I just purchased a Gerber E-Z Open Fine Edge gut knife and thought others may be interested in what I considered in making this choice – and recognize that others may weight the information differently to arrive at a different choice.
I did not want a knife with a gut hook as the hook can “hang” when cutting with the knife inside the cavity.
I tried a Wyoming knife and really liked it. That was my original choice.
Last year, I used a friend’s Outdoor Edge Zip Blade (ZP-10), a concave blade, sharp on top, with a blunt point and really liked it. The blade is 4” long and the knife has an overall length of 8 7/8”. It weighs 4.0 oz. The only place I could find out what kind of steel it was made of was the photos on E-Bay, where it was marked “420 Stainless Steel”. Having lower carbon content than the 440 series, 420 is softer and does not hold an edge well. However, it is very stain resistant and often used for dive knives. I preferred a harder steel.
The Gerber Metolius E-Z Open Fine Edge is very similar, also having a concave blade, sharp on top. It has a ball at the end and is slightly smaller: 3.2” blade, 7.9” overall length, but weighs 4.8 oz. Again using E-Bay, I found out the blade is 9Cr18MoV steel, a Chinese steel comparable to 440C. 440C takes a nice edge and comes back fairly easy making it a good value-priced steel.
Much to my surprise, it has been discontinued. However, they are available for half-price from Cabelas.
I could not understand why Gerber would discontinue the E-Z Open Fine Edge. Then I found the Gerber Myth E-Z Open. It has a hard plastic ball on its tip and is slightly larger with a 3.5” blade, overall length of 9.0”, yet only 2.6 oz.
Some others may contribute additional data that I did not find or have different preferences. I had pretty much zeroed in on the Gerber Metolius as a good solution before I discovered it had been replaced by the Myth. As impressive as Gerber’s Myth series is, I preferred the steel ball at the tip over the plastic – so I chose the Gerber Metolius.