Possibly the best blade to date in the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series line, is the early 2013 release – Bear Grylls Paracord Fixed Blade knife.
This blade is one solid piece of good quality, gray coated, stainless steel from tip to butt. The Paracord knife comes with this versatile, kydex-like sheath about 45 inches of orange paracord for the handle, and the Bear Grylls Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide. A clip point blade has the spine side of the blade “clipped” off to form a tip that is sharper and more suitable for piercing than most drop point blades, and is strong yet still great for tasks that require more cutting accuracy and precision. See the difference between the Bear Grylls Paracord knife clip point and the Bear Grylls Folding sheath knife’s drop point? The blade of this knife came very sharp and is easy to touch up with the Bear Grylls field sharpener.
Between the edge and the parpacord handle we have a finger cutout that should help to keep your hand from slipping onto the blade – this area is also call the choil of the knife.
The Bear Grylls Paracord knife is very similar to the Bear Grylls compact fixed blade knife… with the big differences being the fine vs. This handle of the Bear Grylls Paracord knife has 5 holes and two large cutouts that enable the primary task of wrapping about 4 feet of paracord through and around them to form the handle of the knife. Bear Grylls Paracord Survival Knife has 5 Holes and 2 Cutouts to Weave to Weave the Paracord through to Make the Handle. And then used the holes and cutouts to lash the entire length of the paracord to secure this knife to my pole. The knife lashes best to a pole that is slightly smaller in diameter than the width of the handle. The lengh the stock paracord was a perfect for locking the knife onto my pole… and should be completely reusable as the knife handle as long as you don’t cut it when using it for other things. Now, it’s also easy to replace the stock paracord with whatever color and length you prefer.
I like my knives to be a little less conspicuous, so I replaced the paracord with good old OD Green I guess this lets the cat out of the bag on the vintage of my Marine Corps days.
Alright… so, I got two extra wraps around the handle by pulling my mill spec paracord really tight as I wove it around my knife.
However, Gerber completely redesigned the sheath of the Gerber Bear Grylls Paracord knife so these problems no longer exist. The Bear Grylls Paracord knife goes into the sheath only one way and locks firmly into the sheath. The top 4 grommets are strategically positioned so this polymer belt loop in the rear can be removed and repositioned using two hex bolts for: side draw, regular, upside down AND for either left or right hand carry. If you’d prefer not to have the Bear Grylls logo showing when you wear the Paracord knife… you can also attach the belt carry loop to the front side of the sheath, so that the Bear Grylls logo covered by the belt carry loop and facing in.
Now replace the stock orange paracord with the paracord color of your choice and you have an excellent, versatile paracord knife package that has the look you want for your gear. Oh, one last thing with this knife and sheath package… So whether intentional or not, the Bear Grylls pocket survival guide fits snug and perfectly between the belt loop assembly and the  sheath… see? The pocket survival guide tucks perfectly between the belt carry loop and the knife sheath. For extra security… make sure that you attach the belt loop so that the bolts are below the pocket guide, which should further prevent the guide from falling out. Owner comments are very positive sighting the surprising quality, good edge holding characteristics and the excellent design of the Bear Grylls Paracord knife and sheath.
Others mentioned how quickly the bright orange paracord gets soiled… But most seem to agree that this is a knife worth having. We rate the Bear Grylls Paracord Fixed Blade Knife at 5 out of 5 stars for it’s well thought out design from tip to butt.
Although we also thought the sheath was a bit of overkill at first… we now appreciate it’s ability to safely hold the knife and carried in many different ways.
I admit, I also like that I can cover over the Bear Grylls logo and I have always like it when Gerber incorporates a way for the Survival Guide to be carried along.
If you want a comparable fixed blade knife with a solid handle, check out my review of the Bear Grylls Compact Fixed Blade Knife. If you would like a similarly sized folding knife check out my reviews of the Bear Grylls folding sheath or Bear Grylls Scout knife. For your convenience I’ve included links to all of the gear that I’ve mentioned, in throughout this review. So… don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest tips and video reviews.
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Just wondering one thing : are the knife and sheath solid enough together to be used as a shovel ?
