Special Notice – I have recommended the Gerber EAB series for a very long time. I have tended to the EAB Lite version for only one reason. That is that it has historically been a few dollars less than the Standard EAB. The two are really for all intents the same damn thing. The “Lite” has some cuts in the handle, they don’t really do much, just sit there and look kind of cool. The Standard EAB is the same thing without the little cuts in the handle.
Over the years the price of the Lite has been slowly increased to almost 12 bucks, and the standard one is now on a “deal” for $7.39. So if you think the little cuts are worth the roughly $4.50 price difference, go ahead and get it. To me though the entire point of the EAB is an always sharp as a razor compact folding knife. The two models do that equally well. The way I look at it is while these are on sale for the price of 2 EAB Lites you can get 3 Standard EABs. Again I only recommended the Lites over the Standard because until recently they were the lower priced option. Everything below applies to both models equally. In any event at about 7 bucks pick up a few as gifts if nothing else.
These are amazing stocking stuffers and they are also the number one all time to selling item on TspAz.com!
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Gerber EAB Lite Pocket Knife. This little guy is one of my absolute favorite little pieces of EDC.
You may wonder why a guy that carries knives that cost 200-700 dollars would turn around and carry this little 11 dollar tool. Simple I have no desire to dull and gum up my expensive knives on things like opening boxes with my good knives. And it is one thing to get tape goo all over your 300 dollar custom it is another to dull it to the extreme cutting up boxes into pieces.
What the Gerber EAB Lite does is ensure you always have a razor sharp blade available because, well, you use razor blades in it. Now think about this you can get a hundred pack of blades for 10 bucks. Each blade can be used till dull, then flipped and you use up the other side. That means with one 100 pack of blades you can flip or change a blade each week and will will have a brand new blade in your knife for almost 4 years!
Long term listeners of TSP know I have recommended this product for almost as long as there has been a TSP. This little tool sells for about 11 bucks and ships free on Amazon Prime to boot. I give these away to friends and family all the time. It is a great way to share prepping in a very soft way. People see it and are like wow what is that, or you are always prepared. I just hand it to them, show them how the blade is changed and say, “if you promise to carry it you can have it”.
Important – One little safety tip. Like most houses we have a “junk drawer” in our kitchen, right near the garbage. I keep my extra blades and a small screwdriver in that drawer with and old vitamin bottle.
When I change my blade, I drop the old blade into the bottle and cap it. This way no one will get hurt handling the garbage. I would feel awful if Charlie got hurt in one of his weak garbage eating moments. It also protects us when we take out the trash and hey garbage men are people too right! Just understand when your blade is “dull” likely parts of it are still sharp and can be dangerous. Always and I mean always do something to prevent injuries from old blades when discarding them.
Anyway if you don’t already have one give the Gerber EAB Lite a try, for the price you can’t beat it. And consider picking up a few to give away and perhaps one for each glove box in your vehicles. I have even used this to skin squirrels and rabbits, with the way I do it, it is all you need.
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P.S. – These little things are one of the best ways to spread personal preparedness and EDC there is. They are inexpensive enough to give away with a condition only that the person get some blades and carry it. Every time they use it (which will be often) they will think of you and your crazy thoughts about being prepared.