Gerber 22-01626 LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Sheath Review
You more than likely haven’t found yourself behind enemy lines or been left alone in the field to fend for yourself, but these are the exact scenarios that inspired the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Nylon Sheath. Designed by Jeff Freeman, a retired member of the military, the 10-inch survival knife was engineered to near perfection. Put to the test by troops in the field, the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Nylon Sheath is as adaptable as the people who use it. From cutting through seatbelts and fuselage to egressing through a chopper’s Plexiglass, the LMF II is a sturdy knife that can seemingly do it all.
Pros: Great value, a strong and excellent blade and is loved by over 99% of those who purchase it.
Cons: The handle has been said to be the weak point with a wide grip and construction issues.
Overview of the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife
Many consider the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife one of the best survival knives on the market today. A combination of high-quality materials and craftsmanship, the knife is perfectly balanced, well-designed, and extremely durable. Mine has endured a fair share of abuse and continues to be regularly used when backpacking, performing search and rescue missions, camping, and game hunting.
Although the weight of the LMF II makes it heavier than some similar knives, it carries well in the sheath while on a belt or on the arm or leg. As a heavy knife, it is perfectly balanced and ready to tackle a variety of heavy duty work. I found that the LMF II effectively meets nearly every challenge. In addition to being able to be used as an entrenching tool, prying tool, and hammer, the LMF II survival knife can also be used for cutting, chopping, and self-defense.
With the LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Nylon Sheath, Gerber did not choose to laden the knife with gimmicks. They merely produced a straight forward survival and tactical knife that performs its job well each and every time.
Unveiling the Knife
The LMF II can perform nearly every task, from building a shelter to cutting firewood and much more, the knife lives up to its reputation as one of the most adaptable survival knives. From the handle construction to the point of the blade, the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Nylon Sheath is beautifully constructed to take abuse and handle any chore.
The over-molded handle of the LMF II provides a comfortable grip and is successful in limiting blistering. The tang and the butt cap are completely separated, allowing the knife to absorb shocks when hammering, and prevent electric shock. With intelligently designed lashing holes and grooves, the LMF II can easily be tied and converted to a spear. The sturdy, low-profile sheath allows for easy movement while limiting noise at the same time.
The versatile sheath easily works with parachuting and can also be attached to your thigh, arm, ankle, belt, or MOLLE vest. Set at a 35 degree angle, the sharpener does a nice job of sharpening the fine edge of the blade while in the sheath. Thus, the innovative integrated sharpener provides users with the ability to retain the knife’s edge while outdoors or in the field.
Specific Features to Note:
• Thick, rugged blade
• Lashing holes allow for a spear conversion
• Versatile survivor tool
• Smartly designed sheath with built in knife sharpener
• Two leg straps for use in any condition
• MOLLE compatible
• Length of Blade – 4.84 inches
• Total Length – 10.59 inches
• Weight without Sheath – 11.67 ounces
• Weight with sheath – 24.28 ounces
• Material of blade – 420HC Stainless Steel
• Style of blade – drop point
• Type of blade – serrated
• Material of sheath – ballistic nylon with a specialized fire retardant coating
• Material of handle – TPV over-mold and a glass-filled nylon
• Made in the USA
The LMF II Sheath
The nylon sheath of the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife comes with two convenient straps that allow for various attachment methods, making it perfect for aquatic uses. The built-in sharpener is also extremely convenient, automatically sharpening the blade while it is sheathed. Once secured, the knife is highly unlikely to fall out of the sheath, regardless of whether you are parachuting or rock climbing.
The sheath is actually comprised of two parts (as you can see on image to the right): the nylon backing and the plastic sheath insert, which is firmly secured and moves very little when pulling out the knife. Although the sheath is a little on the heavier side and is quite sizable, its low-profile keeps it from being a hindrance and allows it to be used in a multitude of situations. The heavy-duty straps can be difficult to adjust at first, but they stretch out to a comfortable fit after a day or two of wear.
The LMF II Blade
The corrosion resistant blade of the LMF II can resist corroding even if the protective coating gets worn away by heavy use over time. Although the blade is made from 420HC stainless steel, which is softer than other stainless steels, it is much more flexible than other blades and much less likely to break. Unfortunately, the softness of the steel means that the blade of the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife does not hold its razor sharp edge as long as some other knives. However, the built-in sheath sharpener keeps the blade sharp at all times.
The blade edge is sharp, even, and centered right out of the box. The serrations are noticeably sharp as well. As such, the LMF II can easily cut through a plastic bottle in only one swing. The blade is nice and thick, and it features a stout design, making it a heavy duty tactical knife that comes in handy when performing an endless array of tasks.
My Experience Using the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife
Truth be told, I own four of these handy knives. They simply work for nearly every task and are as versatile as any type of knife on the market. I have one that I use for hunting and skinning game, one that always stays in my personal deployment kit, one that I keep in my truck, and one that stays in the garage for use around the house. I even surprised my friend with one as a birthday present. Overall, the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Nylon Sheath is a terrific survival knife and sheath combination that everyone can use to perform a variety of tasks for years and years.
The Gerber Difference
Established by Pete Gerber in 1939, who just so happened to be inducted into Blade Magazine’s cutlery hall of fame in 1985, Gerber is a renowned hunting, camping, and outdoor company that has become known for providing high-quality knives to outdoorsmen and the nation’s military personnel for years. Continuing the tradition with the Gerber LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Nylon Sheath , Gerber has utilized innovative materials and unparalleled design to form a knife that can handle the most rugged conditions and continue to perform time and time again.