What to Pay for a Good Blade?

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By PATRICK MURPHY

Knife type, quality of metal, name brand. . . all these things and more influence the price tag of a new knife. It’s tricky to generalize prices across different types of knives (e.g., tactical vs. pocketknives), but we gave it a go! For this story, we consulted a handful of experts to assemble a pricing guide. See the following for our “stab” at generalizing knife value and cost before you pull dollars out of your pocket and slap them down for a new blade.

$20 and under: Simple fixed-blade knives made with quality steel blades can cost less than $20 and serve basic purposes without any frill. The common Swedish Mora knives, for one, come to mind. However, most folding blades, multitools, or larger camp knives at this price are guaranteed low-grade and chintzy.

$20 – $40: Our experts cite this as the opening price range for a basic blade. There’s no shortage of quality fixed-blade knives and folding knives in this range. You can get a quality knife in this group, though blade and handle materials will be “entry level.”



$40 – $80: Now we’re getting into mid-range quality knives. Expect to see better materials, more durability, extra features, and more refined design execution. There will be stronger locks on folding knives, better sheaths on fixed blades, and overall more attention to detail.

Said Jeff Freeman, Knife Innovation Manager at Gerber, “USA-made knives can be in this price range, mostly with fiber-reinforced nylon handles. Soft over-molding can be added to the substrate nylon handles to give a grippy feel.” You might see aircraft-grade, machined aluminum with machined grip inserts. On folding blades, Freeman said, you can find “decent assisted-opening knives with durable and strong locks” at this price level.

Getting more technical, Freeman added that black or gray titanium nitride (TiN) or black oxide metals are more prevalent for blade and metal handle coatings for protection. Finally, in this range there is usually a strong replace or repair warranty for the life of the product.

$80+: There are always exceptions, but spending this much on a knife from a trusted brand is going to be a safe play. This price will get you a product that will stand the test of time. Top-quality blade and handle materials plus beautiful design and construction should be included in this class.

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A $269 tactical knife from Gerber Gear, made in the USA

Said Freeman, “generally these can be ‘hard use’ knives built to withstand extreme use in unforgiving environments. Higher grade steels such as CPM S30V, D2, 154CM, O-1, A2 are more common.” He continued, “Handle materials like machined 6Al-4V titanium and mil-spec hard anodized 6061 aluminum are here, as well as various epoxy stabilized machined or hand-formed hardwoods.”

For fixed blades at this level, high-quality leather with thick welts, strong stitching and tough handle straps are the norm. Heat-formed Kydex is also common in this price range for military-grade tactical tools.

Freeman noted full lifetime warranties and U.S.-designed and U.S.-made knives (from U.S. materials) as common here.

For folders, the lock is going to be bullet proof, even backed up with a secondary safety. No side-to-side or up-down movement is noticeable when the blade is in the open and locked position.

—Patrick Murphy is assistant editor at GearJunkie.

Posted by jeffzx9 - 07/25/2012 09:01 AM

I would put “intended use” as the primary consideration. A pocket knife for opening mail is obviously not going to work well for skinning game. Ask yourself what you want your knife to do, then consider what level of quality you truly need (and are willing to part with, if lost.) There’s a “sweet spot” on the quality/function/cost graph; sometimes less works just fine.

Posted by Sharlihe - 07/25/2012 11:12 AM

I would like to say : buy a knife for YOUR utilisation !

Personnaly i bought a gerber Prodigy for the glasses braker , the fixed blade and the serrated blade .
I use it for cut some wood , open fish , and for all my activities on bushcraft

Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 11:12 AM

I don’t know. Since knives are meant to go with me into the field, the likelihood of losing one automatically disqualifies the higher cost knives for me. They really don’t cut THAT much better than the $15 Mora knives (10 percent improvement on performance on things that generally dont need precision cutting, if that) and if I lose /break one, I am not cursing myself for weeks. Besides I can have backup after backup of the Mora’s for the same price as one “high end” knife…that basically cuts rope, splits wood, and does basically the same thing. That way I can spend my money on other tools or getting a precision blade for use on my precision projects at home.

Posted by Michael Zhao - 07/25/2012 11:26 AM

The last knife I bought was a Mora knife for my friend’s birthday. In my opinion, blade steel trumps all else. If a knife has a solid blade, chances are that the rest will follow.

Posted by Alexei Locsin - 07/25/2012 11:33 AM

The last knife I bought was included in the Leatherman multi-tool I purchased for camping/backpacking. I needed a do-it-all tool that would pack down small enough to fit in my backpack yet be big enough to hold all of the features I was looking for. This included a knife, which works well for being in such a small package. I wanted to buy a knife from a reputable company and Leatherman definitely fits the bill.

Posted by Dawn Seeman - 07/25/2012 11:35 AM

When I was 11 years old I bought a “pocket knife” that was acutally a comb, I believe I paid a few bucks for it. Great for keeping my hair styled, not what I would be looking for in a knife these days. A good sharp, quick draw knife would be perfect, one that fits nicely in my purse or pocket.

Posted by Daniel - 07/25/2012 11:35 AM

The last knife I bought was the Ka-Bar Becker BK3 Tac Tool Fixed Blade Knife. I bought it for the utility factor. Normally I focus mostly on how it feels in my hand and how it addresses my particular needs, whatever they may be.

Posted by James C. Elliott - 07/25/2012 11:36 AM

My last knife purchase was a double at the Gun/knife show. I needed a good ‘assisted open’ knife that didn’t cost an arm-and-a-leg. Well, they had some cheap ‘rescue’ style knives, $7.00 each or two for 13 — I got two. One was carbon steel, the other stainless. Both, unfortunately, made in China. Honestly, I just needed cheap ones for a camping trip that worked, and I wouldn’t care too much if I lost them. The most important component in a good knife for me (on my salary) has to be good quality for a fair, inexpensive price. I have a nice manual open Gerber that is made in USA, and that remains my primary pocket carry. I love that one, and could stand a few more like it. IMO, Gerber rocks the knife world.

Posted by Holly Folkerts - 07/25/2012 11:36 AM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber. I use it while doing farm chores. Anything from cutting bale twine to using as a make shift screw driver. (Yes, I know… BAD!) I look for something versatile yet not too horribly expensive since its likely I could lose it out in the pasture somewhere.

Posted by Jappe Scherpbier - 07/25/2012 11:37 AM

You can’t name one price, it depends on what kind of knife you’re searching for. Is it a neck-knife, a edc or your main working tool? The last knife i bought was a €300 Fällkniven Idun, a nice working knive, i love the convex edge, laminated steel. For me its about the use, i like a bigger knife which i can use for chopping, but also for carving, as allround as possible. So back to the question.. i would pay till €500 for a good quality knife. (I use it weekly in the forrest)

Posted by John Hazlett - 07/25/2012 11:37 AM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Edge, for use at work cutting packing straps, etc, it has proven to be an excellent purchase.

as far as what I look for when purchasing a knife, allow me to wax poetic:

Keen of edge;
and forged for life,
that’s what makes the perfect knife.

At my side;
for every chore,
Gerber Knives, forevermore.

thank you, please tip your bartenders and waitresses.

Posted by Ashley Hiott - 07/25/2012 11:38 AM

Last knife purchase was a Gerber Tonto blade. A knife needs to be big and fit well in your hand.

Posted by Rich Wiatrowski - 07/25/2012 11:38 AM

The last knife I purchased was my GERBER URBAN LEGEND Multitool. ALWAYS buy from a trusted brand. I spent $90 when I bought it years ago and I knew, warranty or not, this was going to be a quality, well built tool I could trust not to fail when I really needed it! Even before you use it, the price is a good indicator of quality (among trusted brands). The knife should open, close, and lock in both positions securely with no question of whether or not it will fail or unlock while in use. The blade or anything else on the knife should not have any wiggle at all. Of course, it’s nice to have a good one that looks pretty darn cool too.

Posted by Alex T. - 07/25/2012 11:38 AM

The last knife I purchased was a Kershaw Tremor. I think the most important qualities of a knife are the steel that the blade is made out of, the handle on the blade, and the length of the blade. I like my knives durable and able to hold a good edge, while also having a nice grip that makes the knife comfortable to hold and use. The length is important because I usually don’t look for a knife with a super long blade, considering I normally use my knife for everyday things and like something that’s easy to carry with me anywhere.

Posted by Danielle - 07/25/2012 11:39 AM

durability & capability…that sums it up:)

Posted by Nate Perry - 07/25/2012 11:39 AM

The last knife I bought was a Benchmade Griptilian 550HG, which is a great knife. In my experience, the qualities I look for in a knife is based on what it’s use is. I’m an outdoorsman who fishes, hikes, kayaks, bikes and camps. I don’t need a hunting knife. So the knives and qualiites I look for are in relation to what the use is. From there I start looking at the quality of the blade, materials used, features, etc. So use is the first quality i start with. :)

Posted by Matthew - 07/25/2012 11:39 AM

i bought a snap back and it was great the best quality is to be sharp and dependable thats why i buy gerber

Posted by Christopher Culver - 07/25/2012 11:39 AM

My last knife purchase was a SOG Flash II, I purchased it for the following attributes, it was lightweight while still being strong, and it has a stiff blade retaining mechanism. It has spring open assist, and is very solid in this aspect, opens with a sold thunk. It is easy to clip onto my pants pocket, and is simple to pull quickly with a solid grip. It also has a very solid and easily operated locking mechanism. The pocket clip did endup up breaking off, but that was after many thousand of cycles of being pulled and reinserted. But th emost important aspect, blade quality, is still going strong, it is sharp, no nicks, and very clean.

Posted by Jon Wilke - 07/25/2012 11:39 AM

The last knife I purchased was a Gerber LMF II ASEK. Versatility and durability are the two main qualities I look for in my main blade. I need something that can withstand pressure, repeated use and sometimes abuse.
Unfortunately it was stolen, along with the entire Jeep it was in. Lucky jerks got a great Jeep and a great knife.

Posted by Andrew - 07/25/2012 11:39 AM

I’m bad about buying, on impulse, cheap knives that go in my camping gear. I actually bought a “Smith and Wesson” dual blade a few weeks ago that’s serviceable. That being said, a good sharpening usually does wonders. For me, the most important quality is utility and durability, with cost a distant third.

Posted by Stephen Alston - 07/25/2012 11:40 AM

My main considerations when purchasing a knife are all based on the specific application. For me the most important are:

Blade style (serrated/straight,point/tanto,etc)
Locking mechanism (if folding)
Size (Blade length vs. closed length)
Ergonomics (Thumb stud, good grip, etc)

I am always willing to pay a higher price for a higher quality knife, and I don’t think price should be a deciding factor. However, I rarely lose knives, so I don’t need “throwaways” that are cheap to replace.

Posted by Joe Schaefer - 07/25/2012 11:40 AM

Durability and anti-corrosion are the two most important qualities in a blade. A durable blade can be sharpened to a razor and maintain its edge and have a long useful life. If the blade resists corrosion and stays sharp, then what more can you ask for? The last knife I bought was a hand made simple pocket knife in Chile. It has both of these qualities and has been my favorite knife ever. I carry it always while camping or skiing. Its quick and easy to use and never fails. Simple.

Posted by Ryan - 07/25/2012 11:40 AM

The last blade I purchased was a Benchmade Mini Griptilian (Tanto Edge- Straight). I wanted a knife for completion of daily tasks as well as a blade I could use on my camping trips. It comes in handy when taking care of the many tasks I come across on the farm where I live. Blade quality and durability are the main factors I consider when purchasing a knife. I need something that will withstand some punishment but that is also practical for the many different tasks that are required from living a farm.

Posted by Toby LeBlanc - 07/25/2012 11:41 AM

The last knife I purchased was a few years ago and went with a cheaper option to save a few bucks only to have it break when I needed it. I agree that one of the most important things to look for when shopping for a knife is it’s intended use. You want to make sure the knife is going to at least meet your needs. I also think knowing the reputation of the brand is important. Just because a knife is expensive doesn’t mean it’s good quality.

Posted by Daniel McGuire - 07/25/2012 11:41 AM

My last knife purchase was the Kershaw Packrat Knife. It has the Assisted Opening feature which I really like. It also has an ergonomic handle which allows my hand to comfortably hold it. As for essential features of a knife, I always look for weather proofing and whether or not it will have areas that will fill with dust, dirt and debris. This knife can be cleaned and oiled very easily. The blade is high-carbon stainless steel and has a “Thumb Stud” which I love. Additionally, Kershaw knifes are MADE IN THE USA.

Posted by Keegan Larson - 07/25/2012 11:41 AM

The last knife i purchased, and the one i use,i traded a 6 pack for because a friend of mine baught something like 85 pocket knives off a home shopping network, and well i needed a knife. Anyknife at the time. Being a single dad, and having other cost’s in life, i have used this knife and never upgraded to something nice,and secure. something i KNOW wont break,that i dont have to “take it easy” on. For me the most important qualities i look for in a knife is durability. I want to be able to use a rock and hit the back if i need to cut saplings in emergency. Make sure the screw on the hinge when it flips out never gets loose causing blade wobble. My knife needs to fit in my pocket, or clip onto my back pack so if i need quick access its there. You can have all the bell’s and whistles you want on a knife, but if its not strong,durable, and easy to open its not gonna last here in the pacific northwest.

Posted by Kyle W. - 07/25/2012 11:42 AM

When purchasing a knife you should be able to see what and how much you will be using that tool. Don’t just walk up and pick the knife and purchase it.. You should do a little homework on the features to the materials and of course cost. I always do my homework and like to be able to “feel” the knife. My last purchase was a SOG Trident Tanto Blade- Smooth. Love it!
KW

Posted by hyrum - 07/25/2012 11:42 AM

Before I even start shopping I am whittling down the purpose for a knife. I don’t want to look at folders when I’m looking for an extreme camp blade/survival blade. I cut away all the negotiable’s like factory sheath but read into warranties etc. Finally when I start shopping I compare the way the blade balances in my hand how the grip feels and how I ‘like’ it.

Posted by JOSEPH DUNLEAVY - 07/25/2012 11:42 AM

MY FIRST GERBER I BOUGHT ABOUT YEARS AGO MAY BE LONGER AND IT HAS BEEN IN 8 OTHER COUNTRY’S 20 OTHER STATES HAVE SKINNED DEER AND HOGS AND FISH ,IT IS THE SHARPEST AND STRONGEST KNIFE I HAVE EVER OWNED AND I CARRY ALMOST EVERYDAY , NOW MY GODSON IS THE PROUD OWNER OF IT ,IT IS HIS FIRST GERBER AND I KNOW ITS NOT HIS LAST

Posted by Jason Williams - 07/25/2012 11:42 AM

Last purchase was a Gerber all in one sliding style. Use it everyday at work in the cable field from opening wall plates to cutting coax cable in half.

I look for the right tool for the job, if I am hunting I want one that is sharp and will last a long time, at work I need versitility, at home, it just needs to be there (have kids) so I always get 2!!!

Posted by Michael Swigert - 07/25/2012 11:42 AM

Got really lucky and found a Buck skinner with gut hook at a swapmeet for 5 dollars. Went to Bass Pro Shops and it was retail 40 dollars. I definitely got lucky with that one.

Posted by Zac A - 07/25/2012 11:42 AM

My last knife purchase was a solid one via Amazon, picked up new Gerber and CRKT knives that I needed to hike Mt Whitney. I always look for value, unique features, solid blades and try to remember what I am purchasing them for… Backpacking? hiking? Something to keep in the Jeep? Each use is going to have some specific requirements for weight, blade type and features.

Posted by Todd - 07/25/2012 11:43 AM

My last knife purchase was a SOG Flash II as an EDC blade. A bit pricey for an EDC but it offers a solid feel and reliable brand.

Posted by jared stump - 07/25/2012 11:43 AM

The last knife i bought was the gerber swagger. i bought this knife mainly becouse it is labeled a tactical knife but i use it for utility it shreds through boxes and stays sharp through it all i have yet to see anything it cant cut through

Posted by Aaron Wohl - 07/25/2012 11:43 AM

I’ve never purchased a knife, so I am sincerely hoping that I win and receive one so I might know what to look for in future purchases.

Posted by Tim D. - 07/25/2012 11:44 AM

The last good knife that I purchased was a Buck Nighthawk. I needed a stout knife for shopping that would retain an edge, and I found it with this one. When looking for a knife, I think about what I need it for first, matching it with quality components from a reputable brand, and go from there.

Posted by JC - 07/25/2012 11:44 AM

My last knife purchase was a folding blade from Smith & Wesson. I needed something small and durable, but I didn’t want to break the bank.

When I buy I knife I look for something that not only is functional, but fits my style and personality. I want it to be a reflection of who I am and the type of gear that I purchase. The main reason why I chose my current knife is because it was small, durable, and had a clean aesthetic. All must have attributes for anything I buy!

Posted by Cody - 07/25/2012 11:44 AM

The last knife i purchased was the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife. When purchasing a knife I look for a knife that is durable. A knife that could skin a deer or fillet a fish. A knife that can go through thick and thin and still work like it was just opened out of the package. A knife that could be used for protection. And most importantly a knife that is durable enough so I can hand it down to future generations.

Posted by Charles Featherer - 07/25/2012 11:44 AM

Last knife I purchases was a simple 3 1/2” folder with standard blade.

There are a bunch of reasons to choose a knife. But I have to say the most important are – simplicity, durability, and safety. A knife is a tool, buy the right tool for the right job. Any knife that has 1,001 features doesn’t do even one feature right. Durability??? Goes without saying that you get what you pay for, don’t buy a knife that will fail you when you need it most. And as for safety goes, never buy a knife that you don’t feel comfortable using.

Posted by dave sanlorenzo - 07/25/2012 11:45 AM

As long as its A Gerber I buy it I love the design the feel the look the performance and price i have one for every situation gerber has always out done them selves as far as quality and price im not wasting my money on somthing that comes from over seas if its more than great for our millitary is awesome for me one pleased gerber customer Dave S. California

Posted by steven erickson - 07/25/2012 11:45 AM

the last knife i bought was a switch blade at a yard sale. one of the most important quality to look for when buying a knife is the type of metal used in making the blade.stainless steel it the most durable but also the heaviest. another important quality in a knife is how useful the knife really is. another thing to look for is how it feels when using it.

Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 11:45 AM

I love knife nerd quotes…

“I needed a good ‘assisted open’ knife…for a camping trip “
You needed an assisted open knife for a camping trip? Really Those sticks and ropes get away from you if you dont start cutting fast enough? Assisted open for camping?

“i bought a gerber Prodigy for the glasses braker”
A glass breaker that sits RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR HAND? You want broken glass by your hand? Really? How about a stick or a rock to break glass?

I love when knife nerds quote the specific types of metal that they “REQUIRE” for their tools…you know to cut twine and open boxes. “ I mean anything less than 540C steel for cutting boxes just won’t do”…my favorite quote ever.

Posted by Jeff Johnson - 07/25/2012 11:45 AM

A [good] knife should not only fit into your hand well, but also feel good in your hand. It is an extension of your self. I use a variety of blade shapes and sizes when I carve wood. I prefer a good hard blade of high carbon, they hold an edge longer and seem to cut through most woods like butter. I prefer Gerber or Kershaw or Spyder

Posted by Shane Wolfe - 07/25/2012 11:45 AM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Gator fixed blade. When purchasing a knife, I look for something that is multi-purpose, a blade that is of good quality steel that can take a proper edge, and something that can be sanitized easily since I use them for field dressing and for cleaning fish.

Posted by Mandy - 07/25/2012 11:45 AM

The last knife I bought was the Gerber Epic, but it was for my honey. I honestly know nothing about knives! I just thought this would be a nice surprise for him if I won. We love camping, fishing and hiking. So he is always looking for the newest and best knives. I figure if I won, I can’t go wrong….right? =}

Posted by Don Pelkowski - 07/25/2012 11:45 AM

Intended use is most important qualification. From there, quality, materials and price can be factored in.

Posted by Matt Johnson - 07/25/2012 11:46 AM

The last knife I purchased was a Spyderco UKPK with black FRN scales. I picked it up as I was back in the UK visiting my Dad, and as I had left my knives back in Canada as they are all illegal to carry in the UK, I felt kind of naked without a knife in my pocket! Price point was a huge deal, especially as I had limited funds for my trip. That combined with the quality of the brand and the functionality of the design were the key features as to why I chose that particular knife.I’ve always considered functionality the priority when purchasing a new knife, but lately I’m tending to favour higher quality knives that are probably able to handle a lot more than I throw at them. There’s something about having a high quality blade in my pocket feels really good. Materials play into that a lot. I have recently developed a lust for titanium and the Combative Edge M1 that I EDC here in Canada was probably the knife that got me into that. It keeps the weight down, it’s strong as hell and although it’s not part of the functionality that I go for in a knife, it looks amazing to boot! So I think functionality and quality take the top spots in chooing the knife, closely followed by asthetics.

Posted by cherry hamrick - 07/25/2012 11:46 AM

you need a good feel or you will not use the knife to the full advantage. Hands are different sizes, right and left handed people need different knives, and weight is important, both for use and for stashing in a purse, backpack, or suitcase!

Posted by Scott - 07/25/2012 11:46 AM

My last knife purchase was an under $20 purchase. Something small and cheap to keep in the car.

Posted by Devlin Simons - 07/25/2012 11:46 AM

First thing when looking for a new knife is I determine what it is going to be used for. Then I eliminate any knife not designed for what I want. Next I look at the quality of the blade itself. I want knives that will stand the test of time. Lastly I consider the Price.

Posted by Doug - 07/25/2012 11:46 AM

Last knife I bought was the Tom Brown Tracker, 1st release. You know, the anti-aircraft knife? Actually a fantastic tool around camp. Pretty hefty to just be carrying on your belt but a friggin’ workhorse. And throws like a tomahawk. Just for fun. When I purchase a knife I look for a fixed blade, full tang, no serration, stainless steel or carbon but powder coated. After that, I buy it based on what I need it for.

Posted by Jack - 07/25/2012 11:46 AM

The last knife I bought was a Smith and Wesson, 2.5inch blade, locking blade knife. I also have another sheath knife.

In a knife I look for:
1- Durability, you dont want the blade and handle to start shaking and becoming loose when using the knife.
2- Sharpness/ergonomics. Is it easy for my hand? Will it be able to cut what I want it to? how easy is it to open and close?
3- size. For me, a knife that I can keep on my all the time is ideal. something not too big and not really small.
As an Eagle Scout, these are the things in a knife I look for in order to use it in my adventures!

Posted by Sqyire21 - 07/25/2012 11:46 AM

I just bought a small, regular folding Buck pocket-knife today for my 10 y/o daughter today at lunch. Something simple with 3 blades, which she can learn how to handle and take care of properly.

In my experience, a top quality blade is always the first thing to look for when purchasing a knife. As there are many uses for a kinfe, and while you can buy a knife for hunting, fishing, woodworking/whittling, or even combat patrols…if the blade and it’s construction are not top quality, you will simply be looking to replace it in a matter of time.

I know guys who will buy a knife just because it’s sharp straight out of the box….but I can sharpen any blade with a stone and some time. Other guys buy them for their look, or because they are ‘cool.’ One guy bought a knife overseas, just because he saw it in a movie. (Rambo anyone?) I’ve seen a lot of those break under pressure, when it really mattered.

I have a lot of different blades, for a lot of different reasons. But the blade quality is always the most important part!

Posted by Brad Wilson - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

I look for a knife that can hold a good edge through extensive use! Also, a knife that is made of good material that feels good in hand and that can be used for other things other than just cutting.Durability is a giving with all knives!

Posted by James Lacey - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

I agree 100% with the first post (Jeffzx9)It depends not only on price but type, sometimes what you need (or in my case) what you are allowed. I always carry a knife with a pocket clip but prefer multi use of a multi-tool. My ideal knife is the leatherman Skeletool CX ($90), it’s small, lightweight, multifunctional and has a pocket clip … but I recently moved from Los Angeles to Denmark to extremely strict knife laws and my latest purchase was the Leatherman Style PS ($20) with no blade but it’s still useful and legal.

Posted by Sidney Crissman - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

Last knife I bought was a Kershaw two years ago. It was small assisted opening.. and i keep it on me everywhere i go. no matter where i go i have a pocket knife on me.. the knife i bought i payed 40 dollars for. and its well worth it. its strong very sharp as the day i got it. and comes in handy often.. I think a good price to pay for a knife is around 25 to 45 dollars.. if its gonna be a good strong knife. what makes a good knife feature to me is the hand and finger position on the handle. and good quality Steel blade and a sturdy one too.

Posted by scott - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

what i look for in a knive is durability and sharpness, a week knife is a crappy knife.

Posted by Gregory Garcia - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

The last knife I bought was a Kershaw Vapor. I picked it because it appeared to be of a decent quality but wasn’t so expensive that I would be really upset if I lost it somehow and I could use it daily at work. I think the most important qualities that you should look for in a knife is that it is something that you would use. If its too large, or too small, or too expensive or whatever the reason that you aren’t carrying it, then it is not a very useful tool.

Posted by Richard LeMay - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

My only knife I own is a folding Buck 110. It was given to me by my grandfather (god rest his soul). It has stood the test of time which is what I want from any future knife I buy.

Posted by Merry Jo Chatelain - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

The last knife i purchased was a fishing knife as a gift for my husband. What we look for in a good knife is first and foremost a good blade that does not dull too fast but made with good material so it sharpens to a good blade again, locking blade that won’t close on you and multiple features. We do a lot of fishing and geocaching and don’t want to have to carry a number of different tools – one with multiple functions is more efficient.

Posted by Tommy - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

When im purchasing a knife, im looking for many things, firstly the usability of the knife and how well it can handle the regular qualities of a knife, second price, i want a knife thats not too expensive yet still made of strong materials that will last, then final looks,i want a knife that looks the part and that i would be proud to be seen using it

Posted by Dan S. - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

I found my last knife in the street, getting run over by cars. I picked it up and slipped it in my pocket. The qualities a knife should have are: smooth comfortable grip, not rough and covered with tire tracks; smooth operating action, not an action that works sometimes-probably due to weight of vehicles; and finally I think made in the USA to support the hard working people making such useful tools. Oh and a tanto blade would be nice.

Posted by Andrew - 07/25/2012 11:47 AM

The last knife I purchased was a 3.5 inch long Winchester. I work in a shop where I need to cut a lot of things and it did its job until I used it so much the locking mechanism broke and could no longer keep it open. So I in fact have been without a knife that is mine to keep for a month now.

Posted by Ryan2282 - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

Last knife I bought was a gerber survival knife. I have about a dozen other knives that are great, but the gerber survival knife is one I keep near me at all times! I usually leave it in my car and I’ve used it countless times to perform any number of tasks; from trimming tree branches, slicing open a watermelon at a picnic, to using it to make tinder and kindling for a fire. That and my multi-tool go with me everywhere I go!

Posted by Chris R. - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

The last knife i bought was a few months ago and it was a Gerber Powerframe as a back up to my other edc knife. I usually carry two knives.

I look for a knife that is quality but does not cost an arm and a leg. It needs to be a good value. I also look for a knife i can open quickly but thats not always a first priority. Also i want a knife that when you grip it there is no worry about it slipping out the hand.

Posted by Alex - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

The last blade I purchased was a Smith and Wesson fixed blade knife for next to nothing. The reason I bought it was it was one that I could get quick enough for a last minute fishing trip but that being said it’s not normally what I look for in a blade. The quality of the blade and the durability of the piece as a whole are really the only qualifications for me. I like to buy things once and I expect (hope for!) them to last.

Posted by Andrea barlo - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

Knives have many purposes for me, self defense being the last. I use my knives for everything. My favorite knife is a Gerber Tac 2 military issued tactiacl knife. Now depending on what I need to use my blade for depends on the knife I carry, most of the time i carry a cheap 3’‘ blade just for daily use. I love my Gerber knifes due to balance weight and how they fit my hands.

Posted by J Foshee - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

My last purchase was a Gerber EZ Out. Mid range price, but has been very durable and reliable. Safety would probably be my primary consideration. When you are using your knife, the last thing you want to have happen is a failure & a knife wound.

Posted by Parker P - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

The last knife I purchased was an SOG Revolver. It is excellent for hunting due to the dual blade/saw function. Probably the most important qualities to look for in a knife, personally, are how comfortable it feels in your hand and how sturdy it is and the ability to trust in it.

Posted by Jon - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

I like variety, and therefore pay an exorbitant amount of money on a rediculous amount of knives. I will say, however, that there is no greater feeling than expecting low quality and recieving great quality for a blade whose price-tag screams poor quality!

Posted by Matthew Roberts - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

I wish there were more opportunities to test a knife before purchase. Even when spending a lot of money on a good name knife, the lock may not be as strong as other knives. But I do agree the purpose is the most important question for purchase. If it is my everyday knife, I want one with lots of tools to help with the quick fixes I face. My last purchase was a Gerber Suspension. IT works great but not as well as the original Gerber multitool I was replacing. I liked the one handed opening, but the access to tools is better on the Suspension.

Posted by Joshua Reiss - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

My last knife purchase was about a year ago. I bought an inexpensive assisted opening knife. It was shipped from BudK for under $25… In my experience, the most important thing to look at when purchasing a knife, is to actually LOOK at the knife, not a picture of the knife as printed on a catalog. When contemplating an assisted opening, or any folding knife, the blade-lock is very important. I have stopped carrying this knife because of the poor lock. Too many times has the blade opened in my pocket and even came through my pocket. LUCKILY I stopped carrying this poor knife before I punctured skin. Hand-in-hand with the lock, another important quality to keep in mind when purchasing a knife is how much play is in the blade when the knife is in the open position. A blade should not wiggle side-to-side, and this is all too common is lesser quality, inexpensive folding knives. If the lock is sound and sturdy in both of these areas, it is generally a safe bet that the other features of the knife follow suite. After this lesson well learned, price should be one’s LAST consideration when contemplating the purchase of a new knife.

Posted by Steve Dawson - 07/25/2012 11:48 AM

In my experience, the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are fit, purpose, quality, and functionality. Fit – How does it feel in my hands, do I like it, is it me? Purpose – Am I buying what I need it for? Quality – Can I trust the durability and craftmanship? Is it sharp and ready right out of the box? Functionality – It may look great, feel great, and have a great name, BUT will it perform? Thank you.

Posted by Matt Trexler - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

Don’t laugh, but the last knife I purchased was actually at a flea market. You just can’t beat their deals for a cheap knife that wont matter if you break or lose.

When buying knives it is important to think of your intended use, whether you need a big straight blade to hunt crocodiles, a pocket knife for cleaning dirty fingernails, or a nice sharp machete to chop zombie brains.

Posted by Justin Seddon - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

My last knife purchase happened to be the gerber paraframe knife and i fell in love with it.

The most important thing about a knife has to be how it feels in my hand it cant be to big and not to small it has to have that perfect fit. Another factor that comes into play when i buy a knife is what will i be using it for, and i do a lot of hunting and trapping and fishing including some big game hunting such as black bear. These gerber knifes are reliable and i never have to worry about the knife not working and not being sharp because they hold a edge for so long. The knife has to be a good kind of metal and not some cheap flimsy material and gerber knifes are sturdy and feel great. Best knife i have ever used and i keep it on myself at all times.

Posted by Dale - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

My last knife purchase was a SOG Flash II which turned out to be such a horrible knife that SOG eventually replaced it with a Twitch XL which has been great! Fine the knife that fits you and your needs… and remember cheaper is not better! And with a reputable company, don’t settle for poor quality, they will make it right.

Posted by Andrew Skipton - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

I look for a good dependable knife, well built, but not to flashy, my last knife purchase was a Case trapper knife, and I use it daily on my ranch, I do love the quickness of a spring assist though for a job that I need a knife right away, so I also bought one of those a few weeks ago.

Posted by David Massing - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

My Last knife was from 511 tactical and to my amazement it was cheaply made and being a tacticle supply store,in USA,the knife was chinese made and not worth the 79.00 I paid for it, it broke shortly after use. Quality, and Strength are my most important qualities.

Posted by Jelleyman - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

As a Marine, i would say that getting the mostblade for my buck has several consideratins that need looking at. The blade must keep its edge, be tough enough to last, and must be multipurpose. A knife you can use for combat, working on a motor, building a house, or just flat sharpening a hot dog spit. Last knife i bought was another Kbar, But that is a pain to carry in public. Gotta have something easy to carry, and useful to boot!

Posted by Dan Verbeek - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

Some things in life have major variations in price. Ive been working as a chef for many years and know that you get what you pay for in knives. The same goes for these style of knives. If you want a knife that you will have for many years you must pay for it. Quality comes with a price, but a very worth while price. This article should be posted in any store selling knives to that the buyer knows the whats what of purchasing.

Posted by Jesse Pruitt - 07/25/2012 11:49 AM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber drop point. I chose this knife because I was looking for a thick blade and a non slip grip for processing deer. I use the heavy blade for splitting the sternum and pelvis and the blade will hold an edge long enough to process 2+ deer. In my opinion a good knife is one that is comfortable to use for extended periods of time, a quality blade that will hold an edge, and made of good material that will last me for several years of solid use.

