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Ahnkochee
05-11-2012, 08:12 PM
Ever since I first saw my first new Condor Village Parang online it was love at first sight. I just sold an 'ukulele, and now I have knife money but nobody seems to have these in stock. Like Sasquatch & Nessy do these knives actually exist?
http://www.condortk.com/image/products/60948.jpg

44hunter
05-11-2012, 08:54 PM
All I'm seeing is the regular parang,not the village. Is it out yet?

GrowlingBear
05-11-2012, 08:58 PM
The 2012 models were supposed to be out in April. That turned into beginning of May. I called a couple places and they were still waiting as of Wednesday. I'm itchin' for a few new models myself.

akabu
05-11-2012, 09:08 PM
http://www.onestopknifeshop.com/store/condor-village-parange-machete-ctk419-12hc.html
This the Longer one
Condor Parang Review and Chop Test (Unboxing) - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DsmKhqik-8)
I handled a few this year a PWYP and found For Me some not well balanced for my uses compared to my HI WWII Kukurie.

mikeglock2010
05-11-2012, 09:20 PM
Authentic Malaysian parangs:

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

http://www.sepuh-crafts.com/2012/01/more-parang-candong-from-borneo/#more-138

http://www.sepuh-crafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/parang-made-by-feel.jpg

Sepuhcrafts is a member of this forum.

I have purchased Parangs from both of the above places and chopped up a small pickup truck bed worth of holly bushes with it with no issues. Worked like a champ, those curved handle really amplify the wrist action.


http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57064&highlight=Parang

ashman
05-11-2012, 09:21 PM
The Condor/Imacasa rep in Florida, Richard I think, told me they should be in stores in June. I emailed him this week cause I want one too.

Ahnkochee
05-11-2012, 10:23 PM
Authentic Malaysian parangs:

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

http://www.sepuh-crafts.com/2012/01/more-parang-candong-from-borneo/#more-138

http://www.sepuh-crafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/parang-made-by-feel.jpg

Sepuhcrafts is a member of this forum.

I have purchased Parangs from both of the above places and chopped up a small pickup truck bed worth of holly bushes with it with no issues. Worked like a champ, those curved handle really amplify the wrist action.


http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57064&highlight=Parang

I REALLY like them authentic parangs but the shipping costs prices them above the Condor. Parang purists will hate me but I like Condor's full tang handle design, and their outstanding warranty doesn't hurt.

mikeglock2010
05-11-2012, 10:50 PM
How about these?

http://filipinobolos.com/index.html

Ahnkochee
05-11-2012, 11:01 PM
How about these?

http://filipinobolos.com/index.html

Very nice thank you especially the Visayan "Bungay" but these knives start at $72 and go up. My budget won't cover that. I can get a Condor Village parang for a tad over $40 delivered. Love seeing these authentic SE Asian blades though each one a beauty. Thanks. ;)

http://filipinobolos.com/uploads/2/9/3/3/2933625/6728330_orig.jpg?412

akabu
05-12-2012, 12:11 AM
Ahn,, in any case you will find that the size ratio and carry weight to a Straight Blade Machete will surprise you. It is a Different way of use not down and chop with just the length of the blade more of a sweep & snap and the Ball/curve/angel of the handle is Most important to this function.I would add a cord to the rear as a wrist wrap till you get the Idea ...sweaty hands:30:

Ahnkochee
05-12-2012, 05:50 AM
I've always been partial to the balance of short heavy weight forward design cane knives over the long thin South American style machetes so I'm guessing the transition should be smooth to the Village Parang. I never did get too excited about Condor's long parang or their golok the blade on both being longer than what I'm used to.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/Tools/DSCF0045.jpg

mikeglock2010
05-12-2012, 06:55 AM
Very nice thank you especially the Visayan "Bungay" but these knives start at $72 and go up. My budget won't cover that. I can get a Condor Village parang for a tad over $40 delivered. Love seeing these authentic SE Asian blades though each one a beauty. Thanks. ;)

I know, the shipping can be a killer, but since it looks like you live in Hawaii, it might be cheaper. I'd contact Grace and ask, you might catch a break. I know the price is high but I'd figure I would post links to those sites, since I'd never seen any local crafts like those for sale in the States.

Ahnkochee
05-12-2012, 03:10 PM
Thanks Mike. What I was told was that international mail to Hawai'i does not come directly here but first enters the country either to the main post office in San Francisco or New York city. Doesn't make sense to me but also doesn't give Hawai'i a shipping break from Asia.

Ahnkochee
05-13-2012, 03:03 AM
Wow--love the one on the left. That's abnormally broad! Any maker's mark?

I got both of these from a local hardware store back around 1987-88 when the "Iron Curtain" was still up. These were made by Tiger of West Germany. Shorty after the reunification of the two Germanys this company disappeared. Shame because they made quality machetes and cane knives. I think that big boy could take a wild pigs head clean off. :D