The Para Bellum

A working tool that could drop a fool

The Para Bellum


WHOA THERE! Please note that we can no longer make blades in time for Christmas delivery. You can still order the blade, but it will be delivered after the new year.

Alrighty, scout, here’s your new go-to in go-time. The Para Bellum is a redesign of a knife we made back in 2009 for an Army buddy seeking an ideal deployment blade. He wanted a tool substantial enough to whack the snout off a hellhound, but compact enough to not bulk up his loadout and with a blade profile suited to peace-time practicalities (para pacem) as well as for war (para bellum). Our design turned out to be, basically, a take on the Filipino bolo knife, a classic trailblazing and hand-to-hand fighting knife with a broad, weighted tip.

Our updated version of this classic cutter features a 12-inch blade of 5160 steel that tips the scales at just under 1.5 pounds, balanced to feel fluid in the hand with a slight forward weighting that delivers a chomping big bite.  It works small diameter tree limbs with ease, making it fit for shelter construction and fire-side work in the woods. See for yourself in a video by bushcrafter Chris Tanner at Prepared Mind 101.

The Para Bellum rides on the hip in a drop sheath that straps to the leg, ready to faithfully follow you into whatever shitshow you have the ticket for.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 2 × 2 × 2 in
Total Length

Blade Length

Handle Length

Grip Size

Steel Width

Steel Type


Release Date


You must be 18 or older to order a blade.
Total Length: 18 in (.46 m)
Blade Length: 12 in (.30 m)
Handle Length: 6 in (.15m)
Grip Size: 4.5 in (.11 m)
Steel Width: 0.204 in (5.2 mm)
Steel Type: 5160
Weight: 1 lbs 7 oz (.65 kg)
Release Date: Sept. 2016
Availability: 7-9 week wait time.


1909 Wyoming #8-9
Missoula, Montana 59801