|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.4 x 5.5 x 13 inches|
|Item model number||31-001901|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||4|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Blade Length||4.8 inches|
|Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
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- Full tang fine edge blade made from premium steel (9CR19MoV)
- Sheath equipped with pull through sharpener
- Fire starter vertically mounted into sheath
- Emergency lanyard whistle
- Blade length: 4.8 Inches, Overall length: 10 Inches
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Gerber 31-001901 Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade, Survival Knife
Fine Edge Survival Fixed Blade
Ask Bear Grylls or anyone who has survived a serious scrape in the outdoors and they will say your brain is your most important survival tool. Your attitude, instincts and knowledge of the backcountry are what will keep you alive when everything else fails. But to put those instincts to work building a shelter, starting a fire or finding food, that brain needs a sharp, dependable knife.
The Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade combines Gerber’s decades of knife making experience with Bear Grylls’s survival skills to create a survival knife that’s everything you need and nothing more. It leaves clever to the other gear in your backpack because clever usually means fancy features and moving parts that can bend, break, jam or get lost when you need them most.
The 4.8-inch fine edge, drop-point blade can go straight from hacking firewood to delicately filleting a trout. Its premium grade stainless steel construction means you’ll never see rust or corrosion as you pull it from its sheath. The blade will also keep its edge longer between sharpenings. With an updated full tang construction, you can be sure this is a tool that won’t fail you even after hard use.
At 13.7 ounces in weight and 10 inches in total length, this knife feels solid and balanced in the hand. A large, textured, rubberized handle gives you a solid grip in any condition and an oversized bolster where the handle meets the blade keeps your hand from slipping toward the blade as you lean into your cut.
Along with flawlessly performing all the essential duties of a knife, like slicing, chopping and filleting, this knife is packed with survival features. The stainless steel pommel at the base of the handle can serve as a hammer. With two holes in the handle, the knife can be lashed to a stick to create a spear. And the lanyard cord with emergency whistle helps you keep track of the knife and provides a loud emergency signal should potential rescuers be within earshot.
Just like the knife it protects, the sheath on the Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade reveals a few useful surprises in its military-grade, mildew-resistant package. A built-in fire starter rod sits snug in a watertight holder. Pair that with the cutout notch on the blade’s top edge and the ferrocerium rod produces a shower of fire-igniting sparks. A pull-through carbide sharpener is integrated into the sheath, so you can make sure your blade stays sharp. And, for refreshing your outdoor knowledge before things get dicey, a waterproof version of Bear’s “Priorities of Survival” Pocket Guide is stashed into the protective pocket on the back.
- 4.8-inch fine edge, drop-point blade for smooth, versatile cuts
- Full-tang, premium stainless steel construction for durability
- Ergonomic, non-slip rubber grip for comfortable, precise handling
- Lashing holes in handle
- Military-grade, mildew-resistant nylon sheath
- Pull-through carbide sharpener in sheath, for guaranteed sharpness
- Built-in fire starter rod in watertight holder
- Lanyard with loud emergency whistle
- Bear Grylls “Priorities of Survival” Pocket Guide
- Overall Length: 10“
- Blade Length: 4.8“
- Weight: 13.7 oz. with Sheath
- Steel Type: 9Cr19MoV
- Handle Material: TPE Overmold
Based off of Gerber’s original Ultimate Fixed Blade, the new Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade takes the Survival category to another level. With premium steel (9Cr19MoV) and full tang construction, this knife is meant to take a beating. Featuring a full fine edge and an easily accessible carbide pull-through sharpener integrated into the sheath, the Ultimate Pro will always be sharp when you need it most. The vertically mounted ferrocerium fire starter is sure to provide a spark in all conditions while the updated whistle ensures you’ll always be heard. Bear’s Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide fits securely in the sheath, making this the ultimate in survival gear.
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Well I'm pretty jazzed to get this review of the NEW Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO Survival Knife out to you after a few weeks of research, use and testing. So today I'll dig in and look at this knife from just about every angle and see if this knife is garbage, good or anywhere close to great.
Okay... let's jump in!!!
Okay... Since a knife is only as good as it's blade... let's start here...
The Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO Knife is made out of 9Cr19MoV high carbon, stainless steel which is a nice upgrade from the Original Knife that is made out of 7Cr17MoV.
9Cr19MoV falls somewhere between 440B and 440C stainless steel in chemical composition, toughness and edge-holding ability. When compared to the 7Cr17MoV steel used in the Original Ultimate Survival knife... the PRO should be a bit tougher and hold an edge better.
~FULL TANG - YEAH!
Now the big, huge difference between these knives is the full tang construction of the Ultimate PRO knife vs. the 3/4 tang design on the Original Ultimate Survival knife.
Full tang means that the blade steel runs the full length of the knife from tip to butt.
Full tang construction is regarded by most experts as the strongest, most durable way to make a knife.
So to test the strength of this Ultimate PRO's steel, tang and pommel I woke up one morning with a crazy new knife test in my brain...
