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Review: New Bear Grylls Survival Knife & Parang Machete from Gerber

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October 29, 2010

Review: New Bear Grylls Survival Knife & Parang Machete from Gerber

By David Maccar

by David Maccar

Last month I gave you my take on Gerber’s Ultimate Knife, one of several new products resulting from a collaboration between the knife company and TV host and adventurer Bear Grylls, based on specs and photos.

The folks at Gerber were kind enough to send us an early sample of what they’re calling the pinnacle of the company's Bear Grylls Survival Series (the full line officially goes on sale in February, with the Ultimate Knife slotted for an early release on Nov. 15) along with another item in the series, the wicked-looking Parang machete.

So, what else was I to do but take them into Wharton State Forest in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens and beat the living crap out of them?

Here are the photos and my review of the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife and Parang and all the bells and whistles (literally on that last one) that come with them.

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from MJC wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Excellent review. Now if only I can get the same knife without Bear's name on it...

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from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

rambo knife whould be better if only the were built better

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Jeez I was interested until I read Bear Grylls in the blog. Who wants a knife with that bozo's name all over it!

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

nothing beats a kabar

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I was just gonna say that it looks like a kabar.

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from jbird wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Good review, whether you like Bear Grills or not, it sounds like a pretty good knife for the money.

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

iowa hunter how does it look like a kabar a kabar eiyher has a leatherwashed handle or kraton and is much bigger. much more reliable the bear grylls looks like a knife that has to many bells and whistles.
this is what a traditional kabar lookslike

http://www.cabelas.com/product/KA-BAR-Leather-Handled-USA-FightingUtilit...

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from HogBlog wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I might be interested if it didn't have that yo-yo's name on it. I won't do anything that even gives the appearance of supporting that guy's career.

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from iron giant wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

It looks like a pretty cool knife. I like that they have replaced the window breaker of the L.M.F. and Prodigy knives with a hammer. I think you will probably need a hammer more than a glass breaker if you're stuck out in the woods somewhere. Nothing against Bear Grills(I do find his show entertaining, even if it isn't realistic) I would prefer the knife without his initials. All in all though it looks like another good Gerber.

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from GERG wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

That guy is gonna get sombody killed but the products seem decent.

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

That isn't a "window breaker" on the handle of the L.M.F. that is a Skull Crusher!

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from Kato wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

It might be legit if it was made in the U.S.A. Take it from Jim Shockey's series of blades from buck knives. Kabar is my favorite survival type knife. Gerber's machete is a rip off of the Woodman's pal. Take it from an American and buy Made in the U.S.A.

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Kato, just so you know, Gerber's new Gator Machete Pro (also set for a February release) is very reminiscent of the Woodman's Pal. The Parang machete in this review is a very different animal.
-DM

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from Kato wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

As I dug further into the article, I realised that it was a different machete, but was unable to edit my response. I dislike how someone comes up with a good product and someone else makes a quick buck with a knock off by putting some celebrity's name on it. Is this something a real outdoorsman would use? Would these outdoorsman or the youth in training try to follow the advise of someone like Bear? Chaps me a bit.

This product doesn't come across as an honest effort to make survival equipment for a real outdoorsman. It's just a low cost, commercial good to be made cheap and sell a great quatity, to the unknowing, for profit. I like my tools to be made with pride, with the maker satisfied that the needs of their customer have been met. This isn't it.

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from hogula wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

This site sucks. I clicked on the Iraq veteran deer story and got this Bear Grylls garbage. Never again.

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Hogula,

Haha one bad link and you hate bear grylls and fieldandstream?? Try not to hate so much!! Also, you might not be so made if you knew this wasnt the only knife that Bear Grylls is endorsing and putting his name behind. nope, he just released a handful of new gear from Gerber including a cool machete, survival kits and some multi-tools. Check it out the videos of the new items shown to you by Bear himself! Check them out at this site i found:

http://outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/

I must say i like the ultimate survival kit. I might just have to get it!

-D

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

FYI Go Bear Grylls, the second half of this gallery includes a review of the Bear Grylls Parang Machete. Also, the survival kits were featured in our gallery of gadgets from SHOT Show 2011 by Jay Cassell: http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/gear/hunting-gear/2011/01/j...

