Great knife to carry everyday/everywhere
The Basic is what it is... a small, strong knife you can have on you at all times. I'm a big guy with large hands and I love this knife. It is sharp and strong enough to handle most tasks when you need it. It is easily sharpened with stone or diamond. The sheath is stiff at first but breaks in. I've worn my Basic everyday for over a year.
Outdoors, it is my backup knife that is small, light and easy to have on me in case I lose my primary. Because the Basic is a small knife, I carry a more substantial fixed blade (Gator) or lockback (AR 3.5) when hiking, fishing, or anywhere I expect to do a lot of cutting. So I'll tuck the Basic in my waistband. Or I'll attach to a belt or MOLLE - Tip - the clip bends easily alone and will slip off if you try to attach it outside and you are active. So if I'm attaching it sheath side out, after I run the clip behind what fastening it to, I use a small zip tie, run it through the hold on the clip, and around the sheath to hold it place - so it cannot slide off the strap. I'll carry it on a pack, vest, or life jacket. Also, the screws on the clip may loosen, but Loctite solves that.
Around home and office, it is my primary everyday knife. I don't need a knife everyday when at home, but I tuck it inside my waistband (jeans, shorts, dockers, dresspants); it's small enough it's undetectable in the waistband and it's out of my pocket clutter... it's ready if I need it.
I don't see anything wrong with the design of this knife. I wanted a small fixed blade to carry in my boot. The interchangeable pocket clip is perfect, whether you carry it on your belt, in your boot, or on a strap on your back pack.
If you aren't planning on moving your clip back and forth alot, I recommend using blue loctite on the screws to help them stay tight(also so you dont lose the Gerber plate like mentioned above).
As for the tightness of the sheath, no worries. Almost every locking blade I've had from Buck's, Kershaw's S&W's, Gerber's, either need broken in(loosened), or adjusted. I realize this sheath is plastic, and mine too is slightly carving out a bit of plastic on the top side, but if you use the thumb depress on the top when you pull the knife from the sheath, it starts to get smoother. I do hope that the sheath doesn't crack or split like the gentleman's above, but time will tell, remember, this knife is only about $40. I don't expect to use it daily for 25 years.
I for one like the small handle, the rubber inlay is soft and grippy. I tied a lanyard on the handle so my pinky finger also had something(kinda) to grip.
I recommend this if you want a small, lightweight knife. Remember, buy whatever knife you need for your application.
Gerber Basic has it's Place
This Gerber has proved to be a convenient fixed blade every day carry, and also a great addition to my life vest. It's sheath is very simple with a good amount of tension so that the knife will not come out when you do not want it to, but is very QUICK and SIMPLE to pull out when needed.
In my opinion, the clip that screws onto the sheath could have been better designed. Possibly with an inward J to grip more sturdily.
It is thin and short enough to carry in one's front jean pocket which is a plus for a fixed blade. (I remove the clip if I plan on carrying it in my pocket.)
The durability, blade/serrations, and grip are all decent and hold up to the GERBER name. It is as much, if not more than, you can ask for for the cost.
*My roommate bought the knife after one trip with me because he also liked it so much. My boss also owns one, and she loves it too.
Mis guided reviews
So, I am slightly confused as to some of these reviews. first, if you push the sheath up with your thumb while grabbing handle it comes out just fine. My screws came loose through use and I lost the Gerber plate.
My only rants are the half serrated blade, I hate these styles of blades, and prefer a full smooth blade. Second, the clip isn't as secure as it could be and The sheath would be better if it fit lower on the belt so less of the handle stuck up. I pokes in the back or in the side if you bend too much. Other than that Gerber is on the right track.
Good Knife for the Price.
Love everything about this knife. I bought it before my latest camping trip and it came in very handy in the woods. My only complaint is with the sheath. Wearing the knife on your belt is near impossible unless you don't mind the knife's handle jabbing you in the side everytime you sit down. As long as you're standing, you won't even realize it's there.
Great sheath knife
Great knife for day to day use. I'm sing it more for hiking and the like. The clip on the sheath is easy to adjust. You can put it on either side and in either direction. The grip is a little short for my hands, but all in all it's comfortable.
great knife for the price that i bought it at but the only thing i dont like about it is that the sheath does not hold the knife very well.