About a year and a half ago we recommended Gerber’s EAB Lite as a no-frills lightweight utility knife. Our opinion hasn’t changed – the EAB Lite is still an incredibly versatile design for little coin. Gerber has recently come out with another version of the EAB Lite that features G-10 handle scales.
G-10 is a very hard and dense plastic composite material that is formed by heating layers of phenolic resin-soaked paper or fabric under pressure. You will also see G-10 described as a glass epoxy laminate.
Knife makers select G-10 for handle scales because of its high strength and lightweight properties. Often the handles will be textured, with grooves or a checkered pattern, to improve their grip.
Gerber only adds G-10 to one side of the EAB Lite handle, but the result should be improved grip and strength. All the other EAB Lite features carry through from the plain Jane model: stainless steel frame, large money or pocket clip, finger grooves, standard utility knife blade compatibility.
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Retail price is about $13, and the plain Jane version is still around $10.50.
The EAB with G-10 handle isn’t as snazzy-looking as the Sinclair Cardsharp 2, but should still do the trick if you need a super-compact utility knife that can slip into your jeans’ coin pocket.