Wrapping handles in paracord has been around a lot longer than the concept of tactical. It has been used to tame grips on many tools such as machetes and tomahawks. Leave it to Gerber to continue old traditions with an exceptional knife along with the king of survival, Bear Grylls leading the way.
The Gerber 31-001901 Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade Survival Knife is a solid survivalist tool, made to be a bare-bones survival knife that stays with you. It is a sturdy 10 inch full tang knife made with premium steel. The blade features a full fine edge, a drop point blade, and a paracord wrapped handle. The paracord is removable with 60 feet of paracord. There is also an emergency lanyard whistle. The paracord is made of nylon.
The Bear Grylls paracord fixed blade knife is optimal in cutting performance with a 4.8 inch steel blade. It Measures 10 inches long when fully opened, weighs 3.5 ounces (5.75 ounces in the sheath), and is made of 5Cr15MoV stainless steel. The strength of the steel is definitely understated, as the knife will take some abuse and still maintain excellent integrity.
This perfect knife comes with a well- designed slim sheath with removable belt loop, and can be used for either left or right handed carry. It has a carbide pull-through sharpener, a vertical mounted ferrocerium fire starter and a hole in the bottom of the sheath for water drainage. Also included is a pocket guide which shows you how to perform life-saving tasks, like making a fire, building a shelter, navigation without a compass and water collection. The sheath is also waterproof and reversible so the tip can be pointing up, down, or sideways. Some have modified the sheath to carry it horizontal on the back of their belt, so they can access easy with either hand.
There are knife lovers who either love or hate paracord handles. Those that don’t like the paracord say the handle gets filled with dirt, mud or other undesirable elements which get trapped in between the paracord. The easy solution to this would be to remove the paracord and clean it. Or never remove the paracord and cut the smell by epoxy soaking. Avid outdoorsman who love fixed blade paracord knives will find this ideal for a quick-access knife suited to handle pretty much anything.
This is an impressive knife. The only complaint ever heard regarding this sweet survival tool was the knife is a bit on the heavy side, and even that complaint was minimal at best. Even after putting some serious stresses on the knife, the coating held up, the knife didn’t falter or chip; if anything it only needed sharpened again. If it is awkward to put back into sheath or feels like it won’t sit securely, simply use the knife or a bastard file to wear down the notches on the blade side of the sheath. By filing these down will offer more secure fit for the blade to be inserted and removed easily, especially in an upside down carrying position.
Gerber has been making the best survival tools for generations. Whether it is for seasoned explorers or new backcountry hikers, paired with Bear Grylls, you are going to get a knife which can be relied on for survival tactics. This knife holds up to all the elements. It is tough and innovative, kind of like Bear himself. If you had only one tool you could take into the wild with you, this would be the knife strictly based on design and all the extras included.
- Knife Features:
- ½ Serrated High Carbon Stainless Steel Drop Point Blade – Ideal for edge retention and cutting rope
- Ergonomic Textured Rubber Grip – Maximizes comfort and reduces slippage
- Stainless Steel Pommel – At base of handle for hammering
- Emergency Whistle – Integrated into lanyard cord
- Sheath Features:
- Fire Starter – Ferrocerium rod locks into sheath, striker notch incorporated into back of knife blade
- Nylon Sheath – Lightweight, military-grade, mildew resistant
- Land to air rescue instructions
- Diamond Sharpener – Integrated into sheath for on-the-go sharpening
- Priorities of Survival – Pocket guide contains Bear’s survival essentials
The Gerber 31-001901 Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade Survival Knife is an outstanding tool definitely worth the title of the best paracord handle knife and can definitely beat out most survival knives in other categories. This one deserves a first and second look. When Gerber and Bear Grylls got together to design this, you can tell they didn’t want to leave one survival necessity to chance.