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Gerber Legendary Blades, founded by Pete Gerber in 1939 and headquartered in Oregon, USA, is an American manufacturer known for producing knives, multitools, and outdoor and military tools. The company is currently owned by the Finnish outdoor products manufacturer Fiskars.

Gerber is notable as the largest manufacturer of knives and multitools for the United States Armed Forces. Among its renowned products is the LMF II infantry knife, designed with a partial tang blade to prevent electric shocks and aid in freeing downed pilots. Additionally, Gerber offers a range of survival knives. The company also operates a Pro Program, providing special pricing on knives, tools, and equipment to valued members of the Gerber community and industry who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of products does Gerber offer?

Gerber offers a wide range of products, including knives, multi-tools, survival gear, axes, saws, machetes, and outdoor accessories. They cater to various user needs, from outdoor enthusiasts to military and first responders.

Are Gerber products reliable?

Yes, Gerber is known for the reliability and durability of its products. They use high-quality materials and have a reputation for crafting tools that can withstand demanding conditions.

I have a Gerber knife with serrated edges. What is the recommended method for sharpening the serrations?

To sharpen a serrated knife edge, it's advisable to use a round sharpener or a similar style stone. Place the diamond shaft into each serration and move it up and down along the entire blade. Proper sharpening of a serrated blade is achieved when a burr can be detected on the flat or reverse side of the knife blade, which can be felt by running your fingernail across it. To remove this burr, simply rub that side of the knife with the Diamond Knife Sharpener in a circular motion. If no burr is noticeable, it suggests that the sharpening angle was too small, and you should repeat the process with a slightly larger angle.

Why is rust occurring on my Gerber product despite it being made of stainless steel?

Gerber products are made using 100% high-grade stainless steel. While stainless steel is corrosion-resistant, it is not entirely immune to rust. Corrosion can occur, particularly without proper maintenance. To prevent rust and corrosion, it's essential to periodically clean, dry, and apply oil to your Gerber product, especially in damp or marine environments. If your Gerber product comes into contact with any unfamiliar substances, it's advisable to rinse the blade with tap water, dry it, and apply a light coat of oil. In the case of exposure to saltwater, immediate rinsing with tap water and coating with a high-quality lightweight oil is crucial, as saltwater is highly corrosive and can damage steel of any type.

Is it recommended to lubricate my Multi-Pliers with oil?

Yes, it is advisable to oil your Multi-Plier. Before applying a high-quality light oil, ensure that the product is free from debris and moisture. You can rinse your Multi-Plier with clear tap water to remove most of the debris. In cases where dirt or grime is present in the grooves or handles, using a small, soft brush can help loosen and remove trapped particles. Once the tool is adequately clean and dry, apply the oil. Stained areas can often be buffed out using a polishing cloth or a non-metallic scouring pad.

What does the alpha-numeric number on the product signify?

The alphanumeric number located on products manufactured from 2013 onwards serves as a timestamp indicating the production period of your product. It is important to note that this number does not specify the product's model or identify the product itself.

Are Gerber products designed for specific outdoor activities?

Yes, Gerber offers a range of products tailored to specific outdoor activities like camping, hunting, backpacking, and survival. Their product lines are often designed with the needs of these activities in mind.

How do I maintain and care for Gerber products?

Gerber products require regular maintenance, including cleaning, sharpening, and lubrication as needed. Detailed care instructions can often be found in the product's packaging.