Based on the award-winning LMF II, this smaller knife packs the same punch. The full tang 420HC American steel blade is beefy, coated with ceramic for corrosion resistance and reduced visibility. A friction lock, MOLLE compatible sheath is included.
Design cues for the new Prodigy were inspired by the award-winning LMF II, another knife engineered by Gerber's Jeff Freeman. The Prodigy is much smaller (9.75" overall length), but it certainly packs as much punch as its predecessor. The full tang, U.S. 420HC Stainless Steel blade is beefy, and coated with ceramic for improved corrosion resistance and reduced visual signature. The ergonomic over-molded rubber handles ensures a soft, comfortable, but secure grip in all conditions. Its also MIRS compliant. Much like the knife, the sheath is designed to live up to the task with a friction-release thumb lock for security and a list of non-detection features. Noise is dampened thanks to a molded softgrip coating which, like the ballistic nylon material, is MIRS compliant. It's also MOLLE compatible and comes with a leg strap.
Love this knife, amazingly useful, both for Bushcraft and combat situations. As a combat soldier I find many uses for the serrated edge, which are super useful. Cutting thick ropes for example, will be much simpler with a serrated edge. Everything has a use, just not everyone has that need...
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Love this knife. My favorite serrated edge design. It's a great, mid size knife that isn't too big/concerning to carry in public in many applications. Very practical in it's design, FANTASTIC sheath compared to its competitors. Although I wish the bottom strap could be permanently fastened away from the factory, as it does tend to get jammed when trying to put the knife back in and or take it out. I would like to see this come in different colors, the sheath body being made into green, blue, and red, with accompanying knife colors. This would make it less threatening in public. The black tactical look does have it's disadvantages. Thanks for making this knife, keep up the good work.
I just got this knife, and have been putting it through the paces. It is a great knife, I have the version without serrations. It is tough, hold an edge and so far the sheath seems very durable. It creates great feathers, and will handle batoning. For the 50 bucks that I paid for this, it is even better than the knife issued to me in SERE school, and truth be told I love that knife. This knife seems ready to surpass that one.
I've carried this knife every day for almost two years. I've literally worn the drop leg sheath slap out. I've used this knife to strip cable, cut tree limbs, you name it. Money well spent. Just gotta find a new sheath.
I bought the fine edge of this knife and it is an really good choice for an outdoor activities. It not too long not too short 5 mm blade thickness . You can easily carve or split wood cut bait for fishing etc. The blade is sharpen on a wider angle so keep this in mind if you sharpen the blade. The handle feels great in the hand and absorb the shock during splitting wood.
This is simply an outstanding knife for outdoor/survival use. When you consider that it can be purchased from vendors for less than $45, it becomes a value that is almost impossible to beat. I could go on about the capabilities and durability of the knife. However, instead I will just draw everyones attention to the YouTube channel of Magnus Andersson. You can watch him talk about the knife and put it through its paces. He does a much better job than I of explaining and showing why you may want to consider this knife.
Gerber, you really should do something for this guy. His use of the Prodigy and Gator has sold many knives.
I bought the Walmart exclusive version of this knife and have been more than impressed. For those who don't know the Walmart version is not serrated which I much prefer. The 420HC steel has surpass my expectations and will perform every task you need it to do with ease. The black coating I believe makes the blade a little tougher/harder and it holds an edge for longer than I anticipated. I love the way it feels in the hand and the rubber grip texture is right where it needs to be. For those who think the blade is too small you need to remember that Gerber designed this as a smaller version of their LMF II. The only thing that would make this knife even better would be to improve the sheath so that it's more like their Strongarm sheath.
I bought this knife last year and have since retired every knife I own for this blade. I hear lots of people talk bad about serrations, well after using this knife for 6 months straight daily I am a firm believer in them now. I think people don't take the time to learn how to use them properly or have only used non Gerber brand serrations. Not all serrations are created equal, mine haven't ever been sharpened, after a year of hard use they are sharp as day one.
