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Gerber Paraframe II Fine Edge Knife

There’s a lot to like about Gerber’s Paraframe II knife.  It’s solidly made, it has an ergonomic handle, and it’s folding design makes it easy to stash in a pocket or bag.

Made out of high carbon stainless steel, the Paraframe II knife is just under five inches long when folded, so it’s both portable and highly usable. The handle is long enough for my hand and nicely curved on one side, so it fits easily into my palm. The other side of the handle has curved indentations that give me a good grip.  The Paraframe II knife also has a clip on one side, making it easy for me to keep it handy (attached to my belt or shirt pocket) when I’m working.

When the knife is open, the Paraframe II knife’s blade is 3.53” inches long.  It’s perfect for all sorts of uses around the house and on outdoor adventures.  I always pack it on camping trips; I’ve used it to cut rope, to cut food, and for harvesting wild mushrooms. I like that the handle is also made out of stainless steel and has a cage-style design (meaning: it’s not a solid handle) that looks great and saves me some weight. 

At just over four ounces, the Paraframe II knife is lightweight but still has enough heft to feel substantial.  I’ve used a variety of folding knives and tools over the years, and really appreciate how solid this knife feels when I’m using it. The blade locks into the open position, and it’s simple to “unlock” it and fold it back into the handle. The Paraframe II knife is designed to be opened with one hand, but it takes a bit of practice. 

The Paraframe II Knife is also available with a serrated blade and in several sizes.

Bottom Line: This is a great  all-around knife that’s very handy, well made, and has a great design.—B.M. (June 2012)

BUY ONLINE: $33, only $23.22 at Amazon.

Manufacturer's Site: www.gerbergear.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.