Gerber EVO Tanto Review 2014/01/19
I have done a fair bit of travelling with a little penknife and they
are great for the versatility offered, but the blades are very thin
and as a result limit the amount of strong work one can do with them.
The Gerber EVO Tanto is a lightweight every day carry (EDC) knife
which features a more robust blade with serrations and a tanto tip.
Having the Gerber EVO Tanto to hand does make light work of the most
common problems you need to solve with a knife. The serrations help you
cut through packing straps and cord for example, the tanto tip helps for
piercing packaging and for detailed light cuts and the handle itself
feels comfy in the hand. Those holes in the handle help save on weight
so it doesn't feel you are carrying a lead weight all day.
The steel is 7Cr17MoV, which is a little soft so edge retention isn’t
the best but it does offer you excellent corrosion resistance which is
given more of a boost by the black titanium coating on the blade too.
This also helps cut down how reflective the blade is, so great for some
discreet work around camp, say opening food packets for dinner!
Opening the blade is effortless, very
smooth action when utilising the thumb studs. There is also the option
to flick the blade open using the index finger against the spine of the
Great EDC (every day carry) option, the belt loop is more than adequate
to secure it all day long. However as its locking you will have to have
a professional requirement to have it your position. It would have been
nice to see a harder steel in the EVO Tanto however.