I truly believe in this knife and would trust it in a survival situation, esp because the knife makes fire work easy. You can make nice long feathers that are either hair thin or thick as you like all by just changing the angel or pressure on the blades serrated edge. If you are someone who struggles with forearm fatigue while cutting sticks and feathering, this knife will be perfect for you. I plan on doing a feathersticking review video on YouTube here soon, I can not recommend this knife more, its the best knife I've ever used. Oh also the 420hc is amazing, Gerber must have some crazy wizard cooking their steel cause in 5 months of daily use I have only had to strop this knife....It don't get much better than that, AWESOME KNIFE GERBER, WELL DONE.5 stars.
I have owned this knife for 4 years. It has been on every camping trip and hiking excursion since. Serrations cut through rope like butter. Holds an edge well and sharpens easily. The point is very strong, I pry with it more than I should and it doesn't complain or give in. Very corrosion resistant, which is good cause I always find water :) Most comfortable knife I have ever held. My favorite piece of gear and I don't go into the woods without it. Gets used for everything from a flint striker, eating utensil, can opener, pry bar, as well as other more orthodox knife uses. I try my hand at making knives so I probably wont be buying too many more knives in the future, but if I ever loose this one I am buying a new one asap. By the way, for all of you who bought this knife and don't like it, I will gladly pay the shipping cost for you to send it to me, that way I can keep one in my flight bag, car, and back pack and have several spares in case someone raids my checked baggage on my frequent international travels. Thanks Gerber.
This is the ultimate fixed blade knife. Sharp, nice weight, and a good sheath to tote it in . This is a must have when out in the woods and camping . Excellent tool ! Thanks Gerber, and keep making such high quality knives . The non-slip handle is exactly what you need when your hands are wet and/or muddy . i really like this knife.
Bought the knife on a impulse. Great knife and the sheath is excellent and would definatly buy again. Do wish there was a version without the serrated edge but i believe the knife is still great the way it is
This is my go to knife for anytime I'm going into the woods. Not sure why all the hate on the serrated blade. I have cut every material imaginable with this knife and have never cursed it. And have no problem field sharpening it with the right tool.
I have collected Tactical knives every since I was a boy. I have many good quality brand name knives. The Prodigy is by far one of the best knives I've ever owned. The hefty but not too weighty blade is perfect. The handle is strong and sure. The knife gives you the very real impression that this blade was made to perform!
Perfect balance. If you can throw a knife no spin style it works decent. The blade is surprisingly hard to dull after torture test and still functions very well when dulled. Definately an awesome survival knife for the price. Get more than youd expect for a $50 walmart knife
Worth every single penny. No matter what i have thrown at my prodigy it's done the job beyond expectations. As long as you take care of the edge, it will last for years. It's also beautiful to hold and look at haha. The only thing i'd change, is put a little flap in the sheath to tuck the punch into, it's scratched me a few times, but nothing too bad. All and all, the best knife i have ever owned.
Just got this knife today. I really like the heft and thickness of the blade. The handle is excellent with exceptional grip and the skullcrusher pommel is a nice touch. The sheath is very handy because of the range of options for carry and is quite robust. My only complaint is the blade serration. I would MUCH prefer a non serrated blade but all in all this knife is an exceptional value for the money i spent.
I bought this knife and it is my favorite knife. Full tang, and a thick blade. Great quality knife that will last you for a long time.
Fixed blade knives at least for are only usable in certain situations as compared to a good folder that you can use every day. This Gerber Prodigy is by far the very very best fixed blade I have ever used. I thought no one could beat the Seal Pup but this Prodigy blows it away. I'm now trying to find ways to use this knife more it's that great!!!! Thanks,Gerber for making my,dream fixed blade knife!!!
