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Gerber 31-000588 Freeman Guide Fixed Blade Knife

by Gerber
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Price: CDN$ 30.94 & FREE Shipping. Details
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Product Features

  • Formed nylon sheath included
  • Blade length 4-Inch, overall length 8.38-Inch
  • Lifetime Warranty

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number31-000588
Product Dimensions32.5 x 14 x 6.1 cm
Item model number31-000588
Item Package Quantity1
Number of Pieces1
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #6,316 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight998 g
Date First AvailableSept. 8 2011
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Product Description

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Gerber 31-000588 Freeman Guide fixed blade knife. This popular knife features lightweight handle scales using Tachide surface for secure grip in all conditions. The most popular handle in the research market. Lightweight handle, easy to carry. Large finger grooves, comfort and security when using. Full fine edge, preferred edge with hunters. Formed nylon sheath included, wear resistant material.

Product Description

Freeman Guide, Drop Point, Plain Edge, Nylon Sheath

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice knife July 9 2013
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very nice knife it is all that is promised
case is a bit lacking though should hold knife better.
Together good value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice lite knife June 13 2013
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Very lite knife nice blade handles a bit small for big hands but I guess its a good trade for being so lite. I've gutted a few salmon before bringing them home to fillet. cut fishing lines and rope so far and its still nice and Sharp.
The sharpened edge did start to rust within hours of getting saltwater on it but a quick rub over a stone took it off. Perfect for things you'd be worried about wrecking a more expensive knife doing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice knife March 25 2013
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handle feels good, holds nice edge. good solid sheath. all the quality you would hope for from a Gerber, at a great price
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice knife Dec 30 2011
By Roy Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent camp and bushcraft knife. Bought three of these for the kids to learn some basic outdoor skills. The sheaths offer very good retention and have a plastic cut proof liner to protect the blade and wearer when the knife is not in use. The belt loop is a little light for true survival use but should be just fine around the camp or if thown in a back pack. The knife itself is very well made and is well balanced. The stainless material runs a cm or so past the back of the handle and has an attachment point for a wrist lanyard if desired. The handle is of a synthetic material with adequate checkering for a secure grip even when wet or bloody. The thickness of the blade is good and the drop point keeps it beefy enough to handle some light batoning through kindling sized wood. The handle material is rather low profile so it is nice for smaller hands though not to small as to make it unwieldy, especialy when doing fine work like trap mechanisms. The size and shape of the blade is also nice for game processing as it makes short work of skinning and fleshing and the small size is beneficial in the thorax when cutting the trachea, eophagus, and bringing down the diaphragm. Being stainless, the knife has excellent corrosion resistance but sacrafices blade sharpness retention as compared to a high carbon tool steel blades. All in all, an excellent knife at under $30 including shipping and handling.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great light duty knife July 23 2011
By Odin Tsavo - Published on Amazon.com
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I own several knives and this one is one of my favorites. This knife is very easy to use, sharpen and control. The gimping is very well placed around the handle and no matter how you hold it you have a firm grip. The scales are very grippy and comfortable as well. There are some issues with this knife first the lanyard hole the edges feel a little sharp and it is hard to get paracord through it could be a little wider and rounder edges, Second I honestly do not know what type of steel it is made of it would be a better if it were carbon but the edge is easily sharpened and the blade shape is very nice. I own a BK - 2 and I think these two knives are a great combination for camping, hunting and fishing.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Limited Use Knife June 6 2011
By J M - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Gerber's best get's a tacky grip. A+++ June 10 2011
By JTBlackhawk - Published on Amazon.com
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The freeman has been a recognized and critically acclaimed design ever since Gerber brought out the standard pear wood and stag handles. New for 2010-2011 is the Tachide model with extreme grip no matter how you grab it! If the steel is as good as Gerber's other models that are manufactured abroad, this hunter is no exception in quality and durability! Excellent blade thickness, lot's of jimping, spearpoint blade, razor sharpness, and full tang make up just a few of this knife's great attributes. It gets an A+ from me!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good knife, but.... Sept. 25 2013
By Whammywon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good knife for the price. I've owned several Gerbers in the past and have had nothing but good experiences. The only problem that I have with this purchase is that the sheath does not hold the knife as it is supposed to. The tag of fabric that holds the snap is just long enough to snap together when the knife is not in the sheath. When the actual knife is in the sheath, it comes up about 3/8" to short to actually secure the blade. I know that some people don't use sheaths, and that there are actually many people that make their own sheaths for their knives, but I am not either of those types of woodsman, and this really bothers me.

Aside from that complaint, the knife fits in my hand wonderfully, weighs just enough for you to know that it's solid, and cuts very well.
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