While lightweight and slim, this knife boasts a partially serrated fixed blade, anchored in a full tang application. A TacHide™ overmold keeps the handle secure and comfortable for any condition, an innovative sheath let's you choose where to carry.
The Basic, a dependable fixed blade partially serrated knife, is wonderfully dexterous at just under 4 ounces. The stainless steel knife gets reliable strength into the hands of those who want to be prepared to solve problems out in the wild.
HAVE SHEATH, WILL TRAVEL
So named because of its beautifully simple construction, the Basic has a full tang for strength and durability. This knife has a leg up on most fixed blade knives with its clever tension-locking sheath, which opens easily with a thumb pressed against the sheath lip. Additionally, the sheath contains a pocket clip that can be reversed, making the Basic highly mobile for its owner. Clip the sheath to a belt, a pocket, a backpack, and move into the wilderness fully equipped to cut, slice, or sever, should the need arise.
CAPABLE AND DURABLE
With an ergonomic TacHide™ coating, the handle of the Basic drop point knife ensures a comfortable, secure grip in all conditions. Jimping leading toward a deep choil in its lower edge as it curves into the hilt provides tactile, solid grooves. Extra tethering optional: tie down the knife using the built-in lanyard in the pommel. The Basic will be there, right where it’s placed, until summoned.
I carry and use this knife every day. It sees a barrage of different kinds of abuse, everything from being used as a shim to keep something in place until it's secured through thing used and practiced with for self-defense. It's an incredibly versatile knife that is held up very very well and despite losing a couple of them. I continue buying them and keeping extras on hand for immediate replacement in case I lose another. I've noticed that some reviews talk about the screws becoming loose. That's user error and a little bit of Loctite on the threads of the screws will make sure that that doesn't happen. Have some common sense out there people, it's just a mechanical Fastener, they come loose sometimes!
I own the last generation style, same sheath! I wear mine EVERY DAY and the screws are tight still and this knife carries discretely under my shirt perfectly! I am planning on buying another one IF this one every wears out!
I bought this knife 4 years ago. It holds a good edge even though I lost the sheath. It gets bounced around my fishing gear bucket.
Where can I get a replacement sheath?
Great knife, indifferently designed sheath -- irritatingly, the screws holding the clip in place began working themselves loose and, despite retightening, eventually came off and got lost. Looking at the website to see if I can find a replacement for the clip and screws -- luckily I have everything on lanyards and so didn't lose the knife.
Funny. So many complaints about the sheath. If you want to see it, try google. if you want to use it, clip it to a boot.
Apparently the blade material is C7r17 Steel.
I have no idea, that's just what I was told.
This is a very nice knife. Good balance of weight, length, and function. It is very sharp out of the box. Especially the serrated portion of the knife. The sheath I'd horrendous. It is too short to hold the knife secure. Poorly destined to work as a belt carry option. The sheath does not hold fast enough to the knife for a neck carry option either. It's kind of a shame that such a nice knife is accompanied by such a poor sheath.
Even with the sub standard sheath, this knife is still a nice piece for your kit.
great knife at a great (cheap) price , was extremely sharp out of the clam blister packaging . beautiful coating , razor sharp serrations ,and at a pricing of under 50 dollars this knife made my day without costing me a week's salary . --- a cute little knife with sexy curves , Gerber got it right with this cutie
Just wanted to confirm the "Prone to falling" review-- I was backpacking in a remote area and found this knife on the trail.
The blade itself is still in quite good condition, but this is AZ and I don't know how long it had been outside.
However, the clip was uninspiring when I first found the knife, and eventually the clip worked loose and fell off the sheath completely.
I like the blade just fine, it is a great size and it works well. It does not hold a super sharp edge for long, but if you need a small camp knife you can abuse, I'd recommend it. With a redesigned sheath/clip, this would be a great little fixed blade.
I believe in the Basic concept. I'm a "function over form" guy and the Basic works everywhere I want compact and light weight utility. It's also very non-threatening to the locals when you are the stranger in a strange land.
By experimenting I found that for belt carry the Basic fits the sheath for any of the "sharp finger" type knives made by others.
If you like supplied cover/sheath, just take a drop of Locktite to each screw of the clip, then add a cable-type, screw connection, key chain from the local hardware store and run it through the hole in the steel clip, and then around your belt or belt loop, or through the Molle loop on your pack.
I have one in my moto saddle bags attached to my survival kit. Another is in my ultralight hiking kit that I stash in my checked luggage when I must fly in cattlecars. And a third is attached to my motorcycle jacket belt. All are locked with the cable + Locktite. Never lost one in any rough & tumble.
I'd like to see a fine edge (non-serrated) version too for greater woodcraft utility, but serrations often come in handy in emergency use. The Basic simply works.
