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The Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet is a compact, light weight, and pretty innovative tool that comes with a ballistic nylon belt sheath and the Bear Grylls Pocket Survival Guide. The hallmark of this hatchet is that it’s full tang… which means the hatchet blade, head and handle are all one piece. My hatchet arrived about razor sharp… and was actually sharper than my Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife out of the box. To test the sharpness, I used an old school technique of holding the hatchet perpendicular to the ground and with a ball point pen handle angled at around 60 degrees. But to get an edge this sharp, Gerber decided to go with around a 34 degree included angle (that’s about 17 degrees on each side of the edge)… This is 10-20 degrees less than a typical hatchet grind. A larger included angle will stand up to more hard use, but is more difficult to hone to a razor sharp edge. Now the edge is about 3.5 inches in length and is suitable for limbing and chopping trees, skinning bark, shelter building and general bushcraft. The Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet is made even more versatile due to the innovative finger cutouts that are found where the head and handle come together. And because of the design, weight, balance and the ergonomics of the finger cutouts… it made stripping bark and feathering kindling easy. 100% of the steel on this hatchet is covered with the pretty rugged, gray, PVD coating that’s found on most of the other Bear Grylls knives and tools. The full tang handle is over-molded with a very comfortable rubberized grip similar to what we have in the rest of the gear in this line. Using this hatchet to chop a small tree was not as easy as using an axe but it sure beat using my Ultimate PRO Survival Knife. On the back there is a hand carry loop on top and two belt loops that keep the knife from flopping around on your belt. As with every other tool in the Bear Grylls line, the Survival Hatchet ships with the waterproof, Bear Grylls Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide. It’s free, and can be taken for granted, but this little guide is a gem and can help you know what to do to stay alive when the chips are down.
So we rate the Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet at 4.5 out of 5 Stars for being a VERY light weight, yet stout and durable hatchet with a form factor that makes it easy to carry on your belt and throw in any pack. We like its full tang design and innovations like the finger notches just below the head that make it easy to use this tool like a knife, especially since my hatchet arrived razor sharp and ready for just about any slicing task. We took off half a star because… although the edge is very sharp due to it’s narrow blade angle, there is the potential that this blade could fold over a bit with hard use. The Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet is a great tool for its intended use AS a survival hatchet because it’s easy to keep on your belt, or in your pack at all times. It’s perfect for Scouts, Bug Out Bags and emergency kits, camping, hunting, hiking, backpacking, canoe camping or as a capable compact hatchet to keep in your vehicle or around the house. In survival training and preparation we spend a great deal of time on hypothermia, don’t we? I hope that illustrates the point of reversing your tactics for the assistance or prevention of heat related illness. Heat Rash – symptoms are raised, typically, red swelling of the skin, often times on sensitive areas of the body such as armpits, groin area or face, although it can be anywhere. Heat Syncope – otherwise known as fainting, heat syncope is caused during heat-related overexertion.
Heat Exhaustion – if the person continues to overexert themselves but does not pass out, they may start becoming slightly confused, or exhibit irrational behavior, as well as exhibiting skin that will start becoming tacky. Heat Stroke – this can be noted with extreme confusion, seizures, high temperature (approximately 104 degrees). As you can see, the root answer to each of these issues is to remove yourself from the source that is causing you heat-related illness and to always hydrate, and have plans for continued hydration.
Craig also has advanced rank in both Judo and Aikido and continues to teach and train after 20+ years of training in each and is also an avid student of all things gun. I urge you to research the recommendation of the Wilderness Medicine Society and other authorities.
I personally (and the crew at UST) appreciate it when our readers come in and help increase the educational factor of our posts.
I am going to adjust the blog post, and thank you again for pointing this detail out to us. About a year ago, I stumbled across the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife – SCHF9 and was amazed by the quality and usefulness of this knife for the money. Although the SCHF9 is a pretty amazing knife… there were 3 small issues that some had with it. The Schrade Extreme Survival Knife SCHF10 is a fixed blade, full tang, 100% fine edge knife that comes with a ballistic nylon sheath. So all in all, the actual edge length of the SCHF10 is not all that much shorter than the SCHF9… although the blade of the SCHF9 looks a lot longer due to the  large choil cutout. The SCHF10 is a nice medium-sized knife with an edge that is a good bit longer that the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro knife and just a bit longer then the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2.
