“To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail” (Mark Twain)


Amongst the earlier videos I’ve covered most of the main cutting techniques used with a parang, but I thought it would be useful to put them all together in this one video.

Although the parang can be used for intricate carving, given the choice I would use a small Mora knife instead.   There are two reasons for this: 1) my Mora is always razor sharp (but my parang sometimes isn’t) and 2) it is simply easier to control a small light knife than it is to control a parang.

If you are taking in a Mora I would suggest taking a thin balded, carbon steel, Scandi grind model.  I like the one I’m using in the video which has a hand guard and a very thin and extremely sharp blade.  This model is the Mora 511 and you can pick one up in the UK for around 6 pounds (astonishingly good value!).  I would recommend avoiding the thicker bladed bushcraft knives as, for any heavy work, you will simply use the parang instead.

I’ve also covered the two-stick bow drill method towards the end of this video as I had left it out of the advanced bow drill techniques video I did earlier.