Gerber Prodigy



My first survival knife, the Gerber Prodigy. I just thought of sharing my views with you all =)

Be it bushcraft enthusiast, "experts" or even knife collectors, there have been alot of love and hate on Gerber among them. Some find Gerber "too commercialised" and don't really put enthusiast's interests on priority, others just hate them, for me..... the brand doesn't really bother me. I always agree with sayings like "the best survival knife is the one you have with you" or "The best knife is the one that you are going to be comfortable with using"... at the end of the day, it really comes down to self-preference because believe me... whatever knife you think is the best, someone WILL disagree with you =) but thats all fine and totally understandable. Whats most important, is respect each other when sharing opinions, agree?


When I first started doing research on the knife that would probably suit me, I watched videos, read through forums on individuals sharing their thoughts on their own knives experience and those have been very helpful in understanding the importance of selecting one. I came to understanding when I watch some videos by Adam Francis from E2E, though he shares informations and opinions on different knives (and other gears), he is unbiased and always emphasis on self-preference. I remember him discussing about the pros and cons on high/low end steel and also the right kind of tempering for each of it which then made me consider the Prodigy, even though its steel is 420HC and considered the lower end steel, it is easier to sharpen IF you really get lost in an hostile environment which could take a few days, months maybe years to be rescued. The sheath to me is also a surplus, it is tough, light and really versatile for a stock design. The size of the knife is also perfect for a small person like me =)


For a first timer, I think its a good decent knife for its price and if I really do have the money to splash, I MIGHT even get an ESEE RC5 with a BK2 Hedgehog Leatherworks Custom sheath, the RC5 fits almost perfectly in that sheath hehehe =p

Anyway, just my share of thoughts, I know there will be people who disagree with me but hey... thats just how I look at it so dont mind me lol =)

Below are more pics on my Prodigy with some mods on it =)




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Comment by Huan Lim on February 22, 2012 at 13:55

@ Rania Marsh --

Don't worry man I am not upset and I don't disagree with you =) Given the options, I too would want a fine edge without any combo serrations on it. The rubber plastic texture handle feels strong and nice actually =)

But like I mentioned, its really self-preference and thanks for sharing your views man =)


Comment by Rania Marsh on February 22, 2012 at 6:46

It may be a good knife, it may even be a great knife, but I for one wouldn't want it as it is. Just for the simple fact it has a sawtooth edge, which to me ruins the blade. Also, it has a moulded plastic handle. Cheap and nasty comes to mind. Don't get upset, brother, it's just my opinion. I hope it works out for you!

Comment by Huan Lim on February 4, 2012 at 14:21

@new caveman --

Agree~ given the option, I too would want the knife to be shinning chrome as it can very much help me with signalling for help. I actually like the orange colour of the Bear Grylls U.knife, it really stands out if one really loses the knife in the grass, too bad there isnt option for the Prodigy lol~ I do like my knife to have "used marks", makes it look beautiful that it has been used and holding there well hehe =)

But yea... weighting the pros and cons, I personally am satisfied with it and hopefully it will serve me well in the long term =)

Thanks for your share of thoughts!


Comment by new caveman on February 4, 2012 at 12:07

Tacticool piece of kit. I like Gerbers, they dont make junk. Possibly I'd have opted for a silver blade, not quite so hard to lose in the grass and the parkerisation looks a bit tatty when it gets scratched and used, but that's just personal preference. Nice knife.

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