Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
The quality is apparent
First thing I must say... yes, in a pinch, this knife can be used for the average edc tasks that a gentlemen's pocket knife can do. But, it is obvious that this knife is designed to be a discreet self defence tool. My having purchased both the Gerber Uppercut (Chinese made), and this Gerber Ghostrike (American made), I can honestly say that the Ghostrike is the one that feels and looks most like it is a quality made item. The milling of the steel is very extremely well done, and the black ceramic finish is grade A accomplished. The sharpness right out of the box is very good, and the sheath is well made (and offers good carrying options). The rubberized handle really gives this product a much better feel over the thinner, and totoally bear, handle of the Gerber Uppercut. Yes, the handle is still thin in keeping with it's minimalist easy to conceal design, but the rubberized handle was a nice touch over it having had a bear metal handle. Though the Uppercut (now discontinued) had a MSRP that was almost as much as the Ghostrike MSRP, the Uppercut should have never had any business being in the same price range... the Ghostrike is really that much better overall. Btw, the blade on this knife is ground in such a way that the tip would likely not stand for any real abuse. It's well done, but again, obviously designed for use in a self defense situation, not for batoning some wood for a camp fire. So, yes, for it's main designed purpose, I believe Gerber has produced a good overall quality example with their Ghostrike Punch Knife.