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Review: Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife & Parang Machete from Gerber

Review: Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife & Parang Machete from Gerber

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from geoffbeneze wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I believe there is some minor confusion on the units of measure. If the blade is a bit over 1cm, it's NOT thin. It's thicker than Bear's 1/4" blade.

Beyond that, a reasonable evaluation of both.
geoff

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Thanks geoff. That was a typo. The spine of the Parang is just over 1mm thick.
-DM

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from geoffbeneze wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I definitely like the looks of the knife. I've grown to like a straight blade better, but still have (and use) plenty of half and halves.

Only one problem, they've got my initials backwards!
geoffb

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from elmer f. wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

while i am crazy about Gerber cutlry, i think i will pass on both of these. first, i am not all that big of a Bear Griles fan, second, i really despise knifes with serrated blades. as for the machette, it may be a little lighter than my Gerber Gator, but that is the only advantage i can see with it. i will just keep the Gerber's that i already have, and pass on these thank you.

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from mop4pom wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have to admit, that I bought the prodidgy simply because it is almost identical but without the bear grylls logo.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Looks like a good one. I prefer serrated half and half. It makes it easier to saw through thick items such as breastbone.

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from Nolan wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Nice Knife.

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from JRMCDANIEL wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I like the looks of them both. I collect all kinds of knives and would like to have these in my collection also

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

It looks like a pretty good knife, not bad for 60 bucks. I'm not really a fan of 440a steel because it doesn't hold a edge very well, in my opinion at least. I think for forty bucks more i'd buy the LMF which I think has some advantages, like the glass breaker and better steel.

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from ukw21 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I want one!

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from drsil@aol.com wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

What a piece of cheap chinese junk. A 440a blade with a hardness of anywhere from 52-59 is about a butter knife. sure needs a sharpener. I hope you don't need to "survive" too long with it. It will fall apart.

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from Donkeylegjohnson wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I like the article, looks like a nice setup,all survival knife's need to be sharpened on a regular basis. i would rather buy a knife endorsed by the man les stroud if i had a choice. but he uses multi tools. anyway thanks for the review.

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from Hotanvil wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

52 to 59 is a wide range for an RC hardness test which would lead me to believe their production and heat treatment of them is inconsistant at best. I also don't like a serrated edge when they do get dull they are a pain in the backside to resharpen.If I have to trust my life on a blade I will make it myself

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

To drsil@aol.com and Hotanvil, I had been wondering that as well and had the folks at Gerber check again. They tell me the RC score on the Ultimate Knife is actually 55-59, or 57+/-2, and that the 52-59 range was incorrect. I suppose when it's a new product line, the specs contain mistakes from time to time. --DM

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from outdoorsman29 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Looks like a quality tool. Hopefully I can get get my hands on one soon.

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from AlaskaBrad wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

That is spelled "chintzy".

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from mdsulli2 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I think it looks like a good survival setup for a knife but survival machete?
Knife, cord, zip ties, paper, matches/lighter all good compact choices.
Broken leg in the woods,(pick your tough spot) pound for pound can o tuna beats machete almost every time.

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from Fox1011 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

Gerber makes a lot of good survival knives. For my money the best for value is the LMF II ASEK in Coyote Brown. http://www.foxqualityknives.com/gerber-lmf-ii-asek-coyote-brown-survival...

I really think the value of this knife vs. the Bear Knife is not really even close. MOLLE Vest Attachable Sheath with built in sharpener that actually works pretty well.

Chop with it. Slice with it. Even lash it to a pole to make a spear.

Only drawback I can see is that the Sanvic 12C27 stainless steel is a problem to use on a fire stricker. Easy to solve by carrying a Bic or a Fire starter kit.

The steel shows outstanding performance in field.

It is not that I don't like the Bear knife. I just think the LMF II is a much better knife for very little more money.

Of course that is just my opinion. Which with $2.00 you can get a cup of coffee in most cheap joints across the country.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Bear Gryllis is a showman not an instructor. Following his "survival" advice could get you killed. However, I tip my hat to Gerber for combining a fire steel with a utility grade knife. If you carry no other survival gear (and shame on you if you do) at least have a good knife and a fire steel. My lighter and "strike anywhere" matches have both failed me on occassion, but my fire steel never has. Gerber has the right idea with this product. However, they could have had more credibility within the survival instructor community with a big name other than Bear Gryllis behind it.

