Joseph Gerber had no delusions of grandeur when he started Gerber Legendary Blades. The company was made to craft and distribute cute little cutlery sets that were to be given out as gifts. It was never meant to become a household name in affordable knives. Now, more than 75 years later, it is synonymous with blades that show up in the market with a price tag great for any budget. As the years have gone on, the company has never stopped growing, never stopped innovating, and never fell behind the curve when it came to turning out knives that you’d be happy to have on your hip – even if some of their blades are meant for less than greatness.
Though Gerber has expanded and diversified, it’s still their knives that make the biggest impact. They’re perfect for everyday carry due to their lower cost and ability to be lost without costing hundreds of dollars. Gerber prides itself on creating lightweight cutters from materials that are good enough to last for years, with some capable of becoming heirloom pieces. With one of the deepest benches in the game thanks to their age and experience, we’ve made selecting the blade for you easy by choosing the 7 best Gerber knives for EDC.
Gerber Paraframe Mini
Pro: Only 1.4 ounces
Con: Blade will rust relatively easily
Bare Minimum: Offering a high carbon steel blade in a stainless steel bikini frame, the Paraframe cuts weight where it isn’t necessary so that it can bulk up the body of the knife where it counts. A sturdy frame lock keeps the blade in place with a minimum of play, despite the miniscule price tag. The sturdiness of the body along with the tight pocket clip make it everything a basic folder should be. With the option to go with a fine edged model or a partially serrated blade, this is a better basic, budget knife.
Gerber Freeman Guide
Pro: High traction handle
Con: Bushings between blade and handle are plastic
Grip and Rip: Utilizing large thumb studs along with TacHide on the handle, combined with finger grooves for enhanced grip, this won’t win any contests for being too small, but for those who like a beefier everyday carry this fits the bill. The drop point edge is made for tactical uses as well as hunting or survival operations. When fully deployed, the Freeman gives the sense of operating more like a fixed blade than a folder thanks to the straight back and sturdy liner lock. The 5Cr15MoV stainless steel used for the blade is far from the top of the market, but it stands up well, even after years of hard labor.
Gerber GDC Tech Skin
Pro: Can share a pocket with smartphones without scratching
Con: Handle tends to get sticky in hot weather
Safe and Sound: Gerber’s GDC (Gerber Daily Carry) collection is about reinventing the way common objects work so that they can more seamlessly integrate into your life. Nowhere is that more apparent than with the Tech Skin. When folded up there isn’t a millimeter of metal to be found anywhere, meaning there is less to snag or stab as it rides with you day after day. Even the thumb studs are rubberized for less damage to the lining of your pockets. Snap it open and the lock back mechanism engages easily letting the 7Cr17 steel go to work. Comfortable and ergonomic TacHide makes the handle a joy to use, cut after cut.
Gerber F.A.S.T. Serrated
Pro: Protective crosspiece
Con: Small locking mechanism
Get Stabby: G-10 handles that grip better when wet tells you that the F.A.S.T. is for a lot more than opening letters. With a tanto tip, it’s clearly meant to be employed as a bayonet as much as for average labor. Practice a little while with it and you’ll have the assisted opening mechanism down pat for lightning fast opening with a single hand, reinforcing the self-defense intention that went into the design of this knife. Formerly the automatic version of this knife was standard issue among the US Army, proving that it met the specs of soldiers in the field. With a partially serrated blade, you can hack paracord as easily as field dress an enemy combatant for proper stuffing.
Gerber Gator Premium
Pro: Completely made in the USA
Con: Difficult to clean
Modern Huntsman: Whether you’re out on a squirrel shoot or chasing down the most dangerous game of all: man, the Gator deserves consideration as your piece of pocket kit. It’s a little aggressive for EDC if you’re just going to be cutting the crust off your daughter’s PB&J, but if you must do it like a badass, then this will fit the bill. The CPM-S30V steel is made to shrug off the elements so that you can use it for days in the worst conditions without worrying about oxidation or loss of sharpness. With both clip point and gut hook models, whatever nasty business you have in mind, you can bet the Gator is ready for.
Gerber Applegate Covert Double Bevel Titanium
Pro: Easy to sharpen on the move
Con: No handstop or crosspiece
Sophisticated Slashing: When opened, you’re going to have nearly 9 inches worth of knife to deal with, and nearly 4 inches of that is blade. This is made like an Italian stiletto, utilizing the spear-style tip, which is downright menacing and doesn’t even pretend to be a knife for anything other than opening mouthy fools from crotch to gizzard. Despite the length, it weighs in at just over 4 ounces, making it surprisingly light thanks in part to the 154CM steel with titanium nitride coating. Double beveling enhances the grip and with a patented roto-lock, you don’t ever need to worry about accidental closing or opening.
Gerber Manual Combat Folder
Pro: Pommel is also a heavy strike tool
Con: Handle tends to get cold
Stand Fast: Before you even open the blade, take a moment to note the solidity of the aluminum handle. It’s clearly made to do more than just claim sturdiness, but to deliver it day after day. The heavy build makes it better for prying and digging, as well as other serious camping, field, or bushcraft tasks. The interior liners are steel which keeps the blade in place and adds a nice level of reinforcement to the handle for those times when you need to put your weight behind a cut. Sharp as a biting remark from your mother, the S30V high carbon steel blade takes a razor’s edge and refuses to let it go, even after hacking through green wood.