Posted by Andrewsc - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

my last knife I bought was a small gerber folding knife that I bring to work everyday. it cuts cardboard, tape, and anything else i put it through. probably been sharpened a thousand times and been beat up and still is just as tight and storng as it was the day i got it. Things I look for in a knife is durability, portability, and the practical uses of it, if im going fishing i need a knife i can filet with, and have the durability to cut anything else i encounter. camping i want something strong and fixed bladed. normal everyday i like carrying my little pocket knife, it does everything i need it to!

Posted by Brian jarvis - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

I look for functionality and durability.
While weight can sometimes mean great quality?? It has to be determined against packing or wearing the knife.
I like both folding and fix blade knifes. It is just a matter of what I need for a particular situation or duty.
I don’t get hung up on just buying the popular name brands,, I just purchase the type of blade I need at the time, and can be useful in the future,, and the value of my investment.
I like the new styles and innovated designs that are coming out now though.
Variety is the spice of life!!

Posted by Lee - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Suspension Multitool as it comes in so useful everyday at work.
I live the feel and quality of Gerber knives.

Posted by Brian Howell - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

The last knife I bought (for myself) was a Leatherman Style CS, that I carry attached to my keychain. I find that I don’t carry the heavier Skeletool CX when I’m wearing Dockers, such as at work.

I like multiple blades, and multi-tools, but the two main features I look for in a knife are dependability and weight.

Dependability means that the materials and construction of the tool will hold up to the ABUSE that daily use brings.

Weight is important to me, because I’ll often leave a heavier knife at home; the tool you always have with you, is the most valuable.

Posted by Daniel Payne - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber 22-01629 LMF II Black Infantry Knife with 4.8-Inch Blade purchased from Amazon for $70 which is about half off the normal price. For the price of this knife and the Gerber quality, it would be hard to beat.

In my experience, the important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are: quality of the blade, serrated edge for sawing, will it be a knife that will last my lifetime, how does it feel in your hand, and will it stand up to punishment?

Posted by Brandon - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

The last knife I purchased was a Leatherman pocket knife. Simple fold-out blade with 2 screwdrivers and a clip. For me, the most important qualities are reliability, durability, and ease-of-carry. I want my knife to always be accessible and easily tucked into my pocket, while still getting the job done.

Posted by Tony - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

I bought a leatherman multi tool for my last knife. I think that a good knife holds an edge for a long time. It also should be rust proof, easy to open and portable.

Posted by Ian - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

Last knife I bought was a Gerber tacticool folding knife, in the first few days one of the screws broke and I have to tape it together now but the blade itself is pretty good quality, especially for 50 dollars. To me a good knife is marked by whether it is a fixed or folding blade, and if the folding blade has a lock on it.

Posted by Trey Lord - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

The last knife I bought was a Myerchin Sailing Knife. Why buy a specifically designed knife for sailing? Because I sail a lot and my last one is at the bottom of the Chesapeake. Specifically designed sailing knifes are crucial for sailing, because there are tools that won’t come in handy elsewhere, like a marlin spike, shackle wrench, lanyard loop, and belt clip. The blade point is also rounded so you won’t stab yourself in swells, and cerated to cut lines quickly in emergencies. All are titanium so they won’t rust.

So basically what I’m trying to say is that the most important thing about picking a knife for a specific activity, is making sure that it’s designed and suited for that activity, especially if what you’re doing is technically demanding. I’ve had general purpose knives on boats before, but then you have to carry other tools in your pocket as well.

Posted by Travis Kornegay - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

I haven’t really gotten around to purchase a knife. But
I have looked at some stores like Cabellas and other
camping stores. And I’m saving my money for a gerber venture
knife since it is fairly new it has a high price. But for Christmas
I got the Bear Grylls sheath knife with the packet with other survival
gear. So generally when I do get knives I get Gerber it is my favorite brand and they are reliable and sturdy.

Posted by Matt A - 07/25/2012 11:50 AM

I had a Benchmade like the one listed in the article. I liked that knife because it was sharp and stayed sharp. It was compact and tough, really tough. I could have that knife out of my pocket and open in two seconds. One time I ran it over with a snowblower, the snowblower hasn’t been the same since.

Posted by Dan Heddle - 07/25/2012 11:51 AM

Im a firm believer in Gerber products so needless to say my last purchase was a Gerber. To me the most important parts of a knife are the feel in ‘your’ hand and a solid opening/locking mechanism. A great blade doesn’t do much for ya when the thing won’t open or stay open when trying to use it.

Posted by tom eversole - 07/25/2012 11:51 AM

in my experince,including military, i have used my gerber gator( origanal model from the 80’s) for just about every task ive needed a knife for.its durability comfort hasent been matched. my last knife purchased was a gerber fast it is a very useful and valued priced knife, i look for quality as well as functional from a known maker, but i have always been drawn to gerber brand it took me through desert storm and it didnt let me down, so i guess im a gerber junkie myself

Posted by Riley Kostrzewa - 07/25/2012 11:51 AM

The last knife I bought was the ka-bar black kukri machete. It was for cutting annoying plants in my yard. The knife was okay but got dull after awhile. In my opinion when buying a good knife, the most important quality is a constantly sharp knife. You need a knife that can actually cut through butter and will always keep cutting it time after time. You never want a knife that can’t even cut better than a little child’s pair of scissors.

Posted by bdeleon - 07/25/2012 11:51 AM

Last knife I bought was a custom tanto made by a friend of mine. It was differentially tempered, high carbon steel and fit my hand perfectly.

Posted by Bob Cruz - 07/25/2012 11:51 AM

My last knife purchase was a Victorinox Minichamp. Tiny, I know, but definitely a useful blade made with amazing steel. Swiss knives are definitely the best, in my opinion. You should pay however much you want for a blade, AS LONG AS IT SUITS YOUR NEEDS. You should always have some basic guidelines though. For me, the most important is maintenance. I want a knife that’s easy to clean, made from steel that’s soft enough so that it’s easy to sharpen, but hard enough so that it keeps an edge. I always look for a safe knife too. Locking or slipjoint, it should be reliable enough that I won’t cut myself by accident.

Posted by Richard - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

The last knife I bought was a Wusthof 8” chef’s knife (classic). I need something a bit more suitable for EDC and using outdoors.

Posted by Jesse Q - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

Last knife purchased was the Gerber 06 Auto, and I love it. What attracts me to a knife its is versatility, accessability and knife design. My last purchase had it all, I can use the knife in more ways than one and I love the strike point at the end of the handle. It is easy to handle and doesn’t get snagged on my clothing if kept in my pocket or its sheath. Also I trust the Gerber brand and love their guarantee. Great, dependable knife. I love it.

Posted by Kyle T Olsen - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

As a Boy Scout the last knife i purchased was a Gerber Paraframe 2,It works very nice for the job i need it for, i look for strength in the over all knive the blade should not move( wiggle ), the metal used for the blade is very important and the grip is very important so your hand will not slip when preforming with the knive.

Posted by Dillon Stark - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

The last knife I bought was the leatherman MUT. quality comes at a cost some times but its way more than worth it. I paid 125 for it but this knife has lasted me through alot. Functionality and quality are the biggest things when it comes to how much your going to pay, you must find a balance between the two before you make a purchase

Posted by Crystal Williams - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

My latest knife purchase was a Gerber Bear Grylls ultimate survival knife.

The most important qualities i look for in a knife is durability, functionality and depending on what im buying it specifically for..the latest purchase was for a redundancy item for my 72 hour survival bag. Price is also a big deal because sadly not everyone can afford 80 dollars a knife..so the big 3 quality, functionality and price.

Posted by Mikey Mac - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

My last knife purchase, well actually it was a trade, was for a Gerber Metolius. The most important quality that I look for when buying a knife is:a decent blade with a good edge that I can keep sharp and ready, I also look at the handle material and design, I like the handles to be good quality, and made to last, but also like them to be comfortable to hold when you are using it. And last but not least and lets face it this is happening alot these days, PRICE, I have to be able to afford the knife purchase and not spend a car payment on one. And there are knives out there like that, you just have to look and compare until you find the one that is right for you.

Posted by Justin Yerhot - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

What I look for when looking for a new knife is practicality for my work situation, aka size, weight, blade type. But most importantly I look for a knife that will last me and one that I can see myself carrying around at all times and not be hindered by it.

Posted by Bob Buehrer - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

My last knife purchase was a Bear Grylls foldable knife for my Fiancé. She worked at a camp and needed a multipurpose blade. Her birthday was coming up and I wanted to get her something that was durable and reliable. In thinking about what makes a good knife, I’d say its those two qualities as well as comfort of the blade in your hand. You want something that feels comfortable to work with and that you actually LIKE to work with.

Posted by B Janzen - 07/25/2012 11:52 AM

My last knife purchase was a full tang fixed-blade hunting knife.

When buying a knife, it’s important to ask yourself what your needs are. There is, quite frankly, no “perfect knife” that is going to work in all situations. You need to understand that, odds are, you’re going to need more than one knife. The knife blade on your multi-tool might be sharp, and it might even be handy, but it is going to have some obvious limitations. Similarly, if you’re the kind of person that likes to have an all-purpose knife with you at all times, your six inch fixed-blade hunting knife isn’t going to work (unless your goal is to get arrested.) Therefore, recognition of needs and diversity of personal selection are the most important things to consider when buying a new knife.

Posted by Ian Donovan - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

Well, I think it all depends on what your using your blade for. I have 4 gerber knives and I love them all. 2 of them are basic blades for the woods and what not, and my other two are for the military. But you definitely get what you pay for. On a blade I definitely would not go cheap. I didn’t have a cheap blade on Iraq, I don’t want one now.

Posted by Eric Adrien - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

The last knife that I purchased was the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife. The most important qualities for me are durability, usefulness and price. The knife is the most durable I own and the usefulness is in the design of the knife and the case as well. The end of the knife is hammer-like which comes in handy and the case has a flint and sharpening stone built in to keep it in optimal shape. As if that weren’t enough it even came with a whistle attached and a little pamphlet that tells you how to contact help when you need it. All this for only $60, it really blew the competition out of the water.

Posted by Justin M Anderson - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber fast draw. I love that knife but lost it duck hunting one day.
It now resides at the bottom of the Hay river in NW WI. The one thing that is the most important
for me is functionality.It needs to serve many purposes from gutting deer, cleaning waterfowl to helping
me around the house and work. The other is hold an edge and all the Gerber’s have.

Posted by Gregorie Berry - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

I bought 3 different Smith and Wesson knifes very cheap, $5 each at a Dollar Store. The 3 are different styles but are very good for the price. Steel blades have been staying very sharp with a good point. I dont hunt or anything, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use these for self defense. And they look cool, so cool a police officer took one from me and stuck it in his pocket then showed me his AR-15 in the trunk of his car. Then he arrested me.

Posted by Yockey - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

My last purchase was the Leatherman Skeletool. Fits perfect in any pocket, and it is versatile, I used it to fix my Jeep, and then cracked open a beer with the bottle opener on it. I got it for a decent price, as it was on sale. As for the most important qualities of a knife, it must be durable, because what is the point of a knife (no pun intended) if you can’t use it forever, and versatility is the next most important, because it might be all you have with you the next time you get into a sticky situation.

Posted by jon - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

the last knife i bought was a remington folder it seems to be holding up pretty well. it has all the qualities i look for in a knife. such as durability,ease of sharpening,and edge retention.

Posted by Bud Rubert - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

The last knife I purchased was a set of ceramic kitchen knives. Before that, I purchased a fixed-blade knife with sheath for general camping and fishing. Based on those purchases, I would say that functional need is the overriding quality I look for in a knife. I want a knife that is designed for the use I intend to make of it. Whether it is a filet knife, an open-assist folding knife, or a tactical knife, function is the overall consideration. Once the knife design is determined, I want a knife of the highest grade blade and handle construction and material(s).

Posted by Daryl - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

Last bought the BG serrated survival knife like the lmf2 infantry knife.

I liked all the changes, very useful and sturdy. Feels great and natural in the hand! Very durable. I beat the crap out of it and it held a good edge.

Posted by Edward Black - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

my last knife i bought fell apart in a few days but what can you expect when you only pay 10 bucks but if i was to spend some money on a knife it needs to be durable,sharp,well balanced and easy to get into.

Posted by David Boyd - 07/25/2012 11:53 AM

My last knife was a Gerber given to me as a present. I use it at work. Important qualities in a knife for me are: quality materials, open with one hand.

Posted by Kent Lawrence - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

My last knife purchase was in a Leatherman Wave. Needed the versatility for work. I had previously bought a cheap multitool that lasted just days. The most important factors for me are quality in materials and workmanship. If you have these two factors, everything else will be good to go. You may pay a bit more for it but you will have a tool for years-not days.

Posted by Lane Martin - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

The last knife I purchased for me was a Gerber combo kit. Had a Paraframe which I gave to my father-in-law and a smaller folder (Truss, I think) which is my EDC knife.

The first consideration when planning a purchase is being honest about what you’ll use it for. For most that’s a folder of some kind. Make sure that the lock mechanism is solid. Next get a quality of steel appropriate for the task. E.g., my 8 y.o. just got his first knife for Cub Scouts. It cost $5 from Wal-Mart. SS blade won’t rust if it gets left outside (hopefully the lanyard will prevent that), but the lock mechanism is really good. He’ll get something better when he’s older and his needs dictate it.

Posted by Brenton Nikolaus - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

The last knife I bought was back when I deployed to Iraq for the second time in 2009. I purchased a Gerber Armor Serrated Edge Tanto Tactical Knife. I bought the knife mainly for the purpose of close combat. The knife is light, durable and easy to conceal. By far my favorite knife to date. FYI I carried 3 knives on me at all times while in Iraq. All of them were Gerber brand.

Posted by David Strawser - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

The last knofe i purchased was the Torch II – Tanto G-10, its a wonderful knife. What I look for is size of course. you cant carry a machette everywhere. I consider how it feels in my hand. I have to have a knife that feels comfortable to use. also the quality of the product how well it was built. And lastly the knives company. Do they stad by their knives. Gerber sure does and ill never buy anything but.

Posted by Eric Morris - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

My last Gerber was a purchase for my birthday in 2011. I exchanged a Winchester for the Gerber, at the store. It’s been a great knife.

To me, the most important qualities in a knife are construction, ease of sharpening, and smooth profile.

Posted by Jake Sundberg - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

Last knife purchased was a Grohmann. I look for balance, ability to hold an edge, durability, and looks! Confidence in your tools is a must, and who wants an ugly knife?

Posted by Annette - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

In my experience, the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are quality and reputation of the knife and brand. I’m all for getting the best bargain that I can get, but when the safety of myself or my horse may depend on the quality of a knife in an emergency situation out on the trail, I won’t be using a chinzy bargain knife. I always carry a knife on the trail, and I make sure its a good, durable, quality blade..and I sure could use a new one! =)

Posted by STEVEN WILSON - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

Bought my last Gerber 12 years ago. Still in my pocket every day.

Posted by Michael - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

Unfortunately the last knife i bought was a dud, after some outdoor camping use, the blade dulled considerably and even began to rust some. To that effect i’m going to have to say durability, i want a knife that will last through outdoor use and preferably can take a beating!

Posted by hank reindl - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

Last knife i bought was a small Gerber with assisted opening. bought it for everyday use cause i was in the process of moving and had boxed all of mine up. The most important qualities I look for are size, function, build (I’ve bought some that have fallen apart as soon as i used it once), and the whether the edge will stay through many uses. Also good metal composition in the blade is important cause it will last longer and hold an edge better.

Posted by Tyler Makowski - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

The last knife I bought was a 9” hunting knife by Buck. It was around $125.00 and worth every penny :) The most important consideration when buying a knife is, how many zombies can you stab through the eye before the blade breaks or gets too dull. Always keep a good knife on hand for when your gun runs out of ammo >:D

Posted by Nick W. - 07/25/2012 11:54 AM

My last purchase was a Remington Knife. Paid $20 for it at Bass Pro. At the time I was looking for a good farm/hunting knife, one that could take the abuse of farm work, while at the same time could take whatever mother nature had to throw at me in the wilderness. To my suprise it was a very good knife and I still use it today. For me when it comes to buying a knife, I dont look at the metal type or the handle type, all that stuff. To me its like buying a guitar. Does it feel comfortable when I hold it, can it take the abuse for what Im going to use it for, etc. If it can handle all this, if its comfortable to hold, then Ill know if its a good knife.

Posted by Aaron Myers - 07/25/2012 11:55 AM

The last knife i got was a little buck pocket knife. I like how easy it folds out and it has a really nice rubber grip. I’ve never had a Gerber but they sure do look nice.

Posted by Rusty Bonnet - 07/25/2012 11:55 AM

The last knife I purchased was a Gerber. I look for quality and dependability in a knife. I need a knife that can hold an edge and is easy to sharpen.

Posted by Dan - 07/25/2012 11:55 AM

It has to fit my big paw, it has to hold an edge, it has to be tough, and the last thing I look at is the price. Ican overlook the price if all of the other have tos have been met. I have bought Gerbers for years. I started buying them when I was in the Army and continued after I retired.

Posted by josh - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

The lasr knife I bought was a Gerber LMF 2. I bought it because of the gerber name, they make fantastic blades, and I cam trust that it will hold up to the tasks I need it when camping. I know its not going to break easily. It’s durable and good quality all around.

Posted by Mikel M. Sitterly, Jr. - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

The last knife I purchased was an Aluminum Presto 3.0 Serrated. I love the light weight, the quick one handed opening and the serrated edge. This knife has been my best friend. To me the most important feature would be material quality. A good knife is used for more than just cutting and it has to withstand the abuse. Gerber has never let me down!

Posted by Martin I - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

The last knife I purchased was the Gerber LMF II Survival. I bought it for a camping trip I was going on. There are two primary concerns I look at when purchasing a knife, intended use and value for the money. The intended use brings me to the type and style of knife I want to look at, once i get there I look at value for the money. Please know that this doesn’t mean I buy the cheapest knife I can, it means I buy the knife that has the best combination of features, construction, utility, etc for price. I will bypass an el cheapo and spend more to buy a knife that I feel may have a better design, or a more convenient feature, or better customer service. I have several Benchmade knives, while they nay be more expensive than other comparable knives I own in similar styles, I like the fact that if I have any problems with the knife, i can send it into Benchmade and they will take care of it. this is also the same reason I prefer Zippo lighters and why i own several. Ive had lighters 50-60 years old that have been not working properly, send it in, no questions asked, comes back working in tip top shape. I eill always be willing to spend a little more on a company who gives great customer service.

Posted by Anders W. - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

My latest purchase was a Gerber steadfast.
http://www.gerbergear.com/Tactical/Knives/Steadfast-Knife_22-41120

I bought this knife because I wanted durability and a knife that could take a beating.

But I’m not sure how to sharpen this knife, the steel is so though! And my efforts have made the knife look a little less great then it used to look. Any tips from a master knifeuser would be appriciated.

Posted by Gabe Langley - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

My last knife purchase was a gerber paraframe in a pack with a multitool good knife I look for a knife that is well made sturdy but useable my knives see a lot of use so it’s gotta hold up from game to rope camping and fishing needs it’s gotta work

Posted by Roddy Cross - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

The last knife I bought was the KA-BAR Zombie Killer Machete but I have a large collection of knives. When I purchase a knife I usually look for quality, price and style. I am a sucker for Tantos, Bowies and anything zombie related. I did however create YMMZombies so that’s to be expected.

Posted by Patrick Quarles - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

Last knife I bought was a Kershaw Leek, but I have been carrying my Gerber assisted opening knife as of late. I look for a high quality steel blade and an appropriately grippy handle.

Posted by David - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

The last knife I purchased was a set of Wusthof kitchen knives for my wife. She loves it so much. I have never bought a Gerber knife before but would love to try them out. The knife is only as good as what it is intended for. It has to have a good grip, sharp blades, ease of sharpening and be handy.

Posted by Will - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

buy a GOOD knife for the purpose you intend to use it …

Posted by Parker Campbell - 07/25/2012 11:56 AM

My last knife purchase was for a Kershaw Leek. The Leek is Made in the USA, which is the ultimate quality I look for in my gear.

I then found a local outdoors store that had a vast selection of knives from several different companies. Sometimes I pay less shopping locally, most of the time I pay more, but the level of service, convenience, and knowing that I am supporting my neighbors, is worth the extra money spent vs buying online or from a big box store. Specialty stores get my business because they serve me, rather than existing only to take my money.

I then researched this knife, the aspects of it, function and quality, and these were all to my satisfaction for the required EDC use. Single handed, safe, operation, non-serrated, open and closed locks, and a lifetime warranty. I have had a Kershaw in my pocket for the last 14 years, and knew I couldn’t go wrong buying another.

Qualities important when buying a knife:
1. Made in the USA
2. Locally sold and supported
3. Fits the function and need.

Posted by Brandon Burm - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

I have only ever purchased on knife set and did so with a gift certificate on amazon. I purchased a Gerber Paraframe 2” and larger 5” set. In my opinion the most important thing to look for when purchasing a knife is the letters G.E.R.B.E.R. somewhere on the blade. That to me is the sign of a quality knife regardless of the price-point. I have used them for thing they probably shouldnt have been used for and all but physically dis-assembling have put them through hell and they will not break. Great knives from a great brand!

Posted by Tyrell Slater - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

My last knife purchase was one of the smaller gerber folding knives. I bought it because it was less than 20 dollars. Its been 4 years and it still works like new.

In my experience intended use it at the top of my list. I always think when buying knives recently that I know what I will use them for, but I also think of what else might it be used for.

Posted by Brandon Dunn - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

There are a few specific things I look for when buying a new knife. First, and most important in my opinion, is brand name. The two names that come to mind are Gerber and Kershaw because they only make knives. Gerber makes other things but when someone hears Gerber, they think knives. Second thing is build quality. Is it good steel,a solid handle, good liner or handle lock, durable? All important things. Lastly, kind of a luxury thing but nice to have, is it spring assist. Not necessary but a really nice thing to have. That’s what I look for in buying a knife

Posted by Joseph Z. Ybarra - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

For me there are 2 main things i look at, the clip and the ability to open the knife under stressfull situations. If i can not open the blade quickly in the store then i know when i need it to work or defend myself it will do no good (thats why i have an assisted openening). And the clip if the clip is weak and the knife gets lost in my pocket or falls out it doea me no good

Posted by Lyle Borders - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

My last knife was a black Gerber 600 Series Multi-Plier. You would be stupid not to own something like this, and Gerber does them the best. For $50-60, you can carry a priceless toolkit everywhere you go. The blade on this is worth the price of the entire tool.

You need to look for a knife that was built by those with a passion for knives. Anyone can create a product they don’t care about. Find a company that cares about their quality.

Posted by Samantha Sastre - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

Last knife purchase was a Gerber clipfolder with a black blade. Frankly, I needed a good “carry-every-day” knife and thought this one was pretty darn sexy! The look and feel of the knife initially caught my eye but it was only into a few weeks of daily use that I realized its true durability and resiliance to everything I could throw at it. A good knife should fit the user like an extension of their hand…a very sharp, sexy extension.

Posted by Bryan Schoolcraft - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Evo 3.46 in. blade. I look for the most accessibility of the knife no matter where I put it on me or my pack. I look for light weight to mid weight for easiest handling without the worry of haveing to continously having to rest my hands or wrists. the evo has given me the best experience. it is lightweight a strong blade and handle and has been through wood and metal it has been dropped in a few lakes and rivers and hasn’t stopped working or have any problems with it.

Posted by Pat P. - 07/25/2012 11:57 AM

The last knife I purchased was the serrated Fast Draw. I was looking for a few things and this knife covered it all. I wanted a knife that was durable enough to be an every day carry but small enough to clip inside my pocket. The assisted opening made this perfect for one handed use and the serrated blade made it more versatile for harder cutting. The blade was so sharp right out of the package it literally shaved hairs off my arm. Also, the safety lock was perfect because it kept it from opening in my pocket. And to top it off, this knife is super durable at a great price.

Posted by Colin - 07/25/2012 11:58 AM

What do I look for in a Knife? Well, I look for a knife that can fit two categories Everyday carry and Survival. If a knife fits those than its a go for me. When i buy a Knife I prefer the blade tip to be,Clip point or Tanto. I usually like a straight edge in a Survival knife(Less sharping to do.) I think a folding knife has to have a real strong lock just in case you have to “really” use it.. The most important thing is price. I would rather not shell out close to 300$ on a Tops Tracker. A good priced knife in my book is the Ka-bar USMC fighting knife. I have one and i spent a little under a 100$ at Bass Pro Shops. Well that’s what I look for in Knives. Thanks for spending your time reading my comment and as always have a nice day:)

Posted by melissa gillette - 07/25/2012 11:58 AM

I have never shopped for a knife before but I will use these tips for buying one for my husband. Our anniversary is in August and I want to get him a new knife. He is a Deputy Sheriff and the one he carries now is falling apart. My only problem is the only knife dealers we have here are one over priced family business and a walmart!!!

Posted by Shane Ravitz - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

I bought the Gerger Remix Serrated. It’s sleek, functional, and at a great price! I’ve already broken it in. @ $30 it’s affordable and holds up when you need it the most! Thanks Gerber for another amazing product!

Posted by Steve Lupton - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

The last knife I bought was the Gerber LMF 2 infantry knife. The reason was that I wanted a good sharp knife to take camping and backpacking. To me this is a knife that can be used for multiple situations and is very versatile. I picked Gerber because I have several Geber knives and they hold an edge good!

Posted by Raul Rossel - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

Tee last knife you buy was the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife. is a great knife, undoubtedly the best buy I’ve done, I’m very happy with the gerber products, I have multitools and knives and all purchased here in Chile!

Posted by john crull - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

Last knife I bought was a CRKT carson m14.Its one sturdy folder.Fast to open,razor sharp.I love all my gerber knives too.My favorite is always a gerber.

Posted by Lauren - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

The most important quality I look for when purchasing a knife is durability. When I’m out in the field, I try to treat my knives right but when it comes down to making it through the night, I will pound a rock against the handle of my pocket knife to split firewood. I am a search and rescue volunteer in the Pacific Northwest. Home of great knives! My last purchase was a Leatherman pocket knife that has stood the test of time and remains one of my favorites.

Posted by Alex Schram - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

The last knife I purchased was the full size Paraframe II (non serrated) from a Walmart at a price of $17 and some change. I’d owned the small version ($10?) for years it was one of my favorites. I used to carry a Buck folder in a pouch on my belt when I worked as a carpenter but it’s old and was my fathers. Something I want to keep around longer than a simple tool. I purchased the Paraframe because it was a Gerber, the mini proved to so solid and kept an edge, it’s a quality brand that I’ve used since I was in the Scouts. As for purchasing new blades? I look for sturdiness where the blade meets the handle (for a folder), a secure lock (I really like the lock on the Paraframe) and ergonomics, as well as value (which is something I’ve gotten with every Gerber Knife purchase. i.e. the 2 variations of Paraframe, 3 variations of the Multi-Tool, and the EAB moneyclip.) Trying not to use this to suck up and plug your product as some of the best blades I’ve owned have been non Gerber products.

Posted by Kyle Bieber - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

I would sat inteded use is the may consideration. But in any knife I buy, I look for it to strong and durable, for folders it must lock up very solid, bank vault like preferred, especially as most all my folders must cross into the tactical arena. Must be a solid design.and must have a solid grip. I care much less about things like what steel it is or what not like that. Keep in mind that many a vetran back in the day got by just fine with 440 steel.

Posted by michael Vinion - 07/25/2012 11:59 AM

I carried two different Gerber knives in Iraq. I had a multi tool call the recoi and a tactical 4in. I always look for a knife made from good steel and one that will hold an edge. Ihave found out of all the knives out there the best edge belongs to Gerber and are the easiest to sharpen. I have many different gerber knives and will not buy anything else but. The multi tools are strong durable and put up with my abuse

Posted by Mike - 07/25/2012 12:00 PM

My last knife purchase (I think, not sure because I buy so many lol) was a Smith & Wesson Black Ops Tanto Blade and a Boker Credit Card Knife. As far as the Black Ops, what I was looking for when bought it was durability and a comfortable fit in my hand. Cosmetically it lacked in durability because there’s paint chipping off the blade left and right. Mechanically on the other hand it’s pretty good. I’ve taken it fishing and cut up bluegill and snakes with it, and one time I spilled pink lemonade all over it (that’s a long story but let’s just say it was a sticky situation lol), but the assisted opening mechanism still works great and it’s lightning quick (I did have to rinse it with water after the pink lemonade though haha). As far as the Boker the only reason I bought it was because I happened to have some extra cash and I just wanted to check it out because the concept intrigued me. I was fully expecting to return it, but as soon as i opened it up and started checking it out I instantly loved it. Given it isn’t very comfortable in your hand because it is so thin, I liked the fact that they used such little material to make such good quality.

Posted by Tobias Hunter - 07/25/2012 12:00 PM

Victorianox Swiss Army Knife: Classic
It shoulld cut like a knife.

Posted by Chuck_Charbeneau - 07/25/2012 12:00 PM

My last Knife purchase was a Gerber Gator Serrated Drop Point (which is interesting because that was the first knife I ever bought for myself, back in the early 90’s), bringing my count of Gator’s to two.

I needed a knife for my BOB, and while there’s a Leatherman wave in my pack, I’ve always felt more comfortable with a simple, single bladed knife on my belt, and a back up doesn’t have to be lower quality than your go to.

When I look at blades I look at:

Function (What will be the primary use?)
Length / Weight (Is the blade long enough and strong enough to do the job)
Manufacturing (where is it manufactured and what are the materials?)
Price (Does the above warrant the $$ asked?)

My next guilty pleasure may be a Ben Orford, but even then, I would never sacrifice form over function.

Posted by Thomas Jones - 07/25/2012 12:00 PM

my last and best knife purchase has been a Spyder co partial serated stainless steel folding knife. it has heft so that I know where it is clipped on to my belt but not so much that it would fall off if I took a tumble. I purchase knifes for each of my 6 nephews for their 13th birthday’s and still have 3 more to go… Always looking for quality craftsmanship and something you take pride in carrying.

Posted by Stephen C - 07/25/2012 12:00 PM

My last knife purchase was actually a gift from my son. We were christmas shopping for the girls in the family, and walked by the knife section in a large store. I called him over and showed him the Gerber knife hanging on the rack and discussed quality and utility with him. Come Christmas I discovered that he had wondered off during the shopping trip and bought the knife as a gift for me. I was very surprised (and pleased) when I opened that gift (although it took my older Gerber to cut through that plastic safety box – whats up with that stuff?).

What I look for in a knife: I always carry a folding pocket knife (and have donated my fair share to airport security screeners, building security, etc). I like a brand name if possible (but I have been known to snatch up the occasional $2 flea market knives if I have lost mine). I prefer a blade that will hold an edge. Serations are alright in the bottom half. The lock needs to be strong, as does the overall structure of the knife because there is no telling what I may use it for next. In my collection black handles are common, but I also have several wooden ones and a couple plain silver/grey knives. I have lost two in particular that I truly miss. One was during the first gulf war when I dropped it and it got buried in the sand and we had to move out before I could dig around and find it (warning – it is open so watch your step if your walking barefoot in the desert). The second was a bear grills survival knife that I unwisely loaned to another family member for yard chores, and they do not recall what they did with it. Chances are that one is laying open somewhere in the yard too.

Posted by Brandon Crummett - 07/25/2012 12:00 PM

I’ve never purchased a knife, but I was given a SOG Flash II, about 6+ years ago by my parents, which I still use today.

When purchasing a knife, I would want it to have these qualities… A blade that stays sharp and also has a serrated edge, a rugged but light product that’s built to last, it has to fit great and be comfortable in my hand, have a good weight to it, fit nicely in my pocket/ backpack and also be backed by an decent warranty.

Seems like these Gerber knives would fit the description perfectly…

Posted by Val Kowalewich - 07/25/2012 12:01 PM

Last knife purchased was a 7.5 inch Satsuma Knife. Use it primarily in the kitchen for meat and veggies. Hand hammered and tempered to Rc63. Stays very sharp for a long time.

Puchasing a knife I look for a tool. And then answer the question what will I use this tool for. Once you have the primary function of the tool/knife I then look for a combination of quality/looks/price/warranty. A well made knife should come with a good warranty, last long and look good – like Gerber! That’s my piece.

Posted by Bryan McGowan - 07/25/2012 12:01 PM

The last knife I purchased was actually the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival knife.

I needed a knife to fit into my hiking pack with low weight and lots of features, but it had to be fixed blade. I also have to like the feel of it in my hand. As a part time chef I do a lot of knife work, but never use one that doesn’t feel right.

Posted by Devan Jones - 07/25/2012 12:01 PM

For me the most important qualities in order are, looks, celebrity endorsement, hype, and then zombie slaying abilities. Oh. Wait. No. For me the kicker is attention to detail and a warranty. If there is good attention to detail then all the areas of the knife should be solid. Good steel, good design, good weight, good ergonomics, good handle material, good sheath, and good aesthetics. I’m not looking for a knife made of unobtanium that never loses it’s diamond scalpel demon barber of fleet street edge and weighs a half ounce and is unbreakable, perfectly ergonomic, and weighted and balanced for throwing. I want a knife that works for the use. I want a knife crafted for a purpose. And a good warranty means a company A) has confidence in their product, and B) if there is an issue it can be fixed.

