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Gerber Freeman Folder Review 2011/03/18

I love well made knives and even if I don’t use them specifically for their intended purpose I will always appreciate great design. The Gerber Freeman Folder, let's check it out.

Introduction

The Gerber Freeman Folder is a fine edge, drop point hunting knife. I don’t do that much hunting based in London but carry the Gerber Freeman Folder for preparing food and as an extra highly portable knife. Once you have it in your hand it’s hard to put down, the handle is simply extraordinary. Gerber has included tiny grooves to aid grip and a good finger guard to keep your hand in place, all resulting in a knife that is very pleasurable to hold. Opening the knife with one hand is a doddle and is secured open with a satisfying click. Of all the folding knives I have used this is by far the easiest to open with one hand, in addition the liner lock mechanism feels very solid and has never come loose. Talking about solid build construction, most of the knife is metal and allows you to be confident when using it. The handle onlays are pear wood and look very attractive and feel great.


Blade material is 5Cr15MoV Stainless Steel and was not the sharpest upon delivery. Nevertheless with a little attention with a sharpener it was enhanced.
As I said, I use mine for food preparation and its open spine really helps with getting all the grime out before it starts smelling in the rucksack! This is great for game preparation too as it's easy to clean.
It’s a great knife to own, maybe a bit heavy in the pack for hiking but that’s down to personal preference. I don’t mind a tiny bit more weight for an extra strong knife.

- Sunny

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