Ultra tough knife takes a beating and comes back for more, very secure sheath with leg strap rides low like I prefer and the handle is comfortable for extended usage...Really love this knife but was a little bummed out that Gerber only makes a part serrated version....Are you listening fine folks at Fiskars/Gerber? Blade finish wears a bit with use, but not a big deal...Great knife, and it's made in the United States. Worth every penny I paid for it too....
Nice knife with good feel and balance. Too bad it doesn't have a smooth edge, then it would be a lot more useful as a survival knife.
This knife is amazing I've been using it in some pretty extreme conditions, I've thrown it cut everything you could think of even dropped it on the concrete a few times and it is still in great condition, I wish you would make one without the serrated edge, cuz I'd definitely buy one, but honestly this is my favorite knife I own
This is an amazing knife there is nothing wrong with it i actually really like the serrations and the metal is really good and it came sharp right out of the box and it is really grippy so to some it all up this is an amazing knife well done gerber :D
Awesome knife. Holds an edge well. Love this piece of kit.
Like almost everyone has said before me. Come on Gerber, stop grinding the straight edge off of these great knives!
I'd even pay more for less of your work. As a matter of fact I promise, if you produce these knives in a straight edged version, I'll buy one for every male member of my immediate family. Five to be exact.
One of the best knives I've ever used, full stop. I have used $150-$200 knives frequently on camping trips, fishing trips, for hunting purposes, and I find myself coming back to this knife - Gerber Prodigy. What can I say? $35 for this knife is a steal. USA made (not cheap Chinese crap) and 420 HC steel that is heat treated, so it's not going to lose its edge quickly.
I highly recommend this. I find myself choosing this over my more expensive knives for almost everything I do.
Private Gerber, Serrations are unneccessary. Now follow orders and produce some without! Dismiss and carry on.
Its a good, tough knife. I like it but Gerber, READ THESE REVIEWS !!!!!!!! We need a straight edge version.
If this knife were offered in a straight edge with s30v steel they would STAY on back order because every knife guy out there would want one. LISTEN UP GERBER !!!!!!!
The handle and the blade are exactly what you need for big winters . I utilize the knife in all conditions , its great.
Ps Jeff freeman designs great legandary blades.
I would buy this knife in a heart beat if it was offered without serrations. Please consider making this in a plain edge. As is, I cannot justify spending money on this knife.
Have the knife, used it, like ti. Serrations are NOT needed and wish it was a straight edge. Serrations limit the uses of the knife and have now stored it because of that. Gerber, please make a straight edge of this fine tool.
Have owned and brought this knife with my to Iraq. Have dulled it out pretty bad by now and really wishing Gerber would finally listen to their customer base and offer it in a straight edge as well as a serrated. Its a fine knife but at this point im thinking of just getting a seal pup or a tech bowie, ive already waited over two years expecting a straight edge to be released and im not buying no flashy Bear Grylls orange baton.
I don't know what people have against serrations... they are really helpful! use this knife all the time!
Make one without serrations. Or at least less serrations like only one third of the blade instead of half the blade. Listen to your customers. Many of them want a non-serrated knife so start making them.
The language of this knife speaks to me. It says it wants to be fine like other knives, not serrated like a steak knife. Both can survive side by side. Please consider its wishes.
Fantastic knife. Had to cut 30, 3/4 of an inch solid rubber flooring mats made from recycled tire rubber. These things weighed roughly 105 lbs a piece to give you an idea of density. All we had was a jig saw and my knife. The jigsaw, with a new blade, couldn't even dent the mat. The knife however cut it like butter and is still as sharp as it was to start the day. Can't say enough how impressed I was.
awesome knife nice weight, holds its edge, and the Skull crusher is pretty sweet... definitely feel comfortable in the woods....
I've had this knife for three years, and it hasn't failed me once. I also have the BG knife, and it's failed me twice, in two places each time. This knife is simple, strong, and high quality. I RECOMMEND THIS KNIFE TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE !!!
GREAT KNIFE GERBER!
