Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife Review

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles


The Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife has a compact blade made of High Carbon Stainless Steel that can fit in a sheath or on your belt, and out of the way. But don’t be fooled by its compact size. This is a serious blade. Half the blade is serrated, which can be used for cutting rope. The overall length of this knife is 8.5 inches with a blade length of 3.6 inches. That makes it comparable to many of the medium-sized survival knives on the market. The blade has a lock back feature which keeps the blade in place while it is open for extra safety. The closed length is 4.9 inches. The blade has a thumb stud which can be used to open the knife with one hand. This can come in handy when you’re out in the field with a handful of anything. This knife weighs 5.3 ounces with the sheath and 4.3 ounces without the sheath so it is relatively light for its full size.

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles 


The grip is excellent on the Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Knife. This is one of the more comfortable grips I handled lately and feels good in all handling positions. Rubberized and textured ensures that you will have a strong grip, no matter the conditions you are working in. The ergonomic shape makes this handle very comfortable. The dark grey rubber overlay material works nicely in conjunction with the much harder orange base material. I am a huge fan of rubberized grips when it comes to using a knife in the field when weather conditions may not be optimal.

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles 

The Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife comes with a durable nylon sheath which is mildew resistant and accommodates horizontal as well as vertical carry. I am not a huge fan of nylon sheaths but it does the job. I prefer hard plastic type sheaths because more care has to be taken with nylon sheaths, so as not to have the knife sitting in a moisture pit, causing corrosion. Good sheaths are inexpensive so this is not a deal breaker and at least it’s not leather.

This knife comes with Bear Grylls Survival pocket guide. It has survival basics which you can follow to help keep you alive in a survival situation. I personally think this is a gimmick to appeal to a specific demographic and see no real use for it, at least not for most people interested in survival knives.

Overall I rate this knife a 7.5. The Gerber Folding Sheath Knife is a good option survival knife, priced affordably and worth it for the abilities of this blade.


To buy or get more information on the Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife with 3.6" Combo Blade and Rubber Grip Handles, click the link below.

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles

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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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