I’m a pretty big fan of Gerber’s products and this knife has not disappointed me. This was purchased in 2014 and carried daily for about a year and a half. I now alternate carry between this knife and the Gerber GhostStrike.
The blade is great but the factory sheath had some shortcomings. The sheath details are towards the end of this review along with an alternative that I’ve come up with as a solution.
First, the specs:
- Overall Length: 6.80″
- Blade Type: Full Tang, partially serrated
- Blade Length: 3.40″
- Blade Thickness: .150″
- Scales: Rigid Plastic with TacHide Inserts
- Sheath: Ambidextrous, molded plastic with reversible pocket clip.
This knife is imported and Gerber doesn’t specify the blade steel in their imported knife advertising. I was curious so a phone call to Gerber verified that it is 7Cr17M0V (a fancy name for 440A).
I really like this blade. It fits my hand naturally and it can be held several different ways comfortably. The jimping and checkered TacHide provide a confident grip. All the bare metal edges in the gripping area have been chamfered. It’s been a good work knife so far….the serrations are great at certain tasks.
The factory sheath has a built-in detent that retains the knife very well. The knife releases easily with a push of a thumb.
Here’s the bad news: the pocket clip is inadequate for long term daily use. The Gerber engineers should know by now that two tiny little screws will not stay threaded into plastic.
The spring steel clip does not have enough strength to keep this knife in your pocket or on your belt. I thought about bending it into a loop that would wrap around a belt but came back to the fact that the two mounting screws will eventually fail.
I ditched the factory sheath in favor of a custom kydex horizontal sheath.
This custom horizontal sheath above has worked well for me. It’s .090″ kydex and uses a duty belt keeper as a belt loop. Extra material was left on this sheath so that a solid belt loop or MOLLE clip could be added in the future.
This knife costs about $33 right now on Amazon. There are other knives available in this price range that have a better sheath. Sometimes the Basic can be found at around $20 or less on Ebay. If you’re a Gerber fan, you won’t be disappointed in this blade but you might want to budget in a better sheath.