In a cutlery era where the designation “tactical” seems to apply to nearly every new knife, it is unusual to see an extensive line of purely hunting knives being introduced. However, that’s just what the folks at Gerber Legendary Blades have done with their new “Metolius” family of fixed-blade and folding knives. The Gerber design team has introduced some innovative features into this new knife line to help hunters with the challenges they face when dealing with big game field care.
Gerber selected 9Cr18MoV stainless for the Metolius blade steel. The Chinese origin of this steel is evident by its unique designation. Like many other cutlery operations that want to hold their prices at a stable level, Gerber sought out materials that meet their stringent requirements on the world market. Hardened to a Rockwell value of Rc 58-60, this steel offers solid edge retention and a high degree of rust resistance.
For handle material, Gerber utilized “SoftGrip” rubber overmold handle onlays over a glass-filled nylon base throughout the entire Metolius line. This feature alone provides enhanced knife control, even when the gripping surface is covered with the fluid byproducts of game care. The deep finger grooves in the handle of every model offer comfortable and positive tactile positioning.
Meet The Family
The flagship Metolius fixed-blade features a uniquely designed, hollow-ground 3.75-inch drop-point pattern blade. This standard model has a functional cutaway on the blade back with a series of rounded irregularities. When used with the recessed choil near the juncture of blade and handle, this offers an alternative tactile hand positioning. For those that favor a guthook, the same knife is available with this feature engineered into the blade back.
The Metolius Caper is the next member of this knife family. While it has features similar to its big brother, this model has a flat-ground 2.40-inch blade with lots of point for dealing with delicate work. This is a superb edge tool that works great for cape removal and also makes a great bird and trout knife.