Rated 4 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by TheAssembler Strong standards often produce good blades! First off, the Parang blade is far larger than you can imagine, the images do not do it justice, there are no frame of reference images and it is very large. Imagine if you will a standard sized machete, now subtract about 5-8 inches and there you have it. This blade is huge!The blade is pretty strong, well made, full tang, sealed in a rubberized, PVC handle for full durability. The blade is fully sharp and ready for use, it is very sharp!Comes with a small instruction booklet, if anyone had bought a Gerber Bear Grylls knife then you know the guide that comes with it. I didn't even open the guide this time I know what it says. A small guide that tells a few life saving survival tips and how to do a few cool things with survival. Really handy.The sheath is a full body sheath, covers really well, and is sturdy, rivets look good along the edge, Blade goes in upside down actually kind of amazed me I was confused for two minutes because of it.The handle comes with a lanyard, suggested use is to wrap your lanyard around the handle and slide your hand in, it prevents you from losing grip and cutting your hands to pieces, Good suggestions, read the additional lanyard guides and make sure you and all your users are familiar with proper use.On the back as with all the Gerber Bear Grylls knives is a handy signalling sign, it will show ground to air signals you can use for rescue, handy and works well if needed, made of polyurethane plastic stitched into the sheath.Cons: No whistle, compass, fire steel, as seen in many other models of blades it would be handy if all of these were here as well, it would make sense.Cons: Belt loop is fine, however there are no additional loops for leg wear to strap off the tip of the sheath, or straps for attaching to a bug out bag.Cons: The guide though well intended covers little information, would be nice to see more information, also would be nice if Gerber would sew in a pouch or something on sheaths so the cool guide can have a storage place for carry with the blades. Otherwise the guide will be left behind, lost and useless. I tucked mine folded up behind the rescue tag on the back of the blades. Pouch could be bigger or velcro for storage.I would strongly, STRONGLY recommend buying this blade above any other all the same even if no compass or whistle were present. 02/15/2013
Rated 3 out of 5★ by anotherknifeguy good but not the best the blade is great, stayed sharp after 3 day of wood processing. i would say its even better then a small axe. my only gripe would be the handle it feels great in hand, but under hard use the hard rubber grip will quite literally. Rip your skin off. it took a chunk of skin off the webbing of my thumb.A easy way to solve the is the wear gloves.Its also annoying to sharpen. 09/19/2013
Rated 4 out of 5★ by yotto sharp as it should be awesome 11/14/2013