Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gerber LHR Fixed Blade Combat Knife Review

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath


Knife makers William W. Harsey Jr. and Chris Reeve collaborated on the technical details of the Gerber LHR Combat Knife, but Matt Larsen, an expert in close quarters combat also contributed some unusual ideas. Larsen studied hundreds of actual combat encounters before finalizing the LHR concept. Designed for the urban soldier, the Gerber LHR concept is as much about knife retention as it is about the fighting blade.

The Gerber LHR features a 6.87 inch part serrated blade of low luster high carbon stainless steel. It has an overall length of 12.5 inches and weighs 11.2 ounces. The hefty full tang handle includes a deep finger choil and generous dropped bolster. The black Tachide  handle is textured for a secure grip even in wet situations. The slightly dropped heel contributes to retention when pulling the knife back from the target, and the V-shaped pommel with lanyard hole also serves as a glass breaker pommel. The knife's false upper edge adds to its piercing power, and there's a short section of serrated edge to take care of rope and straps quickly.


Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath

I am quite impressed with the sheath of the Gerber LHR. The sheath features an unusual locking mechanism which has a built in safety release that can  only release the knife by the wearer. Grip the hilt, push the release plate down, and pull the knife free. If anyone else tries it, they won't have the proper leverage to make it happen. That's certainly a handy feature, but it will take some practice before it's fast and instinctive. Getting the knife back in the sheath and past the lock is also a little tricky, but you won't need to worry about the LHR coming loose whether you're fighting or just fighting your way through heavy brush.

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath

Overall, I rate the Gerber LHR Knife an 8 out of 10. Here's why --  As a primary fixed blade knife, for the purpose of tactical / combat deployment, I think it's a very innovative development, and I commend Gerber for it. When you pick this knife up, you know it means business. There is no doubt that this knife was built for combat, but with a survival edge to it as well. In my opinion, when comparing the Gerber LHR to the full combat-oriented Silver Trident and the Survival/Egress-oriented LMF II, you realize that Gerber implemented both qualities into one platform. This happened in both function and price as the LHR is somewhat between the Silver Trident and LMF II in pricing. The LHR Knife has a thick and somewhat "tapering" spine as you get to the point but it's still good enough to baton with, and the serrations are small enough to not matter to plain blade enthusiasts, but be there when you have that thick rope you need to cut through immediately. 


To buy or get more information on the Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design with Strap On Sheath, click the link below. 

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath




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