Posted by: SWGK Admin on Jul 30, 2012
Awhile back we reported that the Gerber Downrange Sharpener, which wasn't available yet, was only for the pros. Here's the update to that story... the Downrange Sharpener has been released and is ready for purchase for military personnel and law enforcement officers as promised. But there is also a version available for "average" users who can buy the Downrange without credentials. Pretty cool of Gerber, don't you think?
Both versions of the Downrange Sharpener are designed to keep your Gerber knives and tools exceptionally sharp. Regardless of how good a knife is, and how sharp the edge is when you buy it, after awhile all knife blades need maintenance. The key is finding a sharpener that will bring the edge back to the precision it had when new. And that's what the Downrange is designed for.
The Downrange features a quality carbide sharpener designed to put a razor sharp edge on your fine edge blades as well as two diamond coated rods that work on serrated blades. There's also a flat diamond coated plate designed for polishing and finishing your sharpening task to bring your blade to the most perfectly sharp edge possible. And the carbide cutters can easily be replaced when they lose their pizzazz or are damaged for whatever reason.
The compact format of the Downrange's machined aluminum body is encased in TAN499 ceramic to give it a durable, solid structure. And it comes with a 550 lanyard to make it easily portable, and easy to keep on hand for quick sharpening tasks, whether in the garage or on the front lines.
Made In the USA
Because the Gerber Downrange Sharpener military version is made for professionals, it's comforting to know it's also made in the USA. That's something to be proud of when you're carrying a tool into a foreign field in the name of your country. Whether you choose the pro or standard version, depending on your specific situation and qualifications, you'll know that you're getting American quality and American backing with the Downrange.
Lucky for You
Not all Gerber tools or knives that are designed for military use offer a version for average, everyday users. But the Downrange does. That means that you can be sure of the same qualities in your personal knife sharpener as military personnel and other emergency response professionals receive in theirs. And of course, the same lifetime warranty applies to both.
Keep in mind, too, that the Gerber Downrange Sharpener will make an excellent gift, whether for your military son or daughter, or your brother-in-law who just likes to keep his knives sharp. Either way, there's a Downrange to meet their needs, average user or pro.