This blade is covered in a durable and attractive, dark black coating that has held up very well in our tests. The Extreme Survival SCHF10 is a drop point blade, which means the spine side of the blade tip drops to meet the edge side at the point.
Drop point blades are a good choice for utility survival knives because they form a strong and useful point that is suitable for a wide range of tasks. Now the edge of this knife is curved for the entire length… with a concave edge toward the handle which has a convex curve as we approach the tip.
The concave portion of the blade can give a little more cutting power than a straight blade but makes sharpening with a stone more than a little tricky. There is a bit of a belly toward the tip of the blade which helps with tasks like chopping.
I took it out to my back 40 to test out its chopping capabilities and the knife did really well considering the tree was bursting with sap and a little oversized for the tool.  Meaning:  I’d take a hatchet or an axe any day!
The handle of this knife curves nicely on the top and bottom  with some wonderful finger cut outs to fit my hand really well. It has textured and contoured Micarta handle slabs that attach to the knife tang with two hex bolts.
These grips are tough yet do a good job channeling water and sweat and make it pretty easy to keep a hold of this knife.
One more cool thing about this handle:  It CAN be easily removed and replaced with your own custom creation or you can take a shot at wrapping the handle in paracord to increase the usefulness of his knife in a survival situation. The quality black coating, the NEWLY designed and stamped Schrade logo, the attractive Micarta handle and a nice false edge bevel on top  of the blade toward the point, that gives it the appearance of a fighting knife… ALL caught my eye. So… when the UPS Guy dropped off this knife, I just about immediately took it into the studio and shot a photo to post on our Ultimate Survival Tips Facebook page.
But best of all, this knife isn’t just a good looker… it’s also functional, practical and affordable. Now if the SCHF10 is an exceptional knife… the sheath is a pretty average by comparison. The sheath is made out of black ballistic nylon with what seems to be good stitching all around. This sheath is made to receive the knife mainly for right-hand belt carry, but the knife can be put into the sheath for left-hand carry… it just won’t seat the whole way due to the angled lip of the sheath that matches the angle of the grip. The knife is held in the sheath with a Velcro closure strap which is about as good as the strap on the Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO sheath. But you will need to secure the handle with this strap every time you carry this knife or it’s going to fall out sooner or later since the knife wiggles around in the sheath loosely when not strapped in tight.
This sheath is designed for belt carry ONLY and doesn’t have any MOLLE straps on the back like the sheath of the SCHF9 does. But you CAN use this sheath with just about any belt… military or otherwise up to about 3 inches in width. Owners comment on this knife’s beastly construction, good looks, overall usefulness, and the  pretty good quality stainless steel that makes the knife suitable for use in any weather or climate.
We rate the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife at 4.5 out of 5 stars in the sub $50 price category for its stout, rugged build, ridiculously thick quarter inch stainless steel, for how solid and comfortable it is in the hand, its well thought-out, functional and attractive design and its overall performance in the field.
For a larger, equally stout and affordable survival knife… check out my review of the Schrade Extreme Survival SCHF9.
And for an equally beastly blade that’s a bit more pricey, but a perennial favorite among bushcrafters… check out the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2. Ka-Bar Becker BK-2, Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival knife, and Schrade’s SCHF-9 and 10. Hey David I agreenwith you completely on this reveiw but I’m a very big man 6ft5inch 350lb the handle on the schf9 worked perfect for me. Well I’m pretty jazzed to get this review of the NEW Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO Survival Knife out to you after a few weeks of research, use and testing.
Now the big, huge difference between these knives is the full tang construction of the Ultimate PRO knife vs. Full tang construction is regarded by most experts as the strongest, most durable way to make a knife.
The Ultimate PRO has a drop point blade… which simply means that the spine side of the blade curves down until it meets the tip of the blade.
Drop point blades are common for survival and general purpose utility knifes because they make for a strong tip and tough knife across the entire surface of the blade.
Serrations are great for cutting things like rope… and extending the usefulness of your knife long after the fine edge is quite dull. But a serrated edge can get in the way of many bushcraft tasks and make fine slicing, cutting or skinning difficult. My knife came quite sharp enough out of the box to shave hair off of the back of my hand and slice a long thin piece of plastic off of a ball point pen body… similar to the performance of a razor blade. In my testing I was surprised at how well this edge held up while performing many tasks and after some knife throwing and a bunch of drops on rocks and frozen soil. On the spine side there is a notched out, coating-free striker area for use as the fire steel striker. But this choil’s true purpose is to allow the blade to be sharpened all the way to the end of the edge without interference of the handle or hand guard. The Ultimate PRO Knife comes with a newly designed emergency whistle that seems more durable than the previous one is quite loud and comes attached to the knife with it’s integrated lanyard.
