The Gator Fixed Blade knife has Gerber's famous Gator Grip handle. The inner core is glass-filled nylon with a molded Santoprene rubber overmold. The result is a soft, tactile grip over a very strong structure. This Gator Fixed Blade has a hollow ground 420HC steel blade with a bead blast finish. The nylon sheath is rugged and features a molded plastic insert.
I'm a big fan of the US made Gerber knives and among my collection have a couple of folding Gators. After finally getting this fixed blade version, I was pleased with the knife but nearly sent it back because of the sheath. There's plenty of good info out there on the Gator family of knives, so I'll concentrate on the weak link in this rig - the sheath. The way the belt loop/retaining snap was designed allows too much slop and makes for clumsy draws. However, a little work on the sheath paid huge dividends. First I removed the three rivets that held in the plastic insert, which then slid right out of the nylon. Then I cut away the majority of the belt loop including the two snap straps. Sizing the remainder of the strap to form a loop for a 2" belt I riveted that in place, then reinserted the plastic liner and riveted it like the original. To improve the retention since the handle strap was gone I put some electrical tape inside the opening, giving just the right amount of friction against the Gator's handle. The whole process took about 30 minutes and made a world of difference. Not bad, if I do say so myself.