Gear Review & Giveaway – Gerber Freeman Folder Knife

I recently received the Gerber Freeman Folder as part of a Outdoor Blogger Network gear giveaway.  This model is a stout folder, weighing in at 6.6oz, measuring 8.07″ when opened, and just under 4.5″ when closed.  My initial impressions of this knife were very positive, especially for the price point.  The Gerber Freeman Folder comes in at $57 MSRP, but it can be found at various places online for under $40.  If you ask me, that is a deal for this blade!

What I Liked

The knife is constructed of a high carbon stainless blade, a stainless frame and handle, and beautiful pear wood overlays on the handles.  I was really impressed with the fit and finish of this knife, especially when you take into consideration the price point.  The blade deployed well, and locked up solid via the liner-lock mechanism.  There were no harsh burrs or edges from machining and the overall finish of the knife was very good.  The pear wood overlays are very nice, much higher quality than I would expect of a knife in this class.

Gerber Freeman Folder

As good as any knife may look, and this one looks good, what I really care about is how it performs.  In my testing, the Gerber Freeman didn’t let me down.  I used it for miscellaneous tasks and chores; everything from opening boxes and cutting rope, to preparing food.  This knife did what I asked it to, and it was always ready for more.  The blade came adequately sharp out of the box, and it seems to retain its edge fairly well.  I have certainly had knives that had much better sharpness retention, but they were also made of much harder steels.  I wouldn’t say that harder steel is necessarily better though, because what you gain in retention you lose in ease of sharpening.  The high carbon stainless blade of the Gerber Freeman Folder should respond very well to resharpening with standard tools.

My favorite feature of the Gerber Freeman was the guthook.  I didn’t use it on any game, but it proved to be valuable in other ways.  Cutting rope, removing zip ties, safely cutting of a hospital wrist band (don’t ask)…they were all no problem.  I have never used a guthook much, but I am sold on their value.

What I Didn’t Like

There is one aspect of this knife that I just couldn’t get over…the weight.  Gerber lists this knife at 6.6oz, but to me it feels even heavier than that.  I don’t mind a nice stout knife for many cutting tasks, but my primary use of a knife this type would be for taking it into the field.  I am always trying to keep a close eye on how much weight I am carrying in my pack, and for me this knife just wouldn’t make it.  There are too many other great options out there at a fraction of the weight.  Additionally the case that comes with the knife is a very nice bonus, but if I actually carry the knife in its case, I feel like I am walking around with a brick on my side.

Conclusion

I think the Gerber Freeman Folder is a very nice knife for under $40.  If you are looking for something that has good construction, a great look, and nice performance, then I think this knife would be a great option to purchase without breaking the bank.  I like the design of the knife, and I think it will hold up to a lot of work.  My only reservation about this knife is the weight, but again I am a stickler about the weight of items that I carry; especially the items that I carry miles and miles on a hike or a hunt.

It Can Be Yours!!!

I am really grateful for the the chance to test and review this knife, but as someone who has more than enough knives, I think it would be best to pass this on to someone who could use it more than I.  Do you want it?  All you have to do is leave a comment below and you will be entered to win.  You have until Midnight on 12/15/2011 to enter, so get to it!  …and the winner is #38, John.

Disclaimer: I received this knife directly from Gerber, free of charge to test and review. The opinions expressed above are my independent thoughts and experiences.

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  • Darrel

    Looks like a nice knife. I value how a knife feels in my hand…am I able to hold it comfortably? And, does it hold an edge? Great article.

  • http://songofthebirds.ca Anthony Lynn

    Looks like a great knife to me!

  • http://elitearcheryforum oscar

    man, this will be nice for my hunting needs…..nice review

  • bill

    looks nice to me

  • http://randomstreamoc.blogspot.com/ John

    Looks like a stout piece, I don’t think that a knife’s weight is that big of a deal.

  • http://www.WildernessDave.com Dave

    Beautiful knife! I’ve always liked Gerber products, they’re usually not the BEST knives on the market but they are definitely above average. I would like to hear from a hunter on the value of the guthook on this knife.

  • http://www.longbowblogger.com/ Nick

    I’d buy that for a dollar. Count me in fella.

  • http://www.thewilltohunt.com Will Jenkins

    Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Sure is a nice looking knife but I agree that 6.6oz is a little heavy but if it’s a good tool where I am I’m not hiking too far and weight isn’t a huge concern. For Comparison the Wicked Tree Gear Saw I reviewed is only 1.85oz heavier and it’s MASSIVE.

  • Steve Jerome

    Very nice looking knife, would be great to win and good luck to everyone.