I can confidently say… you should not have any issues with THIS pommel or tang even in hard-use situations. The handle is made up of the knife tang and what seem to be two rugged polymer slabs that are secured to the knife using these 4 star or torque bolts and two permanent metal insets that are inside the two lashing holes at the top of the grip.
Most of the polymer handle is covered over with what feels like the same, rubberized grippy material that’s used on just about every other knife and tool in this line. The only noticeable difference between this knife and the original version is the weight of the knife… which doesn’t feel heavy, but actually makes the knife feel a bit more substantial.
The knife balances well with the center of gravity in the area of the the forefinger handle cutout. Now in addition to the lanyard hole, we have two additional holes on the hand guard that go through the handle slabs and tang that are strategically placed to help you lash this knife onto a pole to make a spear.
The lashing holes also serve another important task as part of the friction lock system that holds the knife in its sheath. And like the previous version of this knife, we have a handle strap with a Velcro-like closure system to keep the knife tight against the sheath when not in use.
The sheath is designed for left or right-hand carry and has a hole in the bottom of the knife compartment to allow water to drain through if you go for a swim or end up out in a storm with this knife. On the back of the ballistic nylon upper part of this sheath there is a nylon vertical belt loop that should work well with belts up to 2 inches wide. Next, let’s look at the carbide bladed pull-through sharpener, which is a better field sharpening solution than the diamond stone sharpener that is on the Original Ultimate Knife sheath… simply because sharpening your knife with this sharpener is easy for anyone, regardless of skill level. The cool thing about this pull sharpener, is that it’s designed to perfectly sharpen the entire fine edge of this knife because of the spacing the choil provides between the hand guard and the edge.
For some tips on using the sharpener for your knife, and a full demonstration, check out my full review on YouTube by searching, “Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife Review”. Last but not least, on the front of this sheath you will find a cleverly stored ferro rod, which is positioned right side up… instead of upside down (like on the Original version). This change alone should about ensure that your ferro rod doesn’t accidentally fall out of the sheath and get lost in the wilderness, which COULD happen in the previous version of this sheath. The ferrocerium used in this rod seems to be pretty high quality, so starting a fire with it was really easy. WE TOOK OFF A FULL STAR because to make all of these upgrades, the street price of the knife went from sub $40 US up to around $70 US.
And honestly, in the competitive category for survival knives… a 4 out of 5 star rating is pretty darn good. SO if you like your current Bear Grylls Utimate Survival Knife… You’re gonna LOVE the NEW Ultimate PRO!!! With its steel upgrade, full tang construction and all the goodies that come with it… this knife is a great choice for those who are ready to upgrade from the Original Bear Grylls Survival Knife.

Do a review on the bear grylls parang it’s confusing that they have new and old parangs and some are recalled some are not and if its worth getting for the price. The new knife off gerber is $105.00 US you said it would be realeased of gerber for $70.00 US is their something that brought the price up? Let’s just say if a person was to choose between Gerber LMF II & this knife, which knife would you prefer?
I can’t find it in Vancouver, I can only find the other Gerber survival knives, anyone can tell me where to get it? As you commented re, I was disappointed that Gerber removed the molle loops from the sheath for this knife.
My bottom line: I DO recommend this knife so long as the buyer is aware of its cosmetic issues and the lack of molles.
Can you please elaborate bacause I think I’m lost with your explaination on why you removed a full star on its rating. And my comment on the color and design of the handle, I think the reason why they made it to have such bright colors as orange was because in a survival situation (unless you’re in combat and behind enemy lines) you want to be seen right?
Whether you’re stranded in the wilderness, down behind enemy lines, caught in a natural disaster, or just out for an overnight camping trip with your family… a good survival knife can tip the scales in your favor and turn a potential disaster into a memorable adventure.
This blade is one of the most popular, military spec survival knives in recent history that’s available to the general public.
