The Gerber LMF II Series

by D-Poc

I’ve been looking around the internet for the Foliage Green ASEK LMF II and I haven’t been able to find any for sale. Lots of the INFANTRY style out there but if you see an ASEK you may want to jump on it if that’s what you’re looking for.

Model #’s Available:
22-01627 Foliage Green LMFII ASEK (IR) – This model is now only available from Gerber with proper military credentials.
22-01626 Foliage Green LMFII Infantry
22-01117 Foliage Green LMFII Knife only(no sheath included) – I haven’t seen this model available in a long time, may have been discontinued.
22-01118 Foliage Green LMFII Sheath only(no knife included)* – This one hasn’t been available in a long time either.
22-01400 Camel Brown LMFII Survival
22-01463 Camel Brown LMF II Infantry
22-01629 Black LMF II Infantry

*I haven’t been able to find just a sheath for sale yet.

Here we will be shining some light on the mystery of the three different variations of the Gerber LMF II Series of knives.  Basically what this boils down to is that the knife itself is exactly the same in all its variations.  What changes the model number is the color and accessories this knife comes with.  I have seen this knife listed as an ASEK but rarely is that true.  There is no such thing as a camel brown or black ASEK knife.  The ASEK only comes in foliage green.

The LMF II Infantry version of the knife includes the initial sheath, knife and one leg strap. The Infantry version is available in Camel Brown, Black and Foliage Green.

The ASEK version (Aviation Support Element, Kaneohe) of the same knife is the identical product but does include the initial sheath, knife, TWO leg straps, Safety Knife and Safety Knife Sheath (extra blades are found inside the handle of the safety knife itself.) The ASEK is available in the Foliage Green color and has Infra Red resistance.

The SURVIVAL version is much like the ASEK in that it includes the Knife, Initial Sheath, TWO leg straps, Safety Knife and Safety Knife Sheath (extra blades are found inside the handle of the safety Knife itself.) The SURVIVAL is available in Camel Brown only.

All versions include the following specifications:
Overall Length: 10.59”
Blade Length: 4.84”
Blade Steel: 12C27 Stainless Steel (Swedish)
Blade Style: Drop Point
Blade Thickness: .185”
Rockwell: Rc 55-57
Handle: Glass-Filled Nylon with TPV Overmold
Weight: 11.4 oz
Origin Portland, OR, USA

Inserted in the primary sheath is a knife sharpener for on the spot sharpening set at a 35 degree inclusive angle. Please note that this sharpener will not sharpen your serrations but only the fine edge of your blade.

***NOTE*** January 2008 – April 2008 the steel type was temporarily changed from the Sandvik 12C27 SS to 440A US SS. As of May 2008 production has resumed with the Sandvik 12C27 SS. The temporary change was due to material unavailability and the 440A US SS was most closely matched to that of the 12C27 SS.

UPDATE!!! I have a new Gerber LMF II Blade Steel post where you can read more information on the type of steel used in these knives.

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Amos Hoe July 22, 2009 at 3:42 am

Hi guys,

Can I check something with you?

I just bought a LMF ii. How do I know when it is produced? Because as I calculate the timeline, mine could very well be produced within the Jan 08 to Apr 08 period when they changed the steel.

Thank you.

caddotx July 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Hey Amos,
To be honest I’m not sure how to check that, but give me a couple of days and I’ll see if I can come up with an answer for you.

Amos Hoe July 24, 2009 at 8:59 am

Thanks caddotx (sorry, can’t seem to find your name on the site).

caddotx August 4, 2009 at 1:49 am

OK, I’m going to give you the short answer here in the comments section. Look for my post with all the specifics coming in the next few days. (It’s a much longer answer and some great info.) The only way to surely know which steel your LMF II is made from is by checking the original packaging. That’s the straight scoop from my contact at Gerber.

Jordi February 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Hey I was looking around some different sites for this knife and noticed that some 22-01400 knives came with 1 strap, over the sharpener, holding the sheath itself to the nylon backing, some came with 2, top and bottom positions, and some came with 3 straps, all positions filled. All of these versions came with 2 wide, rubber gripped, leg straps though. Does it have to do with when the knife was made? How do the 440A, 420HC, and 12C27 blades compare? Thanks a lot.

caddotx February 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Hey Jordi,
To be honest I don’t have a good answer for you on the straps. My personal LMF II came with four total straps sewed onto the sheath. One over the sharpener, one at the top of the scabbard, and two holding the handle. I’ll see if I can find out anything about that.

As to your question on the blade steel, there are many schools of thought out there on which is better. In my opinion the 440c, 420hc, and 12c27 steels all perform about the same with a proper heat treat. Each has subtle differences such as, the 420hc is a better steel around salt water. Hope this Helps!

isaac July 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Hola que tal caddotx, he hechado un vistaso a muchas paginas de usted y otras y he visto que son muchas las verciones y variedades de metales del gerber lmf 2 ya sea infantry o asek y me es muy confuso. Aun no nompro uno por eso pero quiero adquirir uno pero quiero que sea el mejor, cual me recomienda usted que sea el mejor ya sea para funcion militar y en campo???? gracias. saludos.

caddotx August 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Isaac,
Sorry it took so long for me to reply but I wanted to be sure I got your post translated correctly before I did. I do speak Portuguese but I don’t read or right it very well, and Spanish is different enough I get lost. To answer your question I would get the Gerber LMF II Survival. It is the brown version and it comes with all the same items as the ASEK, it’s also cheaper than the ASEK and the best deal for the money.

You can’t do much about the metal of the blade, basically whatever Gerber is making them out of today is what is currently on the market. However, you may have luck on a site like Ebay or Gunbroker.com finding an older model that has a certain steel you’re looking for.

Brandi August 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I clicked on the link here for the camel brown LMF II Survival version and it goes to Amazon where the picture shows the sheath coming with one leg strap instead of two. There is no mention in the product description of how many straps come with it. If I purchase this it should come with two leg straps right?

Brandi August 25, 2010 at 1:33 am

I found the answer in another post of yours so ignore the question. Thanks for a great discussion on this knife, it’s really been helpful for me in making my decision. 🙂

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Thomas Xavier September 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I like everything about the LMF but the serrations. I wish they offered plain edge versions for all their knives.

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