Profoundly versatile and easy to use, this knife is meant to tackle your daily life. With a rugged polycarbonate handle that also has SoftGrip inserts, this handle offers superior grip. Easily deploy the blade with a well-placed cutout, as the name suggests.
We don't necessarily make knives to win popularity contests. But in the case of our E-Z Out and E-Z Out Jr. line, we're not gonna complain how they've gained such a dedicated following. Because these profoundly versatile clip folders have certainly done their part to help folks fend for themselves. Cutting the things that need cutting. Think of them as all-around knives for everyday life. As the name suggests, they're very easy to open and use. All it takes is one hand to smoothly deploy the stalwart stainless steel blade. Of particular value to dedicated knife users is the hell-or-high water rugged polycarbonate handle, complete with supple gripping agility of our Softgrip inserts. The combination is a pleasure to hold in your hand. And a pretty slick solution for any task that requires a knife with backbone.
I've owned this knife for just over 2 years, and it has been an amazing experience. The handle is incredibly light and comfortable, it keeps a low profile in my pocket and the skeleton design allows me to open it one-handed with any finger from any grip, be it a blade grip, handshake grip or ice-pick grip. It's easy enough to sharpen, holds the edge fairly well, and the clip point has been incredibly handy. I've seen it out-perform knives twice its price at campouts, and I can't go anywhere without it. It also comes wicked sharp out of the box, and it just a pleasure to handle. In the first few months of ownership it got some rust speckling on the blade, but I could easily rub them off with my fingernails, and when I started to oil it up routinely the surface rust stopped. The clip broke off when I overtightened the screw, but it was even more comfortable to hold and carry with a lanyard, so it was almost a win. My only real gripe with this blade is that my bevel came slightly slanted to one side, sometimes messing up my edge alignment. Overall, it's a medium folder that handles like a small knife and performs like a large knife.
I have carried my "1995 First Production Run" for over 20 years. I have cut wire, boxes, shoes, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with this knife! It always holds a decent edge and is very comfortable and light in my hand. It opens easily with the flick of the wrist and is easy to close one handed as well. For an everyday "beater" knife, you can't beat it!
Bought a 450 in 1992 and have carried it ever since. I have cut eight full size auto tires off the rims with this without resharpening. I want to replace it with similar knife, but cannot find what I want. Which is: the same knife, partially serrated as the original. s35 steel with stronger handles(aluminum?), and only a modest increase in weight. Think Cold Steel Code 4 in a smaller package. I want to buy US and as an owner of an original(1968) Mark II, I remember Gerber fondly.
Bought mine around 20 years ago. Took the clip off and just set it in a pocket. Nice and flat, but still as usable as any other pocket folder.
Have pried tail lights from semi-trailers out with it many times, cut lines and hoses, never an issue.
The E-Z Out 450 fine edge is a fantastic and greatly underrated knife. The 420HC steel is perfect for this application and Gerber has done the heat treat properly. It is light weight, holds a good edge and is easy to sharpen. It is also quite durable. I have owned and used this knife since 1995 (from the first production run). We now have multiple copies in our household. Although, all of ours are from the pre-skeleton blade era. I would like to encourage Gerber to put the original 450 fine edge back in to production. Even if only on a limited basis.
Great knife Goto the Gerber 450 Had it for years just bought a bigger one for work. Gave it to my Daughter, I Hope she takes care of it for years to come.
Well, I still have mine!! Purchased about 18 years ago and it is still in my possesion.
After reading the other reviews I just had to comment about that.
While I'm at it, I love the easy one-handed open, easy resharpening, and extreme light weight for a knife of this size. Currently the blade has slight wiggle if trying to jar it, but while in use it functions without play.
Good for simple every day use, but probably not for that large game field dressing job you might have.
Can I give 4 1/2 stars?
My husband loves this knife. He wouldn't go anywhere without it. We have given many of them for presents also. I only wish is that you could get one in a camo finish.
i have owned 2 of these knifes but lost both don't know where i put them but love them when i can will get a new one
During OIF II, while in Iraq, I carried your Mark II, that I've had since I was a 2LT and armor officer in 1983, love it still. I purchased your Skeleton EZ fold out and carried it too, even when I came home but recently lost it when doing some yard work, I am upset that something that carried me through tough times in a combat zone was lost, glad to see you still make it.
I've had this knife for 10 years. Love it. holds edge well even after abuse. handy to keep and deploy. just lost it today. ordering a new one.
I Have Gerber ez out 450 that I have had for ever. Recently the tip broke so I bought this knife to replace it. I am sure it will be just as good as the old one. There are things like the back side of the blade being beveled that makes me like the old one more.
I've always owned one of these and I love it. Lost mine and could not find another one cause wal-mart quit selling them and now I finally found another one thinks to the gerber website
i found this knife outside in the woods i took it home washed it up and resharoened it hands down the best pocket knife
I've used this knife every day for around a year and a half. Honestly, I have no idea how I got around without this thing before then. It's edge can take a beating and is a cinch to sharpen. Easy to open, super comfy in the hand, hardly notice it in the pocket.
I'd own four if I didn't need to only own one.
Had mine for years now and it is the best pocket knife I have ever owned. Screw for the clip broke after about 4 years, but other than that it has held up beautifully. It keeps it's edge, and I've used it to cut just about everything. No complaints from me, it's the knife that made me prefer Gerber over any other.
This knife is excellent! I have had it for about a year now and it has nothing wrong with it after some pretty good use. The blade holds the edge decently enough (drywall is a little hard on it). I slightly oiled the pivot point and it opens with one hand very easily.
The knife is nice and light and the lock back function is excellent. I really dislike the lock mechanisms that are inside where the blade folds into (see the Paraframe knives).