Gerber Legendary Blades has been designing innovative knives since the 1930s and is based in Portland, Oregon where they also manufacture many of their knives… including the LMF II. Although this knife my be a little much for casual, everyday carry in a non-survival situation… you’ll be really glad you have this beefy knife if disaster or emergency ever strikes. Drop point blades tend to be very strong across the entire length of the knife, including the point.
The LMF II survival knife also has a large flat surface area on it’s spine for mallet-assisted bushcraft.
The blade is made out of 420HC stainless steel which is a good all around steel that is very resistance to rust, and is extremely tough… making it a good tool for chopping, slicing, hammering, prying and digging. This steel is wear resistant and very good, but not great, at retaining an edge with heavy use. Fortunately, Gerber integrated a sharpener into the sheath to help you stay on top of keeping the knife sharp. The blade is coated in black oxide for a low visual signature and additional corrosion resistance.
I get a lot of comments in my reviews from people who just don’t like serrated blades… mostly because they find them hard to sharpen when dulled.
You need a diamond sharpening rod like the one found on the Smith’s Pocket Pal or the Bear Grylls knife sharpener. The handle of the Gerber LMF II survival knife is very grippy and has a rubberized feel… unlike the SOG knives that have a harder composite handle. Toward the butt-end of the handle… the grip curves out nearly a half inch to cushion pounding and prevent slippage. This butt end flair also makes chopping with the LMF II knife easy because you can comfortably wrap your thumb and forefinger around the bottom of the handle to make a natural chopping motion to chop small trees and shape wood. Quite honestly, I was surprised at how easily the Gerber LMF II knife pierced through the car window.
The Gerber LMF II knife is a unique, three quarter tang construction… because the knife was originally designed as an aircrew survival knife.
One requirement of the knife design was to insulate the handle to prevent aircrew from being shocked if they intentionally or accidentally cut through live wires while freeing themselves from their aircraft. Gerber developed a tough, nylon substrate injection molding process that locks both blade and butt cap together, while electrically isolating the butt cup from the blade. This LMF II survival knife has proven to be a durable performer for several years now and has been extensively used tested by troops in the field, which should settle the argument as to whether the LMF II’s three quarter tang construction is tough enough to survive in a real-world military environment or not.
For added comfort for any skeptics that are left out there… Gerber stands behind the craftsmanship of the LMF II knife with a Lifetime Warranted.
The Gerber LMF II survival knife is firmly held in it’s sheath using an friction lock system. The low profile handle is held tight against the sheath with two straps that secure with snaps. The sheath has an integrated V type sharpener that is accessible by releasing a few sheath straps… and is handy for keeping your blade sharp in the field. The LMF II Survival and ASEK models ship with a high quality safety knife and strap cutter that comes in a nice MOLLE compatible sheath. And in our opinion, this knife design deserves the best steel possible (although we realize that this would immediately hike the price point up considerably). The LMF II was originally designed using 154CM stainless, which is used in the Gerber Silver Trident and several of Gerber’s other top military and tactical knives. The best pricing that I have found for the LMF II knife online is around $70 for the Gerber LMF II Infantry and Survival.
For your convenience I have provide links to the Gerber LMF II survival knife and the other knives and gear that I’ve mentioned, throughout this review.
The LMF II is a great knife for camping, hunting, hiking, backpacking, back county adventures, military operations, disaster preparedness and for anyone who wants a troop tested, proven knife that is designed for the widest variety of emergency and survival scenarios. If you want a very capable, versatile and less expensive survival knife for camping, hiking and general preparedness… check out the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife, which now comes in a non-serrated version. Both the Gerber Prodigy and the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife have design features that were borrowed from the Gerber LMF II ASEK. This being said, the Gerber LMF II survival knife is a rugged, reliable and versatile survival knife that is designed for the widest range of potential survival situations.
I hope this review has been helpful to you and has brought you a step closer to discovering the gear you need, to be prepared for any future: emergency, crisis or survival situation that may come your way. Can the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife be placed into the Gerber LMF II Knife Sheath, and does the LMF II have a striker pad for fire starting like the BG ultimate knife?
Thoughtful use will do a lot more for edge retention than a few more points on the Rockwell scale will, any day.
Question: Would you consider this more being a survival knife or could this also be qualified as a Tactical knife?
I was all set to buy one of these until I saw the part in the video where I found out the blade and butt are not connected and is not a full tang knife.
