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Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Parang

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Parang multi-tool

This parang is great at chopping material for a wide range of activities. Its small size and light weight makes it perfect for stuffing into a bag and not having to worry about it taking up too much space or adding too much weight.


  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Great sheath
  • Comes nice and sharp
  • Durable


  • Only about half tang
  • Lanyard is a little wonky

The Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Parang is great! It’s a good option for those concerned with size and weight, but still want functionality. I generally just use this when I go camping, but I have taken it on one backpacking trip. I use it to chop long thick sticks into smaller segments so that I can use them to start a fire. It also makes for a great chopper to get limbs off of logs.

You can see a theme here, I generally use this as a chopper to process wood that I will use for a fire. However I have also used this to chop a stick and then carve the end to create a makeshift tent stake. It worked very well not only chopping, but carving as well!

I mentioned I took it backpacking once. It’s not a feather, but it isn’t a rock either. It’s pretty lightweight for the size. And because of its size it isn’t too inconvenient to stick into your bag (or even the outside).

The drag on this product is its effectiveness. It could be so much more if it were full tang. I’d trust it to do heavier duty tasks. Unfortunately it’s not full tang. It’s only half tang. But I’m not going to hold that against the product since I bought it knowing all too well it was half tang haha!

The real drag I guess is the lanyard. It’s not great. I think they could have done better with it. I’d replace it with something else, but I’m too lazy to do it haha.

Overall, this is a good product and I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a moderate duty chopper.


Three years owned. Great experience.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $31.97

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