EAB Lite - Fine Edge
The Gerber Exchange-A-Blade pocket knives use contractor grade or standard size utility blades that can be easily replaced. New for 2010, the E.A.B. Lite also features deep finger groves that provide a secure grip in a lighter knife. Both the E.A.B. Lite and the original E.A.B. sport stainless steel handles that also double as a pocket or money clip.
- Open Length: 5.10"
- Blade Length: 1.5"
- Closed Length: 2.85"
- Weight: 2.5 oz
- Handle Material: Stainless Steel
- Contractor-grade replaceable utility blade
- Deep finger grooves for secure fit
- Handle also doubles as pocket or money clip
I paid $9 for one of these almost 3 years ago, and it has been the best box cutter/pocket knife I have ever owned. I run a shipping department and I cut down boxes everyday (cardboard not tape) and it has never given me any problems. The look of it kind of bothered me at first because it looks really uncomfortable to hold, but when I got it out of the package I was amazed at how good it felt in my hand. I love the fact that the blade is held in with a screw, not a button or something that is prone to getting hung up on something while you're cutting. I hope they never change this design or discontinue this item because this had literally changed my work experience.
Very happy so far. I removed the clip because I had no reason for it. Snapped off clean as it's only held in by tension. This beats the hell out of a standard utility knife and I'm looking forward to ditching the bulky Sheffield folding utility knife I've carried around for years.
I love this knife, however, I cannot find replacement blades. Regular replacement blades are too thin and wobbles in the cradle. I have tried both Stanley and other contractor blades but they are too thin to say secure in the cradle. Please advise where I can purchase replacement blades. I'd give it 4 stars if I could find replacement blades.
You can't actually just replace the blade that easily. I'm in the construction business and haven't found any blades as thick as the gerber blade. The smaller blades cause it to close crooked. I've had at least 5 of these, because the clip always breaks. And i found since they switched from the Phillips head to the flat head screws I've had no problem with that anymore. It's a great little knife, I just wish you could get packs of the original blades that comes on it.
Excellent quality, durability, and flawless functionality. The screw complaint that most are griping about is not a big deal if you buy quality bi-metal blades. Blades like the Lennox Bi-Metal gold last 10x as long as the standard blade and thus require by far less frequent replacements. Food for thought.
The screw need to be a thumb stud. Make it easier to open and easier to change the blade.
I lost the screw that holds the blade in and so I bought a new one. I have never had any problems with the knives. If I did, I wouldn't hav bought a new one. I use it at work all the time. The size is what I like best. Is there any where I can buy a new screw for the blade?
Overall design of the knife is nice, I use it often at work for opening boxes. However, when the blade dulls, I can't switch it out or turn it around because they screw the damn screw in too tight. I'm on my second one (first was warrantied because the screw edge stripped on me from trying to unscrew it, and this second one is doing the same thing. Can't give it any more than one star if the thing will only last me a couple months.
Love it because it's small, my clip broke too, which I'm okay with, because its even smaller now, and takes up less space in my pocket.
Is there a way to remove the clip I don't use for anything and it gets in the way
i love this little knife just for the reason that the blade is locked in with a screw. But the clip also keeps falling off.
CONS- requires a tool to replace the blade (a penny will work), normal blades wobble a bit (need a heavyduty replacement blade), the finish scratches easily.
PROS- Slim and Sleek, fits in the pocket snug, and wears on the pocket much less than more rugged utility knives.,
I sure tool will stand up to everyday use just not all day everyday use, if you are using a utility knife that much you need a full size one anyway.
I haven't had a problem with the pocket clip like many of the other reviewers, however it does appear that it was only bonded on.
LOVE THIS BLADE ORDERED 3
for $14 can't go wrong its just as handy as the letterman and carries the gerber image keep up the good work
i love this knife...i had the old one but lost it...this newer one i like better. Nicer action, and better lock up, no wobbling. I use this at work for cutting boxes, opening 50 pound bags of potatoes and onions and various other tasks. Bought me one, and was the best gift i ever received from him..
A Big Five Stars!
The knive is great, trying to get more of them for my workers..good design strong & quick change to a new sharp blade.
I wanted something that was lightweight and didn't take up a lot of space in my pocket. This knife delivered perfectly, until the clip broke off, that was very disappointing.
Other then that good knife.
I've had 2 for about 5yrs. Carry one daily. Quick change out on blades is a plus. Stainless is a big plus since I live by the ocean. One's for work the other for 'dress'. I use them to flip open bottle caps and to pry up paint can lids. I gave one to each of my crew once I realized how handy mine was.
