Kershaw Static Vs. Gerber FlatIron: Battle of the Cleaver Folding Pocket Knives at KnifeCenter.com


Hey, everyone. David C. Andersen here coming at you from
the KnifeCenter, and today we’re taking a look at two really cool cleaver-style pocket
knives. It’s the Gerber Flatiron versus the Kershaw
static. Let’s do this. That’s right, these are pocket cleavers,
but first off: No, they’re not really intended for food prep, they’re just supposed to
be cool. Both these companies designed these knives
to be different than your average EDC, but they’re still very usable. You can kind of think of them as really big
sheepsfoot style blades. Since there’s almost no belly to the edge
on either of these knives, they work well for any kind of aggressive cutting tasks. Cardboard comes to mind immediately, because
as you slice, the tip is less likely to slip out while you cut. That said, the tips are still usable, especially
for things like opening packages, and they’re going to work great for any kind of scoring
or cutting on a surface that you need to do. When it comes to the blades themselves, the
Gerber Flatiron features stonewashed 7Cr17MoV stainless steel featuring a hollow grind,
and honsestly, the way that this is shaped reminds me a lot of a straight razor. The stonewashing they use on this knife is
a really heavy pattern, and it’s a great working finish. It’s gonna help minimize the appearance
of scratches when you actually use this knife, because they’re going to blend in to that
pattern. As far as opening the Flatiron, it’s easily
achieved with one hand thanks to the blade cutout here. One of the criticisms with earlier versions
of the Flatiron is that they were a little bit hard to open, so to address that they
responded to those criticisms by making the hole a little bit larger and moving it further
down the blade. This gives you a little more purchase and
a little more leverage, and makes it very easy to open with no problems. At the back of the blade here, we’ve got
a large finger choil that enables choking up for fine control of that cutting edge,
and you get about three inches of cutting edge with the Flatiron. The Kershaw Static is a smaller knife overall,
and you only get about two and a half inches of edge with this design. To make up for that, though, they use 8Cr13MoV
steel, which should have a little bit more edge retention than the 7Cr on the Gerber. We get a flat grind on this knife instead
of a hollow, and it also has a satin finish, so it’s not going to hide scratches as well
as that heavy stonewashed texture on the Flatiron. The Static also comes with a large finger
choil, and it’s a little bit broader, very comfortable, and all the edges have been chamfered
over for very good comfort. The Flatiron’s choil is not chamfered, but
it isn’t crisp either, and that’s because of that stonewashed finish. The tumbling action that achieves this finish
does its part to round over any sharp edges during the process so that there’s not a
crisp edge here, and it’s still quite comfortable. Whereas the Gerber is opened with your thumb,
the Static is a flipper design with a KVT bearing pivot that enables it to get really
good action, even though it’s a smaller blade. Moving back to the handles, the Flatiron features
anodized aluminum, as you see here, or textured G10. And that G10 version definitely gets the award
for the most amount of grip between these two models. As far as size, there’s plenty of length
to use a full-handed grip on the Flatiron without needing to use the choil. The Static also uses stainless steel for its
handles, but it’s been machined into a high-tech looking pattern, and it has a gray PVD coating
for even more wear resistance. Because of the smaller nature of this design,
I can only get a three finger grip on the handle, but when you use the choil, you can
achieve a full grip. Turning the knife over, we have a stainless
steel backside with the same type of machining and coating as on the front, and as you can
see, this is a frame lock design that gives a lot of security behind the blade. The Flatiron is also a frame lock, featuring
stainless steel on the back, but it features a stonewashed pattern that matches the finish
of the blade. Now, there’s no lockbar insert on either
of these knives, since they are made of stainless steel, and they shouldn’t really need one,
but the Flatiron does have a stabilizing plate. This arrestor keeps the lock bar from being
pushed too far out of shape when you’re disengaging the lock. Now, early Flatirons developed a little bit
of a reputation for having some blade play, but they sorted that out pretty quickly, and
this one certainly has no problems with the lockup. In fact, with both these knives, I have full
confidence in the lock. There’s no blade play on either of them
in any direction at all. Now, as far as pocket carry, neither of these
knives are the lightest in the world; the Flatiron comes in at 5.6 ounces, and we’re
at four ounces with the Static, and that’s mostly due to their stainless steel handle
construction. So, if ultralight carry is your thing, then
you’re probably gonna want to stay away from both of these knives. That said, I don’t think either of them
are too heavy to carry easily every day. The Gerber has a wide flat pocket clip, and
it’s stonewashed just like the frame and the blade, and it holds it in a tip up fashion,
and it can be used on the right side only. The Kershaw comes with a deep carry pocket
clip that’s painted black. This holds the knife lower in the pocket than
the Flatiron, if that’s what you’re after, and because it’s smaller, it’s gonna take
up less space, of course, in the pocket, making it a little bit easier to carry. The Static is also going to be more friendly
to left handed users, because the clip is reversible for either side in a tip up configuration. Between the Gerber Flatiron and the Kershaw
Static, they’re both competitive in terms of build quality nowadays, and the prices
are very similar as well, so this is where you all come in to judge these knives in the
comments. Would you take the larger workman-like blade
of the Flatiron, or the smaller and more high-tech style of the Static? Be sure to let us know, and to get your hands
on either, click the link in the description to head over to KnifeCenter.com.

33 thoughts on “Kershaw Static Vs. Gerber FlatIron: Battle of the Cleaver Folding Pocket Knives at KnifeCenter.com

  1. I think I'd prefer the Static. To bother buying one, I'd need it lighter and sporting a better blade steel, like 14c28n or N690. Much rather have G-10 or even FRN scales over heavy SS.

    Do it in LC200N with micarta scales and I'd buy it for sure. That would make a great food prep knife for camping or a backpack.

  2. I like the Static, the design seems to be more thought out for use and EDC, rather than just "Let's make a pocket cleaver!" Never been too much of a fan of Gerber, except for the EAB.

  3. The flatiron. The static is way too small for a cleaver style blade. Useless for kitchen work. I’ve used both Kershaw 8cr and Gerbers 7cr and I have seen no differences.

  4. Why are we doing tiny cleavers? I've worked in good kitchens for a bit, and cleavers are really only used for a couple of things, none of which do we use on a daily… long story short, man, people buy silly knives.

  5. I wanted a knife like the flatiron for years so when i discovered it, I bought it right away. Big mistake, the quality was horrible. Framelock was ground wrong so it locks up badly (not even close to matching up with the blade's grind), edge on the blade is ground at a coarse angle from the factory, pocket clip is either not heat treated at all or just done terribly (it with bend permanently rather than behaving as a spring). Even the arrestor plate is just there to make up for the lack of heat treat.
    I've bought knifes for 4 dollars that put the flatiron to shame. Never again will I buy a Gerber.
    A Kershaw Emerson I bought was fantastic though, so maybe I'll give the static a try.

  6. In the field, in the kitchen "Flat Iron" can do…even as far as batoning if need be. Not hard to sharpen either. Tomatoes, onions, wood, plastic, light metal…..

  7. Great video, awesome review, I own the flatiron, but I disagree with you on one thing, it's not right pocket only, I'm right handed but have always carried my flatiron on my left side

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