  • Steve Jerome

    Very nice looking knife, would be great to win and good luck to everyone. Merry Christmas All

  • http://socalbowhunter.blogspot.com Al Quackenbush

    Great review, as always, Mark. Don’t include me for the giveaway. I just wanted to say that 6.6oz does seem heavy for a folder, but a good blade goes a long way. Best of luck to all who enter!

  • Michael

    Looks solid. They generally make pretty good stuff.

  • Rich

    It looks like a great knife for those situations where you aren’t trying to keep your weight down. I’ve had several Gerber products and I’ve been happy with all of them.

  • Adam

    Great review…and great knife!!!

  • http://emptymags.com JP

    I’ve been eyeballin’ that knife at the store for some time. Wouldn’t mind having one!

  • Ari Leach

    I am a fan of all things Gerber, and this knife would make an excellent addition to my collection! Is it bad to collect knives? I hope not…

  • Jacob Bixler

    I could definitely use that.

  • Jeff

    Great looking knife. I am always looking for a new knife to add to my collection.

  • andrew spratt

    solid bit of kit would love to put it with my hunting kit

  • Nick L.

    Looks fantastic, nice review!

  • josh

    Great looking knife….great review…..can you believe that Pujols left the Cardinals to play for the L.A. Angels!!??

  • Nick

    I love Gerber’s knives

  • Dave

    Sweet action!!

  • Tammy B

    I need a good knife for the field whether for chopping down vegetation or a feral hog.

  • Kevin

    Mark,

    You are a great person. Thank you for sharing your love with archery to all of us.

    By the way, it looks like a “sharp” blade.

  • Mike d

    Looks one hell of a sexy knife

  • Sean

    Nice knife! I’ve had afew Gerber knives and this one looks like another nice one.

  • Josh

    Huge Gerber fan… Would love to get my hands on a knife like this!

  • http://an-outdoor-adventure.blogspot.com/ T. Chris

    That sure is a purty knife! I actually don’t have one with a gut hook and that would come in handy (hint, hint)!

  • http://thepathlesswoods.com Will

    I don’t mind a heavy knife…especially if it is free! Thanks for the review…

  • Travis Bertrand

    Looks like a great knife. I will take quality with weight over cheapness and plastic any day! Well besides hunting the backcountry but then you need light quality as we all know and that costs some serious duckets! Thank you for a good honest, non biased review. Keep it up.

  • http://www.freshtraxoutdoors.com Tom

    Great review, Mark! Please don’t enter me in the drawing, I have too many knives too! ;-)

  • Craig

    Would make a great first first hunting knife for my 12 year old. Says he going to be a beast
    with the bow next season.

  • Kevin Hillman

    Looks like a really great knife!
    Gerber makes some very fine knives. I could really use a new gutting knife.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • http://www.philspradley.tumblr.com Phil Spradley

    I love reading your reviews, keep posting them for us. That looks like a nice knife.

  • ROGER CAMM

    I like the overall look of the knife, and am not bothered by the 6.6 oz weight, since I no longer walk anywhere. The review was really informative, and I would LOVE to win this blade as an addition to my collection.

  • jenn scot

    I’d like to have this knife. I like Gerber.

  • John

    Since TSA took mine, I could use a replacement and this would do nicely.

  • Jason B

    I really love this knife. I was about to buy it so I could take it with me and my grandfather when we go out hunting. But here in New Zealand it will cost me over $80 :(
    Was going to buy it from the Top Gear NZ store.
    Thanks for a great review! :)

  • Jason B

    Haha I take it back. Over $100 :P

    Heres a link: https://secure.zeald.com/topgear/results.html?q=freeman

  • Josh D

    This would be the perfect gift for my dad.

  • Scott W

    Looks like a good knife! Put me in the pool!

  • http://huntdays.blogspot.com/ Kyle

    Sweet write up! Your honest opinion of the pros/cons is very well written!

  • http://www.orionmind.blogspot.com Brian Joubert

    I like the aesthetics, kind of modern/classic fusion. Would be a good knife to just have on standby. Count me in! (I’ll cover any extra shipping to Canada). Thanks.

  • Theo Brouwers

    Hello I am Theo Brouwers from the Netherlands (Europe) and I follow you on Twitter.
    I saw your tweet about the great knife and I would be very glad if you pick me to get the knife. I like wild camping with my wife and our 3 daughters and I also like Survival/ Bushcraft. Greeting from the Netherlands, Theo

  • http://www.mylifeoutdoors.com My Life Outdoors

    I would like a free knife!

  • Jeff

    I could use this knife on the hunts I’m planning. Thanks.

  • http://azwanderings.com AZWanderings

    Please put me in for the Gerber. Thanks a ton.

    Ben