Gerber ControllerThe Gerber Controller is quite possibly one of the most well thought out fillet knives on the market. There are so many features, it’s hard to know where to start.  Is it the innovative, nearly slip proof handle? Is it the incredibly well thought out sheath? How about the blade? Perhaps it’s the fact that there are three sizes, one of which is sure to fit your preference?  We’ll just start with the price which is less than $50 for the largest version.

The flexibility of any fillet knife is almost crucial.  Too little flex means a lot of meat wasted. The mirror polished, 9Cr18MoV blade on this fillet knife has a very nice flex to it, while still maintaining a decent amount of rigidity. Additionally, it comes in a 6”, 8”, or 10” blade length while allows you to choose the length that best suits you.

The handle on the Gerber Controller is outstanding. The glass reinforced nylon (GRN) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) grip is incredibly slip resistant. The contoured ergonomics of the grip are also remarkably easy to index and comfortable. Gerber tells us, “Built right into the handle itself are the GuideFins™ which provide solid placement for your thumb and unrivaled control for smooth, safe cuts. The handle design aims for comfort and utility – HydroTread Grip™ is applied strategically in raised sections for traction and to quickly wick water away when cleaning up for the day.”

Last, but most definitely not least, is the incredible sheath that comes included with the Gerber Controller series.  This hard-molded plastic sheath comes with an integral sharpening rod, so you can keep your knife sharp, no matter what the conditions. It also has substantial venting to keep your knife from getting – or staying – waterlogged. Finally, it has multiple methods of attachment via either a long pocket clip or via the belt loop.

Gerber Controller Details

  • 9Cr18MoV, Mirror Polished
  • Flexible
  • Available in 6”, 8”, or 10” Blade Length
  • GRN and TPE Handle with HydroTread Grip
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Molded Plastic Sheath with Built in Sharpener, Vents
  • Long Pocket Clip, and Belt Loop Sheath Attachment

All in all, the Gerber Controller is an outstanding value for a outstanding fillet knife. If you’re interested in this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.

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