Bear is a hack. A hot hack, but a hack. 90% of the crap he does is just show factor and totally useless, if not dangerous, for survival, lol. I've had a lot of knives being on FDNY and out in the service and my favorites were SOG's and Gerber. You can spend $150 on a knife, but gerber's are jsut as good and thats all I have now.
Normally I'll walk around with a gerber half-serrated folder for cutting seatbelts and stuff, a gerber multi-tool, and 2 gerber guardian backups in easy-to-grab places. If youre looking for a decent survival fixed blade, there's a USAF survival knife that's nice and weighted, cheap, and more practical then a Ka-Bar. If you want a folder they make a cheap ($25-30) folder with an ABS body thats totally indestructable. The guardian backup is 50-state legal length, $30, perfect balance for fighting/throwing, not a great utility knife because of the double-edged blade though. Great combat knife if you're familiar with using a kunai or wakazashi in hand-to-hand.
Hope it helps, but I'd discount anything Bear uses as a PR stunt, hes paid to use everything he wears. (My sister is on the production staff of that show)
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