21 hours ago
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I've carried a pocket knife for the last 10 years or so. About 4 years ago I settled on the Gerber EVO Jr. In the last 4 years I've probably bought a dozen or so of these. I've lost a couple, but typically they fall apart before I loose them.
All but one has failed in the same way: a screw that holds the knife together falls out of the handle.
Why continue to buy a $20 knife that fails so frequently? I like the features and I haven't spent time to try to find similar knife made by a different manufacturer.
For the record, I'd rather pay $40 and have it last longer.
I continue to buy these knives because I love the size and feel of the knife. It's easy to have in my pocket always. The blade is a good size for me. I use the knife multiple times a day for a myriad of tasks: cutting a tube or whatever needs cutting; cleaning/scraping stuff; cutting my finger nails; playing mumbly-peg; cutting food; digging out crud from wood or in the ground; etc; etc.
The blade has the serrated bit too -- so I can saw/hack through thick plastic, chunks of wood, and other stuff that the blade won't work through. When the blade dulls I typically just use the serrated bit for everything.
The blade locks, which I think is essential for actually doing stuff with a pocket knife.
The blade also has a little knob on it to make flipping the blade out fast and easy. I can work it like a tough guy in a 50's movie. I could totally shiv somebody with this little bugger if I wanted to.
Finally, I like the shape of the handle (palm) end of the knife. It's perfect for opening up bottles (using the lighter method). A close look at the boneyard pic above there shows wear on the ends of the knives from bottle opening.
In the end though, I'm more annoyed than happy with this knife. I've grown to love the features, but it bugs me that I have to buy a new one every few months.