According to Gerber, not the baby food Gerber, but the knife company "Gerber’s Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife™" is a survival tool unlike anything on the market today." A kitchen knife?
Bear Grylls Ultimate Kitchen Knife by Gerber
This is news to me since I was unaware that Bear Grylls, alias Man vs. Wild, has a cooking series or maybe he's been hanging out in the kitchen with Anthony Bourdain trying out Grylls new 'SERRATED' full tang, what does Gerber call it?
"The full tang, partially serrated, stainless steel blade combines with a textured TacHide™ handle, pommel strike and utility saw to create a knife built to excel in the worst conditions."
Kitchen knife for Bear
Thanks to Gerber, I am now secure in the feeling that I can slice tomatoes perfectly wherever I happen to be, even in the worst conditions with my new partially serrated Bear Grylls Gerber steel blade. You never know when a flotilla of tomatoes or carrots for that matter, might come bobbing along the beach.
Foodies and knives
But if Bear is hanging with Bourdain, or Andrew Zimmern's ~ Bizarre Foods, (my second best show on the Travel Channel), then I know Gerber has set Bear up with the perfect knife to survive these two wild and crazy guys. I am definitely sleeping better knowing that Bear Grylls has this knife to depend on, even in the worst-case kitchen survival scenarios’.
Bear should do well with this new bread knife. (Okay, so I am being a little satirical here, but really why would you purchase a serrated knife for wilderness survival? I do not mean to pick on Bear about this. But Grylls should have called me first before he let Gerber make this knife for him.)
Busting the serrated knife myth
The very worst argument I have heard for having a serrated knife at camp was from one of my new students. The salesman who sold the knife suggested the serrations are used for self-defense. The salesman went on to describe how the serrations work. I'm paraphrasing here, "as the serrated knife is pulled from the victim's body it brings with it extra blood and guts."
Fear do us part
Obviously, the salesman was taking advantage of the students worst fears of camping in the woods.
If you are an EMT, an urban survivalist, a crabber or a cop, then I would say yes, maybe there is a place for a serrated knife in your pocket, you may have to slice through seat belt webbing or a loaf of sourdough bread. However, if you are looking for a knife for carving and use in the bush, then whatever you do, do not waste your money on a serrated knife!
Now Gerber may have a straight edge model of the BG available, in this case great! Now you have a knife.
Leave the frigging bread knives at home!
To be fair to Gerber Knives, I haven't tried out BG partial serrated knife myself, though I have firsthand experience with my student's frustration who brought this particular knife to camp. As anyone who has experience with knives in the bush will tell you, leave the frigging bread knives at home!