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

You might think Im insane but for me its Buck or nothing.

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from patrickflanagan wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

It looks like a cool knife but I've read multiple reviews that said this knife breaks easily. which to me I would not want a knife that breaks easily in a survival situation.

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from Trappperman9 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

i am getting this knife iv been looking for reviews on it but im getting of knifecenter.com should i get it from there because it comes out in february or is it out already?

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from minimanminamalist wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

crappy knife with bears name on it go buy a buck 119 over this thing

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from Fox1011 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

As far as I know the Bear Gryllis knife is still not available. This still leads me to suggest the Gerber LMF II or some Carbon blade knives from Cold Steel. The advantage in the market today is that there is a very wide range of knives available to are of excellent quality.
Ed Fox www.foxqualityknives.com

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Bad reviews on Amazon...

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from catfish12g wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I only trust knives used by the military I recently got a Ka bar USMC 7" with 2" serration. The handle can be held safely any way you can imagine. It's got 1095 steel

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from east ky mountain man wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Ka bar USMC is all i need thank you.. 50 bucks for a better knife.

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Pig Hunter,

You are right about the bad reviews on the knife but i read here that Gerber re-released the item with the bugs worked out. Might be worth giving the knife a try even though youve read a few bad reviews about the pummel failing hehe. I read they fixed the flaws on the initial release of the knife here:

http://www.outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?11-New-Bear-G...

and here

http://www.outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?38-Bear-Gryll...

hope this helps! Lastly, Fox1011, you can buy the knife for sure! I JUST BOUGHT THE BEAR GERBER KNIFE FROM AMAZON.COM RIGHT HERE:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003R0LSMO?tag=outdsurvclot-20&camp=14573&creat...

-Kenny

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That's true, Go Bear Grylls. The Ultimate Knife had an early release at the end of 2010, but it was a "beta" version of the knife, according to the folks at Gerber. There apparently were some issues with the material around the steel pommel cracking and the pommel actually falling out. This was corrected for the actual production knife, which is what is on sale currently. When I did my testing with the early release knife, I experienced no such problems and I beat the crap out of that thing. Hope this helps. -DM

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from Jraptor59 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I just got the Bear Parang. I have to say that I disagree that it is a thin blade. It is thicker than my cold steel bolo machete for one thing. Another is that you don't want a big, thick blade on a machete. It does feel a bit blade heavy when holding it at first but when you swing it a few times it feels great.

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I read that Gerber fixed the pummel flaw in the Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife. Thin piece of plastic between pummel and handle replaced by thicker more sturdy piece of plastic. Saw images of it posted here by ChiefGrylls:

http://www.outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?38-Bear-Gryll...

Didn't buy the early version but thinking about getting this new upgraded version.

Kenny - Go Bear Grylls!

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Kenny, thank you for the response and links. Did you sign up on F&S just to promote these products? Jraptor59, you seem to have also signed in to this site for the same reason. Don't get me wrong, I like your inputs but if you work for Gerber then just let us know, and more importantly, let us know what was done to fix the problem and test to make sure the fix works. My oldest knife is a Gerber. Thanks - PH

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

PigHunter,

LOL I am flattered that you think I am involved in an underground Gerber promotion team. Sadly, I am just a fan of Bear Grylls and Gerber and am thinking about getting this new Ultimate Survival knife. Since everyone here was talking about flaws with the knife I figured I would post a link to a pic showing a possible fix. WTF am I explaining myself for? Who are you? What do you do for a living? Jesus.

GO BEAR GRYLLS!!

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Well, you don't have to call me Jesus cause that's not my name. :-)

I'm an engineer and critical by nature. I expect equipment to be designed well and tested before final release. Also a Bear Grylls and Gerber fan...

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Pig Hunter/Jesus,

Good for you! New Man Vs. Wild episode tonight hehe Norway saw some pics of it here...

http://outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/

also that site identifies all the gear he wears every episode. like the waterproof Overboard backpack he wore in Arizona.

Go Bear Grylls!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

I love watching this guy. I just say these in the sportsmans warehouse a couple weeks ago, and it is good to know that they actually work.

