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Rated 1 out of 5 by from This knife is Junk. No Stars for Breaking It was maybe 30 degrees in Asheville, NC where we were camping with most of the wood being either wet or green. The handle broke when breaking down small kindling making the knife nearly unusable without having the plastic handle trying to stab you in the hand. I reported it to Gerber and they have a warranty request form, and while looking on their facebook site I saw the same knife with the blade broken right after the serrations. I have never used the handle as a hammer so the fact that it broke when the temps get to freezing means get another knife with a full tang, not this knife. This knife failed on us when we needed it most in freezing temps.
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Knife This knife was a very worthy buy! The some things that annoy me is the serated edge that covers half the blade and how soft the medal is. Also it says that the medal is high carbon but i found that gerbers mysterious steel is actually 1055 carbon wich isnt bad but not high carbon. The fire starter was tricky to get used to but I eventually found my personal best way to use it I have used it in almost every outdoor situation along with its brother the parang the only chage I made was paintinf the handle and sheath jet black for tactical purposes granted this isn't the best knife ever but it still deserves four stars.
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Knife This knife, simply put is beyond beastly. When Gerber made it for Bear Grylls, they had clearly been watching his shows, and anticipated more crazy tasks for his knives. I did remove the whistle, I do already have a whistle in my pack, but frankly it was annoying. The loops on the back of the knife could be a bit more loose, but they have loosened up over time, and should continue to do so. This knife has been put through many difficult tasks, cutting through bamboo, wood, making spears, stabbing through the hindquarters of a rabid Coyotee, this knife can do it all. Plain and simple, get it, it could save your life like it did mine.
Date published: 2011-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect camping/hiking knife Since I bought this knife a few months back, I no longer use anything else on my backpacking trips. The blade stays sharp (sharpened it once after my first trip, then none since), and the firestarter worked very well for me after a few swipes - if anything, there are too many sparks. I've used it to cut tree roots and dig holes, then, after a rinse in the river, pieces of fruit for dinner. Just for fun, I tied a tree limb to the end of the handle (where two holes are placed specifically for this purpose) and made a spear, which flew reasonably well. After months of abuse, it still looks fairly new, though some of the blade's coating is starting to rub off in places. The only thing I haven't used extensively is the pommel - I know some people have reported problems with this, but I used it once to pound a nail and didn't encounter any issues.
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent knife I am particular in the things that I buy and I am very happy with this knife. I like the fact that you can strap it to your backpack as well. I was suggest buying this knife and check out the reviews on YouTube as well. There’s a newer version of this knife that has some different features, but I would still choose this li I am particular in the things that I buy and I am very happy with this knife. I like the fact that you can strap it to your backpack as well. I was suggest buying this knife and check out the reviews on YouTube as well. There’s a newer version of this knife that has some different features, but I would still choose this Knife.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Knife ever I am an avid hiker. I hike all over Oregon, Idaho and Washington. This is the best knife/tool you will ever have hiking. It has come in handy so many times and is tough as you can get. Those of you who say you broke it what did you do take a sledge hammer to it? Even a solid peice of steel will eventually break. This is the toughest knife i have ever used. Been buying it for all my freinds and they all love it too.
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Knife I have several Gerber knives along with a couple of Benchmade's. I have to say at first I was a little skeptical based on some bad reviews of this knife. Seems that Gerber had some manufacturing issues when this knife first came out. I've owned the knife for approx 6 months now and have beat the thing to hell. It still is very sharp and the handle is fine. I've used it on various backpacking trips along with believe it or not, helped build my new kitchen (dont ask!). For the money I can honestly say, you get a lot of value here. The Firestarter still throws a good spark. I have done things to this knife to almost try to damage it but unsuccessful. I believe reviewers who might have complained early on with the quality issues have nothing to complain about any more. Customer service is top notch with this company and the employees at my local REI store have been very helpful with questions I orginally had before purchasing this product.
Date published: 2012-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let me explain Ok, their are a lot of reviews that are saying this is "poor craftsmanship" or that the pummel breaks and it has a fatal flaw. When this knife first came out this was true. The pummel broke and the knife was pretty much just a good idea, not actually one that came through. However Gerber was contacted about this and now it is in my opinion, a great knife. Make sure that when you buy this that by the base of the knife the orange stripe between the handle and the pummel that it is pretty thick (about 2 mm) Review: Very sturdy knife, great at what it says. You can chop down branches pretty easily, very sharp blade for shaving or widdling. Also a nice grip, good fire starter, and very handy sharpener. Suggestion: I removed the whistle from the knife to the sheath, i prefer it to having it on the knife because then it doest whip around.
Date published: 2011-08-01
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Questions & Answers

I need a new fire starter rod , where can I buy one 

Asked by: Tonyboy
REI does not carry an identical replacement for the fire starter rod for this knife, but we do carry the Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Fire Starter, item #871851. http://www.rei.com/product/871851
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-11

Does this knife have a full tang? If not, I don't want it.

Asked by: Ranchhand
​No, this knife does not have a full length tang.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-13

Can this knife be mounted parallel to your belt?

Asked by: Daniel Santos
Yes, the sheath included with the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife can be mounted parallel on your belt.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-11
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