Gray’s Best Awards 2015

ACCESSORIES: Gerber Legend Knife

Since 1939, Gerber has been a leader in American-made production knives. Today, the Portland, Oregon, cutler also produces design-forward multitools, axes, saws, machetes, and other products. But the company’s DNA is knifemaking, and its accumulated knowledge of that craft is defined in the limited edition Gerber Legend ($750). The blade is made of CPM-S35VN stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness of 58–61 HRC. We could go into detail regarding powder metallurgy, sintering, crystallites, and grain, but suffice it to say, the CPM-S35VN is one of the most highly regarded (and expensive) blade materials on the market. Aside from corrosion resistance and taking a wicked edge, the knife’s full-tang design means the Legend is a knife with backbone as well as beauty. Though meant for hard use in the field, the Legend’s fit and finish make for a presentation-grade knife of only 1,200 issue. Hence the “limited edition” status. The synthetic G10 scales are inlaid with Oregon spalted maple, all sourced and processed in the USA. Diamond cross-hatching on the scales, jimping on the spine for thumb traction, and a generous finger choil offer a solid grip. Gerber has also teamed up with Tanner Goods to produce a handmade leather sheath that features an inner guard to prevent mildew on the leather and protect the blade, which is one that will be passed down from one generation of outdoorsmen to the next. —S.W.