3/16” Salt-n-Pepper Premium Caged Ceramic Bearings - (0.0625”)

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SALT-N-Pepper Premium Caged Bearings

Premium Caged Ceramic Bearings 3/16” pivot. (0.0625”) - Balls  

Phosphor Bronze Retainer

Ceramic balls cannot rust, provide smooth action, and path perfectly around knife pivot.


  • Premium Retainer Cage CNC Precision Machined from Solid Phosphor Bronze.
  • Ten Hardened 1/16” (0.0625") Grade 5, Ceramic Balls
  • (5) Silicon Nitride, (black) grade 5
  • (5) Zirconia Ceramic Balls, (white) grade 5
  • Improved Pathing around the pivot.  
  • Inside diameter 0.189” made to fit standard 3/16” pivot barrel.
  • Outside diameter of the cage is 0.370” and fits into a 3/8” counterbore
  • Increased ball count increases blade support.
  • Hand Lapped, and Hand Assembled
  • Gillian’s Highest Performing Bearing
  • Balls Pre-Installed 
  • 100% Made in the USA



  • ID .189"
  • OD .370"



One set equals two individual caged bearings.

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  • 5
    The best!

    Posted by Isaiah Haines on Jun 17th 2023

    Put these in my Paysan and they are fantastic. Salt n peppers are my #1 choice for any knife with bearings. Can’t beat them! Chris is not only a great craftsmen, but his customer service is top notch also!

  • 5

    Posted by Tracy Bostick on Apr 10th 2023

    I have had another brand of ceramic bearings in my smock since shortly after I purchased it and thinking I had the smoothest action I could ever get. I have been totally satisfied with them bearings since day one. One day years later I watched a YT video on bearing swaps, and the fella was putting some bearings in a sumo, an they looked different than the other bearings, black & white balls hmm? so I ordered them and they came,, well they are so much better than the original steel bearings it came with, and they didn't have them for the sumo on the other bearing makers site, so what the heck! When I was on the Gillian site, I ordered some for the smock, like I stated earlier I was quite content with the action the previous bearings had, but after installation of salt & peppers,,,,, HOLY SNOT!, it opens on the thought of opening it, and has never been smoother! I never thought it could've been possible to be so slicky smooth, it was almost fall shutty with the skiffs, and now with the Gillians salt & peppers, It has absolutely a drop shut action! So short answer, These bearings, in my opinion, are at this moment in time, the best knife bearings on the market, hands down! If I am wrong Let me know whose better.

  • 5

    Posted by Nicholas chambers on Jan 24th 2023

    Absolutely better than the reate bronze cage bearings

  • 5
    Salt & Pepper Bearings

    Posted by Chris Owens on Nov 27th 2022

    Best bearings on the market! I have installed these on all of my knives that have bearings and wouldn’t even consider bearings from a different manufacturer. The product is fantastic, customer service is great and quality is superb. Thank you for a great product and service.

  • 5
    Best Protech Malibu Upgrade

    Posted by Firestone on Jul 21st 2022

    Upgraded the bearings in my Protech Malibu. Skiff bearings didn’t perform any better than original, so I gave Gillian bearings a try. Best bearings in the Malibu by far. Very happy with the results!

  • 5
    The Best Bearings I’ve tried

    Posted by Jonathan L on Jul 16th 2022

    I put these in in two of my penas and those two knives have the best action out of my collection. I have other aftermarket bearings in most of my knives and sometimes you can’t tell the difference. These two are a different story. The action is beyond smooth on both of them. I HIGHLY recommend them!

  • 4

    Posted by Charley Roberts on Jun 13th 2022

    The bearings are great. I used them on my Slim Midi and the action has improved substantially over SS bearings. However, one of the bearings on one side don’t seam to protrude like they should. Seems a tad off upon inspection of the other bearing, which is flawless. I don’t think it hurts overall function a huge amount. But, to think if both bearings where 100%, the action would be flawless as well. That’s why I give 4 stars instead of 5. Shipping was great as well.

  • 5
    Koenig Arius

    Posted by Ryan Leiber on May 24th 2022

    Love these. Swapped out the skiffs and noticed a much smoother glass like glide with these. I just ordered some more for a xm-18 ti build. Looking forward to them.

  • 5
    3/16 Salt n’ Pepper bearings

    Posted by Yagi Golightly on Jan 25th 2022

    These bearings are wonderful. Smooth as butter… I can appreciate quality materials along with excellent QC and shipping practices, other makers in this space take note!