Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife

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Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife
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Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife -

Since its release, the excitement surrounding the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife has been overwhelming. In 2011 the Ultimate was the best-selling knife in world. Fans and collectors, however, clamored for a non-serrated version and we listened. We now make the Ultimate Knife with a fine-edge from the top of the handle to the tip of the blade. Using the same high carbon, stainless steel drop-point blade and texturized rubber handle this is equally tough and unmistakably Bear-inspired. Housed in a nylon and hard rubber military-grade sheath, a diamond-coated knife sharpener, emergency whistle, fire starter and survival guide are all integrated. This is the Ultimate Knife that you asked for, the pinnacle of Bear’s signature line.

Fabric:

  • Nylon material is lightweight and durable
  • Rugged nylon sheath features a diamond sharpener, land-to-air rescue instructions and a flintlike ferrocerium fire-starter rod
  • Nylon Sheath - Lightweight, military-grade, mildew resistantLand to air rescue instructions

Traction and Grip:

  • Ergonomic Textured Rubber Grip - Maximizes comfort and reduces slippage

Manufactured:

  • Partially serrated blade is made of high carbon stainless steel for excellent edge retention

Pockets:

  • The Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate knife comes with the Priorities of Survival pocket guide containing Bear's survival essentials

Features:

  • Whistle on lanyard cord comes in handy in emergencies
  • Diamond sharpener included to keep your edge fine
  • Emergency whistle integrated into lanyard cord for emergencies
  • Stainless Steel Pommel - At base of handle for hammering
  • Diamond Sharpener - Integrated into sheath for on-the-go sharpening
  • Designed and used by Bear Grylls
  • Fire Starter - Ferrocerium rod locks into sheath, striker notch incorporated into back of knife blade
  • Drop point fixed balde
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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.

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Designed by Gerber and Bear Grylls, the Ultimate Knife is loaded with innovations. Ultimate Knife features include a 1/2-serrated, high-carbon stainless steel blade that's ideal for edge retention and cutting rope. The textured rubber grip maximizes comfort and reduces slippage. A stainless steel pommel at the base of the handle may be used for hammering. A lightweight, military-grade sheath is mildew-resistant and holds a ferrocerium rod for starting fires. A striker notch is incorporated into the back of the knife blade. The sheath also includes land-to-air rescue instructions, a diamond sharpener, and ''Priorities of Survival'' - a pocket guide containing Bear's survival essentials. Blade length: 4.8''. Imported.
Manufacturer model #: 31-000751.

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The Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate knife is the pinnacle of the Bear Grylls Survival series. Designed with direct input from Bear himself, this blade features innovations not found on other knives.

Please Note: This product is not able to be shipped to addresses in New York.

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Backcountry.com (Spring 2014)

The name says it all; this knife is the ultimate knife that Bear Gylls designed and uses for surviving in the outdoors. With the blade and sheath, you'll be able to cut through items like rope, start fires, and increase your odds of getting rescued in sticky situations.

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Activity:Camping
Blade Edge:Non-Serrated
Blade Length:4.8 in / 12.2 cm
Blade Material:High Carbon Stainless Steel
Blade Style:Drop Point
Blade Type:Fine Edge
Handle:Textured Rubber Grip
Handle Material:Textured rubber handle
Knife blade type:Partially serrated
Lanyard ring:Yes
Locking Mechanism:Non-Locking
Max blade length (in.):4.8 inches
Number of blades:1
Opening Style:Fixed Blade
Overall Length:10 in / 25 cm
Pocket Clip:No
Sheath:Ballistic Nylon
Upc, Ean, Isbn:013658124400
Weight:(With sheath) 14.7 ounces
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Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Not Used it Yet

I Purchased this kinfe because I own the Gerber LMF2 and I love that blade. The LMF 2 is a military survival knife and although Im not a fan of serations on a camping/survival knife, the LMF is designed to cut your way out of a downed aircraft and it does I've seen it.
The blade is shorter and narrower than the LMF. I am getting ready to use it here pretty soon and going to use it to batton wood and tent spike hammering, etc. We'll see if its as good as the LMF.
The fire starter throws a good spark and attaches well to the sheath. I took the emergency whistle off the handle and attached it to the starter. Its too small for a lynard. The blade holds a good edge and the sharpener works kinda well (screw holes in the way). The blade has a nitch cut out on the back of the knife with a little fire icon to show you where to strike the fire starter. Thats handy.
I had to design a calf/ankle strap to wear it low. I like my knives on my calf, and having to construct a strap to attach my ankle strap to was annoying. The serations are a bad idea with any survival knife but I can choke up on the blade back with my thumb if I need to fashion anything like a stake or something. Gerber fixed the pommel breaking problem according to multiple online forums. Its 1st run had that problem, but best of all..Gerber will fix this knife for free, or replace it. They are a good knife company that way.
Supernaut00 at REI on 05/05/2011

