After all the screaming, running and hiding, at some point you will have to get down to the bare bones of surviving in the post zombie apocalyptic world. And to do that you will need certain items to make it.
Now I’m not talking about guns, and food. We all know that we will need to arm ourselves and be able to eat and drink. Nor am I referring to shelter and medical supplies. Again those are important, but I am talking about the true work horse that you will use hard and never say thank you too. Your knife.
As a can opener, a lock pick or whatever you use it for, it needs to be sturdy and well made. And yes in the event, and only as a last ditch effort, be able to take down a walker. Machetes are nice and do have a true propose, size and weight can be a huge draw back however.
I have a few favorites on this list. But today I present to you the Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife. The Bear Grylls designed edition. In the last 5 years this is one of the knives I can truly say that I think that they got it right from the start. Overall a sturdy abuse-ready tool, that with a little TLC will survive as long as you hope too.
I’ve had mine now for about a month. And believe me; I am not being nice to it. It has cut through several lengths of heavy nylon and natural fiber rope. Opened a can of dog food, which it did with ease, but I do not recommend doing it often. I used it to make kindling and yes even start the fire (more on that in a bit). I hammered the blade through some pretty green limbs as well. All that was required of me was to run the blade over a wet stone and wipe it off after the dog food incident. So far so good.
On to the technical stuff. The drop point, 4.8-inch blade is nearly a ¼ inch thick at the spine, hollow ground, and made from 440A steel with a Rockwell score of 55-59 (57+/-2), making for good strength and easy sharpening. Now one drawback for me was that it has a larger than normal serrated edge. I tend to like straight blades but it still cut very well. The handle has a great ergonomic shape that fits well in the hand with a double guard to prevent slippage and a textured rubber grip that is easy to maintain, even in wet conditions. The pommel of this knife has a nice solid stainless steel checkered pattern. I did not get a chance to pound the snot outta anything with it but it has the feeling that it could take quite a beating. It also gives the tool an overall weight of 11.2 Oz. Very well balanced.
When fully disassembled, the knife and sheath break down into four pieces: a Ferro cerium fire starter rod, the knife, the Zytel sheath with a diamond sharpening stone on the back side, and the heavy-duty nylon platform. It sits nicely on the hip and again has a great weight.
So when you have set up a safe haven and are now getting down to the basics. Make sure you have the best tools to work with. This knife isn’t gonna make living easy. But it will make surviving possible. Thanks for reading, and remember, “Keep your blades sharp, and your ammo dry.”
Unless you want to end up drinking your own piss…