I’ve been fascinated by knives since I was a kid, and that fascination has only grown as I’ve hit my adulthood. The Gerber Mini Remix 2 is the knife that I consider to be my first EDC knife.
Why? Because it was the first (locking) knife that I carried consistently for any meaningful length of time. I do have a Swiss Army Knife which has recently made a return to my carry, and I did carry another locking knife before the Gerber, but the Gerber was the one that got the most pocket time.
- Overall length: 6 inches / 15.5cm (when open)
- Blade Length: 2 ½ inches / 6.5cm
- Blade Steel: 440c Stainless
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Locking Mechanism: Button Lock
- Weight: approx. 4 oz. (113g)
Four Years in the Pocket
I bought this knife at a flea market, and carried it for the better part of four years – until the button lock popped out (I’ll get to this in a bit).
Right up to the day the button lock popped out, I used this blade for practically everything. The primary use was, of course, to cut biltong and droewors, but I also used it for menial tasks like removing loose threads from my clothes and opening packages.
The Gerber Mini Remix 2 was, at the time that I bought it, a replacement for the knife I’d been carrying up to that point. The knife I’d been carrying was full stainless steel, heavy, and it had a moderately aggressive blade profile. I needed something lighter and less threatening.
With that in mind, I was working at a local flea market and my turn to wander around comes so I do what I had the chance to do: I wandered around the market for a bit. I found a knife table, explained what I was looking for and, out of the options I was presented, I bought the Gerber Mini Remix 2.
As far as EDC knives go, this is a personal favorite of mine to carry. Unfortunately, like I mentioned, the button lock popped out – twice; both times it was secured in place with contact adhesive, and I recently threw a bit of electrical tape over the button just so that I can still carry it.
Pros: What’s Good about this Knife?
- ✅ It’s ridiculously light, the handle material is stainless steel, but the size of the knife cuts the weight down significantly. You don’t even know it’s in your pocket – until you need it. Unfortunately, I lost the spec sheet and packaging not long after I bought the knife, so I had to do a bit of Googling to find out the weight which is around 4 oz.
- ✅ The blade is 440c stainless (thanks again, Google) and it’s held an edge for a long time with only occasional sharpening on the bottom of an old coffee mug – yes, you can really do that. It also has a very plain, non-threatening look to it which is great for when you’re around people who are a little sensitive about knives.
- ✅ The locking mechanism and thumb stud placement make this a very easy-to-use blade that’s perfect for beginners.
- ✅ It’s not spring-assisted, which means I can control the speed at which the blade deploys.
Cons: What are some of the Weaknesses of this Knife?
There aren’t many problems with this knife, but it does have a few issues.
- ❌ It’s a very shallow carry with around 0.7 inches (2 cm) of knife sticking out of your pocket (see above). This isn’t a problem per se, but if you prefer having your knife completely out of sight when it’s clipped to you pocket, then you may need to get an after-market/custom clip.
- ❌ If the button comes out, it’s difficult to fix. I had to do this twice, and had to use contact adhesive to do it and it’s still not fixed properly – hence the tape over the button; it’s not a great solution but it works.
- ❌ There’s a risk of your fingers catching on the edge if your hand slips as there’s no guard to keep your hand safe.
- ❌ The last issue is more a nitpick than anything else. The blade doesn’t have a lot of reach to it. For daily household/office tasks (opening packages and envelops, eating, cutting threads, etc.) it’s fine but if you need a knife for hard outdoor/survival use…yeah, that won’t go well.
A Knife that’s Hard to Find
This particular model of the mini remix 2 is nigh-impossible to find. Every review I was able to find on YouTube and Amazon was for these mini remixes; not the one I’m talking about. You can only seem to find this specific mini remix 2 in the Google image search.
With that said, it’s a great entry-level knife for people who are looking to get into knives and, if you can find it, it’s worth buying. The plain edge is very non-threatening, and it’s not likely to scare anyone if you must use it.
Now, because the locking mechanism on mine isn’t very secure (even with the tape over it), I don’t carry it very often, but it does occasionally make its way into my pocket; usually as an in-pocket knife.
I love this thing, and it was fun to carry it again for this review; it’ll definitely be getting more pocket time in the coming months.
I hope you guys liked the article and found it informative. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next one!
Greg spent much of his younger years camping and hiking. Greg grew up on a small farm with lots of livestock such as cows, horses and chickens. He’s good with a bow and arrow, is a huge knife enthusiast, and has a blackbelt in Taekwondo.