Choosing a parang can be a bit bewildering for someone new to the jungle as there is a wide range of different types of parangs out there, and then there are the large bladed knives as well.  Ideally one should test a parang first to see how it feels, whether it fits your hand and is the right weight and length, however many of us order on-line where the only reference is a picture and the testimonials of previous customers.

So in this video I try to give some guidelines of what I look for in a parang and answer some of the FAQs that have been sent to me about parangs, particularly how they perform vs large bladed, Bowie style knives and where to source a good Malaysian parang.

The other point I am trying to reinforce is that the type of parang you need is dependent on both how you treat it and and what you use it for.  This confuses a lot of people who are persuaded to by overly heavy duty and weighty combat style machetes when they really don’t need such a heavy and cumbersome piece of kit.

The trick  is to learn to use the parang so that it takes as little effort as possible and to always try to find easier ways to do difficult tasks.  At the end of the video I demonstrate an example of this but there are many more: e.g. processing large logs of wood for the fire doesn’t have to be done by lots of parang chopping, there are easier ways; the most obvious being to simply burn through the middle of log, which takes no effort on your part whatsoever.

For those interested in buying the Malaysian parang (called ‘MY Parang’) that Outdoordynamics are producing. here are the links to both their website and Ray Mears’ site where you can purchase one. I’m not affiliated with either company and I paid for the MY Parang I tested myself.


Ray Mears site

And here is a link to more detailed field testing of the My Parang at the Outdoordynamic Youtube channel.