If you are looking for a military-grade survival/tactical knife, you might want to take a look at the Gerber Gear LMF II Infantry Knife. Although it’s designed for use as an air crew survival knife, it’s also suited for many different missions such as camping and hunting.
- Blade Finish: Nil
- Blade Length: 4.84?
- Blade Material: 420HC Stainless Steel
- Blade Thickness: Unknown
- Handle: Glass-Filled Nylon with TPV Overmold
- Overall Length: 10.59?
- Sheath: Ballistic Nylon
- Weight: 11.67 oz
The Gerber LMF II Infantry is made of 420HC stainless steel blade which is resistant to corrosion as well as tough but at the same time maintains a sharp edge throughout. Although other steels are better equipped at maintaining a fine edge, they can deteriorate and lose strength quickly when exposed to harsh weather. As such 420HC stainless steel is a good material to be used in the construction of an outdoor survival knife. It features drop point blade design and together with its thick spine, it adds greatly to the blade’s strength.
It comes with partially serrated edges. Although fine edge blade is good for most cutting, a serrated edge blade is better when it comes to cutting branches, ropes and vines when outdoors thus allowing for greater flexibility in camping or survival situations.
The Gerber LMF II Infantry has a handle that is constructed of glass-filled nylon called Zytel which is both durable and strong. For added comfort, the handle is wrapped with TPV or thermoplastic vulcanizate, a vulcanized rubber with excellent durability and resistance to extreme temperature. As such, the handle is comfortable to grip in both cold and hot environment.
It comes with either black, coyote brown or green handle.
It features a 3/4 tang meaning the metal extends from the blade all the way to about 75% of the handle’s length. Generally speaking, a blade’s strength is directly proportional to the length of the tang. One reviewer noted that since this knife is not a full tang knife, it’s not very strong. Quite true but do take note that this Gerber knife is designed for air crew survival hence it needs to be insulated so as to protect the user from electricity. A full tang knife does not allow it.
It has a pointed endcap which makes it easy to crush objects when breaking them. It also allows an aircrew personnel to break out of plexiglas or safety glass for survival purposes. Ditto for a camper or hunter whose vehicle is submerged below water.
The Gerber LMF II Infantry comes with a nylon sheath and leg straps so that it can be attached to the calf or thigh. The sheath can also be worn on the belt and since it is MOLLE compatible, there is no problem securing it to a load bearing vest. The sheath secured the knife with a friction lock. It also includes a V-type knife sharpener (accessible from the front) to keep edge sharp always.
Overall, the Gerber LMF II Infantry is a superb tool to be used in many missions. It works well with hikers as well as soldiers.