Posted on Wednesday 18 May 2011
|Steel material||8Cr14MoV stainless|
Update 5/31/2011: Just after a few weeks of use the pocket clip has lost most of it’s spring. I had to use pliers to compress it again, so that the knife would not fall out of my pocket. This really undermines my good overall opinion about the blade.
After a few years, the time has come to replace the Gerber AR 3.0 with something better. Specifically, a better blade. Numerous times I have sharpened my EDC knife, and wished I did not have to do it so often. The carbon blade sharpens easily, but also dulls easily.
The new CRKT Vertex has a stainless steel blade, similar to AUS-8 steel. It’s a Chinese steels that gets mostly positive reviews on various internet forums and other sites. The blade is spring-loaded for one handed operation. Depress the locking stud and nudge the blade forward, and it springs and locks into place. Liner lock secures it into place for sure-handed operation. This blade is extreme hollow ground for smooth penetration into whatever you are cutting. The drop point version has black Micarta inserts, and the clip point sports cocobolo wood inserts.