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from Tap Duncan wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Oh give me a break. I have an LMF and a BG, and I love them both. To dismiss a knife because you don't like the host of a tv show is moronic. That's like saying I would never get my insurance thru Mutual of Omaha because I don't like Jim!!! C'mon grow up... My ber grylls knife has put up with everyting I've asked it to. We own a ranch and we use it every single day, and it has never let us down, and I mean never. Out here, we burn alot of scrapwood, and we have used the firestarter many times. I just think that to condemn a product because you don't like the host is so damn juvenile, should I send back my SHAMWOW too, even though it works???

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from vezzo wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Seriously I think this knife is amazing and the way it's design is awesome to! It seems durable and perfectly made for the extreme outdoors. Also, Man vs. Wild is one of my favorite T.V. shows so it would be real cool to have something made by Bear Grylls.

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from Tap Duncan wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Wow, ignorance and hatred know no boundaries. How come, none of these so called arm chair geniuses never once produced a great knife? BECAUSE THEY CAN'T!!!!

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Tap Duncan, after reading your few posts, it looks like you have anger issues. There are plenty of great knives on the market. What makes you think this one is any better?

This knife has not been on the market for very long. I believe you are lying about owning a ranch and using the BG every day. I've never known a landowner to use flint and steel to start a rubbish fire. Most workingmen I know carry a folder and start fires with lighters and paper.

It seems to me that many are confusing negative remarks made about this knife as a criticism of Mr. Grylls and/or Gerber. No such criticism is intended by me because I like them both. I just don't like this knife and don't think I'll ever own one. As a side note, my oldest fixed blade is a Gerber Mark I dagger purchased over 25 years ago.

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from starus wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Yes, gerber did fix the problems on the knife. I just bought it today and beat the crap out of it. i batoned a 4inch log, started a fire and crushed a small rock ect. not a fan of the coated blade, like they say in the survival notes you can use the blade to reflect light and shine it to signal help...ironic no? lol but yes i understand bear may not actually "survive" in the show but the point is he teaches tips and tricks for worst case sinarios...

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from blackhatarcher wrote 3 years 3 days ago

what why cant I post

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from blackhatarcher wrote 3 years 3 days ago

o there it is sorry
I would deffenetly buy the knife if it had a smooth edge. Since I realy dont like serations almost as much as Bear. But I like his gerber knife though.

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from blackhatarcher wrote 3 years 3 days ago

O and what happend to Winchester Knives? Beast swears by his.

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from blackhatarcher wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

People should always carry a knife outdoors. Even if it does have another guys name on it

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from SIR JAMES wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

If I am gonna trust my life on a knife to get me shelter, food & maybe water, there is NO WAY I will carry a knife that I have ANY reservations about I do not care who's name is on it.

I trust Buck knives. I have abused the snot out of them & they have never let me down...so if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

As far as Bear's TV show goes, I don't like it...I think that most of the info in the shoow will get a normal person hurt and or killed. for someone who is trained(like a soldier), the info is ok at best.
I refuse to watch a show that either bores me to tears or has too much misinformation within it. this is just my opinion nothing more. I just wish I had a penny for every piece of junk knife I have bought thru the years. Every knife I ever bought that lived upto its hype, I still have, I still use, And I still swear by.

Everyone is talking about this knife like it's either a piece of garbage or it's the Holy Grail of knives...my personal choice for a survival knife has a 2.187 inch blade & it folds & locks into position....and it's made by Winchester. Best knife I ever bought, & I think I only spent like maybe $15.00 dollars for it. it cleans up nice; sharpens up nice, & skinning out a deer with it is like a hot knife going thru warm butter. 8-)

Not saying it's the best knife to use on a deer, but in a survival situation, it works just fine.

Did I mention that it also fits in the front pocket of my old blue jeans? there is very little I can not do in a survival situation with this knife.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Well said Sir James. There's a lot to be said for having a good locking folder in your pocket!

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from Gary Neal wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

I would have to say that the best knife I've ever had is Gerber knife. It's small, yet very useful. Stick me out in the woods with a Gerber, some flint, and a rifle to bring down big game, and I'd be set.

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from FREDO wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I would not use a 440A blade for anything more than a butter knife. Its D2, 154CM, SV30 or solingen high carbon stainless or nuttin'

As for Bear, he is a reckless phony, not a survivalist any joe doaks can or would emulate. All training I have received commands a full use of common sense plus knowledge of the environment with no foolish or reckless acts.

