Bear Grylls machete fails the test

Aspiring Bear Grylls adventurers may not want to take a machete bearing his name out in the wild after the weapon was recalled because the blade can break off.

The Parang Machete, endorsed by the Man vs. Wild star, has been recalled after fears it could cause a “laceration hazard”.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which has listed the product on its recall website, and newspaper recall advertisements, say consumers should stop using the product immediately and return it to the retailer as it “may pose a laceration hazard”.

The notice warns that the machete, manufactured by US-based Gerber, has “a weakness in the area where the handle meets the blade [which] can cause the handle or the blade to break during use”.

Consumers are advised to return it to the retailer for a refund or replacement.

The machete has been sold at various outdoor sporting stores and specialty knife stores between March 2011 and August 2012 throughout Australia.

The ACCC describes the product as a “curved blade machete with an overall length of 19.5 inches and a blade length of 13.5 inches. The handle has a dark grey textured rubber grip with wrist lanyard, orange trim and stylised letters 'BG' on it. The blade is marked with the 'GERBER' trademark and a Bear Grylls trademark. The machete comes in a black nylon sheath with orange and grey trim.”

The product has been removed from the Gerber online store since the recall was issued.

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