TV tough guy and survival expert Bear Grylls uses all sorts of kit during the course of his adventures, both on and off screen, but Bear Grylls knives are always close at hand. Essential for any survival, bushcraft or camping activities, a properly chosen knife can make the difference between a successful trip and a call to the emergency rescue services.
Luckily, Bear has developed a close working relationship with the product development guys at high-end American adventure brand Gerber, which has yielded a superb range of knives to suit even the most demanding of outdoor pursuits. Even more fortuitously, they’re all available to buy, so you can lay your hands on these indispensable tools of the survival trade for yourself. Here are five of the best for you to choose from.
The clue is in the name. This is the ultimate fixed blade survival knife boasting rugged construction, carbide sharpener integrated into a tough sheaf for guaranteed sharpness, and a handy fire starter rod which fits neatly into a watertight holder. A worthwhile investment for anybody who is serious about adventure.
Fast becoming a design classic in its own right, this is Bear’s take on the archetypal folding survival knife. Featuring a half serrated high carbon stainless steel drop point blade and an ergonomic textured rubber grip for maximum comfort and minimum slippage, this blade also comes with a rugged yet lightweight sheaf and a dual-sided thumb stud for easy single-hand opening.
This no-nonsense compact fixed blade features a full fine-edge blade, comfortable moulded handle and a useful lanyard hole. Ideal for tasks which require optimum precision and control such as skinning animals or fashioning bivouac components, it also comes with a useful Principles of Survival guide.
Less a survival knife and more a general purpose tool kit in miniature, this handy little bit of kit features a pair of needle nose pliers, wire cutters, fine edge and serrated knives, Phillips and small flat screwdrivers plus a medium flat screwdriver, a lanyard ring, a bottle opener, and tweezers. And all in a 63.5mm package weighing just 83 grams.
Bear’s interpretation of the old-school penknife everybody’s Granddad used to have is not to be missed. Construction is sturdy yet streamlined, and there are seven components including a fine edge blade, a file, and two screwdrivers. Most importantly, there’s both a corkscrew and a bottle opener, and with classic brass fixings at either end, it even looks the part.
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