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Gerber Custom Fastball Cleaver

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Jonathan Tayag
Gerber Custom Fastball Cleaver

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With the popularity of “pocket cleaver” EDC knives at an all time high, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. But if you want to stay on top of the trends while keeping your EDC gear unique to you, Gerber is offering an excellent way to do that with their online customization service. The new Gerber Custom Fastball Cleaver features American-made construction and upgraded quality blade steel that makes this one of the best choices if you’re looking for a new knife for everyday carry. And aside from its functional use, the precision machining and ability to customize the knife to meet your needs exactly make this a knife you should have on your radar.

The appeal of the cleaver-style EDC knife starts with the blade geometry. Its distinctive shape makes it an excellent chopper and slicer, and it makes for great use as an everyday utility knife too. But unlike the cheap disposable utility knives you might find in a warehouse, the Fastball Cleaver can do so much more. That’s because its blade features premium 20CV stainless steel, letting it get sharp and stay sharp for longer despite constant hard use. You can also opt for hardy S30V as a more affordable option, or for a finish that better suits your preferences.

Putting the knife to use is an effortless experience thanks to its smooth one-handed flipper deployment made easy with B.O.S.S. Tech ball bearings in the pivot and a precision detent that lets you "lightswitch" the blade open and closed at a whim. The secure liner lock is also easy to use and it holds everything in place. The flipper tab acts as a guard against cutting yourself on your own blade when you hit something rough, and the precision-milled aircraft-grade aluminum handle is shaped to give you a full grip on the knife during use. And with its ambidextrous three-position pocket clip, you have a variety of ways to carry the knife discreetly in your pockets when you don’t have it open.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can build this made-in-the-USA knife when buying direct through Gerber via their online customization tool, just select the cleaver option for the blade when customizing the base Fastball model. Gerber are also working on stocks for their prebuilt option in two colorways: an Urban Blue with satin blade, and a military-style Coyote Brown handle with a black anti-reflective finish. With its smart design, premium materials, and American heritage, the Gerber Fastball Cleaver is one of your best bets when looking for a cleaver-style pocket knife for EDC. Check it out and buy one for yourself at the link below.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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