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Gerber Venture Folder Review

The irony is not lost on me.

I used the last name ‘Venture’ years ago as a alias when I was doing Private Security work. Nothing really cloak and dagger just ‘normal’ private investigator type stuff. Even my boss used a fake last name as a matter of personal security when dealing with clients or subjects, so it was encouraged. Later I used it for email and dealing with my own company as well.

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I picked the name for two reasons. It sounded cool and was simple to remember. Suspicious people with a nose for detecting the lie or trickery never doubted me when I used it as a cover ID. They knew it was fake, but no cop or investigator in his right mind would use such a lame attempt at hiding his identity. They thought I was a criminal like them. The simplicity was the other big factor. I had enough details to keep track of when investigating, forgetting my name was a bonehead move.

Now I had no influence or involvement in the design or naming of the new folder from Gerber. After getting one sent to me for an ironic, but performance based, review for Woods Monkey I gave the knife a good going over. Now I can see where Gerber was coming from with the design of this knife. It sounded cool and was simple.

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Gerber’s Venture is a titanium handled folding knife with the new Gerber 2.0 Speed Assist. With the all titanium metal handle scales the whole thing weighs all of 4 ounces. This all sounds very cool to those of us who would like all those factors in the same folding knife. The speed assisted opening is activated by thumbing the stud on either side of the blade. The assist is quick and snaps the blade open and locked with authority. It was a bit disconcerting the first few times I fired it as the lightness of the handle lets the user really feel the action of the opening as a metallic ‘thrumm’ and click. When you open the Venture knife up, playtime is over.

The Venture’s blade is a 3.25 inch long American tanto point with standard Gerber serrations near the base. Double ground, not chisel for the non-serrated portion. The knife ends in a strong point that stayed sharp and unbent through testing The blade steel is stainless 7Cr17Mov and takes a good edge and was resharpened easily on a ceramic rod. The Thumb Plunge Lock is disengaged by a button mounted on the non-clip side scale. The blade is setup to pivot on ball bearings internally. It is a simple all around arrangement and it works well.

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The clip for pocket carry is on the right side and can be removed with a torx driver bit if you want to take the clip off. It is only mountable for right side tip down carry, so lefties might want to look at other options with the lanyard hole. As for retention during carry, the clip is very stiff and grabs hold relentlessly. With some thicker jeans pockets this made pocket extraction a little difficult, and loss due to falling out near impossible. With military BDU pants pockets or a similar thinner material it was more middle of the road with a good balance between retention and extraction.

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During actual use, the knife was comfortable in the hand with well-polished edges on the thumb ramp serration to keep the thumb in place during higher pressure cutting. Its light weight made it an ideal EDC knife for general purpose use, and its size of around 4.5 inches closed was just right. It cut wood as well as any serrated blade I own and its point worked well for drilling shallow holes such as for making a fire board for friction fire lighting. Zip ties, packaging and cord all parted before it. It made notches and trap triggers readily.

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This knife is listed as a prime EDC (Every Day Carry) type tool by Gerber and I would have to agree with the idea. You could use this for any number of everyday tasks whether you were a cop, trades worker, or soldier. While not the preferred blade shape or configuration for outdoor pursuits such as camping or backpacking the Venture would not leave you hanging if that was your only tool. With the quality of the construction it will stand the test of time and become your ‘go to guy’ for many different tasks. If you don’t know what the day will bring this knife would be a good start on what to bring to the day. The Venture folding knife retails for around $80.

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It is ironic that the knife with the hokey name for any type of bold endeavor would be actually quite capable of dealing with any adventure life could throw at it.

Like I said, the irony is not lost on me.

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