When it comes to putting together your bug out bag checklist, you darn sure better have a sturdy, reliable knife. Without a good quality knife, your chances of survival drastically drop. And even beyond survival, having a top level knife is just a man thing to do. My Gerber Strong Arm Fixed Blade Knife review is one of my top knives on my best fixed blade survival knives list. And for good reason, this knife is the real deal, as legit as they come, a true champion in the knife vertical.
About Gerber Knives
This company is no rookie experience, they’ve been making survival knives with intended military purpose since 1968. Their blades are known to be some of the most durable on the market. I personally own a number of Gerber’s line of knives, including this one and the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife. Both of these knives are super high-quality experiences, the Bear Grylls version has more frills but both knives are equally superior builds. You could never get ripped off by a Gerber brand knife, to say the absolute least. Gerber does take some flack from the traditionalist who feels they “sold out” by teaming up with Bear Grylls on the Ultimate Pro, but that’s a great knife even if it is marketed to a mainstream crowd. I think people need to get over themselves. This brand is superior in every facet and the Gerber Strong Arm Fixed Blade knife is the epitome of a classic high-quality knife.
Total knife weight: 9.2 ounces | Total knife length is 9.8 inches | About 3.6 inches in thickness | Both knife and sheat are made in the USA
Gerber Strong Arm Fixed Blade | How’s The Blade?
First and foremost, this knife is a full tang blade. I only put full tang blades on the top of my list because I firmly believe that they up the quality 10-fold. That’s not to say that Gerber’s knives which aren’t full tang (think the original Bear Grylls) aren’t great, it is just that having a full tang blade means your knife is of the highest possible durability when you choose to pummel with it. If you are ever in a survival scenario, pummeling into trees to create fire wood could be a life saver. The blade is stainless steel 420HC. The “HC” stands for “High Carbon.” This is a version of steel that resists corrosion and is extremely strong. But more than that, it is also economical to obtain making the Strong Arm’s price a bit more reasonable.
The blade is super sharp out of the box. You can choose between a partially serrated edge or a fine edge. Blade length is 4.8 inches (entire knife is 9.8 inches). This is a drop point blade.
Gerber Strong Arm Handle
To say the least, there is no way this knife could slip out of your hand, even during a rain storm. The grip is comfortable and tight to the hands. There is a pommel on the handle’s end that allows you to pummel into things like trees or break down rocks. Because the blade is full tang, you have a reliably strong pummeling experience.
The handle comes in black or a coyote version handle. It’s a glass filled nylon with a rubber over mold. The texturing has diamonds “crusted” on it which is why the knife is so sticky to the hand. The handle’s pommel can act as a glass breaker as well.
Here’s a look at the handle up close from EverydayTacticalVids review
Gerber Strong Arm Fixed Blade Sheath
One of the higher quality knife sheaths you will ever get. As you know, a lot of knife manufacturers short us on sheaths and in the end, we care mostly about the blade quality and knife design so we don’t make a stink over it. But the Gerber Strong Arm sheath is no slouch at all. It is made from thermo-plastic and has a lot of para cord and MOLLE options for those who need that. It has a detachable clip unit but it can easily be carried using the belt. Strong buttons, definitely not cheaply made stuff here.
I admit that my main knife is the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade, but I could easily interchange that with the Gerber Strong Arm. It’s more of a simple experience, but the quality is there. It’s tough to beat this knife when it comes to quality and price. You would save about $20 choosing this over the Ultimate Pro. If you don’t care about the additional whistle and other frills on the Ultimate Pro, this may well be the right knife for you.
Gerber Guarantees Their Knives
Gerber is a major and reputable knife manufacturer, so if you have any troubles with the sheath or knife, they will take it back rather easily. It’s a risk-free venture, for the most part. If this Gerber Strong Arm Fixed Blade knife review impressed, check out more reviews on Amazon below. My Fixed Blade Knife Reviews are also a good place to find more options.