Gerber recently released a new folding knife called the Gerber US-Assist, and RECOILtv contributor Billy Birdzell managed to get his hands on one. In the latest RECOILtv Mail Call video segment, Billy shows off the ins and outs of this blade. Check it out:
In case you can't watch the video, we'll outline the details of this Gerber blade here as well. This is an assisted-opening folding knife, offered in three variations:
S30V holds an edge extremely well due to its Vanadium content, so it's ideal for an EDC blade. 420HC is better-suited for outdoor use, since it doesn't hold an edge as well as S30V but is much easier to sharpen in the field. Aside from blade steel and edge type, these knives are otherwise identical in design.
All US-Assist blades feature ambidextrous thumb studs, a push-button plunge lock, and a cross-bolt safety lock. Gerber's BOSS system (Balls Of Stainless Steel) keeps the action buttery-smooth and fast. These knives include a invert-able pocket clip for tip-up or tip-down carry, but sadly it's not reversible for left-handed carry. As long as that doesn't deter you, this seems like a very cool blade — it's even made in the USA.
The Gerber US-Assist S30V is available for $119, while the 420HC varieties will set you back only $99. For more info on these new knives, check out GerberGear.com.