The Parang




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Linda Harris: He should camo paint the knife.

stephen nelson: please someone respond and tell me what the appeal of a parang is. i havent owned one and to me they dont look like anything special. but i may be wrong so i was just wondering how the blade shape and all preforms compared to a normal bolo or latin machete. 

paktuaygarif: Bear Grylls parang is based on the duku (duku is parang in Iban language) chandong (one foot long straight chopper of the Iban community in Sarawak, Borneo (Malaysia). The three parangs you showed here are of the same thing.

ljcsov: Are these the 12" parangs? I can't decide between the 10" and the 12".

Remingius Rentis Remingius: The ability of parang more comfortable for bushcraft, like us Iban people of Sarawak ever the Ranger Army of Malaysia most of them bring alone with them the Parang,.. since years we used to bring alone every time went we out to the jungle...

Stoney Lonsome: The truth is that parangs were made for heavy chopping as well, you just have to buy the thicker ones. Mine is made by Condor and is 3/16 of an inch thick 1075 high carbon steel, 12" blade, convex grind flattened on the end for carving, walnut handle that swells drastically at the end for good grip when chopping, full tang construction, and a nice leather sheath. Runs about 40-60 bucks american, Well worth it too, best all around knife i've ever had for bushcraft, jungle trekking, etc.

true7005: I bought the chandong from outdoor dynamics and the blade chipped a big chunk under regular use and force on a 3inch osage branch. extremely unhappy with that company. so no don't check out outdoor dynamics unless you want something that will break. I've been looking for months for a parang maker to no avail. I wont buy from condor or cold steel because they have mediocre steel quality

Steve Brettell: The Condor parang is much heavier than the Maylaysian parang. I find the lighter knife easier to use, and better for long use. I have both the Condor and Bidor parang, and love the rather crappy Maylay version my favorite large knife, for just about any application, from chopping, to fine carving, to food prep.

native bushcraft: how much did the ray mears sytle cost

sweetcostarica: Thanks Alantris! I never knew I was mispronouncing Parang. I hope one soon to visit Malaysia (& other Asian countries) to learn the proper intonations/pronunciations. Forgive my American (heavy with local dialect) accent on these unique to me words. I'm slightly embarrassed I don't know how to say some words even in English. I want to be more fluent. Anytime I make mistakes in my videos please help me again. Your positive words encourage. Thanks again. Oh, and please, please post a Parang video.

sweetcostarica: Oh yeah.

sweetcostarica: I bought mine from Outdoor Dynamics in malaysia for 45.00 MYR ($14.50 USD) plus shipping. Shipping to the USA from Malaysia cost about $30 to $40 USD. So total cost was about $50 USD. Machete Specialist has them too for $44.95 USD plus shipping. Which is about the same fee when all is said and done.

cagammon: Baaaa gryssss!

sweetcostarica: Thanks for the support Christoper. I did finish the physical test of these Parangs. Type: The Parang - Field Test in the YouTube search box.

sweetcostarica: You are right we all must be careful in honoring the Nepali Gurkha. The Kukri is their national symbol that should not be defamed. I took a second look at my side comments of the Kukri and you are right it sounded as if I was saying the Kkukuri itself was from India. This is a wrong impression that I have corrected with a clarification note in video. heysaoj could you share some of your research with me? I want to learn more about the Kukri. Please add your info in the comments here. Thanks.

max465t: hey, how long did it take for the Malaysian parangs to get there? i really want to get one, but im worried that the shipping costs would be very high

sweetcostarica: Thanks 43Whisky. My favorite big knife is the Kukri; although I disliked that knife most of my life because I didn't believe the stories about it's super chopping abilities. The Parang is a close second to it. Almost bought a Sepuh Crafts Parang but was outbid on eBay.

Croaking Toad: Alaska! I grew up in Hoonah. :)

sweetcostarica: Finish it type: The Parang - Field Test in the YouTube search box.

sweetcostarica: The Law on carrying a large knife (Parang, Kukri, Machete, etc.) are dependent on which state you live in. In Alaska (my home at this time) it's legal to open carry but you can not conceal knives. In your home you can have any type, length, color, and so on. Whatever knife you want you can have in your home. Your home is your castle.

Chan Ba: Please, do more research before you speak for the legendary kukri. This legendary weapon represents Gurkha. And for your kind information it is made in NEPAL not india and kukrihouse is a Nepal based company. Thank you

sweetcostarica: Truth is to the beholder. Experience shows that an Axe is best for heavy chopping. You see this common sense approach to wood working everywhere including Southeast Asia. If a person like to uses a Condor Parang or other tool that is good. They are heavier than normal Parangs and if you research Junglecrafty you will even find more interesting traditional Parang dimensions that are around one (1) lb or less. Stoney Lonsome your heavy western style Parang drops it out of the all round category.

sweetcostarica: That's not a bad idea I know a friend at work who has one of the Condor Parangs. I'll ask his if I could try it.

sweetcostarica: It's about 57 on the Rockwell scale but not sure. These Parangs from Malaysia are handmade so each one's hardness can be different unlike factory made consistent heat treating methods like the Bear Grylls Survival Parang. In the bush and in olden day native peoples of the World liked softer steel because of ease of sharpening, no diamond stones then just rocks. Today it's not an issue. In a couple of months I am going to do a field test of these Parangs so we'll see how they hold up.Stay tuned.

