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Okay... I just want to say... knife elitists of the world, give it a rest! Seriously! Do you honestly expect a "polished" edge you can shave with out of the box on every <$50 knife you buy??? Seems like your going to live a long disappointing life if that's the case. It's borderline mental, how critical people are of a knife having "an okay edge" just blows my mind. Sorry... been bottling that up for a while now :) Anyway... I've owned my share of machetes... this is the best all around brush clearing, log batonning, zombie decapitating piece of steel you could hope for at this price. I know there's a lot of people sitting in their towers criticizing anything marketed with a "celebrity" tag on it, and I'll admit that Mr. Grylls involvement in this sick example of machete engineering had me questioning the actual quality of the product, but once I got it, I was convinced of Gerber's dedication to quality and innovation. Okay... that might be excessive gushing, but I can't help it... I want to scream it from the rooftops! THANK YOU BEAR AND GERBER FOR THIS INCREDIBLE TOOL!
Oh yeah... and the sheath is better than just "sufficient" quality. It's as durable as you can get without going with a thick, heavy leather sheath and it's super lightweight. It's some kind of nylon material with a hard plastic lining. I've seen crappier sheaths sell for the same price you're getting this one for but this one comes with an effing parang! Yeah... the snaps might not be the easiest thing to deal with, but with two of them AND a velcro strap at the top, that thing is never coming out by accident. Even if the lower snap comes unsnapped... who cares?! It doesn't affect the sheaths ability to contain the parang... BTW my sheath doesn't have that problem, and doubt that it will be a deal breaker if it is a problem for other customers.
I will agree that the "survival" guide is pretty pathetic, but to the city slicker who bought this because they really love "that survivor guy with the cool name on TV" and consider being 10 miles or more from a Starbucks a "survival situation" it might have some value.
Pros: Sturdy construction with non-slip handle, more than sharp-enough hardened carbon blade, great balance and thick enough to do heavy chopping and batoning, nice heavy-duty sheath. This will help you build an awesome lean-to and get you through at least the first 10 waves of an attacking zombie horde
Cons: It didn't exist 15 years ago when I was old enough to buy my first machete. And you should really consider the US Army survival guide or SAS pocket survival guide instead of the folded piece of paper you get with this machete.
Edit: I stand slightly corrected... I ordered another parang as a gift for my friend. When he opened it I took a look at it, and I was surprised to find the blade embarrassingly dull. I don't know if I just got lucky, or if they stopped sharpening them as well after the first shipment went out (I pre-ordered mine), but the one I have was way sharper than the one I got for my friend. His is definitely going to need some work to get the razor edge that mine had... way to be consistent Gerber. Still love it though!!!
Edit: Gerber has a lifetime warranty with their knives... so if this parang ever gets to the point where it can't be sharpened or if it is damaged from some sort of factory defect, they will simply replace it. From Gerber's website:
"Gerber warrants to the consumer that this product will be free of defects, in material and workmanship for as long as you own the product. This warranty does not cover damage due to rust, accident, loss, improper use, loss, abuse, negligence, or modification of or to any part of the product. Normal wear and tear is not covered under the warranty. If the product failed while being used as it was intended to be used, we will service under the warranty. At Gerber's option, defective product will be repaired, replaced, or substituted with a product of equal value."