph Cota - 08/08/2012 10:18 AM

I voted for William Newsom/San Francisco, because his story is a very personal and sentimental one…and to still have the same Gerber that his father owned while “protecting” his family is awesome!

Posted by Jake - 08/08/2012 10:18 AM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota
1. hes from Minnesota
2. multi use is much better
3. sometimes less is more

Posted by Adam Broussard - 08/08/2012 10:18 AM

Living in NH, and knowing how rough those mountains are, I gave my vote to Mike Dorio because his quick thinking outside the box was the difference between getting home and being another example.

Posted by Danny Laam - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

My vote goes to Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota…I’ve had a pocket knife since my early teen years and Tom’s submission is the reason ALL the other contestants with there amazing stories would not have come true if not being prepared like Tom said!!!!

Posted by Tony Maas - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

Robert Schell…. that experience of rebuilding an old tool with your father and then carrying that memory with you throughout your life is a priceless experience.

Posted by Nick rimer - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

Will Newsom, good laugh.

Posted by Dave Weidenbenner - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

John M Hazlett from Corpus Christi gets my vote because we must push ourselves everyday & be able to adapt wherever is necessary along the way. Great story.

Posted by Lee Sindet - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey because I used to live in the next town over from Stewartsville!! Yay New Jersey!!

Posted by Richard V. - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

I think Jenny Dengler should win because machete’s are unbelievably vital to an island lifestyle.

Posted by Michelle G. - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

I voted for Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon – I can imagine the uneasy feeling being in deep blue sea, surrounded by Tiger Sharks and having an equipment malfunction; along with the relief he must have felt when he fixed his fin with the aid of his trusty knife!

Posted by Sean Harrison - 08/08/2012 10:19 AM

I voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia. A good knife is more than a tool: it is a companion that can aid in sole survival during unrelenting struggles both in the wilderness and the day to day. His story, to me, exemplifies this.

Posted by Daniel Valdes - 08/08/2012 10:20 AM

I voted for William Newsom because the thought that a trusty knife can defeat a bear shows true American grit.

Posted by Stephen Hall - 08/08/2012 10:20 AM

I want to win because Gerber gear is great!

Posted by Dan Kind - 08/08/2012 10:20 AM

Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon, gets my vote, having a knife and the sense to use it saved his life.

Posted by Karl Leitgeb - 08/08/2012 10:20 AM

I vote for William Newsom because I like this story about his dad’s knife he always wears with him!

Posted by Peter Collins - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

Voted for the gentleman who used his gear to take care of his wife – why else do we carry these things! As for why I think I should win. Well, I’ve never really had a decent quality knife so perhaps now is the time.

Posted by Jon Chumbley - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

I had to vote for William Newsom because his story reminds me of my hero, my dad, as well as what I aspire to be in the eyes of my kids!

Posted by Valtteri Salakari - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

I voted Mike Dorio because his story was little bit romantic and i have same knife it has serwed me well.

Posted by William Chaverri - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

Today I vote for Jenny Dengler, I’am in Costa Rica too

Posted by Ty Cr - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California – I am a soon to be father and this story shows no matter what the odds a parent will always defend their children and family!

Posted by Ira H. - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

I voted for Lorin King. I have owned a USM8A1 for years….It was a backup for me during several tours in Afghanistan for me, and it served me well

Posted by Evan Dawson - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

William Newsom, ftw! And if I win this knife, “awesome” will ensue.

Posted by Jason - 08/08/2012 10:21 AM

Ryan Ledden because he’s from GA dammit!

Posted by Stephen Alston - 08/08/2012 10:22 AM

John Hazlett/Corpus Christi,TX – A great narrative on how he found the knife, and a great lesson that we can discover great things when pushed to our limits.

Posted by Joel Wochner - 08/08/2012 10:22 AM

For Jenny Dengler as it seems she has mastered the art of living simply. Agrarian and her tools!

Posted by Sabrina C - 08/08/2012 10:22 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because the lifestyle she is living would require the gear needed, and it would equip the family for many years to come.

Posted by David Wilson - 08/08/2012 10:22 AM

I voted for Jenny , hey she lives in the jungle enough said

Posted by Jontae Lane - 08/08/2012 10:22 AM

i vote for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because he struggled just to see what something was. seems like me.

Posted by Bart Tatum - 08/08/2012 10:22 AM

I voted for William Newsom because his bear story reminded me of camping with my Dad and all the fun experiences we had.

Posted by Stormy - 08/08/2012 10:22 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica. The picture made me a little nervous (the blade is as big as her kid!) but a great story!

Posted by James Goodrich - 08/08/2012 10:23 AM

i like william newsom’s story. it is always an amazing sight to see true bravery, especially when you see it in your father and like most boys his hero

Posted by Sean F. - 08/08/2012 10:23 AM

Ryan: as his story is about continuous learning and how to make it in the wild.

Posted by Mike - 08/08/2012 10:23 AM

I voted for Lorin King again— c’mon, a paleontologist who uses his knife for firewood, clothing, shelter and maybe to fend off bears? Pretty close to a Real Life Indy Jones, if you ask me.

Posted by edward - 08/08/2012 10:23 AM

I been in jungles in my 20 yes or army time and i know the woman and her kid need these items so go vote for her the other people on here look like they can afford to buy the gear.

Posted by Don Edinborough - 08/08/2012 10:23 AM

I voted for 175! Scuba is fun, also dangerous. Having the right gear at the right time is key and that is the differance between life and death.. GERBER ALL THE WAY BABY! AND The Gear Junkie to find all my gear I need and the fun stuff i never knew existed!

Posted by Craig W - 08/08/2012 10:23 AM

Hazlet had a compelling story about diving. Being a dive master, this story hits home from similar times while diving.

Posted by Big Hempy - 08/08/2012 10:23 AM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because of his use of a found bowie knife and how he has carried that knife with him through his life. He has used this knife as a tool and a weapon of defense without actually using it to harm anyone in the instance. Defending a man with a knife and bringing no harm to someone is an amazing feat.

Posted by Charles Featherer - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

I think Jenny should win – holding her machete and a small child at the same time worries me just a littttttle bit and the prize package should be a good negotiating tool to get her to drop the blade.

Posted by David Hollingsworth - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because I’m glad to know that people are teaching their kids about survival and how to properly use knives.

Posted by Courtney Bennett - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

I vote for Frank Altamura, because I’ve been in a similar situation, always nice to have a good knife

Posted by Andrew J Meeks - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

I voted for the scuba story, because the ocean is such an unforgiving environment.

Posted by PFC Nathaniel Phenes - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

SSG Robert Schell / Jackson City, California
i think he should win because he is airborne and i have alot of respect for paratroopers as i plan to be one eventually. i didn’t make it through airborne school but i plan to go back and have alot of friends who are paratroopers which is why i have the respect for them that i do!

Posted by Chris Wigham - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

I need a new knife because I am a Gerber addict!

Posted by Richard Cox - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

John Hazlett should win. Just an amazing story. Made me want to do that.

Posted by Ray Shehan - 08/08/2012 10:24 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because I love an underdog, and he reminds us of why we carry.

Posted by Dan - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

Tom Hinderman/ North Branch, Minnesota
He actually uses his tool/knife for a great purpose unlike most people who buy Gerber gear. I only buy Gerber gear and only their knives. I like to go on hikes and I always bring me Gerber gear with me.

Posted by Bob - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

My vote is for William Newsom. As a parent, I know that I would have to step up to defend my family, just as his father did for him and his family.

Posted by Jim K - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

I voted for William Newsom because he honored family tradition, shared a great memory and paid tribute to his father!

Posted by steve l - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

Robert Schell, because he know’s the value of a good knife.

Posted by Steven Guptill - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

Robert Schell, because like me he is a veteran and I still have my knife from the war also.

Posted by Steve Thompson - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California – Love the story. Pretty funny.

Posted by Jay Streetz - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

How you doin Jay from Staten island NY here to tell you i voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota . The reason being is because they guy has a right state of mind .Now don’t get me wrong i read all the others stories and theirs was good and touching and all that jazz but Tom Hinderman to me just seems like the average joe out there doing whats is necessary to do .Coming from N.Y i can appreciate the reason there’s a lot of sick people out there and the quality of the gear junkie knife is something anyone would like to have if there in harms way

Posted by Zach L. - 08/08/2012 10:25 AM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California, Having the memory of a father and even though he maybe gone the memory of that night will always be passed on.

Posted by Bobby Redfern - 08/08/2012 10:26 AM

I really think Robert Schell should win because, his story connects with me and as an Army brat, nothing was more awesome than spending time with my dad in the woods and on the water.

Posted by noel - 08/08/2012 10:26 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because finding something that you’ll treasure is good stuff.

Posted by Donald Krueger - 08/08/2012 10:26 AM

John H. For having a badass pic.

Posted by Adam Clark - 08/08/2012 10:26 AM

My vote goes to Robert Schell. For the multiple uses of the knife, how long he has kept it and he served our country with it on him at all times.

Posted by David J Tooley - 08/08/2012 10:26 AM

As an avid geocacher and hiker I love to take my 10 and 8 year olds out to enjoy nature as well as to find some awesome caches. As we trek through the woods, water and winding paths I have found need for a sturdy knife for this and that. Often I’ll break out my pocket knife to try and free some fishing line entangled in trees or brush at the edge of the water, or to remove some sort of litter from its entanglement as I teach my kids to respect their environment and to do what they can to clean it up.

Posted by Troy Krumwiede - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

My first vote is for Frank Altamura of Great Meadows, New Jersey. His story includes two great characteristics we should all include in our lives… family and tradition. A knife passed down from one generation to another encompasses so much about life that we all should make a bigger part of our lives.

Posted by James Walker - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

Nothing like the feeling of a knife that was owned by your dad/grandfather and passed down. It feels like you are holding Excalibur when its a knife like that.

Posted by Jeff K - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

I voted for Jenny D. not only does she look like she is ready to remove a serious tick for her son, she could likely use a multitude of blades in the jungle.

Posted by NgTszChing - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California, his story is warm, and full of affection.

Posted by Jonas Zwahlen - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman couse I recognize my self in how he thinks.

Posted by Laurier S-Y - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

I vote for Lorin King/Scottsbluff, Nebraska, because I’ve been on excavation sites too and there is nothing more useful than a good knife.

Posted by Adam Sobiesczyk - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

William Newsome should win because the story is hilarious.

Posted by George Adams - 08/08/2012 10:27 AM

I loves me some Gerber… Had to give my vote for the boat motor repair…sounds like the kind of day I might have.

Posted by Irvin - 08/08/2012 10:28 AM

I voted for Robert Schell, I used to do things like that with my Dad, and then it helped him throughout his service, what a cool story.

Posted by Bill Ruth - 08/08/2012 10:28 AM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota is who i voted for, because he puts it simply. Peace of mind, and a fighting chance.

Posted by Allen D - 08/08/2012 10:28 AM

My vote is for William Newsom for defending his family against a fearsome beast!

Posted by Jason Wagner - 08/08/2012 10:28 AM

I vote for the knife found under the water because I liked the fact that he had work at retrieving it and it makes me wonder who’s knife was it before, how’d it get there, what’s the backstory. Hmm

Posted by John R - 08/08/2012 10:29 AM

I voted for William Newsom, as any man whose father stands up and defends his family from supposed bear

Posted by Michael Yocum - 08/08/2012 10:29 AM

William Newsome – one word: “Fearless” !