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from Jack Darrington wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

I think I'm going to have to go ahead and agree with Fredo on this one. I've been carrying and using folding pocket knives ever since I was old enough to walk and I this definitely isn't the knife for me. I'd much rather have the D2, 154CM, SV30 or solingen high carbon stainless knives over this one any day.

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from DR angler wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

It's a nice knife, its to bad a retard like Bear Grylls Gets to promote it....

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from cjlewis584 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I just can't buy a knife promoted by Bear who recommends that you jump into cold water, suntman style whenever you're in trouble in the woods. I like Gerber though so I'll check out some other models. I don't think anyone actually watched his show for survival tips anyway.

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from jandemason wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

It works great for me regardless of the promo from bear grylls

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from DB wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I have a Buckmaster which I have owned for over 30 years! It has a hollow handle in which I can store matches along with other essentials, and it is water proof. It also came with a compass.. Thick heavy blade and a sharpening stone on the back of the sheath which secures the knife and stone with snaps instead of cheap velcro!
Truly the best survival knife I have seen to date...Blows Bear Grylls away..30 years ago!!

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

This knive just doesn't do much for me. I think keeping it under $100 is a wise marketing move for sales, but lets face it you can only get so much knife for around 60 bucks. I would prefer a 1095 carbon steel, or tool steel; with at least a 6inch blade--Full tang.

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from RB72484 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Bear Grylls would eat Les Stroud in his sleep, then make a shelter from his carcass. However, I prefer my USMC KA-BAR.

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from Zinkcalls 87 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

i love the fixed blade ive started a fire with the flint and sharpend the knife on its stone works supprisingly amazing didnt really care for the whistle other than that loved it.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I got one and Gerber advertises the butt part of the knife can be used to hammer things. I tryed to hammer in a tent stack and broke the handle. I was pretty upset cause my kids got it for me for my birthday, but Gerber was good to their word and I got a new one.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I can see these knives becoming collectors items too.

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from Neil M Boucher wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

10/29/2011 7:00 shot a button Buck with Parker Bow at 35 yards. Used my Bear Grills Gerber Survival Knife to gut Deer, worked great. Helped me set up my tree stand also, I used saw to cut some branches. Feel like I'm ready for anything.

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from hunter007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

A nice sharp knife that will do anything that a knife can do. A liitle expensive, but worth it.

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from Gimpergoo wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

This has become my second best knife. Which is good cause i have a couple dozen knives.

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

It sounds gimmicky with Bear's name on it, but "stuff" in the handle is cool. Makes me want to watch Rambo again.

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from streamer123 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I heard about the recall of the Bear Grylls Parang so was a bit put off by this. However, they have apparently re-manufactured and suppliers here in the UK have stocks so I have re-ordered www.aboveandbeyond.co.uk/Gerber+Bear+Grylls/list/f4. Fingers crossed I can still cross my fingers in a few months time. Lol.

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from BeccaH wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

I thought I might add my two cents about something that seems to really get people riled up.

When I went to purchase a multitool, and a field knife, I originally thought I'd buy a Ka Bar. The BG knife was pointed out to me when I made my needs known. Now, I've heard nothing but terrible things about his show, which I haven't actually seen. Needless to say, I almost refused to purchase the knife based on the BG name alone. However, I looked at its features and decided to risk the embarrassment. :)

I haven't gone backpacking or anything with it yet, but you can bet I've tested it out. My job makes every workday a little like being on a survival trip sometimes. I tested the fire striker (which I'm not familiar with, I've always got a couple of lighters on me). I've had to slice everything from branches to sawing through fish and even a chicken drumstick! I've dropped it, soaked it, disinfected it, gotten it in mud, used it to break through 2" thick ice, so on and so forth. It's pretty dummy proof an so far, I haven't managed to break anything on it. It fits in my front pocket so that only the handle and first Velcro loop stick out. Actually is a pretty easy draw that way too.

I'm sure there are better, harder, sharper, etc, knives out there. This one was reasonably priced, with extras on the sheath that made me not have to add them in a pack elsewhere. And the fact that I haven't broken it yet is a bonus. Oh, and the checkered pommel makes a pretty good meat tenderizer too.

I hate orange, sadly. And I'm not thrilled with having the Bear Grylls name on it. So I'm going to tape or paint over all of that. See? All better, lol.

Hope that helps.

