The Para Bellum

A working tool that could drop a fool

The Para Bellum


Please note that new orders will ship 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 Thickness

.204 in (5.2mm)

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 Thickness: .204 in (5.2mm)
Steel Type: 5160
Weight: 1 lbs 7 oz (.65 kg)
Release Date: Sept. 2016
Availability: 18-22 week wait


1909 Wyoming St, Ste 11
Missoula, Montana 59801