Gerber 30-000792 Downrange Tomahawk with Molle Compatible Sheath


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Blade Type Information: 420 Stainless Steel

420 is the numerical designation for a grade of stainless steel. The 400 series includes ferritic and martensitic chromium alloys, with 420 specifically referring to Cutlery Grade martensitic, which is similar to Brearley's original rustless steel and possesses excellent polishability.

Type 420 Stainless Steel, a modification of 410, has a higher carbon content to increase hardness, improve strength and give better wear resistance. Type 420 Stainless Steel provides both corrosion resistance as well, and is commonly used in dental and surgical instruments, cutlery, plastic molds, pump shafts, steel balls, and numerous hand tools.

Type 420 resists corrosion by the atmosphere, fresh water, steam, carbonic acid, crude oil, gasoline, perspiration, alcohol, ammonia, mercury , sterilizing solutions, soaps and other similar corrosives.

Handle Material Information: G-10 Laminate

Micarta is the brand name for composites of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber or other fabric in a thermosetting plastic originally used in electrical and decorative applications. Micarta was developed by George Westinghouse in 1910 using resins invented by Leo Baekeland. These resins were used to impregnate paper and cotton fabric which were cured under pressure and high temperature to produce laminates. In the years following, this manufacturing method began to include the use of fiberglass fabric and other resin types.

Modern Micarta laminates are produced with a wide variety of resins and fibers. The term is now used generically to describe most resin impregnated fibre compounds. The largest use for Micarta laminates is a high strength electrical insulation in power generating and distribution equipment. The laminates are also used for knife handles and handgun grips, guitar fingerboards and bridges, pool cues, and safety gear such as hard hats.

A G-10 micarta is resin impregnated fiberglass. Such a handle is unlikely to shatter or crack and won't absorb liquid or chemicals its surface layers. It's also resistant to showing dirt or hand oil marks.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 51-53

The Gerber 30-000792 Downrange Tomahawk with Molle Compatible Sheath has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 51-53

Stanley P. Rockwell inevnted the Rockwell Hardness Test in 1919 while working as a metallurgist in ball bearing plant. Rockwell wanted to measure the uniformity and hardness of inner and outer rings on which the ball bearings rolled. He designed a device that could measure hardness accurately and quickly.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standardized a set of scales for testing Rockwell hardness values. Each scale has been designated a letter and corresponds to a different group of materials. Scale C is used for steel, titanium, deep case hardened steel, hard cast irons and other materials harder than scale B 100.

Knife blades and other steel hardened tools are made from metals that match to the Rockwell C scale. Most blade makers display the hardness number as "HRC xx" or "HRC xx - xx" providing a range, where "xx" indicates a Rockwell hardness number. Not many blades measure over HRC 70. Most functional blades rate somewhere between HRC 56 and HRC 63.

Generally, blades with a lower HRC number don't hold and edge for long under demanding use, but they are easier to sharpen. Blades with a higher HRC value stay sharp for longer, but are more difficult to sharpen. As an example, stainless steel has a HRC higher than carbon steel, but it is also more difficult to sharpen than carbon steel.

Company Information: Gerber

Gerber Legendary Blades, Inc. has been in business since 1939. The Oregon based company specializes in making durable and affordable knives along with an extensive collection of multitools for the average consumer. Gerber is the first knife production company to employee a custom made knife artisan to design some of their most popular and enduring products. Over the years, they have become one of the leading companies offering multitool products to the average consumer.

Gerber knives come in varying models and designs, and anyone can find the tool they need for every occasion. The company takes customer satisfaction seriously, receiving feedback from soldiers, marines, and airmen when redesigning popular items. The boot knife, called Gerber Guardian, was created over two decades ago, and is still one of the most popular designs that they sell. They have knives made specifically for outdoors survival, designed to withstand the toughest outdoor conditions you could possibly place it through, and a line of fighting knives that are internationally recognized as the best among tactical, hand to hand, weaponry. Their designs include ergonomic handles made from thermoplastic and single blade, lock back knives.

Of course, the cornerstone of the Gerber company is their line of multitools. These tools are revered as the best ever produced, and have been designed to take the daily abuse of a hard working man. The multitools are made with the newest technology and finest materials available. They are lightweight, so that it is not a burden to carry them on your person for extended periods of time. They are nearly indestructible, chopping, cutting, and doing exactly what you need them to accomplish each time you unfold one of them open. The industrial line multitools were made with the average consumer in mind, highly functional and made to last a lifetime.

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