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Old 02-23-2008, 09:00 PM
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For quite awhile now i've been researching to find a knife that would be great in a survival situation but wouldn't break the bank. As some may know, I dont like to go over a hundred bucks for a knife, but at the same time I want the usual reliability we all try to seek, and surprisingly not only did I find my cake, I can eat it too.

The Gerber LMF II knife



the overall length of the knife is just shy of 11 inches. The blade itself is 5 inches,the blade is made of 12C27 Stainless Steel(dont worry its the good kind). The thickness of the blade at the beginning of the handle is exactly three quarters stacked together thick. At the tip of the blade its a quarter thick(i'm talking coin here, couldn't find a more detailed tape measure in my house). As you can see from the photo, its a combo blade, half serrated, the serrations are very nicely done on this, the blade and the serrations come very nicely sharpened, didn't even bother to sharpen it myself yet.

from the blade we now go to the grip.



the grip is what made me weary of first purchasing this knife, its gotten some negative feedback. I've even seen a review of one person destroying the grip when he first used it. I have no idea what the hell that man was doing to his grip, but mine seems simply fine. The grip stays good in your hands even when wet, I 'mushed' it around to see if their were any loose parts to it and their wasn't, I hacked on a few branch's out in my yard and the grip stayed good overall, it fits perfectly in my hand with no slippage at all, and this is from a person with sweaty hands. A small additional note, the holes in the grip can be used to tie it to a thick stick to make a spearhead if needed.

now onto the bottom handle.



the bottom handle has a sharp pointed edge at the bottom thats designed to break glass, this knife was made as a 'pilots' knife in case they needed to exit their aircraft and survive. To be able to cut thin metal and break glass among other things, and it does this flawlessly. The flat part of the handle can also be used as a hammer, the shock does not go to the rest of the blade as the bottom handle is seperated from the rest of the blade by a cushion, this would also help you if say you accidentally cut an electrical wire or needed to, between the rubber grip and the bottom handle being seperated, you'd have to touch the blade itself to get shocked.

Dont worry, I didn't forget the sheath!



the sheath is very well made, it has two Velcro straps to secure the handle firmly into place, not that it needs it anyway, the knife snaps into the sheath like a dream, so much so I would have to hang it upside down and probably jerk it violently to even get it to come out. Dont take that as its not smooth to come out though, it has a snap locking mechanism to it so all you have to do is either pull hard or gently nudge it to the side to push the snap mechanism back a little and it will come out without a sound. It also comes with two belt buckle leg straps, it can also be attached to Tactical vests and belt buckles as well.

A nice little feature to this sheath is the knife sharpener that comes with it.



I've highlighted the part where you put the knife in. In order to sharpen it you have to de-attach the two velcro straps to the hard plastic part of the sheath and move away the straps in order to properly sharpen it.

Overall Conclusion:
you get more then what you've paid for, I feel i've easily gotten my money for this knife, and i'm quite the penny pincher when it comes to things. The blade is WELL balanced, just BARELY heavier in the bottom handle area but you'll barely feel it. I love this knife, its low-profile, the sheath can be worn in many ways, it has lots of utility to it, and my number one thing I always want, Durability.

oh and lets not forget the best part...

Made In America




for those still interested, and seeing the knife Itself in action (i'm not rich enough to do this to my knife and get another one) heres some youtube videos of it being put to the test.

the glass breaking. and thin metal cutting test:

sharpening the knife in action and cutting through thick materials (thick cloth, wood chopping, etc):

more wood chopping and Cement chopping:

using the knife as a hammer on concrete blocks


the knife finally breaks using it as a chopper with a mini sledge hammer, the handle is then put to the test!


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I love the style, if the blade wasent serrated I would use it myself.

Great review, thank you
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i can understand that, some people love the smooth blade but i've always felt the combo's make a great survival knife because it adds more versatility and utility to the knife. I prefer a smooth blade to my fighting knives.
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i can understand that, some people love the smooth blade but i've always felt the combo's make a great survival knife because it adds more versatility and utility to the knife. I prefer a smooth blade to my fighting knives.
Ya some people like them, and they have a use, it just personal prefrance.

Again great review.
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thank you, I appreciate it.
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I love the style, if the blade wasent serrated I would use it myself.

Great review, thank you
That was my thought too.

Yes, kudos on the review also!
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Thank you so much for a great review.
I've been looking at that knife for quite a while now and I have read so many contradictory reviews about it. I think this review is going to be the deciding vote, now its just time for me to find a good online spot to purchase it.
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I got mine off ebay but be careful with that. but I found a good seller and got mine 20 bucks cheaper then if i had baught it from Gerber's site itself.
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I'd rather have plain blade. The only place I'd ever used serrated was for cutting rope,underwater.That would make a decent dive knife.
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great review! make some more
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by any chance would you do a review on the Buck Omni Hunter? and see how that knife holds they do have lifetime gaurantee right?
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I have that knife as well. You know I have read some so-so to poor reviews about this knife but have noticed that they are never very specific as to just where the knife fails to meet there standards. I think that like CS, there is sort of a bias against Gerber for what many see as a sell out and making many of their latest products in China. I Love mine and would head into the wilderness with it with complete confidence.
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I have that knife as well. You know I have read some so-so to poor reviews about this knife but have noticed that they are never very specific as to just where the knife fails to meet there standards. I think that like CS, there is sort of a bias against Gerber for what many see as a sell out and making many of their latest products in China. I Love mine and would head into the wilderness with it with complete confidence.
some of their knives are made in china, but as you can see mine was made in Portland Oregon, While I completely understand why some would want to boycott them, I like the fact Gerber offers knives in both usa and china made, so if you dont want to spend alot, buy one from their china line, if you want the real deal, by the usa one.
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by any chance would you do a review on the Buck Omni Hunter? and see how that knife holds they do have lifetime guarantee right?
I'm unsure if i'll get that knife, but looking at the reviews it seems to hold up very well, plus its made of 420HC stainless steel which is quite nice.

if you want to know more about the quality of that blade, heres a little tidbit I found.

420HC - A higher carbon version of standard Type 420 martensitic stainless steel. The Carbon content, combined with the high Chromium content, provides good abrasion resistance and edge-holding. This steel is not to be confused with standard 420 stainless steel. 420HC is an excellent general purpose knife steel when heat-treated with our proprietary Paul Bos heat-treat process.

* Good edge holding ability
* Resharpens well
* Rockwell Rc 58
* Good toughness
* Very good corrosion resistance
* Excellent standard knife steel
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Thanks for the information id love to see a review though
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All of my Gerbers except one are USA made as well. I like Gerbers but I try to make sure where they are made.
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I too believe it is more knife for the $$
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It Looks Like A Really Good Knife For The Money. I Like It
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I've been looking at this knife for a while as an all-purpose survival knife.
What an excellent, deep and informative review!! Thanks for all your hard work!!
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glad it helped you syngin and thank you for the compliment.
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