The FreeHander lives up to its name, offering one-hand engagement when cutting and securing line. The wide paddle design gives intuitive purchase in cold or wet conditions, and moveable parts provide a custom fit. Optimized for use with Mono & Fluorocarbon line.
More times than not, the adventure angler will find themselves fighting current in a river, bobbing in a kayak, or clinging off the side of a boat. Tasks are rarely done on solid ground or with two free hands – out of this reality, the FreeHander was born. The inspiration was simple: give the angler a hand when cutting and securing line on-the-go.
Gerber took the familiar design of the line nipper and elevated it – honing in on the problem areas that anglers face. The FreeHander is not only a nipper, but a tool that can manage line or lure exchange in real time. The genius of the design centers around SuperVise Tech™, a pivoting retention clip that cinches line during lure exchange. No more flailing line or lures lost to the drink, just an easy to operate line vise that acts as an additional hand. A tether point is built into the pivoting line cutter that allows the angler to swivel the tool in any direction to get into tight spots with minimal strain.
Inclement weather isn’t anything new for anglers, freezing temps and wet conditions can be par for the course. What isn’t the norm is an upgrade that the FreeHander boasts: a wide paddle design for maximum contact between the angler and the tool. The result is thoughtful surfacing that plays to the need for control when working with small lures, thin line, and unpredictable conditions.
Gerber tools are built to last a lifetime. To ensure optimal performance, rinse your tool with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean towel. Apply oil to hinges and moving parts on a regular basis.
A caught line isn't a benefit - unless it's caught in the patented retention clip of the FreeHander. Featuring Supervise Tech™, the pivoting clip holds line for steady one-hand operation when cutting and securing line.
I have tried two different pairs and neither pair will cut a 4x tapered leader at either end. plus the line keeper is way too stiff to be of any use by the time you push the line in it the force needed makes the line go to the bottom of the groove and pulls the keeper up when pulling the line out. the hinge spring makes an annoying squeaking sound. the freehander is hands down the worst attempt at any product I have tried in years.
So, I have no idea how to use this and all of the advertised features are really unnecessary. Further, this cannot cut most line. Seriously. It would be perfect if it did that alone but it can’t.
I really tried to like this thing. It feels good and looks good too. But unfortunately, it really struggles to clip 8lb mono or flouro line. Also, the orange line holder pops out very easily. You'll need to glue it down or you'll lose it. I cannot recommend this tool.
I’ve used this tool clipping 6x tippet while fly fishing small dry flies for trout and braided line while gear fishing for lingcod off the coast. Nothing seems to big or too small for this tool to tackle. I’d Recommend it to anyone!
I just finished trout fishing with the ”New Freehander” tool this past weekend. When you are waist deep in a swift flowing river, every tool attached to your vest has an important job to perform. I cannot tell you the disappointment I had when I reached for the Freehander to cut my braided line after tying on a new hook and it would not “nip”, or cut my braided line. I truthfully was shocked! I tried several times during the day and the Freehander failed continuously. Not only was I disappointed having a tool that was designed to cut fishing line fail. I had spent over $40.00 on tool to cut fishing line fail! Terrible! I would recommend the Linedriver instead. I have both and with it’s serrated blades in will cut braid.
I love the Gerber FreeHander . I do a lot of wade fishing and this tool makes re tying and
changing leaders quick and easy no matter how cold and/or wet my hands are.
Boasting a hook eye cleaner and ultra sharp edge for an easy cut even on heavy lines, the Freehander is all you need in a set of nippers. The wider jaws aid in rigging up during colder and low light conditions so you can focus on catching, not tying up, at last light when the fish are keyed into the hatch.