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Gerber 06 Automatic

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by knockingdiesel, Jun 10, 2019 at 8:52 PM.

  1. knockingdiesel

    knockingdiesel Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 25, 2018

    I hope you enjoy the story and review, I bought this knife a few months ago. I was disappointed, honestly. The pocket clip bolt heads were stripped, the bolts that hold the knife together had thread locker on them but not fully tightened. Had it been any other knife I would have returned it. But, I have always wanted one and I enjoy tearing down anything mechanical and putting it back together, so I took this as a sign that it was meant for me.

    So I took it to my repair center ( Attached to my house and rumored to store 2 cars). Well 2 hours and 3 youtube videos after, I realized it was reassembled properly but the deployment was just slow, really l..... Unacceptable. So I took out the spring and measured it with calipers I got online and ordered an upgraded spring. I also contacted Gerber and asked for replacement hardware (they sent the bolts and a new clip, free of charge).

    While waiting for parts I was playing with it, and it improved, so the ordered spring was no longer necesarry. Now that it was properly assembled and lubricated (As it should have been from the factory), I began to use it. I used it for everything, from rope and cardboard to twinky wrappers (Any opportunity to press the button).

    It slowly crept its way into my pocket full time. Its big and heavy, not really ideal for carry all the time but I didn't care. I carried it, at work in my cargo pants and at the lake with trunks on, I couldn't put it down. It got to the point where it was in my hand most of the time. I used it to mark lumber for cutting, I used it as a chisel to clean up mortises, cut insulation, etc.

    I absolutely love the positive engagement of everything, the lock, the deployment, the safety, it feels rock solid. Its blade was easy to sharpen and held an edge well. the grip regardless of environment was solid.

    Its hard to give an unbiased opinion but I'll try. I don't believe the knife is worth msrp in the condition I received it, $100-$120 maybe. The blade is S30v and handles are g10 but that's kinda becoming fairly common to some degree. Its a US made knife that is well designed and is automatic. I received the upgraded spring and installed it, now it deploys as I thought it should. I think if Gerber put a better spring and kept an eye on quality control hey can get $199.I looked for pictures of the defects but couldn't find them, if I do I'll post them. I accepted the knife because I really wanted it, if I were just in the market for an auto knife I'd spend a little more on other brands with better materials and QC.

    In the end I really love the knife and will in the market for a straight edged drop point.

    I hope you enjoyed reading. Any questions, comment or concerns, please post! fullsizeoutput_c64.jpeg fullsizeoutput_c71.jpeg fullsizeoutput_c74.jpeg
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  2. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    thumbs up.
    great story !
    good job that you tweaked it better than the factory hand :)
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  3. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    Enjoying taking thinks apart and making them work is one thing, and receiving a knife that is not in proper working order is a whole different one. I understand your pain. I am also prone to fix stuff instead of sending it back to the manufacturer because living in Spain any returns to the US are totally out of the question. In your particular situation I would have done it for sure.

    Anyway, enjoy the new knife!
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