Build Your Own Blade

This Might Be the Cheapest Way to Get a Custom Pocket Knife


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As with things like car interiors and leather boots, customization occupies the grail-level heights of the pocket knife world. But just as those items tend to be synonymous with luxury, custom knives typically come with a high price tag. (A custom folder by designer Jens Anso, for example, starts at $1,350.) Not, however, the blades coming out of Gerber’s just-launched custom shop.

To start, Gerber is offering customization for four of its knives. The range includes the budget-friendly Sharkbelly, the fixed-blade Strongarm and the minimalist US1. While the customization options are limited to laser etching on these models, the fourth, Gerber’s EDC-oriented Fastball, offers a full range of changeable features and an unending number of final builds.

The Fastball’s modification options include blade shape and handle material, as well as the finish on both, and you can even change the hardware (clip, liner, screws, etc.) that holds it all together. Gerber’s custom chop certainly doesn’t provide the one-on-one touch that a designer might, but it can put out a unique tool of your design. Plus, it’ll run you tens of dollars instead of thousands.

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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