Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by Sandcut, Apr 3, 2019.
My set of early 1990s vintage Gerber USA Pro-Guide II knives, the Drop Point Hunter, Skinner, and Caper
FYI, I learned the hard way as a newbie as well, "a-Go-Go" means action shots, not poser shots...
By "action", a pic while actually in use can be impractical for several reasons, but at least a posed pic with something you just used it on will count...
My Gerber Paraframe Mini got a little work-out today: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...report-thread-2019.240558/page-5#post-4391374
I love this little knife. It usually lives in my fishing kit but it's capable of so much more!
Here is my Gerber Exchange-a-Blade saw. It comes with a coarse and a fine tooth saw. I’ve had this since the early 2000’s and am on my second coarse saw blade.
I’m trying to figure out another saw to try. This one binds up too much no matter how gentle I am with it. I will say this though it has never broke or let me down in anyway (knock on wood).
Does anyone know if Gerber ever made a non-serrated version of the LMF?
Never seen one. The Strongarm, BGUSK, and Prodigy, yes. But, LMF 2, I can't find any reference to one.
Like Sandcut said, there’s not a fine edge LMF II. But if you can deal with a slightly smaller blade (width not length or thickness) and no lashing points, the Prodigy can be had in fine edge at Walmart if they still have them near you. I was just there this past weekend and saw some. I believe it was supposed to be a limited run. The Strongarm is similar to the Prodigy, but has a different sheath setup and different handle. For me personally, I didn’t care for the Strongarm. I’ve held an LMF II years ago and I still want one!
Actually I got a prodigy with serrations which I am liking a lot more than I thought I would.
Beginning to think if you want a any situation survival tool serrations may just be the way to go. And Gerber prices are very reasonable.
The Gerber serrations make some nice, easy feather sticks
I was just cruising Youtube trying to get out of a funk and searching for inspiration, when that Muse appeared in the form of our own @NWPrimate.
There is so much Go-Go in this video that it's unreal, so I thought I would share it here.
Thanks for the video and some vicarious serenity, NWPrimate. I plan to mimic this once I can get out a bit.
Yes, they did.
There was also the Patriot, which was the LMF blade in the same handle and sheath as the old Moray Dive Knife:
The Moray. I've owned blue and black versions of it:
Did I stumble into the Gerber a-chit-chat thread by accident?
Yes, yes you did.
Serrated edges don't suck. It's you and your skills that suck.
Completed bushcraft bush class lesson number 1 basic make feathers and shavings. About a hats worth or 3xp.
Uh oh the bg "survivaling" knife just did something bushcraft. Lol
Rain kept little buddy and I inside today. So I figured I would show off my collection of Gerbers. Missing is my Epic, Patriot, and there is one my bride keeps in her purse but the name escapes me. It is similar to the Epic or in that line at least.
Magnesium shavings from a doan magbar.
Alco pad from IV start pack
Cohaglans fire cubes. Very hard...
Bush class basic lesson 2 completed
Not my action. Gotta do some of it though
The Gerber Suspension! I have one in my purse that I use often, but I totally forgot that it's a Gerber. DOH! I've got an older Gerber multi-tool in a kit somewhere too. (Recoil, I think it's called.) I'll have to find it and take them both A GO GO! Thanks for the reminder.
Bushclass lesson 5 improvised metal cooking.
It just keeps doing bushcrafty stuff.
Bushclass lesson sharpen your knife
Cleaning the wife's deer head
I have a couple Gerber multitools (somewhere). Last time my nephew was in town one of his army buddies came by and they were joking around and he said “Got your Gerber?” Nephew patted his pocket and said, “Yep. You.”
His buddy said “Always “.
I’m thinking the army must issue them now.
90s issue gerber multitool
Batoning is cool, but the Mother Of All Splitters makes it so much easier.
Looks like the gerber auto.
It's the Gerber 06, but the FAST (spring assist) model from Walmart. It is a really great knife and legal to carry in PA. I compared it to the tanto version of the 06 auto at a gun show two months ago and the spring assist was much faster than the auto. Whoodathunk?
As a rule, I dislike spring assisted knives. Most have sloppy wobbly blades to allow for blade speed. This knife is tight and solid and fast and doesn't rely on a loose blade for speed. They got it right. Blade holds a good edge. Not bad for $54. I liked it so much I bought a couple more just in case I loose this one. It just fits my hand like it was made for it.
Stanley (Gerber) 12 function multi-tool. I picked a couple of these up in our local DIY store a few years ago using the stores Nektar points, (kinda freebie using points) purely for trade & GAW. I do believe these are also sold under the brands of Lansky & Winchester. Those I traded or GAW via other Bushcrafters were impressed with both the quality & price.
Ahem (points at the swear jar) "say it ^^^^ pay it" $1.00c (plink plink) all donations go towards the Wenger Giant the world's largest Swiss Army knife, packing 141 functions into 87 implements pass around er.. em.. the Clubhouse orphans fund.
I think @DavidJAFO is secretly raising money to procure the ultimate loaded pack of bear gryll branded gear.
This really what all those multifunctional items a recall about. Code word orphans lol
@Howie noo.. never.. I swear it's for the Clubhouse orphans fund.
Good teeth on the saw.