Posted by Brandon - 08/08/2012 10:30 AM

i vote for William Newsom simply because his story made me feel like a kid again – fearless fathers for everyone!

Posted by Gabriel Cuevas - 08/08/2012 10:30 AM

I voted for Lorin King the paleontologist, he shows how a good knife can be useful at whatever it is that you do, as a Marine I completely understand.

Posted by william anderson - 08/08/2012 10:30 AM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey I had a similar experience but had to use my hatchet and it was clumsy work at best.

Posted by tray griffin - 08/08/2012 10:30 AM

I voted for Frank ALTAMURA because passing on knifes is one of the greatest things a father can give his son.

Posted by Scot Mc. - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

I accidentally voted for William Newsom right off the bat since the “Read More” icon is immediately above the “Vote!” button and I apparently have bad aim.

Posted by Lisa Kaye - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

I voted for John Hazlett as I appreciate all the volunteering he does for a couple different animal shelters. Anyone who does that much for nature deserves to be able to camp out with the best products available.

Posted by Jeff - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

Love my Gerber Gator Sawback Machette and use it everytime I’m in the rainforests of the PNW. Super handy! I’ve had it for years, beat on it and it’s held up very nicely! Thank you!

Posted by robert shively - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

i voted for robert schell because it allways nice to have a knife you can allways count on and thats what you get with gerber knifes and all there products

Posted by aj martineau - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

I vote for Jenny Dengler, that one big blade!

Posted by Robert Williams - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

Robert Schell / Jackson City, California
Any story that combines father/son bonding, nostalgia, history, the military and then wraps it up with a healthy dose of justice deserves to win (and major props).

Posted by Brant B. - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

John M. Hazlett. He pushed himself to his limit and prevailed. What a motivating experience.

Posted by Frank B - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

Now that I am Homeless, I could use one to cut rope, boxes and my wrists (Well, it would help on the first two, not my wrists)

Posted by vincent anderson - 08/08/2012 10:31 AM

i think Robert Schell / Jackson City, California should win.because he used it to get through brush adn woods to fight for our country

Posted by Lisa O - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

Voted for William Newsom, nice tribute to dad.

Posted by Kyle Spears - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

I voted for Hazlett. Nothing cooler than thinking of finding something so neat under water, but he did it.

Posted by Emily Donovan - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

Tom Hinderman – The most modest story about a man and his knife, from the small tasks to the difficult pursuits. My knife is my peace of mind!

Posted by Cody Ensey - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

William Newsom needs this package just incase he has to take down and rabid mule deer to protect his future family.

Posted by Will Conway - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

I vote for Mick Flanigan because he demonstrates true ingenuity and proves why having the right knife available to you can make the most out of a bad situation!

Posted by Greg Utley - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

I voted for William Newsom’s story of his father trying to scare off the bear, which turned out to be deer.

Posted by Greg - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

Jenny should win due to the fact that she is teaching her children
how to use a machette!

Posted by Gary - 08/08/2012 10:32 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win because he proves that persistence pays off

Posted by Nicholas Hoffman - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

Dude from Corpus Christi just because he didn’t give up!

Posted by Alexander Page - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler. The reason being I felt she really appreciated the utility and necessity that comes with having the right tool for the job! I may never know what it feels like to depend on my knife for my day to day chores and defense but I certainly take my hat off to those that do. Even so everyone should be prepared as much as they can be. You just never know when you might be in a situation to save the day :)

Posted by Jason Hardesty - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

Tom Hinderman- Because his story is simple and real, plain and simple like life is for most of us!

Posted by jack lundy - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

i voted for the man when he was about 10years old kid story.

Posted by Travis Fellows - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

I vote for William Newsom because any man who will stand between a bear and his family with only a small knife has likely passed on plenty of good virtues to his son… even if there wasn’t really a bear out there.

Posted by Marcos Villarreal - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

I think John Hazlett should win because he shows that persistence and repeated effort of the mind are worth more than limitations of the body.

Posted by Mike Dial - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

I voted for Robert Schell. HOOAH! Army Strong baby!

Posted by Brennan - 08/08/2012 10:33 AM

I voted for Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey because of the great family tradition of handing down a father’s blade. As an Eagle Scout who remembers once earning my Totin’ Chip, I can really appreciate the meaning of this family tradition and the pride of a father that comes with the gift of the blade.

Posted by Davis Ho - 08/08/2012 10:34 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica since she had got just the right tool to do the job

Posted by Chris Corbett - 08/08/2012 10:35 AM

I voted for William because I have often turned to my most reliable items in a time of need, weather my Gerber blade or my Springfield pistol!

Posted by Sabrina R - 08/08/2012 10:36 AM

William because his story exemplifies how our parents are great heroes and protectors.

Posted by Mr Ed - 08/08/2012 10:36 AM

I could have totally won this but I though I would give others a chance.

Posted by Kevin - 08/08/2012 10:36 AM

I voted for the guy that fought with his life for a free knife, I am fighting for a free knife.

Posted by Geri Sterling - 08/08/2012 10:36 AM

I voted for Michael from San Fransisco because he told the story so well and his love for his father came shining through.

Posted by Mike B - 08/08/2012 10:37 AM

I vote for Lorin King. Is that a Velociraptor claw?? Seriously!? A freaking Raptor claw vs Gerber knife showdown? Legen……wait for it…….dary.

Posted by Russell Behrends - 08/08/2012 10:37 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota for it really hit home as my dad’s first gift to me when I was very young was my very first pocket knife and told me to carry it everywhere for it always comes in handy when you least expect it and I carry one everyday till this day.

Posted by Christian Hafer - 08/08/2012 10:37 AM

William Newsom because his dad is a badass and he is entertaining.

Posted by Steven Phillips - 08/08/2012 10:37 AM

Voted Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, for his long time and loving use of a classic blade.

Posted by tucker brownlee - 08/08/2012 10:37 AM

i vote for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey. not just only because he is also from new jersey, but because i was in a similar situation. a few years ago while hiking on the AT in PA, i sprained my foot while climbing down from a tree after putting up a bear bag. i had to use my buddy’s machete to cut a branch in two about 16 inches each. than used duct tape to make a splint so that i was able to hike off the trail to the road.

Posted by Albert - 08/08/2012 10:38 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler because it looks like she is giving her boy a haircut with the machete.

Posted by Ken West - 08/08/2012 10:39 AM

There is something about romantic literature for creating your own knife with your wizened elder. Rob Schell, finding a rusty old relic and fashioning a handle and hilt, then carrying it through his time in the military to today is a great story. I have a gerber knife I have carried with me every day, all around the world for the last 25 years.

Posted by Jon Cartwright - 08/08/2012 10:39 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman cause his story embodies all the other stories and the stories that did not make it on the page. Cause without our knives none of those stories would have possible and I know with my knife I am prepared for anything be it opening a box or cutting a rope to save my life..

Posted by Travis Bridges - 08/08/2012 10:40 AM

Lorin King should win because hunting dinos is the coolest.

Posted by Michael - 08/08/2012 10:40 AM

I voted for William Newsom because his story made me laugh! I want to win because you can NEVER have too many knives!

Posted by Ryan Peters - 08/08/2012 10:40 AM

I voted for Lorin King epic knife and epic story…

Posted by Benyomin Lewis - 08/08/2012 10:40 AM

I think Robert Schell is the best, I can relate useing the same old knife day in day out and it never giving up and always pulling through.

Posted by Victor Galbraith - 08/08/2012 10:40 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California, because I like his story.

Posted by jeremy taylor - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I voted for #317 because it is a good idea to always be prepared.

Posted by Challen Carland - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I vote for Jenny to win, She could always use another knife.

Posted by melissa gillette - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I didn’t vote because not one of those stories are true. So tired of people undeserving winning. Why can’t the average person win for once. Why can’t you just pick the single father who works two jobs who wants to take his kids camping story? Or the the family living on a budget story? No you have to pick the made up rich guy who travels the world story who’s climbing gear fails. Please give me a break.

Posted by Chris - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska because it shows just how indispensable a knife can be for years of an outdoor job.

Posted by Deke - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, because he’s an Army vet.

Posted by John Persico - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I vote William and his no fear of lions, tigers, or BEARS!

Posted by Sam - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because that is why I carry a knife; you use it as much as you have it.

Posted by Sean Miller - 08/08/2012 10:41 AM

I think Tom Hinderman should win because his was the everyman’s reason why we carry knives!

Posted by Cassy Michalek - 08/08/2012 10:42 AM

I voted for William because I understand how important memories are and the things tied to those memories. He will always think of his father when he sees a Gerber Knife and will more then likely pass those stories and blade down to younger generations

Posted by William Bayer - 08/08/2012 10:42 AM

I voted for Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon because his story really shows how dependable Gerber knives are that he can depend on these knives to save his life!

Posted by Rob Wagner - 08/08/2012 10:42 AM

Voted for John Hazlett.. Triumphed through a tough challenge just like my new gerber will do.??? Lol!

Posted by Kurt Huhn - 08/08/2012 10:42 AM

I enjoyed Tom Hinderman’s story the best because it embodies every reason why most people I know carry a knife – to give yourself a fighting chance either against cardboard boxes or life threatening situations.

Posted by Don DeCambra - 08/08/2012 10:43 AM

I voted for William Newsom because our fathers were our heroes growing up, they taught us how to properly hold a blade, how to use it, sharpen it, and why its important to have one. My pops always had gerber and so will i.

Posted by Chris C. - 08/08/2012 10:43 AM

I think the corpus christy story about his struggle to get the knife and not even knowing what it was, was the best.

Posted by Elias - 08/08/2012 10:43 AM

As a diver, I voted for Mick Flanigan of Beaverton, Oregon.

Posted by James B. - 08/08/2012 10:43 AM

I voted for Robert Schells story because as a kid I can remember being out in the woods with my cousin, trusty knives in hand, creating our own adventures and later in life using those experiences in my military career.

Posted by Jorge - 08/08/2012 10:43 AM

I vote for Laurin Kings Story. I remember carrying a USM8a1 in the early part of My stint in the Marine Corps. We used those things for everything!

Posted by Jerry Lafferty - 08/08/2012 10:44 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota, Quite simply, Honesty & Preparedness!

Posted by Jim Crapia - 08/08/2012 10:44 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman again, because he sums up the essence of why most of us carry a knife every day: preparedness and forethought, that our Gerber can help us get through most of what gets thrown at us, be it mundane or exciting, and the weight of that blade is like a friend at your side every day.

Posted by Brian Kay - 08/08/2012 10:44 AM

My vote is for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota. I can relate to his story completely and think carrying a knife is essential to everyday life.

Posted by Paul Stephens - 08/08/2012 10:44 AM

I voted for Frank #277. The history that his knife must have is incredible! If only it could tell its stories.

Posted by Leonard - 08/08/2012 10:44 AM

I think John M Hazlett should win, just on the fact that he had the pure determination of retrieving that blade in the water.

Posted by Brad Finkbeiner - 08/08/2012 10:45 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica, to help prepare herself and her family.

Posted by Jason - 08/08/2012 10:45 AM

Jenny Dengler – Using a knife just like any tool is the way they live and that is very appealing.

Posted by Derrick M - 08/08/2012 10:45 AM

Voted for Tom Hinderman again. Great philosophy. Though I say, There’s nothing sexier than darn fine knife.

Posted by Steve Williams - 08/08/2012 10:45 AM

I vote for the geologist/paleontologist; his military issue knife has been repurposed for research and knowledge!

