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The Gerber Prodigy is an American made knife which was designed for you to carry with you when you hit the backwoods that will hold up to whatever abuse you decide to put it through. It is a sleek design with multiple options available for use from an everyday carry (EDC) knife to a camping staple.
Gerber Prodigy Physical Attributes
The total length of the knife is 9.75 inches and is a solid 7.21 ounces without the sheath, 12.45 ounces with the sheath attached. As it is a heavier knife, for some people this may be considered a little inconvenient and that is why the sheath has the ability to be attached to either your belt or strapped to your leg. This knife is also exceptionally balanced.
The Gerber Prodigy comes in 2 blade styles. Both blade styles are made with a full tang 420HC stainless steel with black oxide finish. Both blade styles are also partially serrated. Unfortunately, there is no plain edge variety of this knife for those who prefer to avoid the serration. The blade styles available are a drop point and a tantō.
The drop point variety of this knife is excellent for cutting through most objects it comes across and holds an edge amazingly well. This is definitely not a knife that requires constant honing to maintain an exceedingly sharp edge.
The tantō version of this knife is designed primarily for thrusting and poking at things. Personally, I am fond of this style over the drop point as I prefer a knife without “belly” to the blade when dealing with anything solid enough to require a knife of this calibre. The blade is somewhat more difficult to sharpen as it does have double primary bevels and two points to maintain.
What first caught my eye about this knife is that it had a thick rubber handle which would make it ideal for using regardless of how wet it is, a problem I have had with other knives in the past. Nothing is worse than trying to field dress a deer in the rain only to have the blade slip. At best, you end up with a fully dirty knife which needs to be rinsed, at worst your trip comes to an end prematurely.
The sheath is made of ballistic nylon and you can attach it to your belt, your leg (using the 2 provided straps) and is also MOLLE compatible. It contains a friction release thumb lock for added security. Some people have complained that it has three of these locking mechanisms as it can be seen as overkill depending on the situations the knife is being held and used. The sheath also has a large hard plastic enclosure to further secure the blade. One unique feature this sheath has is that you can insert the knife either way so it is great for those who are left handed as well as those who prefer to be able to switch sides easily.
In conclusion, the Gerber Prodigy is a good all-around knife, can be used as a fixed-blade EDC and will put up with most abuse you may put it through from cutting wood to filleting a fish, this blade was designed to stay sharp despite its tasks. Knives are not judged purely by the quality of the materials used, but also by the overall look, balance and craftsmanship. This blade surpasses expectations in all of those key factors. Also, if one were looking for a blade of this design, the price would definitely not be a hindrance to their decision.