Friday, October 29, 2010

Interesting New Products

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""I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion." ~Henry David Thoreau

I came across a few new interesting things:

JetBoil CrunchIt

Finally an easy way to recycle those metal gas canisters. The device screws on to gas stove canisters then punctures a whole in the empty canister like a can opener. So far I’ve only seen it for sale as part of a Jetboil set at REI.com but hopefully they will be around in stores soon separately.


Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife

This new Gerber Knife, tagged with the logo of Bear Grylls “Man vs Wild” fame; will start shipping November 15, 2010, you can get is on Amazon.com for $59.99 (retails at $79.99).



  1. That knife looks like a good design and the prices is really good too (even at full retail). My only comments are that they should offer it in a non-serrated and carbon steel version so it's easier to sharpen in the field.

  2. I looks like Gerber is going to do a whole line of 'bear' products. I'm guessing there will be a non-serrated version.

  3. I like the sheath, but serrated knives have some serious limitations. good if you have no sharpener and need something that can at least saw when dull, but as you have a stone on the sheath it would be better to have a nice razor sharp edge for the entire length. Also looks like a lot of plastic on the knife itself. the 2 holes for lashing to a pole to make a spear are a good idea, but they should be drilled through something more stout than orange plastic.
    For many people having someones name on a product is important. for survival gear function is more critical than the name stamped on it.
    Gerber makes some good quality steel and I have had many of their knives in the past when I was in the military for more combat/social purposes than survival. most of their knives hold a great edge and get very sharp, but tend to be a bit to brittle and often will fail under extreme stresses put on them in survival situations, like lashing them to poles and using them as spears.
    I have seen a lot of advertisements for this knife by people who have got them free for reviewing purposes (and perhaps compensation and advertising revenue), but no unbiased reviews with the negatives along side it's strengths.
    It may have a place in some kits, but for most survival kits I would stick with time test and proven designs for durability.