Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife Review

The Gerber Black LMF II Survival Knife is made from 12C27 stainless steel which gives it durability and it has good edge retention, comparable to a 440A steel. This knife has a push tang and not a full tang but it still has great structural integrity. They designed it with a push tang so that the knife could actually be completely insulated from the handle and therefore your hands, meaning you can cut a live (electrical) wire without being injured. That doesn’t mean you should run out and test it, but at least you can understand their reasoning for not going with a full tang. The blade is pretty easy to sharpen and holds its edge well. The black coating on the blade also seems to be holding up well, hasn’t flaked or chipped off from using it so far. Since this survival knife is made with a stainless steel, you have less worry about corrosion but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take proper care of your survival knife. The blade itself is partially serrated which makes cutting wire, paracord etc much easier. I am not a big fan of putting the serrations on the same edge as the regular blade simply because it makes sharpening the blade a bit of a pain. The Black LMF II Survival knife is 10 inches in length so it is very manageable and comfortable to use.

The handle is made of Kraton which is one of my favorite handles. It is rubber-like so you get a very secure grip which is comfortable to use for hours without fatigue. At the end of the handle there is a steel projection or “skull crusher” butt, which is also insulated from the handle to prevent electrical shocks. You can use this as a hammer tool if the need arises. If you haven’t yet used a Kraton handle, this is a great survival knife to get acquainted with them. There are three holes in this survival knife (one in the butt and two in the guard) which can be used to attach this survival knife to a rod and use it as a spear. You probably won’t have that need unless you are really in a survival situation or if you are good at spear fishing/hunting.

The sheath has a built in sharpener which works well on the regular blade, but won’t do anything to sharpen the serrations. For that you will need something like a Diamond Rod Sharpener or similar sharpening tool. You can actually restore the survival knife’s edge with just a few strokes of the built in sharpener. The one thing I like about this sheath is that it gives you a lot of mounting options and it is MOLLE compliant.

This is a great survival knife for utility/survival purposes at a really nice price. The
Gerber LMF II is a much more budget friendly knife, than comparable more expensive brands and it still maintains a good quality. They have an LMF II survival knife with a tan handle and stainless steel silver blade but I think the black LMF II survival knife looks way nicer, other than that they are the same survival knife.

To buy or get more information on the Gerber LMF II Infantry (Black) 4.84" Fixed Blade, Sheath
, click the link below.

Gerber LMF II Infantry (Black) 4.84" Fixed Blade, Sheath

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