The Bear Grylls Knife

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  1. Mattnu

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    Our Friend Tomahawk is back in the world and worked himself into a Bear Grylls Survival knife. This his initial take on it...

    My good friend Matt came up to the mountains the other day to invite me to a BBQ on memorial day so i packed up my gear and headed to town with him. Once there I went to see my good friend and Knife expert/Historian Trapper Jon. I was looking to buy a new swiss army knife since mine is getting old and pretty worn out.

    Trapper Jon had one of the new Bear grils survival knives by gerber blades, I managed to get it for 30 bucks from TJ and took it back to the mountains to try it out.

    I can say straight out that i dont like the serrations on the blade, if this knife had a straight blade with no serrations it would be a hell of a lot better. I did some batoning and prying, I even got a few sparks on quarts. there is a ferro rod that clips into the sheath along with a diamond honing stone on the inside of the sheath - kinda cool. the knife is a nice looking blade, multi functional, inexpensive, and pretty indestructible.

    Ultimatly though, I didnt see that this knife is any better than my $6.00 dollar green River knife ,"Old Butch" that I have been packing for the past 22 years.

    Im going to give this Gerber to a friend down the road and stick with "Old Butch", my GRK has taken me many miles and will take me many more with no frills.

    Tomahawk - scouts out!

    http://tomahawksadventuretravel.blogspot.com/2011/05/bear-grills-knife.html
     
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    Sounds like a realistic assessment to me - no flaming, just saying...and in the end passing passing it along. Tomahawks got a good take on things (to me )

    thanks for sharing, Mattnu!
     
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    I seen Tomahawk was back stateside. Looks like he and Discovery are working something out as well.
     
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    I'm going to start calling that knife the LMF III. It looks just like the LMF II that Gerber makes and has similar features. (sharpener, hammer pummel, serrations)

    The LMF has a less curved handle and a pointed pummel.

    I wonder if it's the same knife blank?

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    LMF II is much larger. Bear Grylls knife is close to the Prodigy.

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    Good call.
     
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    Thanks for the post. I have to agree with Tomahawk if the serrations were removed or even optional then I would be willing to bet more people would give it a second look/ buy one.
     
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    does anyone know why gerber won't offer the knife without the serrated edge
     
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    Not sure. You can't get the LMFII without them either to my knowledge.
     
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    That's the exact reason I didn't buy that knife last year. Serrations.
     
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    Beats me man... I hate serrations too.
     
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    cuz it doesnt look cool.



    Gotta remember who their target buyers are.
     
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    Bear said in his Blade review artical he "prefers" them, and are "Priorites of Survival" as he put it, for this specific knife.

    I heard his ORIGINAL design for the pommel/hammer, was cheaply made and ALOT of users broke the POS. Gerber quickly, we'll say "Updated" this little flaw.;)
     
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    When it comes to blade endorsements Bear Grylls is NOT Ron Hood
     
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    :4: I can be your friend down the road to pass it on to.....LOL:4:
     
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    Did you get the free sample of pee with your knife? :D
     
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    Discovery??? Raggy??? Could it be???

    :38:
     
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    Please!! Skip me when this blade gets passed around.

    I used one at the campground over Memorial Day. A group of Boy Sprouts was camped a couple of sites down and about half of them had the BG Monster. I tried it out and walked away happy with my little Mora.

    I did notice, however, that one Scoutmaster had a Mora and another had an Enzo. Wish I'd had time to talk blades with them for a bit, but I had to get back to tend the Dutch ovens.
     
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    For those of you who already pulled the trigger on the Bear Grylls knife, or the prodigy, or the LMF II, or anything similar, I believe that Twinblade does serration removal. If you contact him, he should be able to correct that little shortcoming in your knives.

    Looker
     
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    I have one here for review in my magazine, but looking 3 month for some good reasons to buy it.
    the parang is even worse: hollow grind so it gets stuck in everything you smash it in
     
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    Aaw, I always believed that this bg dude is a pit fake now I'm convinced when I see a blade like this carrying his name on it.. Something different than Mors and Ray Mears and old woodlore people tend to use. I see some point in those army issue blades tho, but in these civil tacticools - none.
    Just my opinion.
     
