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.