Well, I'm planning on doing a 4 day hike September into October (coming up next month) so I thought I'd trial(unofficially) a new knife. I've heard mixed reviews(good and BAD) about Gerber, but nothing bad specifically about the LMF II. The specs and the "good" reviews I've seen so far lead me to believe the LMF II may fit my needs.
So...I'm making the leap of faith so to speak and plan on using that as my primary camp/whatever needed tool. I'll let y'all know if it fails miserably under stress.
I've had folks recently tell me to just go with the "tried and true" kabars... The problem I have with that is that I have one. The problem I see (for me anyway) is the inherently flawed handle. They were flawed from the beginning and never resolved. They're round, and don't have much by way of grip. So the problem I always ran into when it came down to chopping and/or hacking needs...it tended to rotate in my hand which effectively meant that the blade was going into whatever I was cutting at an angle, thereby prematurely damaging the blade and/or wearing the edge faster than normal.
I'll probably do another 4 day towards end of Nov. If the LMF holds up this first trip...it will get to travel again for my Nov one.
Although, In my searching I did find a rather interesting story(used as a good review). Although I know not of it's truthfulness:
Taken from here (10/31/05): http://www.correctionsone.com/produc...eases/1338251/
I don't mean to start any sort of never-ending this knife vs that knife thread. This is all just my opinion and I plan on abusing the heck out of this knife next month.Just how important these performance features are for Gerber's new tactical knife can be seen in comments from soldiers using the LMF 2. A retired SEAL, who is presently an independent contractor in Iraq, for example, gave high marks to the new knife after he had several tactical officers conduct rigorous testing. "One classic story is of a sniper team in Iraq that used the knife to knock a hole through a solid brick wall to create a shooting lane to the intended target," the SEAL said. "While the job took a while to complete, using both ends of the weapon, minor damage to the blade incurred that was quickly fixed by the sharpener on the blade's sheath."
The LMF 2's buttcap also was put through its paces during this trial test. "The skull crusher is a favorite for every use, including minimum non-lethal force control of prisoners (arm bars or pressure holds), breaching vehicle windows and basic locks, and, of course, lethal hand-to-hand combat," the SEAL continued. He added that the knife's rubber-coated hand grip creates a secure hold on the blade during the worst conditions.
Blade durability was a highlight of the LMF 2's tour of duty so far in Iraq. "It (the blade) needed hardly any maintenance, and stayed sharp without having to take time out of my day to sharpen it," the SEAL reveals. Such accolades don't get any better when you consider that the LMF 2 was deployed in more than 60 training exercises and 130 world combat missions. Sometimes, a knife can be the best tool or weapon, if not the only one, a soldier has at a given moment. Perhaps the SEAL sums it up best: "I would hate to be on E&E without my LMF 2."
Bob Galvin is a Portland, Oregon freelance writer, based in Portland, Oregon, who writes about various law enforcement/tactical/military tools and technologies, and their applications.
btw... what is a heck? Who started it? is there a heck? besides being a euphemism for hell? All references contradict. Some say it was first recorded in 1865...others cite 1887...NONE cite where and/or actually used it, they just say it was recorded x date.
I know i know...rabbit trailing again.
pic added by QKS because everybody will be squawking for pics real soon.