Good knife

Over all I would give this knife a good review. The blade is a good thickness and keeps a decent edge. The serrations are unfortunate and as it seems after a bit of abuse they will start to chip and dull. The grip of the knife is wonderful, it offers a lot of control and comfort. The fire starter works well and throws a nice spark. I am worried about the amount of plastic on the base that has been worn down in the attempts to make a fire. The sheath is great. Can be worn on a belt in a drop leg fashion or scout style, however, a thick belt of cloth will be hard to get through the loops. The sharpener on the back of the plastic is a nice stone. A few swipes to clean up the edge a little was very handy. I know some of the early models had a problem with the pommel coming off but I did not have this problem. It dealt well with tent pegs and even sinking nails on a fence......had to give it a go. All in all a good knife, I had Gerber LMF II that I loved and this reminds of it fondly.

Good knife for a novice camper through an intermediate
JohnnyV at REI on 04/04/2011

Excellent Knife

I have several Gerber knives along with a couple of Benchmade's. I have to say at first I was a little skeptical based on some bad reviews of this knife. Seems that Gerber had some manufacturing issues when this knife first came out. I've owned the knife for approx 6 months now and have beat the thing to hell. It still is very sharp and the handle is fine. I've used it on various backpacking trips along with believe it or not, helped build my new kitchen (dont ask!). For the money I can honestly say, you get a lot of value here. The Firestarter still throws a good spark. I have done things to this knife to almost try to damage it but unsuccessful. I believe reviewers who might have complained early on with the quality issues have nothing to complain about any more. Customer service is top notch with this company and the employees at my local REI store have been very helpful with questions I orginally had before purchasing this product.
skibum1 at REI on 05/05/2012

Let me explain

Ok, their are a lot of reviews that are saying this is "poor craftsmanship" or that the pummel breaks and it has a fatal flaw. When this knife first came out this was true. The pummel broke and the knife was pretty much just a good idea, not actually one that came through. However Gerber was contacted about this and now it is in my opinion, a great knife. Make sure that when you buy this that by the base of the knife the orange stripe between the handle and the pummel that it is pretty thick (about 2 mm)
Review:
Very sturdy knife, great at what it says. You can chop down branches pretty easily, very sharp blade for shaving or widdling. Also a nice grip, good fire starter, and very handy sharpener.
Suggestion:
I removed the whistle from the knife to the sheath, i prefer it to having it on the knife because then it doest whip around.
TheRealDeal at REI on 08/08/2011

The perfect camping/hiking knife

Since I bought this knife a few months back, I no longer use anything else on my backpacking trips. The blade stays sharp (sharpened it once after my first trip, then none since), and the firestarter worked very well for me after a few swipes - if anything, there are too many sparks. I've used it to cut tree roots and dig holes, then, after a rinse in the river, pieces of fruit for dinner. Just for fun, I tied a tree limb to the end of the handle (where two holes are placed specifically for this purpose) and made a spear, which flew reasonably well. After months of abuse, it still looks fairly new, though some of the blade's coating is starting to rub off in places. The only thing I haven't used extensively is the pommel - I know some people have reported problems with this, but I used it once to pound a nail and didn't encounter any issues.
river runner 7 at REI on 07/07/2011

Did what its supposed to do!

Due to the fact it is a Gerber, and I am a huge bear grylls fan, i had to give this knife a try. It was more comfortable than it looked in the packaging. it has a good weight to it, and is comfy and very sharp. the firestarter is kinda dinky and not sure how long it will last, the metal part ont he knife to strike it is cool, but its kinda sad i have to get my knife all dirty to make a spark. the sheath is ok, wish it was less mass produced, but it works. great knife! i love it. I also have a bear grylls adventure shirt, and it is so perfect for everything from hiking to 4 wheeling to whatever. get it now!
Bear Grills at REI on 08/08/2011

Great Knife

This knife was a very worthy buy! The some things that annoy me is the serated edge that covers half the blade and how soft the medal is. Also it says that the medal is high carbon but i found that gerbers mysterious steel is actually 1055 carbon wich isnt bad but not high carbon. The fire starter was tricky to get used to but I eventually found my personal best way to use it I have used it in almost every outdoor situation along with its brother the parang the only chage I made was paintinf the handle and sheath jet black for tactical purposes granted this isn't the best knife ever but it still deserves four stars.
heart of a wolf at REI on 06/06/2012

