“Is this a knife I see before me, the handle toward my hand?”

Why is it that an axe and bushcraft knife are right for a temperate forest but a parang is preferred for the jungle?

The main reason is that the jungle (particularly secondary forests) will present an array of super sharp plants/vines/rattans etc that will do their very best to slow you down, block your path and generally annoy the hell out of you… and nothing is better for clearing them out of the way than a parang.

In the video below I review a few knives and the reasons you might want to take one in with you… but only in addition to your parang; because a parang can do everything a knife can do, but a knife can’t do what a parang can.