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Bear Grylls Compact Parang

A veteran adventurer like Bear Grylls might be able to clear trail with a full-size machete as easily as most people trim their fingernails. For the rest of us, a weekend spent swinging a big blade like that is a quick way to make enemies with whole set of shoulder muscles you never knew you had. Which is why Gerber paired down the Bear Grylls Compact Parang to more packable, convenient size.

Modeled after the tool Indonesian tribesman have carried into the jungles for generations, the Compact Parang is Gerber’s shoulder-friendly answer to the standard, full-size machete. By combining Gerber’s decades of experience crafting tools and Bear Grylls’ adventure knowledge, this stout, sturdy blade acts as a lumberjack on the trail and a surgeon around camp. It can whack through thick grass and woody brush all day, then chop vegetables and whittle fire starter by night.


The size and shape of its 1-pound blade focuses weight toward the tip for more power behind every swing. And with a high carbon steel, full tang construction, it’s not going to bend, bow or wobble when it strikes hardwood. Its compact 9.3-inch blade makes it easier to handle in dense underbrush.


The grippy, rubberized handle fills your hand, and the oversized bolster and butt on either end of the handle keeps the tool snug in your palm, swing after sweaty swing. Finally, just to be on the safe side, a lanyard cord slips around your wrist for that last measure of no-slip insurance.

When you’re not using the Parang to break trail or open a coconut, slide it into its military-grade, mildew-resistant sheath and strap it to your belt or the outside of your pack.

On the back of the sheath you’ll find land-to-air rescue signals. It also comes with a copy of Bear’s “Priorities of Survival” Pocket Guide to help you focus your attention on the details that matter most when you are in a jam.

Item # 31-002072
  • Overall Length: 15.08“ (38.3cm)
  • Blade Length: 9.34“ (23.7cm)
  • Weight: 13.6 oz. (385.6g) with sheath
  • Steel Type: 1055
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene
  • Mildew-Resistant Nylon Sheath


  • Full Tang Construction
  • High Carbon Steel Blade
  • Angled Blade for Clearing Brush
  • Lanyard Cord Enhances Grip Security
  • Ergonomic Handle
  • Priorities of Survival Guide
2 Mountian Man Rex - APR 23, 2016

Nice and sharp out of the box. Too much plastic//nylon for my taste. The blade is very thin. Wonder what kind of steel this is, I find myself sharpening it a lot. Paying too much for the letters 'BG' got it on a display discount so there's that.

5 Monys Worth David Bedwell - FEB 19, 2015

truly the best machete I have ever owned well well worth the money I've used it millions of times on various size limes up to probably up to 7'to8'in's if not biger. have learned it at least 6or7 months and only thing I've had to do is sharpen it twice.

5 From Malaysia Ali DOllah - JAN 9, 2015

Great long knife. Very useful for camping and other outdoor activities.

5 Great Size Emory - DEC 22, 2014

This is a great tool. The handle is comfortable and the bladesteel is good. At first I guess there is a very thin layer of soft metal on the outside because my friend was digging with it before I put it to a stone and it chipped and rolled a lot. Once I put 15 minutes into the edge and spine on a stone, I can dig and the blade comes out flawless. Overall I love this tool and quality and size for the price. Buy one and throw it in your pack

4 Underpowered Superhero Rex Sacramento - NOV 23, 2014

I'm not a BG fanboy. I do like this knife. The balance is just right, and it's a great little chopper. Got it off a clearance end cap for $15 USD. Which is why I tolerate all the gaudy BG insiginias. The sheath is sturdy and secure. Overall quality is very good, as is the fit and finish.

2 country nick clevenshire - JUL 28, 2014

This compact parang seemed sturdy and was sharp! I used it on one mountain outing and was pleased with everything besides the sheath, I believe it needs to be more secure because my parang came out sometime during my first outing with it And I Hardly Ever Loose One Of My knives!

5 Very good Brandon - JUL 19, 2014

I bought this about 5 months ago it is very sturdy, it has a nice chopping feel and it does the job.

I would for sure trust it to take a beating in the woods. I would love to see a thicker version of this blade though perhaps a quarter inch.

2 Good size but bad blade quality Outdoorsman - JUN 26, 2014

The size and feel is great but the blade chipped like crazy towards the end with normal use like chopping saplings and brush clearing.

5 Tach guy Kevo - MAY 21, 2014

Ok so I bought this parang thinking it would not be worth much. VERY glad I bought it. I've knocked down more small trees branches and thorns on the trails than I thought it would be capable of. I was so impressed with it I went home and trimmed all my 65 ft pine trees around three acres 7 ft up with not one problem. It is hands down worth more than I paid. Sure I sharpened it myself from use but once in two months and some small trees were bigger than my legs. Cut at a downward angle and u won't be disappointed. For all u preppers out there one for every member of ur family is needed. If u ever have a problem with this parang, it could only be user stupidity. Good luck with it don't cut off any of ur own body parts. Lol

5 Congrats AgniKai86 - APR 1, 2014

Congrats Indonesian (y). Btw I'm from Malaysia

5 awesome doruk - FEB 11, 2014

Realy good and sharp good job gerber

5 Great!!! Matt - JAN 6, 2014

My dad bought this for clearing a path to a duck hole. So far he and I love it! 5 out of 5!

5 young survivalist toby - OCT 29, 2013

I got this parang for my birthday great tool love it love all of bears stuff

5 Wonderful Knife Update Joe Littlehorn - SEP 30, 2013

Had this knife for a while now, and the sheath is still in perfect condition besides some dirt/mud stains. The blade has saved the day while topographically surveying in heavy timber several times and everyone that I have lent it to says its the most valuable tool that had! One person even used it as an axe to cut down a 4" diameter tree! It is easy to sharpen and stays sharp for multiple uses. It is the one item in my bag that stands out as being the blade that is always aching for more things to cut. I'm definitely giving it giving it an unswerving 5/5.

5 Compact Parang Doug Coga - AUG 22, 2013

Nice little machete that feels great and performs good for its size. The sheath is pretty good too. Nothing bad to say about this littlle guy

5 Wonderful Knife Joe Littlehorn - JUL 30, 2013

Just got this today and edge is sharp, sheath is heavy-duty and strong, and parang has a nice feel to it. the only problem I see is that the sharp side faces the non-riveted side of the sheath, and is fine, but hopefully it doesnt ut through overtime.

3 Retired Navy Spec War John Sheppard - MAY 23, 2013

I bought this at MCAS Miramar as part of my bug-out survival bag (kit). It is SO DULL, that I cannot hammer the blade on my forearm and cut it! Now I find that the blade can break and I ill receive a new one. Good thing I have not had to actually USE it! Gerber, PLEASE ship SHARP blades! You can do this!

5 Great Parang Parker - MAY 6, 2013

Overall great buy.. Had it for 3 days now and lanyard cord is already cut but I am very happy with it.

5 Your Title Parang user - APR 5, 2013

This compact is new. I dont see much use for a smaller one. The bigger one is better than a hatchet at cutting small logs, and branches. Also works for multiple other uses, and as a machette for trail blazing. An AMAZING item!

5 help Brock - FEB 25, 2013

Should i get this knife.How big is it.

2 pewdiepie gavman - DEC 27, 2012

this thing is beast have one for 7 years still works

5 junior Your name - DEC 18, 2012

it looks and feels just like the larger version its a great buy

5 Fantastisch Fang - DEC 17, 2012

I own this knife. I love it. You would be a fool not to get one!

5 your title john rambo - DEC 3, 2012

it looks pretty cool, im debating whether to get this one or its big brother let me know what you guys think

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