Mitchhells – geared for adventure store at chadstone in melbourne has the entire bear grylls range. Just arrived, it’s everything you described, can easily see it being used as an edc (depending on what I’m doing that day)!


It’s a friction-lock system – you just push it into the sheath and it snaps in place and then you just pull it out and it comes out! Hey David just wondering if you could do a review on the gerber bear grylls parang and compact parang. As David pointed out, replacing the orange cord with a darker color was the first thing I did as well.
Hey David, great review, now I know whats on my christmas wish list I was having a lot of questions about the knife, thanks for clearing things about it. Looking for ONE, small tool for bushcraft, survival and hunting that’s equally at home in the kitchen as it is in the backcountry? One of the hardest and most time consuming pieces of gear to improvise in a survival situation is cordage. In all my research I have not found a paracord belt that has more paracord woven together than the 100’ that comprises my Rattlerstrap Paracord Belt.
Each belt is handmade-to-order in Idaho in the good old US of A by a family-run company.  The company weaves each strap out of commercial-grade, Type 3, 7-strand 550-pound paracord that’s manufactured in the USA.
800 feet (or about 243 meters) is a lot of strong and usable cordage for camp, bushcraft and survival tasks. My Rattlerstrap came tightly woven and has stayed this way through nearly 8 months of daily use. To test the toughness of this belt, I wore it for the entire 40 days of recent survival training… and it held up just fine which was a good thing because I didn’t take a spare.
The Rattlerstrap Paracord Belt has an Amazon customer review rating of 5 out of 5 stars (at the time of this review), even though this belt is a bit pricy for those on a tight budget (with a street price that usually falls between $99 to $120 US. Owners often comment on the price but in the context of how this belt is worth every penny due to its classy design, excellent craftsmanship and how well it holds up even under hard use. There are some trade-offs, but I’ve found a good alternate paracord belt for the price-sensitive. The major differences between these 2 belts are that the Bison belt has a much smaller – square gunmetal finish buckle opposed to the rectangular titanium buckle of the Rattlerstrap. Plus the Bison Designs belt definitely has a LOT looser weave and contains 30% less paracord at about 70 feet (or 21 meters)…. You can even see around the Bison Belt buckle only 6 wraps of paracord around buckle base verse 8 wraps around the base of the Rattlerstrap buckle. The Rattlerstrap is a handsome, premium, US-made, wear-everyday, paracord survival belt (with a lifetime guarantee) that is designed for rough use – and those who want a premium strap around their waist that won’t fail to keep their pants up, when the chips are down.
It seems like everyone loves paracord these days… There’s a sense of accomplishment in weaving your own paracord gear AND a feeling of being prepared that comes with wearing a paracord bracelet or belt. But I’ve found that most pre-made paracord gear is made cheaply in Asia and with lower-quality paracord and components, so when I was looking for a good paracord belt last year that would survive the rigors of every day use AND survival situations… I could not ignore the fantastic nearly perfect reviews of the Rattlerstrap Paracord Survival Belt and decided to give one a try. After nearly 8 months of continuous and, at times, hard use in the field… I have NO regrets. Well, Type 3 paracord is lightweight, yet VERY strong and has a minimum strength of 550 pounds (or about 250 kilograms). The beauty of paracord is that it can be used as is or pulled apart to use the individual strands and casing separately.
Since improvising cordage in the field can be VERY time consuming, wearing a quality paracord belt everyday is a simple way to give yourself an advantage if things should ever go from bad to worse. Thank you very much for the review… Im new to paracord and a very avid outdoors enthusiasts.
Then while browsing for a paracord belt to make I find this and didnt notice it was ULTIMATE SURVIVAL TIPS until I saw your ratting.
Nothing to say other than thanks for your experience and Insight and keep up the awesome work!!!
Compact and indestructible, this full tang knife is designed to be a smaller, bare-bones survival knife that stays close at hand. Maybe a version that has serrations along all of the edge would be of interest to some too?
I would like to see a fixed blade scout knife with the same sheath as the ultimate survival knife but under 4" and dosent burn a hole in your pocket. The serations cut better than fine edge but any way GET IT IN STOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the knife, but you guys need to make this knife with a little bigger blade, and have a stright edge one too.