In my video review on YouTube (search "ultimate pro best") I decided to pound the knife into a hardwood log with a sledge hammer to see what happens...
I'll be honest with you... I thought this knife would take maybe 30 to 40 hits before something broke... I NEVER expected that I would have to whack it 72 times, and at different angles... before I couldn't drive it into the log any further...
So, I think it's safe to say this is a pretty tough tang and pommel upgrade.
~DROP POINT BLADE...
The Ultimate PRO has a drop point blade... which simply means that the spine side of the blade curves down until it meets the tip of the blade.
Drop point blades are common for survival and general purpose utility knifes because they make for a strong tip and tough knife across the entire surface of the blade.
The Ultimate PRO has a 100% fine edge blade... meaning no serrations. The Original Survival knife comes in both a half serrated and fine edge version.
Serrations are great for cutting things like rope... and extending the usefulness of your knife long after the fine edge is quite dull.
But a serrated edge can get in the way of many bushcraft tasks and make fine slicing, cutting or skinning difficult. And damaged serrated edges can be tough to mend...
~ONE SHARP KNIFE...
My knife came quite sharp enough out of the box to shave hair off of the back of my hand and slice a long thin piece of plastic off of a ball point pen body... similar to the performance of a razor blade.
And properly stropping this blade should increase it's sharpness even more.
To discover more about knife sharpening tools, tips and techniques - see my YouTube series called, "Knife Sharpening Bootcamp."
In my testing I was surprised at how well this edge held up while performing many tasks and after some knife throwing and a bunch of drops on rocks and frozen soil.
~Now as We Move Toward the Handle...
On the spine side we have a notched out, coating-free striker area for use as the fire steel striker.
On the edge side of the blade we have a choil.
A choil is a cut-away area between the edge and the hand guard of this knife. This choil has enough space for my forefinger to wrap around for better leverage and control in fine cutting and slicing. If you do this, just be very careful.
But this choil's true purpose is to allow the blade to be sharpened all the way to the end of the edge without interference of the handle or hand guard.
The Ultimate PRO Knife comes with a newly designed emergency whistle that seems more durable than the previous one is quite loud and comes attached to the knife with it's integrated lanyard.
Now the pommel is both pinned and welded to the tang for extra strength.
I can confidently say... you should not have any issues with THIS pommel or tang even in hard-use situations.
The handle is made up of the knife tang and what seem to be two rugged polymer slabs that are secured to the knife using these 4 star or torque bolts and two permanent metal insets that are inside the two lashing holes at the top of the grip.
~COMFORT AND BALANCE...
Most of the polymer handle is covered over with what feels like the same, rubberized grippy material that's used on just about every other knife and tool in this line.
The only noticeable difference between this knife and the original version is the weight of the knife... which doesn't feel heavy, but actually makes the knife feel a bit more substantial.
The knife balances well with the center of gravity in the area of the the forefinger handle cutout.
To see how it works for throwing, check out my full YouTube review, by searching "Ultimate Pro Best".
~LASH IT TO A POLE...
Now in addition to the lanyard hole, we have two additional holes on the hand guard that go through the handle slabs and tang that are strategically placed to help you lash this knife onto a pole to make a spear. I lashed mine using paracord and was able to really lock mine on to the pole. See my video review on YouTube to see how I did it.
The lashing holes also serve another important task as part of the friction lock system that holds the knife in it's sheath. These holes perfectly align with 4 raised bumps (two on each side) toward the top of sheath that work together to firmly lock the knife in the sheath when it's not in use.
And like the previous version of this knife, we have this handle strap with a Velcro-like closure system to keep the knife tight against the sheath when not in use.
The sheath is designed for left or right-hand carry and has this hole in the bottom of the knife compartment to allow water to drain through if you go for a swim or end up out in a storm with this knife.
~POCKET SURVIVAL GUIDE...
The Survival Guide is waterproof and out of the all the pocket guides that I have seen to date... this one is the best in my opinion because it not only talks about, but actually SHOWS you how to improvise vital, life-saving stuff like: making a shelter, building a fire, navigating without a compass, collecting water and building a solar still, catch small game with snares and traps and signaling for help.
~BELT CARRY ONLY...
On the back of the ballistic nylon upper part of this sheath... we have a nylon vertical belt loop that should work well with belts up to 2 inches wide.
~NOT MOLLE COMPATIBLE...
Now, I did notice that there are no horizontal MOLLE compatible strap sections like we had on the back of the previous version of this sheath...So if you want to attach this sheath to some MOLLE webbing... you'll have to get creative.
~NEW PULL SHARPENER...
Next we have this carbide bladed pull through sharpener, which is a better field sharpening solution than the diamond stone sharpener that is on the Original Ultimate Knife sheath... simply because sharpening your knife with this sharpener is easy for anyone, regardless of skill level.
The cool thing about this pull sharpener, is that it's designed to perfectly sharpen the entire fine edge of this knife because of the spacing the choil provides between the hand guard and the edge.
