This is one of my Parang interpretation.
The blade is 35cm long, 5cm broad
the ferrule is forged from mild steel
the grip is stained bird´s eye maple.
What the wood for the sheath is: I don´t know.
But i think that it looks good.
- This is how i make the fixation for transport. While in middle Europe, I just put it inside or at the side of my backpack. While in the wild outdoors, I feel better having him hanging from my belt.
The best is to put him on the left side if you are a right hander.
It will be more secure to release and put back inside his sheath.
- I test all the parangs I make. No exception.
In case you wonder why I talk about this big knife with HIM instead of IT, this is out of respect.
A tool that gives you the feeling, that you could jump down anywhere from British Columbia to the deepest jungles of Papua, and you would still be able to return home, should be respected.
Just take a look at the log on the picture. 3″= 3 swinged deep cuts.
Please don´t call him a machete!
I was born in the french West Indies where machetes are still used on a daily basis. I have used a lot of machetes myself. There is no comparison.
I stick to my Parang.
At 500g ist does the same work that you would do with a middle sized axe for half of the weight.
Look at the shape, look at the angle formed between blade and handle.
Look at the edge curve.
Look at the cuts in the wood.
And yes, it is an up close and personal affair between me and my Parang.