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from Rockett Singh wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Sweet knife! And why are you guys knocking on bear? He seems like he knows his stuff and isn't rude about it, cut him some slack! Think about it most of us when we go camping take half the house with us. Tents, coolers, camping lanterns, all the junk food we can handle! And what does he bring? A knife and a whole lot of grit!

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

nothing beats a kabar

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from MJC wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Excellent review. Now if only I can get the same knife without Bear's name on it...

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

rambo knife whould be better if only the were built better

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I was just gonna say that it looks like a kabar.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from jbird wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Good review, whether you like Bear Grills or not, it sounds like a pretty good knife for the money.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

iowa hunter how does it look like a kabar a kabar eiyher has a leatherwashed handle or kraton and is much bigger. much more reliable the bear grylls looks like a knife that has to many bells and whistles.
this is what a traditional kabar lookslike

http://www.cabelas.com/product/KA-BAR-Leather-Handled-USA-FightingUtilit...

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from iron giant wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

It looks like a pretty cool knife. I like that they have replaced the window breaker of the L.M.F. and Prodigy knives with a hammer. I think you will probably need a hammer more than a glass breaker if you're stuck out in the woods somewhere. Nothing against Bear Grills(I do find his show entertaining, even if it isn't realistic) I would prefer the knife without his initials. All in all though it looks like another good Gerber.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

That isn't a "window breaker" on the handle of the L.M.F. that is a Skull Crusher!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Kato wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

It might be legit if it was made in the U.S.A. Take it from Jim Shockey's series of blades from buck knives. Kabar is my favorite survival type knife. Gerber's machete is a rip off of the Woodman's pal. Take it from an American and buy Made in the U.S.A.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Kato, just so you know, Gerber's new Gator Machete Pro (also set for a February release) is very reminiscent of the Woodman's Pal. The Parang machete in this review is a very different animal.
-DM

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Kato wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

As I dug further into the article, I realised that it was a different machete, but was unable to edit my response. I dislike how someone comes up with a good product and someone else makes a quick buck with a knock off by putting some celebrity's name on it. Is this something a real outdoorsman would use? Would these outdoorsman or the youth in training try to follow the advise of someone like Bear? Chaps me a bit.

This product doesn't come across as an honest effort to make survival equipment for a real outdoorsman. It's just a low cost, commercial good to be made cheap and sell a great quatity, to the unknowing, for profit. I like my tools to be made with pride, with the maker satisfied that the needs of their customer have been met. This isn't it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Hogula,

Haha one bad link and you hate bear grylls and fieldandstream?? Try not to hate so much!! Also, you might not be so made if you knew this wasnt the only knife that Bear Grylls is endorsing and putting his name behind. nope, he just released a handful of new gear from Gerber including a cool machete, survival kits and some multi-tools. Check it out the videos of the new items shown to you by Bear himself! Check them out at this site i found:

http://outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/

I must say i like the ultimate survival kit. I might just have to get it!

-D

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Rockett Singh wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Sweet knife! And why are you guys knocking on bear? He seems like he knows his stuff and isn't rude about it, cut him some slack! Think about it most of us when we go camping take half the house with us. Tents, coolers, camping lanterns, all the junk food we can handle! And what does he bring? A knife and a whole lot of grit!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

FYI Go Bear Grylls, the second half of this gallery includes a review of the Bear Grylls Parang Machete. Also, the survival kits were featured in our gallery of gadgets from SHOT Show 2011 by Jay Cassell: http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/gear/hunting-gear/2011/01/j...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from GERG wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

That guy is gonna get sombody killed but the products seem decent.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from hogula wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

This site sucks. I clicked on the Iraq veteran deer story and got this Bear Grylls garbage. Never again.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Jeez I was interested until I read Bear Grylls in the blog. Who wants a knife with that bozo's name all over it!

-2 Good Comment? | | Report
from HogBlog wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I might be interested if it didn't have that yo-yo's name on it. I won't do anything that even gives the appearance of supporting that guy's career.

-2 Good Comment? | | Report

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