Gerber G1 Series: Limited Edition, American Made

Gerber G1-001

Gerber announced the company was launching a new line of knives called the G1 series. With the G1 series, Gerber intends to showcase American craftsmanship.

Each year, the company will introduce a new, limited edition knife in the G1 line. The knife for 2017 is the G1-001. This model was on display at the recent Blade Show that was held in Atlanta, Georgia. The inaugural introduction was a very limited run of only 20 knives.

Gerber G1-001

Each G1-001 knife took about 60 hours of production and assembly time. The bi-metal blade uses a Hitachi blue steel core with a 410 stainless steel sandwiched around it. According to Gerber this gives the knives something a single metal could not provide as well as the bi-metal design: a superior edge retention from the Hitachi steel and excellent corrosion resistance from the 410 stainless.

Blade blanks were waterjet cut and then ground to the correct thickness. After the tang is machined, the blades are then heat treated. The blades have a plain edge with a spear point. The handle is made of titanium, and oil infused bronze washers help provide a smooth opening.

Gerber stated that 100% of the sales from this very limited edition knife were being donated to the American Knife & Tool Institute (ATKI) to further its mission. ATKI is an advocacy organization that educates law makers and public safety officials about knives and promotes responsible ownership of knives by private citizens. A price on these was not announced. I suppose if you have to ask…

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  • ZuluHotel

    Gerber wants, wait for it… $500 for these knives. My sides. They HAVE to be kidding.

    • Bradley

      Not that I do, but there are knives much more expensive than that which have waiting lists.

      • Nick

        And they have waiting lists for a reason. Gerber isn’t exactly known for their great quality in the knife world. I even had a Gerber rep try to trade me for a Benchmade I was carrying back when I worked with knives.

  • Madcap_Magician

    You know, this thing reminds me of an extended part of Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers” where Mr. DuBois is expounding on the nature of value and notes that a master chef can take ordinary flour, sugar, and apples of minimal value and make a confection of greater value, while an incompetent can take those same materials and make such a mess that the initial ingredients lose the value they had started with.

    Gerber is in the latter category.

    Using great materials does you no good if you can’t competently make well-finished knives. Just look at that. They have a sharpening notch on the blade, yet they can’t grind the edge all the way back to it? What’s the point of a sharpening notch, then?

    And OK, I get that they’re making it for charity, but the knife costs more than any base model CRK knife. Wut.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Ugh knife fanboys are the absolute worse. Run back to your forum where you can fap to knives made out of a billion layers of steel.

      • Giolli Joker

        Maybe. Truth is that Gerber is no longer the Gerber that was. And 99.9% of their products is made in China and way less appealing than other quality Asian made knives in the market.

      • Madcap_Magician

        Hey, if you want to buy the knife equivalent of a Hi-Point for Wilson Combat prices, it’s a free country…

  • Edeco

    Come on Gerber, you know what to do, quit farting around and re-release that aluminum Vietnam dagger without the serrations 😀

  • Swarf

    Considering Gerber hasn’t turned out a quality product in over a decade, I’m going to take a charitably hard pass.

  • Marc

    They donate the proceeds to the AMERICAN Knife and Tool Institute, yet use Hitachi steel for the knife. Maybe using American steel would’ve been appropriate?
    Maybe I’m sensitive because I work in the American steel industry?

    • Kelly Jackson

      American steel is dead, stop voting Democrat.

    • Sledgecrowbar

      Yeah and they’re making 20. Really bringing jobs back to the US with all that volume. Oh, but they’ll come out with another model next year. Maybe they’ll make 20 of those, too.

      And here I thought this would be a US-made knife for a Gerber price, or maybe $20 more, and I’d rush out and buy one. Gerber made my favorite multitool design and a great fighting knife but when they started with the Bear Grylls crap I checked them off my list.

  • LazyReader

    Make America Sharp Again.

  • survivor50

    WOW !!! A ” BENCHMADE ” look alike but made of ” UNOBTAINIUM ” … only 20 of them…
    It’s why my friends get a Griptilian under the tree in December.
    When EVERYTHING else fails…I’ll take a nice piece of cold steel please…