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A dead deer, several frog’s and toad’s eggs, and the Gerber BG Ultimate Survival

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by martineden, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. martineden

    martineden

    619
    Jun 26, 2007
    Yes, I need to confess, I’m a big fan of the BG show (yes, I know, I’m guilty). I’m also a big fan of JD tests here on BB, and I really appreciate his review of the Gerber BG Survival Ultimate knife, so I want to try something similar here in Italy.
    I’m today not in some remote part of the world, not in Costa Rica, not in Vietnam or so on, anyway I’m next to a river
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    Ok, maybe it’s not a (so) wild area
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    but it’s a humid area, especially after two entire rainy days
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    And here, just next to the river, we found the skeleton of a deer. I guess it was died by drawing…but there is nothing to eat for me
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    Look at those teeth, are like a saw, really sharp to cut grass and similar efficiently
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    Due to the teeth number and condition, it was an adult specimen, but young

    My knife today
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    It’s breeding’s time, both for frogs
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    and toads
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    My watch today
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    A source of proteins
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    Let’s to continue along the river
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    to be continued
     
  2. martineden

    martineden

    619
    Jun 26, 2007
    It’s time to try the BG Ultimate Survival knife, my first trial is some lateral strength on the blade
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    No bad, I may turn away some big bite of wood without issues

    Now some accuracy work, a trigger, like the one Bear used on the Red Rock Country episode
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    No bad at all, its’ possible to drive the knife where needed, using the thumb to push the blade

    Now, I want to make a spear. First of all some light chopping to obtain the shaft
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    the knife perform surprisingly well, the blade it’s not only razor sharp, but also a bit heavier than the handle, and this help a lot

    let’s build the spear, I want the same Bear used on Malaysian Archipelago episode
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    Now some trials, I throw several times the spear on this log
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    Again, well done Gerber, the knife perform well also as an improvised spear, I was especially afraid about the point, but not problem. The handle is thick enough to make difficult someway wrapping it inside the shaft, anyway at the end of the throwing the connection between knife and shaft it’s robust as at the beginning.

    I’ll continue my test on the Gerber BG, at the moment anyway I’m happy about this knife, it’s not a toy, its’ a good blade. The handle is comfortable and well rounded, the blade it’s razor sharp and robust, the sheath it’s light and safe. I, as many, don’t like the serration, but I need to say that it’s not a disadvantage using the knife, and probably it will be a plus cutting cardboard, ropes, plastic ecc.
    Regards, ciao
    Alfredo
     
  3. kgd

    kgd

    Feb 28, 2007
    So did the spear point actually accidentally land in the crush stone and still survive? :D Thats basically what kills a spear, sticking it in wood is okay. Thanks for the review, not my cup of tea, but a good demonstration that the knife itself is secondary to the user who makes the tool operate.
     
  4. grunt soldier

    grunt soldier Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    great pictures. you have a beautiful spot to play there.
     
  5. vic2367

    vic2367

    Sep 15, 2006
    great pics , am looking at that BG survival knife myself , looks like a decent blade
     
  6. BRL

    BRL

    Apr 27, 2011
    Really great photos! I think the testing of these knives, which appear to be mostly for light-duty television show fan use, is very interesting. What if Gerber decided to take a highly-marketable product and actually make it quality?
     
  7. martineden

    martineden

    619
    Jun 26, 2007
    Again here. I planned 3 entire days outdoor, walking free and testing my Gerber BG…but we had almost 2 rainy days, so I had finally just few times to go outdoor. Anyway.
    We leave our town
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    Our trekking place for today
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    One hour hiking and we reach the top of the first mountain
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    Beautiful view from here
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    A lot of woodpeckers here
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    My watch today
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    The track
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    Most of the time we walk under impressive rocks
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    Time to lunch, and sharpening my Gerber BG
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    The steel used for the BG Ultimate Survival hold an edge not so well, anyway the sharpener included in the sheath works fairly good.

    Weather is not sunny, anyway some colors are presents
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    Finally we reach this kind of covers (named “Covoli”), it was used since 9000 b.C. as a repair for humans and animals
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    Today it’s still cold, guys
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  8. martineden

    martineden

    619
    Jun 26, 2007
    The valley from here
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    The mountain we walked through
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    We reached the valley after 6 hours walking
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    Ok let’s go to business, as BG in the Vietnam episode, I want to build a bamboo fishing spear
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    As you know, bamboo it’s a really hard wood. The BG Survival perform enough well chopping it.

    Now the spear building
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    No fishes here, so I’m forced to spear just a sand fish :)
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    To be honest, I need to say that the SAK’s saw cut the bamboo better than the BG knife, in fact better than any knife
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    Anyway, and again, the BG Ultimate Survival performed fairly well, and my feeling is that it’s a good all-around knife. Unfortunately I had no time to split logs (hitting the knife whit a stone :), to do feather sticks, to organize a fire, to do traps ecc. so my test is incomplete. I’ll do it in future.
    Ciao, Alfredo
     
  9. sykes3170

    sykes3170

    Feb 18, 2010
    Italy is a beautiful place! If I couldn't live in the usa I would live there. I miss the more laid back lifestyle they have.
     
  10. wackafew

    wackafew Gold Member Gold Member

    618
    Sep 23, 2008
    Very nice pictures and good knives also.
     
  11. hung-solo

    hung-solo Banned BANNED

    Jun 11, 2009
    nice pics thanks for sharing.
     
  12. ChapmanPreferred

    ChapmanPreferred

    Oct 7, 2006
    Nice thread. Looks like you folks had a great time! I also own this knife but have not made time to use it yet.

    Added: Which model of SAC is that you are using?
     
  13. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Nice country and landscape there in good ol' Italy. :) I think, I have to travel across the alps and spend some days there... :)

    Kind regards
    Andi
     
  14. JTC

    JTC

    Dec 22, 2002
    Very nice landscape! I have a Bear Grylls knife and really like it too. I may also buy one of the non-serrated versions as well. I also have the parang machete and the fire kit. All that stuff has been good quality. I am very pleased with all of it. Thanks for sharing the awesome pictures.
     
  15. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
    Neat trip sequence. I saw that JD review too. Seems to accord with what I expected that knife to be on it's first trial. Looks like they fixed up the problems rather well. I see he looked on the small one quite favorably too.
     
  16. JV3

    JV3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    nice pics! i'm jealous of that bamboo - all we have here are the small ones - max 1" diameter.
     
  17. martineden

    martineden

    619
    Jun 26, 2007
    Thanks to all of you!
    @ChapmanPreferred: my SAK is the Ranger model
     

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