There are some guys on this planet who live and breathe knives like few others. And it just so happens that one of those talented guys, Jeff Freeman, has been earning a Gerber`s paycheck for nearly a decade. But when he came up with the concept for this acclaimed fixed blade hunter (along with Brad Parrish), well, Jeff got a nice little bonus: Gerber named it after him.Read more
There`s no tougher hunting knife in the forest or the field. Its a solid full tang slice of stainless steel, encased by solid pear wood, and sculpted to be as dramatic as it is functional.
Field & Stream magazine named the Freeman Hunter a `Best of the Best` honoree in 2003, recognizing its place among the finest hunting knives ever engineered. But the real honor goes to Jeff, whose richest reward is knowing that hunters everywhere swear by the knife he created.
A high-carbon stainless steel used in most production knives and in some handmade knives. Works well through tooling. Content: Carbon 0.60 to 0.75%, Manganese 1.0%, Chromium 16.0-18.0%, Molybdenum 0.75%.
A blade design made popular in handmade hunting knives by Bob Loveless beginning about 1969, used earlier by Randall and others. Characterized by a slow convex-curved drop in the point. The drop-point format lowers the point for control, but leaves the point extremely strong. It`s usually coupled with plenty of belly for slicing, making it ideal for hunting knives. An extremely good all-around format that also shows up on tactical and utility knives.
The tang is the part of the knife where the blade stops and the handle starts. There are many different terms used to describe what kind of tang a knife has, because the strength and other characteristics of the knife depend on the tang format. A full tang knife has a tang that goes the length of the handle at full width, and you can see the tang spine itself because the handle slabs are afixed to each side. This is the strongest tang format. To save weight, the maker can taper the tang so it gets thinner as it goes back into the handle; this is appropriately enough called a tapered tang. If the tang disappears into the handle itself, it`s called a hidden tang. If the tang thins out considerably once it goes into the handle, it`s called a stick tang.