Posted by James Randle - 08/08/2012 10:45 AM

I voted for William Newsom/ San Francisco, CA, because I can relate to always having one of my Gerber tools available when I am camping. I am not sure how well my Gerber pruning shears would stand up against a bear, but I never go camping without it!

Posted by Mike Morse - 08/08/2012 10:46 AM

I vote for William Newsom. I understand his father wanting to protect his family. I don’t have any kids of my own, but my fiance has two and there is nothing I wouldn’t do to keep them safe.

Posted by Mike Rigby - 08/08/2012 10:46 AM

Jenny,
Because Gerber’s knives have a chance to improve her and her families lives. What an opportunity! Go Gerber!

Posted by Kyle Heckenmueller - 08/08/2012 10:46 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman from Minnesota, because I carry a pocket knife everyday for the same reason, possibilities.

Posted by Paul - 08/08/2012 10:46 AM

My vote goes to Robert Schell, because not only does he have a cherished memory, but he also took something broken, and repaired/modified it into something that he can continue to use- The ultimate in reuse/recycling!

Posted by Omar Khalil - 08/08/2012 10:46 AM

I voted for Lorin King, why? Because he does what he loves and doesnt let the elements get in his way and sticks with his best buddy to do it, his knife.

Posted by Anthony Portanova - 08/08/2012 10:47 AM

I voted for William Newsom because I recently lost a family member and know how much something that has been passed down really means.

Posted by Peter Corpas - 08/08/2012 10:47 AM

I voted for Jenny Dengler in Costa Rica because for her family, it’s not just the day of the knife, they live by it.

Posted by Cassy Humphrey Michalek - 08/08/2012 10:48 AM

I think william should win because memories of our deceased loved ones are PRICELESS

Posted by Phillip Draeger - 08/08/2012 10:49 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California – It reminds me of my own childhood story.

Posted by David Himes - 08/08/2012 10:49 AM

I vote for Tom Hinderman, because I can relate and feel exactly the same way. Never used my blade for anything huge but used it countless times for anything and everything.

Posted by darreng - 08/08/2012 10:49 AM

Robert Schell gets my vote

Posted by MikeA - 08/08/2012 10:49 AM

Come’ on, Robert Schell just has the coolest looking knife.

Posted by Lily - 08/08/2012 10:50 AM

I voted for John Hazlett because his story read like an adventure novel where the character persists at claiming the under water treasure and its a knife!!!

Posted by Eric R - 08/08/2012 10:51 AM

I had to vote for Jenny Dengler from Costa Rica. She is a fierce, machete-weilding jungle-mother, who utilizes knives to feed her family and to simply survive. If that is not worthy of a vote, I don’t know what is.

Posted by Michael Chacon - 08/08/2012 10:51 AM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because I’ve been to the Philippines three times and once to Costa Rica and I can tell you that a machete is an absolute necessity in the jungle areas…Too bad you can’t bring them back to the US on a plane…

Posted by matt crone - 08/08/2012 10:52 AM

Ive gotta vote for Frank Altamura as an avid fisherman and knife junkie. I hope to be that resourceful in my travels on the water.

Posted by Thomas Ticknor - 08/08/2012 10:52 AM

I voted for William Newsom because reading his story got you thinking they were in danger and then it made you laugh at the end when he found out it was deer.

Posted by Nick T - 08/08/2012 10:52 AM

John M Hazlett because his story was awesome.

Posted by Steve O. - 08/08/2012 10:53 AM

My vote is for Robert Schell he served our country and any soldier male or female deserves a reward and what better than a good blade!

Posted by Kim Sardo - 08/08/2012 10:53 AM

Lorin King the palentologist needs defend black bears, should the need arise.

Posted by Gary Hammel - 08/08/2012 10:54 AM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because If I’m gonna hold my breath that long I want something to show for it…plus if we all held our breath a bit more the world would be a much better place!

Posted by Stefanie - 08/08/2012 10:54 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett for his determination, but for also reminding us that we all forget our limitations at times, and making think about what things are worth to us in life.

Posted by Christian Albrecht - 08/08/2012 10:55 AM

I vote for William Newsom / San Francisco, California – Great story about a knife that made me smile…. :-)

Posted by Jason Gardner - 08/08/2012 10:56 AM

I voted for Robert in California because of the memories his father gave him through this knife.

Posted by Lena - 08/08/2012 10:57 AM

I don’t know Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota but he tell’s it like it is and he’s a local guy ~ so I voted for him :)

Good Luck Tom!

Posted by Kevin Mitchell - 08/08/2012 10:57 AM

My dad’s knife – I wish I had one of my own dad’s knives …

Posted by ian waight - 08/08/2012 10:57 AM

i voted for ryan leddon because the catskill mountains is were i was raised and if there is any place you need a really good knife its there.

Posted by DB Price - 08/08/2012 10:58 AM

Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska is whom my vote is for, anyone with a knife for that long of daily use deserves the win

Posted by Keith B - 08/08/2012 10:58 AM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California. I voted for him because I have been in that same situation where my friend believed a bear was raiding our campsite and we jump out to find a raccoon. Ridiculous and no sleep the rest of the night. Plus I related to how he mention the no knife on a plane thing, still makes me feel helpless when traveling.

Posted by kertesz manuel - 08/08/2012 10:58 AM

lorin king, he’s from nebraska, so that’s pretty awesome without the knife story :D

Posted by Anthony LeTourneau - 08/08/2012 10:58 AM

I think the most logical spot to best represent your knives is to get one in the hands of a hobby farming artist. Which would use your product….DAILY. I vote for Anthony LeTourneau from Hinckley MN

Posted by Chef Mike - 08/08/2012 10:58 AM

I voted for Robert Schnell. Although people respect the military for their sacrifices, I cannot help but think that even as I sit here complaining about this and that, especially the heat, that somewhere there are men and women in much more severe conditions laying there life on the line so I can sit here and go to work. Although I wimped out of military service, I have nothing but absolute respect for those that US upped and did it.

Posted by Kevin Cross - 08/08/2012 10:59 AM

I voted for Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey
because I used to have a knife like that.

Posted by Sean - 08/08/2012 10:59 AM

William Newsom should win, for his father’s sake.

Posted by Kevin Lanni - 08/08/2012 11:00 AM

I voted for William Newsom, if I had a gerber in hand I wouldn’t be afraid of a bear either lol.

Posted by John G - 08/08/2012 11:00 AM

William Newsom is the real winner here for putting a brave face on his childhood Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. America needs more heroes like Newsom!

Posted by MIchelle Dolbeck - 08/08/2012 11:00 AM

I voted for William Newsom because it brought back memories that made me laugh.. I had pretty much the exact same thing happen with me and my father, flailing his arms wildly around to scare a bear that was nothing more then a raccoon lol….good times <3

Posted by Jared Smith - 08/08/2012 11:01 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett for a great story and that badass knife in the picture.

Posted by JesseP - 08/08/2012 11:02 AM

I voted for Robert Schell, seems like he knows how to really get every bit of use full life out of something.

Posted by tanner Ferguson - 08/08/2012 11:02 AM

Jenny Dengler! A story how the mechette was a part of their everyday grind. Knifes are truly life savers in many ways!

Posted by Dylan Douglas - 08/08/2012 11:03 AM

I voted for Robert Schell because he proves that you can turn a darelect knive into a very useful tool.

Posted by Brennan Harvey - 08/08/2012 11:03 AM

I voted for William Newsom, I can only hope he win because knives are a persons best friend!

Posted by BlueCollarMoto - 08/08/2012 11:04 AM

I voted for Lorin King.
Anyone with the rocks to face off bears with a USM8A1 deserves to win!

Posted by Raymond V - 08/08/2012 11:04 AM

William Newsom, A story of a man willing to give his life for his family, that is what a man should be.

Posted by ksebastian - 08/08/2012 11:04 AM

I voted for Jenny in Costa Rica since her machete blade looks a little dull.

Posted by Glen Allen - 08/08/2012 11:05 AM

I vote for William Newsom. The bond between a father and a son is amazing, luckily I have that kind of bond with my dad, and to have something like that to remember how great of a man he was and how brave with a knife to defend his family.

Posted by Jeremy Castleberry - 08/08/2012 11:06 AM

I voted for John M Hazlett of Corpus Chrisit, Texas because like us, he wanted a free knife; I just hope we don’t have to nearly drown to get ours!

Posted by Jessica - 08/08/2012 11:06 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica, I think its interesting and important for people to know the literal phrase “fruits of ones labor.” Not many people realize the work that goes into true survival and appreciation for what we have. This family certainly does due to their life style. The family would definitely use the tools for a real purpose as these knives should be.

Posted by Ash - 08/08/2012 11:07 AM

Ryan from Georgia…I gotta vote for the home state.

Posted by Brian Lee Gnad - 08/08/2012 11:07 AM

I voted for Lorin King because I like the knife and I like the way it gets used.

Posted by M. Thompson - 08/08/2012 11:09 AM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica – bad ass mom with a bad ass machete.

Posted by Cassandra Cosgrove - 08/08/2012 11:09 AM

I voted for “Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica”. Simply because I’m always looking for a reason to use a machete, never has the reason been to actually survive ordinary daily life. Who knew?

Posted by Brandon Burm - 08/08/2012 11:09 AM

I voted for Robert Schell because those who give our nation their best, deserve the best given to them!

Posted by Thomas - 08/08/2012 11:10 AM

I voted for John Hazlett because I liked how he kept trying to overcome an obstacle until he did.

Posted by Mike Hafner - 08/08/2012 11:11 AM

William Newsom should win simply for the great picture.

Posted by BlueCollarMoto - 08/08/2012 11:11 AM

I voted for Lorin King because anyone with the rocks to face off bears with a USM8A1 deserves to win!

Posted by Bennett Tatgenhorst - 08/08/2012 11:11 AM

While all of the stories were great, William Newsom’s was my favorite- he has my vote. I remember when I used to sleep with a knife just in case a robber came into my room in the middle of the night. We never got robbed, but I regret nothing.

Posted by Larin Backhaus - 08/08/2012 11:11 AM

William Newsom, because its a funny family story you can pass down through the ages.

Posted by Joe Sansone - 08/08/2012 11:12 AM

I voted for William. This story reminds me a lot of my own father who would and still would do anything to protect his family. At 60 he’s still the Marine he was for 20 years. The first knife he ever got for me was a super small Gerber and I still have it to this day.

Posted by Elisa Grimes - 08/08/2012 11:13 AM

I voted for the one with the one tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, because you always need a blade when you’re in the military. :)

Posted by Michael Land - 08/08/2012 11:13 AM

I’ve got to give my vote to Frank Altamura because MY dad passed down a nearly identical blade to me as a child.

Posted by M.Leza - 08/08/2012 11:14 AM

John Hazlet. Believe or not, I had something like this happen to me just off the island of Okinawa.

Posted by Mark Benson - 08/08/2012 11:14 AM

Jenny Dengler from Costa Rica should win because she is not only using the knife for its intended purpose but also carrying on a tradition by teaching her sons how to!

Posted by Trevor Bartlett - 08/08/2012 11:14 AM

I voted William because my dad isn’t around and I want share the same feeling with my son!

Posted by James Bonifacio - 08/08/2012 11:15 AM

I vote for Tom Hinderman because I too carry a blade for the same reason… to be prepared for anything!

Posted by Chris Howard - 08/08/2012 11:16 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because this story epitomizes the need for a pocket knife. I’ve personally used my carry knife for tasks as simple as cleaning under a fingernail to as complex as cutting a seatbelt at a vehicle roll-over. You just never know when it will be handy. Also god for stripping a wire on the ham radio and cutting a chunk of beef jerky.

