So the chances of you getting air dropped on the top of mountain in Belize (like Bear Grylls) is pretty slim. But you want a knife that will serve you well if the world all of a sudden turns upside-down.
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
First of all, you don’t want to look like Crocodile Dundee. You need something that will be comfortable to always have with you, concealed and legal in your city.
For these reasons I would NOT recommend a fixed (or straight blade). You will be served best and not attract attention by buying a folding survival knife.
Next, if you are going to have just one knife, you want one that is proven tough, has a great blade, stays sharp, has a secure locking and folding mechanism, is well balanced, feels good in the hand and has a grippy handle that stays put even in poor weather.
It’s also nice to have the option to use a sheath or throw the knife in your pocket.
There are two great knives from Gerber Legendary Blades that fit these criteria. The Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Knife and the Gerber Gator Folding - Clip Point, Serrated knife.
With a blade length of under 4 inches and a closed size of under 5 inches the Gerber Gator is the right size. Gators have been around for a long time and are famous for their great blades, tacky, comfortable grips, and reliability.
The Gator knife is inconspicuous and comes with a quality sheath that can attach to most belts.
If you want something a little more flashy, the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series folding knife won’t disappoint. It’s just a bit smaller that the Gator in blade length and overall folded size. Both are similar in performance. The Bear Grylls comes with a black sheath that has the signature “Bear” and the letters BG in orange embossed on it. This makes the sheath quite a bit more noticeable than the Gator’s.
Instead of black, the color of the Gator’s handle, the Grylls knife handle is medium gray and orange. Again, a bit more noticeable.
But if you don’t care about all that or want to be noticed as a Bear Grylls fan, this knife is for you. Also, if your favorite color is orange or you are just going to keep the knife in your pocket, backpack or bag, and not on your belt, who cares what it looks like? It’s a great knife.
Either way, you pretty much can’t go wrong with one of these knives as an all-purpose urban survival knife.