Surviving the unexpected is about being prepared, and the Bear Grylls Compact II Folding Knife exceeds the standard. Few people know more about survival than Bear Grylls, ex-British Special Forces officer, experienced mountaineer and respected survival trainer. Taking advantage of Gerber’s decades of experience and Bear Grylls’ adventure knowledge, the Compact II folder, built in Portland, Oregon, gives its user the ability to engage with the surroundings in perpetual survival mode.
BEST-OF-CLASS SURVIVAL POCKET KNIFE
The next generation of survival pocket knives, the Compact II builds off of the original to make it the best-of-class back-up survival pocket knife produced by Gerber. A more robust handle with rubber over-mold and a prominent finger choil offer solid application. With a fine edge 420HC steel blade, easily opened using the nail nick featured along the bevel edge, the Compact II folder is always in survival mode in the hands of its user.
GREAT GRIP COUPLED WITH SOLID LOCK-BACK STRUCTURE
Finger jimping on the top of the blade and grippy rubber over-mold along with an ergonomic handle design means the Compact II won’t slip in even the roughest conditions. Its lock-back mechanism keeps the knife safely open during use. This same lock-back structure allows for equally easy closure, even while wearing gloves. The lanyard hole gives extra flexibility in carrying options. The Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide is included with this knife, furthering its usefulness and potential life-saving utility. The Compact II folder is so dependable, it’s Bear’s new choice for a back-up survival knife!
This is one of the best Knives for the money I have. Super sharp blade is easy to re-sharpen. Rubber coated handle provides an excellent and comfortable grip. Best of all it's priced reasonably and made in the USA.
Surprised it may be Made in USA.
Glad a model of BG series now has an American Workforce assembling the knife. Unfortunately, unlike a quality knife made in USA, the words "Made in USA" are merely silkscreened on the blade.
Prior Gerber generations stamped it in the blade, and were proud to make it a very permanent, proud statement.
The package says, on the back, designed and engineeredin the USA, and in other tiny letters Made in USA. This, combined with Built with American Labor prominantly on the front of the package makes me pretty sure the 5 parts of this knife (blade, 3 push pins, and backspring, come from China and are only snapped together here in the US.
Companies that make items fully here simply say, in bold letters, Made in USA.
The knife works fine, and has a nice half-open detent - much like the old Gerber 400 LST knives of the 1990s - although the lanyard hole on the Compact 2 is much smaller.
Five stars when it clearly states it is fully made in USA (stamped into the blade), the lanyard hole is made bigger, and the package is more clear that it is fully domestic.
Made in the US..awesome!
Bear Grylls..cool guy
Color scheme..love it
build materials..awesome for the price
The one thing is the the coating on the blade. Scratches appear even though I don't see to even touch it. The coating is really bad.
I bought this because I wanted a backup for my aging Gerber LST 400. Unfortunately, the newer versions of that knife are made in China. I like that this knife is made in the USA, and I like the plastic housing with the lock back design. The action on this knife is not as smooth as my 20 year old LST, and out of the box, the Compact 2 was dirty... very dirty. Also, when closed the blade is not centered properly. After a thorough cleaning with warm soapy water, some rubbing alcohol and pipe cleaners, oiling the action with high quality gun oil, and sharpening it, it's okay. Honestly I'm a little disappointed in this Gerber product as it came out of the box (compared with my older knife). However it is still a decent overall value if you're seeking a lightweight knife for everyday pocket carry for simple tasks like opening boxes. I hope it will last as long as my aging LST 400.
It's very flimsy and you can't get a good grip cause of how small it is I love bear grylls knives but there are better knives out there for even less
I just got this. First, let me say "Thank You" to Gerber for two things: 1) giving the Scout II a full fine edge blade of 420HC, and 2) bringing the production of this knife to the USA. Mine came razor sharp and well made.
I was surprised at how the blade has just the very slightest of play. You really have to wiggle to notice it. It's very lightweight (comparable to my old Mag Jr.) and just the right size for a normal carry knife. After having owned a Propel Auto for some time now, I am a big fan of Gerber's 420HC.
This thing ain't going to chop down a tree, but will perform the tasks it's designed for quite well. Don't hesitate to drop $20 on this one; you'll like it. I never bought the first Scout because I just knew Gerber would come around and bring us a fine edge blade made on American soil.
Great knife, thank you!
I would get this knife but it is a lock back every time I have had one with that type of lock the blade would hit in and damage the blade.