Posted by stacey - 08/08/2012 11:17 AM

I voted for Jenny because she lives an awesome life and knows how to use her knife for protection & survival.

Posted by SGT Browning - 08/08/2012 11:18 AM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Mostly because it looks to me someone knows how to use their knife. Even through abuse, She knows how to take care of her knife and knows how to use one.

Posted by Colin M. - 08/08/2012 11:18 AM

William Newsom / San Francisco – Because dad is my greatest hero!

Posted by Robert Bigouette - 08/08/2012 11:18 AM

I think William Newsom should win, because we all like to remember Dad at the best of times.

Posted by Jen Maples - 08/08/2012 11:19 AM

Jenny Dengler, Costa Rica – RAWR~! This woman is bad ass – teaching her children the ROOTS of life, survival, living on an organic farm in the tropics, a REAL good reason to use knives n machetes – coconuts, food production and self protection – doesn’t get more real than that! WIN

Posted by Clay Tyler - 08/08/2012 11:19 AM

I vote for Jenny in Costa Rica as I think she would have the best use for anything she wins on a daily basis.

Posted by Jay Cottam - 08/08/2012 11:19 AM

I voted Tom Hindermand for Preparedness!

Posted by Brian Pollock - 08/08/2012 11:21 AM

I voted for the lady who’s family lives in Costa Rica, because it sounds like their way of life is fairly dependent on quality functional knives. It has been my experience that Gerber makes a great quality and functional knife.

Posted by Jeremy Tredinnick - 08/08/2012 11:21 AM

I enjoyed this story because it was about a knife passed down to a son, the son showed resourcefulness in using it when the need presented itself, and I am a longtime Gerber fan.

Posted by James Cook - 08/08/2012 11:21 AM

I voted for Ryan Ledden is required to spend three days in the Catskills for a Wilderness Survival Skills Course.

Posted by Jonathan Darrah - 08/08/2012 11:21 AM

I voted for Jennifer, because the machete demonstrates more of a status symbol to the dedication to surviving than the way people think the cellphone is.

Posted by Zachary Taffany - 08/08/2012 11:23 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman in North Branch Minnesota. Not because of an exceptionally cool story, but because a good knife is an essential part of life. If I were stranded anywhere with only ONE item, it would have to be a Tanto.

Posted by Kevin Toole - 08/08/2012 11:24 AM

Robert Schell gives proof of living ingenuity, survival, and the unbreakable bond between father & son

Posted by Joseph Schaefer - 08/08/2012 11:25 AM

I vote for Costa Rica because daily and practical use of knives for survival and sustenance is their true and original purpose.

Posted by damien evans - 08/08/2012 11:25 AM

Lorin King. STILL the same reason, He doesnt go into detail of his encounters with bears or disney-it-up with over-the-top descriptions three mule deer to steal your imagination.

Posted by Jimmy Carnline - 08/08/2012 11:25 AM

My vote goes to John M Hazlett of Corpus Christi, Texas. As a fellow Texan I can relate to his persistence and dedication.

Posted by Zachary Simmons - 08/08/2012 11:25 AM

I voted for the blade that served our country!

Posted by Kevin - 08/08/2012 11:26 AM

Robert Schell, way to give something new life.

Posted by Jeddadiah A. - 08/08/2012 11:26 AM

I vote for William Newsom / San Francisco because if you’ve been around bears before the thought of taking one on with a mere blade is suicidal at best. That dad decided to man-up for his family. That’s a great story.

Posted by Andi - 08/08/2012 11:27 AM

I like Mike Dorio’s. It was sweet to see this couple use the knife to help each other out. He saved the day.

Posted by Matt Gage - 08/08/2012 11:27 AM

I voted for – Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota. Tim is correct in that we should always be prepared for anything that could happen. My little Gerber lock-blade pocket knife has come handy more times then I can count.

Posted by Jake Sundberg - 08/08/2012 11:27 AM

I voted for Tom Hinderman, it just makes sense to be prepared!

Posted by Greg Hill - 08/08/2012 11:27 AM

Voted for Frank Altamura because passing preparedness and a good knife down through the family is a wonderful thing.

Posted by Jason Fustin - 08/08/2012 11:28 AM

I voted for William Newsom, the story took me back to my boyscout days of being prepared for anything but usually encountering less than expected.

Posted by David gonzalez - 08/08/2012 11:28 AM

Gerber, it ain’t baby food! Best knives I’ve owned. Thanks for the hard work.

Posted by vidar mathisen - 08/08/2012 11:29 AM

i voted for: John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas

Posted by Dawn Walsh - 08/08/2012 11:29 AM

I voted for William Newsom because I love his story and have a similar one from my childhood.

Posted by Nicci - 08/08/2012 11:30 AM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I thought that after all the hard work he has put his blade through… it was time for a new one.

Posted by lee weldon - 08/08/2012 11:30 AM

I like Tom Hinderman’s story. I can’t count how many times I have been in a situation where my Gerber was on my hip and I felt at ease.
I may not have used it everytime but it was there. It gave me security. I knew my most reliable tool I owned was there. Ready. Everytime. It’s not fancy nor Exciting but its real. Thank you Gerber.

Posted by Marc Rogelstad - 08/08/2012 11:31 AM

I voted for William Newsom. What a story to remember your father with. Willing to face down the terror of the 3 deer finishing the BBQ.

Posted by Kelly Burleson - 08/08/2012 11:31 AM

I voted for Mr. Dorio from New Jersey because he showed how carrying a Gerber on a regular basis could provide help in a real emergency situation.

Posted by Leanne Cole - 08/08/2012 11:31 AM

I voted for William Newsom – His story actually brought tears to my eyes (in a good way)! All the stories were good reading though

Posted by Georgia Lott - 08/08/2012 11:32 AM

Voted for William even though I’m not sure how true the story is. Regardless it made for a great read.

Posted by Allan DeLeon - 08/08/2012 11:34 AM

I think that Jenny Dengler should win because seriously, the main purpose of a knife is that it is a TOOL and they utilize that aspect beautifully, making it not just a tool as a means of doing one thing, but a tool as a means of survival.

Posted by Romeo Davila - 08/08/2012 11:34 AM

John from Chorpus. Bias vote :O

Posted by Chris bernhardt - 08/08/2012 11:38 AM

I think john hazlet should win because he almost died for a knife

Posted by Patrick Carfley - 08/08/2012 11:40 AM

I voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia, because we should all learn to survive in the woods a few days.

Posted by Patrick Carfley - 08/08/2012 11:41 AM

I voted for Ryan Ledden, Canton, Georgia, because we should all learn to survive in the woods a few days.

Posted by Brian Puckett - 08/08/2012 11:41 AM

I like the William Newsom story, being with his family and out hiking and camping seems like it would be a great getaway. Only to be awoken in the middle of the night thinking it was a bear lol.

Posted by Matt G - 08/08/2012 11:43 AM

Frank Altamura’s got my vote because his knife reminds me of the one my Dad had growing up.

Posted by Lance P. - 08/08/2012 11:44 AM

Jenny Dengler should win because her family relies on blades on a daily basis for survival.

Posted by barry welling - 08/08/2012 11:45 AM

I vote for william Newsom, because it’s a great tale, and his kids will remember that.

Posted by **Phil Pico - 08/08/2012 11:46 AM

John M Hazlett because he was destined to pull the sword (knife) from the stone and proclaim his prize.

Posted by Gene Hamilton - 08/08/2012 11:48 AM

My vote goes Tom Hinderman. Because over all the other good stories, his is a true story in my book.

Posted by John hazlett - 08/08/2012 11:52 AM

for all who have voted for me and left such awesome commentary…I thank you.. overall my level of support all the way around has been heartwarming.. this has been quite a rollercoaster!

Posted by Joe - 08/08/2012 11:53 AM

John M Hazlett needs this prize, because he’s adventurous, very curious, and almost got himself killed from drowning — who knows what kind of trouble he’ll get himself into next!!

Posted by Jason - 08/08/2012 11:54 AM

Robert Schell. I wish I could’ve found and fixed something like that while my dad was still around.

Posted by Ed S - 08/08/2012 11:54 AM

I vote for John M Hazlett, because he explored his limits and was rewarded with keeping his life and a knife.

Posted by Denis - 08/08/2012 11:55 AM

William Newsom, because this story teaches how to protect people you love, and what should always be with you while outdoors (hint – it starts from Ger…).

Posted by daniel gray - 08/08/2012 11:59 AM

the dengler family in costa rica,this family lives by the land and steele

Posted by Chris Teague - 08/08/2012 12:00 PM

William Newsom. Such an incredible memory, of a man willing to lay his life down for his family.

Posted by Jason Bustos - 08/08/2012 12:00 PM

I vote for John Hazlett as his story has a Sword in the Stone element to it.

Posted by GG - 08/08/2012 12:00 PM

A multipurpose life needs a multipurpose knife. So I voted for you.

Posted by Damiano Povoleri - 08/08/2012 12:01 PM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota

Is my favourite!! his approach is like mine. simple, pragmatic, and emotional.

Posted by Allen White - 08/08/2012 12:03 PM

I voted for William Newsom because it reminded me of one of my favorite quotes, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”

Posted by Ken Smith - 08/08/2012 12:04 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because the story illustrates what a good knife is for – Survival and Protection of yourself and family, not to mention that it was a little funny to imagine someone jumping out of a tent yelling, screaming, and flailing about at deer (thinking they were bear) that weren’t bothered. And, I’d like to win because I can definitely see myself in a similar situation because I always keep a good knife on me, but especially when hiking/camping for just this and/or any other survival situation that may arise.

Posted by Rev.Mike Kruse - 08/08/2012 12:05 PM

The story about the bear and the hero dad, and the son who keeps his fathers blade out of remembrance is very worthy of the prize.

Posted by Brandon Shinley - 08/08/2012 12:05 PM

My vote goes to William Newsom of San Francisco, California, There is nothing better than having a quality knife, passed down from your father, and having an amazing story of bravery and the memory of your hero to go along with it.

Posted by Brian Jeter - 08/08/2012 12:12 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio, i admire his knife skills and quick thinking to get his wife home safely.

Posted by Dale Childress - 08/08/2012 12:12 PM

I have the same knife. Big fan of the blade.

Posted by Josh Lanyon - 08/08/2012 12:13 PM

Nothing beats the feeling of a Gerber at your side or in you hand, its a feeling I hope to always have.

Posted by Garry Coulthard - 08/08/2012 12:14 PM

Jenny Dengler Costa Rica
As she said in her text, even in these time of internet, widescreen, tvs etc, its still a knife you see round peoples waists and not a cell phone.

Posted by Jonathan Hernandez - 08/08/2012 12:16 PM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica, i choose her because she uses the machete as a daily tool and keep the tradition of the town…

Posted by james brundy - 08/08/2012 12:16 PM

i voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia i know how hard it is to survive in the catskill mountians.

Posted by Nick N. - 08/08/2012 12:18 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman, as his philosophy of why we carry blades was spot on, in my opinion.

Posted by BrianT - 08/08/2012 12:18 PM

My vote goes to Frank Altamura. Number one reason…I’m from Jersey too. Secondly because I’m been in almost the same situation with no other tool but a knife and the knife did exactly what I needed done.

Posted by Michael Green - 08/08/2012 12:18 PM

This time I voted for William Newsome, because I went through almost exactly the same thing, except I was the Dad, and there really WAS a bear…

Posted by Douglas Buckley - 08/08/2012 12:19 PM

I vote for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because having such a great knife that was his father’s represents that the son becomes the father and the father the son.

