I got the Gerber dirty…

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Another day at the office…

I am going to make tonight’s post short. I popped my hamstring this morning when I was guiding. My foot slipped on a mossy rock, I did a front to back split, and I felt my right hammy go pop. I swallowed 3 Aleve, gritted my teeth, and ground on for 5 more hours, putting my clients onto a mess of fish. I even managed to catch a few while teaching/demonstrating- including on the last cast of the day. My leg hurts like hell, but today was a good day.

I even had the opportunity to put the Gerber Strong Arm to use. I have been carrying it for a couple of trips, but it mostly stayed in the sheath. Today I used it for both slicing my tomatoes at lunch, and for some streamside branch removal to retrieve some snagged flies.

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The Strong Arm is a heck of a camp kitchen tool

I am coming to discover that the Gerber Strong Arm has wonderful culinary manners. I have already put it to use making pickles and processing garden produce. Today I sliced a homegrown tomato at lunch and it did a fantastic job, tracking nicely and creating even slices.

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The Strong Arm can get dirty too.

That isn’t to say that the Strong Arm doesn’t live up to its name. It proved able when called upon to cut down a branch to retrieve some snagged flies. I bent down a couple of branches and sliced at the wood. The Strong Arm sheared away thick slices of wood, until the branches came down. I also cleared a couple of fallen branches from the trail.

The Gerber Strong Arm is proving to be a capable knife. I will keep the updates coming.

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I will wait for something bigger to test the Gerber’s gutting ability.

comments

  1. PeterK says:

    Cute fish. 🙂

    Nice coverage. Glad to see the Gerber performing well.

  2. Spencer says:

    Maybe Gerber finally can get its act together and make a decent knife.

    1. I have been extremely pleased with the Propel Auto. Expect a full review soon.

      . As for the Strong Arm…I like may things about this knife including the blade shape and edge holding. Others I am not as thrilled with. The sheath does best when strapped to a pack. Free-hanging vertical carry doesn’t work well at all. The handle ergonomics are a little off IMHO

  3. cmeat says:

    being hamstrung has taught me: don’t shovel snow in my loafers. don’t chase the neighborhood kids around the playground, even if they want you too. drove home the fact that i should no longer zig or zag. ouch. that last one was ginger for months.
    i hope you had your pom- poms held high when you went down. how you were able to continue is impressive.

    1. I wouldn’t have been able to had they not been fairly competent fisher-folks, the husband especially. I was able to take them somewhere that required less climbing over rocks and more trail walking. Even though I couldn’t straighten my leg fully, I was able to move around effectively between them on the trail.
      There was a lot of teeth gritting involved.

      The worst was getting out of the truck after an hour drive home. By then it had stiffened up. Not fun.

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