Gerber Gear is an American knife and tool company based out of Portland, Oregon. You can find more information on the history of the company below. These days they are arguably best known for their Bear Grylls line of knives.
Gerber Knife Reviews:
Here is a collection of all our reviews of Gerber knives to date:
- Gerber Applegate Fairbairn Covert Review
The first knife I ever owned, even before my Swiss Army knife, was a Gerber that my Dad gave me. It awed me then and awes me now, and is being passed down within my family; hopefully for generations to come. When a ... continue reading
- Gerber Downrange Tomahawk Review
The tomahawk is a North American hand-axe first used by the Algonquian Indians. Originally made from stone, the introduction of metal blades came with the arrival of the Europeans to North America. The tomahawk remain ... continue reading
History of Gerber
Founded in 1939 in Portland Oregon, Gerber enjoyed many decades of success with their USA made knives and tools. Gerber has worked with a lot of talented designers over the years, including Bob Loveless, Blackie Collins, Bill Harsey, Jr., Rick Hinderer, Ernest Emerson, and Chris Reeve. And a number of former Gerber employees have gone on to do great things in the knife industry, including Pete Kershaw and Al Mar. For a long time Gerber was the company to beat.
In 1987 Fiskars bought Gerber, and at some point in the early 2000s they moved a lot of the manufacturing overseas. Quality suffered and they resorted to gimmicks like selling “Bear Grylls” branded knives and investing heavily in marketing. While the average Joe at Wal-Mart may not have cared, those who love great knives lamented the loss of this storied company.
A lot of people complained, and I think the company eventually got the message, because they eventually started moving back to the USA. These days Gerber still has a reputation for importing inexpensive overseas manufactured knives, but they are also going back to their roots and producing some stuff state side as well.
We haven’t written a lot of reviews of Gerber knives, but what we do write on will go here. It will be interesting to see how Gerber as a company proceeds moving forward. They may have retail success in Wal-Mart, but the true test is whether they can capture the enthusiast. At least that’s how I see it.