The right tool for the job is usually the one you have on you, which is why you should carry a knife that performs on command, time after time, until it becomes as familiar as a well-worn wallet, and just as comfortable to use. The Outrigger was designed to be that knife.
A reliable daily carry knife needs to do more than cut well. It has to be pickup truck tough but not monster truck heavy, open fast and easily, and sit solidly in your hand. The blade should easily slice everything from stubborn knots to lunch, and not be so long or so short that it’s awkward or out of balance.
In Your Hand - In designing the Outrigger, Gerber blends elements of three of their most popular clip folders from the past 10 years into 4 ounces of multi-faceted, problem-solving son of a gun. The 2.0 opening technology, popularized with the Gerber Instant, uses a ball-bearing pivot for buttery smooth, one-handed opening. For added safety, the thumb Plunge Lock on the handle means easy closing, keeping your fingers free of the blade’s path. The open frame design strips weight out, while adding texture to the body for increased hold. Grippy without feeling sticky, the Outrigger is finished with the same molded, rubberized handle coating that debuted on the AR 3.0, keeping the knife right where it’s supposed to be — your hand.
Blade At The Ready - Cut, pry, strip or slice. Whatever your need, the Outrigger’s partially-serrated drop point 3.38-inch blade is built for solutions. Making quick work of daily tasks, the fine edge section offers clean, accurate cuts, even after hours of use.
Open On Demand - Opens quickly and easily, with one hand or two, thanks to dual thumb studs atop the blade. When it’s time to close things up, just push the Plunge Lock for a positive release and fast two-handed closure.
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