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GDC Tech Skin Pocket Knife

The Gerber GDC Tech Skin Pocket Knife has one goal: Be there for the tasks you should never have to take on without a blade. If you’ve ever bitten off a tag with your teeth, opened a well-sealed envelope with a car key, or broken down a refrigerator-sized cardboard box with bare hands, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

But your pocket knife should never put a scratch down the face of your gleaming, new smartphone as they jostle around in your bag or front pocket. Which is why we’ve wrapped this one in a protective, non-scratch coating to protect the other, more sensitive tools you may have.


The GDC Tech Skin Pocket Knife can handle all the day-to-day tasks an everyday carry should, but what it doesn’t do is the hidden beauty of this compact knife. With no metal showing when closed, it will never scratch the other daily essentials you carry with you, like your phone, tablet or laptop. And at a compact 3.4 inches when closed, it will never hog space in your pocket or bag.


Its sharp, 2.5-inch, drop point blade is always there in your bag or pocket, ready to help you open a package, sharpen a pencil or cut a sandwich to share with a friend. Made of stainless steel, the blade resists rust and corrosion and holds a sharp, fine edge. The lock back safety function means that blade won’t fold up in the middle of your handiwork.


Though compact, the handle is made from grippy rubberized Techhide with an added rubberized thumb stud on each side, so it’s easy to keep a firm grip as you cut, chop or slice.

Item # 31-001693
  • Overall Length: 5.93"
  • Blade Length: 2.52"
  • Closed Length: 3.40"
  • Weight: 2.24 oz.
  • Steel Type: 7Cr17
  • Handle Material: Zytel 101


  • 2.52-inch fine edge, drop point blade for swift, precise cuts
  • Stainless steel construction for durability
  • Non-scratching rubberized Techhide handle
  • Dual rubberized thumb studs for extra grip security
  • Lock back safety function for added protection
  • Backed by Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty


1 Your Title Disappointed - MAY 21, 2016

I love the size and shape of the knife but the locking mechanism is terrible. Closing the knife is impossible with one hand and difficult almost dangerous with two hands.

5 Amazed P.P. - APR 21, 2016

Using this little wonder for a month,is absolutely perfect - weight and size.Keeping it to my left front pocket (along my phone) and i am still amazed how functional and easy is to operate it,even with my non dominant hand (easily opening it - even with glove - but still need two hands to close it,minor issue i guess).

5 Your Title Your name - APR 18, 2016

Excellent knife (for its' price), easily operated one hand (stiff at first,gets better as time pass),overall a descent EDC tool.

5 Consultant John C - MAR 15, 2016

Can't say enough about the piece. Great design, practical, light. Genius!

5 Great Knife Tim - FEB 25, 2016

My wife got me this in a pack with the Shard a couple of years ago. It really is a great little EDC knife. It takes a great edge and doesn't require frequent sharpening under normal use. An EDC in this category needs to have a balance between edge retention and ease of sharpening...the 7Cr17 does a great job. No need for a "superior" steel, as others have mentioned.

5 Great edc knife SR - NOV 20, 2015

Love this knife. Thought it might be too small but its actually the perfect size for everything I need out of an edc knife.

5 Law Enforcement tim - SEP 22, 2015

awesome knife use mine all time left on hood car open drove off fell off at 50mph no damage razor sharp ready to rock

4 Firefighter/EMT Connor Legg - JUN 22, 2015

It's always nice to have as sharp knife with you and not having to worry about it damaging or scratching other things in my pocket!! I love the rubberized techhide handle!! Gerber should put the techhide handle on more knifes!!

5 Exactly as advertised. Worth every penny. Raymundo Gonzalez - JUN 7, 2015

Attractive design. Compact size. Stays extremely sharp. excellent for everyday use.

5 me io - MAY 15, 2015


1 Good but....... Weaver - JAN 17, 2015

Good blade, worked for almost a month then the lock broke. Waste of money

5 iron worker mark Hachey - JAN 8, 2015

This is a great pocket knife, i got a few weeks ago,and i dont leave the house without it i put a razor sharp edge on it. Just love it !

4 Awesome Jorge Sanchez - JAN 8, 2015

The knife is really awesome, and safe to carry in your pocket, or just carrying it in your hand. The only downside to this knife is, the thumb studs. Since this knife has no exposed metal, the thumb studs are to close to the handle of the knife, which makes it hard to open with one hand. But in my opinion, this is the safest knife I've ever seen.

5 Great EDC "Every.Day.Carry" knife! Jeffrey Kimelman - DEC 30, 2014

I have given this knife to relatives and friends as gifts because it is so well made and so durable for the price. The best part of this knife though is the highly compact size so you can actually carry it in politically "progressive" regions that would otherwise out you in jail for having a tool on your person. This is the only knife I CARRY even though I own far more expensive knives such as Helle brand knives from Norway or the famous Randall Made Knives.

5 FANTASTIC!!!! Tom - OCT 28, 2014

Perfect still works great ! but i do not carry a smartphone so i wouldn't know if it scratches them or not.

5 awesome knife Bob - OCT 19, 2014

this knife is awesome is easy to sharpen
I love it. The knife just cut open boxes and other thing

4 Waterman Ryan Fitz - SEP 2, 2014

This knife is in my pocket everyday when I'm in the office! I absolutely love the grip of this knife. My only complaint is one of the thumb studs came off but a little super glue fixed it up fine!

4 lanyard hole Dan C - MAY 30, 2014

I don't own this but I would've had it if the handle had a lanyard hole :)

5 Perfect pocket knife. zcoppel - APR 29, 2014

Great knife. I love the wrubber on the handle. It's a perfect knife.