Great Knife

This knife, simply put is beyond beastly. When Gerber made it for Bear Grylls, they had clearly been watching his shows, and anticipated more crazy tasks for his knives. I did remove the whistle, I do already have a whistle in my pack, but frankly it was annoying. The loops on the back of the knife could be a bit more loose, but they have loosened up over time, and should continue to do so. This knife has been put through many difficult tasks, cutting through bamboo, wood, making spears, stabbing through the hindquarters of a rabid Coyotee, this knife can do it all. Plain and simple, get it, it could save your life like it did mine.
PVC19 at REI on 10/10/2011

Great Knife

I use this knife as the primary knife in my 24hour pack for Search and Rescue. Knife has a nice feel, fits with gloves, and is easy to find if you set in on the ground while doing something else because of the orange color. Sheath is nice, has a diamond stone built in as well as a flint (have not tried the flint) and the knife has a ground edge on the back of the blade for striking the flint saving the cutting edge. The hammer on the base of the handle is a nice feature which I am sure I will find a use for.
Darrel at Campmor on 04/04/2011

One of the best knives for the money

I picked this knife up to see if it really would live up to it's name. To my surprise it did. I really put this knfe to the test and it performed very well. The only thing I did not like was how soft the serraded edge is. I was able to remove several points just by splitting small wet wood to get to the dry center. I used the sharpener to staighten out the bent ones. The fire steel worked well. I field tested this knife as if my life depended on it and couldn't be more satisfied.
CareTaker at Campmor on 06/06/2011

Negative Reviews:

Interesting product,but fatally flawed.

This knife, while it is quite interesting and innovative, is fatally flawed.
The knife itself is pretty similar to the Gerber LMF or many of gerber's other military or tactical style knives. The grip is comfortable and it has a versatile grind.
The sheath comes with many useful features. The firesteel is a great idea (which has been implemented a lot in custom knife sheaths) but the sharpener is only ok at best. The information packet is a nice touch.
The biggest flaw to this knife is that 1/2 of the blade is serrated. Serrations mostly exist in such a ridiculous amount of knives because of ignorant consumer demand. Serrations are pretty close to useless in the woods.
They are nice for urban rescue work, where you may have to shove your knife through extreme tough material. The combination of cutting and sawing helps to rip through materials like thin walls, thin metal, or hard plastics. Also, if you damage your edge on concrete or metal, the serrations will still cut aggressively.
But in the woods, they just get in the way of everything you try and do. You will constantly be dodging the serrations and using the tip of the knife (which will be farther from your hand and have less control)to avoid ripping the animal you are skinning or the tool that you are carving. It may be useful in some situations, but not enough to ever warrant carrying. It comes with a sharpener, if you know how to use it, then you will understand why a plain edge is so much better.
Another issue of this knife is just how breakable it is. All of the internet, people are reporting cracked guards, broken handles, and disconnected pommels. The one that I used already had cracks in the guard from previous use. It's just cheaply made.

If Gerber were to offer a version without the serrations (they are stupid for not doing this in the first place) and make a more durable handle, then this knife would be worth carrying.
JustinBaker at REI on 03/03/2011

Not high quality

I like the appearance of the knife. It is comfortable to grab and has a good weight. I never used the flint. I was messing around in the woods on my first trip with the knife...gathering twigs etc to make a fire. I went to hack at this 4-6mm branch and the serrated edge deformed, not completely but enough for me to question the quality of this product. I havent returned it yet, but I plan to once I find a replacement.

I did like the knife overall, but not impressed.
prestone818 at REI on 05/05/2012

Marketing Gimmic

This product is a fake just like the Bear Grylls name it carries. Gerber has chosen to build this knife as a gimmic. Very poor quality, not even as good as some of Gerber's $15 knives. Save your money and get a real survival knife; Gerber LMF, esee, TOPS, Ka-Bar Becker, Cold steel, or even a SOG. Spend an extra $20-60 and get a knife worth the money.

The one good thing is the all inclusive sheath.
jfelt at REI on 12/12/2011

dont waste your money

bear grills is insulting us putting his name on this knife. it is a horrible weak poorly crafted piece of garbage. a cheap beater knife for a kid to take car camping to feel like a big man about. not good for anything else but "Yea I got the cool TV knife" its about as respectable as buying the ultimate super survival knife out of the back of MAD magazine. JUNK
AlanValentinus at REI on 05/05/2011

Poorly Made

First off I love Bear Grylls. We bought two of these for camping, my wife broke the fire flint with in 1-2 mins of trying to start our camp fire.
THe craftsmanship on this knife is terrible. Lets hope we never have to depend on this knife in a real emergency.
gregoroff at REI on 06/06/2011

Gerber has lost its edge.

Inelegant, breakable, ineffective: I bought this and another BG knife and they both had poor blades. The design is next to useless for camping because of the too deep serrations and the blade wears quickly compared to other Gerber knives. Gerber is has lost its edge with the BG line.
popo at REI on 11/11/2011