Outdoordynamics Malaysia: Hi True7005 , Nadir here. drop me an email about the chipped parang and I'll see what I can do.

sweetcostarica: Hoonah has a large Tlingit community. It's a very nice place. You should move back if you can secure a job.

sweetcostarica: You have good timing powerhousephg. I just subscribed to VietNormbo to learn more about modern axes and hatchets. I used them in the Boy Scouts but never warmed up to them because I had no real idea how to use and maintain them (wasn't the smartest scout). Anyway the Kukri's defiantly good for medium duty applications so I will probably add an axe for winter camping where fire is so important. I'm looking at the Fiskars X15 small chopping axe because it is a good value and it is very tough.

sweetcostarica: Yes, Outdoor Dynamics is a really good company. The only problem is the shipping costs for people who live outside of Malaysia. I believe shipping and Handling to the USA is about 30 USD. Wow! okieheadhunter also check out the brand new 2012 "CONDOR TOOL & KNIFE VILLAGE PARANG MACHETE CLASSIC CARBON STEEL." It looks pretty good.

ljcsov: Thanks! I am going with the 12 inch version then.

vorapong pomsuk: BG material is good but handle should be something away from plastic.it look cheap.

Cjpmatt: Hello. Is your parang a soft steel almost a little flexible I received the ray mears parang from outdoor dynamics and love it the steel in mine is soft and easy to sharpen I am wondering if yours is the same

sweetcostarica: I ordered two together in October and it took eleven (11) days to arrive from PayPal payment to door. They are priced very low but shipping cost are high somewhere between 30 to 40 USD.

sweetcostarica: I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact and was in no way fair comment and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future. Thank you very much for your kind correction heysaoj. Sumimasen.

JEEPJ201981: THE PARANG ARE REALLY NICE I'M FROM CENTRAL AMERICA AND MOST PEOPLE USED THE PARANG IN THE JUNGLE BUT MY QUESTION IS HERE IN THE US IS LEGAL TO HAVE MORE THAT ONE AT HOME ? LET ME KNOW THANKS

Alantris: I don't have a video on parang, but here is one you can have a look at: /watch?v=w-y9IGKMd34 Since in the old days, parang is commonly available, they are also used as weapons and integrated into Silat, the native martial arts. The move using parang is usually in wide and simple chopping / slashing attacks and parrying, this is due to the design of the parang (thick and heavy) though in a proper "duel" a keris is used instead of parang.

Saba Chen: man... u r soooo goood... your vids amaze me for some reason im happy to know that u from alaska

okieheadhunter: i have one of the ray mears type. i love it very worth the money. contact outdoor dyanmitics.they are very good people to deal with

sweetcostarica: That's not good. You should write/call/Skipe Outdoor Dynamics for a replacement. Chipping, breaking, too soft/too hard metal happens every once in a while to handmade products everywhere. You should give Outdoor Dynamics and Bidor another chance because what happened to you is rare with their big blades, very rare.

Steve Brettell: Carry laws vary, but parangs are a type of machete, and are often, as is the case for any machete, classed as an agricultural tool, with more liberal laws applying.

Christopher Steer: But he meant that the one in his hand was made in India, which it was I believe, it looks like the Windlass Cutlery Kukri......

true7005: I will be sending an email with attached photos of the damage.

sweetcostarica: You are fine onetaothree, everyone has an opinion. I love my Condor Bushlores. I have five (5) of them. If you like and think Condor Parang is the Cat's meow, no problem. Thanks for your comment.

sweetcostarica: That's true the BG Gerber Parang does not have the best handle. It's grip it secure but because of this it is harder to use the common two figure grip that should be used with working with a Parang.

T Dee: best of the best......:)

sweetcostarica: Yes, the Outdoor Dynamic's Parangs are the 12 inch version in this video (see 1:58 min). I can only speak for my self here but there is a blade length that really isn't good for much. That is the roughly 7 to 9 inch blade. Because your Mora or 4" bushcrafting knife covers the small stuff and your 12 to 13 inch large knife handles everything else (Parang, Kukri, Golok, Machete,etc.). So I don't bother with the lighter 10 inch Parangs. Again just my opinion. Good luck.

sweetcostarica: As a hiker I like lighter gear also. Check out Jungle Crafty latest YouTube video about he transition to light Parangs from the longer and heavier ones. The video is titled, "The best parang ... ever?".

sweetcostarica: Neat information Alantris. I'll check the links on the Parang. Thanks again.

Alantris: Owh, and you might want to add keris into ur collection, a keris is not just a weapon, it symbolizes the owner as well. Not many "empu" left nowaday, pretty soon there will be no more keris maker. You can buy one, but having one custom made for you according to ur birth date and body measurement is the best to do.

sweetcostarica: I live in Alaska. It is probably the most liberal (good way) state in regards to knife and gun laws. Up here, just outside Anchorage you can carry anything you like exposed or CCW. It doesn't matter in a state full of hunters. By the way there's no gun registration and you do not need a CCW license to carry. Police just assume everyone's carrying and just make sure your gun is yours and not stolen. That's it. My advice move to Alaska. You'll like the people if not the weather.

powerhousephg: you like the kukri better than the axe, in alaska?
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