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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