Monday, December 7, 2015

Review: Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife

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In my recent article on building a compact emergency survival kit, I mentioned that my kit includes a Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife. This is a great small knife to include in various compact survival kits, being just 3" long when closed and weighing only 1.3 ounces. It easily fits in an Altoids tin (see the picture below) for those making those kits, as well as easily fitting Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizers and most other small bags & pouches.


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It may be small, but this knife is also big enough and tough enough to actually be useful in many situations. By contrast, the Swiss Army Knife Classic keychain knife's blade is an inch shorter and much more slender/delicate, and it is a locking blade, which the SAK Classic isn't. The blade, frame, and clip are made entirely of high-carbon stainless steel. Total length of the knife when opened is 5¼". My knife is a half-serrated blade, but it is also available with only a plain edge if that is your preference.

My knife came quite sharp, and there is no wobble in the locking blade. The pocket clip, though I don't use it, seems quite sturdy. Overall, the Gerber paraframe mini knife seems like a very well-constructed, quality mini knife. For its size and price, it can't be beat.

Currently (Feb 27, 2016) Amazon has this knife on sale for $7.97 (regular price is $16), but that price is subject to change at any time. It is a great knife for compact kits, for a small EDC folding knife, and/or a stocking stuffer. 



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