Gerber Blades EVO Jr. - Serrated - Clam Folding Knife
Gerber Blades EVO Jr. - Serrated - Clam Folding Knife With its straight spine and seamless design, the Gerber 22-41493 EVO Jr. Knife with Serrated Edge offers extreme usability in an eye-pleasing design. Besides its aesthetic qualities, the EVO Jr. boasts a high-quality carbon stainless steel blade as well as a thumb stud and finger clip for easy one-handed opening. Compatible with: Gerber: EVO Jr.;
I believe I have sharpened a few times in time I have had it... I dont need it to be razor in my pocket.
I have always carried a slightly larger knife in the past, but I love how small this is. I barely notice it in my pocket and its done everything the other knives have.
The combo of all these traits had lead to me cutting most of the calis away at the tip of one of my fingers while trying to close this thing. lol. My fault but its just so small and the hinge is so tight, it makes this hard to close with one hand. The tight hinge also makes it a two step opening knife. The clip could probably be bent a little but as it sits now, were ever it lies in my house, its is to hard to clip onto my pocket of my jeans.
Now, to be fair, price is a huge differential -the cost of this knife is one quarter of the others, so I am not going to hold that against it. However, I have three main issues with this knife.
ONE, it is much smaller than I thought. Yes, the blade is 2.75 inches, and I knew that ordering it, but it really is a small knife, and it is difficult to handle if you have big or clumsy hands, OR if you are trying to open it one-handed.
TWO, it is very difficult to open one handed. Yes, it can be done, but on my knife you have to use two different methods to do so. You have to first rely on the finger switch on the side (which will ONLY open the knife halfway, and I have tried dozens of times with different methods and different fingers). THEN, you CAN use the thumb stud to open the knife the rest of the way, but you have to be careful not to cut yourself or drop the knife -because it is so small in your hands- and by changing your grip to open the knife the whole way you risk dropping it or rubbing your thumb directly on the razor sharp serrations. This was my biggest disappointment with this knife.
and THREE, even though I only had this knife a few months, SOMEHOW, the blade is already dulled and bent in two places. The unfortunate thing is that I don't have any idea HOW this happened, and I usually treat my knives pretty well, and only really use them inside to open cardboard boxes. So, again, it may have been my fault, but the way the steel was slightly folded over on two places of the sharp part of the blade led me to feel that the steel wasn't the highest quality. (I then used a high quality Wusthof steel to try to reshape the blade, and it worked a little, but didn't fix the problem).
Now, the flip side. Though it is smaller than I liked, I can see why the size would appeal to some people. It is small enough (and really non-threatening) that I feel I could bring it to a place of work without anyone getting intimidated or taking offense. It is a great size for the pocket and it would open cardboard boxes/packages with ease.
And, most importantly, the price is SUPERB for a knife with a metal handle, and with the intial razor edge that came on it. (Plus, I like that it was half serrated.)
Though I would not purchase this knife again, I WOULD consider a larger, higher quality Gerber blade, but I would probably look at Kershaw, Spyderco, or Benchmade first.
Recommended for those who just want a really small knife for everyday cutting, but NOT for those who want something that will open one handed really easily. (If you are really interested in this function, consider a Ken Onion Kershaw blade or a Spyderco-they open with one finger, and do it with style...)