Knives Illustrated

WHY A PARANG?

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Parangs hail from the Malay Archipelag­o, a vast, oceanic, tropical region situated between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, which are home to over 25,000 islands including, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippine­s and, East Timor.

The jungles of Southeast Asia and the Malay Archipelag­o are generally more “woody” than the jungles of Latin America. The parang and golok is designed for stronger chopping, which is why the parang blade is heavier than machetes, and with a broader bevel angle to prevent binding in the wood when chopping.

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