I really like the Gerber Freeman Guide Folding Knife a lot! I was surprised because at it’s price point (less than $20) I expected to be underwhelmed. Gerber Knives can be hit or miss – they have some great designs like the Bear Grylls Knife and even some of the best tactical knives and Gerber multitools used by Special Forces units,, but this folding pocket knife is very sturdy, rugged and hefty.
The 5Cr15MoV stainless steel blade is bead-blasted to give it a dull gray patina, which I like. It was razor sharp out of the box of course, but maintained a pretty decent edge as I ran it through some evaluations. It was fairly easy to touch up the edge with just a leather strop. One thing I especially appreciated is that the spine of the blade is aligned with the top of the handle and there is decent jimping from the top of the handle straight through for about 1/2″ on the spine of the blade. The thumbstuds are large and offer easy purchase when extracting and opening. The grips are made from a very pleasant neoprene, similar to the material used by Hogue in their pistol grips – this makes it perfect for handling with wet hands. The bottom of the handle is scalloped with cutouts for fingers and the hilt is deep enough to offer good protection. As for fit and finish, the knife seems to have had very good quality control during the manufacturing process. The blade, when closed, is centered in the liner-lock channel perfectly, there are no burs or sharp edges anywhere on this knife – except the blade of course! The screws were all uniformly tight and cut to the correct depth – no exposed screw tips inside the handle, nor nothing that would mar the blade during normal operation. This folding knife comes with a nylon molded sheath, but there is no pocket clip – that’s probably the only negative thing I can say about this knife – if it had a pocket clip I would rate it 5-Stars, but truly, I don’t think that takes away too much from the knife so I might rate it something like 4-3/4 Stars.