As a Navy Hospital Corpsman I can say it was always handy and held an edge well in the field.
Spread the word by clicking on the “Share” button at the bottom of ANY Article page on this site. If you love Crocodile Dundee, want a serious knife that inspires confidence, looks great on your belt, in your hand and in a show case… and has the day job of performing just about any task you could expect from a knife, axe or machete, we’re pretty sure you’ll absolutely love the SOG Creed.
The SOG Creed is a large, well-crafted, high performance and classy knife that has some obvious design influences borrowed from the classic Jim Bowie knives of the 1830s and the more modern versions manufactured in the past 180 years. While the original “Bowie” knife was known as a fighting knife, the SOG Creed’s big belly design and stout front make it useful as a camp, survival and extreme hunting knife. This knife is a beast and I can’t even imagine the force it would take to break this blade -plus, in a pinch you could flip this blade around and use the spine as a hammer.
The SOG Creed is made out of AUS 8 stainless steel and enjoys SOG’s unique cryogenic heat treatment that is said to increase overall steel strength and edge retention.
I have prior experience with SOG’s AUS 8 steel, and in all of my testing it’s quality, heat treatment and middle-of-the-road hardness seems to make it a good choice for all-around use and abuse, corrosion resistance and for retaining an edge. Full tang is the strongest knife construction technique and is well suited for a rugged knife like the Creed.
Although drop point blades are typically regarded as having stronger points and being a more versatile blade… the SOG Creed enjoys a straight clip which is inherently stronger and is well suited for a wider array of survival, camping and hunting tasks. Because of the mass and the length of the SOG Creed, it was a joy to use for batoning – in this case, I simply split some wood with it.
The handle has a total length of about 4 inches (or 10.2 centimeters) and should be suitable for all but the very largest of hands. On the bottom of the handle there are nice finger cut-outs to improve grip and comfort and between the blade and the hilt (which is the entire handle section of the knife)   there is a VERY nice, stout and solid stainless steel crossguard which is designed to protect the hand in a fight and also keep your hand from sliding onto the blade. On the butt end of the handle, you’ll see a solid, stainless steel pommel that matches the crossguard in ruggedness and style. And for more style points, the pommel is fastened onto the knife tang using a cool screw fastener that has the look of a bullet primer. The Creed goes into its sheath only one way… and is held in place with a leather strap and snap. This leaves a bit of play at the top of the sheath for the thinner, 1 inch wide blade steel near the handle, to shift around a bit when you carry it, which makes it possible for the knife to come out of the sheath even when the leather handle strap is secured. There is no question at all… Owners who pull the trigger on this knife have no regrets. We rate the SOG Creed knife at 4.5 out of 5 stars as a serious, back-county knife for its  thoughtful design, materials, fit and finish, beauty and its overall usefulness and tough build.
The only knock we have on this knife package has to do with the handle end of the knife shifting around in the sheath.  This makes it possible for the knife to come out of the sheath even when the leather handle strap is secured.
Even though it’s not probable that your knife is going to come out of this sheath in the back country, due to it’s weight, it is possible.
But honestly, the biggest problem you are going to have with this knife is actually bringing yourself to use it…it’s designed for hard use, yet it has the beauty and mystique of a collectible.
Make no mistake, the SOG Creed is a serious, large and formidable all-purpose knife knife for camping, fishing,  backpacking, extreme survival and hunting, batoning, self-defense and for those who want to impress their friends and scare away their enemies.
If you want a smaller, less expensive, but very capable smaller survival knife with a fine edge, check out my reviews of the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife and the SOG Force. If you want a survival knife more suitable for tactical and combat situations, check out my reviews of the Gerber LMF II and Prodigy. If you’d like a really nice hunting knife that is quite capable for survival duties, check out the Gerber Myth Fixed Blade Pro. If you are all about “BIG” and you want a even larger blade designed for extreme survival, check out my review of the Buck Hoodlum.
David says he would recommend the Leatherman Wave multitool as a great additional piece of gear to the SOG Creed for camping. If you’re looking for a knife that can perform in just about any situation, whether surviving in the wilderness or in the backyard, the Cold Steel SRK survival knife might be the all-around knife for you. We’ll look this knife from just about every angle and talk about who this knife is for and who should look for a different blade. And before we’re all done, we’ll compare the Cold Steel SRK to a few other popular survival and tactical knives from Gerber, SOG and Schrade. So when my SRK landed… I carefully took it out of the box and was immediately impressed by the elegant simplicity of its design, its solid, yet extremely comfortable feel in my hand and the sharpness of the blade. As you might conclude, I’ve been a lot more careful with this knife since then… and you should be careful, too… this is one sharp knife out of the box!!!