Posted by Ryan C. - 07/25/2012 12:01 PM

My last knife purchase was a Winchester “Skinner” 7” curved blade. it is a full tang hip knife that I take into the bush with me every time I go. For me the most important features when buying a new blade are durrability and comfort. Will the knife stand up to the elements and being used constantly? DOes the knife feel good in my hand? am i going to be able to use it frequently or will I be uncomfortable using it?

Posted by Steve - 07/25/2012 12:02 PM

I have had many a knife. Only Gerber can hold up to the task. I usually make my decision by weight, maneuverability, and size. The edges on these knifes straight from the factory are so nice. I will never buy anything but a Gerber again.

Posted by Russell Mergen - 07/25/2012 12:02 PM

My last knife that I purchased was a 3.25” lockable folding with a half serrated blade. I use it as my carry and for fishing. It has served me well the last couple years. The quatity of the blade is the most important to me when looking for a new knife. Weight is also a factor for a carry knife.

Posted by Nathan - 07/25/2012 12:02 PM

The last knife I bought was a combo pack of the Gerber Evo Mid, and the Crucial Tactical. The qualities I look for in a knife when buying one, is blade length to me blade around 3 inches long is ideal. Second, locking mechanism, I prefer liner of frame lock for quick opening and closing. The final thing I look for is a pocket/belt clip, I prefer clips on my knives because I then can get to them quickly and easily when needed, instead of digging around in my pockets.

Posted by William Gunsalus - 07/25/2012 12:02 PM

The last knife I purchased was a handmade knife from Mike Leach of Michigan. It’s got a D2 steel blade that is full tang, and the handle is covered in grooved buffalo horn for grip. It’s one of a kind and he told me it will probably be the last one like it that he ever makes. I was working at the church he attends at the time and he gave it to me $300 instead of the $500 he would usually charge. At first I was hesitant because it was a lot more than I ever thought I’d pay for a knife. But then I factored in everything about it. It was unique, and probably the last one like it that he’d ever make. No one else would have one like it. I though about the name on it, Mike (Milo) Leach has knives all over the world. I thought about the material, it’s top quality steel, has a gorgeous hilt, and a hand made leather sheath that the knife locks into. And finally I thought about the deal I was getting. I wrote the man a check and put the knife on my belt.

Quality materials, a solid name behind it, attractive appearance, and 20% off, you can’t miss with that. Those are the things I look for when I buy any knife. I always have one on me, and I’ve got different knives for different activities, but they all meet those criteria, and they always will. My knife is the most important part of my equipment. I don’t buy cheap junk, least of all when it comes to my knives.

Posted by Bill Wilson - 07/25/2012 12:02 PM

When purchasing a knife, I look for quality, durablility, and cost effective. Additionally, the size of the knife, (for the purpose), and the weight are also important. I have never gone wrong with all of the purchases of GERBER Knives. I fly helicopters for EMS and I carry one everywhere.
Thanks, GERBER

Posted by Matt Bear - 07/25/2012 12:02 PM

I buy my knife depending on the quality of the blade. Don’t want any junk ones.

Posted by Bernie MacLennan - 07/25/2012 12:03 PM

the last knife I bought was a Buck Lightning II. It has served me well for a number of years but it is time for a change!

Posted by gabe - 07/25/2012 12:03 PM

last knife I bought was a Buck folder. It is a useful knife, that serves me well in all situations. It is heavy, and fits my hands well. It is well build and reliable. And best of all, it is ready to work when I am.

Posted by Marlana W. - 07/25/2012 12:03 PM

My last knife purchase was actually at a yard sale. I picked up one case xxx folding knife, a small gerber folding knife, and two mora june bug knives for under $10. I’ve been carrying the gerber for a few weeks now and it’s done everything I’ve asked of a pocket knife. My last gear-type knife was my Frost Mora fixed blade. I think I paid about $15 for it and it is a good working knife that I can abuse and not worry about. Not that I set out to destroy my knife but I’m still learning and sometimes I do some not so smart things. It sharpens beautifully though! I like a good fixed blade knife for a working knife but always have a folding knife in my pocket for day-to-day little jobs. I look for a brand that has proven itself reliable and is a good value. I read a lot of reviews on products before I make my decision when buying a non-yard sale knife.

Posted by Sebastian - 07/25/2012 12:03 PM

The last knife I bought was the Gerber Epic and it is a sexy blade! I love the versatility of a knife Can i use it for survival, Fighting, As a Soldier in the US ARMY Reserves and being on 2 deployments I depend on Quality and Gerber has it. I am issued Multitools as a signal soldier they come in handy. I look for a knife that I can rely on when I’m walking in the dark one that I can trust and hand to my wife so she can protect herself with. Gerber stands the test of time. I placed the Epic in my gun case at home and I miss it dearly I will be home soon and I will be reunited soon. It will be in my end of days survival kit.

Posted by Edgar carrasco - 07/25/2012 12:03 PM

I’m currently on the market for my first knife now. Been doing my research on top brands…. Reading reviews and comparing price points for what I’m looking for…. I like to do my research before I purchase any product, wether it be a car, tv, appliance…etc.

-First thing I think of is what I’m going to be using for in making my decision for the purchase.. I’d it an every day item or a speciality kind of thing. – second, I’m looking for quality and price point. I definitely want to be purchasing something of quality that will last me a while.
-third, and my final point is the look and feel of something. The product needs to represent me and my style.. Whether it be fashionable, funky or rugged… I definitely want my knife to look the part

Posted by Bryan Kendrick - 07/25/2012 12:04 PM

For me the value is in the construction and durability of the knife. Better to spend a little more once than have a cheaper knife let you down when you really need it. Gerber and other well know manufactures have a good reputation and stand behind their equipment. That’s why I like them.

Posted by Chris - 07/25/2012 12:04 PM

THe last knife I bought was to replace a Kershaw Blur that was lost on the Yellowstone river last year. I ended up purchasing a CRKT Ken Onion design, after much deliberation. I realized that what I needed in a kiife had changed a bit. I was out of the tacticool phase and wanted a slim daily carry knife with a functional everyday blade shape, easy to sharpen and easy to use. I have several other knives that I carry for work and “play” I chose this particular knife based on Ergos, lock and price.

Posted by Ben Hopton - 07/25/2012 12:04 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gil Hibben Generation 2 Throwing Knife. Now, this was my first throwing knife set, so i made sure i did lots of research. I eventually decided on Hibben knives because they are known worldwide for their quality and effectiveness. I decided on this particular set based off the weight and steel type. I then checked the reviews and found it to be the most favorable for beginners. I ended up getting a set of three for only 24 dollars!

Posted by Jay Vanbuskirk - 07/25/2012 12:04 PM

I have 4 criteria for choosing a knife that I think are necessary to make the right purchase each and every time.
1) Use – what am i going to be using this knife for? Is it for a particular use or do I just want a new knife?

2)Quality – Is the brand a quality brand? Is the metal used a quality metal? Etc.

3) Grip…is my hand going to fit this knife properly? When i grip it will my hand slide? How does it feel in my hand? (this is the most important criteria in my book, no matter how good the knife is if it doesn’t feel right in my hand, then there is no reason to buy it)

4) Value – is the knife priced right? Are they charging more than the knife is worth?

If the knife feels good in my hand, has great quality, suits my need and is priced right….I am going to buy it!

Posted by Niel Buck - 07/25/2012 12:04 PM

The last blade I bought was a gerber gator, 18 years ago. Still use it till this day. Gerber makes a great product.

Posted by louis - 07/25/2012 12:04 PM

The last knife i purchased was the gerber bear grylls ultimate survival knife. In my experience the best qualites to look for when purchasing a knife are durability i would suggest looking for a solid stainless steel blade and of full tang construction as there of better construction although a folding blade can be just as good but can lack the capabilites of a fixed blade knife.Next make sure it has good handle I would suggest a rubber coating as the have a better grib and dont wear out easily a good sheath is also important as that will mke sure the knife stays safe when your not using it and finaly the blade construction I would not suggest a partially serrated blade as it is harder to sharpen and the teeth can break which you dont want so try and get a straight edge balde with no teeth

Posted by Tim Hernandez - 07/25/2012 12:05 PM

My last knife purchase was an icon drop point for general usage. I find I buy a knife when I need a new one, and get one that serves a specific purpose now, as I have what I consider to be my every day utility knife.

Posted by Paul Simpson - 07/25/2012 12:05 PM

My last purchase was a Gerber Paraframe 2. I think the most important considerations for purchasing a knife are:
1 – Durability
2 – Intended use (Type: Fixed, folder, automatic, etc)
3 – Ease of use (comfort, grip, balance, blade style)
4 – Frequency of use (Blade composition, hardness, edge holding)

Posted by D. Knowles - 07/25/2012 12:06 PM

I will not sit and write a huge BS novel about my experiences with knives as many probably will on here to up their chances at winning. I am going to be straight up. In my years of owning knives the most important traits for me were that they were made in the USA. I have throughout the years dealt with knives that were loose, had crappy locking and safes or just straight lost their locking pins and fell apart. Of course I was younger then and not very experienced in what I was buying or looking for in a knife…the design caught my eye, I bought it…like a dope. Well, that is how I learned when it is made in China, it’s probably crap. Most of them indeed, were crap. lol. My last purchase was honestly about 20 years ago, and it was a nice multitool. Strong composition and still holding up even to this day in my garage. My uncle who is a knife and gun collector turned all of us younger guys in the family toward Buck, Gerber and other reputable knives and multi-tools. I will not buy another cheap knife ever again. It has to be a quality assembly and be able to stand up to moderate use without falling apart.

Posted by Wil Thompson - 07/25/2012 12:06 PM

I bought a Bear Grills machete a while back. Been hacking down anything in my path with the thing.

You may can skin a buck, and run a trot line. But without a Gerber Knife you’ll never survive!

Posted by Emma - 07/25/2012 12:06 PM

I have never really owned a knife before. I’m hoping that this will be my first. For a first knife I am looking for something quality, nothing to fancy or big just something sturdy that will set the standard for me.

Posted by Connie Stallard - 07/25/2012 12:06 PM

I have a gerber folding blade, and I use it everyday. It was inexpensive and worth a whole lot more.

Posted by Jennifer Reed - 07/25/2012 12:06 PM

The last knife I bought was a ka-bar for my husband for work. I think to determine what qualities you should look for in a knife you need to decide first whether you want a folding or fixed blade. A folding blade can be more convenient but a fixed blade is definitely sturdier. For a fixed blade to me the most important qualities are blade material (stainless steel or carbon steel) and tang length. Even though a carbon blade would hold an edge longer I would go stainless to hold up better against the elements outside. And a full tang would be ideal to provide strength through the entire knife. For a folding knife I would look for something with assisted opening, blade length of about 5” anything longer just seems too bulky and a non slip grip. A blade lock would also be nice to prevent it from an accidental opening.

Posted by Hayes - 07/25/2012 12:07 PM

I recently lost my Gerber paraframe II pocketknife and was pretty upset. It was by far the best pocket knife I have ever owned and was my favorite other than a knife that holds sentimental value to me. I replaced it by purchasing the original paraframe model from my local hardware store. The knives are very similar (the original model is a bit lighter in color). Although I cant quite put my finger on the rest of the differences, I can feel it. Maybe its just me…
When I buy my knives, I look to see the quality of metal and other materials used in it’s construction. Next, I check and see if the design is good for whatever I plan on using it for (I don’t normally carry a fixed blade buck knife as my everyday go-to). Then I look to see if the price is reflective of the quality. I will say that of all of my knives, i used/carried my paraframe II(now my paraframe I) the most. I have a wide range of knives for many things but this one just seems to be the most versatile and durable (not too big and threatening but will do pretty much whatever you need it to). You guys really hit the nail on the head with that one, I always recommend that model to any friends looking for a good knife.

Posted by Tim Nylander - 07/25/2012 12:07 PM

My last knife purchase was while I was camping. I forgot to bring my trusty old swiss army knife that I’ve had for 20 years, so I went to the local Wal-mart and bought a $7 lock blade. Not the best, but it did what I needed it to do. The qualities I look for in buying a knife is strength of the blade and handle, Price, and what I need the knife for.

Posted by Mike L - 07/25/2012 12:07 PM

My last knife purchase was a gerber “Big Rock” fixed blade. Fine knife for the price.

My primary considerations when buying any knife are quality of steel,strength,and durability. After that it depends on my intended use for the knife. Handle material and shape and blade design are also a factor depending on what I want the knife for.
Posted by Winston - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

The last knife I bought was a Leatherman Skeletool. I’ve owned Kershaw, CRKT, Spyderco, Gerber, Leatherman, SOG, and others. I think the most important qualities depend on the use. Given the multitude of different scenarios you could use a blade in, you can really get specific on various features to best meet the circumstance. For an everyday carry, you’d want light and compact. However, if choosing a survival knife you’re going to look for a completely different set of criteria. As an example, we needed a knife for the sailboat so bought the SOG Seal Pup Elite. This rust-resistant fixed blade knife is lightweight, serrated to easily cut lines, and has a small line cut-out in the kydex sheath that allows a quick slice of a fishing line or other cord without removing the knife. All probably overkill but very specialized for intended tasks.

Posted by Scout Leader - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

I consider several things when purchasing a knife: intended purpose; durability/quality; and reliability. I carry 2 knives when camping: an original Leatherman & a Syderco. The Spyderco was my last purchase (approx 10 yrs ago) & was bought to supplement my leatherman as I needed a blade that I could open quickly and quicky cut a variety of items: rope and burned clothing. Yes, I’ve cut several legs off of scout’s pants who were careless around a fire. (No matter how well supervised, never underestimate the ability of a boy to do something careless with fire or a sharp object).

Posted by Justin Kluska - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

I bought a simple EDC pocket knife Gerber Evo. The things I mainly look for is quality of build, ease of opening, and durability. With durability being the most important thing. My main knife is always an EDC pocket knife. It has to be able to hold an edge for a long time and never fail.

Posted by Chris S. - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

My last knife purchase was the Boker Automat Kalashnikov 74 (partially serrated). I needed a decent task knife that wasn’t too expensive but could be deployed quickly. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon one priced at $35 at a gun show (brand new, no less!). I’ve had the knife for well over a year now, and so far, it has not let me down. Mostly, I use my Kalashnikov blade for cutting tasks around the house/shop. While the AUS8 blade doesn’t hold an edge quite as well as higher grades of steel, I have only had to do very minimal sharpening to keep the blade properly honed.
In my experience, the most important qualities that I’ve come to look for in a blade when purchasing a new knife are (in order of importance to me) blade quality, comfort in my hand(s), price, and warranty. Obviously, the higher the quality, the more use and life you will get out of your knife. But often times, people overlook the comfort aspect. If a knife doesn’t feel good in your hand, it can’t very well be an extension of you, now, can it? I was always taught that my weapons and tools should be treated as extensions of myself, to know them and be as comfortable with them as I am with my own body. Price is important (to me, anyway) because my budget is limited, but I don’t like to sacrifice any more quality than necessary. Finally, the warranty is important to me because it tells me that the manufacturer stands behind their product and that it is something I can feel comfortable trusting my life to if a situation necessitates.

Posted by david - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

I tend to buy more multitools just for the versatility but things on a multi- is basically a variation of a blade.
So when I buy a standalone knife I gotta think about the portability, durability, and good ergonomics so the knife doesn’t slip out of my hand in any condition.
It’s got to have the ability to keep it’s edge. Corrosion protection is a must, I do a lot of saltwater stuff and I’ll keep it clean but I don’t need to pull it out one day and see spots I’ve missed.

A bottle opener on the backside would be nice too :)

Posted by Esteban Passionato - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

The last knife I purchased was an off brand, low priced folder that I was planning on putting through some abuse. So I didn’t really care about quality.
Other than that knife, what I generally look for in a knife is a quality metal blade that will keep an edge for a reasonable amount of time, then will take an edge when it’s time for sharpening. I’m not a fan of light-weight knives so I like one to feel fairly hefty.
If it’s a folding knife, I like nice wood grips. In a fixed blade knife, I’m wanting a nice “rubberized” handle for good grip, even if it’s wet.

Posted by john m. - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

Last knife i bought was a standard fixed blade Buck. I process my own deer and the cheapies I’ve bought before didn’t hold and edge, and one blade even chipped while quartering a deer. Best things to look for are; intended use, obviously, blade material and erganamics of the handle. Does it fitt in YOUR hand? Is there a guard, or hilt? Lastly, for me, is the sheath material. I’m not a fan of kaydex, cause I’m in a cold climate, but then again, leather can promote corrosion. Now i carry a folder for utility uses and a fixed for precision cutting.

Posted by Ira Goodstadt - 07/25/2012 12:08 PM

when i buy a knife, it starts with intended use, then the blade material and whether it is fixed or folder.. material comes next as well and how it fees in hand.

Posted by Joel P - 07/25/2012 12:09 PM

When looking for a knife, I consider the intended use. usually I will spend about $40 on a hunting knife, but my daily carry is an 06 Auto Drop point my son sent from Afghanistan.

Posted by Trevor K. - 07/25/2012 12:09 PM

My last knife purchase was actually the Gerber remix fine edge. I bought it of all places at my local Walmart. Sometimes I am skeptical about buying knives from Walmart, but they do have name brands and the right stuff if you look hard enough. The Gerber quality is there but it was right around $20. This was my first purchase of a knife with the O-ring in the handle and I have to admit I am diggint it. The cons are also there tho for a cheaper knife. Right out of the box it was extremely hard to open. Even with a few drops of gun oil in the action and pivot it only helped slightly. Another thing is that at the very tip there is a slight bur that kicks back up away from the edge that seems like a factory defect. All in all I do love this knife and would recommend it to all of my fellow collectors because of the quality of the knife and the price point for a knife that hasnt failed me yet.

Posted by david spencer - 07/25/2012 12:09 PM

First of all I look for the quality of the steel used in the blade and its abilty to hold an edge.I look at finish and how well it was put together.I look at how smooth it operates too.It has to feel good in my hand with the ability to be held in a secure hold.The last knife I bought was a Kershaw black onion witch has all of the qualities that I have mentioned.

Posted by jamie hamilton - 07/25/2012 12:09 PM

The last knife i purchased was a outcast 10; with a sheath. I love the sheath idea, for camping but I unfortunately cannot afford much of that size in a gerber. I would say quality, DURABILITY ( for camping, backpacking) and how it fits my hand. I am very small statured , but i drool over gerbers. Also, is the knife going to fall apart? Anytime I am out in the wilderness its always a knife i carry but the 10 in is getting old and heavy. Nothing like a 105lb lady carrying a knife .

Posted by Jordan H - 07/25/2012 12:09 PM

The last knife I acquired was a full sized, serrated, USMC issued KA-BAR. The things that I look for most in a knife are; strength of the blade, a good quality ergonomic handle, the price, if it is a fixed blade it needs a quality sheath, and if it is a folder it needs a good locking mechanism with no side to side play.

The blade must be made of a high quality steel, otherwise it will dull quickly. The handle, folder or fixed, must be ergonomic. No one wants to use something that is uncomfortable. As the article above stated, a knife over about $40 is going to be a decent quality knife, but anything over $80 will be excellent. You don’t necessarily have to pay over $80, you can usually get them a little cheaper if you do your homework. Overall a knife must be durable, and able to hold up to any abuse you throw at it.

Posted by Greg - 07/25/2012 12:10 PM

I bought a Gerber Gator. I think it is most important to have a particular purpose in mind when buying a blade. I am very brand loyal to Gerber, as their equipment has been consistently excellent in my experience. These are the things I consider when purchasing. Incidentally the Gator has fulfilled its purpose beautifully as a wonderful utility backpacking/camping blade.

Posted by Rob Doucette - 07/25/2012 12:10 PM

My last knife purchase was a Leatherman. The most important qualities (to me) to look for when purchasing a knife are value (cost/quality) and utility. I prefer one multipurpose tool over several single purpose tools.

Posted by Daniel Stronge - 07/25/2012 12:10 PM

You need to feel like your ready for anything when you’ve got your knife with you. Not only that but it needs to look good while your doing it!

Posted by Darren L Vanderzee - 07/25/2012 12:10 PM

As I always have my knife in my pocket I want something that folds (naturally) and since I use it daily for everything from opening boxes to cutting random stuff outside I need it to have a quick opening blade.

Longevity is key so a simple design with few parts is essential. I always try to keep my blades under 50 bucks due to the fact that I lose one every few years and I don’t want to feel a financial loss. I tend to stick with Gerber blades half serrated.

Posted by Don Lauchner - 07/25/2012 12:11 PM

The last real knife purchase was back in 1985, my fisrt Gerber, designed by Blackie Collins, it is a version of the LST. I have had it for 27 years now. One of those purchases that you NEVER regret. Its extremely durable, light and NEVER fails me. You know a good thing by how long you keep it.. Thanks Gerber!!! What to pay for a good blade?? $35.00 I think.. doesnt matter really,,with this Gerber I got way more than I paid.

Posted by Jennifer Nance - 07/25/2012 12:11 PM

The last knife I bought was a cheapo piece of junk. It cost me 20 dollars and the blade held up for maybe a week. Granted my job is tough on knives. I build stages for a living, chances are if you have ever been to a concert in DC,VA,or MD I was there behind the scenes. In my line of work your knife is your go to tool for EVERYTHING!!! From cutting tie lines to zip ties to food, using it to Pry something open or even as a hammer if there isn’t one handy.

When buying a knife it all depends on what YOU need it for! For instance if your me something that is durable,easily sharpened, and sized right so it can fit in a variety of tight spaces. If you need it for something like hiking camping or fishing then you look for those qualities ( lightweight for travel, blade strength, and versatility) that are most useful to you. Knife choice is almost as personal a preference as underwear. Following a recommendation is a good start but did they need those knives for the same purpose?

Posted by Tracy Brown - 07/25/2012 12:11 PM

My last knife purchase was a $45.00 Gerber assisted fast opening knife to carry in my purse for general use. I think the most important quality is to find a brand you trust and then it really depends on the purpose of the knife.

Posted by Glen U. - 07/25/2012 12:12 PM

My most recent knife purchase was a Benchmade\Lone Wolf Mountainside, a great little fixed blade. I generally look for several things when shopping for a new blade. Quality steel, I am a fan of most of those done by CPM. Also, handle ergos\traction, and how multi-use the knife is.2

Posted by Blue - 07/25/2012 12:12 PM

The last set of knives I bought we’re a pair of Gerber Remixes.

In my experience, the most important thing to consider when looking for knives is suitability to purpose; the ones I purchased, for example, were gifts. I needed something for my groomsmen, as a gift, that they would actually want, need, and use. A versatile knife, of no particular purpose, was a better choice than something more specific (Like a tanto, or gut-hook). A good knife needs to do what it’s meant to do, and in this case, these knives had to do a little of most things, but not a lot of any one thing.

Other than that? It comes down to make. Not just manufacturing material, but design. I love how Gerber make their knives; I never feel like I’m going to cut myself, though I know I could. And they always seem to provide enough blade for the assigned task to be fully practical, without giving so much as it’s awkward, heavy or clumsy.

The best off-road vehicles are designed as off-road vehicles, not sturdy versions of road cars. The best knives are much the same, designed from the ground up to be best at what they do. A high-end safety knife will never be a survival knife.

And the best manufacturers know what a good knife, in it’s category, should have.

Posted by Robert Worsham - 07/25/2012 12:12 PM

My last knife purchase was a Cold Steel SF knife that I purchased from Amazon. I intend to use it mostly for when camping and I needed something tough enough (and big enough) to stand up to ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary) camp chores. At the same time, I needed to balance price with trying to get something of good quality that would last while not spending so much that I’d be afraid to even use it for fear of scratching it, or something.

“In your experience, what are the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife?”

Well, I would say that priority number one is to consider what you intend to use the knife for – which will determine the type (or style) of knife you need. You don’t want a 2-1/2” slip-joint pocket folder if your intended need/use is a heavy-duty hunting knife.

From there, I would say consider price. With this point, I would say that the old adage of “you usually get what you pay for” holds true. Once you’ve determined the type of knife you need, look at all of those that are right around the most that you can afford to pay. You’ll more than likely be getting, at a minimum, acceptable (if not quite a bit above par) quality and you won’t have to mortgage your home in the process.

Then, after you’ve narrowed your choices down by intended use and price, simply go with what you like. Actually, I find that this is usually the toughest part because, even after narrowing your choices down to this point, there are still quite a few style choices out there – blade type, handle shape, handle material, metals used, etc.

Bottom line . . . pay the most you can afford for what you need and what you like. I really don’t see how you can go wrong doing that.

Posted by Stephen P - 07/25/2012 12:12 PM

The last knife that I purchased was the Gerber mini covert. My reasons for this knife were many honestly. The quality of Gerber knives in and of themselves is amazing. But as knives go I went with this one because of the FAST technology built into this knife and it’s “just right” size for every day carry/use. Price wise it was a little difficult for me seeing as I have to spend my money wisely do to the economy and supporting my family. But I went the extra mile to purchase this blade because I knew the quality of Gerber. In all honesty this blade isn’t terribly expensive for most people. As stated in the article this knife is in the mid price range. To me though I consider this knife to be more valuable because of everything I’ve put it through. I also decided to go with this knife for self defense reasons. It’s completely legal to carry in my state but it’s still a formidable weapon when needed.

Posted by Ryan H. - 07/25/2012 12:12 PM

The last knife i purchased was a Gerber fast draw 3.5”, and it was the only knife i thought i would ever need until i lost it on a hunting trip. when purchasing a knife the most important thing i look for is blade quality, if the blade is made from a good metal, can sharpen easily, but not dull easily, is tough and can take a beating. then its a good knife for me. every Gerber knife i have ever purchased has had great blade quality, they can take a beating and still be the best knife on the market, which is why i keep purchasing more and more Gerber products.

Posted by Kegger63 - 07/25/2012 12:12 PM

My most recent purchase was a Gerber LMF II. What I look for in a knife is vendor (I have had great luck with CRKT, Buck and Gerber knives), Intended purpose (as others stated, sorta obvious) weight, edge retention is important as well as ease of sharpening. We all know what happens when you use a dull knife… last but not least if I’m shelling out cash, I want it to last!

Posted by David T - 07/25/2012 12:13 PM

My last knife purchase was for a cheap, limited use, utility knife that I expected to give away at the end of the event. When purchasing a knife, which I have not done in a long time, I look for fit, utility, and where it was made.

Posted by William Biggerstaff - 07/25/2012 12:13 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Browning, I had it for years, but one day after taking a box of apples to cut up for deer, I lost it on the way back home, It was about a 5 mile ride back to the house on the 4 wheeler. I went and looked for it, but had no luck. I have had a few knives since then, with my best one being a Kershaw, and I have a good story about it and the way some things just work out in your favor. I was recently going fishing down in florida but I couldn’t carry my knife with me on the plane and I wasn’t going to “check it” because I was afraid someone would take it. Any way it is Amazing how the good Lord works, I happened to be down in Florida on Fathers day, and as service ended The preacher said he needed all the men to come down after service he had a gift for them. And, you guess it, It was a freaking knife. I not even sure of the brand but it served the purpose of my fishing trip and I wasn’t afraid to check it on the way back home. Now what I look for is a knife in my price range that being 40-60 dollars. I also need it to be useful and I prefere a lock blade. I do like the ones that have the seraded (sp) blade at the back just in case I need that. I also like it to be durible for everyday use. one that I can take hunting with me but also stick it in my pocket just when my wife and I are going out. The main uses for my knife would be anything from skinning a deer, cut a limb, to cleaning fish and cutting up fish as bait. I think all in all I just need a knife that is suitable for a MAN. Because we all know that when men are out in the woods, lake, or just everyday life, We loved to either cut something or burn something.

To my knowlege,I have never had a Gerber knife so here’s to hoping I get to try one out. And thank you guys for the chance to win one.

Thanks

William

Posted by Jes Caylor - 07/25/2012 12:14 PM

Function comes first, though quality and price are close seconds. My last knife purchase was a Gerber multi tool during a road trip this summer when I realized there weren’t any tools in the Jeep we were in and the top desperately needed to come off once we reached Alabama.

Posted by Kyle barden - 07/25/2012 12:14 PM

When looking for a knife usually what catches my eye is the overall curves of the blade and the handle. I will then look at the asking price and see if they are equal. The brand also has Alot to do with the sale. My first knife that i myself decided to buy was a Gerber and of the dozens that were purchaced after the Gerber.. most not being Gerber brand..i found that the Gerber is still in full working condition. minus the fact that i needed to sharpen it

Posted by Jeremy Zoss - 07/25/2012 12:14 PM

I generally buy pretty low-end Swiss Army-style knifes because I tend to lose them. Once I set my knife down on the bumper of my Dad’s van and he drove away. Never finished that whittling project as a result. What I need from my next knife is simple: It just has to be nice enough that I wouldn’t dare misplace it. Or leave it on a van’s bumper.

Posted by Jon Smith - 07/25/2012 12:14 PM

My last knife purchase was years ago when I bought a Gerber Gator. The rubber grip was perfect for wet weather use and easy cleaning. I think the most important question to ask when purchasing a new knife is…“Will this penetrate the brain matter of a Zombie in the case of a Zombie Apocalypse?”

Posted by crystal rambo - 07/25/2012 12:14 PM

The last knife I purchased was a smith & wesson knife. My husband is a huge gerber fan and i would love to get him a gerber knife!

Posted by Jennifer Oswald - 07/25/2012 12:15 PM

A good knife needs to be affordable and do what it says it will do without breaking the bank. Gerber has those qualities and that’s why I keep going back for more.

Posted by Kurt Stangl - 07/25/2012 12:15 PM

When it comes to my last knife purchased from Gerber Gear, I chose the Evo mid serrated. A smaller more compact knife that goes unnoticed while working in the Canadian north. I must say this knife has over come many obstacles and still stands the test of time. When it comes to choosing a knife I must first understand the conditions I will put it through. eg, work, hunting, backpacking. I believe the handle is the most important component, because you may have the sharpest blade but if it does not feel right in your hand it is useless. Also types of metal used for the various components of the knife is important to me and does influence my choice.

Posted by kurt endres - 07/25/2012 12:15 PM

The last knife i bought was a Gerber 06 FAST tanto it has everything I look for in a knife and I use it everyday. What I want in a knife is one that is durable, easy to open, and reasonably price. I like a knife that I can use for anything and every even if that that means using it as a pry or screw driver if necessary and my new knife has handled all the abuse exceptionally.

Posted by Gary - 07/25/2012 12:16 PM

The last knife I bought was a Swiss Army knife for about $25. I think the most important thing to look for is the primary use Camping, hunting & fishing, all-around pocket knife. Then look at steel and finally price…I would pay more for quality depending on the use I will get out of it.If it is a knife I will use a couple of times- I will buy cheap and then be done. If it is like my Swiss Army knife… I will have it for my life and give to my son and so on!

Posted by david costello - 07/25/2012 12:16 PM

what to look for in a knife there are a few areas in my opinion that matter and that would be blade durability able to mantain a good sharp clean edge also the frame or handle fastners have to be top notch so you dont get that loose feeling found in most knife mnftrs also where it is made USA is what i buy which is why i only buy gerber also what the knife is made of cheap steal = time to buy another being former military it is hard to find a good knife thank you gerber

Posted by Todd Volante - 07/25/2012 12:16 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Ontario Kives SP8 Machete. This was a purchase for my bug out bag based on quality, heft, ability to hold and edge, coating for rugged use, and grip comfort. I always research extensively before purchasing to ensure it fits my needs.

Posted by Jeremy Kester - 07/25/2012 12:17 PM

My last knife purchase was my Gerber fast tanto and it is well worth the $60 I paid for it . It has everything that I look for in an EDC knife. It is spring assist and can easily be opened and closed with one hand . There is a safety locking mech . The blade is made of a soft but durable steel so it holds a fine razor edge through lots of abuse . It has a half fine and half serrated blade which is nice if the fine edge does end up dulling and you dont have a stone handy . Also the handle is slip proof and comfortable in your hand which is a very important part of my knife selecting requirements !

Posted by Robert Frost - 07/25/2012 12:17 PM

The last knife i bought was a gerber Paraframe and it has done me well, tho when i purchase a knife i generally look for something that will fit the function i intend it for and still hold up well. price is just a smaller factor in the choice because if i’m buying something i will use alot i consider it a good investment.

Posted by jon emerson - 07/25/2012 12:17 PM

Last knife I purchased was from Bass Pro. I look for quality materials, first, then the overall appearance and utility value it has. The stronger the blade the better.

Posted by Doug Richardson - 07/25/2012 12:17 PM

The last knife I bought was a Ka-Bar tanto folding knife. The things I look for in a knife are durability, reliablity, usability, and affordablity. I usually look at many things the article comments upon such as metal make-up and construction.

Posted by Chris McMurphy - 07/25/2012 12:18 PM

Durability !!!

Posted by Danagon - 07/25/2012 12:18 PM

I can’t remember the last time I bought a knife, but I do remember my last bad knife; I was about 13 years old and it was a cheap piece of name-less “stainless steel” from a tackle shop. It broke the first time I tried to use the serrated back to saw off some extra bit of wood on my skateboard. The blade snapped right off the handle!

