Gerber Hinderer CLS Folding Knife, Black Nylon Handle, Black Blade, ComboEdge
The Gerber Hinderer CLS, which stands for Combat Life Saver, is a feature-rich folding knife that's optimized for rescue operations and everyday use.
Its 3.5-inch partially serrated blade is made from 440A stainless steel and has oversized thumb studs to allow for quick deployment, even if you're wearing thick gloves.
The CLS has an additional feature that makes using the knife with gloves even easier. The blade locks into place using a standard liner lock, but a release button on the handle disengages the blade to allow for swift and easy one-handed closing.
Rick Hinderer, the designer of the knife, is not only renowned for his ingenuity but also worked as a firefighter and EMT. His experience out in the field gives some functionality and thoughtfulness to the knife that many other search and rescue knives don't offer.
Nestled within the glass-filled nylon handle is a bevy of useful features any first-responder would appreciate. A built-in seat belt cutter opens up near the butt, which also has a glass breaker. Along with a hole for a lanyard, the handle has a slot that acts as an oxygen tank wrench.
Whether you're a first-responder or someone who likes to be prepared for anything, the Gerber Hinderer CLS is a knife for heroes in the making.
|Closed Length||5.0 inches|
|Blade Length||3.50 inches|
|Blade Material||Stainless Steel (440A)|
|Blade Edge||Partially Serrated/ComboEdge|
|Lock Type||Liner Lock|
|Handle Material||Glass-Filled Nylon|
|Total Length||8.50 inches|
|Pocket Clip Included||Yes|
In 1939 Joseph Gerber hired a local knife maker to build 25 sets of kitchen cutlery to be given as Christmas gifts. The knives were so popular that Joseph Gerber left his advertising agency to start Gerber Legendary BladesÂ®. The unique style and high quality manufacturing of Gerber cutlery soon developed wide spread acclaim. In fact, Gerber Legendary Blades are the only cutlery on display in New YorkÂs famous Museum of Modern Art.
From very early on, Gerber collaborated with top knife designers, setting a standard of quality for everyone else to follow. Renowned designers such as Al Mar, Bob Loveless, Paul Poehlmann, "Blackie" Collins, William Harsey Jr. and Ernest Emerson have all designed knives for Gerber. In 2002 this tradition continued as Gerber released the Silver TridentÂ, designed by Chief James "Patches" Watson (U.S.N. Ret.) and Bill Harsey Jr.
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I ordered 2 knives for my son and his wife who are both paramedics. I ordered the Gerber hinderer and had both of their names engraved on the blade. They arrived on time and the quality was great.
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