Keep in mind this review is not on the Ultimate Pro but on the Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Bladed Knife only.
I do have my review of the Ultimate pro – use the links at bottom of the page.
- Full Fine Cutting Edge using high carbon stainless steel with a drop point blade
- Textured Rubber Grip – Maximizes comfort and reduces slippage
- The Ultimate has a ¾ tang
- Stainless Steel Pommel – At base of handle for hammering
- Emergency Whistle – Incorporated into lanyard cord
- Includes a Ferro-cerium fire starting rod that locks into the sheath with a striker notch incorporated into back of the knife blade
- Nylon Sheath is lightweight, military-grade
- A Diamond Sharpener is integrated into the sheath for on-the-go sharpening
- Survival Pocket guide, which contains Bear’s survival essentials
My association with Gerber goes back for years, and after years of using their products, I have come to trust and rely on them. Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife (Fine Edge) is ready right out of the box and is one you too can rely on as well.
I have skinned small game with this knife and while the blade is carbon stainless, it does hold an edge rather well. A stainless steel blade is of course softer than a carbon steel blade, but you should know that going into it. I carry a skinner and a survival knife like this one but in a survival situation if you only have the Gerber Ultimate you can skin game without any problem.
This knife is not just a skinning knife, or whittling knife it is an all around knife, which is what any survival knife you carry should be. Carbon steel holds an edge better but it is much harder to put an edge on and then you have the corrosion that comes with carbon steel. In the woods, you can touch up a stainless steel blade with virtually anything to include a course rock, fine sandpaper or the file blade on most multi-tools.
The Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fine Edge Knife does come with a built in sharpener in the sheath but I do not use it because I like to hone blades on diamond stones or whetstones and do not necessarily trust a sharpener when I cannot see how much metal it is taking off.
However, the fact that it is there and ready to use at all times is definitely a plus for the overall knife setup.
I have tried the sharpener included with the Ultimate on some utility knives I have around and it will bring back a very dull blade but from my standpoint not ideal for honing.
I split wood with the Ultimate by setting the blade in the wood and using another piece of wood to strike the backside of the blade.
It holds up well and walks through the wood. Of course, you cannot split chunks for the stove but to make kindling or to split the ends of a sapling for a fishing or game spear point it is ideal.
I thought that the three quarter tang would be a problem and it is psychologically because I know it’s not full tang but it has not been a problem mechanically.
The Ferro rod is quality and if you have, a good survival knife like Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife (Fine Edge) and a means to start a fire you can pretty much survive in any situation.
My objective is not to carry a dozen knives or tools but to carry only a few that can do dozen of jobs and the addition of the ferro rod is a nice touch.
Theres also an emergency whistle thats attached via a short lanyard and a survival guide thats slipped into the back of the sheath as well – just little touches, but well thought out.
- Strong enough to be called a survival knife, holds an edge well and takes an edge easier than a carbon steel blade
- Handle is well built and grips well when wet and is very comfortable so very little hand fatigue when using it for carving or laborious chores. It is obvious that Bear Grylls had a hand in all of the features because it takes an expert to know what a good knife should be all about
- Comes with a fire starter that actually works and a distress whistle
- No flex in the blade whatsoever, which means the blade is sized based on the handle length. Some so-called survival knives have blades that flex like a fillet knife but this one is solid and you just know it will get the cutting job done
- Just plain looks good
- The sheath carries well on the belt and does not add any significant weight so your trousers do not feel like they are falling off. The sheath does not get in the way when you are sitting at home or even in a vehicle
- Drop point blade means you can use it for plunge cuts making it is less likely you will break the point, however there is a limit to how hard you can strike down when plunging into ice for example
- While it advertises a stainless steel pommel for hammering at the base of the handle it is not of much use for hammering in stakes to secure a tarp or poncho to the ground. You should not purchase the knife solely for emergency extractions from a vehicle because the pommel is not specifically designed to be a glass-breaker
- In my mind there is no reason not to make a quality knife full tang so I do not quite understand the three quarter tang on the Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife (Fine Edge)
- I would have preferred the whistle be incorporated into the sheath instead of on the lanyard or dummy cord as some call it. I never use a lanyard unless temporarily strapping something to a pack otherwise, it just gets in the way and I was afraid of smashing the whistle if it stayed attached to the knife. A whistle is important so I took it off and strapped it to my pack instead
- The blade sharpener is good for emergency sharpening if you are in the bush without a diamond stone or fine whetstone but it may take more metal off the blade than most would be comfortable with, if you do use the sharpener you will need to use a leather strop on the blade to remove the burrs
Conclusions on this knife:
It can be carried around the house for everyday cutting jobs because it fits well and carries nicely on your belt and sized perfectly for most cutting jobs you would find around the house.
As a pure survival knife it works very well and is definitely worth the money at around £50 inc VAT and delivery, offering you good value for your money, for a quality bit of kit – it’s got the pedigree of Gerber and I think it’s well worth considering adding to your prepping kit.
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