Commemorative Knife: The Gerber 06 Turns 10


Gerber announced the company would release a commemorative edition of the 06 Auto knife in July. The new knife will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the knife’s introduction and service to the US military deployed in combat overseas.

This knife automatically opens with push button deployment. The blade is made of S30V stainless steel that has a stone washed finish and a fine edge. The blade has a laser marking with a reverse United States of America flag and a notation of 10 years of service. The blade is 3.8″ long and the knife has an overall length of 8.7″ when the blade is deployed.

The knife uses an aluminum handle. On this model, Gerber elected to use a Cerakote olive drab green finish to represent “…the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) of American Soldiers deploying early in OEF and OIF.”

These knives will be available on July 1. Gerber states the knives will carry a suggested retail price of $185.

The non-anniversary knife offers several versions including drop point and tanto style blades with partially serrated edges and G10 grips.

Take a look at Chris Cheng’s review of the Gerber 06 Auto here. He seemed to be pleased with the performance of the knife in more mundane, non-combat roles here in the continental United States. Cheng also took a look at the Gerber multi-tool for the AR-15 here.

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  • Dave

    Looks like Gerber is finally trying to make decent products now instead of the crap previously they churned out, its a pity it still takes 3 years for the blade to deploy, slowest autos on the market.

    • KestrelBike

      what’s a good, one-handed-close, 3″ or less auto? No frills, and hopefully not $400. (hopefully staying under $100?)

      • Dave

        SOG and Kershaw both make superior actions in knives that are overall better made with better value, as well as higher end offerings if you want fancy steels. Benchmade’s are overrated overpriced pieces of crap except for a very few of their designs (which cost double what they should).

        • Laserbait

          I’ve owned many Kershaw, SOG and Benchmades. I still have all my Benchmades, and I gave away most of the the rest. The Benchmades are pf a noticeable better quality. I’m not saying the others are crap, they’re just on the same level as a Benchmade.

          • MeaCulpa

            But SOG is for the operator operating his operator ready combat proven tactical mil.spec. cutting tool.

          • Laserbait

            True dat! I’m just not tacticool enough for SOG I guess.

      • Swarf

        Kershaw Speed-Safe knives have served me well, and they are inexpensive enough that I don’t cry if the tip breaks off (let’s face it, the most frequent use my knife gets is digging out splinters and cleaning my fingernails). The are fast to deploy but not so sensitive that they open in your pocket.

        I’m carrying a Kershaw Clash that I got off Woot right now.

  • john huscio

    Why buy a Gerber when you can get a spyderco for a similar price.

    • alternator

      Appreciate your perspective.

  • DwnRange

    While prior to the selling of Gerber to Fiskars in 1987 they made excellent products some of which I still own and use – since then though…….., they generally suck.

    Here’s an original L6 tooled steel Gerber Guardian II that don’t:

  • Swarf

    Gerber turned in to dogshit when Bear Grylls came onboard. Coincidence?

    • MeaCulpa

      that’s a bit harsh, most Gerber gear was dogshit well before Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls did make sure that most of their gear became dogshit diarrhoea with obnoxious logos.

  • KestrelBike

    Ah thx, I actually just ordered the leek after checking it out for a bit.