Gerber Gator Knife Review

The Gerber Gator is my go-to for a field knife, whether that is a day hike, multi-day camping trip, hunting, or on the battlefield.

The rubber Gator Grip combined with the great blade design excels in every outdoor environment.

I carried my Gerber Gator folding knife for four years straight in every weather climate imaginable.

Gerber Gator Knife Review
The author’s personal Gerber 650 from the 1990s and it’s still going strong.

From the forests of North Carolina to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. From the jungles of Okinawa to the Middle East deserts, and waters of the Mediterranian Sea.

Opening everything from MREs to ammunition crates, it was a dependable workhorse.

Gerber Gator 650 Knife

When Gerber debuted their line of Gator folding knives in 1991, they were voted Most Innovative Knife of the Year at the Blade Show.

The handle is made of glass-filled nylon and it’s covered with a rubberized alligator skin texture for a tacky, comfortable grip.

Gerber 650 Review

The lock-back clip point blade has a fine edge and is forged from 420HC stainless steel.

Gerber Gator Blade Steel

Sheathed in a heavy-duty nylon case, the Gerber Gator folding knife is still one of its most popular folders.


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Gerber 650 Specs

  • Gerber Gator 650 Steel: 420HC Stainless Steel
  • Blade Length: 3.76"
  • Closed Length: 4.96"
  • Blade Style: Clip Point, Plain Edge
  • Lock Mechanism: Lock Back
  • Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon w/ Gator Grip overmold
  • Sheath Material: Ballistic Nylon
  • Gator Grip handle texture provides maximum grip for any situation, wet or dry

What steel is the Gerber Gator

The use of 420HC stainless steel is intended to create a tough knife that will hold an edge (contains ~0.5% Carbon) and is corrosion resistant (contains ~14% Chromium and ~0.6% Molybdenum).

During the forging process, those chemicals are combined to create hard, double carbide, bonds which help improve the abrasion and corrosion resistance of the steel.

My original Gerber Gator knife was made from 420 stainless steel and is still going strong.

Newer models are now also available in 154CM steel.


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Where are Gerber Gator Knives Made?

The Gerber Gator series of knives are made in the USA.

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