Here is a collection of great knives from SOG, Gerber, Schrade compared to the Cold Steel SRK (which is the 6th knife from the left)… so we have the SOG Seal Pup, the Bear Grylls Survival Knife, the Gerber Prodigy, the Gerber LMF II ASEK, the SOG Force, the Cold Steel SRK, the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife (SCHF3) and the SOG Seal Team Elite.
The blade of the Cold Steel SRK is full tang construction which means the handle and blade steel are one solid piece of metal from tip to butt and is the strongest blade handle construction technique.
The SRK steel is made of Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel… which is regarded as a very nice steel for a general, all-purpose knife like the SRK because of the steel’s toughness and edge-holding ability.
AUS 8A has middle-of-the-road hardness which makes it strong for the rigors of survival and rescue while being resistant to chipping and fracturing. To add to the the corrosion resistance of this knife, Cold Steel coated this knife in what they call Black Tuff-Ex…. The Cold Steel’s choice in point design is a nice solution for a knife designed for rescue and survival situations requiring point strength, piercing ability and acute cutting. Oh, one last thing about the point… Knives with clip points are often easier to put back in their sheaths because of the reduced size and sharper angle of a clip point. So this steel thickness is pretty beefy, although not the thickest that we’ve seen in this class of survival knives. So… Just for fun, I’m gonna call it Grip-Ex because it’s extra grippy and honestly the grippiest handle of any of the survival knives that we’ve reviewed to date. On the sides of the handle we have this raised dimple pattern of rubberized nodules that provide great grip in all directions and channel water in wet conditions. On the top and bottom we have rubberized raised lateral grooves that are especially designed to help prevent your hand from sliding forward onto the blade and prevent the knife from sliding out of your hand. At the front of the handle toward the blade we have a nice sized quillon (pronounced “KEY – OWN”), which is designed to prevent your fingers from sliding forward onto the blade and cutting edge.
The back of the handle is about straight and the bottom has almost imperceptible cutouts to add to the ergonomics of this fine, yet very simple handle.
Hands of all sizes should find this handle very comfortable even when being use for extended periods. This tapered end helps keeps the knife in your hand also makes it pretty easy to keep this knife from flying away when chopping. About a half inch from the butt of the knife there is this lanyard hole formed from a snappy, brass-looking grommet that goes the whole way through the handle to the other side.

The sheath seems to be made of a very rigid, durable, precision-molded polymer that appears to be two pieces held firmly together with 12 solid metal grommets strategically placed at major stress points around the sheath. The knife locks in the sheath through a simple friction lock that does hold the knife securely in the sheath.
However, in our tests, this knife stayed securely in the sheath without the use of the handle strap.
The Cold Steel SRK sheath can be set up for left or right hand carry through this simple, durable and removable belt strap system. This strap system is easily removed and repositioned by removing these two standard cross head screws. It’s got this nice Velcro and snap, system that allows you to attach the sheath to just about any belt without removing it. A leg lanyard or strap can easily be added to keep this sheath tight against your leg using either the bottom grommet holes or one of the long strap cutouts. We beat this knife up pretty good and even threw it (which always beats up a knife)… but the edge remained sharp and the knife showed surprisingly little wear.
Owners comment on this knife’s ability to take serious punishment and perform a variety of utility tasks well and generally rate this knife at over 4 out of 5 stars. We found a few comments about issues with the sheath and mentions about it not having a butt end pommel. Owners usually rave about the toughness of the steel, edge holding, the versatile sheath and its value for the money. We rate the Cold Steel SRK at 4.5 out of 5 stars for its versatility as a utility survival, tactical and rescue knife. We took off a half of a star because, for a rescue knife, it would have been nice for this knife to have a butt-end pommel… and for tactical and military use, we think Cold Steel could have pretty easily made this sheath a lot closer to MOLLE compatible. But if you want a more tactical or survival knife that comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath, take a look at my reviews of the SOG Seal Team Elite, the Gerber LMF II, Gerber LHR or the SOG Seal Pup.
