Gerber is well known for their edged tools, and the Downrange line looks to be an interesting addition to that legacy. Albeit the tomahawk Gerber has developed more than the knife, but both are pretty good.
Let’s start with the Downrange Knife. It’s a nice knife, but it’s a fairly standard edged item from Gerber. It’s a full-sized knife with a 3.5″ blade made from S30V steel and a 5″ G10 handle. Needless to say, it’s designed for easy opening with one hand, and it offers a range of cutting surfaces; serrated for those situations where you need to saw through something, smooth for when you don’t, and a tanto point for those moments when you need to dig a blade in. In other words, a useful tool by Gerber, but similar to their other knives.
The Downrange Tomahawk, on the other hand, strokes that sweet, sweet spot we have for multipurpose tools. There’s a cutaway in the axe blade that gives you a nice handle, and the axe head itself is designed to chop, pry, and hammer. And if you need more leverage, the butt end of the handle has a pry bar built in as well. It’s a nice multipurpose tool, made of 420HC steel and G10, and it’s fairly light, too; just 2.5 pounds with the sheath, making it ideal for camping, light construction work, and other uses.
Take An Axe To It
Of course, the main question is how much owning these will set you back, as Gerber, being designed and made in Portland, OR, prides itself on quality, not being cheap. Still, the Downrange line is fairly economical: The tomahawk will only run you about $220 and the knife $140. Now, the cost of explaining why you’re running around the woods like you’re in Call of Duty? That you’ll have to pay elsewhere.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.