Friday, September 5, 2008

Equipment Review: Gerber LMF II ASEK

Next up on Be A Survivor is my all-time favorite knife, the Gerber LMF II ASEK - Coyote Brown.

This knife flat out kicks the crap out of anything I have ever owned. It is a true survival knife and is an absolute beast.

Check out these stats:
Overall Length: 10.59"
Length of Blade: 4.84"
Weight: 11.4 oz.
Blade Material: 12C27 Stainless
Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon with TPV overmold
Blade Style: Drop Point
Sheath Material: Ballistic nylon with fire retardant coating
Blade Type: Serrated

Below is taken from Gerbers Website: (BEGIN)
"Down behind enemy lines? Left to fend for yourself? These are the scenarios that inspired the LMF II. Former military man, Jeff Freeman led the charge to engineer this fearless new 10" survival knife. And we field-tested with the troops.

This knife is as adaptable as the personnel who carry it. Use it to cut through the skin of a fuselage. Or sever a seat belt. Or egress through the Plexiglas of a chopper. Plus, the LMF II does a slick job cutting firewood and building shelter.

The over-molded handle successfully limits blistering. There is complete separation between the tang and butt cap, so the knife absorbs the shocks from hammering and prevents the shocks of electricity. Smartly situated grooves and lashing holes let the LMF II convert to a spear. The low-profile sheath facilitates movement, limits noise, works for parachuting, and attaches to a belt or Molle vest. The patented, integrated sharpener means edge retention in the field."

Here is a guy on YouTube absolutely kicking the crap out of this knife and it fairs VERY GOOD!

Field and Stream also reviewed the knife along with several others and it came in first...

As I stated this is a beast of a knife but it is very well balanced. It sits in the hand comfortably and has some heft to it...which I look for in a survival knife. The only real knock against it is that is isn't the sharpest of knives but it is sharp enough.

This knife is my go to knife when I am in the woods and if I was lost and could only have one knife with me this would be it. For the money you won't find anything better. Of course there are better knives and of course they cost a whole lot more money.

The sheath is great as well and comes with a built in sharpener as well as straps to attach the knife in a drop leg configuration.

I highly recommend you check this knife out. I picked mine up when visiting the PX on the Charleston Airforce Base with a friend for like $69 which I thought was a great deal. This knife is high on quality and performance and you will be pleased as punch if you pick one up.

Gerbers LMF II website

...that is all.

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  1. cant you sharpen the blade with the in-built sharpener?? to make it razor sharp?? or does'nt the metal hold a sharp edge?

  2. The built in sharpener is very course and is good for getting the knife back in shape after a rough use. To get it razor sharp use a diamond hone and then a fine grit ceramic or fine grit Japanese waterstone

  3. The thing is definitely built like a tank. Its a great camp knife, alittle heavy for hiking but it's a great all purpose take anything you can throw at it knife.

    The built in sharpener works surprisingly well too.