Quite older now, and a little wiser, looking for quality construction, easy of handling, and the strongest blade possible to maintain a clean cutting edge. No more shopping for something showy and “cool”. I’m old enough to know better than that now.

Posted by Jamie - 07/25/2012 12:18 PM

My last knife was honestly one under $20, my primary use is for opening trailer seals, some of which are a very thin metal and I would not want to ruin a good blade. Perhaps someone can suggest a quality knife that can get that job done with no harm to the blade.

Posted by L Robinson - 07/25/2012 12:18 PM

Listen up film crew types, I have had a Gerber Multitool for many years. At the time of purchase it was a tool of choice for many in the industry because you could deploy the pliers with a single hand, even when hanging from a ladder. This tool has never disappointed me and it is never far from reach, over the years I have come to use and appreciate many of the other features it offers.

Probably my next purchase would be in a single blade folder. I don’t bother with hack job stuff pinned together in some dark factory where the workplace and the workmanship will be “good enough.” I’ll be looking for quality metal that feels good in ones hand.

Posted by luke h - 07/25/2012 12:19 PM

The last knife i bought was a Buck omni hunter, the knife was surprisingly solid because it was only 40 bucks, it also had a very sturdy handle the blade was extremely sharp when i bought it, its held up really good so far no chips. The blade itself is i think 4 inches and the blade was about 3mm thick. The knife overall is amazing. It comes with a really good sheath i was very surpized with it.
What i think are important qualities in a knife: has to have a good blade that can hold a sharp edge, has to have a good sheath, you have to be able to trust it.
I was hopeing to win this contest because I LOVE ALL OF GERBERS KNIFES im hopeing to buy the gerber ultimate knife pretty soon ive got lots of your knifes, multi tools,machetes, and ive got one hatchet.

Posted by Matt Edwards - 07/25/2012 12:19 PM

My last knife purchase was a DPx HEST II. The main things I look for in a knife, is where its made, the steel quality, & the ability to hold an edge.

Posted by Dawn DeVinney - 07/25/2012 12:19 PM

My most recent knife is a Kershaw 1820. Prior to that was a Gerber EAB. Both live in my purse. :) I want a multi-function knife that isn’t too big/heavy for my hands.

Posted by Sam Beck - 07/25/2012 12:19 PM

I purchased my last knife from Cabela’s. I like a knife that not really big but not completely tiny. I choose knives with a little bit of style and Gerber has always been the way to go. I bought a black Gerber Flip out knife and I’ve had it for about a year and a half now. Only needed to sharpen it once. I love Gerber knives!

Posted by J. Twentyman - 07/25/2012 12:20 PM

Last time I bought a knife, my priorities, in order of importance, were folding capacity, blade length, cost, weight, brand.
I needed something with a blade longer than three inches that I could still easily keep in my purse, bag, bike panniers, pocket, etc. I’m a student, so I was looking for something cheaper, but not poor quality (I ended up buying a $40 knife on steep discount from eBay). One of the best ways to ensure good quality was to buy from a brand I knew well, which in this case, happened to be Gerber.

Posted by Sabrina - 07/25/2012 12:20 PM

It depends on what i’m using the knife for, as to what i look for in it. Usually i like throwing knifes, so i look for a sharp point, slightly dull edges, length (10 inches) and the material its made of. If i want a hunting knife i want something that is sharp and that will hold up to it’s use.

Posted by T.J. Gough - 07/25/2012 12:20 PM

The first knife I owned was a tiny Jaguar knife that had been my uncle’s. It was nice to have with me in case of emergencys. I believe that the most important quality in a knife is quality itself. I want a durable knife that will last, and can handle the simplest and toughest of jobs. I’ve learned about the need for different types of knives in my time of being a line cook that loves to go camping. So a good knife should also be versitile. Assisted open would also be a good feature to have, because sometimes you might need a quick draw with one hand. I have never owned a very nice knife myself, but my father uses gerber knives and they do indeed seem to stand the test of time.

Posted by cory - 07/25/2012 12:20 PM

my last knife purchasewas a Gerber presto 3.0 half serad (great knife), and a Dacor hunting/utility fix blade.. in my opnion a blade has to withstand everyday wear and tear as well as the most extream enviorment, comeing from the northern part of WA, I need a knife that will be usable in -20 degree-110+ dergee temps aswell as be able to be drug in the sand and slammed on the rocks when im in the caves,the main things I look for in a knife are: Strengh (of blade), a grip that won’t cause blisters,survives extream temps,mass use and abuse,more than one use,and it needs to be a knife i could see myslef useing in a survival situation (fighting a wolf or something like that haha)

Posted by John - 07/25/2012 12:20 PM

last knife i bought was a Smith and Wesson. I got a pretty good deal on it (several dollars below retail price) so i was very pleased. the first think i look for in a knife is how it looks, then i always check to see if the blade is loose and moves back and forth while locked. if it’s lose, i’ll just set it down. I also look to see if the blade is very shape and durable feeling.

Posted by Caton - 07/25/2012 12:20 PM

Last knife I purchased was a Gerber Multi-Tool. Versatility and quality are what to look for in a knife. What can it do for me and can I count on it to do the things I need it to do is the criteria for a good knife.

Posted by Kyle Heckenmueller - 07/25/2012 12:21 PM

The last knife I purchased online. While I dont regret it, I think it is very important to handle the knife and make sure it is a good fit for your hand. For pocket knives, you want to make sure it sits in your pocket the way you like and can retrieve it the way you will need to (one hand open, blade assist, etc.). Blade size is also important because if my edc is too big, I tend to get weird looks haha.

Posted by Stephanie Fitte - 07/25/2012 12:21 PM

The last knife I got, was actually a gift. It was a Gerber Model 525 hunting knife. It was my grandfather’s favorite hunting knife and he left it to me with his .270 rifle, when he passed…together they were his hunting companions. As I got older, he passed the skills onto me, including knife sharpening and care. He told me when he would rub the knife on the sharpening stone, that a quality blade is something that can last a lifetime. I still love the smell of the oil and sound of the sharpening stone, as I spent countless hours watching my papa care for his knife and slide it back into the leather holster that showed wear only recieved in the rockies of Montana. You can tell by the workmanship of this knife with proper care, perhaps I will be able to pass it on to my children or grandchildren. If I was to ever need a replacement, I would look for the same qualities: workmanship, quality, comfortable grip, strength and long-lasting. However, I imagine I will take this knife with me many more years, many more hunting trips and each time remember hunting with my papa.

Posted by Kevin - 07/25/2012 12:21 PM

First thing is how it feels in your hands. It’s a dangerously sharp object – if you’re gonna drop it or if it’s too big/small and might slip through your hand, it’s not worth purchasing, regardless of price. From there, I look for stainless steel, a reasonable blade length for the purpose and weight. I’ve often left my heavy blade home when backpacking, hiking or camping, simply because I didn’t want the extra weight; almost as often, I’ve regretted not having my knife. It’s time to get a lighter one, clearly.

Posted by Donald Schmit - 07/25/2012 12:21 PM

My last purchase was the River Shorty. I needed a knife for kayaking and decided on the River Shorty because it fit my needs without being too expensive or having too many extras.

In your experience, what are the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife?

One of the most important qualities in selecting a knife is to get one that accurately fits your needs. Everyone loves to get multi-tools but most people on average never use half of the tools on a multi-tool. While I do own and use a multi-tool, the majority of what I use it for is as a knife with a small amount of plier or screwdriver usage. So what I always encourage people to think about it what do you actually need. Most people truly just need a functional knife and could benefit from buying a plain old folding blade knife rather than a fancy multi-tool. Buying a knife that fits your needs is key.

Other qualities that I find important are a blade lock, clip and edge. A blade lock is just a good safety feature to have on any knife. Safety First! A clip is always necessary because you generally always clip your knife to something like your pocket, belt or whatever. Buying the right edge is key too. Straight and serrated edges accomplish different tasks. If unsure on need, buying a knife with a serrated edge on one side and straight on the other is a good start.

Posted by Michael R. - 07/25/2012 12:21 PM

Finding the right knife for you can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack. But when you do find it, it becomes one of the most useful and important tools you can own. I use my knife for everything from cleaning fish, to hammering in tent stakes, cooking burgers on the grill, opening packages, cutting rope and as a self-defense weapon.

Being a broke college student, I didn’t have much money, but found everything I was looking for and more in my Gerber Bear Grylls folding 4” sheath knife. Sharp, with a serrated base and grippy handle, it feels great in the hand and performs any task I ask of it.

Knives have personalities. How do you feel about yours? What does it say about you? Is it highly specialized for one use? Or is it a jack-of-all trades? I think these are the important factors to consider when making a knife purchase. It will leave you with more than just a sharp piece of metal; it will leave you with a tool capable of handling exactly what you intend to throw at it. And it will leave you with something that is capable of doing the talking for you.

Posted by Will Tubbs - 07/25/2012 12:21 PM

The last knife that I purchased was a Smith & Wesson Special Tactical Knife. It has a good grip and is very durable, plus I wanted a folding knife to carry on my person. Although it does not hold a finish like my Gerber Gator knife, it gets the job done. In my experience, the qualities I look for when purchasing a knife is durability or how long the blade can hold a finish, blade type (fixed, folding, etc.) and the cost.

Posted by Michel - 07/25/2012 12:22 PM

My Last knife purches was the RoughMan TSK by RangeDog, in a knife i generally look at the purpose of the knife and can i use a knife with that range, and of course the quality of the knife, i generally prefer a full tang knife either with a micarta handel or a G10 handel..i generally ask my self would i recommend this knife to my father in law, and can i say yes to that then it´s a good knife….. like the RoughMan TSK by RangeDog

Posted by jdunn79 - 07/25/2012 12:22 PM

My last knife experience wasn’t the best. I bought a Cold Steel tactical folding blade knife, for around $100 and within a month of light use one of the pins on the handle broke off. I emailed Cold Steel to see if they could fix it, and they never emailed me back. Went back to using my worn and rusted Benchmade. I believe buying from a company that has a durable product and has the customer service to back it up if any problems do happen. I was given a Gerber multi-tool for a wedding gift and it’s held up to the work load, without any problems. Could use a new and shiny blade on my side.

Posted by Drew - 07/25/2012 12:22 PM

There are quite a few things I look at when trying to decide on a quality knife. For fixed blades I usually first look at the quality of the blade and what type of steel it is made from. Better metals if sharpened correctly will hold an edge longer which will make it much easier to use when it comes time to cut something. I also look at the composition of the handle and determine the balance of the knife when holding it in my hand. As for folding knives, the first thing I look at is also the blade but just as important is the lock. The blade should have no play (side to side or back and forth) when it is locked in the open position. The handle is also important, and as with anything else the qualities of these features will increase as the price goes up. Something that also seems to spark my interest with both of these types of knives is if it was made in the USA. Knives made in the US with US components usually always have the highest standards and best quality. To me, there’s nothing quite like a Gerber that’s made in the USA

Posted by Kyle Bryner - 07/25/2012 12:22 PM

The last knife I purchased was a S.O.G. Seal Pup. I prefer knives that are simple, with not too many unneeded gadgets. I look for a good, strong, and solid blade. If I get a folding knife, I like to make sure the blade locks securely in place in both the open and folded position. I chose the Seal Pup because the blade is built well, and the knife is fairly lightweight, without sacrificing a good balance. Whatever you choose, pick what feels good in your hand, pick something simple, and pick something that you can trust is built well.

Posted by Jim Gauthier - 07/25/2012 12:22 PM

Last time i bought a knife it was just for my tackle box. So i bought a cheap 10 dollar multi use one… did the trick… but as far as what i would look for in a knife in usage in the outdoors i would want one with sturdy constuction and not one where the screws fall out after a few uses like some of the knockoffs out there… would also like one what has muli uses so i can use it for more then one thing.. but most of all i would look for dependability

Posted by Evelyn Kalmbach - 07/25/2012 12:23 PM

The last knife I bought was pink with a camoflage deer head on it, generally I look for convienence, weight, and strength.

Posted by luke h - 07/25/2012 12:24 PM

The last knife i bought was a Buck omni hunter, the knife was surprisingly solid because it was only 40 bucks, it also had a very sturdy handle the blade was extremely sharp when i bought it, its held up really good so far no chips. The blade itself is i think 4 inches and the blade was about 3mm thick. The knife overall is amazing. It comes with a really good sheath i was very surpized with it. What i think are important qualities in a knife: has to have a good blade that can hold a sharp edge, has to have a good sheath, you have to be able to trust it. I was hopeing to win this contest because I LOVE ALL OF GERBERS KNIFES im hopeing to buy the gerber ultimate knife pretty soon ive got lots of your knifes, multi tools,machetes, and ive got one hatchet

Posted by Mike Sweredoski - 07/25/2012 12:25 PM

The last knife I purchased was a classic swiss army knife. I got it for a ultralight backpacking trip where weight and utility were of the greatest importance. For that trip I couldn’t foresee a situation where a large overly sturdy blade would outweigh the cost of carrying a heavy knife. In other situations like climbing or canyoneering, I think its important to have some that is easily accessible and operable with one hand in case you need to cut yourself free. The knife I currently have on my rescue biner is the Trango Piranha.

Posted by john sonnstedt - 07/25/2012 12:25 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Rescue knife. It is built rock solid and has some really useful features that an EMS worker would need in the field, like the clever O2 tank valve wrench built into the handle, the window breaking stud on the butt, the flat tip (for prying) a belt cutter (which easily pivots out from the handle and a wicked serrated edge. I carry this knife on every call.

What I personally look for in a good knife is 1) how it feels in my hand, solid, and comfortable. 2) quality workmanship and materials (although I have been known to buy a cheap knife just because it makes me smile) 2) Clever/innovative design (see above description of rescue knife) 4)Ease of use… It is my opinion that if (a knife) is properly designed, I should be able to activate and use it with one hand, in the dark, while it’s raining. 5) it should make me smile…

Posted by Figas Sparta - 07/25/2012 12:25 PM

The last knife I bought was a low quality bowie from the Scout’s store. Didnt pay much attention at the time and got it for roughly over 20 euros. I’ve managed to get by these past 10 years with it, but my needs arent that of a boy anymore. I need some good quality knives provided only by Gerber, which I intend to get as soon as possible, ‘cause my ol’ faithful is getting old, and could use some retirement, and I myself could use something of a greater quality. That’s why checking Gerber for a new and better knife is the way to go.

Posted by j. Emerson - 07/25/2012 12:25 PM

Last I got a knife, it was found as I rummaged through a local convenience store. My friend and I were up against steep odds with the mass of zombies funneling in through the broken store front window. I look for knives that have a 8” minimum long blade. A good sturdy handle is a must, for impaling the blade through the skin walkers decomposing skull. The better the blade the easier the clean up, too. Light weight blades also make it more versatile when forced to face the undead in close combat. Gerber is my weapon of choice, if forced into those situations.

Posted by Keith Rickett - 07/25/2012 12:25 PM

The last knife I bough was 20+ years ago. Got a Swiss Army Knife with all of the tools. Not much of a knife, but was great for opening beers and using the tweezers to pull out splinters. Would love to have a real knife to carry when I’m out trail running or riding.

Posted by Anna - 07/25/2012 12:25 PM

Last knife I got was a folding Buck. I carry it in my pocket for those times when you just have to cut something.

In buying knives, I think the intended use is the first consideration. Getting a Parang to open frozen veggie bags is really the best idea. Althoug a Parang in my collection would look really nice and be pretty good for bushwhacking….

Posted by G.S. Valdez II - 07/25/2012 12:25 PM

I don’t buy knives made from crap steel, plain and simple, in my line of work and style of play, it’s just too risky. I look for ergonomics (how it feels and functions), balance, and depending on what it will be used for, blade type. For work I need a versatile blade with a partially serrated edge. For self-defense and hunting I like a good drop point.

Posted by Larry Kucza - 07/25/2012 12:26 PM

last knife i bought was a gerber paraframe to replace one that was loaned out and never returned , i use it while whitewater rafting and fishing, and just about everyday for chores, and work. I’ve been using Gerber since i was in the Navy 30 years ago and haven’t found many knifes that keep an edge and maintain there usability/durability over the long haul.I presently have purchased Gerber knifes for my friends and family because i know they will have a positive experience with Gerber , thanx again

Posted by Jim Plank - 07/25/2012 12:26 PM

The last knIfe that I purchased was a benchmade griptillian 551. Personally I believe that before you buy a knife you have to take into consideration what you are using it for. Are you trying to fill your inner Crocodile Dundee fascination and believe that you have to get the biggest knife possible because you think it goes well with your shark tooth necklace and cool Aussie hat? Are are you a realist and want the best possible knife to address your need. For me the qualities that I look for are portability, reliability, weight, warranty, and where it is made. I list portability first because I live in the suburbs not the outback like the previously mentioned Dundee and I need something that fits nicely in my pocket so my neighbors don’t think I am too much on the crazy side. Reliability is a must if I do happen to need it to scare some of the grumpy old timers in my hood or open quickly to open the UPS packages on my doorstep. Weight is important too because I don’t want to throw my hips out of alignment. Warranty is important to me because I like the piece of mind knowing that I am covered if my knife breaks during a freak letter opening spree. And finally where its made is key because not only do I want to support the USA, but we just know how to make a good knife in these parts.

Posted by john crull - 07/25/2012 12:26 PM

Last knife I bought was a CRKT carson m14 folding knife.Its quick,sturdy and relyable.I also love my gerber knies.Quality is the main focus for me.

Posted by JP Vuiller - 07/25/2012 12:26 PM

my first knife happened to be a Buck pocket folder that my father engraved my name and the year 1982 (very small one) the lock happened to be broke on it and one day i was messing with the knife how i shouldnt have like all adolesent boys do and got cut bad. my last purchase about 4 years ago after loosing my Gerber Magnum is a Kershaw Black Out with a pocket clip so i dont loose it. i choose a knife as quality first then function and last is price

Posted by Andrew - 07/25/2012 12:27 PM

In your experience, what are the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife?

Quality of the blade is number one, A knife is made by the blade, the grip is secondary however, a grip needs to be able to support a high quality blade, and finally the weight, a knife has to be balanced without balance it is merely an unfit tool.

Posted by Chandra Haun - 07/25/2012 12:27 PM

The last knife I bought was for my husband and it was about $60.00. It was a special knife that he wanted for his hunting, and to carry on him for his job.

Posted by Michael S Cullen - 07/25/2012 12:28 PM

The last knife I purchased was a small pocket knife I bought to use at work to cut restraints and such so I was looking for a sharp edge and and a sturdy clip so I could store it on my Belt for easy access.

Posted by David Bailey - 07/25/2012 12:28 PM

For me, there are a few important qualities in a knife choice. The top two are durability & comfort. If a knife performs well and feels good in your hand you will use it more. If either of these are lacking, you are going to reach for another tool. Gerber ALWAYS delivers when it comes to these qualities. Solid, sharp blades that hold up no matter what you throw at them, (or throw them at sometimes) and they feel good in your hand. The other quality would be the “cool” factor. Granted this is highly subjective, but you just know it when you see it. As far as this is concerned, Gerber has the market cornered. Whether is fixed blade or quick release, machete or pocket knife, you just enjoy using them.

Posted by Tim Gilliam - 07/25/2012 12:28 PM

I just recently bought a pocket knife for my son. It was actually a gerber too since I always carry around your multi-tools my son wanted a knife like that. He’s just starting scouts and I wanted to get him a small folding knife for scouting. I paid just under $30 for the knife. The things we look for in a knife is a good solid weight, good strong locking mechanism so as to avoid injury, a good gripable handle and good steel that will hold an endge thru hard use.
my son has now gotten his tote-n-chip and is allowed to carry it on camping trips both with scouts and with us when we do our monthly camping trip.

Posted by Elliott Ho - 07/25/2012 12:28 PM

My last knife was a cheap $7 knife and I bought it because it was cheap. Nothing like the quality of my Gerber knife. Definitely got a lot of use out of my gerber and still going strong. I look for tightness… making sure that nothing is loose and gerber does just that.

Posted by Matt Hatcher - 07/25/2012 12:28 PM

My last knife purchase was a CRKT Stubby Razel that I use for wood working and around the house and garden. When shopping for a knife I look for a simple design suited to my needs, quality materials, durability and workmanship. I prefer to pay more for these attributes and have a blade on my hands that will last a lifetime. Simple is better.

Posted by Tim Martin - 07/25/2012 12:28 PM

the last knife I purchased was a smith & wesson special tactical knife. It is spring loaded and it has a safety swithch on it. I love it as I can deploy it fast and it is a small knife that I can clip on my pocket and doesn’t get in the way. For me the things I look at is price, and durability. It has to feel like it is built well. the Blade must be quality steel and have a good edge on it already and then I can keep the edge on it. Now I would really like a spring loaded or a quick deploying blade. As a Chaplain in the Army it is the only weapon I can have for “utility” purposes so I want a knife that feels good in the hand.

Posted by Stephen - 07/25/2012 12:29 PM

I’ve carried a wide variety of makes, models, and sizes. With all the knives I have purchased, I always seem to fall back on a few basic principles. Is the steel High quality? How is the balance of the blade? Does it stow nicely in my pocket or on my belt? It also really depends on the application intended for the knife. What usually ends up in my pocket is my trusty old CRKT – M16-13Z. Its inexpensive, durable, well balanced, and well designed. I’ve carried many in my pocket for work and everyday use. My most recent purchase was a MOD – Triton. It is a high quality knife and a very neat gadget. The only problem was the prohibitive cost. I’ve found some high quality knives for under $30 such as Gerber, CRKT, and SOG. I am of the firm belief that you can never have too many knives. Happy Hunting!

Posted by Jesse - 07/25/2012 12:29 PM

The last knife I purchased was an EMS knife for my girlfriend. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41v4TdHySRL.jpg She loves this knife a ton! Especially at work with it’s seat belt blade and window punch. I think that the most important part of a knife is it’s functionality. If you can’t use it for what you need and it isn’t comfortable and solid in your hand, then it’s not a good knife. No matter how much it costs! I have found over the years that Gerber makes great product for the cost. Always well worth it. Thanks!

Posted by Edward Patterson - 07/25/2012 12:29 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Cold Steel Folder.. I personally look for blade quality and handle comfort when I purchase a knife… Quality over quantity!!! Every time.

Posted by Mike - 07/25/2012 12:29 PM

Last knife I remember buying was a Gerber multi tool in the late 80s or early 90s. But my favorite knife to take into the field is my Marine Corps KA-BAR given to me while serving in the Marines. I like a knife with substance, well balance, stays sharp and well balanced…. Oohrah!
Semper Fidelis

Posted by brandon beckdr - 07/25/2012 12:30 PM

As with anything you need to think about what your using something before you buy it. Sometimes quality is worth the extra money. Elite special ops soldiers probably dont want the Kmart special knife. Also your average joe has no need for a $600 Delta force killing machine. Its all about use what are you using this knife for and if need be would you bet your life on it? Answer that then decide what you need and what your budget is. Great start though with the info in this article.

Posted by Andre R - 07/25/2012 12:30 PM

the last knife i bought was a small assissted opening gerber that i bout just for opening stuff like letters and cardboard boxes its still as sharp as the day i bought it and is still sturdy. but when i go to purchase a knife im looking for affordability quality and what im goin to use it for and most of the time its just to whittle sticks and im a sucker for a good pocket knife so i stick to decent pocket knives good and easy to carry and never know when it will come in handy

Posted by David Pearson - 07/25/2012 12:30 PM

I look for sturdiness, fit in the hand, shape of the blade (depending on its purpose), and price.

Posted by Jonathan Thomas - 07/25/2012 12:30 PM

I think configuration, materials, and end use should drive your knife purchase. Why buy a giant tactical blade if a good pocket folder will do, (unless you like to play Giant Tactical Knife Man!)? Good steel that stays sharp and, more importantly, can be re-sharpened, is as important, because we can buy pocket folders in bulk off the TV, but most of them can’t cut an envelope open after the first few uses. And lastly, end use: are you a special forces soldier or a dockworker or an firefighter or a camper, etc.? I use my Gerber clip folder knife every day at my home and on the job at my engineering firm. It’s completely sufficient for the task, holds an edge and stays put in my pocket through all activities. Like the third little bear thought about his bed, I think my knife is just right. Don’t buy too much or too little for your everyday needs.

Posted by G Kasun - 07/25/2012 12:31 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber AR 3.00 serrated, which I bought about a year ago to replace the one I had lost in the field. I use it as my standard carrying knife for everything from ranch work to shop work to sailing. Definitely a good investment! When purchasing a knife I think the first thing you need to consider is its intended use, with that in mind durability and functionality are my first two concerns. Can this knife do the job I want it to do? Can it do it well? Can it stand up to the level of abuse I’m probably going to subject it to? Answering those questions of course require taking into account things like blade material, folding or fixed, additional components, etc. Making sure you have the right tool for the job can make all the difference! Last but not least I always look through the reviews to try and get a real world perspective on its capabilities.

Posted by Marcus Stuckey - 07/25/2012 12:31 PM

The last three blades I have purchased were a Gerber multi-plier and a Gerber open assist pocket knife for myself and Gerber multi-plier for my father. The open assist is a vital feature for me so that I can on the blade while holding something in my other hand.

Posted by Alex Osha - 07/25/2012 12:32 PM

The last knife I purchased was a ZT 0350ST folder. I chose it because of ZT’s excellent customer service, lifetime sharpening, and expert craftsmanship. It also has assisted opening, which is very handy, and the blade is a high quality, beefy steel. But, of all the qualities a knife can have, I think that durable effectiveness is the most important — the usefulness of the knife has to last a long time; that means not breaking, chipping, or getting dull too quickly.

Posted by christine schulz - 07/25/2012 12:33 PM

My last knife was a beautiful one. It was about 10 inches in total length and the blade was about 8. It was crafted of the finest german steel and honed to a razor sharp edge. I use this knife almost daily unless it is in the dishwasher. Even I have been known to rinse it off and use it. This knife allows me to make delicious and amazing foods. This knife is a heinkels Chef’s knife and it is the most used knife I have ever had. With out it my kitchen would be a much duller place where meals consist of Mac N Cheese and hotdogs.

When I look for a knife it has to be quality and the ability to hold an edge. It must have a serrated part and a pocket clip( ihate digging in pockets to locate it). This knife will get more use than most. It will hang with me in the outdoors which could be a solo back pack trip to a simple hike in the hills with my pooch. This knife will then also my trusted partner at work as I push a police car from call to call.

This thing about this knife is it will never know what it is going to do. But when I need it I will just be glad it is there.

Note: in my dog’s back packs is a second Gerber Bear Grylls Folding knife as a just in case.
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Posted by Glen Newell - 07/25/2012 12:33 PM

My last knife purchase, honestly, was a surplus M-1 Bayonet- got it online for $65. It’s a great knife.

Fact is, you can get a ‘good’ knife at any price- price is not always the best indicator: the Mora as mentioned above is a great knife- got mine for $15 I think and I love it: I keep it in my rescue gear as a backup: it’s light and very versatile. I Also have a Gerber Gator that I got 15 years ago, carried it for many years (cut rope and canvas and even electrical cable- main distinguishing feature is the handle material, which remains grippable when wet, so it’s also a great fishing knife when inclined) and it served me very well- still factory shaving-sharp and solid: I think I paid $100 or so new several years ago. My two best knives now- an Ontario Air Force model and a surplus M-1 bayonet were both $65: very different knives, but here is what all my good/favorite knives have in common, regardless of price.

Use: My bayonet is mainly a camping knife It’s rugged, sharp, fits well in my hand and suitable for everything from cooking to making kindling, but it’s too much knife for carrying around or keeping in a kit. Same with my Bowie- an amazing . capable, fun blade but it’s overkill for most of what I need a knife for.

Build Quality: full-tang fixed blades with well made handles that fit well, ‘feel good in the hand’, folders with well-designed pivot points and locking mechanisms. Cleanable.

Steel- hard steel stays sharp longer, but is harder to sharpen. A little softer and you spend more time maintaining it, but it’s also useful to change the edge to suit a specific need ( ie, cutting vs. slicing).

Posted by Lightbody - 07/25/2012 12:34 PM

I have been carrying a folder with pocket clip for about the last 15 years pretty religiously. I have a few brands that I usually stick with and have no problem paying $75-100 for a good quality folder. SOG, Syderco, Kershaw, Benchmade, etc…all great brands that you can absolutely count on. I would typically go for a 3”-3.5” sturdy serrated (or combo) blade with a solid lock and stiff pocket clip. Never really saw the need for other bells and whistles. But my father on the other hand, was never without his little Swiss Army (often refereed to as his “little red knife”) that featured a 1.5” blade, file, scissors, toothpick, tweezers, etc. I always thought it was a bit unnecessary and quite frankly too small for most jobs. When he passed earlier this year I inherited about 15 of these (mostly ones I had purchased for birthday or Christmas gifts in the past) and thought what the heck…I might as well give them a try. Turns out, the old man was right on the money. Super useful little knives that cut just about everything I need to, and the accompanying tools are surprisingly handy. I still opt for (and recommend) a hefty/quality folder when climbing & hiking…but for the money (under $20), the classic little red knife is hard to beat.

Posted by Dan Miller - 07/25/2012 12:34 PM

Last knife was a Buck Vantage Avid. The most important thing is solid construction of the whole knife. A wiggly blade or scale isn’t much good when doing real-world chores with it.

Posted by Mathew Strickland - 07/25/2012 12:35 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Buck Skinner. All the qualities of a good knife are handle shape, weight, type of edge on blade, Length of blade for the intended task, durability, edge holding ability, quality, and style of carry. All these things come into play as to whether or not it will be an EDC knife or one that will wind up in a drawer somewhere and not used, or broken the first time you try to use it.

Posted by Jeanne Garland - 07/25/2012 12:35 PM

I tend to be a real cheapskate. However, when it comes to a tool as important as a hard working knife I want to invest in a quality tool. I want to make sure that when I need it, it works and can stand up to the jobs I need it to do.

I personally look for something strong that I wont break. Trust me if it can be broken it will be me that breaks it. So spending some extra cash up front is a savings in the long run. If the knife lasts my abuses I don’t have to spend time and money replacing it, just sharpening it from time to time.

Posted by George Goers - 07/25/2012 12:36 PM

YGWYPF, You Get What You Pay For! This couldn’t be Truer as it applies to knife Blades. I Had Grabbed a Friends Cheap Discount store Folder to cut a tree Line that had snagged another log and had hung up, the blade Folded back past the lock point, the blade broke and sliced my arm open (27 stitches later) I grabbed my Metolius Fixed Blade 3.75, (which my friend had been using) cut the line no problem. will not use another’s blade unless it’s quality as Gerber

Posted by Aaron Brashier - 07/25/2012 12:36 PM

The last knife I purchased was a gerber. I am deployed to Afghanistan, so a good durable knife comes in handy while being deployed. I have several knives with me, including a benchmade, SOG, and a couple of Gerbers. Things I look for when purchasing a knife are size, durabilty, quality of the blade, and if the knife as a whole is of good quality. Cost can sometimes be a factor but most of the time to get a higher quality knife, you’re going to have to pay a little more.

Posted by Michael Medrano - 07/25/2012 12:37 PM

The last knife I purchase was a Spyderco Tenacious. As a college student who began purchasing knives a few months ago, I quickly learned that no one feature makes a knife superior to any other. When I purchase a knife a look at the type of steel the blade is made of, the type of locking mechanism it uses, how well it holds its edge, etc. So, when looking for a knife, I consider all of these things before making my purchase. Every knife has its good and its bad, and only by looking at the knife as a whole can you determine whether it will fit your needs.

Posted by Joe ILotti - 07/25/2012 12:38 PM

My last knife just vanished lately, I had it for 25 years also, used it almost everyday also. I am going to get another one real soon, unless I win one of these. That knife was my long time buddy.

Posted by C N Sears - 07/25/2012 12:38 PM

My last blade purchase was a Leatherman Skeletool. Picked it up for the obvious reasons… small, compact, range of tools. I mostly carry it around my property or throw it in my drum bag on a show night, just in case. In my experience, a blade I look for needs be be reasonably price, have quality components, quality craftsmanship, the ability for it to serve the purpose you need it for and the ability to hold an edge.

Posted by Carlos Casarez - 07/25/2012 12:38 PM

My last two purchases were a kershaw skyline I got for around $16 bucks and Cold Steel Recon which I got on sale for about $40 bucks. I know people like to hate on the Cold Steel stuff but that knife has out performed a lot of my pricier knives on and EDC basis. It was “lost” in a recent motorcycle accident and I was pretty bummed about it as they run quite a but more since I got it on sale.

Posted by Timi - 07/25/2012 12:39 PM

Last knifes I purchased : Gerber BG Ultimate knife, multitool and parang at once! Those are some bad ass knifes for 180€! That was my perfect heavy duty investment.
With one word? Perfection!
Good job Gerber! Greetings from Slovenia!

