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A Review of the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife

A survival knife is an absolute must-have item when you’re out camping, exploring, fishing or otherwise find yourself away from civilization. Gerber produced the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife and it is receiving very positive reviews. This knife is in keeping with the quality that you come to expect from Gerber.

Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife


The Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife is an upgrade compared to the previous release of the original Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife. The stainless steel construction is durable 9Cr19MoV Stainless steel. This is a high carbon steel that is very similar to 440C Stainless steel. It features a full tang construction, so the steel of the blade continues along the full length from the tip to the butt, for dependable durability. The knife, as well as its sheath, is designed with a black and orange color combination that aids in the visibility of the blade in the dark, or if it should be dropped. The weight of the blade without the sheath is only 9.6 ounces, and 14.1 ounces with the sheath attached. Many have commented on the knife’s well-designed center of gravity. The knife features a drop point blade, which increases the strength of the tip of the knife. There are no serrations; the blade is 100% fine edge.

Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Surival Knife with Sheath and FirestarterThe knife has an extremely sharp edge to the blade right out of the package. In fact, that is a very common comment from owners of this knife. With an overall length of 10 inches, the 4.8 inch blade has been noted by consumers to have a surprising ability to maintain its edge, despite the knife being used for extended periods, or dropped on occasion onto frozen soil. The pommel is welded in place to the tang as well as pinned, for increased dependability. The handle of the knife is constructed from non-slip ergonomic rubber for precise handling in slippery situations while maximizing comfort. There is also a really nice choil featured on the edge of the blade near the handle. Wrapping your finger around the open space in the cut-away area creates better leverage when making fine cuts. This also permits for better sharpening of the blade, up to the end of the edge, due to the spacing before the hand guard.

The Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife includes an emergency whistle that is both durable and loud. It is attached via an integrated lanyard to the handle of the knife. Another nice feature is that the stainless steel pommel makes for a convenient emergency hammer. Should the need arise, the knife can be utilized as a makeshift spear. There are two holes located strategically in the handle. Guide lanyard through these holes to secure the knife to a stick, ensuring that it stays put when used. While this is an awesome feature to have should you need it, it is advised to not throw the spear, but instead use it for thrust and jabs.

Another purpose for the holes is that they are intended to align with raised bumps that are located in the sheath, these bumps serve to lock the blade in the sheath. This is commonly known as a friction lock. A nice feature of the sheath is that if you are right or left handed it does not matter; the sheath will accept the blade regardless of being inserted from the left or right direction.

Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife with SheathThe sheath is high quality, constructed from mildew-resistant military-grade nylon, is very sturdy, and keeps the knife very snug. There is a vertical belt loop on the upper area of the sheath that should be acceptable for belts as wide as 2 inches. A carbide sharpener is housed in the sheath with a pull-through design to keep your blade sharp with ease, even if you’re new to owning a knife. There is an imprinted arrow to indicate the direction that is intended to draw the knife across the sharpener. With only 3 to 4 pulls of the blade across the sharpener your blade will be shaving razor sharp. As an added safety measure there is a handle strap that keeps your knife secured to the sheath firmly with a hook and loop closure. Should you find your sheath submerged, there is a hole in the bottom designed to permit water to drain out. A very handy, mini waterproof survival guide, “Priorities of Survival,” is enclosed within the sheath’s protective back pocket. This is great for quickly recalling how to build a fire, construct a shelter, or how to signal for help, to name only a few.

Should you need to start a fire, there is a fire starter rod inside of a watertight holder that is constructed into the front of the sheath. It locks into place using a retention ramp to prevent it from falling out accidentally. The back of the blade near the handle has a coating-free area along the spine. This coating-free area is intended for use as a striker area in combination with your fire steel striker. Simply glide this area of the knife over the fire starter rod to produce a shower of fire producing sparks. The fire starter rod is ferrocerium, a man-made material which will deliver sparks as hot as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

A few consumers have voiced that the price is a bit high at around $100 USD but it has since dropped around 40% and is a very affordable quality survival blade. There is also a lack of horizontal MOLLE compatible sections on the back of the sheath. This may require some level of creativity if you need to attach it to some MOLLE webbing. Despite the hook and loop Velcro-style strap on the sheath, some consumers would have preferred a button snap. There is a very large “BG” logo on the handle that simple cannot go unseen. Some people would prefer to see this toned down but overall it does not detract from the knife.

The Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife includes a Gerber Lifetime Warranty that is well respected in the industry. Gerber has long been praised for their mastery of knives and tools since 1939. They are an American company based in Portland, Oregon and their knives are well known in the hunting community and among soldiers across many battles.


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