Here’s another new one from Gerber; this one’s called the Convoy. In contrast with the enthusiast-focused Assert folder, the Convoy is a fixed blade that aims for affordability.
Like many fixed blades from the venerable company, the Gerber Convoy is spec’d for the great outdoors. Its 3.9-inch blade length makes it a great choice for day hikes, or a companion knife on longer trips, possibly even a main blade if you’re a minimalist. The drop point blade shape needs no elaboration: it’s as universal and intuitive as they come, with a serviceable tip and long run of belly that makes a wide variety of cutting chores very easy.
Gerber chose 440A for the steel on the Convoy. Compared to the current who’s who of budget steels like D2, 14C28N, and VG-10, 440A doesn’t offer the same level of performance in terms of edge retention or toughness. It does, however, do quite well in terms of stain resistance, and when it comes to maintenance it is a steel that’s very easy to work with, recovering from hard use (or even mishandling!) with aplomb.
One key feature on the Convoy is its construction. It’s a full tang knife with full Micarta scales laid over the frame, but everything is kept as thin as possible. This pared down construction helps the Convoy achieve a very respectable weight of 4.06 oz., further reinforcing its all-purpose nature as a companion knife. The ergonomic design itself is as simple as can be and very much in keeping with the stripped down profiles and angular scales of other recent Gerber fixed blades like the Downwind. There’s a lashing point in the center of the handle, too, which also leverages the overall thinness of the knife, making it easy to work with when making an improvised spear or similar.
The Gerber Convoy is available now. It appears amongst a spate of new models, including the aforementioned Assert and the Confidant.
Knife in Featured Image: Gerber Convoy
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