Posted by Daniel McCallum - 07/25/2012 12:40 PM

I look for utility and durability, my last purchase was of 2 items, a gerber fast draw -fine edge and and vehicle safety kit. With these 2 purchases I covered all of my bases for any eventuality I might have, which is why i keep coming back to Gerber they are bang on the button of quality, function and cost. I am never afraid to use my knives because i know they will hold up, if i am stupid with them they have a great warranty and if i loose it they are affordable to replace. I have other knives bought for me, but i will keep coming back to gerber.

Posted by Chris Cordes - 07/25/2012 12:40 PM

The first 2 knives I bought(not owned) were a SOG TF-7 Tanto and a Mtech folder with glass breaker and safety harness cutter. I liked them because of the utility purpose for emergency situations and their style and durability. After purchasing the two the SOG was the winner. The blade held it’s edge, it was rugged, and it was safe. The Mtech opened in my pocket, the blade dulled quickly, and was just crap. I’ve looked at Gerber’s but the only tac knife I liked was the Gerber 30-000118 and LOVE the Prodigy series because of the style and how I could use that knife, I haven’t purchased one yet but I’m looking to do so. But after those purchases I look for edge quality, safety, and it has to look good.

Posted by Benny - 07/25/2012 12:40 PM

For me a good knife has to “be there when I need it”. Obviously, you need to have the knife in your pocket at all times, in case the need arises, but there is more to it than that. Does it open quickly and easily? Does the lock work flawlessly? Does it hold an edge? Oh…does it look cool? (OK maybe not an essential feature!) Basically, it needs to perform the function when asked of it.

Posted by Brandon Hutchens - 07/25/2012 12:41 PM

I bought the paraframe knives about a year ago (both the fine and serrated edge). They were really cheap ($) compared to other knives, and being young and into sharp things, I bought them thinking I would use them for a little while and them find something better. I was wrong! I loved them up until the other day when they walked off. Someone took them from the box of my truck. :( They covered everything I ever needed them to and more. They were great quality and extremely durable. They had the perfect blade length. Between the two of them I could cut through anything I needed to. These are the exact qualities I look for when buying a new knife (Price, quality, how it fits in your hand, blade length, what kind of blade it has). I won’t buy anything but Gerber knives anymore!

Posted by Chuck Paul - 07/25/2012 12:41 PM

Sos, I had the silver knife in the contest and it was my favorite. The smooth edges made it comfortable in the pocket and the blade seemed to hope an edge forever. I highly recommend this knife and wish I still had it. Best knife I ever owned.

Posted by Marcos Villarreal - 07/25/2012 12:41 PM

In buying knife or blade,
Quality and safety more than what paid
Are characteristics I need,
Moreso looks help to succeed,
And I to my new Gerber Gear hold true,
I shall agree with this review

Posted by Stephen Yakima - 07/25/2012 12:42 PM

I look for a few things before purchasing a blade: Out of the box sharpness/durability, construction, specific purpose of knife and safety features. I would pay for a quality knife that incorporates these features.

Posted by Bill Moose - 07/25/2012 12:42 PM

Last knife i bought was a Boker Skywalker. I wanted something that wouldn’t let me down. SS, Carbon Fiber, and Titanium. One blade only. Simple clean lines and light. perfect knife till the (soon-to-be) ex-wife washed it. found all the parts except for one of the covers that covers the main bolt. (it was glued in) put it back together and its still rockin. guess its been a dozen years ago now… i think its time to buy a new knife to go along with my NEW WIFE!!! YEAH!

Posted by Mike G - 07/25/2012 12:42 PM

The last knife I bought was at a gun and knife show. It was a black, double-sided folding blade with a blue handle. I carried it in my pocket and backpack as an easy access tool, but after two months the paint began rubbing off and the blade became loose.

I haven’t bought a new knife since, but when I do I’ll specifically be looking for durability. If the knife can’t handle general wear and tear from either use or simply being carried around in a pocket or backpack, it’s a worthless tool. Visual aesthetics will always affect my decision on a knife as well, but ultimately it has to be durable and stand the test of time to be useful.

Posted by Leon Phillips - 07/25/2012 12:42 PM

In my opinion you can’t have enough quality knives in your arsenal! You never know when the zombies are coming, and you better have a great knife. Otherwise the will just eat your brains!!!!!!

Posted by Aaron O. - 07/25/2012 12:42 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Evo Jr. – Serrated, it cost me $20-25. Ultimately, I was unhappy with this purchase. The blade dulled very quickly under heavy use. I also dropped it once while running and ever since then the blade has been loose.

When I’m shopping for a knife there are a few key qualities I’m looking for. Price is not such an issue for me as long as I’m getting a quality product. I like a folder, preferably with a clip. I’m a lefty so I keep it clipped in my left pocket. If the knife has a reversable clip that’s a bonus because then I don’t have to modify the way I take it out of my pocket and open it. I like a very practical blade, something that can be used for many different jobs. Obviously, it has to be sturdy, good quality metal. Since I usually carry my knife in my pocket, I don’t like for it to be too bulky. The Evo Jr. I had was an excellent size, it was nice and slim but still had a good handle feel. That’s about it really. To sum up, when I’m looking at knives I want good quality, durable, a slim profile, and practial appearance. Thank you, Gerber!

Posted by Reuben Mauldin - 07/25/2012 12:43 PM

Last purchase was a SOG Trident.Like the assisted opening and holds a pretty good edge. Not as durable as I would prefer. Durability and holding an edge are the most important features to me.

Posted by Darrell Kilpatrick - 07/25/2012 12:44 PM

My last knife purchase was for an Outdoors Edge SwingBlaze. I have a couple of knives with gut hooks on them but the gut blade on the SwingBlade really caught my attention so I purchased one right before deer season in 2009. It wouldn’t take long before I would get to try it out because on the 5th day of bow season I was fortunate enough to shoot a nice 8 pt. The “zipper blade” (as I have come to call it) opened that buck from neck to nuts in less than 3 seconds. While I had my razor sharp 20 yr old Gerber in my backpack too , I wanted to see how the blade would perform since I hadn’t had time to sharpen it. I was amazed that right out of the package , the SwingBlaze made short work in cutting away the guts and vitals on that deer. not to mention one careless slip of the hand and I managed to cut myself which I hadn’t done in as long as I could remember. Luckily it wasn’t as bad as I thought ( hey , when you’re shoulder deep in a deer, it’s hard to tell who’s blood is who’s !!) Absolutely love that knife and $60 wasn’t bad at all in my opinion. So much so that I bought my dad and brother one for Christmas that year and between the three of them , they have carved up close to 2 dozen deer. You get what you pay for in most cases and I feel like I definitely got my moneys worth on that purchase and it is one tough knife to boot !

Posted by Jesse Beaumont - 07/25/2012 12:44 PM

The most recent knife I purchased was the Gerber Instant. My foremost consideration was the ease of use/deployment, and the Instant with its assisted opening was ideal. Second was the interesting design and look of the knife. I refuse to carry an ugly knife :D. And third I wanted a pocket folder so I could carry it daily and not draw attention. Additionally the ability to hold an edge is important. I can’t tell you how many knives I’ve bought that were too cheap to to stay sharp more than 2 uses in a row. And since different uses require different tools, you can’t really have too many knives, can you? Especially once the zombies start walking. Hmm, gonna have to see about a machete or two I think…

Posted by luke h - 07/25/2012 12:45 PM

The last knife i bought was a Buck omni hunter, the knife was surprisingly solid because it was only 40 bucks, it also had a very sturdy handle the blade was extremely sharp when i bought it, its held up really good so far no chips. The blade itself is i think 4 inches and the blade was about 3mm thick. The knife overall is amazing. It comes with a really good sheath i was very surpized with it. What i think are important qualities in a knife: has to have a good blade that can hold a sharp edge, has to have a good sheath, you have to be able to trust it. I was hopeing to win this contest because I LOVE ALL OF GERBERS KNIFES im hopeing to buy the gerber ultimate knife pretty soon ive got lots of your knifes, multi tools,machetes, and ive got one hatchet.

Posted by Jared - 07/25/2012 12:45 PM

My last knife purchase was the Gerber Bear Gryllis Ultimate knife, as a replacement for my prior favorite, the SOG Seal Pup. I bought these two in particular because they both (albeit the GBG moreso than the SOG due to some additional features) work just as well in ordinary, everyday situations as they do in wilderness, emergency, or survival situations. I look for a knife that will perform in the rain, half-submerged in a river, in the desert, or in my backyard. I like to be able to reach for one all-around knife when I’m butt-striking the window and cutting the seat belt of a wrecked car to free a passenger, hacking down branches to build a tent or a fire, or cutting the little plastic ties on my children’s more frustratingly packaged christmas presents.

Posted by Debra - 07/25/2012 12:45 PM

The last knife I bought was a father’s day gift for my husband, it was the GERBER APOCALYPSE SURVIVAL KIT.

From my experience the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife is to figure out what you need the knife for and who will be using it. You need the correct tool for the job. Once I figure out what type of “job” I want the knife to perform, I think about blade length, the material it is made out of and price. If the knife is for me, I also consider that I am a small framed female and need something that will be comfortable to use and carry with me.

Posted by N. Myers - 07/25/2012 12:45 PM

Buying a knife for a dollar was a mistake. It crashed and burned out of the obnoxious clamshell packaging. Fifty years ago, this would not have been the case. However, inflation took hold of the cost of materials, and deflation took hold of the meaning of a knife.

The knife rattled like it had a hard life. The design paid homage to pre-distressed jeans.

What I’ve realized is that knives are supposed to rattle, loosen, and eventually fail. The distinction between a good knife and a one-dollar knife is not only in the cost, but having the chance to break it in on your own terms.

Posted by Dorthy Gordon - 07/25/2012 12:45 PM

The last knife I bought for myself was a Gerber Paraframe and I absolutely love it. It holds a great edge fits wonderfully in my hand and has proved to be one of the sturdiest, most reliable blades I’ve ever owned. When I’m buying a knife for myself, there are a few factors I consider. I first need to examine what I will be using it for to determine what grade of product I’ll be purchasing. I don’t think that price should be an object when searching for a knife, if you can’t afford a good one then you get what you pay for. I have had no success buying lower cost items. I like to look at how the item is put together, is there some adjustability built in. For instance, if it’s a folder will I be able to fairly easily adjust the clip and tighten it back up should it become loose. I also like to be able to take them apart with relative ease for cleaning purposes. There can be no play in any of the moving parts, if there is a sliding safety for example, is the thumb “pin” secure and going to stay that way and the same holds true for the pin that you use to open the folding knife. I don’t like to see any movement or even room for movement laterally with the blade either. I hold it in my hand and see if the finger grooves fit snugly and comfortably and make sure it is the right size for whatever use I have in mind. The next thing I consider is really just personal choice, it has to feel good in my hand, fit good in my pocket ( I use mostly folders) and be practical. If I’m choosing a fixed blade knife the way it fits in my hand is critical, there’s no point in owning a knife that doesn’t fit comfortably. I like the guard to be just large enough that it extends just over my first finger, if it’s too large it just feels bulky, too small and it’s awkward. I also like very good balance, I like the center point to be just in front of the guard. The length of the handle needs to extend just below my closed fist, that provides a bit of leverage should I need it and allows for a strong grip without it slipping. The sheath has to be leather, it’s been my experience that anything besides leather just can’t withstand the rigors of what I’m going to put it through. I will not by a knife with inferior steel, I’ve found that it’s pointless (pun intended). For the handle I prefer synthetic, I just find that there is less chance for slippage as opposed to a natural material. I also like to have a solid warranty period with my knives, although I don’t expect anything to go wrong and if used for it’s intended purpose hardly ever does, but it assures me that the maker has integrity and stands behind their product.

Posted by alexguy - 07/25/2012 12:46 PM

the last knife i bought was a bear grylls ultimate knife just because im a fan of his show i guess A good knife to have is one u would use or just deeply charrish

Posted by mfytczyk - 07/25/2012 12:46 PM

my last knife purchase was for a all around carry knife i chose the gerber para frame mainly because of the cheaper price with the durability to last. i would say i pretty well abuse this knife from cutting up a steak at lunch to scraping burs off conduit. does the job i need its half serrated. heck ive even feild dressed a couple of deer with it. over all i didnt want to spend alot on a knife i was going abuse but did not want junk either!!

Posted by Chris Jensen - 07/25/2012 12:46 PM

I bought a CRKT from a friend. It is an Operation Iraqi Freedom model and I paid $20… It was in bad shape. But I fixed it up and honed it sharp as Hell… I look for used knives that are abused but still intact, re-work them and keep or resell to others. A brand new knife would be cool…

Posted by James Kristofik - 07/25/2012 12:46 PM

The last knife I bought was a Swiss Army angler edition. It cost around $50 and was worth every penny. It makes a great tackle box companion and all the blades are extremely sharp. In my experience the most important thing to look for in purchasing a knife is the build quality. If it has a poor locking mechanism, flimsy blade/handle, or if the tip of the knife will stay sharp or bend under normal use. If all of these are inspected closely, you should have a pretty solid knife with a lower risk of accidental injury.

Posted by Ed - 07/25/2012 12:46 PM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber multi-tool. I have had a few cheap made in china knives given to me since then. I use the cheap knives when I have a good chance of losing them, and save my Gerber for times of more importance. My everyday knife is a Camillus assisted opener that my brother in law gave me. I am pretty happy with it so far, and since it was a gift it makes a great all around carry knife!

Posted by Ethan Lewis - 07/25/2012 12:48 PM

The last knife I purchased was an inexpensive Gerber knife (roughly $15 or so)long ago; It’s primary use was to open boxes at my parents pet shop, as well as slice in half any unwanted insects or arachnids running around the home. A little unorthodox, yes, but effective. I certainly used & abused it.

The most important qualities to look for in a good knife mirror those to a good life partner:
Trustworthy, dependable, sturdy, sharp, and of course—Sexy.

Posted by Noah - 07/25/2012 12:48 PM

Knife Junkie Contest-

The last knife purchase i made was a fixed blade SOG Seal Pup. Its EDC for me when im outdoors. It holds an edge and has a partially serrated blade for multiple types of cutting work. Its of course full tang with a sturdy well contoured, non slip handle. In this price range, i also make sure the knife comes with a well built, sturdy sheath, that will survive most of the life of the blade.

The most important quality to look for when purchasing a blade in my opinion is practicality depending on what you are intending to use your knife for. a foot and a half long bowie might make a great camp tool but is ill suited for EDC, or fine cut work.

Posted by James Schmidt - 07/25/2012 12:48 PM

Unfortunately the last knife I purchased wasn’t a sportsman or wilderness style knife. It was a kitchen knife. But I put the same scrutiny on my kitchen knives as I do one I’d carry in my pocket for those “man I need a sharp knife” moments. To me the most important qualities I look for in a knife is: Most importantly, it needs to be able to hold an edge. If a knife needs to be sharpened every time I need to use it, it’s useless. I love having the knowledge that when I need my knife, it will perform as I need it to, when I need it to. Secondly, it should feel comfortable in my hand, I use my hands constantly and can’t feel awkward when using a tool of any kind. That’s how accidents happen. I have found that Gerber™ and Schrade™ knives have all of the qualities I look for in a utility or woodsman style knife. They are made with professionals in mind. They are comfortable to hold, take forever to dull (if used properly), lightweight, and haven’t let me down in the many years I’ve been utilizing knives.

Posted by Pepper - 07/25/2012 12:50 PM

The most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife…
First – What is my intended use?
Second – Is there a budget?
Once those two are figured into the equation I look at the Steel Quality, Brands, and ergonomics (Grip, opening mechanism, lock type).
Lastly – it has to look cool!

Posted by David James - 07/25/2012 12:50 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Gerber Clutch. It is good at what it is for. I look for a sharp blade that locks so I don’t get the unexpected slice!

Posted by Travis - 07/25/2012 12:50 PM

My last knife I bought was the buck Redpoint. I needed a cheaper knife that was decently rugged and I was quite pleased (only spent $20).

Whenever I buy a knife I make sure it’s sturdy. That means checking to see if the blade wobbles any or if the steel itself bends. Size plays a big part as well especially if I’m looking at a new pocket knife. I make sure it fits my pocket well and isn’t too wide. Serrations are a must any more because the come in handy more often than not, whether it’s beginning a cut through a stick or cutting rope and straps for work. Opening and closing is always taken into consideration and I try to avoid liner-lock knives so I don’t have to put my finger near the blade. After all of that, it comes down to what feels the best in-hand. I make sure the handle comfortable and that I can keep a good grip on it.

Posted by Robert Eld - 07/25/2012 12:51 PM

My last knife purchase was a Mil-Tac MTF-4 folding knife. To me, there are a few key qualities to look for in a knife, being: type of steel/blade material and blade design, frame design/material used and fit in the hand, durability, open and locking mechanism, and warranty/backing of a good company.

Posted by noah burbank - 07/25/2012 12:51 PM

my last knife purchase was a leatherman, i cant remember the specific model but it cost 33 dollars at rei. wen im looking to buy a knife i look for one that can fit in my pocket,that is durable,it has a locking mechanism and that my dad will let me buy it

Posted by Gaylord Hinshaw II - 07/25/2012 12:51 PM

I always carry somekind of knife with me, generally a knife picked for the situations I might encounter each day. At work I need a knife that will hold an edge when opening cardboard boxes sometimes all day. At the same time I occasionally need to pry things a little bit to be able to grip with my hands, nothing that will damage the blade or break the tip though. I pick good folding knives with a partly serrated edge and an assited opening with lock closed features. My coworkers are often ni the habit of “borrowing” my knife if I am forgetful enough to leave it laying out in whatever area I happen to work in on a given task. I probably buy two or three Gerbers or similar pocket knives a year due to my own forgetfulness. The knife I carry now is a light framed knife wth a blade a couple inches long. Very sturdy and holds an edge well for opening boxes. I have set a record fr owning this one at around 8 months.

Posted by Karl - 07/25/2012 12:51 PM

My latest knife purchase was a Smith & Wesson M&P with assist open.
I am always looking for a good “do all” knife that can be used while out hunting, and the shape of the blade is what I look for first.
The M&P, while not intended for hunting, had what I was looking for; curved blade for skinning, small serration area for sawing, assist open for one handed use, small/light weight for packing/carrying, and doesn’t brake the bank.
It comes down to what the intent of the knife will be for (filleting a fish, opening boxes, daily carry knife), that determines what should be purchased.

Posted by Ben Taber - 07/25/2012 12:52 PM

My last knife purchase was a SOG Twitch II, small, compact, all metal frame with a great opening assist. Definitely not a duty knife that I would rely on in the back country, but great for around the house and around the office without getting in the way when I am digging for my keys in my pocket.

In my experience, function and quality are the most important things to consider when looking at a knife. If I’m spending the majority of my day in the office then I’m not going to be carrying around a knife that I can fend off an wild animal with but rather something that works for my environment. Though knives are mostly functional to me, I don’t mind if they also have a bit of visual appeal to them. It’s something that tells me the designer and craftsman took their time and had fun in creating the blade and (usually) I have more confidence that it will stand up to the elements when it needs to.

Posted by Ed - 07/25/2012 12:52 PM

The most important qualities when purchasing a knife would be 1. it’s intended use.2. it’s quality build and craftsmanship and 3. that it meets or exceeds it’s actual functionality that it’s being marketed as…

Posted by Christopher Lambson - 07/25/2012 12:52 PM

When it comes to a knife the best way to go is the midrange set of knives. This grade of knife sports many benefits. This level of knife product is rough tough and reliable while also being replaceable. Nothing hurts more than dropping 80 dollars on a knife only to lose it. Among other benefits are the reliability and versatility. Nothing beats a knife that can be utilized for several tasks.in addition this is a knife that an owner, due to managable cost, leaves the knife open to customization and personal preference. Perhaps mosthatt importantly, this type of knife uses mid-range steels that can obtain and hold a decent edge while being easier to sharpen. more often than not the steels used are easier to maintain seeing as how they are commonly stainless steels. Overall, this is a solid quality knife that will rarely fail during a task while also being manageable for inexperienced knife owners on a budget. This is a level of quality and usability that can and will be experienced in all of Gerber’s knives. Thank you for your consideration.

Posted by Orestes - 07/25/2012 12:53 PM

Well it’s pretty simple. When I usually buy a knife and pay for it, I usually think the knife will last forever. For example, I got a paraframe knife by Gerber and its finish and the blade itself looks like it’s lifetime.

Posted by Douglas Donaldson - 07/25/2012 12:53 PM

The last knife I bought was an H&K in Bagram .It was a folder but I wanted it to be a back up to the Gerber auto opener that I carried all the time . Paid 30.00 for it .Both my Gerber and H&K had both types of cutting edges on it serrated and straight for both types of cutting. I look for quality in the knife that I buy and durability.There has been only two brands that have had both 1st is Gerber and 2nd is Benchmade .The reason I bought the H&K was they are part of Benchmade I found out .It has not been of the best quality I found out after using it and carrying it for a few months . So the next time I buy a new knife and that should be soon will be a Gerber for price quality and durability

Posted by Lynn Lisk - 07/25/2012 12:53 PM

The last knife I bought was an “Italian Switchblade” at a gun & knife show about 5 years ago. I wish I knew the brand, but it was stolen about 1 or 2 years after I bought it, I used it in my office as a letter opener, but kept it on display for some intimidation factor as well (I’m a criminal defense lawyer). I loved that knife, about a 4 inch blade with polished wooden handle. Nice steel and easily sharpened to a razor’s edge. Paid about $50.00 for it. When it comes to knives, easily sharpened, stay sharp, quality steel is the most important factor in my mind. I don’t care what a knife looks like, how it feels in your hand, what a great utility and functions it may have, if the blade won’t sharpen up and hold an edge, it’s useless.

Posted by Justin - 07/25/2012 12:56 PM

Well, my recent knife purchase was a gerber 2.99inch high carbon assisted open knife with a partially serrated blade that i paid about 30 bucks for. I chose this knife because the assisted open really helps to open with one hand quickly when i’m on a ladder while i work. and the serrated edge helps to cut some things that would be harder to cut with a regular blade. Also i chose it because the state i live in it is .01 inch below the legal carry limit and the price point wasn’t terrible at all. In general i am very satisfied with my knife purchase and would most likely purchase the exact same one if it were to be lost.

Posted by Rebecca - 07/25/2012 12:56 PM

Last knife bought was a Leatherman to replace a lost multi-tool. I look for a locking blade and good feel/fit/weight in my hand.

Posted by Aaron - 07/25/2012 12:57 PM

Although I have not had to purchase a knife in my lifetime, I have had many knives gifted to me.

My go to knife is a 1935 Union Cutlery Knife/Hatchet combo. My great-grandfather purchased this knife and it has been passed down four generations to me. Countless deer have been skinned and camp wood has been chopped with this knife.

For a knife to see use for nearly 80 years and still be the most reliable, sturdy, and sharpest knife I’ve ever owned, my great-grandfather must have had some incredible insight and confidence in his knife selection.

I speculate he must have considered the weight of the knife, so that it feels sturdy enough to do the job but not so much that it feels excessively heavy. The sharpness of the blade – I rarely have to sharpen the knife as the edge it holds is incredible, even compared to my more “modern knives”. And finally, the attention to detail that was used to place quality parts (especially since my knife has exchangable blades). Never have I felt that my knife was “loose” or coming apart.

At the time I’m sure the knife was priced in the single dollars. However, a knife of this quality today would easily be in the $80+ category.

I found a picture of a similar knife by Union Cutlery, except mine has a wood handle (LinkText)

Posted by Yeltsin Graziani - 07/25/2012 12:57 PM

The most important quality to look for in my opinion is the Blade…is it durable…would it break easily..rust? and if its losing the Sharpness easily…cuz i dont want a blade that doesnt have this quality specially when hunting or hiking or when my life depends on it

Posted by nathaniel copeland - 07/25/2012 12:57 PM

I look for a knife that feels right in my hand and my pocket. I don’t want to lose it in the change and keys in my pocket but I don’t want to be carrying around a chunk of steel either! Most knives are sharp out of the box… but will the temper/hardness of it hold an edge ? It should open easily but still be secure when closed and not in use! Bright colors and unique designs in the handle and blade are cool for show but is it functional? Finally… Will I actually use this knife?

Posted by Gus Gonzales - 07/25/2012 12:58 PM

My last knife purchase was a Columbia River Knife and Tool Triumph folding knife. It is a well built knife that sports an easy to use double locking mechanism and a very “grippy” G10 grip handle. Although I’m relatively new to these kinds of knives, as with any purchase I look for value – the best that I can buy within that price range.

Posted by james scheil - 07/25/2012 12:58 PM

my favorite knife is my leatherman it works so well but the one thing i look for in a good knife is durability and blade sharpness and edges and quality of the handles thats why i like gerber gear quality merchandise at a reasonable price like i allways say you get what you pay for

Posted by Joshua Glass - 07/25/2012 12:58 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Gerber paraframe folding knife. I have a tendency to look for versatility and ease of use when selecting a knife.

Posted by John R. - 07/25/2012 12:58 PM

My last knife purchase was a SOG machete. I paid $20 for it. My reason for purchasing this particular one was because it suited my needs and purpose. Needs and purpose should be the main reason a person picks a particular knife over another. I needed a larger blade particularly for the purpose of dealing with nuisance snakes and such as one of the many aspects of my job. I also didn’t need anything fancy because I knew that I was and am going to beat the crap out of it. I know I’m going to abuse it and therefor wouldn’t feel bad about destroying a $20 blade versus a much expensive and fancier one. I also take it with me when I go fishing to clear trails as it’s small enough to attach to my vest without adding additional bulk. I consider this a bonus function and purpose. All in all, function over fashion is definitely something to consider when selecting a knife. It makes no sense to own something in which you aren’t going to use.

Posted by Jordan - 07/25/2012 12:59 PM

My last knife purchase was a serrated Gerber Paraframe II Knife from REI. It was purchased on a whim, using only the reputation of the Gerber name as the deciding factor, and it has not let me down since. A perfect, handy, comfortable, and durable knife. In my experience, the most important qualities of a knife are directly related to the intended use of the knife (type of knife vs. blade type vs blade length vs. size and weight of the handle, etc.). With that said, however, there are still a few qualities that should be non-negotiable when knife shopping: the reputation of the brand, the material of the blade/handle, and the comfort/ergonomics of the handle. If you’ve never heard of the brand, do you trust it? If it is made of low-grade stainless steel, do you really expect it to hold up? If the handle does not properly fit in your hand, would you be comfortable using it? If you are going to rely heavily on a knife and expect it to deliver constant results, cost should not matter.

Posted by Joe Garcia - 07/25/2012 01:00 PM

I buy my knives for what I’m gonna use it for, but the main factor is how long it’s going to hold an edge.

Posted by kennyt - 07/25/2012 01:01 PM

What I look for in a knife and any other product is first and formost that, if at all possible, the product should be made in the USA. Quality and value are also factors for me. My last knife I bought for me was a Buck assisted open knife, all stainless construction, I bought it for an everyday all purpose knife.

Posted by Greg hoilman - 07/25/2012 01:01 PM

In my book,my blade has to have a heavier drop point and strong back to handle just about anything mother nature has to throw at me.O yeah and has to keep a good edge when sharpened!.

Posted by Nick Dery - 07/25/2012 01:03 PM

I grew up using Old Timer knives which always proved to be dependable and fit just right where you needed it to. Since joining the military I have used Gerber knives and multitools for two reasons; one, it’s what I have used at home and deployed and has never failed me, two, other knives and multitools I have used have broken on me and let me down. Its just not price but a company that gives a damn about it’s product.

Posted by Charles Sherwood - 07/25/2012 01:03 PM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Mini Covert. I was looking for something that I could carry pretty much all of the time and would be useful for a variety of tasks. This knife is perfect for that. It has a lock, so you don’t have to worry about it opening accidentally in your pocket. It opens quickly and reliable and has both a serrated and standard blade so you can cut almost anything. When purchasing a knife, you need to consider the intended use. This will help you decide what qualities will be important. However, for any knife you buy, you need to look for one that is good quality and from a manufacturer that you can trust. I knew that buying another Gerber knife would assure me of a knife I could count on for whatever I need. A knife is an extremely useful tool, but it can be a dangerous one. Making sure you buy from a quality company helps ensure your safety as well as having a useful tool that will last you for years.

Posted by John Meiklejohn II - 07/25/2012 01:03 PM

The last knife I bought was a Global 8 inch Santoku. As a chef, I have a knife in my hand about 6-8 hours a day. The most important thing I look for in a knife is comfort, how it feels in my hand, I also look for a blade that will hold an edge.

Posted by David Nerud - 07/25/2012 01:04 PM

My last knife purchase was a SOG Flash II. This last knife was added to my collection from over 20 years in the Active Duty Army as Infantry. I have been to many different countries and fought in many battles and my knives are always close by. Each has a different use. I look for comfort in grip and mobility as my first priority. It must behave well in my hand. Next is blade strength and edge and ability to maintain that edge. After that is composite, durability, warranty, Brand, etc.
David Nerud
MSG, USA (RET)

Posted by Samuel Odle - 07/25/2012 01:05 PM

Gerber Junkie here. My last purchase was on a USAF base in Florida. I bought the Gator blade…best knife I ever had. The best qualities in a blade to me are legality and ease of use to open close. A blade is an extension of the hand and how it grips “feels” is of extreme importance. Gerber truly deserves the title Legendary!

Posted by Argenys Hernandez - 07/25/2012 01:05 PM

My last knife was a Gerber Profile Fixed-Drop point just to add to my other knife collections and for camping. I paid $25 for it and it was worth it, because its a fixed blade, i dont have to worry about it from not opening fast or braking like a folder. I love folding knives especially gerber knives, they are strong and durable. What I look for in a knife is that its a 440 C steel blade either american, german, or japanese steel. Has to have good grip on the handle so it wont slip out of my hands when i’m fishing in the river. Wont dull often when I use it to cut, or can basically cut rope, branches, or any material with out hesitation. Also look for blade length to be 3.5 to about 6.5 or 7, it can be used for any situation and have it ready.

Posted by Michele Powell - 07/25/2012 01:05 PM

I haven’t bought a knife since the early 80’s, and that was a butterfly knife, which was all the rage on the punk scene at the time. If I were to buy one now, ease of concealment would be a big priority since my purse will were it gets stashed!

Posted by George - 07/25/2012 01:06 PM

My last knife came in GERBER APOCALYPSE SURVIVAL KIT.

When I purchase a new knife I make sure that the knife has a good grip and doesn’t allow any slippage. Then check for weight (don’t want a overly heavy blade on my pack), make sure there is some type of serrated portion of the blade. Then if it is a folding blade I make sure the locking mechanism is on the exterior of the handle(don’t want to chance get cut on accident) and most of all it has to say Gerber on it. I have deployed multiple times and come up with that Gerber knives are overall the best, made strong and last.

Posted by Eric M - 07/25/2012 01:06 PM

I havent made a purchase from gerber yet but for me a good knife would be able to be smashed and hammered and still be able to open and lock with no problems and still be able to cut what ever i need it for. i am looking forward to buying some of your military gear once i become enlisted in a few month’s.

Posted by Kevin Scheeler - 07/25/2012 01:07 PM

A good blade has to be more than just a blade. It’s all about multi-functionality. One knife, many personalities… If it can cut, keep a razor-sharp edge, and keep me safe, then that’s a hands down, mighty fine knife in my book!

Posted by Josh Kaufman - 07/25/2012 01:08 PM

The last knife I bought was actually a small Swiss army for every day carry in the office. In general, for camping and outdoors work, my #1 consideration is durability. Bit a knife can’t be USED like the tool it is, for it’s intended (non abusive) purposes, it is of no use. durability includes the lock, the material, and the blade. This takes hardness and edge retention into consideration. I am lucky enough to own some very high end hard use kniveS, and I have no doubt that with a little care on my part, I’ll be able to hand them down to my children.

Posted by Will P. - 07/25/2012 01:09 PM

The last knife I purchased would be a Spyderco H1. It added a nice element to my array of knives by giving me something to have while fishing/swimming/any other activity that I would likely get wet during. It could be a little more quality (but what couldn’t, right?) but it hasn’t failed me yet and has always served its intended function. When buying a knife, aesthetics is always what comes first. If it’s ugly…I’m not going to get it. That simple. I can then cut out knives that are too pricey. I’m sorry, but anything more than $75 or so is not too good of an option for a 20 year old college student. There are plenty of knives in the $40-$80 price range that do wonderfully. Which brings me to my last parameter: Quality. This scale can pretty much go to infinity, but what I really look for is sufficient sharpness to get jobs done, the ability to hold that decent edge for a fair amount of time, and a durable overall feel that I can be certain won’t fail me. I’ve got a good variety of brands and style knives for different uses, but my favorite by far, and the one I have carried just about every day for the past 5 or 6 years of my life is my Mini Covert. I have never found a knife that I liked as much.

Posted by Chris Jones - 07/25/2012 01:09 PM

I purchased a Baladeo ultralight 22g pocket knife. While it’s practical to carry it is VERY delicate and is not “cut out” (no pun intended) for medium difficulty and up cutting. I barely can use it to cut open cardboard boxes without worrying the lock will disengage. Pretty but not practical.
In my experience there needs to be a balance between portability, build quality and blade strength and ability to hold an edge.

