KA-BAR 5603 The Adventure Parangatang Machete 14-1/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Brown GFN Handles


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KA5603: Johnson Adventure Parangatang
This machete is part of the KA-BAR/Johnson Adventure line-up of knives. Built in the parang-style, the blade makes for a great choice for more intense chopping tasks, as the style was originally developed to deal with the woodier vegetation of Southeast Asia.

The 14-1/8" blade is made from 1095 Cro-Van steel with a flat grind and an edge angle of 20 degrees. The blade comes extremely sharp right out of the box... trust me. The Adventuregrip handle is made up of two textured Zytel scales, which provide great grip and hand feel. The length of the handle also allows for a couple of different grips depending on your current task. Weighing in at just less than 21 ounces, the Parangatang feels nicely balanced and should make for a comfortable item to carry and utilize in the field. We really like how the slim blade doesn't compromise mobility with unnecessary broadness. It's made in the USA and comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath. Overall, the KA-BAR Parangatang is an impressively balanced offering. It should make an ideal companion out in the field.
  • Blade Length: 14-1/8"
  • Overall Length: 19-5/8"
  • Handle Length: 5-1/2"
  • Blade Shape: Parang 
  • Edge Angle: 20 degrees
  • Blade Steel: 1095 Cro-Van Carbon Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 56-58 HRC
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Handle Material: Textured Brown Glass-Filled Nylon (GFN)
  • Sheath Material: Cordura
  • Weight: 20.8 oz. 
  • Made in USA
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel (it will rust) and most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
KA-BAR 5603 The Adventure Parangatang Machete 14-1/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Brown GFN Handlesrated 4.533 stars out of 5 (15 reviews)
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KA-BAR 5603 The Adventure Parangatang Machete 14-1/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Brown GFN Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
B Wild
From the Jungles of the Philippines to the Tropics of Hawaii.
May 20, 2020
Pros: Materials, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
4 Years Later
It's been 4 year's since my first adventure with the Parangatang and I couldn't be happier swinging another machete like I am with my Ka-Bar Parangatang. The edge retention is phenomenal, after clearing trails, cutting bamboo for shelter, chopping fire wood and carving wild game such as dear, chicken and hugs, all it takes is a few strops on my leather belt and it's good to go. The Parangatang has been a awesome blade for me as a trailseeker, hunter, 4-wheeler and all around outdoors enthusiast. I've swung a lot of blades in my 45+ years of adventure and I'd have to say my Ka-Bar Parangatang with my hand crafted scales and kydex sheath is my prized possession after 4 years of use and testing. This maybe my Holy Grail of a chopper, but my search is a never ending search for that ultimate chopper/machete/jungle blade.
KA-BAR 5603 The Adventure Parangatang Machete 14-1/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Brown GFN Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Upstate New York
Jan 22, 2020
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Awesome outdoor blade!
I have used this to clear brush and trees up to 6” in diameter! Works better than anything else I tried on this blade class- just use gloves when chopping as the grip is tough on the skin.
KA-BAR 5603 The Adventure Parangatang Machete 14-1/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Brown GFN Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Tin C
Neck deep in mangroves
Jan 28, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
The steel in question
The steel used in this knife is not 1095, it is 1095 CroVan. It has extra ingredients than plain 1095. It escapes me how that detail is so often missed. 1095 CroVan is the same steel that Cold Steel and Camillus used in the late eighties, which they called "Carbon V", and my Carbon V knives are STILL GOING, after 27 years. If it is tempered properly, at which KaBar is adept, then it is quite tough, with admirable wear resistance. I own several of the small folding knives offered in this steel (there are good reviews on these). They are absolutely incredible for both toughness, and for edge-holding. It batons without apology, and is as tough as a leaf spring. Of course, if you wanted to, virtually all steels can be chipped, and left to rust and ruin. It isn't indestructable, but you would be very hard pressed to do permanent damage KaBar's 1095 CroVan, short of putting it in a dishwasher, or hacking it blade against blade, in which case, you don't need a knife. Thanks, Knife Center, for always having the absolute top of the line available to the discerning cutler.
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