By JustSurviving

The Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife is the first generation of survival knives that was produced when Bear Grylls teamed up with Gerber Legendary Blades to produce his renowned lineup of survival products. I have had one of these knives for over 3 years and it definitely has more pros than cons. So let’s begin the review…

Based on a proven design…

The Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife is essentially based on the design of Gerber LMF2 ASEK, a troop-tested, rugged survival knife used by the US Military. The main difference between both knives is that Bear Grylls’s version is a lot cheaper, Made in China (unlike the LMF2 which is made in the USA) and has his branding on it.

The Knife

ultimate knifeThe blade itself is made out of high carbon stainless steel and is a drop point blade. Coming out of the packaging the edge and serrations of the 4.8in or 12.2cm blade were very sharp and could easily cut through paper. The blade features a half serration and a very nice cutting belly on the straight edge. Over the long period of usage I have only needed to sharpen the blade once every month or so (depending on usage) as the edge retains its sharpness very well; which can be attributed to the high carbon steel. The drop point blade on this knife also gives the point of the blade great strength and durability. I have tested and proved this through throwing the knife numerous times into dead hardwood and on the occasion the point/blade has also fallen onto concrete and industrial steel. Still the point hasn’t rounded off or snapped. About the only thing that I dislike about this knife is that it’s just a 7/8 hidden tang and not a full tang. This is completely a personal preference and would not suggest that this affects the integrity of the knife.

The handle of this knife is quite possibly the most comfortable I have ever felt and held. The ergonomic design and the rubberised handle gives the handler a controlling and yet comfortable grip on the knife even if your hand is wet! At the base of the handle is a stainless steel pommel, earlier reviews shows that the pommel would fall off or crack during heavy or extended usage. I have not encountered this problem with my knife. All knives produced after 2012 do not have the weak pommel problem. This problem was due to a design flaw of the pommel only being pinned inside the polymer handle. Gerber has now fixed this problem by joining the pommel to the knife tang with 2 metal rods about the thickness of a straw. So this knife could almost be called a full length hidden tang. On the handle there are 3 holes which enables the knife to be used as a spear. Overall I have found this knife to be very durable and believe that it would perform very well in a survival situation.

Also attached through the pommel hole is a detachable lanyard with an incorporated whistle. The whistle is very high pitched and loud and enables you to conserved your breath when hiking/walking in a survival situation.

The Sheath

The sheath is made out of lightweight, military-grade, mildew resistant nylon. Incorporated onto the knife housing is a fire starter, a diamond sharpener and land to air rescue instructions on the nylon (which doubles as a pouch for the priorities of survival pocket guide). The fire starter is a ferrocerium rod that can lock into a watertight pouch on the outside housing of the knife. The upside down design of this pouch I found was lacking, as the actual fire rod has a propensity to be hooked on or knocked out and lost when walking through scrubby terrain. The rod itself throws a very good size ember when struck with the striker notch on the spine of the knife blade. On the inner side of the housing is a diamond sharpening plate that was effective for a short period of time before ‘smoothing out’. It is still is useful for touch ups but requires quite a bit of perseverance and ‘elbow grease’ for full blade sharpening. The actual nylon is connected to the housing of the knife with two Velcro straps and a third can be used to secure the handle. At the back of the nylon are three belt loops, two of which can be used to carry the knife parallel to the belt and one loop for the upright position of the belt. I personally like to carry knives upside down on my belt but there is no option on the nylon. However, I was able to improvise and carry the knife upside down by putting a belt between the nylon and housing.

The housing of the knife is able to accommodate the knife being sheathed in both the left and right handed position. The sheath does holster the knife securely, however, over time and wear, a little bit of play has developed. This play is minimal and does not make the knife less secure when sheathed.

Our Rating

The Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife is a great and relatively cheap survival knife option and should be considered before going into any remote terrain. For the Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife we give 4.5 stars out of 5. Half a star was taken off due to the low durability of the diamond sharpener and the design of the fire starter pouch. I recommend this knife and suggest that it would be useful when camping, hunting, hiking and in any survival situation.