Posted by Greg Green - 07/25/2012 01:11 PM

The last knife I bought was Lopez custom from Denver. The most important thing to me when it comes to knives is the handle. It must be comfortable and fit your hand well to use it well. Next is the blade/steel. A good mid to higher quality steel is important also. I don’t want to have to sharpen a knife every five minutes. I’ve guided for many years and usually carry three knives with me in the field, and yes one is a Gerber. I really like and use all of them.

Posted by Andre - 07/25/2012 01:11 PM

My last purchase was for 10 Winchester folding knives. I bought them for my Cub Scouts at the time because they needed a simple folder for Day Camp. They were basic folders, 3 blades, for something like $5 at Walmart. I held onto a couple and use them for eating apples or other fruit. Pretty low quality throw-away blades, but they served their purpose.
As far as what I look for in a serious knife purchase, it depends on for what purpose I plan on using the knife. I am generally a fan of open-assist lock blade knives. The handle material needs to be non-slip that can stand up to sweat, moisture, or grease. The locking mechanism needs to be solid and secure, but I also shouldn’t have to fight to close the blade. The blade is usually a half-serrated, half straight with a standard tip. I do like the look of the tanto style, but I’ve never gone that route. For hiking/camping I usually carry a Gerber folder and a USMC issue Ka-bar fighting knife.

Posted by nick - 07/25/2012 01:11 PM

picked up the gerber DMF tanto folder as an EDC knife. looks and feels great in my hand. also have had many paraframe knives from gerber. prices are great and have never had problems with my knives from you guys. just make sure you’re buying a knife that is made for your intended use.

Posted by Aaron Ellis - 07/25/2012 01:12 PM

In my experience, I always pick my knivs on the ability to keep them sharp and clean. I have and will always use the Gerber Paraframe I – Stainless. Its a beautiful knife and I love the ability to field dress an elk and just throw it in a pot of boiling water with no worries whatsoever.

Posted by dustin king - 07/25/2012 01:12 PM

For me a knife has to be stiff to stab , hold an edge to cut, be able to sharpen easy, and be light enough to carry everywhere with you

Posted by shawn e. bell - 07/25/2012 01:12 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Buck ErgoHunter with a rosewood handle. It’s made with Sandvik 12C27Mod steel, and seems to keep an edge pretty well. What I particularly like about this knife is the grip; I’m not a big fan of wooden grips – they usually feel ‘funny’ and don’t fit in the hand well. This knife is the exception.

The most important quality to look for – in my opinion – is comfort; I don’t look at cheap knives, so the quality and durability will always be there. The comfort, therefore, is the deciding factor for me.

Posted by Ven Romero - 07/25/2012 01:13 PM

The last blade I bought was a smith and Wesson tactical. It is very important to me that a blade have a solid grip so I feel confident while using it, if it’s a folder I want to know that it locks in Place securely as well.

Posted by Dan Lowery - 07/25/2012 01:14 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Gator Machete w/ Nylon Sheath. I bought the Machete to clear some trails near my house of some fallen Alder trees. Worked just as I had hoped! What I look for in a knife is durability, quality, and craftsmanship. Brand is obviously important and I have never been underwhelmed by Gerber.

Posted by Justin - 07/25/2012 01:15 PM

My last purchase was a small Gerber knife with a clip. this allows me to carry either in or on my pants pocket and use periodically throughout the day with ease. When I go to make a knife purchase I am looking for a particular purpose as well as something that will last structurally and mechanically.

Posted by Patrick - 07/25/2012 01:16 PM

Last knife bought was a Gerber folding Gator with half-serrated blade. This blade was bought to replace a knife that I had bought for its look and was absolutely useless for long-term use. Now, when buying knives or gear in general I try to get something that is from a quality name and where I get value for what I spend!

Posted by Mike - 07/25/2012 01:16 PM

My last knife purchase was for a survival/tactical knife. Something I know that will work if I “got lost” while backpacking (more like me chasing down a grizz to rassle with- just to let the bear know that I’m on top of the food chain and plan to stay there). Whenever making these purchases, I try to place myself in a Sylvester Stalone or chuck Norris film from the 80’s, and ask “what type of knife would I need to survive this movie plot?”

Posted by Kurtis Lawrence - 07/25/2012 01:16 PM

I recently bought the apoc kit and I think the most important qualities are durability and keeping an edge, which all of the tools in the kit have, especially the LMF II which is an excellent knife. Great blade, comfortable handle, and gnarly pommel.

Posted by Jarrod - 07/25/2012 01:18 PM

Functionality, durability, and comfort when using. These three things help me decide on purchasing a specific knife. I try to get all three of these when looking for a knew knife.

Posted by Walter - 07/25/2012 01:20 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Paraframe.

In your experience, what are the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife?

It would have to be the style and portability, I don’t usually carry a knife on my belt so a buck knife won’t do. Having a sleek folding knife that is durable and easy to manage is what is most important to me.

Posted by james hosford - 07/25/2012 01:21 PM

The last knife that i bought was a SOG Pentagon Mini. i was looking for a small fixed blade for everyday use.

What i look for when buying a knife depends on what i want it for, but the following typically apply no matter what. 1) good metal that is easy to sharpen, but will hold it’s edge. 2) solid handle/guard that does not move or feel like it will snap under pressure. 3) If it is a folder, i want to know that it is not going to close until i want it to close, even if it affects speed of opening.

Posted by Kevin Lawrence - 07/25/2012 01:21 PM

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that often my knife choices are first guided by coolness and size, and then followed by practical considerations. Also, I never heeded the advice of my parents, and instead of engineering, I thought it would be better to major in English and work in communications. So my first consideration after coolness is price. Then use and materials.

My most recent knife, the SOG Fielder XL, fulfilled my need for a decent affordable folder. And it was cooler and bigger than the smaller Fielder and Fielder mini, so it was the clear winner…

Posted by Ashley Garboden - 07/25/2012 01:21 PM

The last knife I purchased (besides the sushi knife for my dad) was a crappy pink pocket knife for camping because the guys always steal my pocket knives. I figured a pink one they wont touch! The most important thing to me now is something the has solid lock and good blade. My boyfriend sharpens knives and not only have I received the lecture about the type of metal I should be looking for but he recently had a locking blade malfunction and close on his finger. No more cheap knives for us! I need an upgrade!

Posted by Roger Falnes - 07/25/2012 01:22 PM

My last purchase was a Benchmade mini griptilian in OD green with the black coated D5 blade. I have beat the ever loving crap outta this knife and it keeps coming back for more. Over two deployments it has been run over, dropped while open, used on very hard materials, etc. The only service done is Benchmade’s “Lifesharp” tuning service. So yeah folks, its a tool. It has to be durable. It has to feel durable. And the company needs to stand by their product. That is all.

Posted by Matt B - 07/25/2012 01:23 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Zero Tolerance 0561. The main qualities I look for in a knife are the quality of the blade steel, the strength of the locking mechanism, and the overall build quality. A knife that will close on your hand or otherwise fail under hard use is not only useless but dangerous. Also, if it won’t hold an edge or rusts easily it’s not going to do much good either. Almost equally as important as the blade and lock-up is the fit to your hand. If it’s uncomfortable to hold or use you’re not going to take full advantage of the other features because you’re simply not going to use it! The perfect knife is something that can blend all of these qualities together.

Posted by Ronnie Druien - 07/25/2012 01:23 PM

I like to buy MADE IN THE USA!!!!

Posted by Alan - 07/25/2012 01:25 PM

My last knife was a folding utility blade for work. I think one of the most important things in choosing a knife is the color! You wouldn’t want a dark colored knife that will be stored in the bottom of your pack. I also wouldn’t want an orange knife as an EDC. Just try to think if the color of your new knife would go with your outfit, be it camo or hot pink ;)

Posted by Tony Craig - 07/25/2012 01:25 PM

My last purchase was a Gerber BG folding knife. I was looking for a good grip and great blade strength from a folding knife. This knife provided both, and the facts that it is very light and portable are just added bonus. Bear definitely knew what he was doing when he helped design this knife, much less the always dependable and fantastic company that Gerber is. I will never buy a knife that isn’t a Gerber, period.

Posted by Alan - 07/25/2012 01:26 PM

The last knife I purchased was a gerber bear grylls ultimate fixed blade, which I bought for camping/survival. Personally when choosing a knife I first think what I am going to be using it for, I like to have separate knives for separate tasks. I am a professional firefighter/emt and use knives a lot for anything from cutting seatbelts to surprisingly breaking windows so I always carry a couple knives on me.

Posted by Matthew Gagle - 07/25/2012 01:27 PM

Intended use is my biggest determining factor. If I am just looking for general purpose, then I won’t spend as much on a knife. A hunter knife, on the other hand, isn’t worth risking my personal safety on a cheap grade knife.

Posted by Austin - 07/25/2012 01:27 PM

I would say to pay in about the $40-80 range. I have found that as about the “sweet spot” for my blade spending. As tempting as some of the blades I’ve seen for $80+ are I generally find that at that price range what I’m really looking for is an upgrade in self defense or functionality that usually transfers into a gun or other specialized tool. Also, with the addition of online shopping you can do searches to find blades that would normally be priced in the $80+ range down in that “sweet spot” again.

Posted by Nicolás Fracchia - 07/25/2012 01:28 PM

My Last knife purchase was a Böker AK 47, a line designed by Kalishnikov for Böker. It costed $90 (aprox) and it has Been a great purchase. Here in Chile knives are very expensive, so, if you want to do me a huge favor/present for the inminent zombie apocalypse, I’d love if you can make my knives supply a little bigger. Thanks!

Posted by Benjamin LeValley - 07/25/2012 01:28 PM

my last knife purchase was a benchmade griptillian. it is a folder that has a decent handle grip, excellent opening (no assist unfortunately)but the thing i like best of all it has very durable locks with no shaking. Durable locks and the steel used for the blade (or more specifically, a steel with high edge retention qualities)are the most important knife qualities i look for before purchasing. the reason for this is i need a knife that can handle anything i can throw at it, as im currently in a deployed location with the U.S. Military, so i would say it this is as tough as it gets for a knife out here, so the locks cant get wobbly after a few weeks, and i dont always have time to keep re sharpening, so edge retention is a must.

Posted by Nate Detmer - 07/25/2012 01:28 PM

I’m not going to lie. My last knife purchase was a kitchen knife. I needed something that can clean up chicken wings faster. However in a real knife I look for something that’s light, feels good in my hand and sharp.

Posted by Jimmy Scibetti - 07/25/2012 01:29 PM

My last knife purchase was a HUMVEE Pocket knife, my previous one had completely fallen apart from over use. I bought it becuase I have uses for pockets knives throughout my day everyday and I was on the road it suited my needs for that time. I have gone through quite a few knives (pocket or otherwise). I try to find knives that are durable, built well, and honestly prefer decent ones made in America, which are pretty hard to come by.

Posted by Dan - 07/25/2012 01:30 PM

The last knife I bought was a Kershaw Asset 1930ST.
In my experience the best things to look for in purchasing a knife or quality, name, made in USA.

Posted by Travis Boots - 07/25/2012 01:30 PM

The last knife I bought was a Tops Hawke’s Hellion. I was in need of a great multi-function survival knife, and it had everything I needed, and more. And that is how I approach knife buying—what are my specific needs, and what knives are out there that fill those specific needs. If I find exactly what I need, that’s great. If I find what I need and then some, it is even better!

Posted by Gary D - 07/25/2012 01:31 PM

It was a Gerber BG Parang. Heavy but not too heavy. Well built. Needed a little sharping but overall A+. Price a little high for a machete but I think is worth it.

Posted by Rocky Stone - 07/25/2012 01:32 PM

My last knife was a Gerber Gator II. I have had it for over two years and it has been a very good knife. The most important quality in a knife really depends on the intended use of the blade. My Gator is primarily used as a field knife, so it needs to stay sharp and durable. The Gator’s straight edge does stay very sharp. The drop point to the serration can be utilized well as a gut hook. The handle needs a good grip, as my Gator has, so it does not slip and is comfortable. The brand can make all the difference in quality. Most of my good blades have been Gerber.

Posted by Rob Carlton - 07/25/2012 01:33 PM

Last knife I purchased…? You had to ask that, of all questions. I still remember those beady eyes staring at me from her round greasy face. Her name was Marlene, and she was driving her Rascal power scooter down the paper towel aisle at Walmart. I saw it at the same time she did. Only one box of plastic knives left on the shelf. I needed it for my son’s birthday party. She needed it because you can’t eat store-brand crackers unless they’re covered in store-brand cheese spread. A tumbleweed rolled across the aisle.

I acted on instinct alone. I still remember hearing the screech of those tiny tires, struggling to overcome Newton’s First Law. To this day it still unfolds in slow motion in my mind. Her stringy hair flowing behind her. The “Fat Chicks Ride for Free” t-shirt coming toward me at 7 miles per hour. I thought it was the last thing I’d ever see…. I’m not proud of what happened next. Let’s just say I’m not allowed in Arkansas any more. Yeah – that was the last knife I bought. The Reflections, medium weight plastic cutlery knife – white.

What do I look for in a knife? I look for something that can stop the nightmares…

Posted by DJ - 07/25/2012 01:33 PM

I think the last knife I bought was a Gerber caping knife I found for just over $25. It is super sharp and seems to hold its edge. I will hopefully try it out in the next few weeks.
I look for a good solid knife with strength and durability that feels comfortable in my hand. I buy all sorts of knives but most often stick with fixed blades with a drop point. Serration is nice for a multipurpose knife that I may use at camp or at work. For hunting I prefer a smooth sharp blade that can be easily cleaned and rarely needs to be resharpened.

Posted by Vickie Hawkins - 07/25/2012 01:34 PM

I bought my first gerber 18 years ago as a rookie Police officer. I needed a folding knife that was small and would clip in my front pocket. I used it for several different things, but i always had it in case i had to cut seat belts for accident victims. I still have it with me every day.

Posted by Jake Schafer - 07/25/2012 01:34 PM

My last knife purchase was somewhat of an embarrassment. It was a $5 knock-off folder at the local hardware store (marked down from $15). I had lost my Gerber 3 weeks earlier do to circumstances out of my control (falling off boat). That knife has now spent a year in my pocket, and it looks like it has been 30. It’s time it was retired.

The absolute most important quality to keep in mind when purchasing a new knife? Is it blessed with the Gerber name.

Posted by dondy - 07/25/2012 01:35 PM

I always consider the build and multi purpose as the top qualities to consider when buying knives!

Posted by Jon Blaze - 07/25/2012 01:36 PM

The last purchase I made for a folder was a Gerber DMF Auto about 2 months ago to carry at work (Police Officer). And the last purchase of a fixed blade was an ESEE-5 about 5 months ago.
The things I look for when buying a knife is solid construction (Blade lock up and play). I like to get a good steel and take heat treat into consideration as well. I also take into consideration the grind depending on what I need it for. Hollow grind for hunting and skinning and Saber or flat grind for survival. I prefer non-serrated blades for ease field sharpening. For folders I prefer tip down carry and check the knife for a good fit in my hand. I only buy blades made in the USA. I am willing to spend a good amount of money on a knife as my life could depend on it someday. Before dogs were mans best friend…there was the knife. I’m still more of knife guy than a dog guy.

Posted by Ryan Nadolny - 07/25/2012 01:38 PM

The thing I look for the most is reputation of the company. If its a good one, I will but their knives forever. My first “expensive“knife was a Kbar. It stood the test of time and was a great knife. Unfortunately it was stolen from me. After receiving a Gerber as a gift, I have been buying them pretty much exclusively. My latest being a Covert F.A.S.T. Even when the belt clip broke off, Gerber was wonderful at getting me a replacement clip and screws and doing it in a very timely fashion. All in all, you can’t put a price on a quality knife made with quality steel from a quality company.

Posted by michael - 07/25/2012 01:39 PM

yeas the last purchase was a cheap one and i was sadly disappointed so i would lie to see what a knife from Gerber could do for me

Posted by Jason L - 07/25/2012 01:39 PM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Instant. When it comes to picki out a new knife I look at the quality of the blade and the speed to get it out. In my line of work having a knife handy and te ablity to deploy it could mean life or death, so I have to know it will work every time.

Posted by john fowler - 07/25/2012 01:40 PM

The last knife I bought when I was 14. I needed a knife for hunting and fishing that was all purpase. Where we go camping there is a Case/Zippo outlet where I payed $40 for a strong fixed blade. For some reason my dad said to taste the blade and if it was salty it was quallity stainless steal (I don’t know if this is true.) This knife hasn’t failed me and it has a lifelong warranty. Sorry it not a gerber.

Posted by Mike Christensen - 07/25/2012 01:42 PM

The last knife I bought from a store was the Gerber Paraframe II at least 8-10 years ago and I have used it to do everything from opening mail to making kindling to cutting meat. The screws have come a little loose from time to time but they tighten right up. The best thing I can say about this knife is that I have only had to sharpen it a hand full of time even with the abuse I have put it through. Obviously a person must know what the knife will be used for before going to buy a new knife. This will dictate what style/type of knife to get.

The most important thing to look for when purchasing a new knife is the blade quality. a person doesn’t want to buy something that is either going to dull quickly or break while trying to use it.

If the knife one is buying is a fixed blade they would want one with a full tang, solid yet comfortable handle, a guard so the hand does not slip up the blade, well balanced to minimize fatigue, and most importantly again quality metal. As for the thickness of a fix blade it would depend on what the knife is going to be used for and purchase accordingly.

If it is a folder a person is looking for again the quality of the metal is very important for reasons already stated. After that one would have to look for quality of build, solid locking mechanism, pocket clip or not, ease of use, and again a solid comfortable grip.

Being diligent in looking for these qualities will ensure a person buys the right knife for the right job.

Posted by Charles Taylor - 07/25/2012 01:42 PM

last knife purchase was a gerber suspension multi tool, had forgotten my old recoil model at home. The most important qualities in my opinion, are quickness of opening, balance, and something that’s useful in throwing at a terrorist guard after scaling a wall at night, and the ease of said knife to remove the extra olive from my martini. JB

Posted by doug clay - 07/25/2012 01:42 PM

it depends on what i want to use the knife for,as far as what the right price is.i could go on.but that pretty much sums it up

Posted by Justin H - 07/25/2012 01:42 PM

The last knife I purchased was a Gerber folder. I bought it about 6 years ago. It has been a great knife. I have since received as a gift a Kershaw that I carry, but my Gerber is still in my car. The qualities I look for in a kife vary depending on use, but in general type of metal, reputation, functional design, and a comfortable handle/grip design.

Posted by Laurie C. - 07/25/2012 01:42 PM

The last knife I got a was a 2.99” fast from Gerber. Its a simple knife for what I needed it for. This one has a nice grip for what I will use it for. This is my backup for myself and all my brothers and sisters in blue.

When getting a knife look for the size that fits you, don’t get something that will be to big or small for you to use. Also look at the fetures of the knife, don’t get something with all the extras if you are not going to use them. Do not go just grab a knife because it looks good. Look things up and look at diffrent brands before you go to the store and get sometning that you don’t like after the first 5 munites. Be smart and do not go get a knife just because it’s cool, get one because it will be used. The perfect knife is out there for you, but you just needed to look around and find the right one that has all the qualities that fit you.

I buy Gerber because they have knifes for all ranges. Simple ones and ones that have everything on them.

Posted by Tyson B - 07/25/2012 01:43 PM

in my experience the most important qualities to look for when buying a knife is how it can stand up to wear and tear for everyday use and its ability to retain its sharpness and not get loose when opening it all the time

Posted by James Farmer - 07/25/2012 01:43 PM

The last knife I bought was a gerber folder at walmart for $20. I’ve found over the years when buying knifes if it doesn’t feel right in my hand between the grip and balance I tend to not use it that much or not at all. It has to feel like it’s one with me when I hold it or it just doesn’t feel right at all. Doesn’t matter the purpose for which I buy the knife either.

Posted by Aaron Kennedy - 07/25/2012 01:44 PM

As for the qualities one needs to look for in a knife, they differ somewhat depending on the use of the tool. It would be nice if there was a good all around knife that fit all of my needs but there isn’t and I haven’t found a practical way that one could be designed.

In general, the first thing I look at is the particular type of steel in which a particular knife is made of. Blade steel is important. Depending on it’s use, you may decide that you want the highest amount of corrosion resistance that you can get and you may want to choose a stainless steel variety. Stainless is good for corossion protection, however it won’t hold an edge as well as it’s quicker to rust but harder high carbon cousin. Carbon steel blades hold an edge much better than most stainless knifes. You don’t want a knife that is so hard that it is fragile though. For most tasks, you want a combination of hardness and durability. You want your knife to take an edge relatively easily and maintain it without chipping or shattering. You can delve very deep into blade steel options and we probably don’t have room here to elaborate any more than I already have.

Next you have to determine whether or not you want a fixed blade or a folder. fixed blade knives tend to be more useful for hacking, chopping and prying chores as the lack of moving parts tends to make them more durable. Folding knives really only have one benefit and that is that they are easier to store or carry due to the fact that you can usually reduce the length of the knife by as much as 50% and conceal the business edge so that you can safely stowe them in a pocket.

Once you’ve determined whether you want a fixed or a folder, you have to look at the handle of the knife. The handle isn’t just some place to put your hand, it is a safety feature and it is a major determining factor in the ergonomics of the knife. A good guard or recess to prevent your hand from slipping up onto the sharpened blade is important, especially for a working or combat blade. If you’re going to be using a knife in an enviornment where things are liable to get wet, you want a tactile, protective handle that will keep the sharp parts away from your hand and your hand away from the sharp parts. You may also be interested in lanyard holes, pocket clips and bludgeoning points which are all useful additions to the handle end of a knife.

Blade thickness is important as well. It is especially a consideration when you intend to use a knife as a camp tool for such tasks as hacking on firewood or conversely if you need a knife to fillet a fish. Both of these tasks require completely different blade thicknesses and your intended use will be your biggest determining factor in the blade thickness you choose.

The length of the blade will also be very important depending on the task. Small chores can often become much more difficult with a large blade and likewise, small blades can definately increase the amount of work necessary to complete a large task.

To sum this up, there are many things one must consider when choosing a knife and chances are, most folks won’t own just one knife but that is ok, knives are awesome and the more of them you own, likely the happier you will be.

Here is a basic list of features to consider:
-Blade steel
-Fixed or Folder
-Length of knife
-Handle design
-Handle material
-Serration or straight edge or combination
-Quality of sheethe if fixed
-Thickness of blade
-Design of blade
-Weight of knife
-Do you find it attractive?
-Does it feel good in your hand?

Posted by Matt - 07/25/2012 01:45 PM

a knife should cut things
be of decent quality
something you count on

Posted by Sara - 07/25/2012 01:45 PM

my most recent blade purchase was a kershaw chive and rainbow in color. i absolutely love this knife and shopped for quite a while to find it. the most important things to look for when purchasing is the knifes usability. you have to ask yourself what you will be using it for and if it will be practical for that. if you plan on cutting boxes or opening mail, you wont need an extremely strong steel but for other things, you may. size is also something to consider. you want something that fits your hand and isn’t going to be uncomfortable to handle. comfort with your blade is very important. i have been collecting for several years now and these are things i consider with every purchase.

Posted by Andreas Theodoulou - 07/25/2012 01:45 PM

good knife must fit the curve of your hand , have a good shape , lightweight , durable material , rust proof.

Posted by Lance - 07/25/2012 01:46 PM

My last knife purchase was last night. Generally I tend to research my gear purchases like crazy until I feel confident in the purchase and will not regret it in a week.
When looking for my recent knife purchase I wanted a knife to carry on a daily basis outside of work (at work I carry a defensive/rescue blade but it is to big for daily off duty use). So ergonomics, both open and closed, were high on my priority list. Next was blade steel, locking system and handle material.

Posted by Andrew W - 07/25/2012 01:46 PM

Last knife I bought was a $30 multitool. Honestly, when I purchase a knife, I’m looking for something I can use all over the place, and will let me swoop in and save the day in an emergency, be it little or small. From my Kershaw blades on the trail to my Gerber pocket tool at the bar, I make sure I’m always prepared.

Posted by Gerald Degener - 07/25/2012 01:47 PM

The last knife I purchased was a small Gerber folding knife. Under $30. Just wanted a small compact knife for my pocket.

Posted by Andreas Theodoulou - 07/25/2012 01:48 PM

price depends on budget and function.anything up to 80 euros

Posted by Tim Dozier - 07/25/2012 01:49 PM

My last knives purchased were a two knife Gerber set in a tin box consisting of a 3in. smooth edge and a 3in. serrated edge for around 20 bucks.The two knives are great for everyday carry and can be used for a number of situations.Best 20 bucks I’ve spent in a long time.

Posted by matt kadlubowski - 07/25/2012 01:49 PM

My last purchase was a SOG Flash II. I feel the most important quality should be how a blade holds its edge. If a knife wont stay sharp then what good is it?

Posted by Tyler B - 07/25/2012 01:52 PM

My last knife purchase was actually some a very cheap walmart buy. Since I was on my way camping and forgot mine at home, I just needed something to get by. Needless to say, the knife broke while my friend used it to widdle. The most important quality in a knife must be durability! Trouble waits for no man to find a replacement knife.

Posted by David O - 07/25/2012 01:52 PM

The last knife that I bought, was a CRKT Shenanigan. The thing I look for most in a quality blade, is the reputation of the maker/designer. If you are just starting out then I will take a look at the quality of the blade, and the other materials. But otherwise, I see if they have a good reputation, and then see if the blade is a good fit to me. That’s why I always carry a Gerber 600 / Diesel Multi-tool on me. I know that it will always be good quality, and be able to stand up to the rough conditions that I put it through with the Marines.

Posted by BLeeK - 07/25/2012 01:53 PM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Paraframe Mini Serrated, and I have lost it. I’ve been borrowing my husband’s old knife all summer, and I hate it. It’s too small, too dirty and too hard to close. That said, when I shop for a knife I’m looking for one that is mid-sized, light (I carry it in my pocket at all times when camping), easy to clean and easy to close. Also, I like a serrated edge, and something that can handle rope cutting and vegetable chopping.

Posted by Nathan Pokorny - 07/25/2012 01:54 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber 06 Auto Tanto. When I look for knives, the first thing I look for is the reputation of the brand. This is a foundation for choosing a quality knife that you won’t regret buying. Second, is the steel quality and what the knife is made of. You don’t want a knife that you have to sharpen every single day. Next you should consider it’s function and type of locking mechanism (if it’s a folder). This is usually one of the last steps to the choice because this is where you decide both if you really need it and that it meets your needs. Lastly, the price should be considered because we always want to make sure we are getting what we pay for!

Posted by Harold Sargeant - 07/25/2012 01:54 PM

In your experience, what are the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife?
let me tell you! i DONT know of a knife gerber makes thats of poor quality. but! i will say paying 10$ for a knife from wal-mart is probably going to get you burned. i pay right about 40-50$ for my knives, only bc im picky when it comes to functionality. some pay more some pay less, my favorite function of all knives is the “speed assist” fuction. i love the sound and ease of opening my knives. also it must be well lubricated, and sharp enough to etch into concrete. tho, i dont think i have ever had the need to, but you never know.

Posted by Jace Sando - 07/25/2012 01:54 PM

When I buy knives I usually dont risk alot of money because I’m afraid of a spendy knife becoming dull too quickly. Furthermore, what I would like in a knife would be, lightweight, slim, sharp, and smooth. My past knives have broke due to springs and screws breaking and coming loose. A solid knive that can be dependable and withstand the weather and risk some shock damage would be enough for me to make a purchase.

Posted by dan wieleba - 07/25/2012 01:57 PM

I think blade material is what I look at first, than the quality of the opening mechanism.

Posted by dan howard - 07/25/2012 01:58 PM

last knife purchase i made was for a gerber multi-tool. i love it and use it on everything. what to look for on a knife…that it doesn’t say china pakistan or tailand anywhere on the blade.

Posted by Dwayne Sykes - 07/25/2012 01:59 PM

I hate to say it but my last knife came from a flea market. It is a set of throwing knives, it was an impulse buy that I regret. So give me a pity win please lol

Posted by chris k - 07/25/2012 01:59 PM

The last knife I bought was a BG Gerber at wallyworld. Ergonomics plus USA made dictated my choice and always will. I would always support us made and would indeed pay a lil more for it. I do think over 150 for a blade would be tough for me but if it fit my needs I’d make it happen.

Posted by D Cripps - 07/25/2012 01:59 PM

My last knife purchase was a Boker Ceramic Santoku for the kitchen. Fantastic knife.

In answer to your question:

- suitability for it’s intended use – blade quality/material – if it is a folder, the quality of the movement

Posted by Kyle Kaat - 07/25/2012 01:59 PM

The last knife I bought was a smith&Wesson first responder. Its a tough knife without too many bells PR wh.istles

Posted by chris k - 07/25/2012 02:01 PM

The last knife I bought was a BG Gerber at wallyworld.My preference is mostly Ergonomics plus USA made dictated my choice and always will. I would always support us made and would indeed pay a lil more for it. I do think over 150 for a blade would be tough for me but if it fit my needs I’d make it happen.

Posted by Chrys White - 07/25/2012 02:02 PM

The last knife i bought was at a flea market in Iraq, a Columbia Tactical fixed blade roughly 10 in. in length and solid construction teflon coated and just a all around good knife i paid 30$ for it and i knew i got the deal of a lifetime. Just the craftsmanship of the knife was superior to anything i had seen in a long time. The intimidation factor of the knife was off the charts and the handle is very solid and fits perfect in my hand. Ill probably never see a deal like that again but i would have paid $100 for it easy in a heartbeat. Just seeing it hanging off of my IOTV enemies thought twice before engaging in hand to hand combat.

Posted by Aidan Powell - 07/25/2012 02:04 PM

I look for sturdy knives the will be able to withstand a good workout. Last blade i bought was a the gerber machete Jr i think its called… Its been great. I still need a gerber folding knife though.

Posted by B W - 07/25/2012 02:05 PM

The last knife was an outdoor edge,it has a very good edge and I like having a folding knife always on me.

Posted by David Parrish - 07/25/2012 02:05 PM

My last knife purchase was a ceramic folder with a clip. I’d always been interested to see how ceramic knives held their edge and just how sharp they could get. I was impressed!

Honestly my biggest considerations in knives are brand (there are only a few I trust, including Gerber and Winchester), intended use (a knife to keep on my desk for opening mail is going to be very different than a knife I will take hunting), and, if it’s not a folder, I always go full-tang.

Posted by Thomas Nord - 07/25/2012 02:06 PM

The last knife I bought was a Swiss Army knife back in my days in the Boy Scouts. Sadly, I haven’t purchased a new one since then and it’s about time to fix that. To me, the most important quality in a purchase is going to be the blade quality. I want a blade that won’t let me down when I need it, but will stand the test of time and I can hand down to my son when he is older.

Posted by Dawn Carroll - 07/25/2012 02:07 PM

For me, I have to make sure the crafting of the knife is spot on, no loose parts, nicely sharpened, as a dull knife is a dangerous knife. Also, I prefer folded, serrated knives. I’ve found many a nice knife at Big 5 on sale, original prices are usually 50$ or so, the most I’d pay for a good knife at full price would be 80 I think.

Posted by David Hollingsworth - 07/25/2012 02:07 PM

My last knife was an Ontario folding knife. It was around $135. In my experience, the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are the quality, durability, and most importantly comfort! You don’t want to be using a knife that is jabbing into your hand causing discomfort!!!! I personaly prefer the blade to be between 3.75 and 6 inches, depending on the knife.

Posted by Joe Fehr - 07/25/2012 02:08 PM

Purchased a daily carry knife, most important thing to look for is quality of steel for intended use and blade design.

Posted by Rich Kolb - 07/25/2012 02:08 PM

My last knife purchase was a KISS folder with a money/belt clip on it. I like to pretend that I look for the quality of the steel and if I have a use for the knife before I buy it, but really, I usually buy something name brand that looks pretty.

Posted by Ron Ross - 07/25/2012 02:08 PM

I’ve purchased several knives over the years and had good luck with some and back luck with others. I mainly look for quality materials and durability in a knife. I want to know that it’s going to last and be reliable when I need it.

Posted by Andy - 07/25/2012 02:09 PM

The last knife I purchased wasn’t a knife at all. It was a Gerber multitool. I needed something that was reliable, held an edge, and that had the “tools” to allow me to fix all the little things I break. I think it’s important to buy a knife that is made from quality materials, that matches your intended use, and that you’re comfortable handling.

Posted by Blake - 07/25/2012 02:10 PM

I last purchased a blade to carry specifically with my duty uniform. I was seeking something sleek, sturdy, and easily accessible. I searched long and hard for a left -handed opener. I am right-handed and carry a duty weapon and I wanted a blade that I could access with my off hand so not to compromise the security over my Glock. I found a Schrade that hand an adjustable clip and a sling opening action for speed. I look for quality steel, I look to fit the blade for the purpose I intend to use it for. I rarely buy a knife without first “trying it on” as it fits in my hand, checking the action if its an opener, and ,importantly, how fast and easily can I produce it in a pinch.

