Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife Review
The Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife is a survival knife with a mega-brand name that is one of the most asked about survival knives on the market. Is it one of our all around best survival knives? Hard to say that it isn’t, many people really do enjoy this knife. I think our list provides a lot of economical options to the Bear Grylls knife, but you can’t go wrong with this purchase. As my Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife review will show, this truly is an ultimate knife experience. It’s a 5-star knife on Amazon and our top reviewed knife on our best fixed blade survival knives list.
When it comes do creating a survival knife review, there are a lot of aspects worth considering which go well beyond a brand’s name on the handle and blade. The brand’s name will often drive the price of the knife up considerably, which is the case with the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife. That’s expected. Bear will run you close to $60. But this knife is as legit as any survival knife you’d ever own.
Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife Review – What you should know.
The Pro version of this knife is an upgrade from their original survival knife. They made a concerted effort to keep the price as reasonable as possible so as not to lose any mass appeal.
This is a 5-inch fine edge blade, the full knife’s length is 10 inches. It comes with a fire starter, a sheath with pull through sharpener, an emergency whistle, and the blade is made of high-quality premium steel (9Cr19MoV high carbon, stainless steel). By comparison, the original version of this knife used a lower quality 7Cr17MoV steel. This yields a much stronger blade that would hold its edge for longer periods of time. The blade is what is called “full-tang,” which means the blade’s steel is the full knife’s length (this wasn’t the case on the prior version). Full-tang is considered the highest-quality blade strength available (I mean, that’s super strong steel running through the handle), so doing heavy work shouldn’t be an issue with it. It’s a drop point blade; this makes the end of the blade (tip) more powerful. Essentially, a drop point blade means the end of the blade curves down towards the tip. This means greater circumference and framing, which equates to increased strength. This is a great aspect to any survival knife.
The fact that the blade offers no serrations actually plays as a benefit. If you’ve ever had a serrated blade endure any damage, you know how impractical it is to fix. Additionally, many cutting functions, such as slicing or skinning, can be hindered by serrations. I’m not pretending that I don’t like serrated survival knife blades, I’m just saying it is refreshing to use one that doesn’t have them.
The blade has a choil (see below)
This is a small indent on the blade that’s located near the handle. This allows you to carefully place your index finger on the blade and use leverage or proceed in using for more cutting accuracy. Be careful, if you don’t understand what you are doing, you can hurt yourself. This is an awesome addition to the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife but should only be used by those are experienced knife users. Another purpose if the choil is to give space for blade sharpening. When a blade’s edge runs to the handle, it doesn’t leave enough space to sharpen it to the end. With a choil present, that space is present, and you can sharpen all the way to the end.
Expect the blade to be uber sharp when it arrives.
It will weigh in at just over 2 lbs (that’s really great, considering all the functionality and the high-quality blade steel).
The handle has a great, competent rubber grip. The end has a pummel that allows you to hammer the knife into things. The pummel is relentlessly strong. You can pound away at the pummel and damage nothing on the knife. It’s a powerhouse. You can use the pummel to slam down into rocks and wood and whatever you choose. Whatever you want to pummel and break, you are set. Remember, the knife is full-tang, so pummeling is a stronger, more sturdy experience. The Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife handle is long enough to allow you to use the knife to chop in a swinging motion. Yes, you could chop a smaller tree down with it in a pinch. So far, sounds like this knife is a prepper’s dream. There are lanyard holes to help you carry the knife.
The whistle is nice and loud. My Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife review won’t waste too much time here.
The sheath is amazing. It locks the knife in snug. And it jus feels like super hight quality. A velcro strap will keep the knife locked in so you don’t have to worry about it slipping out. There is a drainage system as well in case you end up submerged in water while carrying it. The ballistic nylon sheath also has a pocket that allows you to hold Bear’s survival guide (or one to your liking, but his is pretty solid). A nylon belt loop allows you to easily hook the knife to your belt. There is a built-in blade sharpener.
It is pricier but worth it. It is not MOLLE compatible like the prior version was.
This knife is one of the best survival knives that money can buy. It will last you a lifetime and can serve as your one main knife. I’m a big fan of having multiple knives, but if you were to own only one and the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife was it, you’d definitely be set. It would be a great addition for your bug out bag checklist.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.