Last week, I was sent a Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Compact Scout Knife from Swords of the East. Swords of the East is an online site that sells swords and knives. The Gerber was founded in 1939 and is based in Portland. They make a large variety of knives for many uses.
The Compact Scout knife is about the length of my hand and very light. The blade is a ½ serrated high carbon stainless steel drop point blade (which is supposed to retain its edge), it locks back, and there is a nail nick for easy opening. The handle is grey plastic. It also comes with a fold out survival guide.
I’m always looking for a good pocket knife, but I would be a little leery of having to depend on it in a survival situation. The blade is very sharp, but the handle is very flimsy. I would be worried about it breaking in my hand trying to cut branches for kindling or something else where you would be putting a lot of force on the handle. Plus, I have a hard time holding on to it as is due to its size. It’s perfect for small stuff, like cutting rope or plastic, but I wouldn’t use it beyond that.
Overall, it’s a nice sharp knife great for everyday stuff, but I don’t think it’s sturdy enough to withstand anything major or being used in a survival situation. The knife is currently not listed on the SotE website, but is available in stores. You can check out Swords of the East for other good knives.
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