This replaceable blade newcomer is made by one of the heavy hitters in the knife industry. It’s made by the well-known Oregon knife maker, Gerber.
Gerber’s blade choice and blade holder design is similar to the Havalon. However, Gerber’s button is definitely an improvement. The blades Gerber selected are common #60. That means they’ll always be available; even if Gerber moves away from this model.
The other standout feature on the Vital is its grip. The rubberized grip is impressive and quite comfortable. The bad, not much. Well, we would like to see the knife accept heavier-duty 60A blades. Also, the design is slightly more difficult to clean than the Havalon.
With that said, we give Gerber credit for the making blade exchanges easy. Swapping blades with wet, cold, or arthritic hands isn’t as much of a nail-biter.
All three of the hunting knife options we covered are great. They make dressing a deer much easier. However, if we had to choose one it would probably be the Gerber. Which by the way, also comes in a fixed blade model.