Originally Posted by Johnny_5
I'm in the market for a good knife ,guys. Anyone have any suggestions? I have to admit, I like the Bear Grylls Utlimate Knife by Gerber
even though it is kind of gimmicky.
What's your intended use? If it's "survival" you can do better for about the same money. The Gerber is a decent knife but for camp/survival purposes it has a few minor flaws:
- Configuration is not ideal for small detailed cutting.
That upper guard prevents you from getting a proper saber grip. Unless you intend knife-to-knife combat, an upper guard doesn't really have a lot of utility. Further, the blade could use a choil to permit your index finger purchase while you perform smaller, precise cuts. Last, it could use some thumb notches on the top of the blade near the handle for the same purpose; I can see why Gerber didn't include them on that knife because the upper guard takes away the utility of such a useful feature.
- Does not say if it's full tang or not. If you are going to baton you need a full tang blade.
- Not a big fan of serrations on my camp knives but it's not a huge deal.
I attended a knife class where the instructor had us use plain edge and serrated edge blades to cut at raw meat-wrapped PVC pipes being swung at us, with denim over the meat (to simulate an attacker's clothed arm). It was extremely eye opening to see how much deeper the plain edges cut into the meat as opposed to the serrated edges.
To be fair, serrated edges are easier to maintain in the wilderness so they do have some positives. But if you've got a honing stone on you, the plain edge just cuts better.
- Didn't see info on what grind is used on the blade. I prefer flat ground blades for strength.
- Didn't see info on what steel is used. I'm not a steel geek but I prefer steels that are relatively easy to sharpen and hold an edge. There is no perfect steel.
I like 1095 or D2 for general use. 1095 sharpens easier and IMO will resist rust so long as you have a coated blade. D2 is more rust resistant. I have a few O-1 steel knives that will rust just sitting there in the open air. In the woods you can always keep a carbon steel knife oiled if you want; just carry an oily rag with you.
So what do I like? I like the Ontario RAT-3
in 1095 steel (it's also available in D2). The only problem I've ever had with Ontario RAT knives is the bevel ... sometimes you need to reprofile the blade (straight from the factory). An hour or so with a diamond stone will be all you need to make it razor sharp and at a practical bevel angle. Made in the USA as well, by the same company that makes the USMC Ka-Bar knife.