Friday, September 21, 2007

Gerber Vallotton

I've decided to start reviewing some of the products I own. I figured knives would be a good place to start.

The first product:

The Gerber Vallotton - *****

* Overall Length: 6.4"
* Length Closed: 3.8"
* Length of Blade: 2.6"
* Weight: 4 oz.
* Safety: Sliding switch
* Action: Spring loaded, thumb stud.
Retail: 47.95
Normal: 29.99
I Payed: 25.00

Pros: I like almost everything about his knife. The blade's strong, and has remained very sharp. The opening is smooth, fast, and is powered along it's full travel*. The sound is even nice, although I can't really describe it in text. It opens via a well-placed, easy to use thumb-stud.

Cons: The grip feels a little cheap, and some parts of it were even a little sharp. I had to file the edges a little to make it more comfortable. The safety works well, and seems to be very, well, safe... And I think this is a con. While the knife is closed and the safety is disabled, barely brushing the switch will enables it. Meaning that you can't leave the safety off. Whats the point of a fast-opening, spring-assisted knife, if you have to fiddle with a safety switch first?
The clip is very nice, angled, and flush with the edge of the knife. It fits perfectly in my left, front pocket. Unfortunately, I use knives in my right hand... and the safety is designed to be used with the right hand. This requires me to take the knife out, slide the safety, turn it over in my hand, open the blade, then pass it to my right hand.

Overall: I like the knife, it's a great value, and I recommend it to others, but it's just not as quick to open as most knives.

*This is something I've noticed other knives lacking. Some knives use a spring to launch the blade and then rely on inertia to fully open the knife.
Why does this matter?
If the blade hit's something while it's opening, it becomes stuck at that point.
This knive does not take that shortcut, making it much more reliable.