Gerber LMF II Knife Review: two blades facing each other on wood board

Gerber LMF II Knife Review

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Despite the popularity of bushcraft knives, not everyone is into them. In fact, most people aren’t. 

What appeals to the mainstream knife buyer is something that can perform different tasks while still being affordable. This is EXACTLY what Gerber accomplished with their LMF II knife

Gerber LMF II Knife Review: two sheathed knives on leaves
The Gerber LMF II Infantry knife comes in BLACK and COYOTE BROWN (shown here). There is also an ASEK version which comes in green and includes additional features like a strap cutter and infrared resistant matieral.

The LMF II is easily one of the best values on the market in terms of utility, strength and price. Not many knives address several functions and come with an awesome sheath that has it’s own built-in sharpener. 

When this knife first came out years ago, my wife sent me one when I was deployed and it served me well during those long combat patrols. In fact, I respected my original LMF II so much I acquired a second one so as to retire the first one (I’m kind of a sentimental).

The Gerber LMF II comes with a serrated edge that can stand up to a lot of abuse. Some people like serrations and some don’t. At the end of the day, knife makers add this to increase functionality; and for a true all-around knife, a serrated edge is kind of a good thing. I’ve used this knife in many applications and so far there hasn’t been any damage to the edge.

Handling the LMF II is also nice. It comes with a rubberized grip that has proven to be very durable. It’s also comfortable to hold in the hand. At the end of the grip is a nice striking pommel that’s one of the best on the market. 

For survivalists, there are lashing holes that can be used to affix this knife to various things. I’ve tested this feature many times during camping trips and found it to be quite useful. The spine is pretty good for ferro rods, too.

One question you may be asking is whether or not this knife is full tang. To answer that, Gerber states on their website: “Originally designed to free an aircrew from a downed aircraft, the LMF II is tough enough to cut through the fuselage of an aircraft and smart enough to ensure you are safe while doing so. The knife has a purposeful break between the tang and the butt cap, providing insulated protection against stray wires and absorbing any shock from hammering.”

In my post military life, I highly doubt I’ll ever be taken somewhere via helicopter again, thus, having to worry about how to free myself from burning wreckage. I do hope, however, that a “purposeful break” doesn’t result in rendering the knife useless in a survival situation. So far nothing remotely bad has happened with either of mine yet. 

Let’s end with another plus which is the sheath. Here’s the question all knife companies need to ask themselves: Why can’t we include a sheath like this, too?

Gerber LMF II Knife Review: sheath on log

Not only is the knife utility rich but so is the sheath. It’s MOLLE compatible and includes a sturdy belt loop. The retention is utterly remarkable; and to provide even more securement, there are two straps that go around the handle. The sheath also has an integrated sharpener.  

I’m truly blessed to have two of these knives, one retired and one still active. Although not a dedicated bushcraft knife, it’s easily the one of the greatest multi-purpose/survival knives ever created. You should be very pleased. 

Gerber LMF II Knife Review: two knives stuck into a wood board

SPECS: (per Gerber’s website):

Overall Length: 10.59”.

Blade Length: 4.84”.

Weight: 24.28 oz. (w/ Sheath).

Weight: 11.67 oz. (w/o Sheath).

Blade Material: 420HC Stainless.

Blade Style: Drop Point.

Blade Type: Serrated.

Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon with TPV overmold.

Sheath Material: Ballistic nylon with fire retardant coating.

Limited lifetime warranty.

Made in USA.

PROS:

Reasonable price point.

Multiple uses.

Comes in different colors.

Very comfortable and sturdy grip. 

Best sheath ever!

CONS:

The unit can be bulky when attaching to body armor or chest rigs. 

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