EXPOSING A PARANG FALLACY
The “SAS Survival Handbook” by John “Lofty” Wiseman has been a favorite of mine for years. Under the description of a parang, Lofty mentions the three different edges on a parang and how the different edges are used. The book explains that the grind towards the tip is extra sharp for skinning and scraping work when preparing game.
The middle section is used for the heavy chopping like an axe, and near the handle is perfect for feathering sticks, bark stripping, whittling, and food preparation. This information also appears in videos people have made and posted online about their parangs.
After owning and using quite a few, I have yet to see three different edges or grinds on a parang. I asked Nadir about this, considering he has been around parangs his entire life. He hasn’t ever seen or owned a parang made with such specifications. However, there are custom makers who may be doing this, but traditional parang makers do not take the time to make three different grinds. Myth busted!