I am a ver loyal gerber customer and have really high expectations for gerber products, this expectations have always been met by gerber products but this knife didn't really meet the standards. Where and tear realy affects this knife and after a few sharpens it falls out of the sheath it is really annoying, the grip also fell of about two weeks after I bought it during a road trip, still after all this happened fixed the grip with crazy glue and tried finding other uses for the knife, it ended up being a decent throwing knife. Again I love gerber but if your looking for a nice compact fixed blade there are some realy cool ones in the BE survival series but this one did not meet gerber standards for me. If any one has an opinion or doubt about this review I'd love to listen to it.
Best ultralight knife ever. Versatile with serration, though not ideal for wood processing it does the job. More robust than "Sharp Finger" style. (Fits Sharp Finger sheath though guys. Use that sheath for belt wear, or use the "belt" clip attached to MOLLE web with a cable-type, screw together connection, key chain through hole in clip then looped through webbing or pants belt loop - you'll never lose it, Nimrod.) Takes a great edge. I have one in moto saddle bag kit, one in Bug Out as backup, and another I use as everyday carry. Non-threat appearrance. No folding device failures or mechanical failures- ever.
I have had several different Gerber folders and really liked them all but I decided to get a fixed blade for my last camping trip. I eyed this knife in the store and thought that the location of the clip seemed to leave it a little too exposed. I was right. within the first 7 miles of my 4 day camping trip I managed to lose the knife. Between slinging a pack on and off a few times and pushing through some light brush I was able to dislodge the knife which I had clipped to the inside of my pocket. I think I might have like this knife but I didn't have it long enough to know. If you are at all active I'd recommend something that has a clip located on the end of the knife, not in the middle so it won't be so prone to being dislodged. Disappointing.
This is a good ,strong,full-tang,durable knife. It does very well in wet conditions,and is easy to hold on to when it is wet. Ilove the sheath,which can be worn in any verticle position. If u are looking for a secondary fixed blade,or a good hunting or fishing knife , this is the way 2 go. If u want a primary knife, I would look at the BG Ultimate, or the LMF II/ Prodigy.
This knife is ok... i just got it today, and although i have not tested, or used it yet, i can tell you that it is not meant for extended use. I would say this is a good around-the-house knife, but nothing more. I have pretty small hands and i can barely hold onto it. if the handle was about and inch longer, then it would be much better. but at this point, the knife is more annoying than useful, i would suggest getting an EVO or EVO Jr. if you're looking for a rugged EDC
I've had mine for a few months now and it's held up great. It had a good balance so I tried throwing it and it works very well as a thrower. There are only 2 problems I had with mine. One was that the blade chipped when it landed on the ground, but it was a very small chip so it was still usable. The second was that it had a all amount of rust on it after one night of rain. Overall I think that I spent my money well on a knife that could potentially last me my whole life.
Was very impressed with this knife. Felt good to hold. Trustworthy craftsmanship + the book sheath was a nice touch.
Good knife but the sheath was in pieces in two weeks. If get this set put lock tight on the each of the tiny little screws.
This knife needs to be produced in a fine edge! Am I the only one that thinks so? Maybe a Basic II with stronger sheath. Please Gerber!
The clip on the sheath seems to be the weakest point of this knife thus far. The knife I feel is a great work horse but the clip on the sheath is way to weak. It bends far to easy and does a fine piece of cutlery a severe injustice. It needs to be made of a much stonger material. I would be happy to pay more for a clip that doesn't bend and has the strength that this knife deserves. So please make the clip stonger so it holds its shape no matter the size of belt you are wearing it on. I would buy another if you would fix it and not use such cheap material. Other knife makers can do it so why not Gerber?
I know that serations are a plus to a lot of knives, but i personaly hate them. They go dull way to fast and take up most of the cutting surface. Gerber should make this knife without serations.
the sheath is horrible! the pocket clip is just about useless and holds no resistance at all. the knife itself is pretty good and worthy of everyday carry
i got this a few years ago and its still pretty good but the sheath is comming off easier and easier over time?? do you have replacement parts for sale or do i have to buy another one
this is a great general purpose knife. i have always preferred fixed bladed knives and when I saw this I had to have it. I use this knife for work and it sees a decent amount of use. I think the last time I sharpened it was 3 or 4 months ago, and its still pretty sharp. this knife will not break on you if you know how to use it properly. 5 stars
I have a question about this knife - it says it's finger flip-opened, and the specs list an open and closed length, but if you look at the picture it's not a closing knife.
Always been a little wary of Gerber, but when I saw this knife I HAD to have it! Looks cool, plus VERY solid construction....
Here is a video review I made: