Gerber Confidant Takes Nessmuk Concept in a New Direction

Gerber has another new knife on the way, a folder called the Confidant. Like other recent Gerber pieces the Confidant targets a budget price point, but with a different look, borrowed from a surprising fixed blade source.

Measuring 3.25 inches in length, the Confidant’s blade is definitely the most eye-catching element of the design. The company says that they found inspiration for the bulbous, recurve drop point shape in the Nessmuk, a landmark fixed blade designed by outdoorsman and writer George S. Sears (“Nessmuk” was Sears’s pen name). Despite its origins, the Confidant still comes across, to us, as an everyday carry first and foremost; that being said outdoors carry is certainly not out of the question, especially on as a backup knife or for shorter excursions where only light jobs are expected.

The black coated model comes with natural jade G-10 scales

The Confidant opens with a flipper or dual thumb stud, giving it some ambidextrous appeal in terms of deployment. Like the recently released Scout model, its blade steel is 440A stainless. Located at the bottom of the budget steel food chain, 440A certainly leaves something to be desired when it comes to edge retention. On the plus side, it’s very easy to sharpen and amenable to edge repair, and rust shouldn’t be much of a problem if you do take it out into the woods, thanks to large amounts of chromium in the recipe.

The handle pattern is basic, with scales made from the ever-reliable G-10. The G-10 comes in two different colors, either foliage green or natural jade. Either coloration come with a bamboo inlay that is uncoated on the foliage green model, but stained black on the jade version. That model also has a black coating applied to the blade and hardware. Both Confidant models are liner locks with non-reversible pocket clips and a weight of 3 oz.

The Confidant is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Gerber Confidant

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