The Gerber Freeman is one of the better knives from Gerber when it comes to design features. The handle fits nicely in the hand, and the rubber scales are tacky and comfortable. I like the blade design but the thin blade suits it as only a light duty skinning and utility knife.
Gerber typically uses marginal steel on their blades in general, and the Freeman is no different (unless you purchase this same knife in the S30V steel, but who knows what kind of heat treat they gave it, if any). So, no heavy duty chores for this knife, and be prepared to sharpen it on a regular basis.
Also, as is typical for most knife manufacturers, the sheath is simply pathetic. If you are puchasing this knife, be prepared to double the cost of the knife because you will want to have a sheath made for it if you are planning on regularly carrying it on a belt. If you purchase this knife with the intent of using it on rare occasions or to carry in a backpack, then the original sheath might last a little while longer.
This knife gets three stars because of the poor sheath, marginal steel choice, and thin blade, making it useful for low impact tasks only. Excellent ergonimics and good utility blade shape are hindered by Gerber's standard sub par material choices.