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Exy
01-10-2013, 09:30 PM
Apologies for the ignorance,

but I just found out that Condor makes a parang similar to the bidor/ray mears styled parang which blade design I prefer. I do already have the BG Gerber parang which I do love because of the similar blade design.. but I despise the handles.

Now,

I know condor is coming out with a new parang similar this year.. but looking at what is already out there it I just came across the Village parang they make. But when looking for pricing, I see it's ridiculously high apparently due to a shortage? Can anybody fill me in on what is going on please?

Should I wait to purchase the new one? Thanks a bunch!

FortyTwoBlades
01-10-2013, 10:01 PM
The VP is thicker than the 2013 Bushcraft Parang and has the wood handle/leather sheath combo vs the BP's polypropylene handle and nylon sheath. The VP is an excellent tool but a little hard to obtain right now. Just give it some time and I'm sure production will catch up!

GrowlingBear
01-10-2013, 10:32 PM
They show "in stock" at Smoky Mountain Knife Works: LINK (http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/products/Condor+Tool+%26amp%3B+Knife/Condor%C2%AE+Village+Parang+Machete/CTK41912HC.html)

Exy
01-11-2013, 03:06 AM
Perfect info guys,

this should help oodles. Thanks a bunch!

I think the VP is the way to go.. I really only want 1 parang to depend on the rest of my life.. Having the BG Gerber parang as a backup is nice, but like I said it has some shortcomings.

I will try to find as low of a price as possible on the Village Parang, and post back if I can beat the price listed below (again thanks for the link!) It's over $70 on amazon which is ridiculous imo.

Are any pics of the Bushcraft parang available yet?

Thanks again fellas :)

muerte69
01-11-2013, 04:31 AM
Check this thread that Joe started:

http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/82459-Condor-2013-UPDATED

It shows some pics of the new ones coming out as well as having a link to the new products catalog.

I suggest looking at the catalog and comparing the Village Parang and the Bushcraft Parang side by side.

Here's the gist:

Village Parang
Overall Length: 18 31/8 inches
Blade Length: 12 inches
Thickness: 5.0 mm or 0.196 inches
Blade Finish: Condor Classic (Looks like hammered steel)
Handle: Hardwood
Sheath: Hand Crafted Welted Leather
Weight: 1.68 Lbs

Bushcraft Parang:
Overall Length: 19 3/4 inches
Blade Length: 13 inches
Thickness: 4.5 mm or 0.177 inches
Blade Finish: Natural (Smooth)
Handle: High Impact Polypropylene (Green)
Sheath: Ballistic Nylon
Weight: To Be Determined


I would guess the Bushcraft will weigh less but no numbers yet. And the Village weight is without the sheath as far as I know.
Both are 1075 High Carbon Steel.

I wanted the Village and would have got one for Christmas if they were easier to find but with the Bushcraft coming out I think that is the way I am going.
But check them both out and get the one you like the best.
Or get both to help keep Joe and FortyTwoBlades employed - Did I mention buy it from FortyTwoBlades...

Exy
01-11-2013, 05:53 AM
Its a tough call.

I prefer the bushcraft blade but I also prefer the village handle. I also think the bushcraft blade is a little less ''tall'' which I like.

I might send my Gerber parang to get re-handled.. But if I end up getting the bushcraft blade re-handled it will end up costing as much as the village. This is where I wish I was a more DYI person and had a workshop, but more importantly had skills to do such things.

I can definitely see having a choose as my main user and my Gerber as a backup. I never found much info on the bidors, or pricing.

FortyTwoBlades
01-11-2013, 09:24 AM
Check this thread that Joe started:

http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/82459-Condor-2013-UPDATED

It shows some pics of the new ones coming out as well as having a link to the new products catalog.

I suggest looking at the catalog and comparing the Village Parang and the Bushcraft Parang side by side.

Here's the gist:

Village Parang
Overall Length: 18 31/8 inches
Blade Length: 12 inches
Thickness: 5.0 mm or 0.196 inches
Blade Finish: Condor Classic (Looks like hammered steel)
Handle: Hardwood
Sheath: Hand Crafted Welted Leather
Weight: 1.68 Lbs

Bushcraft Parang:
Overall Length: 19 3/4 inches
Blade Length: 13 inches
Thickness: 4.5 mm or 0.177 inches
Blade Finish: Natural (Smooth)
Handle: High Impact Polypropylene (Green)
Sheath: Ballistic Nylon
Weight: To Be Determined


I would guess the Bushcraft will weigh less but no numbers yet. And the Village weight is without the sheath as far as I know.
Both are 1075 High Carbon Steel.

I wanted the Village and would have got one for Christmas if they were easier to find but with the Bushcraft coming out I think that is the way I am going.
But check them both out and get the one you like the best.
Or get both to help keep Joe and FortyTwoBlades employed - Did I mention buy it from FortyTwoBlades...