If you want a kick-butt, all-around utility, fixed-blade knife that is built to last, and an online price of around $79 sounds good to you, we highly recommend the Cold Steel SRK Survival and Rescue Knife. Hi Daniel – The Cold Steel would definitely be the one to choose if bushcrafting is a priority. I would however recommend the new Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro over the Original… if you can get one in Argentina. El SRk es un excelente producto costo beneficio, el Falkniven es un cuchillo que se cuece aparte, pero hay que asumir el costo, y al final de cuentas para lo que yo lo necesito…, me da el mismo servicio. This helps keep the tool in my hand when in use, especially when swinging it hard when notching or chopping a tree. SO you could break stuff- like nuts- with this pommel… but I’m not sure why you would want to considering the hammer on the back of the hatchet head.
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Forever a student, Craig always attempts to find ways to help others to develop their mindset and critical thinking skills so they can think on their own and for themselves. So it’s a good choice for a survival knife in this price range and rivals the steel used in many knives costing twice as much.
Full tang is considered by most experts as the toughest, strongest and most rugged way to build a knife. Another set on the top of the handle and an additional set on the bottom side of the handle.
The knife sheath is reinforced and stiff so the knife should not poke thorough it any time soon.
Most knock the sheath but overlook its shortcomings because of their happiness with the knife. So today I’ll dig in and look at this knife from just about every angle and see if this knife is garbage, good or anywhere close to great. This knife’s choil has enough space for my forefinger to wrap around for better leverage and control in fine cutting and slicing. These holes perfectly align with 4 raised bumps (two on each side) toward the top of sheath that work together to firmly lock the knife in the sheath when it’s not in use. It’s a great choice for camping, backpacking, hiking, bug-out bags, emergency kits, responsible scouts, for bushcraft or as very nice general utility knife around the home or shop to use every day or have handy just in case. I am wondering if it is possible to remove the plastic knife handle off the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival knife without breaking it and leave it bare metal, (no pun inteneded but still funny) so i can wrap paracord around the handle and still put the plastic handle back on after taking the paracord off, without having to get another knife. All your videos have helped me and my little brother become more educated in survival techniques. The gerber strong-arm is made out of 420hc stainless steel and i hear that it does no have good edge retention,The gerber ultimate pro survival knife has 9cr19mov stainless steel and according to your review it performed very well.
The only differences in the various models and SKUs are the knife handle and sheath colors… and the accessories that ship with each model. Usually a few strokes is all it takes to restore a banged up serration to full cutting power. The leg straps are about an inch and a half thick and include a section of elastic to keep the sheath tight against the leg.
Owners of this knife seem to run the gamet from first time knife owners to active military.
Many say this is the best knife they have ever owned and love the versatile, thick strong blade. Some feel it is a bit heavy for carrying all day but understand that the weight of the Gerber LMF II survival knife is a tradeoff for a blade of this caliber. 420 HC is a good steel for blade retention and a GREAT steel for general purpose strength and durability… but it’s not the best steel. To make the LMF II more affordable for you and I, Gerber eventually settled on 420 HC stainless. The ASEK may cost you a little more, if you can find one and is usually only available to credentialed military or tactical personnel. Since it is a smaller blade is does wiggle around in the sheath a bit and the handle straps are a bit looser… but it does fit.
Also if I was to buy a BG fire striker which one fits more securely in the LMF II Sheath, the longer or shorter one? Its called Camillus Les Stroud series, could you give it a review if you have some spare time? Simple answer to your question is that the blade is going to resist corrosion because it is considered stainless steel, plus it is coated, so with care, you should have limited risk of corrosion. Clip point blades have the spine side of the blade “clipped” off and form a tip that is more suitable for piercing, picking and fine work than many drop point blades.
And once I cleaned all the crud and sap off… I was pleasantly surprised at how it looked like I barely touched it. It’s basically a rubberized, over-molded and very grippy material that has a raised cross hatch pattern on the sides and a lateral pattern on the top and bottom to help you hold on in changing weather conditions. They serve no functional purpose as far as I can tell but do add to the collector quality of this blade. I’m pretty sure if you loose your SOG Creed in the woods, you are going to be very sad. Many comment on the great comfort of the handle and balance of the knife, the excellent steel and this knife’s ability to hold a sharp edge. So my way of connecting was to gift him with a Ka-bar US Marine Fighting Knife which after much comparison with other survival type knives it is what I choose. Although you can’t see the knife steel in the handle of the SRK, I have verified that the knife is full tang with Cold Steel. The Cold Steel SRK has a fine edge meaning no serrations – for the full length of the edge. AUS 8A is fairly easy to sharpen, has  very nice edge retention and can be sharpened to a VERY sharp edge. I recommend simply wiping your knife down occasionally with a little bit of mineral oil on a soft rag paying particular attention to wiping down the edge.
