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Monday, 01 May 2023 02:41

Gerber Pocket Square

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I am a member of various forums, knife sites and Facebook groups. I am part of the community not only because I am a knife knut but I like to see what's trending. I've seen many different blades take center stage, many of them budget blades. One blade that I see over and over again is the Gerber Pocket Square.

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The Pocket Square is just under 4 inches long and has machined aluminum handles. The handles are not overly slick and give a nice modern look to a dressy pocket knife. The handles are interesting because they hide the pivot screw. Most folders have an exposed screw for allowing adjustment to the pivot. This is not unusual but a nice touch and it gives the handles a nice clean look.
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I've had many knives that I've hated simply because the pocket clip wasn't designed well; Kershaw Needs Work for instance. If it doesn't ride well or creates a hot spot when in use then it's a turn off. The Pocket Square has a very deep clip reminiscent of a nice pen. With the exception of the Gerber logo the clip doesn't give any indication that it's a knife. It's also thin enough that it feels invisible when using the blade during cutting chores.
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The meat and potatoes of any knife is the blade. Coming in at 3 inches the drop point blade of 7Cr17MoV is decent for mundane tasks, but wouldn't stand up to long cutting sessions without a touch up. The blade opens with a thumb lift as Gerber calls it, very similar to a thumb disc seen on other knives. Out of the box opening is smooth and not gritty. Adding some 3-in1 gave me the ability to flick the blade open fairly easy.   The blade profile is ok, I would have preferred a higher grind for better cutting. The blade is very stout and thick for a small gentleman's folder.
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Gerber says the locking mechanism for this blade is a liner lock but you could almost consider it a framelock.  The lock is really thick like the blade and even has a lock bar cutout like a framelock.  Because the lock is nestled between the aluminum handle I guess it could be considered a liner lock. Locking is very secure with no movement or rocking. Lock is vey easy to disengage in spite of it's thickness and the way it's recessed into the handles.

I recommend the Pocket Square as a nice light duty gentleman's knife. It goes with just about everything I've paired with it and it doesn't raise eyebrows when it's opened. It can be had for under $30 and making it a great budget folder.
David Bowen

As Co Founder of Multitool.org David has been a multitool enthusaist since the 90's.  David has always been fascinated with the design inginuity and uselfulness of multitools.

David is always looking forward to what's new in the industry and how the humble multitool continues to evolve as it radically changes and improves the lives of users.

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