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Any experience with the Gerber Parabellum?

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Cosmic Superchunk, Jun 25, 2001.

  1. Cosmic Superchunk

    Cosmic Superchunk

    Jan 28, 2001
    Over the weekend, I bought a used Bolt Action Gerber Parabellum knife. I had never seen one before, so I asked the vendor about it, and he couldn't tell me much other than the fact that he would let me have it for $17.00. It was in great shape, with only a few scratches which are hardly noticable. I assume this knife originally came with sheath, but the vendor sold the knife as is.

    Has anyone ever owned one of these? Any comments on the design?


    [This message has been edited by el cid (edited 06-25-2001).]
  2. Dark Nemesis

    Dark Nemesis

    Mar 20, 1999
    You got a Parabellum for $17, hehehe not bad at all. I had one up till a few months ago. It was a nice sold it knife, the option for it to be worn as a folder or fixed blade was nice. Mine cost me $95.00 NIB. The very few times they popup, these are going for around $150 NIB for collectors.

    Dark Nemesis

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  3. Cosmic Superchunk

    Cosmic Superchunk

    Jan 28, 2001
    Dark Nemesis, do you know if the sheaths for this type of knife can still be found?
  4. John Frederick

    John Frederick

    Apr 17, 2001
    I've had one for years. A good knife but I find that the handle is a little wide for my hand. It does have a great sheath design. I think it was a Blackie Collins design.
  5. Kelly Willis

    Kelly Willis

    Jan 11, 2001
    El Cid,
    I've had my parabellum since 1986, and it and it's sheath have been in all types of conditions, terrain, and climates.
    I know that there are some who would argue this with me, but, IMHO, it is a much better field user than my BM 710!
    Mine cost me 75 bucks NIB, and even though I've had to replace the pivot pin in the sheath twice, and have worn a quarter sized hole in the sheath, it is still the one I carry in the woods.
    The blade still locks up as tight as anything that I've seen, and it sharpens up like a dream. It is truly a keeper. Kelly
  6. Cosmic Superchunk

    Cosmic Superchunk

    Jan 28, 2001
    Kelly I agree with you. I liked the knife when I saw it and held it for the first time. To me, this is my idea of a S.E.R.E. knife. Big enough to handle tough tasks and easy to sharpen in the field.
  7. Charlie Fox

    Charlie Fox

    Oct 3, 2000
    Wasn't the sheath for these knives designed to carry it both closed and opened? I remember when they first came out I thought it was a silly concept and that the knife was disprportionate in size. Looks like the market agreed with me.
  8. roshi


    May 3, 2001
    Great knife. Heavy duty but lightweight. I didn't think much of the optional open blade carry mode.

    I sold it for the same reason that was noted previously, it was just too wide for my hand.

    If it fits your hand make it a user and you won't regret it.

    "Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean; who is neither tarnished nor afraid. "
    Raymond Chandler
  9. Cosmic Superchunk

    Cosmic Superchunk

    Jan 28, 2001
    It's a big knife and it feels comfortable in the hand. I don't really mind using it.
    It's too big for pocket carry, so I'll be looking for a pouch to carry it in soon. I showed it to one of my knifenut friends, and he said it was one "butt ugly" knife, but I really like it.

    [This message has been edited by el cid (edited 06-26-2001).]
  10. CNH007


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