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from geoffbeneze wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I believe there is some minor confusion on the units of measure. If the blade is a bit over 1cm, it's NOT thin. It's thicker than Bear's 1/4" blade.

Beyond that, a reasonable evaluation of both.
geoff

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from geoffbeneze wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I definitely like the looks of the knife. I've grown to like a straight blade better, but still have (and use) plenty of half and halves.

Only one problem, they've got my initials backwards!
geoffb

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Thanks geoff. That was a typo. The spine of the Parang is just over 1mm thick.
-DM

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Bear Gryllis is a showman not an instructor. Following his "survival" advice could get you killed. However, I tip my hat to Gerber for combining a fire steel with a utility grade knife. If you carry no other survival gear (and shame on you if you do) at least have a good knife and a fire steel. My lighter and "strike anywhere" matches have both failed me on occassion, but my fire steel never has. Gerber has the right idea with this product. However, they could have had more credibility within the survival instructor community with a big name other than Bear Gryllis behind it.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Tap Duncan, after reading your few posts, it looks like you have anger issues. There are plenty of great knives on the market. What makes you think this one is any better?

This knife has not been on the market for very long. I believe you are lying about owning a ranch and using the BG every day. I've never known a landowner to use flint and steel to start a rubbish fire. Most workingmen I know carry a folder and start fires with lighters and paper.

It seems to me that many are confusing negative remarks made about this knife as a criticism of Mr. Grylls and/or Gerber. No such criticism is intended by me because I like them both. I just don't like this knife and don't think I'll ever own one. As a side note, my oldest fixed blade is a Gerber Mark I dagger purchased over 25 years ago.

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from elmer f. wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

while i am crazy about Gerber cutlry, i think i will pass on both of these. first, i am not all that big of a Bear Griles fan, second, i really despise knifes with serrated blades. as for the machette, it may be a little lighter than my Gerber Gator, but that is the only advantage i can see with it. i will just keep the Gerber's that i already have, and pass on these thank you.

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from mop4pom wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have to admit, that I bought the prodidgy simply because it is almost identical but without the bear grylls logo.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

It looks like a pretty good knife, not bad for 60 bucks. I'm not really a fan of 440a steel because it doesn't hold a edge very well, in my opinion at least. I think for forty bucks more i'd buy the LMF which I think has some advantages, like the glass breaker and better steel.

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from Hotanvil wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

52 to 59 is a wide range for an RC hardness test which would lead me to believe their production and heat treatment of them is inconsistant at best. I also don't like a serrated edge when they do get dull they are a pain in the backside to resharpen.If I have to trust my life on a blade I will make it myself

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from AlaskaBrad wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

That is spelled "chintzy".

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

You might think Im insane but for me its Buck or nothing.

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from minimanminamalist wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

crappy knife with bears name on it go buy a buck 119 over this thing

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from ukw21 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I want one!

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from Donkeylegjohnson wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I like the article, looks like a nice setup,all survival knife's need to be sharpened on a regular basis. i would rather buy a knife endorsed by the man les stroud if i had a choice. but he uses multi tools. anyway thanks for the review.

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from Fox1011 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

Gerber makes a lot of good survival knives. For my money the best for value is the LMF II ASEK in Coyote Brown. http://www.foxqualityknives.com/gerber-lmf-ii-asek-coyote-brown-survival...

I really think the value of this knife vs. the Bear Knife is not really even close. MOLLE Vest Attachable Sheath with built in sharpener that actually works pretty well.

Chop with it. Slice with it. Even lash it to a pole to make a spear.

Only drawback I can see is that the Sanvic 12C27 stainless steel is a problem to use on a fire stricker. Easy to solve by carrying a Bic or a Fire starter kit.

The steel shows outstanding performance in field.

It is not that I don't like the Bear knife. I just think the LMF II is a much better knife for very little more money.

Of course that is just my opinion. Which with $2.00 you can get a cup of coffee in most cheap joints across the country.

