Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife, Serrated Edge [31-000751]
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- Serrated high carbon stainless steel drop point blade - ideal for edge retention and cutting rope
- Ergonomic textured rubber grip - maximizes comfort and reduces slippage
- Stainless steel pommel - at base of handle for hammering
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The collaboration of Gerber's 70 + years of knife and gear expertise with Bear Grylls extensive outdoor survival and adventure experience led to the creation of the Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated Knife.Bear knows what it takes to be a survivor in extreme situations and this survival knife is meticulously designed by Gerber and Bear to offer a multitude of uses in any environment. This fixed point, fine edge knife also includes a fire starter, sharpener in sheath and whistle on lanyard.Overall length: 10".Weight: 11.2 oz..
From Gerber, the 31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife is designed to help you endure in the toughest environments. It features an ergonomic grip for comfortable handling and a dependable stainless steel blade with a versatile serrated edge. Additionally, the knife and military-grade nylon sheath are packed with innovative survival tools, including a fire starter, a diamond blade sharpener, an emergency whistle, and a pommel.
Sharp, Durable Blade Handles Tough Survival Tasks
Built to offer the versatility that adventurers, backpackers, and hunters need in the wilderness, the Ultimate Knife features a versatile 4.75-inch drop-point blade. This blade is half serrated to make quick work of cutting rope and other fibrous materials. It features full-tang construction for overall durability, and it is crafted from hard stainless steel, which allows for excellent edge retention.
Innovative, Ergonomic Design Delivers Versatility
Survival tools are only useful if they're easy to handle, so this knife features a comfortable, rubberized grip that's textured to prevent slippage. And because being a true survivor means making innovative use of your tools, the knife's handle features two holes for securely lashing it to a stick for use as a fishing spear--or whatever other bladed tool your situation calls for.
In addition, the handle base features a stainless steel pommel that can be used for pounding or hammering. A lanyard cord helps you keep track of the knife, and the lanyard features an integrated emergency whistle that can be used to attract attention--so others can keep track of you.
Balanced for optimum handling, this Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Knife has an overall length of 10 inches and weighs just 11.2 ounces — 14.72 ounces with the included sheath.
Military-Grade Nylon Sheath with Smart Details
Just as versatile as the knife it protects, the included sheath folds open to reveal a diamond sharpener. The sheath also has a life-saving fire starter rod locked into a water-tight holder. This ferrocerium rod produces a shower of hot sparks when scraped against the rough surface of the striker notch that is incorporated into the back of the knife blade. For further versatility and functionality, the sheath includes a waterproof "Priority of Survival" guide tucked into a protective pocket on the back of the sheath.
The nylon sheath is crafted from lightweight, military-grade materials that are mildew resistant for long-term use in harsh climates. It includes a Velcro closure to keep your knife secure.
About the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series
Bringing together the 70 years of expertise behind all Gerber Legendary Blades and the survival and adventure experience of the renowned Bear Grylls, the Bear Grylls Survival Series is a one-of-a-kind line of knives, tools, and gear. A former member of the British SAS, a prolific adventurer, and the daring host of Discovery Channel's Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls is no stranger to extreme situations. Each item in the Survival Series is thoughtfully designed by Bear and Gerber to offer features that can help keep a smart adventurer alive in the wild. These dependable tools come with Bear's "Priorities of Survival" pocket guide, so you can check your instincts against his experience-based advice.
What's in the Box
Gerber 31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife, nylon sheath, and "Priorities of Survival" pocket guide.
31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife, Serrated Edge
At a Glance
- 4.75-inch half-serrated drop-point blade for quick, versatile cuts
- Full-tang, stainless steel construction for durability
- Ergonomic, non-slip rubber grip for comfortable, accurate handling
- Lanyard includes loud emergency whistle
- Military-grade, mildew resistant nylon sheath
- Sheath includes fire starter and diamond blade sharpener
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Let's just get that out of the way first. There are better knives. They cost more money. This is in the price point range where you would compare it to Cold Steel, MoraKniv, some lesser priced Gerbers, Buck 119, Marttiini, Case, et cetera. So we'll say it's in the "less than fifty" category. And even then, this is not the "ultimate". Obviously, if you already have a knife in that price range, and you love it, you will not be sold on this.
Plenty of online videos show the use and destruction of this knife. Most of those videos abuse the product until it breaks. Rest assured, you will not abuse the knife in that fashion. Nobody needs to beat the knife against a rock, or bend the blade in a vise, to show how the knife fails.
Choose the right tool for the job. Batoning wood? A fine edge could be better than serrated. I say use an axe to split wood.
A lot of people are survivalist and bushcrafters. They purposely put themselves into a situation where they will use a knife for everything. Great if they are enjoying what they are doing. But for the average person going on a camping trip, bring everything that you will need. Bring an axe so that you are not chopping wood with your knife.
From first hand experience, the serrated part of the blade is great for cutting cordage, vine, seat belts, bra straps, tarp, and even sawing through electrical wire. No. Not all of you will find yourselves in the situation where you need to cut somebody's communications wires so that their low tech connection to the world is lost. Much in the same way that a lot of people will never baton wood.
