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GERBER INTRODUCES NEW G1 SERIES AT 2017 BLADE SHOW

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

PORTLAND, OREGON (June, 2nd, 2017) – Gerber, a category leading manufacturer of knives, tools, and equipment returns to the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. An industry pioneer, Gerber has been crafting world-class knives and tools for decades and the introduction of the new G1 Series of custom knives showcases that dedication. Gerber presents this new collection to showcase the craftsmanship, design, and skill that are ongoing components of its robust American Manufacturing facility.

Each year Gerber will introduce new editions to the G1 Series, reflecting new materials, processes, and technologies. This new series serves to fuel the future development of production-caliber products, serving a large market of both professional and recreational users.

A commitment to excellence in physical form, the introduction of the first knife of the G1 Series – the G1-001 – presents a distinct combination of new materials and processes on a tested favorite – the Propel Auto. Gerber experts provide insightful design, informed engineering, precise machining, and first-class execution to bring the G1-001 to life; a hands-on approach to craftsmanship with an end result that is undeniable.

“The G1-001 is an elevation of the Propel Automatic. Since its release in 2013, the Propel Auto has been heralded as a top product in midsize frame ergonomics and steadfast reliability. After observing the success – both with the military and commercially –the Propel Automatic has achieved, it was clear it would serve as the ideal platform for the first G1 knife.” Karrson Koivisto, Product Manager at Gerber.

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All upgrades on the G1-001 were meticulously considered, sourcing first-class materials and leveraging the master craftsmanship of the Portland, Oregon manufacturing facility. Each of the 20 hand built knives underwent a laborious 9 stage process, accumulating upwards of 60 hours each in production, processing, and assembly.

A unique bi-metal blade is the foundation of the knife, each steel bringing different qualities to make the sum greater than the parts. Gerber exclusively sourced a custom-made blade combination of Hitachi Blue steel and 410 stainless steel. Sandwiched between the 410 stainless, the Hitachi Blue core is an oil-quenched steel that offers superior edge retention and acts as the unwavering backbone of the blade. The 410 stainless steel coats the Hitachi Blue and was chosen to improve the flexibility of the blade in use, increase resistance to corrosion and the elements, and the ability to be polished easily.

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After using a waterjet to cut the blanks, each blade is ground top and bottom to optimal thickness before machining the tang. Once machining is complete, the blade enters a proprietary heat treat that brings optimal performance to both steels, not just the inner steel as is commonly seen in bi-metal blades. Following the heat treatment, the blade is hand beveled to perfection by a 15 year master craftsman and Gerber veteran. Once the blade processing is complete the knife is assembled by hand.

Custom machined titanium handle scales encase the spear point blade that is housed between two oil-impregnated bronze washers. The washers self-lubricate during use to create butter-smooth deployment over time. The final knife is completed with blue PVD fasteners and spacers and a black DLC custom plunge lock, safety, and pocket clip.

Each knife is hand assembled, double inspected, and serialized for collection.

“The 20 unit serialized run comes with a matching serialized tag cut out of the same bi-metal steel, it serves as a certificate of authenticity and is unique to each knife” says Koivisto. The knife and tag are served up in a custom Pelican case, a welcome addition to any discerning knife collection.

Gerber will be selling the single batch, limited 20 unit run of the G1-001 at the 2017 Blade Show, where 100% of sales will be donated to the AKTI [American Knife & Tool Institute] to support the organization’s ongoing efforts to defend and improve the rights and laws of knife users and manufacturers.

Learn more about AKTI: www.akti.org
See more from Gerber: www.gerbergear.com

Blade Show – HTM Announces Partnership with Master Proven

Monday, June 11th, 2012

HTM Knives has announced their partnership with Master Proven, which is an independent third-party testing evaluation organization consisting of ex military and sports professionals. HTM knives produces Made in USA knives. Together, they are producing 5 new models of military style knives. Each is designed leveraging the experience of different members of Master Proven. The first model is the MPMOD1, a fixed blade design by the combined talents of retired Army MSG Grady Burrell and knife making legend Darrel Ralph.

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The blade is 4″ with an overall length of 8.25″. It features a new, patented retention system so that you won’t drop the blade and a sheath by FirstSpear.

Available 1 December, 2012. Pre-order now through www.darrelralph.com

Blade Show – Tuff-Writer

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Tuff-Writer has just released the new Clicker series of pens. Funded initially through Kickstarter, these are on special during Blade Show for $80. Once they go on to the website they will be available in Black, Grey and Raw.

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www.tuffwriter.com

Blade Show – Advanced Outfitters

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The TERD Kit from Advanced Outfitters is an idea whose time has come. It contains all of your critical doody making materials. Seriously. Have you ever needed to make number two on the trail or in the field and realized the essentials are spread out amongst your kit?

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Apparently, this happened to Advanced Outfitters owner Kevin Martin enough times that he decided to do something about it. He really is an old outdoor hand and came up with the Tactical, Everything Required for Dumping Kit. TERD, get it? It consists of a Ti cathole digger, 2 zippered pouches, 1 for TP the other for baby wipes / lady essentials. Also, it integrates a handy clip for hanging it from limbs, etc. It will come in a snazzy turd brown. Look for it, early Fall 2012 from www.advancedoutfitters.com

Blade Show – Emerson Knives / Multitasker Tools

Friday, June 8th, 2012

One of the big draws at Blade Show is the Emerson Knives / Multitasker Tools collaboration of the EK-1 Multitool and EDC-1 Compact Multitool.

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Featuring CNC machined billet “chomper” blades, and G10 handle scales, the EK-1 Multitool integrates a 3.125″ Tanto-style blade as well as a 3″ SARK style serrated blade, both with liner safety lock. There is also an Awl, Can Opener with Small Screwdriver Tip, Bottle Opener with Large Screwdriver Tip, and a Phillips No 1 Screwdriver. Additionally, the EK-1 accepts OTIS cleaning kit tool heads and comes packaged with a removable dental pick for reaching difficult crevices. Naturally, it also has a belt clip.

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The EDC-1 Compact Multitool offers G10 scales and a chassis that is more reminiscent of a pocket knife. No pliers here, but it does include a 2.5″ Micro commander style knife blade with patented wave feature and liner lock safety. As you can see, there use also a removable prybar / gator wrench / bottle opener. Additional tools including an Awl with liner lock safety, Phillips No 1 Screwdriver, and Large Slotted Screwdriver. Don’t forget the belt clip.

Look for these collaborations to hit the street this September.

Blade Show – Al Mar Knives

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Al Mar Knives is displaying a couple of prototype knives in a new material.

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Made from Kirinite, a brand new material. It’s so tough, it takes three times as long to grind as ivory! As you can see, it holds the coloration all the way through and, as an inert material is resistant to solvents. But once polished it is both comfortable to the touch as well as durable.

Look for Kirinite soon in many Al Mar Knives designs.

www.almarknives.com

Blade Show – DDR

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Darrel Ralph Designs has introduced the 18Xray automatic knife in Flat Dark Earth.

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The 18Xray has an NSN and since they introduced the model at SHOT Show two years ago and have not been able to keep up with demand.

www.darrelralph.com

Blade Show – Bawidamann Blades

Friday, June 8th, 2012

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Bawidamann Blades hit Blade Show hard with a variety of standard and custom models including the Skulduggery, Pogn, and Karambit. For instance, check out the acid etching on these blades.

If you’re at Blade, get them while they’re hot! For those of you that couldn’t make it this year, visit www.bawidamann.com