Gerber unveils double-edged dagger 

10/12/2011 4:00 PM 

The De Facto fixed-blade knife

Gerber has unveiled its newest fixed-blade -- a short, double-edged dagger designed for close-quarter self defense.

The De Facto fixed-blade knife features a 4-inch S30V spear-point blade with dual serrations. It resembles the classic blade design of Gerber’s Vietnam War-era knives such as the MK II. It’s overall length is 8.8 inches and weighs just under 4 ounces, 5.1 with sheath.

“It’s designed for stabbing and slashing,” Andrew Gritzbaugh, senior marketing specialist at Gerber, said at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington.

The injected-molded handle has a comfortable, non-slip feel and features a spiked pommel with a lanyard hole.

The De Facto was developed with the input of veteran Special Forces soldiers, who wanted a quick-access blade for close-in threats, Gritzbaugh said.

The molded, friction-lock sheath holds the blade tight enough to be worn upside down. It also features a secondary locking mechanism to secure the blade for airborne operations.

The De Facto comes in tan and will be available by March. It will retail for $140, Gritzbaugh said.