Posted by Matthew Exley - 08/08/2012 12:21 PM

So I didn’t realize when I posted my comment to who I think I should win that I had to grab your attention ;) so here it goes! *******************************************************PICK ME********************************

Posted by Mike Campbell - 08/08/2012 12:22 PM

I voted for Ryan because I am from the Adirondacks and know how tough the mountains can be.

Posted by Sweet - 08/08/2012 12:27 PM

In Boy Scouts we are to “Be Prepared.” For life. No matter what situation occurs, where it occurs, what occurs or how it occurs, we need to know how to respond and have the tools necessary to respond. And to serve others. That is why I picked William Newsom / San Francisco, California, because his story is about the sacrifice his father was willing to make for his family. Thankful, the situation wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but he was ready, at any moment, any instant, to help his family.

“…These things we do, THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.”-US Air Force Pararescue Jumpers motto/creed

Posted by Tyler Bettencourt - 08/08/2012 12:27 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because his story was the best. I think his father’s bravery was incredible, so he deserves to win.

Posted by Scott Moote - 08/08/2012 12:29 PM

Having just very recently lost my dad, I could relate to William Newsom’s (San Francisco, California) story and his fond memory of his dad that night camping…

Posted by Ron Abbott - 08/08/2012 12:31 PM

I vote for lorin king because it shows how practical and useful it is to have a decent knife.

Posted by Doug Swingle - 08/08/2012 12:32 PM

I voted for Lorin King/Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Paleontologists typically aren’t viewed as rough ‘n rugged, but facing down two black bears with a USM8A1 is EXTREME!!!

Posted by Tim Bradbury - 08/08/2012 12:32 PM

William Newsom – because you never know when you might need a Gerber knife to fight a bear.

Posted by alex placeres - 08/08/2012 12:32 PM

i vote for William newsom because i wouldnt vote for anyone else!

Posted by Paul - 08/08/2012 12:33 PM

I like Roberts story the best.

Posted by NICK MULLER - 08/08/2012 12:36 PM

I voted for William Newsom, because sometimes a knife is just a knife, and sometimes it’s a reminder of a great memory.

Posted by Roy - 08/08/2012 12:37 PM

Voted for the dude with his dads knife, because the only thing I got from my dad was a hard time and a handfull of nothing….good to see it works out for some people!

Posted by Ben - 08/08/2012 12:37 PM

William Newsom / San Francisco, California should win because of his unpredictable story of there being three mule deers instead of a bear. Haha

Posted by Chuck Rolston - 08/08/2012 12:37 PM

I voted for Mr. King because he took a military blade and turned it to a new purpose. Tough in the military and tough in the field/

Posted by Rudy Fimbres - 08/08/2012 12:37 PM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California. His story was the best

Posted by John Roehner - 08/08/2012 12:37 PM

I voted for William Newsome cuz his Dad must make some really good BBQ sauce!

Posted by Amanda - 08/08/2012 12:37 PM

I voted for Jenny because one does not have the true skills of survival without their knife. And her picture is hysterical!

Posted by Jeffrey Pittle - 08/08/2012 12:37 PM

I voted for William Newsom’s story about his Dad and their camping trip – sounds like something I would do – and while his Dad’s gone now, he has some great knife-related memories…

Posted by Ste Rumbelow - 08/08/2012 12:38 PM

I voted for William Newsom because I admire the bravery his father had in trying to protect his family.

Posted by Charles - 08/08/2012 12:38 PM

I vote for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because his father proved that he would do anything for his family

Posted by @avtoolman - 08/08/2012 12:38 PM

I, hereby comment again in the hopes to fall in your good graces that you will bestow upon me the award of a useful knife.

Posted by Brian H - 08/08/2012 12:38 PM

John M Hazlett’s sword in the stone story is my favorite. I’ve been lucky enough to find a knife or two. Never anything as interesting as that or as in an interesting way as that.

Posted by Ryan - 08/08/2012 12:39 PM

My vote is for John M, as he has a old corroded blade now, but could use a few new ones from the sounds of it.

Posted by Jane McLaren - 08/08/2012 12:39 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio. Why? When I read the short blurb it was the one that caught my attention and made me want to expand the story and read the rest. I did read the other stories and they are all great but the fact that this one grabbed me from the get go and was, in the end, a story of how carrying the knife saved the day in a simple practical way won me over and got my vote!

Posted by andrewr ryan gilson - 08/08/2012 12:40 PM

i think William Newsom / San Francisco, California should win because A father willing to fight off a bear with a knife to protect his family is the bravest thing a father can do to protect his Family.

Posted by Eric J. Gruber - 08/08/2012 12:41 PM

I just need a good one to kill zombies.

Posted by Dan Skinner - 08/08/2012 12:41 PM

William Newsom has an awesome story! He has had my vote from the start!

Posted by parker - 08/08/2012 12:42 PM

Voting again for Tom. Being prepared is not just about SHTF or gutting a deer, it is also about opening a letter, cutting an orange, or freeing a toy from its packaging for me son.

Posted by Mike Campbell - 08/08/2012 12:42 PM

I voted again for William. Greatest Story and best photo. You got an itch to give away knives, I got an itch to win a knife.

Posted by Dawn Atkinson - 08/08/2012 12:42 PM

Getting back into trail hiking and just finished my Hunter Ed Course, I need a good knife to build up my survival pack. Gerber is a name that my husband who is in the military trusts and he has always carried a Gerber on him through three deployments. Would love to win one of these so I have one of my own!!

Posted by Brian Jensen - 08/08/2012 12:42 PM

William should win because knives are tools of tradition and should be passed down from father to son along with stories surrounding them.

Posted by A. Davis - 08/08/2012 12:42 PM

Voted for William Newsom…story was awesome and the pic says “I’m professional, had a long day and I will cut you”

Posted by Lon Hoofnagle - 08/08/2012 12:42 PM

I think William Newsome should win because that is one very funny story.

Posted by charlene wakefield - 08/08/2012 12:43 PM

I vote for them all! they have such great stories…but i really want a knife for my hubby, he is retired from the infantry, but i think they can never take the infantry out of him!

Posted by dylan weidner - 08/08/2012 12:44 PM

the thought of finding a blade underwater is mindblowing, wondering how it got there and how long its sat in its aquatic resting place is very intriguing, therefore I voted for john hazlett’s story of preserverance and determination in uncovering this mysterious blade from the lung bursting depths of the lake!!

Posted by Glenn Simpson - 08/08/2012 12:44 PM

I could use another Gerber knife to compliment my belt Gerber Mk II!

Posted by cnarva - 08/08/2012 12:45 PM

William Newsome, awesome story

Posted by Chris Ferguson - 08/08/2012 12:45 PM

I voted for Robert Schell’s story and how it shows that even an old, lost knife, like a rusty Ka-Bar I once found under the seat of a used Chevy Cavalier, can still have a life of great use!

Posted by Jeff K - 08/08/2012 12:45 PM

I voted Jenny D. because she could use a different blade to give her son a haircut and being in the jungle she probably needs the variety.

Posted by Colin Beesley - 08/08/2012 12:45 PM

Voted for Jenny Dengler – knives aren’t just for hobbies, they can also be a way of life (and I bet her current steel is as good as Gerber!)

Posted by Doug W - 08/08/2012 12:45 PM

I vote for frank, I can relate.

Posted by Jesse B - 08/08/2012 12:46 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura because knife junkies aren’t born, they are cultivated in their youth and shown the way by the adults in their life that care for them and want them to be responsible adults.

Posted by Matt A - 08/08/2012 12:46 PM

I voted for John. What you’ll do for a knife equals what it’ll do for you.

Posted by Troy Petrovich - 08/08/2012 12:47 PM

I chose Tim. I feel the same way and carried a knife all the time until my Gerber was lost 2 months ago when I hit the expressway wall on my motorcycle, in a coma then the hospital for over a month but I missed my knife.

Posted by Curtis Cullum - 08/08/2012 12:47 PM

I voted for John Hazlet because I have lost a knife while diving. Probably not the one he found but it I love stories like this where my lost tool could become someone else’s found treasure.

Posted by Thomas Zakrzewski - 08/08/2012 12:47 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, CA, because he has something to remember his father by and actually put to use day after day.

Posted by Jones Foxx Jr. - 08/08/2012 12:47 PM

Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey

Cause even people who look like serial killers should win sometimes. :]

Posted by gerry k - 08/08/2012 12:47 PM

I vote for Lorin King because I have the same knife and know how useful it is!

Posted by Derek K. - 08/08/2012 12:48 PM

I Need this prize cause I have nothing to gut a deer with this season :(

Posted by Amy Kozak - 08/08/2012 12:48 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Christi, Texas, because with that kind of persistence it sounds like he would go to any lengths to get what he wants…people like that don’t come around very often.

Posted by Derik Civilla - 08/08/2012 12:48 PM

I vote for the man who found the knife under water because he pushed himself past his limits and got a reward.

Posted by Hank L - 08/08/2012 12:48 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California. Had a similar incident several years back in Lake Tahoe.

Posted by Calvin Tait - 08/08/2012 12:49 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica as they are using knives to make a living/survive on a daily basis. There is no better reason than absolute need.

Posted by Daniel P - 08/08/2012 12:49 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because it is always great to have memories like that.

Posted by glen - 08/08/2012 12:49 PM

I voted for Lorin King / Scottsbluff, Nebraska because a raptor claw is the original blade.

Posted by Brian Crowley - 08/08/2012 12:50 PM

I think Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia should win because he has lived in the wild for 3 days who else can say they have done that?

Posted by Shelly R. - 08/08/2012 12:50 PM

My vote is for William. A story of a brave dad, who is willing to defend his family with a knife. He is protecting those who matter most to him, his family!

Posted by eric hodge - 08/08/2012 12:51 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because his story celebrates all the everyday tasks that makes carrying a blade worth it for the rest of us.

Posted by Ari Leach - 08/08/2012 12:51 PM

Jenny=power lady with huge knife= most awesome everyday carry ever!

Posted by Jonathan Telford - 08/08/2012 12:53 PM

I vote for Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota
Because he seems to know the best why we carry knifes :)

Posted by William Lockray - 08/08/2012 12:53 PM

I vote for William Newsome, not only because we have the same name, but because his dad would of taken on yogi to protect his family.

Posted by Jeff H - 08/08/2012 12:53 PM

I think William Newsom should win for the great memory of his dad.

Posted by Derek Baune - 08/08/2012 12:54 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas – what an awesome story. Sometime we forget the real purpose in life and forget we are apart of something bigger. Keep the faith and explore on!!

Posted by Michael Fincher - 08/08/2012 12:55 PM

I voted for Robert Schell because no knife should ever be tossed out, even if its a rusted up Arkansas toothpick.

Posted by Naithan Kain - 08/08/2012 12:55 PM

Voted for the Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey Because he took care of his wife.

Posted by Sandi - 08/08/2012 12:56 PM

Jenny Dengler for teaching her children to live close to nature, the value of good blade ad how to use it.

Posted by Tommy Webb - 08/08/2012 12:56 PM

I already voted for John M Hazlett of Corpus Chrisit, his persistance in obtaining that knife underwater represents the American sprit of hard work, determination and perseverance that thrives in all of those who love the outdoors.

Posted by Tim Brown - 08/08/2012 12:56 PM

Dan Wells

Posted by Jeff Latimer - 08/08/2012 12:57 PM

I vote for William and his dad, who’s teaching him all you need is guts and a sharp knife!

