The Gerber EAB is a very handy, clever little knife.
In my opinion, Gerber designs and QC have declined over the last 15 years, but it seem like the company is attempting a comeback. I have seen Gerber come out with several exciting, innovative designs in the last couple years; the EAB is one of them.
The Gerber EAB at heart is a box cutter adapted into a familiar folding knife configuration. The allows for all the functionality of a box cutter with the convenience of a small folding knife. It even comes with an attractive pocket clip that holds the (rather light) knife firmly in place.
The knife is handy, functional, and the fact that the actual blade is a disposable/replaceable razor blade makes it ideal for real world work. It actually accepts standard or contractor utility blades and the pocket clip can even be used as a money clip.
However, I really wish that Gerber had engineered a quick release system for blade changes. The blade is held in place with a screw and to replace this blade, this screw must be removed. This can be a pain if you don’t happen to have a screwdriver nearby.
Still, despite the knife being small, the ergonomics are not bad and the blade is held firmly in placed by the locking mechanism; the arm holding the razor has a liner lock. I live in the United States so I think this feature is very handy. On the other hand, I know this simple lock addition unfortunately makes this knife illegal in some other countries.
- Overall Length: 5.1″
- Blade Length: 1.7″
- Closed Length: 2.85″
- Weight: 2.2 oz.
- Blade Style: Contractor grade utility blade
- Blade Material: High carbon K5
- Handle Material: Stainless Steel
- Opening Style: Nail nick
For its intended purpose as a secondary/crafting/multipurpose/small carry knife, I give the Gerber EAB 3.9 out of 5 stars. Especially considering the price point (less than $10USD), picking this knife up should be a no brainer. It actually costs about the same as a cheap box cutter at hardware stores and the EAB is obviously far handier to carry and use.