I love your bear grylls line, but along with 99% of everyone else I find combo edges to be the biggest pain in the a** ever! I honestly don't understand WHY you want to make every knife with a feature that has a very limited range of use. Could this Pocket Hatchet be the Ultimate Packable Bushcraft, Hunting, Survival, Chopping Tool?
Then I ran about 6 inches of extra cord out the butt-end and tied it off to make a nice laynard.
Since the metal is exposed on the butt end this knife, you can use it as a pommel to break and smash things.


Some mention how goofy they thought the sheath initially was but how it all made sense when they got to using the knife.
We love the full tang construction and the well thought out placement of the handle cut outs for the paracord and the added versatility of being able to easily and firmly lash this knife to a pole to make a spear.
I clamped it down and wrestled it out when mine got stuck, but BE CAREFUL, the blade is sharp and it cuts skin easily( I found out the hard way).
I have the compact survival knife and have also noticed how it is not very secure in the upside down carry and that is how I would like to carry it. I want to replace the paracord but I don’t want to get it off and not be able to get it on very well.
I received this product today, I noticed that this product came in a rectangle card board box, rather than in the usual plastic blister packs. Simply use the knife, or a bastard file to wear down the notches in the blade side of the sheath. It looks a bit like a toy at first, but your pics illustrate nicely what you can do with it.
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So I want as much as of the best quality paracord on me at all times and there’s no more convenient and easy to carry way to take 550 paracrod along than to wear a paracord belt on your waist. Hope it’s been a help to you in evaluating how you can avail yourself of more carry-on cordage!
The durable rubber handle is ergonomically shaped for a better, more comfortable grip in all types of weather.
It slid off multiple times and after taking it to the woods, I looked down to use it and it had slid off never to be found again.
I totally agree with many other comments here that a fine edge, ie non-serrated, would be more interesting.
Great knife though, I also have the ultimate knife, works great!!!!!!!, I highly recommend it.Man it is amazing, never puts you down.
Join David as he checks out the Farson Blade Paracord Survival Hatchet - from Fremont Knives and finds out how well it performs at some basic survival, camp, bushcraft and game processing tasks.
Filing these down will allow the blade to be inserted and removed easily while still allowing the knife and sheath to be used for upside down carry. The Farson Survival tool is designed and manufactured by a new brand called Fremont Knives… a US company based in the great state of Wyoming. It includes a lightweight plastic sheath that clips to a belt or backpack and Bear’s “Priorities of Survival” guide. In the package was the knife, sheath with reversible clip and priorities of survival guide. The concept for this blade came from an ancient stone tool that was discovered in the Great Red Desert near Farson, Wyoming… an extreme environment in which the folks who lived there centuries ago needed a versatile survival tool to cut, chop, slice and skin.
It’s just a plain and simple fact that the evolution of knives and bladed tools comes off of what came before. If you could provide info as how I mite be able to reach this manufacture I would be greatful. Now my Farson blade held a keen edge through all of my tests and came just shy of razor sharp. There is also a generous amount of handle spine jimping toward the front and rear of the tool to increase grip and control. Without a handle apart from the blade, the tool shifts around and needs to be whacked from both sides to keep it moving through the wood. I used a branch that was just over one and a quarter inches or 3 centimeters in diameter… which made for an almost perfectly balanced and powerful tool. With a little more care and a better paracord weave, this tool would make the Ultimate improvised Survival Hatchet. About The Sheath… My Farson tool came with a black, nylon sheath with an inner liner and holds the tool inside, through the use of a Velcro like closure system. This whole package is also small enough to easily slip into a pocket or pack… and takes up very little room.
Let’s Take a Look at Owner Comments… Since Fremont Knives is a newer brand and the Farson tool has only been out for a few months, there are not many owner reviews. It’s a simple, but well thought-out tool that has a myriad of uses and would make the perfect addition to any survival, camping, emergency or hunting kit. Beefing up this sheath in future versions, or offering an upgraded sheath option would surely encourage us to up our rating to a full 5 out of 5 stars… especially since this tool lists at only $59 but can be found online in the USA for well under $40 US at the time of this review.



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