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from catfish12g wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I only trust knives used by the military I recently got a Ka bar USMC 7" with 2" serration. The handle can be held safely any way you can imagine. It's got 1095 steel

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Pig Hunter,

You are right about the bad reviews on the knife but i read here that Gerber re-released the item with the bugs worked out. Might be worth giving the knife a try even though youve read a few bad reviews about the pummel failing hehe. I read they fixed the flaws on the initial release of the knife here:

http://www.outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?11-New-Bear-G...

and here

http://www.outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?38-Bear-Gryll...

hope this helps! Lastly, Fox1011, you can buy the knife for sure! I JUST BOUGHT THE BEAR GERBER KNIFE FROM AMAZON.COM RIGHT HERE:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003R0LSMO?tag=outdsurvclot-20&camp=14573&creat...

-Kenny

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from Jraptor59 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I just got the Bear Parang. I have to say that I disagree that it is a thin blade. It is thicker than my cold steel bolo machete for one thing. Another is that you don't want a big, thick blade on a machete. It does feel a bit blade heavy when holding it at first but when you swing it a few times it feels great.

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

PigHunter,

LOL I am flattered that you think I am involved in an underground Gerber promotion team. Sadly, I am just a fan of Bear Grylls and Gerber and am thinking about getting this new Ultimate Survival knife. Since everyone here was talking about flaws with the knife I figured I would post a link to a pic showing a possible fix. WTF am I explaining myself for? Who are you? What do you do for a living? Jesus.

GO BEAR GRYLLS!!

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Pig Hunter/Jesus,

Good for you! New Man Vs. Wild episode tonight hehe Norway saw some pics of it here...

http://outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/

also that site identifies all the gear he wears every episode. like the waterproof Overboard backpack he wore in Arizona.

Go Bear Grylls!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from vezzo wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Seriously I think this knife is amazing and the way it's design is awesome to! It seems durable and perfectly made for the extreme outdoors. Also, Man vs. Wild is one of my favorite T.V. shows so it would be real cool to have something made by Bear Grylls.

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from blackhatarcher wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

People should always carry a knife outdoors. Even if it does have another guys name on it

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from SIR JAMES wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

If I am gonna trust my life on a knife to get me shelter, food & maybe water, there is NO WAY I will carry a knife that I have ANY reservations about I do not care who's name is on it.

I trust Buck knives. I have abused the snot out of them & they have never let me down...so if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

As far as Bear's TV show goes, I don't like it...I think that most of the info in the shoow will get a normal person hurt and or killed. for someone who is trained(like a soldier), the info is ok at best.
I refuse to watch a show that either bores me to tears or has too much misinformation within it. this is just my opinion nothing more. I just wish I had a penny for every piece of junk knife I have bought thru the years. Every knife I ever bought that lived upto its hype, I still have, I still use, And I still swear by.

Everyone is talking about this knife like it's either a piece of garbage or it's the Holy Grail of knives...my personal choice for a survival knife has a 2.187 inch blade & it folds & locks into position....and it's made by Winchester. Best knife I ever bought, & I think I only spent like maybe $15.00 dollars for it. it cleans up nice; sharpens up nice, & skinning out a deer with it is like a hot knife going thru warm butter. 8-)

Not saying it's the best knife to use on a deer, but in a survival situation, it works just fine.

Did I mention that it also fits in the front pocket of my old blue jeans? there is very little I can not do in a survival situation with this knife.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

This knive just doesn't do much for me. I think keeping it under $100 is a wise marketing move for sales, but lets face it you can only get so much knife for around 60 bucks. I would prefer a 1095 carbon steel, or tool steel; with at least a 6inch blade--Full tang.

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from Neil M Boucher wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

10/29/2011 7:00 shot a button Buck with Parker Bow at 35 yards. Used my Bear Grills Gerber Survival Knife to gut Deer, worked great. Helped me set up my tree stand also, I used saw to cut some branches. Feel like I'm ready for anything.

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from hunter007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

A nice sharp knife that will do anything that a knife can do. A liitle expensive, but worth it.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Looks like a good one. I prefer serrated half and half. It makes it easier to saw through thick items such as breastbone.

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from Nolan wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Nice Knife.

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from JRMCDANIEL wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I like the looks of them both. I collect all kinds of knives and would like to have these in my collection also

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from drsil@aol.com wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

What a piece of cheap chinese junk. A 440a blade with a hardness of anywhere from 52-59 is about a butter knife. sure needs a sharpener. I hope you don't need to "survive" too long with it. It will fall apart.

