Gerber is unleashing a new fixed blade series for the fall, the Downwind family. Introduced in three different configurations, the Downwind concept falls in line with Gerber’s penchant for reliable, entry-level knife options that cover a wide swathe of cutting needs.
No matter the configuration, the materials and construction are identical across all the models. The blade steel is 7Cr17MoV, a 440A equivalent that, frankly, won’t be knocking anyone’s socks off when it comes to performance (other than stain resistance); of course, the choice of steel does allow these full tang fixed blades to have a pretty low price tag, under $50 street for all models. The handle scales are made from G-10, available in full black or with sage green accents. And, finally, all Downwind models come with a waxed canvas sheath; in terms of durability we’d rank these somewhere between the usual choices of leather or Kydex, with more resilience than the former, but not quite as long-lived as the latter.
Most unusual of the three Downwind options is the Ulu configuration. The ulu, if you’re not familiar, is a traditional Inuit cutting tool defined by its short, wide, curved blade and push knife-style handle. Gerber’s take on the form maintains that curved blade (which here measures 3.5 inches), but incorporates a more traditional fixed blade handle; this all adds up to an unusual, but versatile, outdoors tool.
Next up is the Downwind Caper, whose look and intended use is more immediately obvious. The big finger groove, tip jimping, and maneuverable 2.5 inch drop point blade are designed for breaking down animals on the hunt. But these same traits also make the Caper a feasible all-arounder/companion-style knife, or even an EDC fixed blade if that’s your bag.
No outdoor fixed blade series is complete without a simple, mid-sized utility option, right? That’s exactly what the Downwind Drop Point is. With 4.3 inches of blade, it’s the biggest of the series, ideal for general work in the great outdoors. but still small enough to play backup to a bigger knife or an axe for extended sojourns in the wild.
All three Downwind models are expected to arrive shortly.