The Instant looks like it is marketed as a go-anywhere, do anything type of knifeÖand for the most part, I would agree with that. It is a very versatile design, and would meet the needs of most people doing most things. Itís not as strong as a ZT, nor does it slice as well as a FFG Spyderco, but it is a nice all-around design that could be used as a backup when hiking, as a work/utility knife, even as an emergency self-defense knife. Itís a knife that you can clip in your pocket and be prepared for the vast majority of what life throws at you, (provided you use it as a cutting tool) for an investment of $40 or so. Itís not better across-the-board than other value offerings from Kershaw or Spyderco/Byrd, but it is easily competitive, and many people will like it more.
If Gerber made it available with a plain edge, uncoated blade, with manual deployment and a tip-up option, Iíd buy three and call it the best knife under $50. As it is, I wonít hesitate to recommend it to those new people on the forums who want a folder that can do everything under $50.
Good job Gerber. Please let this be the first good effort of many, I know many on this forum would love to see you return to your glory days.
PS. Please excuse the crappy cell-phone pictures, they were pretty spur of the moment.