Posted by Chris - 07/25/2012 02:10 PM

The last knife was a boker auto. I needed a fest opening knife for duty use that was affordable enough that I wouldn’t care if it got lost or broken, but was still reliable. The most important qualities I look for are blade type, assisted/auto opening, price point.

Posted by Trey - 07/25/2012 02:11 PM

My main focus when picking a good knife is how durable its going to be. Between working on the farm and doing other outdoor act ivies my knives take a beating. My last few knives have been a variety of Gerbers and have not been disappointed like i have with other brands. They have held up getting abused hold an edge for a long time and aren’t big and bulky in my pocket.

Posted by Leon Grimes - 07/25/2012 02:11 PM

My last knife purchase was for a Case knife for my Dad’s birthday. My Dad has always been a big fan of Case and has had number of them since he was a child. I looked for the particular style that he likes (Stockman) and a price range that was attractive to me ($30-$70).

Posted by DIP - 07/25/2012 02:12 PM

The last knife I bought was supposed to be a Gerber from eBay….when it got here the blade was loose and dull. I contacted the seller and he told me that’s how he got them/. I am not even sure if its an original Gerber knife or some knock-off. Good luck to everyone who enters.

Posted by Laura Lyon - 07/25/2012 02:13 PM

most of my knives we’re hand-me-downs from my pa. but the last knife i purchased for 160 coins in baldaur’s gate.. it held no ground against those pesky wolves, ghouls and golems. Took probably 10 hits to take one of them suckers out. I need a real blade.

Posted by Aaron Kennedy - 07/25/2012 02:13 PM

Uh oh…. I posted without telling about my last knife purchase so I am posting it here.
The last knife I purchased was a Kershaw that I purchased from a local “big box” store due to it’s relatively cheap price tag. The knife was on clearance and I decided that based off of my past experiences with their products, a Kershaw for $19.95 was a good deal. It was definately a $20 knife but not the $50 knife I had hoped I was getting. The pocket clip loosened quickly (within a two weeks) and re-tightening of it only resulted in it loosening again within a matter of a few days. The knife is easy to sharpen and holds a decent (but not great) edge. The one handed opening stopped working within a couple of weeks (I assume due to pocket lint but shouldn’t the knife be designed to self shed that lint or shouldn’t it take a little longer than that before I’m forced to take the air compressor and Remoil to it?) The handle is one aspect of the knife that I am fond of. It has a nice big cut out for your pointer finger to wrest in which provides leverage and a secure grip and the Micarta really grips your skin but it grips it comfortably. It is substantial enough to provide a solid grip without being so big that it feels bulky in your hand. I just wish the knife had been a little more thoughtfully put together and now that I think of it, I think I’ll try some loctite on the pocket clip screws. As for what I think a person should look for in a knife. The following is from my earlier response.

Here is a basic list of features to consider:
-Blade steel
-Fixed or Folder
-Length of knife
-Handle design
-Handle material
-Serration or straight edge or combination
-Quality of sheethe if fixed
-Thickness of blade
-Design of blade
-Weight of knife
-Do you find it attractive?
-Does it feel good in your hand?

Posted by Brian Power - 07/25/2012 02:14 PM

The Gerber Remix fine edge was the last knife that I bought.

When looking for a knife the most important thing to look for is the durability of the knife, if the knife will only last you a month or less than there is no point in spending the money on it. Buy something with good quality and a good company name behind it.

Posted by Keith Abbott - 07/25/2012 02:15 PM

What you should pay is what you think is a fair price for what you want and can afford. If you think that a $300 dollar pocket knife is what you want,go for it !I personally just bought a Gerber quick draw for $40 at the local hardware store, absolutly love it !

Posted by Nate - 07/25/2012 02:16 PM

My last per chase was a survival knife paise 50$ for it. It’s nice strong and feels like it will last. It’s got a flint, mirror, whistle, and flashlight, all on the sheath. Pretty good. Knife in my opinion.

Posted by Matt B. - 07/25/2012 02:16 PM

last knife I bought was a small, lightweight fixed blade — the ESEE Candiru. it’s small enough that you don’t even notice it on your belt (only 1.7 ounces), but it’s sturdy enough to handle the same abuse as a full size fixed blade. It makes a great backup knife, but can also hold its own as a primary blade. When buying a knife, I always consider what it will normally be used for, but also consider if it’s sturdy enough (and built with quality materials) to handle being the only knife on me in a “stuff hits the fan” type situation. Like the saying goes, the best knife for the job is the one you have on you.

Posted by John Granados - 07/25/2012 02:17 PM

I would have to say you buy the knife for the purpose it’s intended. Right tool for the right job. The last knife I bought was an E.M.S. knife. When buying a knife you need to consider “What am I going to use this for?” What style do I need. Definately blade quality. What company am I considering, and is it a trusted brand. After all you wouldn’t buy a chainsaw from Kenmore.

Posted by Roel Goris - 07/25/2012 02:19 PM

The last knife I actually bought? Five years ago, the Muela Black Storm! What I look for in a knife, is durability and functionality. Although I do not see “lots of functions” as functionality: these things always end up broken with me. My pocket knife (an assist blade I got as a present when I was 13) and this Muela have proven perfectly functional: I can cut, chop, open cans, open bottles, … with it and it has never, NEVER been broken. Hard to top that, but I’m willing to try! :-)

Posted by Audrey - 07/25/2012 02:19 PM

The most important qualities for me (after deciding on the intended use of the tool) are: Does the knife appear to be of high quality, is it made by a reputable company? Is the knife attractive? (what? I’m an artist! Looks are important to me!) Does it feel great in my hand? Is it balanced? Is it too heavy or light? Will I be able to sharpen it myself? Is there anyway it can unexpectedly open or close and hurt me/get caught on my clothes/otherwise be irritating? I don’t think there is “one perfect knife”—just the perfect one for the job.

Posted by Hamish Fraser - 07/25/2012 02:20 PM

The Last knife that i bought was a buck bucklite max and its ok it’s not great though but i have had it for 4 years now so it might be time to upgrade. The most important qualities to look for when buying a knife for me is the qualitie of the blade, the price, the weight of it and also how hard it is to sharpen. But when choosing a knife it all depends on what it will be used for and the amount you are willing to spend on it.

Posted by dan - 07/25/2012 02:21 PM

The last knife I bought was a spyderco (dragonfly I think?) Little keychain knife. It’s come in handy at work so many times it’s not funny. The tip broke off so now I have nothing. I’d say to look for longevity and lightness.

Posted by Chris B - 07/25/2012 02:21 PM

The last knife purchase I made was a Schrade knife (approx $30.00 12 years ago). The qualities that I look for when shopping for a new knife are pretty basic. I try to find one that will be easy to carry all the time. I look for good steel that will hold the edge. A solid hinge that won’t allow the knife to just “flop” open. A solid handle, and good a good balance of weight. The ladies say “size dosn’t matter” however I have found it does…to big and it’s a hassle to carry while backpacking, too small and you run the risk of the knife becoming relatively useless. I try to look for a knife that I will be able to use for AT LEAST 3 purposes, as I am a believer in the adage that something you carry in the wilderness should have at least 3 uses.

Posted by Erik Otterbach - 07/25/2012 02:22 PM

The last knife i purchased was a kershaw Drone,although it was an impulse buy, my other backpacking knives ive always looked for two things: the materials of the blade and grip, and the sturdiness of the blade to the grip since they’re all folding knives. It was a mid-range knife. I also prefer knives with a titanium blade. With the durability of the lock for the knife being a concern i always look to see if any play develops after opening and closing it several times. As far as weight goes i look for lite weight knives for backpacking, if it feels good when gripped in my hand, whether or not the knife looks good isn’t a big concern i tend to look for knives based on their use-ability and sturdiness.

Posted by Dakota moreno - 07/25/2012 02:22 PM

Never have purchased a knife from you guys, but I figures this would be a good way to win one and try it out and start making purchases from here and show it off to my friends and make them buy some.

Posted by Caleb Sampson - 07/25/2012 02:22 PM

The last knife I got was a birthday gift for a friend. I got her a Gerber because they’re always quality. :)
I really like thick, tanto style blades and index releases… the knife has to feel good in my hand, so ergonomics are important too. Partial serration is another thing I like in a knife.

Posted by Donald Green - 07/25/2012 02:22 PM

The last knife I bought was a Buck BOS 860 neck knife. I was in Post Falls, Idaho for my cousin’s wedding last August and took the tour of the Buck factory. I was impressed. In the “pro shop” I looked at a couple of small knives the would be suitable as neck knives and found this little guy. It weighs next to nothing, is exremely flat, has a secure Kydex sheath, and keeps its razor sharp edge. I have worn it almost daily since buying it (even under my tux during the wedding – don’t use tarred bank line to support your neck knife under a white shirt, but that’s a whole ‘nother story) and use it several times a week. It cost about $15-17 if I recall, and was worth every penny and much more. It replaced an old Tekna neck knife that while it had sentimental value, was not as useable as this one.

Posted by Spencer Pranger - 07/25/2012 02:23 PM

Last knife I bought was a gerber, I don’t remember the make though. It was in the 40-80 range though and build for skinning and butchering animals. The most important thing for me is durability.

Posted by Robert Misciagna - 07/25/2012 02:23 PM

I need a knife that is smooth to operate, and holds a edge really well.
A knife that fits my hand and won’t slip, would be great.

Posted by Mark Morton - 07/25/2012 02:27 PM

the qualities i look for when i get a new knife are reliability and usefulness because you don’t need a 12 inch blade to open a letter

Posted by Jon - 07/25/2012 02:28 PM

The last knife I purchased was a small-ish folder that fits comfortably in my jeans and my khakis.

The number one quality in a knife is the blade. Will it hold an edge? Will it hold up under pressure? Let’s face it, a knife with a cheap blade is not only useless but also dangerous!

Posted by John - 07/25/2012 02:30 PM

i buy a lot of knives and the 2 biggest things for me is one edge holding ability and the second is durability over all then other things such as price and “noticeability” last knife i bought was a small fixed blade buck lastnight because i am a college student and wanted something low profile for edc

Posted by Constable Tom Dallas - 07/25/2012 02:30 PM

The last knife I bought was a CRKT M16 model found in a supposedly “junk knife” bucket at yard sale. Bucket was marked “all knives $1.00”…being a picker at heart and never passing up a good knife I dug thru the bucket and found the M16, with aluminum scales no less. It was well used but perfectly serviceable so now its mine. I look for robust blade that holds an edge, lock open and opens easily from pocket withy one had….if pocket knife…if fixed blade I look for same robust blade, hand filling handle and good metal….and of course design for intended application. I own over 150 knives of all brands and types…carry M16 LE model daily, and have done so for last 10 years but I have such variety I often carry according to which best matches my firearm at the time …. see my facebook page Hollowpoint Gun works for a section of favorite gun and knife combos…
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Posted by Bret - 07/25/2012 02:31 PM

I have always loved gerber knives. I used have mini fastdraw. I absolutely loved it.

Posted by Andrew J. Snodgrass - 07/25/2012 02:31 PM

I would say the thing I look for most in a knife is a portable concealable multipurpose blade, one that does what I need it to do. I also look for price and brand name.

Posted by Bryan Finney - 07/25/2012 02:33 PM

My last knife purchase was for a CRKT tactical knife that I wanted to get before I was out of the Marine Corps. I probably overspent on it by paying $80.00 but I think it is worth it considering I had buddies who had their CRKT knives on deployment and raved about them! I feel that from being in the military, quality is something that cannot be matched. A good knife could potentially save your life. I feel that it is worth spending the extra money to get a knife that will last a long time versus buying a cheaper one that will have to be replaced multiple times before the quality knife will be. Buyers must ensure that the knife is right for its intended use and another key element to purchasing a knife is to check on the history and reviews of it seeing as other peoples mistakes could save you from making your own!

Posted by Mason Lopez - 07/25/2012 02:34 PM

My last purchase was a customized Bowie knife from a gun show. It’s medium sized blade, gold eagle handle wit brass knuckles. I love it, it’s very durable and can be used for anything from opening a box to cutting rope game etc… Best of all it was only 20$. I myself would buy a more expensive knife from a bigger name brand. Yes you’re spending more, but you also have the reassurance of durability and quality. I don’t care if it’s 5$ I don’t want to spend money thinking the item might break.

Posted by mark citarella - 07/25/2012 02:34 PM

the last blade i bought was a ka-bar short becker clip point i got it on sale for 75$ its reg about 120$ it comes with an extra handle and fastners and its made IN THE USA but i think what to look for in a blade is something that is going to last id rather spend 100$ on a good blade that will last 20 years then 20$ on a blade i am going to have to replace every season so i think 50-100$ is a good price for a good blade

Posted by jdmilleriii - 07/25/2012 02:35 PM

My last knife purchase was an American made knife from an american company. That is the most important part of any knife. I’ve got knives i paid over $200 for that don’t do well and one of the best knives I have for holding a edge is a $5 knife I got as a gift.

Posted by James - 07/25/2012 02:35 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Paraframe with the serrated edge. I bought it in roughly 2004. It has held up very well. Initially I bought it to keep on a hydroseeder to open bales of paper mulch that we use to seed native grasses and wildflowers.

Some of the things I look for in a knife:
Fit to the hand.
Ease to carry and operate.
Will it slip from my hand if wet?
Quality of metal, fabrication and assembly.
Functions (if multi-tool)

Posted by Brandon Baecker - 07/25/2012 02:35 PM

As with anything, it comes down to price versus performance. Primarily I’m looking at the grade of steel and the quality of construction. The second is more hard to judge if not buying the knife in person. A big part of it is how the handle is affixed to the blade. It needs to feel solid in hand. Oftentimes you can find good quality knives on sale for good prices which increases your value per dollar. I’m also looking at intended usage and what the knife can offer me in several outdoor scenarios. Especially backpacking, you’re not looking to carry too many redundant tools with you. It’s just extra weight. I like having at least a small serrated portion for cutting rope for example. Locking mechanism is important, but even more important to me is how quickly I can get the knife out in extreme situations. So the release mechanism is even more important to me if it’s a flip knife. It has to be easy to open quickly with one hand. The sheath quality is important on a fixed blade.

Posted by Chad Boyd - 07/25/2012 02:36 PM

My last knife purchase was for a simple everyday carry knife. I bought a case because it reminded me of my dad and how he always carried one himself. In my experience when I buy a knife I am looking for a durable, well crafted knife that not only holds it’s edge well, but one that I can continually regain that sharp edge with a proper sharpening over and over again. Looks are great and all, but effective is the key word I am looking for!

Posted by William E. Shook - 07/25/2012 02:36 PM

My last knife purchase was the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife for camping. Personally, the most important qualities depend upon the use of the knife. The BG USK is a nice variant to the Gerber ASEK I use while deployed with the exception that the BG USK is designed for all around camping / survival. As with all knives I purchase, weight, balance, and the length of the blade are equally important.

Posted by Michael - 07/25/2012 02:36 PM

The last knife I purchased was a cheap knife from a pound shop in dorset. It was my first ever knife that i have purchased that was to suit my needs as a beaver helper. The knife offered a simple structure of: a blade, a bottle opener and all the other things yoiu may find on a swis army knife. The only thing was that this wasent a swis army knife, it was a cheap version of it where all the blades and tools bend and wobble in the process. Also the blade is not sharp at all. What good is a knife that desent have a sharp blade? No good at all! This is why paying a decent knife is always best. So from my experience with my ‘budget knife’ I now know to pay a decent price to get a decent knife. So from my experience of this knofe i know that i need to look out for a well known make, that has tools that I know I can trust to have a decent quality. So thats my experiience of buying a budget blade, and learning from my mistake.

Posted by Me - 07/25/2012 02:36 PM

The last knife I bought was… Actually, were, 5 Gerber E-Z-OUT 450 with combo blade. I’ve carried one for years, and it got damaged, so I sought out a replacement – and spares.

Most important qualities depend on what that knife will be used for. My daily carry knife must be durable, sturdy, open easily, and come out of my pocket without a hitch. Hence, the Gerber mentioned above.

Posted by Calvin Davis - 07/25/2012 02:36 PM

Functionality, size, intended use, safety, quality, value! For everyday use I prefer something small with a combo blade, assisted opening with good safety features, and a pocket clip. An alloy that holds a good edge!

Posted by Lonnie Brooks - 07/25/2012 02:39 PM

I look for good quality forged blades and touch materials for the handle. My most recnet purchase was for the CRKT m-21, good features for me to slide in my pocket and still be at my cap for a pocket knife of $50 for my last spend. Love it. CRKT and Gerber are all I buy personally.

Posted by Kevin k. - 07/25/2012 02:39 PM

My last knife purchase was the Gerber 06 Manual Combat Folder. I bought it due to many reasons but I will only state the major ones:

1. Blade material – the 06 is made from s30v, a premium stainless steel that holds a working edge very well, is very corrosion resistant, very tough, and much much more.
2. Quality Gerber built product that is backed by an industry leading warranty.
3. Blade Handle material – I look for toughend materials that will last a long time but not only that has a texture or machining that will be less prone to slipping when wet, my choices are 6061 aluminum, or G10.
4. This one I think many will disagree but I generally prefer a partially serrated knife for my everyday carry and use. For me I find when I carry a fine edged knife I will need to do something in involving serrations and vice versa, so for me partial serrations is a must.
5. Blade length – the bigger the better if conditions allow, but sometimes a small blade could be more handy in tight situations, but to almost get the best of both worlds I go for a blade around 3-3.5inches for a folder and at least 4.5 inches for a good working fixed blade.
6. Lastly would be price – the 06 is my most expensive blade at 100+ dollars but most of my blades are under $40. Spending too much on something designed to do dirty work where it will get messed up isn’t very smart, but spending too little can pose a safety hazard and might fail on you when you need it most.

Posted by Taylor Nesbit - 07/25/2012 02:39 PM

My last knife purchase was a British army issue Gurkha kukri from kukrihouse in Nepal. I bought this kukri because I loved the re-curve blade shape and thick spine. I also take pride in the fact that my kukri was hand made from 5160 high carbon spring steel by a native Nepalese “Kami” or blacksmith. In my experience the foremost important qualities I look for when purchasing a knife taper down to philosophy of use, type of steel, handle material, blade shape, type of knife (i.e. fixed blade, or folding) and any additional special features. When I buy a new knife I typically have a philosophy of use for buying that knife rather it be for camping, everyday carry, utility, or simply something to show off. For example if I buy a knife for camping I’m going to look for a fixed blade knife with a full tang, that has strong robust steel such as the buck hoodlum(5160 spring steel) yet still easy to sharpen in the field. Down to types of knives, when purchasing a fixed blade, similar to what I already stated, I look for a full tang knife with complimentary robust yet easy to sharpen steel and a strong durable sheath. When I look for a folding knife I look for a strong locking blade (whether it be liner lock like the Gerber paraframe or plunge lock like the Gerber obsidian), tough steel that I wont need to sharpen often, comfortable handle material, thumbstuds for easy access and gimping for grip. However the most important quality I look for when buying a new knife is aesthetics; if the knife doesn’t appeal to me no matter what the quality or the price, I will not buy it.

Posted by Rylan Jaafar - 07/25/2012 02:40 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Applegate Fairbairn with F.A.S.T opening which is spring assisted. I asked for it as a gift for Christmas after nearly two months of research. At about 55 dollars i believe it was a great purchase. I have carried it nearly everyday since.

I believe when looking to buy a new knife the best thing to look for is “Trust.” You should be able to trust a knife with anything. From something as small as cleaning a fish. To protecting yourself from a person looking to do you some harm. If you can’t trust a knife with your life, than its not worth buying.

Posted by GG-GJ - 07/25/2012 02:40 PM

“Do or do not, there is no try.”-Yoda

Find a knife that fits purpose, hand and style

If you’re whittling, a fixed blade may not work, and if you’re hunting, a small pocket knife won’t do. As long as you know the purpose of the knife, it will help you sort through the hundreds of knives out there.

Second, it needs to fit your hand. If it don’t fit your hand, then it won’t work on the field.

Then you gotta pick a knife that “clicks with you.” My first “real” knife was a Gerber Kiowa. It struck out to me because of its half serrated, half fine edge tanto blade.

And then my final point-it was relatively inexpensive (40 bucks or so). So if you find a knife that is too expensive but “clicks” with you and fits your purpose, what do you do? No knife is worth going into debt for. So, save up your money. Get a job/work some overtime. Don’t eat out as much. And no, don’t buy that new Remix album(let me say it again, REMIX) on iTunes for 15.99. Will a good knife be out of your budget? No. My second real knife, a SOG Salute, was only 30 bucks. I bought it online after seeing/feeling it at a local outdoor store. Now, its one of my favorite knives.

In short-find a knife that fits your purpose, budget and hand. Either it works or it doesn’t work. Don’t try to make it work (thank you Yoda for that piece of advice). If you can’t buy it now, wait for it and save, and when you have enough money, buy it. And once you have it, it will be way more valuable than some mamby-pamby Remix album.

Posted by Ramathorn - 07/25/2012 02:40 PM

My last knife I purchased was a full tang amazon bowie that I finished and and scaled. To me one of the most important parts of a knife is durability and the ability to sharpen the knife when in the field. Far too many knives are either made without a full tang construction, which is often hidden by a rubberized handle. These tools are prone to break when you need them the most.

Posted by Maria Joy Manapul - 07/25/2012 02:41 PM

Last knife purchase was Gerber’s BG Ultimate Fixed Blade knife. It’s important to consider what the knife will be used for, which will need practical reasoning depending on the types of situations an environment will most likely present you with. Then you should consider price range depending on how often it will be used, how much battery it will undergo, and does the price match the product. I.e. tried, true, and trusted…and type

Posted by Anthony Shank. s - 07/25/2012 02:41 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber E – Z-Out Junior Knife, made for Ranger Boats, and it was a steal at $8.00!!! Usually in a knife I look for bone handles and brass fastners, that classic grandpa knife look. I always try and go the extra mile aswell and buy made in usa. USA made is the determing factor in most of my purchases.

Posted by David W - 07/25/2012 02:41 PM

Ahh the perfect blade. I have yet to find it, it has to do so much.
Good construction some blades cheep on the grommets like smith and Weston and the blades wobble. Must hold a edge I should spend the day cutting rope cardboard carving killing zombies and at the end of the day clean the blade and cut a military grade steak (more tendon then meat) with ease and. It have to sharpen. The blade needs one wight I had a great CRKC folder that had fantastic wight but it would not hold a edge. Must feel great in my hand and not slip I should never worrie even if I am cutting under water or while my hands are covered in deer blood or zombie goo (we all know they are coming so don’t judge me)
If I could find the perfect folding zombie killing utility gutting knife I know I would pay 200 – 300 for it. I wonder if gerber can take the challenge

Posted by Dgandrud - 07/25/2012 02:42 PM

My last purchase was a 4.5” stainless steel that collapsed and locked. Critical for quick access on my fire fighter turn out gear. Must be:
Locking to prevent uninteional exposure
Large dexterity to use with gloves
Sharp
Stainless steel to prevent rust
Dependable for life saving use

Posted by Benito soto - 07/25/2012 02:42 PM

Last knife I purchased was a kershaw straight blade with assisted opening. The main reasons for choosing this knife 1) made in America 2) material 3)light weight and slim 4) able to keep a razor edge

Posted by Jess Greer - 07/25/2012 02:43 PM

I believe you pay for what you get most of the time. Last purchase was a benchmade Nimravus, fixed blade tanto with serrated edge. This knife is awesome, made from the the best material and will last forever. Must have for camping hiking and more only $140. They could’ve sold this for $200. I still have yet to try a Gerber, help me out will ya!

Posted by Carter H. - 07/25/2012 02:44 PM

My last knife purchase was a Victorinox Helmsman with a marlin spike that I use to tie and untie knots. In my experience, the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are:
1. Does it fit in my sheath?
2. Is it masculine enough?
3. Is it factory sharpened?
4. Am I too inept to work the blade lock?
5. Does it make my back hurt to carry it?
6. What is the hardness of cheese that it best slices?
7. How soon after opening will it be until I accidentally cut myself?

Posted by sven - 07/25/2012 02:47 PM

When I look for a knife, I look for the quality and the style. I also look for a good blade that will keep its sharpness, or a blade that wont dull easily. I also look for a blade that fits well in my hand, so I lose my grip. When I get a clip knife, I look for one that looks concealed and where you cant see the actual knife but just the clip.
So far I have been happy with my purchases with a Gerber knife.

Posted by Neil Sierocki - 07/25/2012 02:49 PM

The last knife I bought was through Woot.com. It was a Kershaw Drone folding knife. I use that thing for everything!

There are so many things that I think everybody looks for in a knife: price, durability, features, etc. I first decide what it is I’m using the knife for. Price is always an important factor. Nobody is ever excited to pay more than $20 for a knife. The lower the cost of the knife, the happier I am, as long as the knife doesn’t lose quality. But I think something that a lot of people overlook when shopping for a knife are the mechanics of the knife, more specifically with folding knives. How long will the life of the knife’s “assisted open” be? How long will it take for the pivot spot to wear out? How easy are the mechanical parts of the knife to clean? If a knife is difficult to maintain, the mechanical parts go bad, and the knife loses it’s life, ultimately leaving me to spend time and money shopping for a new knife.

Posted by Christopher Smithers - 07/25/2012 02:49 PM

The last knife I got was a Leatherman micra to put on my key chain. As far as quality hours you get what you pay for

Posted by Jason pack - 07/25/2012 02:50 PM

Last knife was a buck knife and it didn’t last long. It’s all about the quality of the blade and how you use it and take care of it!!!

Posted by Andrew Prunty - 07/25/2012 02:51 PM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Para-Frame 1.
I think that the most important thing to look for on a knife is how strong the lock is or how strong the spring is if it doesn’t have a lock. In my opinion I’d rather have strong lock up than good blade steel. Whats the point in having a good, sharp blade if you have a weak lock up? In conclusion I think that the most important thing to look for in a good knife is a nice, strong lock up such as a paraframe 1. If I could buy another thousand I would.

Posted by Sean Miller - 07/25/2012 02:51 PM

My last knife purchase was a SOG Fash II assisted opening knife with a half-serrated blade. I had just gotten into kayaking and canoeing, and I wanted a good knife I could keep on my person or life jacket in case I ever needed to cut something (or myself) free in the water. The Flash was ideal for this. It had a good stainless steel blade with the best factory edge I had ever seen. The glass reinforced handle was durable and fit my hand well. The assisted opening feature had a backup safety, and the belt clip/lanyard piece was rugged. One-handed use of the knife, opening and closing, was very easy. Overall, I was very satisfied with the purchase.

For me, the first quality to consider when buying a knife is how well suited it is for its intended purpose. This goes beyond whether or not this is the right type of knife: the level of abuse you are going to put it through is equally important. Some applications are going to tear up a knife, no matter how high the quality. As an example, I used to have to use my knife to cut everything from cardboard to stiff rubber and plastic insulation on largr-guage wires. If your knife is going to be subjected to constant wear and tear, the kind that’ll make your knife wear down with constant sharpening, it’s better to get something cheaper that will accomplish the same task. Materials need to be considered in the same manner: stainless steel is great, but, in my example, a heavier, older style steel blade that was easier to sharpen and could still cut heavier materials with a duller edge was preferable.

The next most important quality is quality of the hilt or handle. If you can’t hold the knife securely and comfortably in your intended use, the price doesn’t matter.

Posted by jack lundy - 07/25/2012 02:52 PM

i look for quality..made in u.s.a.,history and style.and that fits my hand good.

Posted by Jeremy Jevons - 07/25/2012 02:52 PM

The last knife I bought was a Ka-Bar. I want a blade that keeps an edge and it has to feel good in my hand. It can’t feel awkward when I’m holding it.

Posted by Scott B - 07/25/2012 02:53 PM

My last purchase was an online purchase of a Benchmade folder. Since we have some crazy rules here in kalifornia can’t go with an auto but oh well still a quality tool. Yes they are a little expensive but the quality rivals that of much more expensive knives. I had already checked out the said knife in a store so I knew it was a good fit for me. I look for a grip that fits in my hand and isn’t too small, but also will fit into a pocket our vest

Posted by rob - 07/25/2012 02:54 PM

last knife i purchased is a Gerber BG single blade / pen knife that I use every day. Not quite and “EDC” for the prepper type, but more of a “less bulky”“ swiss army. I love it and it works like a champ.

Posted by Brandon M - 07/25/2012 02:54 PM

I usually buy fairly expensive knives since im rough on them and need a sturdy dependable knife but last week i bought a pretty nice Winchester folding blade pocket knife for an extra daily carry knife it was only $5 which made it an impulse buy but very worth it so far.

Posted by ChrisG86 - 07/25/2012 02:56 PM

Personally I go for quality and style. My last knife was the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate. I look at what I can use this knife for. With the ultimate I can start fire, gutt an animal, make kinlin, hammer stakes in the ground or shatter glass. This goes on. Basically this knife is a tool. Weather I am camping, daypacking, hiking, or in the field at work, I can depend on this knife to perform! Price is a small factor when it comes to my choice in blades. If it comes from walmart, it better be a Buck or a Gerber, no matter the cost or I aint buying it!

Posted by Shane Sweek - 07/25/2012 02:59 PM

I have 2 Gerber knives. One is a para frame (the second one of those I’ve owned) and the other is a USA made folding Gator. I love both of them for what I use them for. The para frame is my everyday knife and, in all honesty, gets abused. I use it for things that knives aren’t supposed to be used for, that’s why I’ve had two now, and amazingly this knife takes it all, well almost. The edge last well too, and is easy to sharpen when it needs it. The Gator is used stricktly for gutting and skinning. This knife has an extremely sharp blade that is thin enough to do a remarkable job skinning, yet extremely durable. I would like a little bigger gut hook on it, but this one is very sufficient. The handle is easy to hang on to and I don’t lose my grip when it’s covered in blood. The blade holds an edge and is easy to sharpen when needed. In my opinion Gerber is the only choice there is.

Posted by Jim S - 07/25/2012 03:00 PM

Last knife purchase was a Bear Grylls Ultimate which was a gift for my son. When shopping for a knife, end use, blade shape & “feel” in the hand are most important qualities. I don’t buy anything with cheap steel…

Posted by Jimmy Jeffries - 07/25/2012 03:00 PM

The last knife I baught was a bear gryills pocket knife. I Use it a lot for little things an when I go camping. Like for makeing tinder or cleaning a fish to cutting line. What I look for: looks, durability, how well it holds its sharpness and good grip so far gerber has the best make of knives for the best buck and use.

Posted by Rhinoscott - 07/25/2012 03:02 PM

It was a Gerber that I used on my first deployment. I used it for everything from opening a care package from home to cutting cables to fix a radio. Can’t leave home without one.

Posted by Hans Christiansen - 07/25/2012 03:04 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber single blade hunting knife for my son as a gift. He’s dressed a LOT of deer with that knife.

Posted by robert rimpa - 07/25/2012 03:05 PM

the last knife I bought was a gerber multi tool,it was the best investment I have made in a long time. they always honer there warranty and I beat the heck out of it.the most important quality to look for in a knife,in my opinion,is utility.what can I do with my knife and how many different things can I do with it.

Posted by Rodney Friddle - 07/25/2012 03:05 PM

My last night purchase was a Buck purchased to skin a deer. Very disappointed with blade.

When I buy a knife I look for a good solid blade that will hold an edge as long as possible & be easy to resharpen when needed. Also look for good, safe handle & locking mechanism.

Posted by Mark Wallace - 07/25/2012 03:08 PM

My last knife was a no name folding knife from a petrol station. Its poor quality but it does for the moment.

In my opinion a stong locking bolt is important as thats the point that always gives in my (cheap) knives.

Posted by Dan Spencer - 07/25/2012 03:12 PM

the best knife is the one you have with you at the time. I have a little swiss army on my keychain that I’ve done some amazing things with just because it was the only knife I had.
That tiny blade has cut wood into kindling, gutted fish, pulled out multiple slivers and even a little self surgery when I got hit by a porcupine. Just remember to clean between uses!!!

Posted by Dan Marsac - 07/25/2012 03:23 PM

Gerber Bear Grylls ultimate knife

Something I can confidently take to a gun fight

Posted by Josh Gordanier - 07/25/2012 03:23 PM

My last knife purchase was actually a gift for my younger sister. It wasn’t anything flashy but something small and durable she could handle as a “starter knife”. As for buying knives for myself I have several criteria. My work knife I’m most particular with as this is the one I use daily. I work as an armed courier and use my knife hundreds of times a day cutting open bags breaking plastic seals etc. First thing when picking my knife is price I usually shoot for the low to mid range that way if if breaks or I lose it I won’t be heart broken. Next is grip I like knives that feel like they belong in your hand. And finally I go over the knife with a fine toothed comb and combine everything into what I call the “ease of one handed use” category. I often use my knife one handed so the thumb tab, locking mechanism, and even orientation of the pocket clip come into play. Call me picky but I like to have a knife that becomes second nature to handle.

Posted by Greg V. - 07/25/2012 03:24 PM

I don’t buy knives made from crap steel, plain and simple, in my line of work and style of play, it’s just too risky. I look for ergonomics (how it feels and functions), balance, solid contruction, and depending on what it will be used for, blade type. For work I need a versatile blade with a partially serrated edge. For self-defense and hunting I like a good drop point. My last purchase was a Benchmade Griptilian last year.