I'm out of them but hope to snag more as soon as they're available. Thanks for the plug, though! :)

muerte69
01-11-2013, 09:47 AM
I'm out of them but hope to snag more as soon as they're available. Thanks for the plug, though! :)


Not a problem. I had tried to get the Village around Christmas from you but you had none so I was waiting.
But you can put me on the list as a sale for a Special Grade Bushcraft Parang.
Figure I need to get on that one early...

wasatchdan
01-11-2013, 07:51 PM
I managed to score a Village Parang a month ago after trying to get one for six month. Of all the rustic style choppers from Condor, the VP is my favorite, and I love the Engineer Bolo and Pack Golok. The VP has plenty of reach, enough weight and the right edge geometry to chop almost like an axe, a great handle, and good sheath. Mine needed the edge thinned out a little, but once I got that done it was perfect.

That said, I'm really excited about the Bushcraft Parang and Discord. The money for those two choppers is already burning a hole in my pocket. I really like the handle on that BP.

TedPalmer
01-11-2013, 10:23 PM
the village parang has a much heavier thicker non-tapered spine than the bidor parangs. I much prefer the balance of the bidors.
I have bought a bunch from Nadir at outdoor dynamics with no problems. http://outdoordynamics.com.my/main.php?section=product&page=product_index&category_id=14&subcategory_id=196&display_start=0&current_page=1
It is more cost effective to buy several at a time to save on the brutal shipping costs.
If ya want an authentic Asian parang with a handle sized for us westerners get a hold of Keong at sepu crafts, excellent parangs. I have two, a 10"blade and a 12" blade
good stuff, great people to deal with. http://www.sepuh-crafts.com/2012/12/december-2012-new-lot-of-parangs/
hope this helps!

FortyTwoBlades
01-11-2013, 10:50 PM
the village parang has a much heavier thicker non-tapered spine than the bidor parangs. I much prefer the balance of the bidors.
I have bought a bunch from Nadir at outdoor dynamics with no problems. http://outdoordynamics.com.my/main.php?section=product&page=product_index&category_id=14&subcategory_id=196&display_start=0&current_page=1
It is more cost effective to buy several at a time to save on the brutal shipping costs.
If ya want an authentic Asian parang with a handle sized for us westerners get a hold of Keong at sepu crafts, excellent parangs. I have two, a 10"blade and a 12" blade
good stuff, great people to deal with. http://www.sepuh-crafts.com/2012/12/december-2012-new-lot-of-parangs/
hope this helps!

Cam Laird at Machete Specialist carries a selection of the Bidor parangs if you want to cut down on the shipping cost. :)

DCP
01-11-2013, 11:06 PM
I had a chance to use the condor Vp didn't care for it it weighs a ton is too thick to be a machete and to heavy to use for any length of time as a large knife. For the weight I would rather carry an axe or a bk9

Bliss Hill Man
01-12-2013, 02:15 PM
Where is the Condor Village Parang made?

FortyTwoBlades
01-12-2013, 02:34 PM
Where is the Condor Village Parang made?

El Salvador like the rest of Condor's stuff. :)

Exy
01-17-2013, 08:29 AM
Thanks about the revelations of the weight of the village parang. I'm still interested in the bushcraft parang.

What is a real shame is that the Gerber BG blade style is perfect for me.. Maybe I should get it re-handled. It would be one bad mamma jamma stripped with wood scales.

Those sepu blades are awesome.. But $80 for a parang is a toughie.

Joezilla
01-23-2013, 02:24 AM
The New bushcraft parang is weighted like the Bidors...Village parang is a beast, they didn't stay to spec

muerte69
01-23-2013, 02:35 AM
The New bushcraft parang is weighted like the Bidors...Village parang is a beast, they didn't stay to spec

Thanks Joe.
Welcome back from the Shot Show.
Looked like you had a little too much fun there man.

cz-bohunk
01-23-2013, 03:30 AM
Birthday is in march now I need help on getting the boss lady on board

clearblue
03-23-2013, 01:58 AM
the village parang has a much heavier thicker non-tapered spine than the bidor parangs. I much prefer the balance of the bidors.
I have bought a bunch from Nadir at outdoor dynamics with no problems. http://outdoordynamics.com.my/main.php?section=product&page=product_index&category_id=14&subcategory_id=196&display_start=0&current_page=1
It is more cost effective to buy several at a time to save on the brutal shipping costs.
If ya want an authentic Asian parang with a handle sized for us westerners get a hold of Keong at sepu crafts, excellent parangs. I have two, a 10"blade and a 12" blade
good stuff, great people to deal with. http://www.sepuh-crafts.com/2012/12/december-2012-new-lot-of-parangs/
hope this helps!

Ted,
I'm planning on buying a Sepuh Parang. Could you tell me which length you prefer the 10 or 12 inch?
My email is:clearblue55@yahoo.com