The Parry Hunter really can only be described as a little brother to the The Parry Blade. Both are signature blades of Mel Parry, Warrant Officer QGM, and a veteran of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment.
By Mr. Smashy, a SurvivalCache.com contributing author
The Parry Hunter has a 7.5” blade length compared to the 8.75” blade on The Parry Blade. Some other features are gone from The Parry Blade that you may miss, but like every trade off, there are gains as well. The first feature you will probably notice deleted from the Parry Hunter is the blocky hammer pommel. Overall length of The Parry Blade is 13.75” versus 12.5” on the Parry Hunter. The Parry Hunter comes to a tapered pommel. Both have micarta scales, but the Parry Hunter has brass rivets instead of screws, and a lanyard hole. Use of a lanyard would be greatly encouraged.
The blade is that signature Mel Parry design, but with a somewhat tamed profile. The large belly is still there, just not as deep. The clipped spear point has a wide, thick spine for batoning the knife through wood or game. The lower edge of the spine is serrated for cutting rope and webbing, and there are the aggressively jimped fore finger grooves for fine control of the blade for tasks like whittling for making tinder.
The blade is 1/4” thick, just like The Parry Blade, and made out of the same X46 Cr13 420 stainless steel. The steel is not powder coated. This knife came razor sharp from the factory and kept an edge rather well, and was very easy to touch up with something like a Kershaw Ultra-Tek blade sharpener, which is a great way to touch up the edge on a knife on the go. 420 stainless steel is not one of the high tech powdered super steels available today, but I feel that it’s more than adequate, and in some cases preferable than harder alloys. I have had a knife with a S30V blade chip on me when I was doing a relative minor chopping task, and that is the risk you take with very hard, brittle stainless steels; the edge can chip. If you are splitting a log and hit a knot or cut through into the dirt and hit a rock, I would rather dull out a knife then chip it. Then it is a simple matter of rehoning the edge rather than dealing with a destroyed edge.
The weight and shape of the Parry Hunter still makes it a world class survival knife. It will strip a branch and split a log with ease. It is not as capable as a dedicated survival knife like The Parry Blade, but you have some wins and they are significant. It is smaller and it is easier to pack and carry. You will be more inclined to carry this knife all day because it is smaller and it is lighter. This knife crosses over from the survival to the survival/combat knife. The blade shape, while very adequate for survival tasks, is also conducive for self defense. The blade’s belly and point is more in line with a slash and stab motion than the Khukri-shaped Parry Blade which has a more natural chopping action. The Parry Hunter has lines that to me are similar to the USMC fighting knife, but the Parry Hunter is packed with premium survival features and premium construction.
One of the large dislikes of The Parry Blade is it’s cost, which not a small amount, but for a hardcore survivalist, The Parry Blade is well worth it. The Parry Hunter can be had for about one hundred less the price of The Parry Blade. The Parry Hunter makes a premium survival knife a little bit more in reach of the prepper, and if you understand what you give up and what you gain, it may even be a more attractive knife.
My “Pros” for the Parry Hunter would be the reduced cost, reduced size and weight, survival/combat blade profile, and extremely ergonomic grip. The grip and aggressively jimped choil allows for some very solid grasps and very unique holds permissive for both survival and fighting use.
My “Cons” for the Parry Hunter would be the lack of powder coat on the blade and lack of a steel guard. I don’t totally dislike the lack of the steel guard, because it allows you to choke up on the knife, but I think for some practical tasks it would be very nice.
My example was furnished with both a leather and nylon sheath (made by BLACKHAWK!), and I far prefer using the nylon sheath with this knife. The Parry Hunter comes from Sheffield, England and is produced by Samuel Staniforth, just like The Parry Blade.
- Blade Length: 7.5″ (19.1 cm)
- Blade Steel: x46Cr13 – 420 Stainless Steel, 57-58HRC
- Blade Thickness: 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
- Overall Length: 12.5″ (31.8 cm)
- Handle Material: Linen Micarta
- Sheath Material: Cordura
- Weight: 13.1 oz. (370 g)
- Made in Sheffield, England
All Photos by: Who else… Mr. Smashy
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