Bear Grylls 'Ultimate Fine Edge Knife'

“Any truly useful knife for bushcraft/survival does not have a serrated edge on the business end of the blade.” That quote comes from a reader comment aimed at the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife, a blade made by Gerber that we reviewed a year ago this week. Serration is apparently an important topic to knife junkies, as several readers commented on it in the original article, many negatively or to the tone of “I’d rather do without.”

This week, but for a limited few days only, Gerber is shipping a knife that might make the serration haters happy again. Made under the consultation of the Bear-man himself, star of the show “Man vs. Wild,” the Bear Grylls Ultimate Fine Edge Knife has a clean cutting edge and no serration on its 5-inch, drop-point blade.

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Bear with his new blade

In the hand, the Ultimate Fine Edge Knife is 10 inches long. It is available via a link on Gerber’s Facebook page today through October 31, 2011, and then it fades to the company’s secret storehouses again until 2012. The non-serrated knife, touted to have a fine edge “from the top of the handle to the tip of the blade,” has a rubber grip handle and a stainless steel pommel at its base for hammering.

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Bear Grylls Ultimate Fine Edge Knife

The Ultimate Fine Edge Knife costs $62. It comes housed in a nylon/rubber “military-grade” sheath and includes a diamond-coated knife sharpener, emergency whistle, a fire starter rod, and a small survival guide in case you stumble into a “Man vs. Wild” situation alone.

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Posted by Percival - 10/26/2011 04:06 PM

At the end of the day, nothing worth 62$ will be the ultimate anything (except for “ultimate 62$-thing”). I’m sure that the blade is decent, since it’s produced by Gerber, but it’s hard to take this marketing seriously.
SOG makes a number of high value knives that would probably outperform this one(Fixation Bowie for ex.).

Posted by Mike M - 10/26/2011 05:00 PM

Lol. Gear snobs crack me up. One of the very best “throw in an emergency kit and forget” knives cost me $14. I’ve made kindling with it, gutted deer, fileted fish, sharpened sticks, cut rope…
I won’t post what it is so as not crap in Bear’s thread but my point is…
If it performs the cost isn’t a factor…it’s usefulness is.
Nobody should plan an Amazon adventure then buy this knife and leave without ever testing it at home.
I read and post in adventure/survival threads all the time and you will always find threads about under rated or value priced gear with examples of gear that people with lots of experience have trusted their lives to.
Another group of people who use gear that isn’t boutique priced but gets the job done? Military personel. I seriously doubt a lot of $500 carbon titanium light sabers have been used in the history of hand to hand combat, survival, expeditions, or even camping in the local woods.
Saying, “that won’t meet my needs bc it’s not expensive” is just dumb.

Posted by Dan @ - 10/26/2011 08:59 PM

Sweet! Hey, I know a lot of people may think it’s silly, and I grew up being a cheapo using off brand knifes which work great, but I have to admit, this knife looks sweet. Maybe I will make my wife get it for me for xmas! thanks for the post.

Posted by SBW - 10/27/2011 09:51 AM

Buy a Mora, AND a diamond hone, you’ll have a better knife, a hone AND change. Simples!

Posted by Jordan - 10/27/2011 03:27 PM

But this is Bear Grylls’ knife! That makes it awesome!

Posted by Sven - 10/28/2011 12:29 PM

You´ll never find a better knife then Fallkniven F1. 3G steel and a blade hardness of 62HRC!

Posted by Ricky - 10/28/2011 07:34 PM

I have the serrated one and its fantastic. I have started several fires with it, used it as a hammer, cut countless things and the knife sharpener in the sheath keeps it nice and sharp. Ill probably buy this one as a backup or for my wife (aka, for me)

Posted by T.C. Worley - 10/29/2011 04:05 PM

I’ve got a $15 Mora that is awesome. It’s my main hunting knife. This BG looks a lot tougher and likely better made however.

Posted by Gator Adam - 10/29/2011 04:49 PM

Kershaw D2. End of story! I have the ultimate knife. Nice piece. Good backup. I repeat… backup!

Posted by Go Bear Grylls - 11/03/2011 12:03 PM

lol yall think $62 is a lot of money for a quality knife????? This economy really is in trouble.

Go Bear Grylls!!

Posted by Tiben - 11/08/2011 06:59 PM

Mora or Frost, great quality Swedish steel and not expensive. No offense but Chinese made Gerber knives … No thanks

Posted by victor - 11/10/2011 01:17 PM

I like this model without the serrated part and I would buy! Where can I buy here in Brazil?

Posted by JACK 11/29/ 2011 11:15 AM - 11/29/2011 10:16 AM


Posted by Geddy - 12/02/2011 12:21 AM

LOL you trust your life on A KNIFE?
FYI it’s the year 2011.

