A lot of people sneer at the publicity that Bear Grylls gets, but I think he has done a great job of teaching people to be more self-reliant and less afraid of getting outdoors. Sure, most of us won’t be stuck in the Amazon rainforest with nothing but a knife and piece of wet string, but we generally face a greater danger which is that of sitting around on the sofa watching too much TV. If Bear has managed to get just a few thousand people off the sofa and out into the outdoors then he’s done really well.
I want to support some of what he’s been doing by looking at several of the productst that he has been promoting to see if they stand up to their promised use. This is the first of a series of review roundups over the next few weeks. Enjoy
In the first I want to look at the Gerber scout knife Bear has helped Gerber design.
The first note about it is that it is pretty darned cheap. At the time of writing you could get one for less than $10. This means that you really can afford to have a few to keep around in the car or at home and the office.
The second is that it is really compact so you will not feel weighed down by one and can easily use it for daily carry.
On the negative is the fact that it looks pretty cheap and the half-serated edge will not be to everyone’s liking.
List Price: $22.50
Sale Price: $5.98
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
As knives go. You can't do a whole lot better than this.
- Thin and lightweight folding knife
- 1/2 Serrated high carbon stainless steel drop point blade, ideal for edge retention and cutting rope
- Nail nick in blade for easy opening
- Lock back locks blade securely in place and maximizes safety during closing
- Oversized finger notch in handle to minimize slipping and priorities of survival pocket guide