Posted by JARED CRAVENS - 08/08/2012 12:58 PM

i voted for william newsome because i have similar memories of my own father

Posted by Seth - 08/08/2012 12:58 PM

Montana? Bears? Barbecues? A knife? All essential story elements. How could this not get my vote?

Posted by Darryl - 08/08/2012 12:59 PM

William Newsom, becasue that is a grwat memory of his Dad

Posted by Michael Adelsheim - 08/08/2012 12:59 PM

I voted for Will because I’m a dad and would love to think that I would do the same thing.

Posted by Tom Whiteman - 08/08/2012 01:00 PM

I voted for Lorin King because I’m a fellow Nebraskan and I understand the importance of the work she is currently doing in and for my state. Equipping her to better do this is only a great idea.

Posted by Arash Akhlaghi - 08/08/2012 01:01 PM

Robert Schell should win because this old broken down knife brought a father and son together and save an innocent man of conviction.

Posted by Matthew Arnold - 08/08/2012 01:01 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett because I admire his determination. It reminds me of a famous quote by Roger Bannister, the famouse olympian known for his sub-4-minute mile, “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”

Posted by Guillermo Rivera - 08/08/2012 01:01 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because the pic was cool and his story has everything: comedy, action, suspense and drama. Also, it points out that his father was 100% convinced that he could off a bear with a Gerber knife… they are THAT good. A man protecting his family? Priceless!

Posted by Jennifer Chamberlain - 08/08/2012 01:05 PM

I’m voting for Lorin because there’s no bones about it, digging for fossils is AWESOME! ;)

Posted by Jesus C Lopez Rios - 08/08/2012 01:09 PM

I should win because every soldier needs a good knife.

Posted by Rob Wagner - 08/08/2012 01:10 PM

Sword and shield through and through, gerber knives are tried and true, sharp as razors and tough as nails, ready to go and never fails.

I voted for John Hazlett!

Posted by Jeff - 08/08/2012 01:10 PM

I voted for john because of his perseverance and going beyond his ability to obtain the prize.

Posted by Patti Ray - 08/08/2012 01:10 PM

I voted for Robert Schell because he is a Vet and served with the 82nd Airborne as did my son. Hoorah!

Posted by mike oliveira - 08/08/2012 01:11 PM

I voted for Mike cause his wife is awesome for hiking with him. And he’s awesome for being able to help her .

Posted by Daniel Coomes - 08/08/2012 01:12 PM

I voted for the woman in Costa Rica because everyone needs a knife in a jungle atmosphere, especially a woman teaching and protecting her kids with a machete, now that’s cool!

Posted by Jason Petrey - 08/08/2012 01:12 PM

I vote for Robert Schell/Jackson city California it wasnt something bought in a store all shined up it was something he and his dad made together not only did the knife stand the test of time and wear but so do the memories

Posted by Mike C. - 08/08/2012 01:13 PM

Gotta vote William.

Food…$20 Tent…$50 Sleeping Bags…$50

Knowing you can take on a bear with a Gerber Knife… Priceless.

Posted by Ric Andrews Jr - 08/08/2012 01:14 PM

Fight off a bear with a knife??!! Newsom gets my vote for sure!

Posted by Chuck Faulknor - 08/08/2012 01:15 PM

I voted for the man who took care of his wife’s knee. You need a sharp mind and quick thinking to survive.

Posted by Johnathan - 08/08/2012 01:17 PM

I think that John M Hazlett from Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win because he mayhave found a good combat knife but needs and deserves a new knife and he has a good back story too.

Posted by Kyle - 08/08/2012 01:18 PM

I think John M. Hazlett, his story was very believable and very exciting, it also brings back memories of me finding old weapons or ammunition in the woods.

Posted by Anton Bjerstam - 08/08/2012 01:18 PM

I’ve just started to realize the fun about outdoor activities, i usually don’t do things like this but now i took a shot. The thing is for the stuff i do(Fishing, Climbing mountains, xtreme swimming, going out on hikes and pilgrimage) i need a new knife. A knife which holds for alot. I watched alot of Bear Grylls before i started to do this, and it turned out to be my favorite hobby

Posted by Nelson Sossaman - 08/08/2012 01:19 PM

I voted for john hazlett. coming up with knife under water.

Posted by Jorge Rodriguez - 08/08/2012 01:22 PM

Frank Altamura gets my vote due to the father and son bond and the meaning behind the handing down of an item with valuable meaning.

Posted by Alex - 08/08/2012 01:23 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett since i wish I could just find a EPIC knife AND have a near death experience all at the same time, he’s so lucky…

Posted by Brandon Hutchens - 08/08/2012 01:23 PM

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Posted by Eileen Ruggiero - 08/08/2012 01:24 PM

My vote goes to JOHN HAZLETT because he was bond and determined to get the prize the knife.My hat is off to John Hazlett..

Posted by Ronald T. Bundick - 08/08/2012 01:24 PM

My vote is for Robert Schell

Posted by Richard K - 08/08/2012 01:26 PM

I voted Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica. It’s really refreshing to see knives being used in such a pure form… as a versatile everyday tool. I think she and her family deserve a few more and I know they’d get great use out of all the gear.

Posted by Gareth de Bruyn - 08/08/2012 01:28 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because his story inspires everyone to be more courageous and persistent in life.

Posted by Rick - 08/08/2012 01:33 PM

I vote for william newsom. he needs to put his fathers knife up and use his brand new gerber gear.

Posted by Brendan Lewis - 08/08/2012 01:36 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because my everyday knife is my knife of the day.

Posted by Drew Dennis - 08/08/2012 01:36 PM

I voted for Frank, passing down things from one generation to the next keeps our heritage alive! My father passed things to me, and I will pass them to my son.

Posted by Chris B (Last Chance) - 08/08/2012 01:38 PM

2nd vote today! I don’t know but I was allowed to vote a 2nd time today…so again…
<—[== Today I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California – One simple reason…I too have accused a simple racoon of being a brown bear albeit I was in the mountains of New Mexico…but let’s just say it was probably the same amount of emBEARassment.

Posted by DJ Murray - 08/08/2012 01:39 PM

I voted William Newsome, because his dad handled his Gerber like a boss.

Posted by Kevin B - 08/08/2012 01:39 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica, need a knife in the Jungle

Posted by curt johnson - 08/08/2012 01:39 PM

I like Robert Schell’s story. Finding and using a knife as a boy definitely carves you into a man with more skills than others would learn and grow up with.

Posted by Daniel Coomes - 08/08/2012 01:40 PM

Yes, I voted for the woman in Costa Rica for the simple fact that her kids will know how to live off the land and use a blade. I can’t lie, I just need a new Gerber. I’ve had mine for about 10 years and haven’t bought another one because its still good, it just looks a little rough and it needs a good sharpening. I would love a new one though.

Posted by Sherry Young - 08/08/2012 01:41 PM

I vote for William Newsom — I love a good childhood camping story! I have many fond camping memories from my own childhood, but none involved knives!

Posted by michael Vinion - 08/08/2012 01:42 PM

I voted for Frank because I to have inherited things from my Grandfather and my father and I will pass things down when the time is right and I am ready to part with my own Gerber knives which I am not ready to as of yet. I admire families who still pass on traditions, knowledge, and keepsakes.

Posted by Ben Sheard - 08/08/2012 01:42 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas as his story was very well written and caught my imagination.

Posted by Jesse B - 08/08/2012 01:42 PM

I’d like to vote for Mike Flanigan because like me, he is an underdog in this contest and unlikely to win anything. Just sayin…

Posted by grant o - 08/08/2012 01:42 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas should win because he pushed himself to the limit to get a knife. It’s truly a treasure from the sea!

Posted by Bill Ward - 08/08/2012 01:42 PM

I had to vote for John M Hazlett/Corpus Chrisit. Its little things in life like his story that make huge impressions on the rest of your life.

Posted by Shawna Crowley :) - 08/08/2012 01:42 PM

Mike Dorio was my vote, I live with my knife on my side even in a dress I find a place to tuck my GERBER!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael Jones - 08/08/2012 01:43 PM

I voted for Ryan Ledden / Canton, Georgia, being new to survival and exploration, he could be the discoverer of another “New World”.

Posted by Juanita Gonzales (Janie) - 08/08/2012 01:43 PM

John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas
I BELIEVE HE SHOULD WIN CUZ USUALLY PEOPLE FROM OUT OF THE STATE ARE THE WINNERS.

Posted by Chris Poole - 08/08/2012 01:44 PM

Gotta go with Hazlett. Straight out of Camelot, lol

Posted by Kelly Hansen - 08/08/2012 01:44 PM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because I love how he and his dad worked together to make a new handle, and the item holds a special place in his heart still today.

Posted by Warren Linke - 08/08/2012 01:44 PM

Definitely Frank because I remember how proud I was and how hooked I became on knives after earning my totin chip!

Posted by Frank Rivera Jr. - 08/08/2012 01:44 PM

Everyone should get a knife!

Posted by Ron Stephenson - 08/08/2012 01:44 PM

I really liked the story 722 because it a multiple level story about a man and his father working together to make something new of an old knife that was found and the the boy using it later in life when he went into the military, true history here.

Posted by Jeff E - 08/08/2012 01:45 PM

As an ex Airborne Ranger, i know the value of a good knife. I currently am an alpine mountaineer and rescue diver. My vote backed Robert Schell’s story…but i see merit and determination in all submissions. Thank you Gerber.

Posted by Charles Featherer - 08/08/2012 01:45 PM

Voted for Frank. His story made me think of what legacy I can leave behind for my own boys and how important it is to leave something for the next generation.

Posted by william cherry - 08/08/2012 01:45 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas awesome find great story.

Posted by Jonathan D. - 08/08/2012 01:46 PM

Robert Schell’s story is way cool. Gotta love an enterprising and adventurous spirit in an individual!

Posted by David Shefchik - 08/08/2012 01:46 PM

The woman with the machete….because it’s a freaking machete!

Posted by Joe Kane - 08/08/2012 01:46 PM

My vote goes to Tom Hinderman because personal and home defense are key to survival in todays world.

Posted by Conrad Johnson - 08/08/2012 01:46 PM

John M Hazlett/ Nothing like finding treasure in the ocean, always dive straight down never follow the anchor line.

Posted by Gareth de Bruyn - 08/08/2012 01:47 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because every time I go swimming I also look for treasure in the depths below.

Posted by Dean Brady - 08/08/2012 01:47 PM

I vote for Frank Altamura since he has a Scout background. I’ve been involved with my boys in Scouts for the past 10+ years and the boys in the Troop know me as the “Knife Guy”. Some of the leaders bet on how many knives I’ll have on the next campout :-) I know the value of not only having a great blade but also knowing how to use it. Scouts is a great program and teaches young men how to properly handle a knife. Frank’s desire to pass along his knife to his son is a great story.

Posted by Tyler Bors - 08/08/2012 01:49 PM

I voted for Ryan. Hometown pride!

Posted by Willie Vera - 08/08/2012 01:49 PM

I think Frank Altamura should win because I have a knife my dad handed down to me and know how something as simple as a knife can have such an impact on someone’s life!

Posted by John Butler - 08/08/2012 01:50 PM

I voted for the Corpus kid because I have fished those jetties and anyone that has the balls to dive 20 feet in to that water deserves a Gerber!

Posted by J. McLaren - 08/08/2012 01:51 PM

Mike Dorio because it he wrote a story that was sharp, to the point, and caught my attention right from the start!

