Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife Review

Posted in Backpacking, Camping, Gear Reviews, Outdoor Gear by Eric Miller - 02.19.2013

Everyone needs a good knife. If you spend a lot of time in the woods or wilderness and you want to be prepared, you need a knife that can get you out of a lot different situations.

Enter the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife. I had the chance to test out the Ultimate Knife this past fall courtesy of Gerber.

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife Features

  • 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
  • Emergency Whistle – Integrated into lanyard cord
  • Fire Starter – Ferrocerium rod locks into sheath, striker notch incorporated into back of knife blade
  • Nylon Sheath – Lightweight, military-grade, mildew resistant
  • Land to air rescue instructions
  • Diamond Sharpener – Integrated into sheath for on-the-go sharpening
  • Priorities of Survival – Pocket guide contains Bear’s survival essentials
  • Weight: 14.7 oz (with sheath), 11.2 oz (knife only)
  • Overall Length: 10 in
  • Blade Length: 4.8 in
  • Price: $80

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife Review

Scoff if you’d like at a Bear Grylls branded item. Go ahead, I did when I first heard of the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife. Then I started reading about it and my opinion started to change. Then I got my hands on one and used it. I no longer scoff. This knife is the real deal.

It is designed by Bear and made by Gerber and it is an extremely handy tool to have with you. It’s an extremely well thought out design. It has just about everything you’d need in a tool. Where to begin…

The blade is 4.8 inches long and is fairly stout. The blade can come in straight or serrated variations. The smooth blade works extremely well for a lot of applications but sometimes you just want a little bit of serration to help speed things along. Although given the range of tasks you can take on with the Ultimate Knife, I think the serrated blade wouldn’t hold up as well. The blade is thick and up for cutting, chopping, hacking, etc.

To help keep the blade sharp there is a built in diamond sharpener on the blade cover. Just undo a Velcro strap, flip it over, and hone away.

The handle is a dense, textured, rubber grip. It’s sure in hand, even when the handle is wet or your palms are sweaty. The contours of grip make the knife comfortable in a number of grips. You have very little to worry about when working away with the knife in hand. The base of the handle serves as a waffled hammerhead. It’s stout enough to handle hammering abuse without compromising the entire knife. Just be sure be aware of who/what is around when hammering since the blade will be thrusting through the air. The handle also features a lanyard with an emergency whistle. I think the only purpose is for the whistle. The lanyard isn’t long enough to do anything with.

The sheath is about 10 inches along so the knife can be fully strapped to it. It does feature a single belt loop and two loops for fastening to a pack shoulder strap. The belt loop is tight. I would have liked to see it as Velcro so you didn’t have to partially take off your belt to put it on but it’s a minor thing. The blade protector is strong and holds the blade secure so it doesn’t rattle around. The handle is held with a Velcro strap as well for quick and easy access. The back of the sheath also has a stitched on infographic on basic rescue signals.

Attached to the sheath is a Ferrocerium fire starter. It pairs with a notch in the back of the knife blade for striking and starting fires. It locks securely into the sheath with no worries about it coming out. It is relatively easy to throw sparks but a little difficult to get substantial enough sparks to start a fire. The rod is about 1.5 inches long, which I think is too short to be truly effective. If it were longer you’d be able to have more striking range and get more going. The grip is also awkward to hold.

In addition to the rescue signals, the knife also comes with a waterproof pamphlet with basic survival skills on it. This is a great, simple guide for the budding survivalist and good refresher for the veteran. It covers protection, shelter, fire, rescue, navigation, water, food, and some basic knots. It’s by no means comprehensive but it’s a good starter guide. They even included an inch and centimeter ruler along the margins.

The Good

  • Lots of utility for a single knife
  • Great information is included
  • Well rounded package

The Bad

  • Ferrocerium fire-starting rod is short

Bottom Line:

The Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife is one tool that just about anybody who ventures into the wilderness could find a use for.

Buy Now: Pick up the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife

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