Are looks more important than performance? A pretty odd question I know. It really depends on exactly what you're talking about. We could be talking about anything from personal relationships to toys to tools or just about anything else. Sometimes, in my opinion, looks can really be too bad to be able to buy into something, or too good. To the point where you can ignore other factors and buy into something wrongfully so. We tend to do this all the time we buy things we don’t need, or even then overpay for things just based on looks.
What happens when looks don’t really appeal to you, but you know that you are probably buying a decent product? This happened to me the other day. I was looking for a decent folded knife for everyday use. The reason behind my need was that I was carrying a great folded knife for my everyday use, but when fully extended it was 11 inches long.
People even got uneasy around me when I pulled it out. I even felt more ready for a zombie apocalypse than work. Plus carrying it around all day was a bit too much. So I went shopping.
I came across the Gerber US-Assist S30V. When it comes to the blade, I had no complaints. It is a 3-inch blade made from S30V or 420HC steel. It works fine and looks the part in that department. The part I was not too convinced about was the handle. It is a very standard handle. No real features that you could say allow you to have a better grip.
That is not always a bad thing I’ve had worst handles on knives that worked great. What it doesn’t do honestly is add style points. If you really plan to use this as an everyday working knife, you won’t have a problem. It weighs around 3.9 ounces. So it is great for carrying around in your pocket. It has a removable pocket clip that allows you to carry the knife tip up or tip down.
I honestly didn’t think too much of this. However, I have read it is a concern for a lot of people who just can’t adjust to carrying knives in their pocket so easily. Supposedly it has Gerber’s most consistent and smoothest deployment ever! I actually quite like Gerber’s deployment system, so if this one is better it surely must be awesome!
Due to the relatively high price of this knife, I am actually surprised by the vast majority of positive reviews. Let me explain typically people will give out harsher reviews for products that they may feel that they overpaid for. Rather than give a cheap product a bad review because the general feeling in those cases well, you get what you pay for. In this case, it has a 4.2-star rating on Amazon over almost 30 reviews not that bad. In reading a customer review I actually found a new profession that uses this type of equipment regularly which are event producers. If you are an event producer man or woman, this could be a great asset for you.
Easy to carry in pocket or purse. Easy to open, you don’t need to be super strong. And it works fine for all basic cutting needs. There might be a knock on the sharpness, but it is a knife that can be easily sharpened. So that could be taken an as an asset. You have the ability to keep it as sharp as you need it to be. I know a lot of people might think the sharper the better, but sometimes for safety reasons that is not always the case.
There are some negative remarks about the clip. Some guy said he lost his knife thanks to the clip. I think in general this is possible with any knife. If you don’t attach it properly. In this, since the clip is it may not always be as safe and tight as you would want it to be. I recommend that if you are going to wear it on your waist try to wear it right above your pocket. If it does fall you have at least a chance it falls into your pocket.
So this knife taught me once again to not judge a book by its cover. It works great, but come on. The guys at Gerber could totally hook this knife up with a softer grip or some cool colors at least to give it some style points. Especially for an 84-dollar knife. This takes me to my next point. It is an 84-dollar knife we are talking about here. I don’t have a problem with the price tag because I am going to use it every day. If you were just looking for a novelty product or something you are going to use every once in a while I really would look somewhere else.
Gerber has great knives from other lines like the Bear Grylls line of products that are better suited for that purpose. At least in price. This a knife more suited for someone who is really going to put it to the test and eventually get their money’s worth of it! This might be a bold statement, but I see this more of suburban domestic use knife. Maybe some construction. However, I have a hard time seeing this as a nature calls tool. Just because of the grip issues. I am not saying it can’t cut with the best of them. I just wouldn’t trust this grip that much when wet. Other than that it is overall a decent buy.
Of course like always don’t take my word for it! You can find way more info on this product in various online stores, as it a highly sought after commodity. Don’t hesitate to look for more info at the Gerber US-Assist S30V product page on Amazon.