Posted by MaryJane - 08/08/2012 01:52 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio / Stewartsville, New Jersey think it was awesome he was able to help wife

Posted by Aaron Blount - 08/08/2012 01:52 PM

I voted for the guy from Texas because he found that knife in the water. Amazing story!

Posted by Bryan Inandan - 08/08/2012 01:53 PM

I voted for William Newsom’s, because of the awesome father that pretty much relegated the knife in the tale as a mere afterthought.

Posted by Matthew Wharton - 08/08/2012 01:53 PM

I voted for William. Nothing like the bravery of a father! I wish that I had a relationship with mine like that.

Posted by Scott Williams - 08/08/2012 01:53 PM

Voted for Hazlett because he’s from TX…

Posted by Dan Verbeek - 08/08/2012 01:55 PM

The stories of adventure and persistence do not come close to the value of ones love for a family. William should win. (i meant to vote for him but selected the wrong person by accident)

Posted by Jason S. - 08/08/2012 01:55 PM

voted for Jenny Dengler just hoping she does’t cut the neck of the young boy, without a cell phone it would take a while for help.

Posted by Troy Lewis - 08/08/2012 01:55 PM

I should win because I have had a lot going on in my life recently and I feel lost without a good piece of steel by my side.

Posted by Joe Daniels - 08/08/2012 01:55 PM

I voted for Robert Schell, because he stuck up for our country in the military, so we should stick up for him now!

Posted by Michael M. - 08/08/2012 01:56 PM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California, because he used the knife he found almost in every situation.

Posted by Jillian Crane - 08/08/2012 01:56 PM

John Hazlett from CC, Texas: So inspirational!!!!

Posted by Randy S - 08/08/2012 01:56 PM

I think the Georgia guy should win cause this is the only decent game GA will win this year! War Eagle!!!

Posted by Stacey Sanchez - 08/08/2012 01:57 PM

I voted for Jenny, girls have to stick together, and she knows how to use a machate!

Posted by Chad Worth - 08/08/2012 01:57 PM

I voted William Newsom of San Francisco, California because I can relate to the story in that our memories hold our world together and the significance of the details that tether us to these memories.

Posted by Christopher Sorel - 08/08/2012 02:00 PM

Voted fr Mike Dorio because a real man helps his wife

Posted by Steve Elliott - 08/08/2012 02:00 PM

I Vote for Lorin King, help the guy out!! any geologist/vertebrate paleontologist running round the woods with a 20 year old bayonet is liable to have some hard explaining to do to some back woods police officer and that’s a “conversation” non of us deserve lol

Posted by Adam Kirk - 08/08/2012 02:01 PM

I vote for Mick Flanigan, the only one of the stories to truly involve life and death.

Posted by Chris Lisac Sr. - 08/08/2012 02:01 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett from Corpus Chrisit, Texas Because I know “The Feeling”… I have found a few old knives snorkeling the rocky shore line of Lake Michigan in NW Indiana its like finding treasure.

Posted by Deb - 08/08/2012 02:02 PM

Voted for Jenny! Machete girl power!

Posted by Marco Landeros - 08/08/2012 02:02 PM

I voted for William Newsom because it is important to remember the funny times of those who have passed.

Posted by Garett - 08/08/2012 02:02 PM

John Hazlett has my vote. His story of persistence is a reminder of the challenges I myself will be facing in boot camp and military life very soon.

Posted by Taylor Steger - 08/08/2012 02:02 PM

I vote for Frank Altamura. A knife that is passed down from generations can mean alot to a child. You never know what kind of impact that will have on his son learning how to respect a tool and use it properly

Posted by Lee Lommler - 08/08/2012 02:03 PM

I really enjoyed the story William Newsom had about his Dad jumping out of the tent to save the family. It reminded me of my Dad with him always having a pocket knife of some sort with him always. I guess just one of those things you carry along with you. A man is always prepared.

Posted by Sayre Precure - 08/08/2012 02:04 PM

John M because his story shows that perseverance and determination can sometimes lead to cool rewards!

Posted by Garett - 08/08/2012 02:06 PM

John Hazlett has my vote because his story of persistence is a reminder of the challenges I myself will be facing in boot camp and military life very soon.

Posted by John Zirpolo - 08/08/2012 02:06 PM

I think I, John Zirpolo should win one, because I already own 6 different Gerber knives and a free one would be a great addition. :)

Posted by Trevor Smith - 08/08/2012 02:07 PM

William’s story is great. As a father, I can relate to his Dad’s actions!

Posted by luis gonzalez - 08/08/2012 02:08 PM

i vote once again for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas, his story makes him worthy enough to be a knight of the round table in KINGS ARTHURS COURT.

Posted by John Smith - 08/08/2012 02:09 PM

I voted for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California because I want my son to have the same fond memories of me when he’s older.

Posted by D chafin - 08/08/2012 02:10 PM

I voted Jenny Dengler of Costa Rica I think that she deserves the kit because she is’nt just going on an adventure, when living in the jungle every day life is your adventure and your going to need good tools like Gerber that last.

Posted by Steven Crowe - 08/08/2012 02:10 PM

You can never have too many good knives. Not sure who I’d vote for. I liked that a knife could show and test your limits, but fending off a couple of deer seems pretty hilarious.

Posted by Ari Leach - 08/08/2012 02:11 PM

I’m beginning to think that you don’t read the submissions…instead you have your doggie point his nose at them randomly and that is how you chose the winners….prove me wrong, Gear Junkie! (PS, Jenny should have won)

Posted by Ryan MacLeod - 08/08/2012 02:12 PM

The costa rican woman for living off the land and teaching her kids these ways

Posted by james lipinski - 08/08/2012 02:14 PM

I voted for Tom. Another minnesota fella

Posted by Kyle Tong - 08/08/2012 02:14 PM

I voted for Jenny Dengler of Costa Rica because her story demonstrates the most utility.

Posted by Janna Buchholz - 08/08/2012 02:14 PM

Ryan Ledden because he showed it just takes good equipment to help you survive.

Posted by Maxwell Swann - 08/08/2012 02:14 PM

Jenny Dengler / Costa Rica because I too want to live in a tropical climate with my knife as my daily tool one day! What a badass! Marry me?

Posted by Logan W - 08/08/2012 02:14 PM

I voted for William Newsom again, as his story has a nice flair of humor and originality, and the fact that his father was willing to go up against a bear with the knife speaks volumes about it.

Posted by michael - 08/08/2012 02:17 PM

Jenny well hell yea a machete kicks so much A$$ and everyone should have one (i do like the free knives though)

Posted by Karl Sprague - 08/08/2012 02:18 PM

I voted for the Dad that jumped out of the tent swinging the knife thinking it was a bear only to find deer. That’s bravery at it’s finest. And yeah I still have my knife that my father gave me almost 35 years ago. It’s been sharped so much there’s not much blade left to it

Posted by Tim Martinez - 08/08/2012 02:18 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because although his story isn’t as “exciting,” he hits on the feeling of the average knife carrier. It’s not always about saving lives. Sometimes carrying a knife is as simple as being able to get through day-to-day activities with ease and feeling prepared.

Posted by Christopher Baum - 08/08/2012 02:18 PM

I think John M Hazlett should get the vote because he showed persistence and had faith in himself enough to retrieve the submerged knife.

Posted by Charlie Warner - 08/08/2012 02:18 PM

I voted for William Newsom his story almost brought a tear to my eye, I also entered the better story shall win.

Posted by Sean Bryant - 08/08/2012 02:19 PM

My vote goes to John M Hazlett for finding an exceptional knife and giving it new life.

Posted by Dan Swords - 08/08/2012 02:19 PM

Robert Schell / Jackson City, California………Army……nuf said!

Posted by Devon St.Pierre - 08/08/2012 02:19 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman because these knifes give us the chance to write our own stories and give us something to rely on in a time of need.

Posted by Julian Myers, Lt. Col. USMC - 08/08/2012 02:19 PM

ME, I AM A MARINE!

Posted by Betsy Gordon - 08/08/2012 02:21 PM

I continue to vote for John Hazlett’s story because underwater dive and knife stories fascinate me AND because William Newsom has to be cheating to come up with hundreds of votes in very short, predicable spurts!

Posted by Sharryl L - 08/08/2012 02:22 PM

Voted for Jenny. Like me, she has an almost daily need for a knife. I use mine everyday to cut and repair, and frequently find myself coming to the rescue of people in need of a cutting implement. My knife goes everywhere with me. I even sleep with one under my pillow.

Posted by Eric McNew - 08/08/2012 02:22 PM

Tom Hinderman … why else to carry a knife.

Posted by Meyrick - 08/08/2012 02:23 PM

I vote for Jenny woo hoo

Posted by Alyssa Fajardo - 08/08/2012 02:24 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because I know the kinds of interesting things you can find off of South Padre Island and felt he got a great find!

Posted by Julie Trani - 08/08/2012 02:24 PM

I voted for William Newsom because I love the story and family trips.

Posted by mik m - 08/08/2012 02:26 PM

I voted for Hazlett for his inspirational story

Posted by Bradd Roof - 08/08/2012 02:26 PM

I voted for Robert Schell because he seems to appreciate what a good knife can be.

Posted by Jess Staley - 08/08/2012 02:26 PM

i voted for Lorin King, we do the same thing here in SC except we are on the hunt for massive sharks teeth. we each carry or handy dandy knives, they help us dig, cut away debri and even help to scratch a skeeter bite. Lorin has my vote all the way!

Posted by Max. - 08/08/2012 02:29 PM

I voted for John Hazlett because he is one of my neighbors who looks out for my family while I am at work in Iraq!

Posted by Luiz Diaz - 08/08/2012 02:29 PM

My vote for William Newsom. His story reminded me of my old man- needless to say, I called my dad today.

Posted by Marc V - 08/08/2012 02:30 PM

I voted for Tom Hinderman. Knives are mostly here for the “what if” in life. In my profession I have tried to implement Gerber knives as part of normal gear issued to Navy combat pilots. We have been successful with a couple of models but I am always looking for more ideas to submit for approval.

Posted by Joey Contreras - 08/08/2012 02:30 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett/Corpus Christi, TX because im from the area!

Posted by Jake Deardorff - 08/08/2012 02:31 PM

Ryan should get it to further his exploration of the wilderness, and he has a cool picture, though it looks like he might get blown off the cliff is the wind picks up any….

Posted by Gilbert Bolof - 08/08/2012 02:31 PM

I voted for william Newsom / San Francisco, California because its a funny story that shows fatherly courage.

Posted by Chrissie Myers - 08/08/2012 02:32 PM

I vote for Tom Hinderman…we all need a good knife even when we aren’t out in the jungle or hunting or diving!

Posted by Ryan Stevens - 08/08/2012 02:32 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett. Pretty cool.

Posted by Colin Bowman - 08/08/2012 02:33 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler/Costa Rica. So many people have knives as ornaments or fashion accessories, here is someone who is actually living a life where a knife is a tool and who can do so much good by winning this award.

Posted by Patrick Carroll - 08/08/2012 02:33 PM

I voted for william newsom b/c i think for me my dad is the reason i’ve come to know the gerber name he used his knife all the time. From the first knife he gave to same one i use today and hopefully when my son is old enough to respect it he will get the same name in knives given to him. And memories with made with these knives.

Posted by Doug Metz - 08/08/2012 02:34 PM

John M Hazlett – because step 1 is to know your limits, step 2 is to go beyond them

Posted by Mark - 08/08/2012 02:38 PM

I voted for William Newsom, cause I got a good laugh thinking about his dad going after a bear with a knife!