A clip point has the spine side of the blade “clipped” off to form a tip that is sharper and more suitable for piercing and tasks like skinning or carving that require more blade point accuracy. However, the belt carry strap system can easily be removed and through some creativity and the addition of a strap or two could be attached to a MOLLE vest or pack. Because of the nearly straight handle, the center of gravity being slightly more toward the tip and the clip point blade, this knife threw really well compared to most of the other knives we have dared to toss at our target. Owners seem to run the gamut from military, campers, hunters, survival dudes, weekend warriors and women who just wanted a tough knife that was comfortable to hold and could perform a wide range of household tasks. That is why i wonder if you have any intrest to make a review on the fallkniven a1 and the a2.
I got it for about $40 at a gun show, and it’s been my go to hunting knife since then. So in this article we will focus on helping you avoid danger in warmer temperatures, AND learn the signs and treatment of warm weather’s most lethal killers. To keep it simple, I consider elevated body temperature signs and treatment in this way: do exactly OPPOSITE of what you would do for lowered body temperature.
However if were to set one up opposite of what is normal, then it serves to reflect heat of the sun away from us. Remove the person from the heat source, and have them lie down, remove any excess clothing, particularly those items that are tight or constricting.
Craig is a frequent survival and preparedness contributor to TV outlets, blog sites, magazines and is a popular online outdoor educator on YouTube via Nature Reliance and Dan’s Depot channels. This is a common mistake as this intervention does little more than maybe make the patient feel good. But since the tang is exposed… I found it pretty easy to break and smash things with the butt of this knife. Not to often but it does happen.I found a cheap not that it is cheap quality but for 10 bucksat Walmart you can find a course and fine handheld Smith sharpener that works well on all knives I found even my schfn9 schf10, bk2 and the bear gerber which ive got all them.
Does this means that this knife cannot compare or can not be on par with these ‘heavy-hitters’? Yes, sharpens easily with good edge retention, but I can tell you from experience that it may not survive some of the uses the LMF-II was envisioned for.
12C27 was comparable in toughness (durability in rough use) and hardness (edge retention) to 440A and was a very good steel choice by Gerber. I’d also prefer a better grade steel like the VG-1 San Mai on my Cold Steel SRK or S30V like my Gerber Mark 1. Fit and finish, steel choice, excellent sheath design, grip and the fact that this knife can be had for around $79 online.
If I want a knife with a hammer for a butt I have my Catteragus Quartermaster knife, but the SRK feels perfect in my hand and has replaced that knife in the woods.
Treatment is to get water in your body as soon as possible and to massage the affected muscle groups. The best method for treatment is to, again, remove the person from whatever is causing the overexertion, give them fluids- particularly cooling fluids- and have them drink water, with salt added, Vitalyte or in a pinch Gatorade. Cool them down with water orally as well as applying cool water where available to the body through the use of a wet shirt, bandana or other item that is carried with you. Submerge them in cool water if available and apply cool or cold compresses to sides of the neck, armpits, and groin area. Please consider where the major arteries and veins are located: groin, armpits (as you correctly point out, and SIDES of the neck carotid arteries and juglar veins.
I have heard about the Gerber Bear Grylls Paracod Fixed Blade Knife, but i want to know about this one, thank you in advance and have a great day.
My point of this comment is that, in all of my camping & backpacking experience over the years, I have continually come back to the SRK for my traveling companion. Though it is a heavier knife than some, I appreciate the weight & heft for some of the fire prep tasks due to its weighty cutting ability. Gravity causes the areas to swell, so raising them will assist in getting the swelling to go down as gravity pulls the fluids back into the core of the body. Also, removing the handle slabs with eliminate your ability to use the knife sheath since the handles hold the knife in the sheath via friction. Grylls initials, I made short work of the orange with some Krylon ultra-flat back camo paint intended for plastyic surfaces.

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