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Built like the Ultimate Knife, this non-serrated version has a fine edge from the tip of the blade to the top of the handle. 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 high-grade sheath, a fire starter, a diamond knife sharpener and survival guide are all integrated. The lanyard cord contains an emergency whistle. The Ultimate Knife (both serrated and fine edge) is the pinnacle of Bear's signature line.
A functional knife if you don't mind all the branding.
This review is from: Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife 31-001063
Pros: I put this knife through its paces and it held up well. Sharpens well, holds an edge. Chops wood. Whetstone and fire steel work well. I started a fire with just dry tinder with relative ease. I like the sheath - it's a combination of sturdy nylon, pleather, and ABS plastic, and the knife clips into place and is easy to remove quickly. I wrapped some paracord around the sheath as well.
Cons: It's ugly. Actually, the orange/grey color scheme is ideal for a survival knife (imagine dropping a camo or black knife at night in the woods), but the Bear Grylls branding all over the thing makes it look cheesy. The little whistle on the lanyard is barely functional. Could be a tad longer. Grey finish will surely die a slow death and make the knife look worse over time.
Other Thoughts: Be sure to buy THIS knife and not one of the older versions. If you're contemplating buying a BG Survival knife, buy the one with the thicker orange stripe immediately behind the hammer pommel. This is the upgraded version that doesn't have the breakage issues that the older one had.
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