Split some logs today. A few were a little big so I used a baton (and cuz I think it’s safer). It’s a nice little hatchet. I bought it probably in 2012 or 13 and haven’t used it for awhile.
Gerber-a-Go-Go makes swear jars tinkle and run back to their mommies.
I've never had any issue with Gerber, have liked the brand. Yet for some reason, of all the knives in my knife pile, Gerber is almost non-existent. I have some, but no more than three and two of them I'll have to verify both that I still have them and that they are actually Gerber.
The third, though, is this. The BG Parang. I broke my old Ontario mil-sup machete long ago batoning it, went without a decent machete for a while, then decided to get this parang. And then I never used it. It sat on the shelf for years. I brought it on a few overnight trips but ended up not using it then, either. During this time it even went through a factory recall where I had to send it in and they sent me a new one (old one had an issue with the handle splitting).
So, we have this thread. And it's time for me to use it. I'm in the trip challenge thread, need to visit my "spot" each month for a pic. My spot's a short bushwack off the path and I'd noticed it'd started getting a bit overgrown with springtime, not to mention snake season. These days I'd be more apt to use my skrama but this time I decided to bring along the parang and pop its cherry.
The parang in question.
The overgrown bushwack, before.
And the chopped buckwack, after. It may not look like much at first glance but look again, there's a tunnel going all the way back there that I cleared out.
Overall it was pretty effective. I was chopping through vines and green branches up to an inch thick or so with no real effort. Gets a thumbs up.
A side note to this story, while I'm back there wacking away I hear a motor. And some music. And here comes something crawling along that looks like a golf cart but goes over terrain like an ATV, blaring country music, a man and his daughter inside. I had been carrying my fly fishing rod, broken down inside its case, and had left it on the other side of the trail while I was doing my chopping. And of course they see it, not me, and slow down to stop and collect it.
I'm less than 20' away and yelling at them "that's mine! that's mine!" but the mouth breathers can't hear me over their engine noise and blaring redneck tunes. With parang in hand and being reminded of a story @riverjoe told recently, I have to walk back out towards them while continuing to shout that the rod was mine. They finally notice me; the dad gives me a quick nod, puts his cart in gear, and motors away over a shallow creek crossing area.
I just really hate being out in nature and then having it interrupted by a slob in a motorized vehicle. I realize they have their place but this is a foot trail getting torn up by them and the dirt bikers. It's not that big of an area, it's not like you need one to get around, maybe if he got off his butt and used his own two feet to get from point A to point B, he'd both be in better shape and his daughter would better benefit from the example.
Sorry for the rant, I'm just tired of listening to these vehicles ruining the peace of nature and seeing all the damage they do to the terrain. In a year or two they're not going to be allowed out there any more but I'll be more limited in what I can do out there, too; almost a pyrrhic victory.
Anyway, thanks for looking.
Hey that’s mine . THATS MINE .
Let 's see just how dirty you can get that parang.
It was a little awkward on belt carry, interfering with my "havercreel" hanging on that side. I went to my nearby current-favorite fishing hole after the above events and took it off when I got there, then later stowed it in my pack when I left.
But, there's an area to the right of my current-favorite fishing hole that has also become overgrown with Springtime - I expect to go back down there again sometime to give me wading-access to the creek and I'll bring the parang to chop my way down there...
Recycling pics from a post on another thread, here's the start of the path I'll be chopping through in a future visit...
And the parang next to my other gear after I took it off but before I stowed it in the pack...
I like the parang. I used it mostly for chopping up arm thick (or maybe a little bigger) pieces of wood for winter camping one year. I also used it for some brush on one occasion that I recall.
Processed some more fatwood for my nephew with my hatchet and bgusk, made some fatwood scrapings, and then started the fire with the fire steel. My apologies for the slow pics.
A little late to the party as far as what I wanted to do, but got in the swing of things that afternoon. After the day's adventures... https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/led-astray-in-easterm-maine.250064/#post-4406700 I set about making a fire to prepare dinner over using my Fiskars X7 and BGUSK. First I batoned the X7 through this maple log...
Then used it to split the baton...
And used the BGUSK to process the smaller stuff...
I decided to make one of my boreal fire bombs to get the fire going. The BGUSK cutting barks...
And scraping bark for tinder...
I used the Kelly Harlton method of scraping my mag bar against the spine of a stationary knife. I will never use any other method again. Safer, more controllable, and effective in every way.
Okay, so real life impressions of this knife. It cut really well, I was impressed. What I didn't like is this thing has all the grace of a brick. I work with tools for a living, and this isn't a tool I'd want to work with all day. I like a knife that's alive in the hand, and this one isn't. I think it's reasonably well made, just not well enough designed to meet the expectations of an experienced user of tools. That said, I'm sure there are a lot of "high end" knives I'd have the same impression of, so that's strictly my subjective point of view. And yes, I will still take it afield if only just for grins and to post more stuff on this thread. Ha! As always, YMMV.
Bear Grylls fan club membership.
Yeah, we need to get some more non-BG Gerber and Fiskars action going here (although the BG action has been pretty action-packed!)
C'mon peoples! I know you all own Gerbers. Let's see 'em do stuff!
Honest, the only Gerber product I own is one of those Comlpeat utensil sets
And it hasn't seen any action yet
I really like the looks of that set up!
That looks pretty cool!
You have a homework assignment this weekend, mister!