The Empower side-open automatic series joins the ranks with Gerber's other American-made autos--showcasing a fresh new look that blends a tactical feel and user-friendly styling. Based upon the Gerber Propel, the Empower will be offered in 4 different variations while still offering an integrated slide safety as well as an over-sized firing button. Along with the new name premiers the new Armor Grip handle scales, in 2 unique patterns with some even being photo-chemically etched, which provide an ideal balance of control and grip security. This model sports a grey anodized aircraft-grade aluminum handle complete with a two-toned black and white textured inlay, a spear point style blade in a black oxide finish and the reversible pocket clip is designed for the traditional side of the handle only but is eligible for a tip up or tip down carry. Made in the USA.
- Blade Length: 3.25"
- Overall Length: 8.41"
- Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Black
- Handle Length: 5.16"
- Handle Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
- Weight: 4.6 oz.
The Gerber Empower Automatic Knife
When Joseph R. Gerber described his young knife company, Gerber Legendary Blades, as the, “birth of an enterprise that grew into big business,” it was true, but it was an understatement for sure. What had started out in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts had turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By 1960, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated and collected names in knives.
Over 70 years since its founding and Gerber continues to grow. Still grounded in the same principles that first guided Joseph R. Gerber’s “enterprise,” Gerber is a company dedicated to making knives and tools that combine high quality materials and innovative designs that will stand up to a lifetime of use. The sleek, stainless steel sheath knives of the ’50s and ’60s (the Magnum Hunter) have given birth to today’s lightweight, open-frame clip folders (the Remix). Gerber is, however, no longer just a knife company. Multi-tools, axes, handsaws, machetes, headlamps, flashlights, survival kits, digging implements - these are the newest directions that Gerber explores with the same standards of quality and design that inform their revered knife making.
Gerber says, “Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade.
Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers and tradesmen, Gerber’s heritage runs deep. And we are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.
All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, OR where many are produced. We also tap our global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by our famous lifetime warranty.
Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.”
Today we will be talking about the new arrival at BladeOps, the Gerber Empower automatic knife.
The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V steel. This steel is made by Crucible Industries, who are known for making high end knife steels for high end pocket knives. This steel was specifically created for high end kitchen cutlery as well as high end pocket knives. This is a major advantage, because it means that you will have all of the characteristics that you could want out of the steel.
The steel is known for having the perfect balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention. This is a complicated balance to achieve because the harder the steel gets, the less tough it is. The steel is also known for having crazy high corrosion resistance. This is nice, because it means that this tactical knife is going to be very low maintenance.
- Good balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention.
- High corrosion resistance.
- Created specifically for high-end pocket knives.
The blade has been finished with a black coating. This is going to prolong the life of the blade, because it creates a barrier in between the steel and the environment. In turn, this increases the wear and corrosion resistance of the blade. Not only that, but the coating is matte, which means that it is going to cut down on many of the glares and reflections that would happen. This is a bonus when it comes to a tactical knife because no reflections will give away your position in the field. When a coating is applied evenly, it is also going to make your cuts smoother as well.
- Prolong the life of the blade.
- Increase wear and corrosion resistance.
- Smooths out the blade, making cuts easier.
- Cuts down on glares and reflections.
- Coatings do scratch off eventually.
The blade on this knife has been carved into a spear point style blade. The spear point blade shape is known as a hybrid blade shape. This is because it really does have a lot of the same characteristics that make other blade shapes great.
The shape of the blade is symmetrical with a point that is in line with the center of the blade. Both edges of the knife follow the same pattern, which creates the symmetry. The blade is similar in style to the needle-point blade shape because they are both use for piercing. However, the needle-point does have a sharper point, which also means that it has a weaker point. The spear points tip is strong and sharp enough to pierce. The point is also slightly lowered, which does give you more control and is good for fine tip work.
The spear point does have a small belly that is going to be good for some cutting and slicing. If you were to compare it to the belly on the drop or clip point knives, it would seem miniscule. However, you will be able to use it for some things, which is a big advantage.
