The Gerber LMF II Black Infantry Knife with 4.8-Inch Blade is, with doubt, amongst the top rated survival knife for use in the wild.
Manufactured by Gerber – one of the top European knife manufacturing companies and knife suppliers.
The Gerber LMF is up there at the top of survival knives to own.
The Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife does not have a ‘full tang’ – but instead it utilises the slightly less 3/4 tang that runs into the main handle grip but not quite to the very end.
I think this is a very important point to make as there are many hunters and bushcraft enthusiasts that will insist on only having the full tang in their survival kit.
Gerber have given this a lot of thought and actually, the whole concept of the knife makes quite a bit of sense in the case of this particular survival knife.
A 3/4 tang does makes good sense –
- The pummel end of the LMF II Infantry Knifeincorporates a ‘bit gap’ – this is a deliberate separation gap between end of tang and pummel end of the knife.
- This will allow you to cut into ‘live’ electrical cables without getting the electrical shock transferred through the main tang area and into the handle.
- Additionally, the pommel end is strong enough to be used as a hammering tool that give the minimum amount of shock transferred back into the hand of the user.
The Gerber LMF II Black Infantry Knife was originally designed to be used by the US Air Force as a full on tactical survival knife and the knife has all the good characteristic you would expect from such good breeding.
Sticking with the pommel end of the knife – there is a very solid ‘V’ shape which gives you an excellent impact attack weapon and also a specific tool designed to smash through a glass window in an emergency, so this really is a well designed and handy survival knife to carry.
The whole knife measures in at a little over 10 1/2″ long, which, I think, is a perfect knife length to cover a wide variety of survival jobs.
There’s a 60/40 split between handle to blade which is a bit bigger than most other survival knives, which makes the Gerber LMF IIa little bit heavier – not your average weekend family camping knife.!
But this little bit extra weight come gives you a far more solid, heavier duty bit of pure survival kit – exactly what the US Air Force wanted in a survival knife.
The main handle is made from a type of nylon and make for a very comfortable grip – which also gives you a good grip when wet – in fact, I would say it’s an almost non slip grip.
The Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife also comes with an excellent high quality sheath – in fact, I would say it’s probably one of the best I’ve seen for a while – it will hold the knife in a very secure, safe position when you’re not using it.
I also like the the multi fixing points on the sheath and the webbing arrangements – these are great for securing the knife to just about anything – it will fit on bug out bags, camping rucksacks, MollE systems and will also give a comfortable fit around the leg
Within the sheath itself, there is also a very good blade sharpener that is perfect for emergency resharpening – you will not get a razor sharp edge with this, but, it is certainly more than good enough to give you a very usable sharp blade edge – yet another cleaver feature by Gerber.
Gerber 22-01629 LMF II Black Infantry Knife with 4.8-Inch Blade – knife Specifications:
-Made in USA
-Overall Length: 10.59 inches
-Blade Length: 4.84 inches
-Weight: 11.39 ounces
-Weight: 11.39 ounces
-Blade: Partially serrated
-Blade Material: 12C27 Stainless Steel
-Handle Material: TPV over moulded on nylon
-Handle designed to reduce shock absorption
-Low-profile sheath to minimize interference
-Sharpener integrated into sheath
Very good YouTube demonstration:
Overall, I really do like this knife a lot, it is one of the “best value for money” knives on the market today – currently selling for under $65 on Amazon – making it very affordable for any wilderness survival kit.
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