“The knife is fairly simple in design with a bellied Bolo/Bowie type clipped blade with a serrated back edge, and finished in a matt black or grey coating or a polished finish. However, on closer examination the knife offers several different cutting edges and holds, making the Parryblade extremely versatile.
The knife is strong and heavy weighing approximately 1.4lbs (0.56kgs), with a blade length of 9 inches (228mm) with an overall length of 14 inches (335mm) and made from 3/16inch (4.5mm) thick X460Cr13 420 stainless steel. The main cutting edge is bevel-ground for strength whilst the deep belly shape takes the weight forward, in the manner of a Khukri, giving the knife a powerful chopping stroke.
The point looks clipped in shape but is ground to provide a spear point that accentuates its use for prying/levering and digging. Also near the choil is a hollow-ground section which is honed to razor sharpness for fine cutting and whittling, ideal for making fire sticks. The serrated edge on the spine of the blade provides for a sawing action capable of cutting rope, webbing, gristle or bone. The knife is of full tang construction, with linen Macata grips screwed to the tang providing for ease of replacement, resulting from either wear, damage or the choice of an alternative grip to be fitted.
Creating the Definitive Working Blade - Mel Parry's story.
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