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Gerber Prodigy vs Big Rock

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by elitebrothers8, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. elitebrothers8

    elitebrothers8

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    Mar 9, 2011
    Hey everyone. I have been looking into getting a new fixed blade for when I go fishing and hunting to have at my side. Although i know many aren't find of Gerber these days, I have never heard a bad thing about the Gerber Big Rock or the Prodigy. My buddy got a Profile for cheap and it is pretty darn nice so I figured I would Get myself a new blade as well. What do you guys think betqeen these two knives. Also any Other knives in this range that could be better? I dont want to spend moree than $40. Also, for those wondering, I already have a Mora so that is out of the running
     
  2. elitebrothers8

    elitebrothers8

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    Mar 9, 2011
    Bump!
     
  3. bigghoss

    bigghoss

    Jul 27, 2011
    Condor has some nice offerings for under $40.
     
  4. Mingecutter

    Mingecutter Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Buck makes some excellent fixed blades right around that price point.
     
  5. shandrydan1

    shandrydan1

    Feb 16, 2011
    Personally out of the two I would recommend the Big Rock mainly because you can get it plain edge. If you could get the Prodigy in a plain edge I would own one myself. I dont own a Big Rock but I did get a chance to get one in hand at a local brick/mortar and I liked it for the price.

    By Buck you could look at the Bucklite series.

    I'm not sure how big of a blade you are looking for but the Becker BK14 would be one I would recommend but for fishing I prefer something a little more pointy. Here lately I have been carrying a fixed blade Kershaw Skyline and they can be had under that price range, especially if you go for a blem. Both of these two are on the smaller side.
     
  6. elitebrothers8

    elitebrothers8

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    Mar 9, 2011
    Believe it or not for once I actually want to have serrations on my blade. I usually dont but all of the knives I have already are plain edge and I want to switch it up
     
  7. TheGent

    TheGent

    684
    Aug 3, 2009
    The Prodigy is a good blade and serrations do have a place. Haven't tried the Big Rock, but read many positive reviews. Just because it says Gerber, doesn't mean they need to be automatically written off. Gerber does have some sleepers. The Gerber Freeman Guide is a good one too. Outside of Gerber, I used a Buck 119 for 10 years hunting and fishing. You may also want to try Mora if you want the most for your money. The Mora Companion is awesome. I have two. If for fishing get the stainless version.
     
  8. elitebrothers8

    elitebrothers8

    236
    Mar 9, 2011
    Yeah I may end up going with the Prodigy. As for a Mora, I already have a Companion as well and thats what I will be using for cutting fish etc, one hell of a knife. But I still want a good knife just to have at my side and the Prodigy seems nice
     
  9. Dorito Monk

    Dorito Monk

    Nov 17, 2008
    I like the big rock a fair bit. It's a very decent blade for the price (I think I paid around 40 for mine, but a buddy got his for twenty-something). I ended up starting to make wooden scales for mine, but I got sidetracked years ago and never finished... The steel is just what you'd expect for the price (not great, but not god awful either), it's very comfortable in the hand, and the sheath works (although it's none too fancy).

    Anyway, I was very happy with mine. Not an outstanding knife, but very respectable.
     
  10. Angus McGunnigl

    Angus McGunnigl

    May 22, 2002
    Used pal's plain edge Big Rock last week on a beach hike.
    Not bad for the $$. Good basic cutting tool that does not break the bank.
     
  11. Angus McGunnigl

    Angus McGunnigl

    May 22, 2002
    Used pal's plain edge Big Rock last week on a beach hike.
    Not bad for the $$. Good basic cutting tool that does not break the bank.
     
  12. jimh0220

    jimh0220

    Apr 15, 2008
    Which Prodigy? If it's the clam pack version with the Tanto point, I can't say how it is. The Drop point (original) prodigy is excellent. I've heard people really like the Big Rock too. I'd go with the Prodigy, but I'd think you're looking closer to 70 bucks for it.
     
  13. elitebrothers8

    elitebrothers8

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    Mar 9, 2011
    I ended up buying the Prodigy. Knowing me though, I will end up buying the Big Rock as well down the road. I got the drop point Prodigy for $43 after tax on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-22-411...qid=1362721514&sr=8-1&keywords=gerber+prodigy
     
  14. epicestninja

    epicestninja

    3
    Oct 15, 2013
    If u want somthing for fishing use ur mora. The prodigy is better for camping than a mora or the big rock.
     
  15. OutdoorsFamilyMan4

    OutdoorsFamilyMan4

    Jan 20, 2012
    I agree with most of what has been said. the prodigy is a fantastic knife, if you don't mind the serrations. ship around and try to find the drop point made with the Sandvik 12c27 steel. The newer ones are made with a much more inferior steel. the prodigy is a great all around knife, best at camp chores. I beat mine and never had any issues. it may be a bit too thick (3/16") for what you want to use it for so why not bring the Mora along with it:D
     

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