Posted by troy petrovich - 08/08/2012 02:38 PM

my vote is for Tom I voted before but since the accident i am not as good with a computer. Until the coma and hospital I carried a knife for all the reasons he said

Posted by Shawn D - 08/08/2012 02:39 PM

I have to go with Tom Hinderman. I grew up with a pocketknife with me at all times. His story is so everyday, every person and it reflects so many of us that carry a knife daily, without a second thought, just for the everyday use or just in case.

Posted by Jim - 08/08/2012 02:40 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio for the aid he gave to his wife and the fact that he’s a fellow New Jerseyan and those knives could come in handy if he ventures into Camden or Newark.

Posted by Hans Felsh - 08/08/2012 02:41 PM

My vote: John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas

Why? It’s a good story. But more than that, it had more drama, more suspense, and more intrigue than all the “Twilight” moves put together. Hollywood, call him and get on THAT script. Maybe Kristen Stewart can play the female lead who dies or something. Y’know, for the chicks.

Posted by Kevin Simpson - 08/08/2012 02:41 PM

John M Hazlett snags my vote since “Excalibur” chose him!

Posted by Damien Evans - 08/08/2012 02:42 PM

Good news…8 left…Bad news…1500 friends moments away from crying!

Lorin King! Dammit.They’re Modest.

Posted by Roger Finney - 08/08/2012 02:42 PM

I could use a new GERBER… does it pay to be honest ?…LOL !!!

Posted by Jonathan Miller - 08/08/2012 02:44 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because his story is of things that usually happen, thinking of something dangerous in the woods just outside and it turns out to be just the opposite.

Posted by brian carpenito - 08/08/2012 02:45 PM

I vote for Robert Schell. Serviceman with a sense of history and a shout out to his dad.

Posted by Cody Messerall - 08/08/2012 02:45 PM

I voted for William Newsom / San Francisco, California because that young man looks like he’s ready for something intense, like a rabid fax machine or something else that might need a good stabbing in the office.

Posted by Genna Kasun - 08/08/2012 02:46 PM

Today I voted for William Newsom of San Francisco because his story and photo genuinely make me laugh out loud everytime I see them, mostly because it’s totally something that would happen to me! As long as I have my trusty knife though I’m sure everything will turn out fine. : )

Posted by Ivan K. - 08/08/2012 02:47 PM

I voted for Mike Dorio because a man should always be able to protect his wife and a knife should always be able to protect its owner.

Posted by Glen Robert Corral - 08/08/2012 02:53 PM

I vote for Jenny Dengler because she needs the prize, more than anyone else, for her everyday struggle in the jungles of Costa Rica, to overcome trials and protect her family from dangers of all sorts.

Posted by Dan Klock - 08/08/2012 02:54 PM

Mike Dorio/ New Jersey uses great purpose for Gerber gear.
I live in new jersey as well and it can be pretty tough at night. There are also many situations were Gerber can come in handy like in an car accident wen the seatbelt is stuck and your Gerber can get you out. There is no reason to think of stabbing someone with a knife. Knives are used for purpose such as, edc, emergencys, and survival. It takes a mature and responsible person to own a Gerber because, they use gerbers for multi use

Posted by Bobby Calvaneso - 08/08/2012 02:55 PM

John should win because he persevered and even though his body told him to give up, he persisted. If only he had a strong, sturdy knife to help him dislodge the blade…..He didn’t give up when he should have, just like when I was looking for a knife at the store but the company didn’t carry Gerber. I didn’t give up and settle, I went to a store that carried Gerber products.

Posted by Lori - 08/08/2012 02:56 PM

I voted for Frank Altamara. These are the kind of things you pass on.

Posted by Brian Honnold - 08/08/2012 02:57 PM

I vote for Robert Schell / Jackson City, California. I love my Gerbers but the Bowie Knife represents the soul of the American Patriot. Unyielding through every adversity and ready for more. The fact that a soldier might have carried it first, and again, is a testament to who we are!!!

Posted by CJ - 08/08/2012 02:58 PM

I picked William’s story because we have all at one point or another rushed out in fight mode and only to be met with the circumstances for a great funny story.

Posted by John Bieschke - 08/08/2012 02:58 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura / Great Meadows because nothing beats a hand me down…

Posted by kevin jenks - 08/08/2012 02:59 PM

With over 6,000 votes how can he lose.

Posted by Nicole A. - 08/08/2012 02:59 PM

I voted for Lorin King because a knife is the tool that fits a lot of different uses all in one handy package.

Posted by Nate - 08/08/2012 03:00 PM

Loved the bear story

Posted by Scott Booth - 08/08/2012 03:02 PM

Ryan Ledden, because his experience in the wilderness survival course shows how versatile and useful a Gerber can be, when you need the right tool for the right job.

Posted by Jamie Kelly - 08/08/2012 03:02 PM

John M Hazlett, until death do you part!! Determination and will power at its best

Posted by Jason P - 08/08/2012 03:02 PM

Who wouldnt pick the number one spot? He will win hands down…..

Posted by Brandon m - 08/08/2012 03:03 PM

I got a huge box of knives already BUT…..you can NEVER NEVER have to many knives

Posted by Alex H. - 08/08/2012 03:04 PM

I vote for John M Hazlett since i wish I could just find a EPIC knife AND have a near death experience all at the same time, so lucky…

Posted by Fred Fothergill - 08/08/2012 03:05 PM

I voted for William Newsom because his story reminded me of an incident with my father-in-law except he was in his underwear and they were raccoons.

Posted by Brenton Kaiser - 08/08/2012 03:05 PM

I voted for John M Hazlett / Corpus Chrisit, Texas because the story behind the blade that he pulled out of the rocks could be pretty EPIC, such as some dagger used by a famous pirate to take over ships in a bloody battle! Personally, I hope it was Captain Morgans dagger because I could sure use some rum right now after entering almost every “Day of the Knife” contest that has been available and I have yet to win a knife… lol!

Posted by Chauna B - 08/08/2012 03:10 PM

Today I voted for Ryan Ledden of Canton, Georgia because if I find myself lost and alone, deep in the woods, taking my final breaths, my last thoughts will be: I wish I had taken a survival course like Ryan Ledden did; and; man I really wish I had won one of those knives.

Posted by shawn mcguirt - 08/08/2012 03:12 PM

I voted number 1 because you just can’t make up stuff like that! And if those deer could have talked! “Hey what are they doing?! Good they are leaving we can finish eating now!” What a great memory of his dad!

Posted by Tyler Khan - 08/08/2012 03:13 PM

I would like to vote for myself because my Gerber Kiowa has always been by my side but is getting on in years, and NCIS told me to “never leave home without a knife.”

Posted by Eric Hallman - 08/08/2012 03:18 PM

I voted for Frank Altamura / Great Meadows, New Jersey, Because his story is very similar to my own story of having my dad’s knife and it look the same too.

Posted by Joel Gutierrez - 08/08/2012 03:22 PM

I love the tanto blade!

Posted by Cheyenne Rinehart - 08/08/2012 03:24 PM

Robert Schell / Jackson City, California gets my vote

Posted by Fernando Pinto - 08/08/2012 03:25 PM

Voted for Jenny Dengler from Costa Rica who uses the machete in a daily basis enjoying outdoor life! That family will really put that pile of gear into use! And let’s give tha kid a knife too!!!

Posted by Wobly - 08/08/2012 03:26 PM

Tom Hinderman / North Branch, Minnesota
Real story about real people and why we carry knives all the time.

Posted by dan wieleba - 08/08/2012 03:31 PM

William Newsom because what his dad did sounds like something I would do.

Posted by wyatt neill - 08/08/2012 03:31 PM

i voted for john hazlett because he doesnt cheat by using a network to vote with.

Posted by Robert Schell - 08/08/2012 03:34 PM

Thanks everyone for the great comments. All of these stories are good, and yes I loved that knife because dad was very special to me, I dove for two hours in a 15-20’ deep and murky waterfall pool on the Cape Fear river to get that knife back when it fell in on some training we were on back then. This contest and all of the contestant’s stories and comments by voters brought back many memories of my own dad and the adventures this knife has been on. I often wondered when it was originally made, and the circumstances of how on earth it broke to begin with. We’ll never know, but I know that after I’m gone someone, somewhere will end up owning and appreciating this knife. I don’t have kids, but the good steel in this knife will find someone worthy of wielding it, just as it found me and my dad.

Posted by Colin K - 08/08/2012 03:34 PM

bear story!!! i love the tanto blade, would really like to have that on my side on a hike or campout! good luck to all the entries, enjoy the sweet gear!

Posted by Kyle Hosler - 08/08/2012 03:37 PM

Jenny Dengler should for get the gear prize. Not only is she living by the knife but she is providing a way of life for her family and showing them the true importance of taking care of your gear and it will take care of you, a saying my father and grandfather have shared with me since I was a small boy.

Posted by Brian Cartagena - 08/08/2012 03:39 PM

Voted for Bill Newsom/San Fran, Cali.
Classic story – can definitely relate to this one.

Posted by Tobias Hunter - 08/08/2012 03:41 PM

William Newsom
I believe family laughter and special moments related to in his story occur only occasionally, yet these are peoples most fondest memories from their childhood.

Posted by Darrick Manezes - 08/08/2012 03:44 PM

Mick Flanigan / Beaverton, Oregon because he’s from Oregon and so am I.

Posted by James Sigmon - 08/08/2012 03:47 PM

I voted for John H. and he should win because if he doesn’t I will post a picture of myself in spandex shorts like the American Rowers and post in on Knife Junkie’s FB every day for a month…

Posted by Andrei Karpoff - 08/08/2012 03:51 PM

I like how Lorin King use her knife,not to cut someone,but to get some help,what hands cant do.

Posted by John Hazlett - 08/08/2012 03:51 PM

for the love of god give Hans Felsh a knife, that made me spit coffee!

Posted by Heather Walker - 08/08/2012 03:56 PM

I think William Newsom should win because he might really see a bear and need two knives.

Posted by John Hazlett - 08/08/2012 03:57 PM

hahaha James Sigmon too.. oh god nobody wants to see that

Posted by Joel Gutierrez - 08/08/2012 04:02 PM

Ok, liam Newsom / San Francisco, California story is pretty good and I’m glad he’s got a good memory of his father.

Posted by Fran - 08/08/2012 04:03 PM

Robert Schell should win he is true and honest!!

Posted by Anthony Fox - 08/08/2012 04:08 PM

Dang i was hopin id win one these nice knive today for my birthday to add to my gerber collection!

Posted by Lauralee - 08/08/2012 04:38 PM

I loved William Newsom story. I could totally picture that happening. Too funny!

Posted by mark emhart - 08/08/2012 04:57 PM

ajways sending your products to my son who is a Marine overseas thank you for your time Mark

Posted by sandon - 08/08/2012 06:46 PM

I voted for Hazlett. I mean lets think about it. Who wouldn’t go to great lengths to have an awesome knife.

Posted by Ed - 08/08/2012 07:10 PM

It would be so useful in my travels to the tropical areas in the Philippines.

Posted by Chad McDonald - 08/09/2012 06:35 AM

Why do I have 7 scars on my left hand and none on my right? Because I had a dull knife and when hacking away at “stuff” with it it slips away and cuts the crap out of my left hand holding the “stuff”. I could use a good sharp knife. You can see them at http://www.facebook.com/#!/chad.mcdonald.3950

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