I use this knife all the time. The serrated edge has utility for things a sharp edge could never achieve. This knife is awesome.
Why can't I find a picture of the sheath!
Geez... it says it come with one put no picture of the sheath to be found!
I have used this knife many times batoning tree branches and small trees for fires and it hasn't failed me yet. It still has a great edge the only thing is that its finish is worn off along the edge of the blade but in all fairness it looks ten times better being worn down.
hello gerber, i got this knife for x-mas a while back and it has been through many hard to pass tests but very pleased to say it passed with flying colors love this knife gggrrreeeaaattt survival knife
and as a friendly suggestoion for future models an integrated sharpener and perhaps a firesteel
I received the Prodigy as a Christmas gift and have been using it a lot for all sorts of outdoor activities. The shape of the handle is very ergonomic and the blade shape is ideal for many applications. However, I'm a bit disappointed that the knife isn't offered without serrations. They're not suitable for making fuzz sticks or other "fine edge" usages. Gutting a deer or other harvested animals and fish is much easier without serrations. Please seriously consider making the option of a fine edge for this knife. All I can honestly give is 3 stars.
The knife is full tang, awesome steel, tactical,awesome sheath, tac hide handle overmold,and spike pummel. Need I say more?
This knife lasts long and has great serration. The only problem is, they should make the sheath like the Gerber Guardian Back-Up and make a fine edge knife. Other than that, this knife is GREAT
As a knife enthusiast, collector and user, I own hundreds of them. In using so many knives through the years, serrations have their place, but so do fine edge blades. In my humble opinion, Gerber should seriously consider making a fine-edge version of the Prodigy. It's such a handy size, weight and design, that from reading many of the reviews, it would obviously be a great seller. My 2 cents is written, please duly note my request. Thank you.
GREAT KNIFE TO HAVE, HAPPY CUSTOMER. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND EVERYONE TO OWN ONE I CARRY JUST ABOUT EVERY DAY
I'm still waiting for the fine edge version. I presently own the Prodigy and have used and bruised it, but I feel that the fine edge model would be more utilitarian. Hope a fine edge becomes available soon because that would be the knife I'd take with me to hike the Appalachian Trail come this Spring.
Very good small knife,excellent grip although small for my hands.Outstanding sheath-an uncommon thing these days. 3.5 stars would give it 5 if it had a plain edge. PLEASE make one available, I HATE the serrations!!!
I've had this knife now for about a month and I am in love with it! I use it just about everyday for cutting materials to using it in the woods. The one feature I am not too crazy about is the leg strap. It is strong, but the buckle does not hold it tight enough. The strap usually becomes loose making it just about useless. Overall it is a fantastic knife, and I never regret buying it. Out of my other 15 knives I own I highly recommend buying this one.
This knife performs as well as it's designed. I've made use of this knife as a good part of an edc in the field and a survival blade. For me, this knife could do anything from preparing game to digging and prying. The sheath has actually been one of the best I've ever purchased it's rugged design and durable materials make it perfect for storing your knife and keeping it protected in the field. I would love to see more additions and upgrades to this knife and knife design from you Gerber; I think further additions to this knife (such as a full fine edge) would sell greatly and be a good idea on your part, Gerber. Keep up the good work Gerber
-a happy customer
Awesome USA made knife! Lots of people including myself want a fine edge version. You listened and made it happen with the Bear Grylls knife. Can you please do the same with the Prodigy?
