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These Two New Knives Are Designed to Keep You Alive in the Wilderness

Gerber released two new fixed-blade knives that are designed to be light and strong, which is exactly what an outdoorsman needs.

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The merits of carrying a knife while in the outdoors can’t be overstated. Processing firewood, creating shelter, cutting rope, repairing gear in a pinch — these are all tasks made easier by the presence of a reliable knife. The Swiss Army and other folding blades are undoubtedly useful, but the most power will be leveraged from a fixed blade.

Gerber just released two new fixed models, both explicitly intended for use in the outdoors. Both are full-tang, which is the sturdiest of constructions, and use 7Cr17MoV steel along with a lightweight and grippy synthetic handle. The Spine is the bigger of the two, with a 3.7-inch drop-point blade. Then there’s the 2.4-inch Vertebrae, a short but practical knife designed for the precision tasks encountered during even the shortest of trips. The two knives weigh 5.2 and 4.4 ounces respectively and come with different options for carrying including an oversized lanyard hole built into the handle and a sheath that clips onto a backpack strap or belt.

Spine: $40 Vertebrae: $31

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