A lot of people do not like the sheath. For my purposes, it has kept the knife secure. I like that it is ambidextrous. I can face the blade to either side, nd even carry it upside down. A lot of equipment falls off gear belts with sudden motion; running & fighting. I've been on more than 1 motorcycle ride that ended with an empty sheath. Climb a fence or wall, and watch your knife go flying. MoraKniv, while hands down a superior blade, is notorious for not staying in the sheath. And those leather sheaths with the buckle straps, that is common with Buck, Case, KaBar, et cetera? The strap always snags on something and unsnaps, allowing the knife to fall out.
Steel is described only as "High Carbon Steel". A lot of people question the steel. Okay, I have seen better. The serrated teeth grind down with use, and the fine edge does not hold an edge well and is hard to sharpen. But it all comes down to how you use the knife. The knife blade was just not engineered to cut everything and last forever.
The fire steel does work, in that it will throw sparks. That whistle is great, if you need to blow on a whistle while you're being attacked in a dark alley. But let's not make light of the fact that you will be able to start a fire, and whistle so that rescuers will be able to locate you.
The spine of the blade is notched for fire steel use. This is done at the factory. Most of us with MoraKniv grind down a little spot on the spine for the very same reason.
The diamond sharpening stone is attached by way of countersink screws. This allow you to use the sharpening stone without worry of running your edge into the screws.
No. I am not a bushcrafter. I am not depending on this knife for my survival in the woods. When I go camping, hunting, fishing; I load everything into my truck. I will have a cutlery set for field dressing large & small game. I will have firearms. Hunting with a rifle or shotgun? Why not carry a sidearm too? Have more than one way to start your fire, along with other accelerants just in case. Bring shelter so that you will not have to improvise shelter.
You are in more trouble than you know, if at the last minute, you have to look up survival tips in the portable survival guide. If your survival depends on a gum wrapper, then you will probably not survive.
Thinking about doing everything that you need with this knife is like trying to work on your car with just an adjustable Crescent Wrench. No mechanic in his right mind would try to rebuild an engine with a Leatherman tool.
So how does Bear Grylls do it? Is he using this knife on every episode of his show? Remember that it is a television show which is produced. And this licensing agreement with the manufacturer is purely marketing. Not even Bear Grylls would put his life on the line with a twenty six dollars for two pack special. Which is why this knife is so special. You get 2, for 26 bucks.
No military unit anywhere in the world is issuing this knife to it's special tactical troops.
For me, this knife has found it's way out of my gear. I do not take this with me for trips to the woods. If you want to know, I prefer a Buck 119 or MoraKniv. But this knife is what I keep handy for short hikes on marked trails, bike rides, or taking public transportation. When you're commuting in The City, you never know when you may need to open a pack of beef jerky, spontaneously open a coconut, pry open a file cabinet that you do not have a key for, let the air out of a tire, or settle the random tavern quarrel.
I haven't had the opportunity yet to lash this onto the end of branch. But please let me know if you have used this to cut down a small tree, strip off the excess branches and bark, then cut the paracord from your parachute, to improvise a spear.
Pros: Comes with everything you need for the knife. Good for simple camping tasks.
Cons: NOT Full tang. Coating wears off fast. Not good for Batoning. Handle will rip after time. Dont get serrations. Soft knife
UPDATE 11/2010: (for those of you who may have an old version)
I've contacted Gerber regarding my issue, and it looks like this is essentially a "beta" or promotional version, and there will be modifications done Jan/feb of 2011 to correct the issues at hand. Maybe the new one will also be made in Portland. Here is their correspondence.
Thank you for contacting Gerber Legendary Blades regarding the Limited Lifetime Warranty with your Gerber - Bear Grylls product. Gerber warrants to the consumer that this product will be free of defects, in material and workmanship for as long as you own the product. This warranty does not cover damage due to rust, accident, loss of product, improper use, abuse, negligence, or modification of or to any part of the product. Normal wear and tear is not covered under the warranty.
Should your product have failed while being used as intended, we recommend contacting your retailer for Replacement. At this time, we do not have Warranty Replacements to offer from Gerber. The early release of this product was promotional effort and additional product is not available until approximately January/February 2011.
Of course, you're welcome to return your Bear Grylls product to Gerber for a new replacement when they're officially released in January/February 2011. In addition, there are modifications to the handle that will enhance performance with the 2nd release.
If you prefer to send your Bear Grylls Product in for a new replacement in 2011, please send the product, along with an explanation of the defect, your name, physical address, and phone number, to the address below:
Gerber Legendary Blades
Attn: Service Dept.
14200 SW 72nd Ave
Portland, OR 97224
It is recommended that you send your package via UPS, FedEx, or insured mail. Gerber Blades will incur all costs for return postage.
This should be the new version that is corrected, I'm still awaiting my replacement to verify and test, but the word is out that what you will be ordering from now on is the corrected new version. You should feel a little more confident with this issue.
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