One thing that will be very striking about the Gerber Paralite Folding Knife is the rose gold color of its blade. One cannot shake the feeling that the Paralite was designed to keep up with the clamor for rose gold items especially smartphones. But more than its ‘contemporary’ color, the Paralite retains the functionality of all knives that Gerber has ever made.
Designed to be an EDC pocket folding knife that is as elegant to look at as it is fun to operate, the Paralite comes with the signature drop point blade that has defined many Gerber products through the decades. The blade has a more modern look to it, however, in keeping with the choice of color.
The all-steel construction of both the blade and the handle give it a hefty weight of about 3.43 ounces. It’s neither too light nor too heavy, allowing you to make more precise swings with the 3-inch 5Cr13 stainless steel blade. Providing both the anchor and protective cover for the blade is a stainless-steel handle that comes integrated with a frame lock mechanism, allowing for easy one-handed closing while ensuring it won’t deploy needlessly. And when it comes to deploying the blade, the dual thumbstuds can do a neat job.
The design of the handle is quite different from most of the Gerber products we’ve seen. It’s like a skeletal frame that one can only guess is purposeful since making it into a solid handle will no longer showcase the elegance of its rose gold blade. It’s the kind of element that is guaranteed to show off whatever is within the frame itself.
With a robust construction that is very characteristic of Gerber, the Paralite easily makes its way into the pockets of everyday urban warriors or even the most ardent collectors of bladed tools.