User Review: 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.