I have a friend who owns this knife, and honestly i have never seen a medium siesed knife that is more capable than this one, i hope to puchas it soon.
this is an amazing knife just bought it yesterday and came very sharp already batoned with it and did fine
Own this and the LMF and this is the knife I grab. It's lighter, just as tough and for my purpose the serations are great. Why we can't find this knife in more stores is beyond me; I had to get mine through this web site. I spent a lot of time doing reasearch before buying this one and couldn't be happier.
i am a mountain biker and out doors man or kid i take overnight biking trips and i need a light weight but also extremely capable knife where evr i go this met all of this and more
This knife is just like the LMF II only better for carry. The LMF II definitely needs the dual legs straps that it comes with otherwise it weighs a lot on your hips. I personally like the serrations and think it be good to have more options but this knife is just great how it is. Its so nice to work with and will keep it on me as often as i can. One of my favorites in my collection. Thanks Gerber!!!!
this is an awsome knife. i own 3 of these and they are a very strong and durable knife. they are very similar to the lmf 2 with about half the wait. but just as strong as the lmf 2 and just as capable.
This is a great general purpose knife. Not expensive, but very strong, holds an edge, light weight, and works!
Dump the serrated edge, or offer your knives with the option of "fine" edge, or "serated" edge.
There is not enough blade belly for good cutting with the serations.
I handled one of there and it is very well made and i like the sheath. But why does Gerber ruin so many great knives by not offering them without serrations.
I love the fact that you made this knife in the U.S.A , and I'm hoping to get one soon. great job Gerber, and start making all your knives in the U.S.A.
Awesome knife!! I am an LEO and I make sure this knife is always within reach, whether I'm at work of off-duty! I would agree that other blade options would be nice but it's not a deal breaker. I prefer a tanto blade myself but I need it in black; OD green sticks out too much against a black vest/uniform. A straight edge would also be a nice option but again, I'm otherwise very satisfied with this knife. Solid look, solid feel, and nice mounting options with the molle compatible sheath. I also own a full size Ka-Bar but I prefer this knife for its size and usefulness in the field!
Love the full tang. A humble suggestion for Prodigy II would be to put the serrated edge on the back spine approx. one inch from the tip. This would allow the best of both without compromise.
My first impression in one word is "SOLID." Super impressed with this knife. The grip (which aside of the blade itself is one of the most important parts of a knife) is tacky, so stays in your hand when needed. Plus surprisingly comfortable.
Great balance plus sturdiness. Perfect size for most jobs. Titled as a tactical knife but I believe that this knife wears many hats If your looking for a camp knife that has a tactical feel and look and carries a great tradition name then the Prodigy from Gerber is your knife.
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Own both serated and straight edge knives. This knife needs a straight edge version. Then it would be better for fine control cutting at the hilt as for bushcraft. Serations are great for cutting rope and webbing but suck for carving into wood with any degree of control. People who want the serations have the LMF.
Please make a Prodigy II with no serration and about 1 cm. longer blade and also sheath like CS Secure- Ex or Fallkniven Zytel.
If there is a new model of this knife and it does not have serrations I will gladly buy another one! But other than that it is a awesome knife.
This is otherwise a very fine knife. I bought mine, when they were still using the superior 12C27 Sandvik steel.
Offer a non serrated one, and this will be a superb knife. Thank you, and we hope you listen! Hey, you did it with the Bear Grylls knife, so we know it can be done!
GREAT knife. I'd buy it in a heartbeat even if it didnt have a lifetime warranty, i love the serrations as well. they are durrable and do not break
This a good first survival knife for the price, holds up well in weather conditions, much better then the bear grills ultimate knife, only one suggestion, make one without serrations!
I had a tough choice between this and the lmf 2. this is much cheaper, a tad bit lighter feeling, and is fairly simple, a good buy indeed. If you are looking for a workhorse knife, not a traditional one like a ka-bar, but not a wallet sucker like a cold steel, gerber is ergonomically the way to go. they offer many options for a good, everything knife, and this is one of the best, with a good price too.