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

To drsil@aol.com and Hotanvil, I had been wondering that as well and had the folks at Gerber check again. They tell me the RC score on the Ultimate Knife is actually 55-59, or 57+/-2, and that the 52-59 range was incorrect. I suppose when it's a new product line, the specs contain mistakes from time to time. --DM

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from outdoorsman29 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Looks like a quality tool. Hopefully I can get get my hands on one soon.

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from mdsulli2 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I think it looks like a good survival setup for a knife but survival machete?
Knife, cord, zip ties, paper, matches/lighter all good compact choices.
Broken leg in the woods,(pick your tough spot) pound for pound can o tuna beats machete almost every time.

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from patrickflanagan wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

It looks like a cool knife but I've read multiple reviews that said this knife breaks easily. which to me I would not want a knife that breaks easily in a survival situation.

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from Trappperman9 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

i am getting this knife iv been looking for reviews on it but im getting of knifecenter.com should i get it from there because it comes out in february or is it out already?

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from Fox1011 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

As far as I know the Bear Gryllis knife is still not available. This still leads me to suggest the Gerber LMF II or some Carbon blade knives from Cold Steel. The advantage in the market today is that there is a very wide range of knives available to are of excellent quality.
Ed Fox www.foxqualityknives.com

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Bad reviews on Amazon...

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from east ky mountain man wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Ka bar USMC is all i need thank you.. 50 bucks for a better knife.

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from Dave_Maccar wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That's true, Go Bear Grylls. The Ultimate Knife had an early release at the end of 2010, but it was a "beta" version of the knife, according to the folks at Gerber. There apparently were some issues with the material around the steel pommel cracking and the pommel actually falling out. This was corrected for the actual production knife, which is what is on sale currently. When I did my testing with the early release knife, I experienced no such problems and I beat the crap out of that thing. Hope this helps. -DM

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from Go Bear Grylls wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I read that Gerber fixed the pummel flaw in the Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife. Thin piece of plastic between pummel and handle replaced by thicker more sturdy piece of plastic. Saw images of it posted here by ChiefGrylls:

http://www.outdoorsurvivalclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?38-Bear-Gryll...

Didn't buy the early version but thinking about getting this new upgraded version.

Kenny - Go Bear Grylls!

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Kenny, thank you for the response and links. Did you sign up on F&S just to promote these products? Jraptor59, you seem to have also signed in to this site for the same reason. Don't get me wrong, I like your inputs but if you work for Gerber then just let us know, and more importantly, let us know what was done to fix the problem and test to make sure the fix works. My oldest knife is a Gerber. Thanks - PH

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Well, you don't have to call me Jesus cause that's not my name. :-)

I'm an engineer and critical by nature. I expect equipment to be designed well and tested before final release. Also a Bear Grylls and Gerber fan...

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

I love watching this guy. I just say these in the sportsmans warehouse a couple weeks ago, and it is good to know that they actually work.

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from starus wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Yes, gerber did fix the problems on the knife. I just bought it today and beat the crap out of it. i batoned a 4inch log, started a fire and crushed a small rock ect. not a fan of the coated blade, like they say in the survival notes you can use the blade to reflect light and shine it to signal help...ironic no? lol but yes i understand bear may not actually "survive" in the show but the point is he teaches tips and tricks for worst case sinarios...

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from blackhatarcher wrote 3 years 3 days ago

what why cant I post

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from blackhatarcher wrote 3 years 3 days ago

o there it is sorry
I would deffenetly buy the knife if it had a smooth edge. Since I realy dont like serations almost as much as Bear. But I like his gerber knife though.

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from blackhatarcher wrote 3 years 3 days ago

O and what happend to Winchester Knives? Beast swears by his.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Well said Sir James. There's a lot to be said for having a good locking folder in your pocket!

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from Gary Neal wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

I would have to say that the best knife I've ever had is Gerber knife. It's small, yet very useful. Stick me out in the woods with a Gerber, some flint, and a rifle to bring down big game, and I'd be set.

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from FREDO wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I would not use a 440A blade for anything more than a butter knife. Its D2, 154CM, SV30 or solingen high carbon stainless or nuttin'

As for Bear, he is a reckless phony, not a survivalist any joe doaks can or would emulate. All training I have received commands a full use of common sense plus knowledge of the environment with no foolish or reckless acts.