5 Bad *** knife Adam - APR 23, 2014

This knife is awesome it do what it i do it slice apple clean and have a good edge

5 Best folder Your name - APR 23, 2014

I am mind blown that the Gdc tech skin pocket knife i put hard use to in and it never have a dull edge on i really like GERBER!!!!

3 Your Title Mentor - APR 16, 2014

best design for an edc knife.its great but there are some points that can make this knife even better.
1- a better steel type... 7cr17 really ? (there are tons of better steels for an edc)
2-a lanyard hole (optional)
3-a little pocket clip (optional)
4-us made
this little one has one of the best designs for an edc but as a knife lover I believe there are situations that an edc should do a survival knifes job so it should be a bastard knife

4 Fun Guy(2!) Nicholas - MAR 29, 2014

I've had my GDC Tech blade for a months now. I give it very high marks. The blade is much more substantial than my Swiss Army Classic on my key chain. It has a great heft and a strong feel for such a small blade. I only have two criticisms: 1) Closing the blade feels awkward and slow. 2) I still have to carry my SA blade because it has a variety of tools that the Gerber doesn't.

4 Tactical guy Dalton B. - FEB 26, 2014

I really like the idea the knife and I really like it my only complaint is that I would like it to be a bit bigger it just seems to small to me but still a great knife

5 Techy Evan - JAN 3, 2014

Provides functionality and concealment without being cumbersome. Perfect for my first EDC knife

5 Materials redriderbbgun - NOV 14, 2013

It comes down to materials used with this one and rubber is the way to go. wont slip out of your jeans and gives you the best grip possible for whatever you need. The button unlock is awesome and easier than your standard pull to one side unlock. great edc

2 Rock and Roll drummer Greg Z. - NOV 13, 2013

I was extremely happy with all aspects of this knife until it started falling apart. The thumbstuds came loose first but the knife was fine without them. Then, the rubber "skin" quickly showed signs of wear. The latest issue is the the lock mechanism doesn't hold up and the knife can be closed without it. If it wasn't for the poor durability, I'd rate this knife much higher.

4 personal Bruce - OCT 13, 2013

This knife fills the gap where, as you say, a pocket knife should not damage electronics, plastic/glass eyeglass lenses ect.

I wish you had provided a model with a few serations (4 or more) toward the hilt.

Great Knife,

3 Fun Guy Nicholas - SEP 15, 2013

I am a Gerber Fan, and this looks like a great knife, but I don't see it replacing my Swiss Army Classic SD as a daily carry. Though I might add it anyway just so I have a more substantial blade.

5 EDC Perfection Mike C - SEP 2, 2013

Small, yet a comfortable fit in the hand. Sharp blade, too. Disappears into your pocket. The safety lock can be tricky, but otherwise, it's a fine product. It is the go-to EDC knife for everyone, as far as I'm concerned.

5 Out Doorsmen Jordan - AUG 30, 2013

This is the best ever day utility knife I have ever used. The only way to make this better would be if the handle had a lanyard hole to turn the knife in to a key chain.

5 Awesome! Monstuhr - AUG 26, 2013

Got it today. Amazing little knife. Came really sharp, though I can always hone it to razor-sharp with little effort (it's almost there, anyway). It's thinner and more slender than video/pictures lead on, but not terribly. Feels very nice, but only complaint is that when it moves (shakes), it kinda makes a little tiny rattling noise. It's probably just the safety mechanism or something, but still. Nothing that detracts anyway. Great knife.

5 Your Title Joseph Salmon - JUN 22, 2013

Received this today as an anniversary present from my girlfriend, and already I have fallen in love with this knife.

I've been a fan of Gerber for years now, and although their products can sometimes be hit and miss in terms of manufacturing quality (since exporting their manufacturing base to China), this one is certainly a winner.

First off, the aesthetics are ace; it simply looks beautiful, open or closed.
The blade itself seems good quality, and comes plenty sharp enough. The rubber handle is soft enough as not to damage anything in your pocket, but still firm enough to get a decent grip. The knife initially feels a bit too light, but once it's opened, the redistributed weight gives it a much better balance. I'm also a huge fan of the locking mechanism, it has that reassuringly firm click shut, without being difficult to open or close.

The absolute best part about this knife, and one of the main reasons that I wanted it, is how practical yet non-threatening it is. Living in the UK, one has to be very careful about which knife to choose as an EDC. Whilst most knives are technically illegal for daily carry, it mostly comes down to the discretion of the officer you talk to. Most are kind enough to look the other way for a multi-tool of small folder, just something that's functional but doesn't take the p*ss. They have a particular thing about knives that either have assisted-opening (such as a spring) or that you can open with a wrist-flick.
Now I have no intention of stabbing anyone, but I can understand why my previous EDC would look suspicious to a police officer. A great knife, but with a long blade, wicked serrations, and easy to open with one hand, they would almost certainly have considered it threatening.

This knife, however, is slim enough to avoid detection, and small enough as to not appear threatening, must be opened with two hands, but still remains an incredibly practical carry!

In case you can't tell by the rant, I love this knife. Would purchase again.

5 AWESOME! Corbin - APR 8, 2013

When I first received the knife i found it was much smaller than what I thought which was a very good thing. It looked large for an EDC pocket carry. This just the right size, weight and grippy texture that an EDC knife needs. The blade came SUPER SHARP! The sharpest factory blade i've ever gotten. Amazing knife! Gerber, this is your year!

4 New Yorker Chris - APR 3, 2013

Seems like the perfect EDC knife for anyone living in new york. this is because you have the 2.5 blade making it legal to carry in new york city and the non scratch coating means you can safely have it in your pocket and not worry. NY law states you can't have anything showing (clips,tips, handle) so it seems like the perfect edc.

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