All in all, the spear point is a great general-utility blade. This is because it can get a little bit of everything done, even though it is not going to excel at any of the things.
- Lowered point for added control.
- Sharp but strong point for piercing.
- Small belly that can be used for some slicing.
The blade has also been sharpened into a combo edge blade. This means that the upper half, nearer to the point, has been sharpened into a plain edge. The bottom half has been sharpened into a serrated edge. This is designed to give you the best of both worlds, because you have either option to work with. It is a common option on tactical blades, because it prepares you or almost anything that you may encounter. That being said, some people feel that both portions of the blade are actually too small to use, rendering it useless. You are going to have to make the decision for yourself whether or not you like it.
- Combo edge gives the best of both worlds.
The handle on this knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is a common material, especially for knife handles, because it is so durable. It is also highly corrosion resistant, which does mean that this is going to be a low-maintenance knife. The alloy of aluminum that is used is 6061-T6 and that is also the most widely used aluminum alloy. This is due to it having the highest tensile yield of any other alloy.
However, aluminum is prone to getting scratched, it is going to feel rather cold in your hand, and it doesn’t always offer the best texture.
To combat the texture issue, the handle scales have Armor Grip in 2 unique patterns with some even being photo-chemically etched. This will provide an ideal balance for control and grip security.
- Aluminum is durable.
- Aluminum is very corrosion resistant.
- Aluminum is a low-maintenance material.
- 6061-T6 has the highest tensile yield of any aluminum.
- Prone t getting scratched.
- Can feel rather cold in your hand.
- Sports Armor Grip to offer you the best grip on this knife.
The handle is pretty simple other than that. The spine has a slight bulge to it for comfort. The bely has a slight finger groove for comfort. The butt of the handle is squared off and there is not lanyard hole.
- Clean looking handle that offers good grip on the knife.
- No lanyard hole.
The Pocket Clip:
The pocket clip can only be attached on the traditional side of the handle, but it can be reversed for either tip up or down carry. This does mean that it is not going to be an ambidextrous knife, but it does mean that you can carry it in a way that is slightly more comfortable for you. The pocket clip on this knife is sleek. It has been finished with a dark silver that contrasts nicely with the matte black of the handle. Down the middle, “Gerber” is stamped. The clip is kept in black by two black screws, which do math the rest of the hardware on this all black knife.
- Reversible for either tip up or down carry.
- Only can be attached on the traditional side of the handle.
- Dark silver creates a sleek look.
- All black hardware.
The Gerber Empower is an automatic knife, which does mean that it is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States. There are strict laws surrounding an automatic knife. It is your job, as the user, to know your local knife laws before purchasing or carrying this knife. BladeOps is not responsible.
One of the advantages to having an automatic knife is that it is easy to bring into play—perfect for a tactical tool. All you have to do is press the button on the handle. This means that there is going to be no fumbling with the knife and you can even open it with only one hand.
- Easier to bring into play.
- Can be opened with only one hand.
The blade on this knife measures in at 3.25 inches long with a handle that measures in at 5.16 inches long. This creates an overall length of 8.41 inches long, which is on the slightly larger side. With the extra length comes the extra weight. This knife weighs in at 4.6 ounces, which is not too bad, considering how much length you have. This will feel like a slightly heavier knife, but anything under 5 ounces isn’t too bad to have with you throughout the day. This knife is also made in the United States of America.
- Good length.
- Heftier weight helps you take on anything.
- Not too heavy that it is hard to have with you.
- Made in the United States of America.
The Empower side-open automatic series joins the ranks with Gerber's other American-made autos--showcasing a fresh new look that blends a tactical feel and user-friendly styling. Based upon the Gerber Propel, the Empower will be offered in 4 different variations while still offering an integrated slide safety as well as an over-sized firing button. Along with the new name premiers the new Armor Grip™ handle scales, in 2 unique patterns with some even being photo-chemically etched, which provide an ideal balance of control and grip security. This model sports a black anodized aircraft-grade aluminum handle, a partially serrated spear point style blade in a black oxide finish and the reversible pocket clip is designed for the traditional side of the handle only but is eligible for a tip up or tip down carry.