Posted by yaaaaa knives - 12/13/2011 06:17 AM

“go bear grylls” thank u ur so correct everybody is b*tching about the prices for the knife. I’ve watched and read hundreds of reviews and this knife looks amazing. Plus it comes with all those extra survival things In ONE…. I REALY WANT THIS KNIFE. No questions bout it!!

Posted by Wow! Excellent Quality - 01/29/2012 04:21 PM

returned from a 2 week trip on the AT Excellent knife all around. I was extremely hesitant when I latched this on my pack before heading out. I was not at all disappointed. This knife clearly out performs my SOG along with other knives I’ve collected over the years. I paid $50 on Amazon for it. Probably the best $50 I’ve spent for a quality knife, sharpener, fire starter and wilderness survival guide. Very good value. Yes, made in China, but this whole “made in the USA and buy it for under $20” sorry guys, it aint flyin.

Posted by Kobracom - 02/14/2012 04:29 PM

If it is anything like his first knife, it is poo. I have had 15$ knives that work better hold an edge better and lasted longer. Overpaying for trash, because of somebody’s name on it. I would recommend putting what ever the value of this blade is, towards a better, quality blade, that WILL last you a lifetime. Think of it as an investment, that could just save you life one day.

Posted by K-Dawg - 02/20/2012 10:18 PM

Why do all you haters have to hate so much?
Dont knock it till you’ve tried it.
Why do you spoilt brats have to complain all the time?
The knife package is good, not over-priced and will out live many moras.

Posted by Renato - 02/29/2012 03:40 PM

out live many mora’s?
Are you kidding?
You have no idea how good of a knife a Mora is.If you don’t try to break it on purpose, it will perhaps ‘outlive’ you.
The Mora is actually my favourite of the smaller fixed blade knives.(The ESEE Junglas is my favourite of the big knives).
The Mora is razor sharp.Has a grip matched by none(truly awesome ).The steel is of very good quality.It’s low priced.

Mora Bushcraft Triflex,Mora 711 and the Mora 840MG.
Those I like the best.(Cody Lundin uses a Mora also by the way..)
Not bashing this Bear Grylls knife.
But the Mora is the true ultimate.It weighs practically nothing. All things important when hiking for miles/kilometers in the Bush/outdoor…

Posted by warlan - 03/06/2012 09:43 PM

BK-2 enough said.

Posted by Brevee - 03/09/2012 01:22 AM

Im with warlan on this one BK2 is the way to go. But It’s prob a good knife for the money. But if you ever need to field dress an oldsmobile… BK2

Posted by Gary - 03/11/2012 12:33 PM

I actually can say I love this knife. I’m not new to knives, i have everything from the USMC Ka-Bar to the LMFII ASEK, but this is truly a good knife. That said, I wouldnt use it as a primary knife, but its the little things it does good enough to make me like it. All its bells and whistles (no pun intended lol) might be a bit “novelty”, but they are still useful and since none of us go out in the wild with only one knife, you can go wrong with getting one and simply tossing it in your pack as a backup or camp knife, thats what I did. each time I go out hiking,camping or fishing, my hiking pack goes with me as does one of 4 knives (the LMF II, Ka-Bar 7’‘ straight or partially serrated or my SOG SEAL pup), but its nice to have a knife such as the ultimate for a backup. Like I said, a primary tool? I dont really think so, but as a pack knife that you can stow away, wont take up much room and is still a good piece from gerber, I say it really is ultimate in that reguard.

Posted by Andrew - 12/11/2012 12:15 PM

I find it hilarious that these so called “knife junkies” are complaining so much about this BG knife. Everything has a purpose people. The steel is softer so it’s easier to sharpen. I know this because it’s what Bear Grylls himself said in an interview when the serrated version came out. This knife in fine edge is actually very well made and tough. The people that comment that this knife sucks, probably never even tested it…AT ALL. If you did, you would find great suprise at just how tough, durable, weighty and useful this knife really is. At the end of the day it’s about what YOU want in a knife. Buy it, use and abuse it and if it doesn’t work for you return it. It’s Gerber, so you could just keep trading in knives if you wanted. Well those are my thoughts, Have a great day, get outdoors and have fun. Take care and God Bless.

Posted by Melvin - 02/06/2013 03:24 AM

Yeah I’d go with Mora too. Its the first blade I owned and it was awesome! These new off the shelf varieties look cool and come with fancy fire starters but are of dubious origin and you can never know when the blade may fold up on you.

Posted by legitboss - 10/29/2013 08:05 AM

True, a mora mite last u longer, but a mora is small. It cant do all the stuff the bear gryls knife can do. Also check out he mora survival, it has a built in fire steel and shrpener, same sharpener as bear grylls knife.

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