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Get comfortable, because this review is pretty detailed and I wanted to make sure that I don't leave anything out on such an amazing product. I picked up a Gerber LHR off of Amazon for $93.00 shipped, and thought I'd review it. I had been eyeing this piece of steel for quite some time now, and finally stacked enough chips to buy one. To say the least, the knife is everything I thought it would be, and then some. The best way to initially describe this knife, is that Gerber bred a Silver Trident (Pure Combat Knife) with an LMF II (Pure Egress/Survival knife), and the LHR was the offspring. It is an evolved new platform that encases a pure breed combat design with the ability to serve as a survival tool. On to my impressions!!!

The name "LHR" Represents the last names of the three men involved in designing the knife; Matt Larsen (United States Army Ranger and Combatives instructor known as "The Father of Modern Combatives"), William Harsey (Award-winning American knifemaker and designer), and Chris Reeve (Leading knife designer and metallurgist). The fact that this knife is the product of three high-caliber knife pros collaborating together is truly reassuring that this is a quality product.

I noticed there was a lot of criticism for the sheath of this knife on the internet, and I have a few words for that. Within minutes of handling the sheath system, I was already drawing and re-inserting the knife with no problem. It's called using your thumb, which luckily for us humans we have two of them and they are opposing :). This sheath was designed with a special purpose in mind, and that is to protect YOU from someone using YOUR own knife against YOU. But I guess Gerber, Matt Larsen, William Harsey, and Chris Reeve forgot about all the mall ninjas out there... or wait, maybe they didn't. There are two screws that you can remove the locking mechanism with. Happy self-cutting! :)

Out of the box


Traditional new age Gerber grey with orange accents. Detailed information about the knife and it's design is written in the orange section.


Sheath includes security handle strap, belt loop, MOLLE attachments, and thigh strap for maximum reduction in movement.



Drawing out knife is easy. Push down on the thumb lock and it releases it's hold over the handguard notch. Knife pulls out quietly and safely



Full profile showing black oxide coating and subtle serration section for all around use. Great design


Full profile showing diamond grind on the spline


Gerber Etching


Rear End


That's a lot of steel


Reverse grip exposes the entire blade and does this knife have plenty of that


Good pommel exposure in reverse grip


Well pronounced handguard


Choke-up choil allows more control for detailed tasks


Full tang beauty and glass breaker pommel


Three men involved in design, all laser etched onto back of blade


Awesome belly


Ergonomics are unmatched and handguards are there to protect in any event.


Rubber overmolded grip ensures non-slippage in any condition. Scales are robust as well.


Weight With Sheath rig


Weight w/out sheath rig


Detailed instructions, and the history behind the 3 knifemakers involved is on the backside.


Some pointers that led me to this purchase

I am an avid fixed blade knife collector and endorse Gerber products because they work for me. I also like the fact that leading knife collectors, close quarters combat specialists, and senior metallurgists and engineers participate with Gerber to make knives. With that being said, I own a Silver Trident, Freeman Guide, Big Rock Camp (Designed by William Harsey), LMF II, Prodigy, and now this LHR (All fixed blade). The LHR is no exception in the quality Gerber and it's designers put into the product. I'm not going to cover specs or materials because you can look that up on internet storefronts or on the Gerber Gear web site.

Lasting Impressions

Many say that Gerber should have gone with a better steel than their unparalleled 420HC used in most of their USA-made line including the LMF II and Prodigy. My opinion is that heat-treatment has a lot to do with overall hardness and edge retention at the end of the day, and this is somewhere Gerber excels. I believe the LHR has special heat treatment as well, according to details in the packaging.

When you pick this knife up, you know it means business. There is no doubt remaining that this knife was built for combat, but with a surviving edge to it as well. When comparing it to the full combat-oriented Silver Trident and the Survival/Egress-oriented LMF II, you realize that Gerber implemented both qualities into one platform, which is the LHR. This happened in both function and price as the LHR is somewhat between the Trident and LMF II in pricing. The LHR has a thick and somewhat "tapering" spline as you get to the point but it's still good enough to baton with, and the serrations are small enough to not matter to plain blade buffs, but be there when you have that thick rope you need to cut through immediately.

The handguards with finger-grooved grip are superb, and the true full tang design is outstanding. The pommel of the knife ends in a sharp glass breaker that will help you egress a vehicle, break bone when dressing game, or use in self defense when in reverse grip. This knife feels like a knife. Also not too heavy and perfectly balanced. This is a keeper to my collection. It's a knife that I believe can do it all for me, whether it's surviving or self-defense. Pick one up and you will see what the hype is about! :upsidedown:

-Sleek
 

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thanks a bunch Sleek!

Thanks a bunch there Sleek! now i gotta find a way to sneek some money out from under the wife! great reveiw and you cant beat that price from Amazon either. this will set back my getting the Coffin handle bowie for now i guess. later! ---------- Eric
 

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Thanks a bunch there Sleek! now i gotta find a way to sneek some money out from under the wife! great reveiw and you cant beat that price from Amazon either. this will set back my getting the Coffin handle bowie for now i guess. later! ---------- Eric
Good luck man, it's definitely a keeper!
 

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Will there be a field test w/review?
I have to test drive most of my knives, but time is usually not on my side with my type of work schedule. there are many of them on Youtube. I will try to join in on the action soon!
 

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Finally got a new digicam and wanted to share some cool hi-rez shots :)











Notice how the handle get's thicker as you approach the pommel, Silver Trident Style ;)
 

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I like Gerber. They make a good knife that does not kill you pocket book. I am not a knife snob so I just want something that works that is why I choose to carry a Kabar Marine combat knife. Maybe its just the training and having one in combat but I trust it. This is starting to look like another trust-able knife.
 

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I like Gerber. They make a good knife that does not kill you pocket book. I am not a knife snob so I just want something that works that is why I choose to carry a Kabar Marine combat knife. Maybe its just the training and having one in combat but I trust it. This is starting to look like another trust-able knife.
The only thing I noticed with Gerber Blades when buying and selling in large quantities is that their profiles are inconsistent. Again, this will probably never be noticed by a person who purchases a single knife and keeps it, but no two knives will have the same profile.
 
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