|Product Name:||Gerber Paraframe I|
|Type of Knife:||EDC (Every Day Carry)|
|Blade Type:||Clip Point|
|Blade Material:||High Carbon Stainless Steel|
|Handle Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Lock Type:||Frame Lock|
|Warranty:||FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY* (North America Only)|
Gerber Paraframe I
The Gerber Paraframe I is manufactured by Gerber Gear. Joseph R. Gerber started the company in 1939 with cutlery knives. Today, Gerber Gear is known for the unique design of its blades. They have a lifetime warranty on their products for anyone living in North America, and a limited warranty outside the area. That lifetime warranty covers the original owner of the knife as long as they own it.
Gerber Paraframe knives have a sleek, minimal design. Gerber labels the Paraframe series as part of their essentials line, which means that as an everyday carry knife, the Gerber Paraframe I is all you’ll ever need.
At 2.6 ounces, the Paraframe is incredibly light weight. This makes the knife an everyday carry that can fit easily in a pocket or clipped to a belt and not become cumbersome or bulky. It slips in and out of a pocket without becoming snagged or awkward. It’s perfect for someone who needs to use a knife on a daily basis for quick tasks.
One of the biggest points in this knife’s favor is how thin the knife is as well as its weight. Instead of having a lock inside the handle, which requires extra parts, the Paraframe blade locks directly to the frame itself.
The Gerber Paraframe I’s blade is 3 inches long. It’s made of high carbon stainless steel, and is scalpel sharp when shipped from the manufacturer. It’s the same material that is used for surgical scalpels. Some people like to sharpen any blade after receiving it, but this one doesn’t need it.
The blade is covered with a non-reflective black finish of titanium nitrate. It’s a clip point blade with a flat, fine edge that’s partially serrated near the choil to give the owner a knife that can handle various cutting tasks. Dual thumb studs on the blade allow quick, one-handed opening, and the blade locks into place for secure cutting.
Gerber Paraframe’s handle has a closed length of 4.11 inches. It’s also made of stainless steel like the blade. The handle is where Gerber’s unique craftsmanship is apparent. The handle is skeletonized so there’s no added weight to the knife.
There are customary finger grooves for sure handling of the knife as well as a front quillon extended for the forefinger to rest on and to prevent slipping. There are no extra grips in the handle because it’s almost completely open with crossing slats of stainless steel. These open areas give their own type of sure grip since the hand can rest on the lines in the frame.
The clip is made of the same material and is covered in black finish giving the knife a uniform consistent look. The clip is incredibly strong and clips tightly to materials. This keeps the knife from becoming unclipped or getting lost.
- Extremely lightweight because of the unique handle design.
- Reasonably priced for an everyday carry knife.
- Blade is extremely sharp from the factory and stays sharp for a long time.
- The Paraframe knife is extremely cool-looking!
- Some users have complained about the clip or thumb studs catching on material inside their pockets.
- Bolts in the handle can become loose, but are easily tightened. One knife owner suggests using a Torx T-6 on the handle’s bolts.
- Clip is extremely tight and stiff.
The open frame can take some getting used to because items like keys can often get caught in the spaces of the handle. The easy way to avoid that is to keep the knife in a pocket separate from keys and other items that may become caught in the knife’s handle. The tight clip makes clipping it on the outside of the pocket an obvious choice if the studs become a problem.
So What’s the Verdict On the Gerber Paraframe I?
While the Gerber Paraframe I doesn’t have the huge bulk behind it to perform large tasks like cutting down trees in the forest, it is perfect for those small every day jobs that require a sharp instrument. Its slim nature and lightweight, almost non-existent frame make it a knife that can be carried with ease on a daily basis. A few knife owners mentioned a problem with the studs, but most people had nothing but great things to say about the slim design.