“The LMF 2 Survival is at home in the toughest of situations. It has so many functions that could save your life, it simply boggles the mind! This knife is actually a single bladed multitool! Gerber have managed to include so many different features into a single knife that it becomes equipped for almost any job. If you are venturing into the remote wilderness or just parts unknown then this may be the knife for you.”
This is more of a ‘Survival’ knife than a pure bushcraft knife and as a result it’s less specialised. Hang on, isn’t bushcraft all about surviving? Well, yes of course it is but it’s also learning more about your surroundings and the subtle ways to get tasks completed. The Gerber LMF2 is not a subtle knife; instead it’s such a tough design that it almost wants to be used in a more urgent manner. It’s blade has a fine and serrated edge, push tang construction and is very thick.
The Gerber LMF2 Survival is less suited for parting natural fibres which are some of the most important tasks in bushcraft, such as feather sticking, delicate cutting or carving; however it’s not aiming to be a pure bushcraft knife. Instead it’s at home being put to a number of different uses, some of which we would never find in the world of bushcraft (such as breaking a glass window). Making feather sticks with the LMF2 Survival is not an easy task as it does not have a Scandinavian Grind.
The feature list is so long for a knife that’s its surprising!
The knife has
- Push tang (stops just before the butt to prevent electric shocks and also absorb shocks from hammering)
- Serrated and fine edge
- Butt can be used as a window punch and as a hammer
- Three lashing holes and a groove can be used to construct a spear using the knife
- In built v-sharpener contained in the low profile sheath.
- The sheath itself helps stop noise, and allows you to move easily, works if you are parachuting and can be attached to a belt or Molle equipment
- Leg straps with rubber grip rings to firmly attach the sheath to your leg
A case scenario where the LMF2 Survival would be great as your sole bit of metal:
Tearing through a dense forest with no axe or saw. The Gerber LMF2 Survival excels at shelter building, cutting through cordage etc. Making feather sticks with this knife is hard so instead I tend to use the serrated part to create a mass of shavings instead of feathers but it’s not easy. The spine can easily create a shower of sparks from a firesteel however you can’t get them concentrated enough for my liking as the spine of the blade tapers out and loses its edge.
Gerber uses a low carbon content steel for the LMF2 Survival which comes in around 0.05%-0.15%. This is so the knife can flex without breaking which makes it a very tough knife. However it will lose its edge quickly, so good thing there’s an inbuilt sharpener in the sheath! If you wanted to sharpen the serrations then you would have to bring another rod sharpener for that part of the blade.
The LMF2 Survival is very tough and can be applied for a very wide range of tasks; it is not a bushcraft knife but more of a multifunctional survival knife. Everything in the outdoor world is ‘fit for purpose’ and the purpose here is to be a jack of all trades, which it excels at. I would like to see a larger palm swell on the handle however and if you know you’re going to be making feather sticks all the time, go for something else.
I would recommend the knife for anyone looking for a ‘survival knife’. Its quality and rugged nature are very easy to see from as soon as you open the packet. The knife can make the best of a bad situation almost anywhere. Thanks for reading this review.
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