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Is the Gerber Fastball a solid EDC knife choice?

I’ve been carrying and using the Gerber Fastball folding knife for awhile now. And it’s quickly becoming a favorite for situations where a smaller less attention getting knife is appropriate.

The Fastball carries discreetly in your pocket with its thin profile and light weight, making it barely noticeable. The clip allows it to sit deeply in your pocket with minimal public exposure of the knife. I consider this to be a utility blade for every day needs such as opening mail, packages, and the myriad of cutting tasks that occur during the day. It will fit into casual or professional situations without causing a panic when taken out to do a chore requiring an edged tool.

Opening is smooth and consistent using a flick of your index finger to snap it open. Lock up is positive with a liner lock. And releasing the blade is easy with minimal pressure on the liner lock. I personally recommend using two hands to close the blade for safety. I have pretty large hands and the knife tends to get lost in my mitts when opening and closing.

If there was a change I’d make to the Fastball it would be adding a little texture to the grip. It tends to slip in my hand making opening a bit inconsistent for me. Although this could change with more hands-on time.

Gerber Fastball Features:

  • S30V Wharncliff blade

  • Blade length: 3”

  • Overall Length: 7.1”

  • Weight: 2.1 oz.

  • 3 position pocket clip

  • Liner lock

  • Ball bearings for smooth opening

  • Precision detent for consistent opening

  • Black oxide coating

  • Aircraft aluminum handle

  • Made in the USA

  • MSRP $105

The Fastball is available in three colors: Black, Urban Grey and Flat Sage. The price is right around $100 depending on the color. All-in-all, this is a well made knife that looks and feels good in your hand. If an everyday carry utility knife with a touch of sophistication is what you’re in the market for, give the Gerber Fastball a look.

Art Dorst is a former sailor, soldier, EMT, and police officer. He currently operates A. Dorst Consulting & Training Services (www.adorstcts.com), and is a Senior Consultant and Trainer for LaSorsa & Associates (www.lasorsa.com).