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Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete

Review Last Updated: January 30, 2020

Terry Daine
Product Review by Terry Daine

Product Features

  • Curved parang-style blade for a smoother swing
  • 13.5-inch long blade and 1/8th of an inch in width
  • Lightweight nylon sheath

Introduction

Today we'll be reviewing the Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete.

Our reviews are based on in-depth research and product analysis. Let's dive in!

Pros

  • Thin blade is ideal for light chopping
  • Curved parang-style blade for a smoother swing
  • Ideal for wooded environments

Cons

  • Orange plastic handle can look toy-like
  • Sheath isn't very high quality
  • Difficult to draw machete from the sheath

Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete Product Review

This machete comes with a curved parang-style blade, which means it is built for heavy chopping and ideal for wooded environments.

It would also work well in camping and hiking situations. The blade angle, however, means you would typically get a better swing than that of a straight blade machete, so bear this in mind if you are new to curved blades.

The blade is initially sharp out of the box, so you are good to go straight away without the need for sharpening. It is a full tang carbon blade, measuring at 13.5 inches long, and is notably very thin, at 1/8th of an inch wide. This makes it a great choice for light chopping, or for use in hard to reach areas.

The handle is made from orange plastic and wrapped in a rubber over-molded grip. Some users have noted that it has ridges that may dig into the skin, so bear in mind that it may need extra cover if you find this is irritating.

It is worth considering how aesthetically pleasing you want your machete to be, however, as some customers have found that the orange plastic gives it a toy-like appearance. It can be hard to feel like a true survival expert if your gear feels like it doesn’t look particularly intimidating.

In addition to this, the machete comes with a lightweight nylon sheath, which is durable against rough use and various survival environments. However, some users claim that is doesn’t feel high-quality compared to other sheaths. Due to its contoured design, it is also more difficult to draw the machete from the sheath.

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