For some tips on using the sharpener for your knife, and a full demonstration, check out my full review on YouTube by searching, "Ultimate Pro Best".
~NICE FIRE STARTER...
Last but not least, on the front of this sheath we have this ferro rod, which is positioned right side up... instead of upside down (like on the Original version).
This change alone should about ensure that your ferro rod doesn't accidentally fall out of the sheath and get lost in the wilderness, which COULD happen in the previous version of this sheath.
The ferrocerium used in this rod seems to be pretty high quality, so starting a fire with it was really easy. See my demonstration in our full review on YouTube...
-WHY MY RATING IS NOT 5 of 5 STARS...
So we rate the NEW Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO Survival Knife at 4 out of 5 Stars. Gerber really stepped up to the plate and took their best selling knife, beefed it up and improved it dramatically in just about every area... by upgrading the steel, going with full tang construction, providing a better field sharpening solution, improving the storage of the pocket survival guide and fire starter rod and a bunch of other thoughtful design upgrades...
WE TOOK OFF A FULL STAR because to make all of these upgrades, the street price of the knife went from sub $40 US up to around $70 US.
So the pricing has forced the Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO up into a more competitive price and performance category where it now has to contend with some heavy hitters in the survival / general purpose utility knife world like the Ka-Bar BK-2, the Cold Steel SRK the SOG Seal Team Elite and It's Older Brother the Gerber LMF II... to name a few.
And honestly, in the competitive category for survival knives... a 4 out of 5 star rating is pretty darn good.
And to be fair to the Ultimate PRO Knife... it is the on the lower end of the price spectrum for knives in the $60 to $100 US price range... AND this knife really did perform well in our tests.
Plus it's also important to consider that the Ultimate Pro Knife is more of a survival package deal with the integrated field sharpener, lanyard whistle, a good quality fire steel rod, and having the best pocket survival guide that we've seen to date integrated into the sheath.
But if I compare this knife package to the Original Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife there is NO comparison... the Ultimate PRO Kicks it's butt in every way.
SO if you like your current Bear Grylls Utimate Survival Knife... You're gonna LOVE the NEW Ultimate PRO!!!
~SO, WHO IS THIS KNIFE FOR?
With it's steel upgrade, full tang construction and all the goodies that come with it... this knife is a great choice for those who are ready to upgrade from the Original Bear Grylls survival knife. It's a great choice for camping, backpacking, hiking, bug out bags, emergency kits, responsible scouts, for bushcraft or as very nice general utility knife around the home or shop to use every day or have handy just in case.
For MORE Cool Survival and Outdoor gear review Videos... SEARCH Google for "Ultimate Survival Tips"
Our YouTube Channel "Ultimate Survival Tips"
I have to admit that I originally gave this knife 4 stars, and only because its a GERBER that is 100% CHINA made. I have been involved with manufacturing in various ways all my life, and I know for a fact that a product can be made in CHINA and be good quality. it all falls on the quality specs and quality controls set by the owner, which is GERBER. FISKARS, has there brand name on the package, not sure what they are doing with this knife. FISKARS does make some of the finest scissors and other cutting tools, I own some of them.
I have changed the 4 star to 5 star because regardless of where it was made, it is a very good quality knife, and it deserves 5 stars, specially at its $price...
the steel used is very good quality and the knife looks well built. I am a big fan of full tang knives, and you can clearly see the steel going all the way back to the waffle faced pommel, it looks like the waffle pattern found on a framing hammer. I would imagine it was put there for the same reason.
the pommel looks like it is one piece with the handle. I am assuming it is welded to the handle. other wise there would be quite a bit of machine work needed to accomplish this, and the $price would have to reflect the machining. the knife feels good in the hand and is a heavy work horse type knife. designed to do just about anything you may need to do. from pounding in tent stakes, splitting wood to cleaning fish and any other tasks you may need to do.
the sheath is also very nice. someone put a little thought into the design of it. both the built in sharpener and fire starter are nicely designed and store neatly on board, the whistle is a little odd, but it can be put in your pack, or pocket. I wish the sheath was molle compatible, it is a survival type knife and a lot of the packs now have molle type systems on them the attach stuff.
I paid under 60.00 for the knife, which is an outstanding price for this knife. I have other knifes that are considerably more and do not have the functionality of this knife. I am not a big fan of the colors, I like my knifes to not stand out like a beacon.
interesting note. the package said made in china. sheath also made in china, the knife has no markings as to where it is made? and I am assuming FISKARS either owns the GERBER brand, or they are building the knife for GERBER? the package has FISKARS on it next to "made in china"
I am not a big fan of "made in china" matter of fact, I try to avoid buying things that are made in china. I was expecting a made in the U.S.A. on it. it is a GERBER, and I would be happy to pay a little more for made in U.S.A.
great knife for the price. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a multipurpose/multifunction survival type knife... even though its china made, it is a 5-star knife.