Gerber Steadfast Drop Point Knife


February 14, 2008, 12:45 AM
How would one of these work as a multipurpose knife?

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February 14, 2008, 02:21 AM
With practice, you can make any tool do practically any job.

That doesn't mean it will be easy or fun.

I can quarter an apple with a machete. Having proved it once, I don't think I'm obliged to do it again, nor inclined to, either.

For heavier camping tasks, a 6-inch heavy blade is fine. The finer the work, the clumsier it becomes.

For a general-purpose field knife, I normally max out at around 4 inches. I have a couple of 5-inch knives that I'd be okay with, and several 3.5-inch that would be just fine.

Normally, though, over 4 inches is more blade than I like for general tasks.

If I had to carry a 6-inch blade, I'd augment it with something smaller for fine work.

That said, of course, I do own a number of knives of that size and larger. I would happily own one of those. It might not be my general-purpose go-to knife, but I'd have something that size handy. You just never know when you're gonna get ambushed by kindling.


February 14, 2008, 09:49 AM
440A isn't a steel I would be very enthusiastic about (I'd rather have C than A).

6 inches is a kinda long for a good multipurpose knife. 4-5 is preferable.

If you look to the right, the Buck Vanguard would be more what I recommend.

Dave P
February 14, 2008, 11:02 AM
I really like this BM Activator - at least after I replaced the too skinny slabs with some real wood:

Tom Krein
February 14, 2008, 01:24 PM
I would personally go with one of these first... Ontario Rat 5 LINK (

IF you wanted a bigger knife go with the RAT 7. Ontario makes a good product and I like these better than the Gerber you selected. Gerber makes good products also, I just don't like that one.

These can be had for not too much more than the knife you linked to...


February 14, 2008, 03:44 PM
There you go- same knife with a 4.5'' blade for half the price

February 14, 2008, 06:05 PM
I too prefer a smaller knife, 3.5 or 4 inch max. I own one of the Buck Vangards on the same page for the same price, and would recommend them as an alternative to the Gerber. Which looks more like a fighting knife than a using knife.

February 14, 2008, 08:51 PM
Maybe I'm just a Spyderco fanboy, but I'd buy an endura. In fact, I'm buying one tomorrow, and you can bet it will be waved. (thank you Mr. Emerson).

February 16, 2008, 09:21 PM
I really like this BM Activator
BM Activator.... You mean this?


Okay, back to the OP, you could do better for edge retention and blade toughness than the Gerber IMO. Gerber is sort of hit and miss in steel quality in my experience. YMMV.


February 16, 2008, 09:39 PM
I may be in the minority here, but for a "general purpose" knife, i like a partially serrated blade. Not to get into it (it's like "revolver vs automatic"), I like it for cutting rope/cord, especially if I haven't been keeping up on sharpening.

while tough/impossible to sharpen well, i think serrations are more forgiving in regards to lack of upkeep. (my beater buck knife for "out and about" on the farm is lucky to touch a stone every 3-4 months).

I have something very similar to this here ( by buck.

The one above is 440A steel, not the greatest. I'd imagine mine is too... doesn't hold an edge great but gets the job done.

When the money allows, i'll be upgrading to a fixed Benchmade Griptilian (seen here ( )

As it is, a mini griptilian folder is my EDC knife of choice.

February 16, 2008, 10:52 PM
im a big fan of my ckrt desert warrior. Its a nice semi serrated folder that locks solid and strong when i need it but can be folded away easily.

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