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    First if all I don't where that sad face came from, I'm honestly not that upset about bear grylls gerber...
    Kabar would be the only knife I would go for with that kind of geometry and its not for love of the style, just trust in the time tested design. I have a gerber auto my brother was issued with that same shape and is certainly sturdy but i actually considered sending it to twinblade for serration removal in the magical future when I send him my esee3 for new clothes.
    It's also important to remember what this knife is designed for. I'm sure Mr grylls would be able to make the distinction between survival and bushcraft.
    I hope I get my hands on a soldier river or bcusa blade before my next survival situation though....
     
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    I know of two instances where that snapped on plastic pommel went flying off the knife.

    If you put a pommel on, at least have the decency to pin it, put a nut on it or thread it on. Sheesh. I guess though, it is made in china...
     
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    Now, BG's first, I believe, custom British-made Bayley knife was really nice - until you saw the price - 350 pounds! A second run with serrations was definitely off my plate, not that I even know anyone who could/would spend $700+, by the time it got here, for such a small belt knife.

    Actually, a similar hiker came out a year or so later - the Buck 005GY 'Gen5' - now gone - it could even be carried horizontally on a belt, like BG's Bayley. Not bad for ~$50 delivered. I'll bet termites taste just as good, when served on it's blade, too! My son gave me an LMFII for Pappy's Day some years ago - when they had dropped to $59 on closeout sales. Not a favorite here. No thank you on those current BG knives, not the least reason, for me, being those serrations... I like knives - and I have saws.

    Stainz
     
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    I think one the interesting things about this BG knife, or the similar Gerber Prodigy, would be as a decent replacement, concept wise, for the USAF Pilots Survival Knife. It is probably better than that.

    I really don't like the sheat set up on the BG knife. The design is functional, but the webbing and all the stitching does not look like it will last ver long and won't take any kind of hard use.
     
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    It did indeed:

    YouTube - ‪Warning: Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife FAIL!‬‏




    Gerber "supposedly" fixed the little problem. But I have heard it still rattles loose after repeated use.
     
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    There's a review in the Sept issue of Tactical Knives that talks about the pommel issue bring fixed.
     
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    Yep. I got the issue, and it talks about the SAME issue in the July BLADE issue 2011 also in the August BLADE 2011 issue.... makes ya wonder huh? :6:
     
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    He is not a Bushcrafter either.
     
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    The Gerber LMF II ASEK is just that, the replacement for the old pilot survival knife.
    I wish that Gerber would made a version of the LMF II without serrations, since IMO it is a great knife that is held back by its serrations.
     
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    The Bear Grylls Gerber items are plastered all over the outdoor shops up North here too. I don't particularly like the BG knife , mostly because of the handle. I went and purchased the Prodigy a few weeks ago. They must have had older stock as mine has the Sandvik 12c27 steel , which is a plus.

    After having sharpened and used it for a bit , I honestly have to say it is a very good general purpose knife , especially for what it cost. Like a lot of others , I must conclude that the one thing that limits this whole Gerber LMF/Prodigy/BG line is the serrations. For any rough work the knife is fine but try to do any intricate carving , notching or slicing the serrations really fail.

    It's really too bad. What could have been a really good knife ( same goes for the LMF and BG ) is only a mediocre knife. As a bush knife , it would have been in the class of let's say , the Cold steel SRK if only they has made it a plain edge.

    So , I went for the Prodigy instead of the BG knife. I found a place for it also. I thought it would make a good back-up knife in my vehicle , so under the Jeep seat it sits.
     
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    Worst knife ever made. Piece of crap. :)
     
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    I have the Prodigy, and it is an excelent quality knife, just not much good for bushcrafting.
    The big diference between the BG knife and the Prodigy, is that the Prodigy is made in Gerber's USA factory, with very high QC, where as the BG knife is made in China, as cheaply as possible.
     
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    Stainless and serrations? No thanks, even without the BG initials.

    I'm surprised it isn't chromed and doesn't have a hollow handle.
     
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    My interests go with knives that are simpler but more sturdy. Currently I have a TOPS Alaskan Harpoon.

    Good 1095 Carbon. No serrations. Just a good solid knife.
     
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    I habe to say though personally I've never disliked serrations on survival knives. I hate it on work knives but for a knife that might need to cut crap fast and keep an edge for a bit serrations are go. Besides most people (obviously not BCUSA people) will not even know how/try to sharpen that knife of they're up the famous creek, migjt need some more serrations still!
     
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    I hear that the pommel was supposed to break off to make a cup to drink urine from ....
     
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    Anything with Bear Gryll's name on it repulses me from buying it.
     
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    It also hides his Holiday Inn Express card.
     
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