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I've been collecting knives since childhood. Pocket, boot, dive, tanto, bowie, Swiss Army, throwing, and Rambo... I've got 'em all. As a boy, Smokey Mountain Knife Works and US Cavalry catalogs encouraged me to save my pennies. After the obligatory Swiss Army pocketknife, the first "real" addition to the collection was a Command I by Gerber. It was the quintessential boot knife, and if I recall correctly, cost me over $60-- an exorbitant amount for a sixth-grader to spend on anything, let alone a knife!

Since then, my memories of Gerber knives has been fond. "Legendary Blades" has always been their tag-line. In recent years, like many others, I've swayed to trendier nameplates: Benchmade, SOG, Microtech, Piranha, Boker, and Colt among others. But, I've finally come full circle and returned to familiar territory. Let me introduce you to my new Gerber: the model 06 Automatic.

I say without hyperbole that this is my favorite knife... EVER. For many months, I've been searching for a knife featuring the elusive S30V steel blade. The Gerber 06 Automatic is that blade. To be honest, I didn't find it on my own. One of my buddies with a Ranger tab came into the shop last week to return a rifle I loaned him (months ago) and showed me his 06 Auto. Immediately, I was impressed with its feature-rich design. The "skull crusher" lanyard loop is menacing. The safety selector is reminiscent of a style you would find on a pistol. The aluminum handle is ergonomic, rugged, and solid. The pocket clip is the perfect size-- securing the knife in place, yet displaying just the right amount of handle for watchful eyes to see. The drop point blade is an elegant, classic design-- and partially-serrated. It's also available in a Tanto-style. The finish is stealth-like: operator black.

Perhaps it's the October chill in the air, the strange mix of euphoria and depression that aging another year brings, the 24% year-to-date loss my 401k has taken, the end of triathlon season, the Rays race for the World Series, or the return of college football. For some reason, this Gerber brings me back to a simple time in my life. It reminds me of that day long ago, when a package from Smokey Mountain Knife Works arrived at my mom's house with a shiny new Gerber Command I inside. Just in time for my birthday, not unlike this new knife.

Have a good one and God bless.
-- Evan





 

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Me LIKE!!! :cool:
 

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Thats one nice looking blade my friend.
 

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Good looking blade, but also good looking watch. :) What is it?
 

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Oh, let me tell you about the watch. First, I had one of those tacti-cool Chase Durer Blackhawk watches for about 6 months. I liked it because it was all black, fairly uncommon, and I love helicopters. One jump in the drink for some laps and it leaked. Chase's customer service sucked. Months later, they returned a broken watch to me and I swore to put a 7.62NATO round through it on Youtube. Still haven't gotten around to that.

The replacement is what you see here: a Seiko Sportura. It's been real good. I swim almost every morning in it. Never take it off. Got it for cheap online- around $225. Nice movement and I love a chrono. Plus, it's got some orange on it-- and as you see in the picture above, I love orange and my Florida Gators. :) It's a good watch. I recommend them highly. It's no Omega, but for under $300, there wasn't a lot out there. I tried the new Tissot T-Touch, which is cool-- but NOT water resistant.
 

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Nice!!!

Now you have gone and introduced me to something else that I "NEED".

I recently purchased a Gerber LMT and like it a lot so far.
 

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VWTac - Thanks for the info. That looks like a nice piece. But, now that you said orange = gators, I won't be able to look at this watch again. :( Go Mizzou! :)

WmBSmith - I prefer tip up, like on my Benchmades. Still this Gerber look like a great piece.
 

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You and I have almost Identical stories. I started collecting blades at 6 when my father took me to the Smoky Mountain Knife Works show room while on family vacation and bought me my first pocket knife a red ryder folding pocket knife. Then I started sneaking US cav catalogues out of my brother's room and the rest as they say is history, nice lookin' knives too by the way.
 
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