Gerber Gear announced the launch of its Sharkbelly knife, designed specifically for everyday-carry use with a number of purpose-built features. The knife is designed as an update to the company's earlier Sharkbelly series, providing several updates for consumers.
The Gerber Sharkbelly is built with a 420HC steel sheepsfoot blade, which is sandwiched between two glass-filled nylon handles that provide owners with what the company calls its trademarked "SharkSkin Grip." The handles are made using scales that all point in one direction, designed to anchor the blade in a user's hand for reliable and dependable handling.
The blade measures 3.25 inches in length and features a thumb hole that allows for one-handed deployment, foregoing a more traditional thumbstud, removing the chance that any fabric or other environmental factors could catch a stud and partially deploy the blade.
The knife operates with a lock-back mechanism that keeps the blade secured in its open position. The blade also features a partially serrated edge that still allows users to sharpen the knife with a flat stone, making it easy to maintain and carry with confidence. The knife is completely ambidextrous, allowing all users to enjoy its features.
When open, the overall length of the knife is 7.75 inches. Total weight of the Gerber Sharkbelly knife is 2.3 ounces, making it ideal for pocket carry. The knife includes a pocket clip with a durable, scuff-resistant finish that is set up for tip-down carry. The wire clip's finish also means that users won't have to worry about brushing against vehicles or other vulnerable finishes, due to the clip's minimalist profile and protective coating. The blade also comes equipped with a lanyard-loop hole.
The Gerber Sharkbelly knife is completely made in the USA and comes in both partially serrated and fine-edge models. The suggested retail price on the knife is $39.