We at GEARCTRL have been using the Gerber Money Clip Knife in our EDC loadout for 6 months. Here is our full Gerber Money Clip review, containing our complete thoughts on one of the best metal money clips for men.
Overall, we are impressed by this wallet’s durability, utility, and aesthetics. It has a few limitations, which we will cover in detail. However, we think most of our readers will enjoy the Gerber Money Clip Knife and find it to be an excellent addition for their everyday carry.
The Gerber GDC Money Clip is a minimalist, sleek, wallet and knife hybrid for any guy who needs a lightweight and discreet pocket knife.
Gerber Money Clip Features
- Knife with textured thumb divot for strong, ergonomic grip
- Rust-resistant titanium coated steel
- Front plate composed of durable G10 scale
- Green anodized-aluminum accented knife handle ring
- Broad surface of clip is engraveable
Pros and Cons
- High quality material
- Good hand feel
- Easy to pick out desired cards
- Knife is useful and fairly sharp
- Requires some breaking in
- Cannot remove knife with four cards or more
- Can potentially scuff your cards
Sheathing and Unsheathing
The blade slides into the money clip, which is held in place by a button embellished with the classic Gerber logo. Simply press the button down to release the knife, which then slides out of the sheath.
For the first couple of days, the knife was not easy to slide out. We had to press the button down with two thumbs, then use our index fingers to push the knife out. But after those first days of breaking-in, the knife would slide out easily with one hand whenever we wanted.
More importantly, it would never come out of the sheath when we did not want it to. It stayed secure and in-place, even when stuffed into a pocket with our other EDC gear.
The knife is made of stainless steel and is useful for most basic tasks. We found ourselves reaching for the knife whenever we needed to cut open a box or open a letter. It is also sharp enough to slice through plastic clamshell packaging, thin branches, plastic zip ties, or, in a pinch, even raw meat.
Although it is sharp enough for most tasks and features a sharp, pointed tip, it is not sharp enough to cut through skin with moderate, direct pressure. The point could certainly puncture skin, making this potentially useful as a last-resort for self-defense (though we don’t recommend it for that purpose). However, it would be difficult to accidentally slice yourself with this knife if using just light pressure.
The blade edge is 1.7”, so it is limited to smaller tasks and we do not recommend this for anything requiring a longer edge.
The blade itself developed some scuff marks, probably from sliding against the metal sheath after repeated sheathing and unsheathing. This in no way effected the sharpness, however, and was purely aesthetic in nature. That said, if you do need to sharpen the knife on-the-go, check out these knife sharpeners, small enough for EDC in your pocket.
Remember, this knife is small. But it is not a gimmick, either. It was quite comfortable to hold in our hands. Interestingly, we found ourselves gripping it differently depending on the task.
The advantage of having such a small blade is that it could be easily angled and held differently for any purpose.
Most importantly, the thumb notch and ring both made sure our fingers were never in harm’s way. The blade never slipped or came close to harming us.
The clip is convenient to use and generally effective for us when we use three cards and cash, or less.
It is nice and slim, making the whole wallet take up very little space in our pocket. Compared to our days with a leather wallet, we sometimes felt like there was nothing our pockets at all!
It has a nice weight to it too, which feels good in the hand without weighing down our pockets either.
In general, there is not much to say about a money clip which simply gets the job done. It is easy to add or remove cards, without being too loose. Out cards and cash never slid out, they always felt secure no matter how much we moved about.
The clip allowed us to store up to five cards, as advertised, plus some folded cash. However, at that point it became difficult to remove just the card we wanted to remove. In general, we avoided carrying more than three cards with some cash too.
Unfortunately, we found that four cards or more would make it almost impossible to remove the knife. Storing four cards created too much pressure on the knife spring-locking mechanism, which meant the knife was stuck in the sheath.
So, if you need frequent access to the knife, do not use more than three cards plus cash in your money clip.
One other limitation of the clip, which is likely true of any metal money clip, is that it could scuff up our cards. We don’t know exactly if this could cause problems with credit cards, but we did feel a little worried about scraping the chip or magnetic strip.
That said, after six months of use, all our cards work just fine. If you are worried about this, just sandwich your credit card between some cash or other cards which do not need any electronic reading (e.g. driver’s license and insurance card).
- Blade edge is 1.7” long
- Full device is 3.6” long and 1.5” wide
- Weighs 2.9 oz
- Holds maximum of five credit or identification cards
Overall, we are fans of the Gerber GDC Money Clip. Although it does struggle with more than three cards, most people only need three with them daily plus some cash.
It works precisely as advertised. It looks sleek, minimalistic, and discreet. It is a secure alternative to a full wallet, and has the added benefit of an integrated pocket knife. -SHOP NOW