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from Jack Darrington wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

I think I'm going to have to go ahead and agree with Fredo on this one. I've been carrying and using folding pocket knives ever since I was old enough to walk and I this definitely isn't the knife for me. I'd much rather have the D2, 154CM, SV30 or solingen high carbon stainless knives over this one any day.

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from DR angler wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

It's a nice knife, its to bad a retard like Bear Grylls Gets to promote it....

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from cjlewis584 wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I just can't buy a knife promoted by Bear who recommends that you jump into cold water, suntman style whenever you're in trouble in the woods. I like Gerber though so I'll check out some other models. I don't think anyone actually watched his show for survival tips anyway.

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from jandemason wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

It works great for me regardless of the promo from bear grylls

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from DB wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I have a Buckmaster which I have owned for over 30 years! It has a hollow handle in which I can store matches along with other essentials, and it is water proof. It also came with a compass.. Thick heavy blade and a sharpening stone on the back of the sheath which secures the knife and stone with snaps instead of cheap velcro!
Truly the best survival knife I have seen to date...Blows Bear Grylls away..30 years ago!!

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from RB72484 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Bear Grylls would eat Les Stroud in his sleep, then make a shelter from his carcass. However, I prefer my USMC KA-BAR.

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from Zinkcalls 87 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

i love the fixed blade ive started a fire with the flint and sharpend the knife on its stone works supprisingly amazing didnt really care for the whistle other than that loved it.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I got one and Gerber advertises the butt part of the knife can be used to hammer things. I tryed to hammer in a tent stack and broke the handle. I was pretty upset cause my kids got it for me for my birthday, but Gerber was good to their word and I got a new one.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I can see these knives becoming collectors items too.

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from Gimpergoo wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

This has become my second best knife. Which is good cause i have a couple dozen knives.

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

It sounds gimmicky with Bear's name on it, but "stuff" in the handle is cool. Makes me want to watch Rambo again.

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from streamer123 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I heard about the recall of the Bear Grylls Parang so was a bit put off by this. However, they have apparently re-manufactured and suppliers here in the UK have stocks so I have re-ordered www.aboveandbeyond.co.uk/Gerber+Bear+Grylls/list/f4. Fingers crossed I can still cross my fingers in a few months time. Lol.

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from BeccaH wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

I thought I might add my two cents about something that seems to really get people riled up.

When I went to purchase a multitool, and a field knife, I originally thought I'd buy a Ka Bar. The BG knife was pointed out to me when I made my needs known. Now, I've heard nothing but terrible things about his show, which I haven't actually seen. Needless to say, I almost refused to purchase the knife based on the BG name alone. However, I looked at its features and decided to risk the embarrassment. :)

I haven't gone backpacking or anything with it yet, but you can bet I've tested it out. My job makes every workday a little like being on a survival trip sometimes. I tested the fire striker (which I'm not familiar with, I've always got a couple of lighters on me). I've had to slice everything from branches to sawing through fish and even a chicken drumstick! I've dropped it, soaked it, disinfected it, gotten it in mud, used it to break through 2" thick ice, so on and so forth. It's pretty dummy proof an so far, I haven't managed to break anything on it. It fits in my front pocket so that only the handle and first Velcro loop stick out. Actually is a pretty easy draw that way too.

I'm sure there are better, harder, sharper, etc, knives out there. This one was reasonably priced, with extras on the sheath that made me not have to add them in a pack elsewhere. And the fact that I haven't broken it yet is a bonus. Oh, and the checkered pommel makes a pretty good meat tenderizer too.

I hate orange, sadly. And I'm not thrilled with having the Bear Grylls name on it. So I'm going to tape or paint over all of that. See? All better, lol.

Hope that helps.

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from Tap Duncan wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Oh give me a break. I have an LMF and a BG, and I love them both. To dismiss a knife because you don't like the host of a tv show is moronic. That's like saying I would never get my insurance thru Mutual of Omaha because I don't like Jim!!! C'mon grow up... My ber grylls knife has put up with everyting I've asked it to. We own a ranch and we use it every single day, and it has never let us down, and I mean never. Out here, we burn alot of scrapwood, and we have used the firestarter many times. I just think that to condemn a product because you don't like the host is so damn juvenile, should I send back my SHAMWOW too, even though it works???

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from Tap Duncan wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Wow, ignorance and hatred know no boundaries. How come, none of these so called arm chair geniuses never once produced a great knife? BECAUSE THEY CAN'T!!!!

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