My knife clip broke, this was a great knife and i wrote Gerber and sent pictures of the broken clip and never heard back.
I am surprised at all of the people having issues with the clip. I have had mine for almost 4 months now and feel that the clip is very solid. The knife stays sharp and works great for my day to day use on everything from boxes to cables to cutting a tree branch (I know, not really what it was meant for but it was the only knife I had with me and it worked better than I thought it would)
This is a fine upgrade to the original EAB I find I use the original EAB everyday and keep the lite in my pocket it is a fine tool.
This is a great pocket knife. I don't use it for heavy jobs, I have bigger knifes for that. As for a stylish, thin pocket knife this is great. I use the clip for a money clip so the knife has two functions for me.
Sorry to hear that this knife is not a Gerber quality knife. I think it is a great idea. I hope that a heavier version that will stand up to the name comes out. I would then add it to my Gerber collection of knives an tools.
This is a larger, heavier, crappier version of the EAB. Buy the EAB it's better in every way.
I love this Little Knife, For a Lady that owns a business to going to the barn even dressing for the town it fits everywhere i go.. attractively and does a great job at its purpose.. I use it for everything
im a general contractor and i carry a utility knife everyday at work and and i trusted the gerber name into disappointment. i purchased this knife in hopes of top quality and i have kept it on my belt for close to 2 months now and and the entire knife has bent a few times. I've never once dropped it or even left it on the floor it comes off my belt to cut or scratch then right back on my belt and still it has bent a few times. I've bent it back with just a mallet the first few times but now its so twisted I'm just going to replace it and forget i ever owned one.
Pretty much as soon as I got and started carrying this knife, I became annoyed at the clip; I'd have rather not had it. So when it broke off very quickly, I was not upset.
But the folding action is now very "crunchy," and that is not OK.
I found that as long you dont clip it to anything to big the clip wont break. I had one where the clip broke on a leather tool belt got another one and just used my normal pocket and it has been good for months
Love this knife, i read about the clip breaking but i broke mine off on purpose so it will slide into my pocket easier. Lost one and had a back up (thankfully) and just purchased anther backup jic i loose this one . Best razor style knife you can buy !!!
I have had Gerber knives at my side for 35 years, I was given my first one at 10 years old. I picked up this one for work. I too am REALLY DISAPPOINTED in the clip, It broke off two weeks after getting it, i took it back for a new one thinking that i got the only bad knife that Gerber made. A week and half later the second clip broke, NOT HAPPY with that
After 3 days of use, the clip broke. This happened after the clip had come off several times. I was REALLY disappointed with the quality and engineering of the knife. After 15 years of using Gerber multi-tools and knives, I expected a much better piece of equipment for the price, this is after all a utility knife that is available in other forms for much less money but the "Gerber" name led me to believe that I was purchasing a superior product. This was not the case with this product.
I am giving this knife a 5 star rating. It is a very small, compact, yet simple to use utility blade knife. I had been looking for a small clip knife that would hold a replaceable utility knife blade for awhile. All the other options are much more bulky, this one is the smallest most simple one I have seen.
I have been using it daily for months now, with only this one complaint: the CLIP JUST BROKE!!! I am hopeful that Gerber will send out a replacement as the other review mentions. I will repost with an update as soon as I find that out.
Other than the clip breaking, this knife is a perfect knife to have clipped onto a pocket handy for opening boxes, and misc use. It is very sturdy and easy to handle in spite of the compact size.
this is a very good knife for light chores, since its a razor blade it will cut through most of the things you need to cut in an ordinary day. like the other reviews say the pocketclip did break, but after contacting Gerber they sent replacement clips out in. the perfect knife for just having around.
i think its a great lil pocket knife, comes in hand at all times and its small so i take it everywhere! its GREAT for money clip! only down side is that u cant stack money with it cuz itll break....but i reallthy think its worth every penny! i got 2 about a year ago, just recently the clip on one broke so im trying to see if gerber will replace it! again great product for what it is!
Again, I realize that this is an inexpensive knife. However, Gerber is a name I thought meant quality. I have had this little more than two months and the clip has broken. At first it was just popping off, which was annoying enough. Finally the clip has s
Great, until you buy a few of them and the quality between all of them are all different some good some awful. Gerber get some control of your manufacturing of this cool product. Even though this is only 14 dollars the grinding and poor metal work and som
Somewhat impractical all around design from the blade slot to the everything else, othe than that it is a great low profile utility knife
I bought this because the clip on my EAB pocket knife broke off. i had this one a week and the clip broke off of it. I used them as money clips and now they are useless.