Posted by Doug Griffis - 07/25/2012 03:26 PM

The last knife I purchased was the CRKT m21-14sfg. I got this knife because I don’t own many CRKT products but really appreciate their auto lawks and lawks safety systems. I like how the knife deploys quickly and automatically engages the auto lawks system. It has a second lock that slides into place to hold the liner lock into position making it very sturdy and safe. The other qualities I look for is blade material, concealability and price. Knives with pocket clips that make the knife sit low in the pocket are better for me so it looks like I am carrying a pen and not multiple knives. Also price I love high quality knives but I am not going to pay extra for things that dont really make a difference. I would rather buy a Gerber, Kershaw, CRKT and Cold Steel knives over benchmade and spyderco because they Are cheaper and I won’t cry every time I use it and I like to use my knives not just sit and fondle and collect them.

Posted by Joel - 07/25/2012 03:26 PM

The last knife I bought had a flip-out screwdriver opposite the blade, it’s very handy. In my experience, the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are durability and comfort (both of use and wear, I tend to go with folding clip knives)

Posted by Scott Williams - 07/25/2012 03:28 PM

The newest knife purchase was Scout branded knife from another maker… I really need a blade that will hold an edge. However, scouts should really get the opportunity to dress and care for a blade…

Posted by Mike Barnett - 07/25/2012 03:30 PM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber Fast Draw, and I have to say the quality is pretty abysmal. The blade pivot is sloppy, the blade itself won’t keep an edge, and the locking toggle feels less than 100% secure.

I sure miss the old pre-Chinese made Gerbers.

Posted by Andrew Cooper - 07/25/2012 03:30 PM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Fine Edge about 8 months ago. Durability is a given but I mainly look for simplicity in my knife. The knife needs to look sleek and have a zen like feel to it. When the knife has a sleek look that makes me feel confident in using it, that confidence will transfer to whatever task I need it for that day.

Posted by derek deford - 07/25/2012 03:32 PM

when i buy a knife i look for several key features. 1 the material that it is made from. 2 i personally like a knife with an inter locking blade. 3 i test out the ease of flipping the blade out. (cause sometimes you don’t have 2 hands to open a stiff blade). 4 i prefer a serrated blade.

Posted by Bill Janke - 07/25/2012 03:32 PM

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Posted by Michael - 07/25/2012 03:34 PM

My last knife was a Fiskars K40. Searching for a lightweight, inexpensive knife made out of a useful quality of metal which stays sharp even under rough conditions for all purposes while my fishing trips. Another big plus it is floating!
First of all I am looking for a knife meeting my requierements for its job.
Second place is shared by price and quality.

Posted by Bryan Rogala - 07/25/2012 03:34 PM

My last knife purchase was a RAT Cutlery RC-4… A fantastic fixed blade knife that is the first thing I grab when I head for the great outdoors.

I used to think that brand and metal quality were the most important things to consider when purchasing a kinfe, but I quickly realized those two things don’t mean a whole lot when the blade sits lost in some forgotten drawer at the house. The most important quality in a knife is practicality. I’ve gotten more use out of a tiny blade on a little multitool than any other knife I own simply because I always have it with me.

Posted by Ron Reese - 07/25/2012 03:34 PM

My last purchase of a knife was for hunting. I look for high quality, well known sharp knives.

Posted by Lawrence Hoffman - 07/25/2012 03:34 PM

In my opinion, the order of “qualities” should be intended use, style (fixed/folding ect…), fit to your hand, balance, blade material, lock type and finally handle materials. Any knife lover will drop some coin for a nice blade! Whats a $100-200 good for if not your fav knife?

Posted by Matt Lineback - 07/25/2012 03:38 PM

The last knife I purchased was a trapper knife. I like the trapper because it has two diffrent blades that do great work when there sharp. I want durability and strength when looking for a knife, but I also want it to feel right in my hand and not to big or to small

Posted by Travis Pratt - 07/25/2012 03:43 PM

Around a $60 price point, edge retention durability and for me an assisted open as I am often needing to cut one handed

Posted by Ted Beckley - 07/25/2012 03:47 PM

The last knife I bought was for my dad. I bought him a reproduction of a WWI trench knife. It wasn’t quality but he wanted one for a very long time so I got it for him for a sentimental keepsake. But if I was to buy a knife for myself for any reason or any style, I have a few things I look for when I make the purchase. First, brand name. A quality company name tells you that they make a good product. The second is what am I going to use it for? Pocket folders, camp survival, or utility all depends on where, when, & why I want this knife. But I look for a quality blade with an edge that’s sharp & easy to resharpen. A grip that’s comfortable for long use. And lastly, strength to keep going and going long after others have broken. I have 3 knives I count on. First is my Ka-Bar that has kept an edge that slices like no other. Second is my Gerber utility knife. You never know when things go wrong or you will need one and its a perfect tool box to carry. Third and lastly is my little Gerber pocket folder. I have had this knife for over 14 years. Its been all over the world and has even saved my life a couple of times. Its probably my most reliable knife I’ve ever owned. So to respond to how much would I pay for a knife, Depends on how much I value my life or that of a loved one. Because my life or theirs just may depend on it.

Posted by Paul Eugene Davidson - 07/25/2012 03:51 PM

The last knife i purchased was wn Kershaw Ken Onion edition.The most important quality in my opinion is the quality of the steel in the blade what good is a knife if you cnt sharpen it easily or even kepp it sharp for a long period of time because of cheap made blades.And thanks alot for the chance to win some great quality knifes.

Posted by david minton - 07/25/2012 03:53 PM

What to look for in purchasing a knife is the quality and dedication of each individual knife. The last knife id go was a cheap knife just for cutting fishing line and such and still tore up.

Posted by Patrick Pickett - 07/25/2012 03:53 PM

My last knife purchase was on e-bay. I was less than satisfied with the knife. The blade was stainless steel but the handle was cheaply made and broke easy. If I was going to purchase a knife I would first consider what I was going to use it for. If I was going to use it every day I would purchase a high end for the added durability. I am not sure I could Justify spending 80+ bucks if it was going to be in the tackle box all year until I went fishing. I would minimum purchase a nice midrange blade to high end though just because I have had cheap blades before and have had them break on me or dull and nick easy. If I was going to use it for protection or emergency I would also purchase a high end blade.

Posted by Dwayne Merritt - 07/25/2012 03:55 PM

My latest knife was a gift from an Army Ranger, a 06 Auto with a Tanto blade. The quality and workmanship of this knife is years beyond anything I have ever had before.

Posted by Arthur Pylypchak - 07/25/2012 03:58 PM

My Last Knife purchase was at a shop called ALTITUDE . They sold the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife ther so I bought it. The knife is still in brilliant condition and I havn’t any problems with it since. The most inportant quality to look out for before purchasing a knife is the BLADE of course. Thats it!

Posted by David Yap - 07/25/2012 03:58 PM

Last knife purchased: Gerber Machete in Malaysia. Used in bush clearing area for campsite during King Scout camp. Been forced to used as wood choping, bow making and cooking.

Good Blade:
Sharp stays even millions on hits, able to keep the blade secure from any unwanted injury, easy to sling on like belt and withstand rust. Handle that takes pressure and have a safe grip. Won’t blister hand. Comfortable grip per se.

What it takes:
Able to maximize it usage, not only in their range of use. Tip to handle, everything should take their role. Able to slide or pull out quick I case of emergency.

Posted by Alan Haines - 07/25/2012 03:58 PM

My last knife purchased was actually the Gerber multi-use tool, that included a knife. It had been great to have around. You’ll notice ‘had’. Well when moving, it became misplaced somewhere. I do miss it though. I had it mostly to carry while riding motorcycle. You never know when a tool is needed to tighten, cutting wire, or reaching for something in between the frame. I would like to have another one of these, and will. But, at the same time, the 2 knives you are giving away would do a lot to complete my tool kit.

Posted by Brenton Kaiser - 07/25/2012 04:02 PM

The last knife I bought you say? Funny you ask, it was actually the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate knife. After originally owning the Gerber remix and using this as my EDC, I soon found out about the Bear Grylls collection. So I began collecting all of these knives/gear and the last one I bought was the Ultimate knife, due to insufficient funds and this knife being the more expensive knife in the collection. So as soon as I had the money for I bought it abd boy do I love it! The blade is very sharp and duravle and the sheath with the included sharpening stone and fire starter I was instantly sold on the perks of this knife! Plus, Bear Grylls has always been one of my favorites due to his amazing show, Man vs Wild. Like I always say, “Why use your Bare Hands when you can use a Bear Grylls?” I guess now its time to start collecting the new 2012 Gerber Bear Grylls gear!

Posted by Damiano Staydog Povoleri - 07/25/2012 04:04 PM

❪☰☰☰||⚍⚍⚌⚌> Fixed

or

❨☰☰✚☰❩ Swiss Army knife???

Chose a knife isn’t simple. You must evaluate the future use aim.

Anyway the best knife must be super durable, always sharp and never desert in the crucial moments.

I always have with me my first knife, a 15 years old swiss army knife.
But I really love your titanium venture blade.

Posted by kevin jenks - 07/25/2012 04:06 PM

A good knife is one that can be used for all seasons & situations & smartly priced.

Posted by Andrew - 07/25/2012 04:08 PM

My last knife purchase was a 2-blade Gerber Stockman knife for my young son to whittle with.

In my experience, the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are;

1.) whether it fits the intended use
2.) a blade that will take (and keep) a good edge
3.) how it feels in your hand
4.) style
5.) price

Posted by Jim Nobles - 07/25/2012 04:08 PM

My last knife purchase happened to be a small Gerber Paraframe clip folder. I want quality steel and a strong, positive locking mechanism in my folders. I am enjoying my Gerber immensely.
Thanks Gerber!

Posted by Stephane Brousseau - 07/25/2012 04:14 PM

Best Gerber knife bought: LMF II..

Why? It’s tough; can take anyting…
I’d never hesitated to pay the price… It worth a lot in usage; fidelity…

Thanks, Gerber!

Posted by Kevin - 07/25/2012 04:16 PM

Rock Creek Springbok – I had read a lot of reviews on it, and decided a heavy bladed knife would fill in a not terribly gaping gap in my quiver. I still prefer a Helle.

While quality is certainly a huge factor in knife selection, a knife you don’t use, or don’t really like using, will be less of a trusted friend, and more of a hassle or maybe even a danger.

So once you establish how much you can spend, my list is as follows:

1. What will you use it for? Gutting fish? Skinning? Batoning and feather sticks? general camp knife? Every Day Carry? There are sooo many knife styles out there. If you’re not sure, do you research first, ask friends and/or go to a dealer and talk with them and hold as many blades as you have time for.

2. Heft and fit – the knife should feel like an extension of your hand with the hilt not too large or small for your hand, nor too heavy for you to feel comfortable using it for an extended period.

3. Opening mechanism – Can you open and close it with one hand? Is the operation fluid? Does the lock(or lack of one bug you)? It may feel a little clumsy at first with a new knife, but from the get-go it should at least feel possible. Open and close it a dozen times or more to see if you “get” it.

4. Quality – Read some reviews and spend as much as you’re able within reason. Most of us don’t really need anything more than 100-150$

5. Clipping/Sheaths – Ideally a clip can be changed left-to-right and tip up/tip down. A sheath should fit your most commonly worn belts, not catch on random things and hold the blade securely.

Posted by Jason Kuehl - 07/25/2012 04:17 PM

The last knife I bought was a small Gerber foldidurabilityng knife as a substitute for a utility knife. I was super thin, lightweight, and most importantly got the job done. I’d say the most important quality i choosing a blade is durability. I was able to put that knife through hell and back, and it kept up to task.

Posted by Allen Kester - 07/25/2012 04:26 PM

Last knife I bought was a Gerber Paraframe mini. I did some looking online for a small edc knife and this one fit the bill. I had to settle for a serrated blade because I could not find a fine edge in any store near me, not even Cabela’s. My son in Texas ordered me the fine edge blade online for a Christmas gift so now I have two. I had a Gerber LST ultralight for a few years and liked it but the Paraframe mini I like better. I trust the Gerber name and quality. Thanks for making good pocket knives Gerber.

Posted by Raecil - 07/25/2012 04:30 PM

I had a knife (a serrated switch blade), then it broke when we (fiance and I) tried to break in our “mama van” …we accidentally locked the car doors with the keys inside. So yes, my next knife will be more durable and not so heavy so I can carry it in my purse.

Posted by Joseph Olvera - 07/25/2012 04:31 PM

I haven’t bought my own knife before, and didn’t stay in scouts long enough to get one, but I would look for a durable handle that won’t break too easily when using a good blade.

Posted by M Kellgreen - 07/25/2012 04:47 PM

My current knife is a Gerber Fast Draw. Love it to the end.

Posted by TAG - 07/25/2012 04:51 PM

Mora with built in fire steel. Nice blade, low price.

Posted by Steve - 07/25/2012 05:01 PM

I bought my last knife about 8 months ago. What I look for in a good blade is ease of opening and also a good steel that will stay sharp. Man I hate sharpening but it is a necessary evil to keep a knife effective.

Posted by Ivan - 07/25/2012 05:15 PM

The last knife I purchased was a generic fixed-blade from an army surplus store. I thought it would last a long time and be quite useful since it had a storage compartment inside the handle and a compass built into the butt cap.

Boy was I wrong, firstly the hollow handle meant that the tang was extremely short and very little force could be applied along any axis without a chance of the blade snapping free from its handle. Second the compass on the butt cap prevented the ability to use the knife to strike or hammer on things as you would with a pommel. Neither the storage compartment nor the compass was worth sacrificing these key qualities. Suffice to say it was a waste of money.

The only good that came of this was it helped teach me what to really look for in a knife, no fancy gimmicks, just rock solid fundamentals.
Now 5 years later, after an engineering degree and half way through a masters in economics I know a thing or two about design, structural stability, material strength, ergonomics and value for money. With a need for a new knife to accompany me in the outdoors I’m looking at Gerber because they tick all those boxes.

Posted by Survival Preppers - 07/25/2012 05:18 PM

My last knife purchase was the KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife with Hard Sheath, Black. My next purchase will probably be the Gerber 22-01629 LMF II Black Infantry Knife with 4.8-Inch Blade. When I am shopping for a quality knife my rules are simple, fixed blade, full tang knife made of stainless or carbon steel between the lengths of 3 inches to 1 foot long, easy grip handle, and a durable Kydex sheath. I would be excited to have a smaller knife with a glass break butt. http://survivalpreppers.blogspot.com/2012/07/survival-knives.html

Posted by Danial Schmidt - 07/25/2012 05:46 PM

When looking for a new knife the most important qualities that i look for is:
1. Comfornt and grip in ALL conditions, wet/dry, hot/cold.
2. Fixed vs. folding. What do i plan on using the new knife for? fishing, hiking/backpacking, and fixed must be a full tang.(personally i prefer fixed for everything but multitool of course)
3. Partial serrated blade, no one knows what will come and it is better to be with, than with out.
4. Cost, does its cost out weigh the perceived quality?
Using these “thoughts” was what brought me to the Gerber Big Rock Serrated and it is by far THE best knife I have ever used. When i found this gem i was just looking for a new pack knife but it has since become my go every where and i use it for everything from skinning fish to deer, sharpening sticks for dinner or even splitting the wood from wedge to a lit fire. The grip has never failed me in any weather and is still thin enough that, along with the layard ring in the base of the grip, it can be used as a spear head or even for a bladed snare. I could go on all day about this choice, I love it that much. The best part, it was under $40.

Posted by Erick Quiroga - 07/25/2012 05:50 PM

Last Knife I bought was a Microtech Ultratech OTF Double Action Knife, Bayonet Grind, Two Tone Blade, 120-1, mainly as a collection item, however one of the most important factors I consider in buying knifes is the type of steel that is used for it and most importantly where it was manufactured. if the knife is made from high quality steel and made in the USA that is the knife for me.

Posted by Johnathan - 07/25/2012 05:53 PM

Well i bought the Bear Grylls ultimate fixed blade knife and all I can say is that it was the best knife i ever had and i highly recommend this knife to anyone who wants a good strong survival knife the blade is NOT full tang but it stays sturdy and the pommel is really good and strong and most of all the dear fire starter its pretty good but you have to have something REALLY flammable though but is good and also the pocket guide gives you good info on survival terms.The last thing is that when you get the knife is a little dull but that doesn’t matter you can sharpen it up easily.And that’s all for Bears ultimate knife.

Posted by Ben D. - 07/25/2012 06:17 PM

last two knives I bought were the gerber Instant and BG Ultimate knife.. main reasons – rigid, out-of-the-box sharp blade – easy to grab and put into use whatever the situation (no hassle) – and with expierence from both Gerber and Bear Grylls, I know its the best knives money can buy.. only ever trusted Gerber Blades, only ever will!!

Thank You Gerber, for making knives that will never give in.. no matter what adventure I take them on!

Posted by Nick Gordon - 07/25/2012 06:32 PM

i bought the paraframe II from REI. I needed it becuase im going camping.i needed to get a knife. one that didnt cost to much. around 23 plus tax. i thought that was a good deal. escpecialy sense i spent a thousand on getting all my gear. so i thought it was a solid deal, then it started to have rust spots all over it

Posted by Cole Lentz - 07/25/2012 08:18 PM

When It comes to a Knife I am going to use, it needs to be easily accessible, Sharp, and Dependable quality-wise.

Posted by Scott Kunkel - 07/25/2012 08:54 PM

For me a solid knife that doesn’t cost too much is the ideal field knife for in the field because I have lost expensive knives at night moving through dense brush, but I pay in the $60 range for knives that are not used in the field because you can get a blade that holds a good edge with a good handling feel from the body and solid locking mechanism. So field use is price and daily use is quality.

Posted by Martin Papac - 07/25/2012 09:09 PM

The last knife i purchased was at a pawn shop, it was a 6 inch folding Sheffield pocketknife and i bought it for use at my job as a tire technician. I only ended up spending $15.00 on it so i thought i received a good deal until I tried to cut something with it and it was duller than a butter knife. In my experience, the most important qualities to look for when purchasing a knife are quality, affordability, durability and functionality. So when purchasing a knife i want something that will not break the bank, not break when i try to cut cardboard, and want me to use it everyday.

Posted by Keysie - 07/25/2012 09:33 PM

My last knife was the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Multi-tool. When I look for when purchasing a new knife, I don’t look at the price range, i look at what the knife can offer me. It needs to be sharp and stay sharp, easily accessible, durable, strong, dependable, made of quality steel and able to do all tasks. Tasks ranging from opening a packet,building a raft,camping, fishing, hiking and being put/stuck in any situation where a knife is useful.

Posted by Joseph Hayes - 07/25/2012 10:29 PM

The last knife I bought was actually a Gerber single locking blade hunting knife. I paid $60 for it and I have carried it on my belt everyday since June 2003

Posted by Gran Hartman - 07/25/2012 11:22 PM

The last knife I bought was the SOG Tigershark Elite. It is an amazing knife and it is still my most favorite knife I have purchased for many reasons.

1. It has a 9-inch blade with partial tang make it excellent for chopping and sawing.It will even cut through 3 or 4 inch diameter logs with a little bit of work.

2. It is full tang (just like and good quality knife have. I wouldn’t even consider a partial tang of one of those “survival knifes” with the compartment in the handle.) So it holds up to pretty much anything you need it to do.

3. It is made out of AUS 8 Steel which by the way is known for making excellent knife blades plus it is heat treated to help it keep an edge better and not be so brittle. Plus the heat treatment and TiNi black coating on the blade makes it resistant to salt water corrosion.

4. It is made by one of the most popular, most known, and maybe even best companies out there that sell fixed blade knifes, SOG Specialty Knifes and Tools. They made such good items the the Navy Seals used the little brother to this knife (the Seal Team Elite) for quite a long time.

5. Probably the best part about this knife is it is perfectly balanced. I mean to the point that you don’t want to let go of it when you’re done. And it is molded perfectly to your hand.

As you can see the Tigershark Elite has been an excellent knife for me. It is made in The United States so you know it has quality and is from China or Japan and I will continue to purchase knifes from SOG through out my life.

Posted by Christian - 07/26/2012 05:45 AM

durability. it says it all

Posted by Recondomoe - 07/26/2012 05:50 AM

I require a solid knife, preferably a full one piece tang. The one piece range from Chris Reeve (now discontinued) is great. Excellent steel, storage in the handle, and can be refinished when extremely worn. With the one piece you have almost eliminated the opporunity for breakage and certainly no chance of looseness and play.

Posted by Ken - 07/26/2012 06:22 AM

It has to be made of quality materials with a blade that will keep a edge. Makes it useless when you have to sharpen it all the time.

Posted by Michael - 07/26/2012 07:58 AM

The last knife that I purchased was classified as a hunting knife but I ended up using it mostly for everyday needs. The first thing I look for in a knife is the blade material. The knife should be able to take some “punishment” and still perform to its full capabilities. The second thing that I look for is practicality. Is the knife something that I will use over and over again or are its uses too limited? Thirdly I look at the handle. How does the handle feel? Is it comfortable in my hand and easily gripped? Lastly I look at how the knife is carried. Whether it has a clip or if it has a sheath.

Posted by Bri Stur - 07/26/2012 08:48 AM

I last purchased the Bear Grylls folding knife with a 3” blade. I am currently wearing this knife on my pocket at work…at an accounting office! When I purchase a knife, which I own many, I look for the following things. I make sure this is a pocket clip whether it’s installed or capable of installing one. I like the last knife I got because it sits low in my pocket. I look for a “stiff” locking system and a serated edge. I like the orange tip and butt section of the grip of this knife because if you drop it, its easy to spot.I lastly check the balance, if it fairly balanced and have some extra cash, there is a good chance I will leave with a new blade.

Posted by David Pruyne - 07/26/2012 09:45 AM

My first consideration for purchase would be heft and balance. If it is too heavy and not balanced my fingers and wrists would begin to hurt after a short time. Second would be temperance of the steel, I hunt and need a blade that will stand up to the hide and occasionally the bone of big game animals. Next would be craftmanship, it must be well made and stand the rigors of hunting, hiking, camping and any other outdoor use. The last important item would be looks, nice lines with a beautiful tang.

Posted by ALEXANDER LUCHT - 07/26/2012 02:37 PM

The last knife I purchased was the Gerber Armor Tanto Serrated. The most important qualities to look for in a knife (IMO): Quality design/construction, edge sharpness, value, manufacturer warranty/reputation.

Posted by Stephen U. - 07/26/2012 03:03 PM

For me it’s about balance, performance and the quality of the steel. A bad knife at any price is just a bad knife. A good knife can be your lifesaver!

Posted by Nathan Welch - 07/26/2012 09:06 PM

I think the thing I compare most in my knife purchases are ability to be used correctly, and sleekness of design. I love a knife that will get the job done but if it looks ugly I don’t want to be carrying it around. Just being honest here.

Posted by Derik - 07/27/2012 10:30 PM

The last knife I bought was the gerber boot knife back in…1984…it was the best knife I’ve ever owned. I looked for a knife that was sturdy, servicable, small enough to conceal, yet large enough to be protective. Sleek, sturdy, and deadly.

Posted by Douglas - 07/28/2012 07:14 AM

Being in the Landscaping field I needed a knife that would not only be tough enough for cutting perf pipe or deburring PVC pipe but it also had to be compact enough to where I could get to it with ease. That’s why I chose the Gerber Remix Tactical. Its light, compact, strong as hell for such a small blade and has kept its sharp edge thru all the abuse I’ve put it thru on job sites. Its my go to knife and I would be lost with out it.

Posted by Toni - 07/28/2012 07:33 AM

The last buying experience I had was with the Mora, I was going to buy one, put it in my cart and then they offered me a deal on 3 different ones, got three knifes for about 45$ and I am very happy with them. The thing I look for in a knife is first:what am I going to use if for, second, the quality of the steel, you can buy knifes for under twenty but you gotta watch what kinda of steel it is made of. third: the feel of the knife, I am not going to use a knife that doesn’t feel good in my hand. the weight and balance are important. when I hold a knife in my hand I don’t want to feel as if it is tipping or pulling ,I am weird, I like balance in my equipment. I guess that is the 3 most important things that I look for in a knife. I want to throw one more thing in there, for folders, I also have to be able to open it quickly and easily, I don’t want it so loose that if just comes open without pushing it open, but I don’t want to have to use 2 hands to open it. That’s is all I guess. I don’t care a lot about the look of it, it helps though if it is a cool looking one though.

Posted by Evelyn Kalmbach - 07/28/2012 08:25 AM

My last buying experience was buying the Bear Grylls knife with the fire starter for my husband, with my children for Father’s Day. It has more than one use which he loves and we both lead Cub Scouts, where he has enjoyed teaching the boys to use the fire starter. I believe that a good knife should be able to hold an edge, it needs to be able to stay sharp and be sharpened easily. A good knife should be well balanced and should feel good in your hand! Everyone is different.

Posted by Clay - 07/29/2012 05:28 AM

My last knife purchase was a Gerber while a rappel master in the Army. A quality knife should serve the purpose it is designed for.

Posted by Mark Beall - 07/29/2012 05:45 AM

My first issue is what am I going to use it for, next what features do I need/want, there is always a big grey area between what I need and what want. Then I look for brand names that I have trusted over the years because I know they always use quality materials and more often than not have the features I am looking for. Quality steel is a must! having a durable edge and he ability to maintain that edge is always a factor. Grip and feel in my hand is usually the last deciding factor, a knife may have everything I am looking for, but if it does not fit my hand or I don’t like the way it feels why buy it, I know I wont use it if I don’t like the way it sits in my hand. Last comes price, I will spend a bit more if a knife has everything I am looking for and fits better than if it does not. A good knife should be comfortable and feel as if it is an extension of your hand.

Posted by Robert Haney - 07/29/2012 05:53 AM

Gerber blades are 2nd to no one!! Keep doing the great job that you are with your store!!!

Posted by Matt - 07/29/2012 07:14 AM

The last knife I bought was a benchmade. Don’t really know what type it was as I didn’t use it much. I found that it didn’t achieve the task I needed it for. If your going to get a knife dont get a cheap one! I got a gerber for christmas last year and I love it! Accomplishes all the tasks I need it for, I’m outside a lot and use it for everything! Thanks for making a solid knife that won’t fall apart! If your going to get a knife get a gerber. But most important: make sure you will use it.

Posted by Mike - 07/29/2012 08:54 AM

When purchasing a knife I want top quality materials. Also from a brand that is known for holding up well. Avoid the cheap off brands. You really do get what you pay for.

Posted by Mark S - 07/29/2012 10:27 AM

I splurged on my last purchase, choosing the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival blade. For me, when buying a knife, regardless of cost, I make sure it will serve a practical purpose. By that I mean, will I be able to use the knife. Whether I’m working on the ambulance, hiking the trails, camping over the weekend, fishing for the day or just around the house completing the honey-do list!

Posted by Autumn - 07/29/2012 10:54 AM

I’ve never purchased a knife before, so I guess I can’t enter this contest. Even though I’d like to own one for safety.

Posted by Michael Luck - 07/29/2012 11:40 AM

I honestly haven’t purchased a new knife in the last 20 years. I have been using a 4” Case knife I found on the trail while bow hunting deer with my dad in Utah when I was 16. The last few years I have been bow hunting high country muleys so I decided this year to retire the heavy fixed blade Case and actually started looking yesterday for a good knife to put in my pack. I have my mind made up to buy the Gerber Paraframe. It’s very light and looks like it will be a fantastic knife. When you are by yourself in the back country and you are only carrying one knife, you need a knife that will not fail you… this knife fits the bill.

Posted by joe yuhaus - 07/29/2012 12:24 PM

SOG flash II it was and is a great knife for sharpness but i broke the tip off i wish i would of bought another old gerber AR 3.50 half the price and my first one lasted over 8 years of daily use, i think the most important thing when buying a knife is not looks or name but the best fit for what youll use it for you can feel if a knife is smooth and solid by playing with it a few minutes opening and closing it wiggling it and what not

Posted by jh - 07/29/2012 01:08 PM

Pick ones for whatever purpose you need. I always look for a knife that will hold an edge.

Posted by Outbound Dan - 07/30/2012 05:36 AM

My last knife purchase was an Esee Izula neck knife. For around $70 I received a USA made knife with a lifetime guarantee.
As a SAR team member and a backpacker, I am picky about my knives. I need something that it lightweight, low profile and tough as all hell. I’m a big fan of neck knives as most the time, especially during the winter, I’m not wearing pants with accessible pockets. It’s great having something handy around your neck for when you need it most.

Posted by Art B - 07/30/2012 07:22 AM

I would pick a knife that clean a pile of fish and than withstand being forgotten inside one of the fish and baked for twenty minutes at 300°. It also has to survive countless times in the washer and dryer. If it can and still perform I would pay about anything.

Posted by Richard Cherico - 07/30/2012 07:29 AM

The last knife that I purchased was a KA-BAR combat knife and I paid around $97 for it. To me the most important qualities that I look for when choosing a knife are the blades metal quality because you want a blade that is going to be able to hold that factory edge after it has been used and abused. Also durability of the blade because you don’t want one that is going bend or even break when it is being used. And finally function or features of the blade depending on your needs.

Posted by patrick mcfaddin - 07/31/2012 08:08 AM

last knife I bought was a CRT, the main quality I look for in any knife is quality of the blade, if it won’t hold an edge I wont use it

Posted by Tom Mrjenovich - 07/31/2012 08:59 AM

The last knife I bought was a Gerber Shortcut that I use almost exclusively for fishing. One of the main thing that I look for in a quality knife is the steel. Having a knife of high quality steel makes a ton of difference in durability, sharpness and edge retention. Another quality I have to have in a good knife is the handle. It has to be ergonomic if I plan to be using it for any length of time and it has to be made of a material that can be used during all conditions including being safe to use with wet hands.

Posted by nathan - 07/31/2012 11:08 AM

Last knife I got was a cheap ($7) assisted open knife out of a bin at the local camping store. It fell apart after a couple months of carrying it around. Net time I’ll keep this article in mind. :P

Posted by Knife Snob - 12/09/2012 03:39 PM

I am a knife snob of both fixed and folders. To each is own when it comes to knives, but in my opinion the top 3 producers of highest quality for the cost are: 1. Benchmade, 2. Spyderco, 3. Kershaw (in that order). If cost is not an issue and you want the best readily available folders on the market look for Rick Hinderer, Chris Reeves Knives, and Strider. Best fixed blades are Busse, Fehrman, and maybe TOPS. Lots of good stuff on the market, but lots of hype too. So don’t take my word for it. Get your hands on as many knives as you can and be a well informed consumer.

Posted by Gerbage - 03/25/2013 10:35 PM

What is this, a Gerber circle-jerk? Gerber makes poor quality knives with poor quality steel, with only a couple exceptions that I know of, and they are WAY overpriced.

I have never used a Gerber knife that I liked (and I’ve been using knives for over 35 years), and the Bear Grylls knives are worth about as much as a steaming pile of freshly pooped crap.

Do yourself a HUGE favor and get a quality knife made in Sweden or Japan with Swedish or Japanese steel. Both are inexpensive (not “cheap”), and high quality.

Posted by Jan - 11/04/2013 02:37 AM

I own five knifes for use in the great outdoors, every one with a more or less special purpose, all of which are great.
One is a cheap, but very sharp carbon steel glock knife made for the austrian army. It’s very much “utility”, but you can fell a tree with it (or a man, which I don’t, but that’s its main disadvantage – I don’t need a serrated edge on the back that’s just designed to rip guts apart.. would rather have that smooth.)
The next is my Opinel. Well, actually there are two, one carbon and one stainless steel, both very useful for what I use them for – eating, preparing food, little precise jobs, fishing. As cheap as they come, these knifes are mostly only blade, but their simplicity and sharpness made them a legend for a reason.
I made a knife myself too. A little, short, fixed-blade knife in a scandinavian style, triple layer steel, very sharp (I have never even had to sharpen it yet..) with a big, grippy and obviously fitting oak handle. It’s made for cutting, fishing, carving, mushroom hunting.. general outdoor use.
My fourth knife is the one in a leatherman wave. Great tool, semi-great knife that dulls quickly (not the greatest steel) and due to the thumb-opening action has a recess that catches all sorts of grime even when cutting an apple. But all in all, I still love it and it’s my most used EDC together with one of the Opinel’s (when I don’t think I’ll need the “tool” functions of the Wave).
My fifth is for whitewater paddling. I had a NRS Pilot knife – the big one, with a useful handle – that I lost on the river. WW paddling knifes have to be quick at hand, so there’s a potential for loss there that I somehow never realized with my other knifes (after losing a knife my grandpa made when I accidentally threw it in the water). So here, price actually is important, and you’re also less likely to use the knife all the time, so it’s ability to hold an edge doesn’t count so much. It has to be there just in case of an emergency and then just shortly, after which you’d likely be able to fix any problems with the sharpness, so now I’m using a nondescript one-handed folder that costs 15€ and is made in China, hey people there like to have a job too, right? Fully aware of it’s shortcomings, I still like it for what it is and it does the job. Knock on wood I will never have to use it..

Cheers!

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