This knife is a sweet twist on the Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife- w/4.8 inch blade -- which is in incredible knife so read the reviews. I actually bought that one a year ago and while I can't say I've had the chance to take it outdoors to many times, its so solid and comfortable I know I cut cut through trees all day and beat the heck out of with no worries. Im really, really close to ordering this one too, just cause it looks like a great combination of things: fire striker, whistle, hammer, and survival how too's; it would probably make a great hunting knife to take with you when your out in the wild for those qualities alone. Bear's also a great guy and I enjoy the heck out of his show, so I wouldn't mind dropping a dime in his coffer either. The LMF is made in the US and I have my doubt about that other poster saying its made in China. Perhaps the flint, whistle, map, and sheath, but the main knife I bet is here from USA. The steel and rubberized grip are too similar.
-------- Update: Well... I received a reply from Gerber sales office and it is indeed made in China. As they stated: "Thank you for contacting Gerber Blades. I've attached a comparison chart of the Bear Grylls Knife to the LMFII and Prodigy Knife (which it was patterned from) for your convenience. It will offer more information regarding this product. The knife is manufactured and assembled in China."
Below is the excel attachment of the comparison of all three:
I preordered this a few days ago, but just cancelled the order. This knife seems too much like all the other fixed blade knives that Gerber has put out. It seems as though Gerber pressured Bear into a marketing deal and didn't bother changing the design of the products they would be selling. I love Bear, but this really doesn't seem like the kind of knife he'd use so I'm gonna have to see some solid reviews of this thing before actually buying it.
I was wondering the same thing. Prodigy=USA, Big Rock=China, I haven't seen anything else on this knife. But for the price i would say that the knife is USA made and like the Prodigy the sheath is probably China made.
The knife and blade looks very close to the Prodigy, with a more useful hammer pommel, a little more grip on the handle and a slightly larger hilt. If I had to outfit a boy scout troupe or tens of thousands of natural disaster survivors with a single fixed bladed utility knife, a sharpener and a flint on the cheep, this might be a good solution; especially with the orange accents to reduce losses. But for my use, it not for me. I have a two-knife use model and my existing inventory allows for a smaller yet sturdy folding pocket knife with better steel as a utility/camp knife. Anything my 3.5"-4.5" folders can't handle, my Kershaw Outcast or Cold Steel Kukri magnum will take care of quite nicely. As for fire steels and sharpening solutions (and signaling devices), I carry superior and redundant systems. But for a factory solution, I sure like the well integrated ones included in Bear's kit knife!
I like some of the the ideas here, like having the firesteel and sharpener integrated, but the way they keep saying, "It has a stainless steel blade," tells me Gerber isn't very proud of the knife's quality. "Stainless steel" pretty much means... nothing.