Camping Knives

Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife: BEST Survival Knife for the Masses?

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
The 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 […]

Bear Grylls Fixed Blade Paracord Knife Review

Written by JustSurviving.

I must say off the cuff, that the Bear Grylls Paracord knife is great! Ok, let’s begin.
The Blade
The characterizing feature of this full tang knife is that the handle is an extension of the actual blade. This enables the knife to have great balance and feel, more on this later.

The actual blade length is 8.6cm or 3.4in and is made out of 5Cr15MoV stainless steel. This is considered as a lower grade steel, however, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the blade held its edge after feathering, whittling and general usage. Out of the packet the blade was very sharp and able to shave off hairs and was easily sharpened or touched up. The drop point blade also enables the knife to be used for piercing which comes in handy if you use the knife for one of its designed purposes as being used as a spear when lashed to a long stick. Altogether the blade was able to cope in many mundane and divers situations.
The Handle
The handle measures 8.5cm or 3.3in. The handle is a skeleton of the full tang and is wrapped around with 132cm or 51.9in of medium grade orange paracord. With the paracord on, the handle is surprisingly comfortable to handle. On the back of the blade there is some jimping which gives excellent grip and control for general use and for finer crafting or whittling. At the base of the blade there is a cut out (sometimes referred to as a choil) which comfortably accommodates the index finger and stops your hand from sliding onto the blade when stabbing or piercing any given material.

When the paracord is removed from the handle, the knife looks quite crude […]

Gerber Big Rock – The ULTIMATE Camping Knife?

The Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife is a full tang fixed blade knife designed by Bill Harsey, designer of the Yarborough Knife, which is presented to graduates of the US Army Special Forces Qualification course.

The overall length of the Gerber Big Rock knife is 23.8 cm with the blade being 11.4 cm long and 4mm thick. The knife is made from 440a stainless which is a relatively low cost, highly corrosion resistant stainless steel. It holds an edge reasonably well, but will need touching up every few days if it is used all the time. This knife comes in either a full fine edge or a one-third serrated edge. The blade is almost a full flat grind and is a drop point design. On the spine of the knife there is some jimping and a thumb ramp for greater control when using this blade for fine work. The knife handle is made of a glass filled nylon substrate with a textured rubber overmold. It is very comfortable to hold even when wet because the handle grips your hand almost as much as you grip it! The sheath is a little plain but does the job. It has a single oversized belt loop that will fit the largest of belts, a thumb snap stud to hold the knife in the sheath and a plastic insert that is stitched inside the nylon sheath. The knife without the sheath weighs only 178 grams.

I used this knife for throwing, batoning wood, cutting food products such as meat and vegetables, digging and prying. The blade has held up very well to this use. Since this sheath only had a single large belt loop, I stitched the loop smaller to about […]

Gerber Epic Fixed Blade – Great or Garbage?

Few knives are as dynamic as the Gerber Epic!
The Gerber Epic Fixed Blade Camping Knife is the big brother to the Gerber Basic Fixed Blade Knife and an excellent minimalist camping/utility knife. On first glance the knife looks somewhat tactical and appears to be well built – just what you’d expect from Gerber Legendary Blades! The Gerber Epic is great for camping and also hiking. At the end of this review I will tell who this knife is most suited for.
The blade

Since a knife is really only as good as its blade let’s start right here. Ok, the blade is made from 7Cr17MoV grade steel which is the Chinese equivalent of 440A American stainless steel – a tough  all-round durable steel commonly used in many survival knives today.

This knife is an absolute treat given the fact that it is full tang. Full tang is regarded by experts as the most toughest, durable way to design a knife. The blade length is 3.45 inches while the overall length is 7.4 inches. The blade features a combination fine edge and serrations which share half of the overall blade length each. While most reviews on the Internet for this knife complain about the serrations, they are excellent due to the fact that they can be used to cut through rope, seat belts, tree branches and needless to say they are still sharp as anything long since the fine edge may have become blunt. The tip of the knife is a modified blunt drop point which is pretty unique. On the spine of the knife is some jimping which is great for providing strength to your thumb when doing certain tasks such as cutting or batoning.
The knife came exceptionally sharp and to prove the point was enough to shave the hairs […]