Gerber EVO Jr.
Source: received it as a personal gift
This is a simple, light, straightforward blade. A decent knife, it is fine most most hiking and backpacking needs.
- Compact design
- Blade can loosen in handle over time
- Does not hold a superb edge
- Can be a little hard to close
For the money, I have been very happy with this knife. It is a good, reliable blade that I feel comfortable taking deep into the woods, but it is inexpensive enough, that if I lost it, I would not be out a ton of money. I believe that this knife has struck a nice balance of cost to quality.
The knife is the model of simplicity. It is easy to open. The thumb stud and a wrist flick open it one handed. I have never had to work my knives hard, but the knife has been consistent warm or cold.
The knife is 440 steel, and the handle is aluminum. It comes in at 1.8 ounces. The blade is 2.75" long. The open frame design keeps the weight down. The knife includes a pocket clip. The open length runs just bit over 6".
This knife is not designed to be a survival knife. It is not over built. It is not designed to be. But one of the most frustrating parts of using this knife is that it can be hard to close. I have not mastered closing it easily with one hand, because the locking mechanism is stiff to use. Under hard use, the knife can flex. But, like I said, I haven't really had to use it hard.
I have used this knife for the last two years snowshoeing, hiking, and backpacking. I has been a good choice for my daily knife. Its low cost, solid design, and simple-to-use features make this a good piece of gear. For the $20 price tag and solid performance, I would get this knife all over again.
It's a decent knife but I wouldn't trust my life on it. It doesn't retain an edge for very long, after extensive cutting but it can be easily resharpened.
My biggest disappointment is that the locking mechanism isn't thick enough, so no stabbing anything.
On two instances, I almost cut myself badly. For around the same price, a Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara 2 is a great alternative.
Price Paid: Gift
I got the EVO Jr. and the EVO in a 2-pack for Xmas of 2009. I keep the Jr. around my house and EVO in my pack on day hikes/backpacking. Has a good strong clip, nice blade, strong lock, sharpens well. I like the look of it and I like that's not heavy and bulky, yet it's still a strong knife.
Price Paid: Gift
I received this as a Christmas gift 2 years ago. I have the non-serrated edge version.
The most important part of any knife is the blade. This knife holds an edge well, and sharpens easily. The locking device is secure and sure. And the clip attaches and holds in any pocket. I usually have it clipped in a cargo pocket, and I have never lost it.
it is the perfect size for a pocket knife, large enough to be functional, but not too bulky and heavy.
Price Paid: $26.99
This is a great every day carry and camp knife. I keep one on me at all times. It will hold an edge like a razor and, makes skinning a breeze.
The handle is made to be light and it is. I did have to adjust the pivot point so it would open easy for me. Fast easy deployment is a must.
Over all, the knife is well balanced and throws like a dream. I can get full blade penetration in a regular target from 3 to 4 foot away.
The blade lock it amazing. It can be a little hard to close some times but, I will take that over a lock that fails any day.
You can’t beat it for the price.
I own 3 now.
Price Paid: $5 Used
Great knife, good blade, good clip.
All around good knife