You probably have a box cutter in mind when you think about a good utility knife for EDC, but actual folding knives can do the trick as well. Take the Gerber Quadrant, with its utility-oriented design allows for ease of use while still looking smart enough to work well. Plus, with a good folding blade in your hand, you can do a job too large for your run-of-the-mill utility knife to handle. And despite its utilitarian blade shape, the Quadrant looks streamlined and modern enough to take beyond the workplace.Buy on Amazon
Gerber Quadrant Details
- 7Cr17MoV Stainless Steel, Satin Finish
- 2.7” Sheepsfoot Blade
- Flipper Opener
- Stainless Steel Handle, Bamboo Front Scale
- Tip-up Pocket Clip
- 3.875” Closed
- 6.75” Overall
Gerber Quadrant Blade
The shape of the blade is one of the most interesting aspects of the Gerber Quadrant and quite frankly the thing that appealed to me the most. But it’s also the one thing that takes the most to get used to when you’re using the knife. Since the blade does not have a pronounced tip sort of spear-point, you will find yourself using the blade in a different manner to most other pocket knives.
It works well to score the kind of cuts you can do with a box cutter. You may also use the far end of the blade edge to make accurate cuts.
Unlike most utility knives, the Quadrant has a real 2.7″ long blade made of 7Cr17MoV stainless steel. It’s molded into an ultra-useful sheep’s foot shape with a flat grind that makes it perfect for slicing and chopping. The geometry of the blade and the structure of steel also make it easy to sharpen and maintain, something that any knife you place through the wringer will need to cut boxes and other rugged material on a daily basis.
Since the frame lock is integrated into the handle, the Quadrant won’t unintentionally shut if you’re a little rough on it. In addition to distinguishing it from the mill utility knife, the Quadrant opens cleanly with a flipper mechanism that is easier and safer than the retractable safety mechanism. When you’re finished with the job at hand, the deep carry pocket clip allows for discreet tip-up carry.
As with most of these budget-friendly blade steels, the 7Cr17MoV blade steel will need some sharpening a bit sooner than the higher-end/harder steels… that’s just part of the game on these cheap knives. With that said, it’s a very easy knife to resharpen in all respects.
Why You Should Get the Gerber Quadrant
It’s all about standing in the crowd at a reasonable price with the Gerber Quadrant. This budget-friendly manual folder comes in at around $30. It looks like a classic barber’s knife, except it modernizes it a little.
This is not a strictly workman’s knife, as it’s bordering on modern gent’s aesthetic territory. For example, you can choose between a smart-looking bamboo wood and G10 treatment, or a G10 scaling with a dual-tone black and white color scheme. Whatever you choose, you’re going to have a strong knife at an inexpensive price with the Gerber Quadrant in your hand.