I was trying to decide between these two, and I'm leaning towards the LMF only because I remember holding one about seven years ago and the handle was very comfortable, and because they are discontinued so this may be the last chance to get one. Both knives have blades of roughly equal length but the differences are: the kabar uses kraton while the gerber uses some kind of foam-like Hyplon material. The gerber uses 440a (I was told this even though 425 is used on everything else they make) while the kabar has Scandivik 12--something. The gerber comes with a nylon sheath while the kabar has a kydex one, but I have never worn through a well made sheath of any material and I trust the gerber will come with a good sheath. They are both priced the same. Lastly there is the balance which I don't have info about. Which knife would you choose if you could only get one or the other?