Bear Grylls, the very famous wildlife survivor, helped the company in designing a line of survival tools and knives, thus all the Bear Grylls knives from Gerber. Gerber gives one of the best survival knives in the market, while most of them sell only EDC or Tactical in their brand. As the name “Bear Grylls” star of Man vs. Wild this knife can be really used out there in wild during an adventure or trip, without any disappointment. This folding knife from Gerber is the lighter version of the Ultimate Survival knife, again designed by Bear Grylls. This knife meets all the needs in times of surviving against the odds.
Gerber Bear Folding Sheath Knife Specs
|Blade Length||3.58 inches (9.1cm)|
|Knife Overall Length||8.5 inches (21.6cm)|
|Knife Length When Closed||4.8 inches (12.4cm)|
|Total Weight||4.4 ounces (125g)|
|Materials Used in The Blade||High Carbon Stainless Steel.|
The knife comes with a 9cm long, high carbon stainless steel that is serrated towards the handle. This drop point blade is razor sharp and has excellent edge retention. The serrated increases overall chopping, cutting and slicing power. The serrated is far better than the plain edge knife in terms of maintenance, so this blade will last longer, which is needed in a survival knife.
The 7Cr17Mov Stainless steel is the Chinese version of 440A Stainless Steel, with less Vanadium element, with no effect to the performance, the blade is strong, robust and corrosion resistant. The blade has got a nice belly and the sharp tip can be powerful enough while piercing. The blade has thumb stud at the spine on both sides assisting the right and left-handed people in the single-hand opening. The company’s name, with the Bear Grylls signature on the blade, gives an elegant look.
The handle is made up of a tough injection molded plastic with an over-molding of a textured rubber grip. The handle is ergonomically well-designed in order to give maximum comfort while holding the knife, the strategically placed finger cut-outs give firm grip while in motion/action.
The handle looks colorful and also has minimal screws holding it together. Gerber has given an additional jimping in the rear end top and bottom, and near the spine of the blade. This jimping gives extra traction while holding the knife in different positions. The hole on the back of the handle gives an extra option to tie the knife to a nylon wire, which comes in handy most of the time. The soft spot in the middle of the textured handle is the trademark that carries the name “Bear Grylls”. The knife comes with a nylon sheath that holds the knife intact inside with a Velcro lock on the top.
The Locking Mechanism
The knife has a heavy-duty back locking mechanism, which locks the blade tightly in its place while open. This robust mechanism is really solid, as the knife was designed for outdoor activities. The locks offer safety while closing of the blade. The lock seems to withstand high pressure, making it idle for heavy duty works.
Pros & Cons
With the right size for the blade and the handle, this folding knife becomes an idle option for people who love frequent hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. This knife also serves as a compact EDC knife. Gerber has even released a plain edge model for those who didn’t get comfortable with the serrated blade. Overall this masterpiece, designed for complete assist in survival is the best knife for the given price tag and have gained its spot as our best pick.