When we talk about extreme outdoor survival, a knife that springs to mind faster than others is the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate 31-000751. The star of the TV show Man vs Wild has shown to the American public what it takes to survive in some of the harshest outdoor environment with nothing more than sheer ingenuity and few tools.
Two things that are essential when it comes to outdoor survival are making fire to cook and keep warm as well as a sharp blade to hunt animals and make shelter. The Gerber Bear Grylls excels in both situations.
- Blade Finish: Nil
- Blade Length: 4.8?
- Blade Material: High Carbon Stainless Steel
- Blade Thickness: Unknown
- Handle: Injected Molded Polymer
- Overall Length: 10?
- Sheath: Nylon
- Weight: 11.2 oz
The blade is made of high-carbon, stainless steel blade for corrosion resistance as well as to ensure a sharp edge at all times. The blade is a combination edge which means it has a fine edge towards the drop point as well as a serrated edge nearer to the handle.
It uses 3/4 tang construction to give it a much needed strength to the overall design which makes it an excellent survival knife. Due to its longer tang, the blade stands up well in the face of constant abuses brought about by cutting, hammering and prying as those used in an outdoor environment.
The handle is made of injected molded polymer with a rubber overcoat for comfort as well as provide good grip to the hand when using it. In a do-or-die situation, your hands will most likely be sweaty and as such if you are using a non-rubberized handle, it will most likely slip away. More so if it is raining. As such having a good rubberized handle makes all the difference.
The handle comes with 3 holes: one near the pommel (with a lanyard threaded through it) and two others near the blade. By removing the lanyard, you can thread paracord through the holes to secure the knife to other objects such as at the end of a long stick to transform it into a spear to catch fish.
The pommel is constructed of stainless steel that’s designed to withstand constant abuses. Although there have been reports of pommel durability problems for knives made in 2010, Gerber sought to address this issue by beefing up the pommel. Since then, the pommel is up to the task when it comes to breaking open nuts or pounding nails.
It comes with a nylon sheath that’s durable as well as resistant to harsh environment. It snaps into the sheath and comes with a functional lock for safety purposes to prevent it from coming out accidentally. Also, the sheath includes a small nylon strap at the top to hold the pommel end of the knife closer to the body.
Although you can use the knife on its own, it comes with many accessories so as to increase its functionality and thus improves your chances when it comes to surviving in the wild.
In the harsh outdoor environment, even a razor-sharp knife can go dull very quickly. To overcome this, the sheath includes built-in sharpening stone to sharpen the knife in the event the edge dulls. As such, it’s always easy to keep the fine edge of the blade sharp.
A fire starting rod is also included in the sheath. It locks into the sheath to ensure you’ll have no problem when starting a fire at just about anywhere. To use the fire starting rod, just pull it free and scrape the knife down the rod to produce the sparks needed to start a fire. There is a notch built on top of the knife just for scraping the rod.
A whistle is also built into the lanyard. Its purpose is to produce a loud whistling noise so that others may know your location and save you in the event that you are injured or lost.