If u don't like the serrations don't buy it I'd love to have this at least buy christmas got the BG-ULT w/ serrations love it I believe this will be a great precursor to the lmf II asek for me
K i got this knife for christmas and it feels good in the hand and the serrated edge is perfect for sawing twigs or small 1 inch thick things. Over sll its a good knife >:)
for the price great knife, like the serrated verson,ps mr j the bg ultimate survival knife does come in fine edge so get your facts right
i have owned both the tanto and drop pant blade of this and i would like a strait blade you would have more customers
Good knife For $80 aus. sheath is great
Really Good, Handle is a litttle thin up
the top but it's ok, 24 cm long so not to big
or small, BUT my sheath button had a
BIG tear in it and had to cut it off. but its ok
cos it locks in real good. Also have a RAT5
and ESEE II. The RAT is a little to big thats why i got this knife but you have to have
some length and weight to chop and you can with this!!!
I am amazed at all the complaints about serrations. I have been backpacking for 30 years and I find the serrations handy. When cutting open food packs, small limbs, rope, whatever, they get the cut going more quickly. I'm suspicious that all the folks complaining aren't really outdoor folks and just want a smooth blade for carrying around in general. This is a great knife.
serrations are good in some situations but i am sure that if you made a fine edge version it would be very popular.
everyone needs to calm down about the serrations they are actually really good and they dont bend at all
The knife is a good value. The knife has a nice weight to you great handle. The knife comes with a nice sheath that has some nice saftey features.
I also along with the 5000 people out there would buy this knife right now if it was a straight blade with no serrations.
I want to say i would really like to buy this knife, However i will not buy a serrated blade knife! The serrations take up half the blade and the half they take up is the area on the blade that is used for the most precise work. Second they are much more difficult to sharpen. Third ANY and i mean ANY book on survival and the outdoors will tell you not to buy a knife with serrations! And after saying all that what are the serrations supposedly better at? Cutting rope. It is a KNIFE it's going to cut rope either way!!! So please make a non serrated blade on this knife and the LMF II and i will buy both, un till then though I'll spend my money elsewhere.
I would like to see your models with partially serrated blades be offered with a plain blade as well. I realize it may increase production costs slightly, however I believe that the costs would be recouped by all of the customers who would normally go elsewhere to find a product to their liking as other companies do offer the choice. I know the current trend in tactical knives is serrations, but as an experienced user there is nothing they can do that a good sharp blade cannot. Tacticool is for armchair commandos.
I've been researching knives for a long time. I love the MOLLE compatible sheath, but really need a knife without serrations. I bought a competitors blade that was offered with or without serrations (I got the non-serrated version). Otherwise, good call on the 420HC Steel.
As others have said, I'd buy a non-serrated version of this right now. As it stands I'm about to shop elsewhere.
Sorry Gerber, I have a few of your blades but you're about to lose out to a competitor. Why do you insist on serrations on almost every blade?
Why will you not listen and produce this series without serrations ? LMF2/Prodogy and BG ultimate survival.... A fine edge would be a better option for true outdoors men !
This thing is a BEAST! It is very Sharp, the blade is thick, and its a full tang, which makes it very sturdy. This Knife will last a long time. I chose this as my top and most Favorited Survival knife EVER!
I bought this few years ago. I don't care about the colour, because it is women job to care about esthetics. My only complain may be the serrations. The blade could be much more useful without serrations. Or at least serrations on the other side of the blade, as it seems that it was designed to left handed people. After these harsh words - it is great knife after all! I really liked it and even palagranized handle for another knife without it. Thank you Gerber!
this knife is very nice it has nice edge retention and your hand will never slip of the handle. the sheath is also very nice but i wish they didn't put bolts thought
This is very good knife for tactical and survival stuff, but Why there is no plain version??? I see that BG knife is in plain version, maybe is time for prodigy;)
Good all-around knife, fits perfectly in a Bug-out bag. It would be cool to have the option of different colors handle.
This is an amazing knife very, very dependable it came in handy when I needed it the most. Great job Gerber yet again.
This was the best Father's Day gift ever.
Dad will no doubt wear this on his side during his next trip to the fishing cottage.
The salesman at the knife store was right, "You can't go wrong with a Gerber".