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PostSubject: Authentic Malaysian Parang   Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:12 am

So - first of all, write this down...$3 USD = $10 MYR...roughly.

Then check out the websites for comparison:

The list of parangs at the site in Malaysia:

http://www.outdoordynamics.com.my/main.php?section=product&page=product_index&category_id=14&subcategory_id=196&display_start=0&current_page=1

Padang style blanks direct from Malaysia:

http://www.outdoordynamics.com.my/main.php?section=product&page=product_index&category_id=14&subcategory_id=205&display_start=0&current_page=1

The same Bid or Tool parangs available here in the US:

http://www.machetespecialists.com/bitoma.html

So what? You ask. Well, if you check out the machete products available to the US market that are reasonably priced, IF you can determine what steel is used...you will find it's usually cheap steel and soft tempered.

These are a different beast...these parangs are authentically made in Bidor , Perak. Hand made by the orginal owner's son, they have 80 years of experience in blacksmithing. Their works are famous for their hardiness and ability to keep a sharp edge. The blades are differentially tempered for maximum effectiveness and durability.The cutting edge is convex ground.

They are designed to be excellent choppers, perfectly weighted for medium to heavy use. Suitable for trees and thick branches.

Features:

- 1/4" Tapered Blade - Wood or Plastic handle with pin - Tempered blade made of 5160 spring steel - Hand made - slight variations will occur - they retain the scale on the steel created during flirting and look RUSTIC! 


So - if you want a great tool for hard work - with a fine, hard cutting edge...think about these.

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PostSubject: Re: Authentic Malaysian Parang   Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:55 am

Interesting.  And interesting how I buy knives I have no use for.  At least with pipes I can smoke them.  Any idea how to sharpen a "genuine" kukri that came deliberately unsharpened?  It has zoned tempering and all that.
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PostSubject: Re: Authentic Malaysian Parang   Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:38 am

Well, zone tempering is certainly an asset. How you sharpen it depends on what application it will have and what steel it is. So...generally...whacking on hard, heavy stuff and I'd have a less steep angle on the bevel...lighter use and I'd make the angle more aggressive. But no matter what I'd have a second are micro bevel on it. Any blade using a hard steel (IMHO) needs either a convex grind or that secondary micro bevel to support the edge...or it's gonna crack, fracture, fail, whatever. Also...keeping up the edge is a very sound practice. Let it get too far and it can be really hard to get back...since most really well hardened steels almost require the use of diamond or ceramic sharpeners.

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PostSubject: Re: Authentic Malaysian Parang   Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:06 pm

Makes sense. I was concerned about the inside curve, but maybe that's negligible. Seems like a round file or something is called for. The steel is not stainless; that's about all I know, although I do have a "map" of the tempering. Perhaps sometime when I feel industrious. Hey, maybe I could join a Ghurka regiment, and then light out once the blade is sharpened.
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PostSubject: Re: Authentic Malaysian Parang   Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:13 pm

Do this in reverse! lol


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JHEMLaXrktY

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PostSubject: Re: Authentic Malaysian Parang   Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:23 pm

Yeah, some guy on YouTube uses a puck. I know my limitations, and the wait time at most ERs. The sandpaper thing looks like it might be useful, though. Thanks.
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