Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by junglas, Apr 12, 2018.
What’s your fav ethnic or non traditional style big blade?
Does the Skrama Bush Knife count? Probably not. For years I collected kukris. I still love my 15" Himalayan Imports Ang Kohla, but I find myself preferring parangs these days. I just like the design and its extreme effectiveness.
The Kukri has really become a favorite since I got it. I’m also a fan of machetes.
I do want to try a parang and enep in the future.
Condor Mini Duku.
Mine cuts far above its weight and doesn't beat you up. Easy to sharpen with sandpaper on a soft pad. Holds an edge great.
I gave my nephew my Cold Steel LTC once I bought my Mini Duku. There was no comparison. The parang had less shock and cut deeper with its convex edge.
Khukuri and Skrama are both excellent choppers. Problem with your question is that it depends on where you live and grew up. Ask this question in the jungles of S. America, the locals have probably not used any other blade than their machete.
"Traditional" will be different for every culture.
For clearing green briar across my fishing trail every spring, a heavy chopper like a Skrama and khukuri are rather poor choices. A machete is MUCH more useful. For building a long term shelter from poles as thick as my forearm in a hardwood forest, I'd rather take a khukuri, Skrama, or small axe.
Himalayan Imports 18" siru pate
I like the BK4
Favorite is tough, but I think I might have to give the edge to the Enep. It's lighter than the Kukri, quicker, and can still chop. Bolo would be a super close second?
Burmese Dha? Maybe.
BK 4 followed closely by the BK 9 then at a distance the BK 1!
Id love to try the new BK21 Becker/Rheinhardt kukri!
Some really cool blades here fellas, that Burmese Dha is awesome
I like parangs...my current favorite is a small, self made one. The back tilt of the blade makes for a great chopper IMO; I also like the extended ricasso for a choked-up grip.
I have a Thai E-nep that ran about $30, but took months to get here. Given the price point, I've disregarded all manner of respect to the blade; i.e., chopping the ground, glancing off rocks, etc. Never mind sharpening occasionally using hatchet techniques (file & puck). Gotta' say, it has never failed me and ends up being my go-to all-purpose big blade that I keep strapped to my UTV. Over-chopping into dirt/sand keeps a handle on the inevitable rust that comes from being exposed to the elements.
My kukri has an honored place in my truck and has been very handy over the years for any kind of chopping job.
I have a "chance in hell" CRKT. But I do like the kukri style.
I have a soft spot for the khukuri. It was my introduction to the forged blade.
I've tried Latin machetes , kukris, parangs, golocks and even coping machetes and no doubt whatsoever to me the Parang is king of the choppers
i don't have the varied experience (only kukuris, parangs and machetes) that some of you guys have, but i find an 18-inch machete (mine's a marbles) is very versatile. for something tidier, a matt graham/condor primitive bush knife can do an awful lot on a smaller scale. i probably haven't used the right kukuri and parang ...
I love the Mini Duku. If I hadn't gotten a Skrama I definitely would have had one of my own by now.
khukri is the only "ethnic" blade I've had a chance to play with. but this thing chops like a beast. for trimming in the yard, I prefer it over the hatchet or loppers. need to get more comfy with it though and get some more experience.
I prefer the parang and the bolo
18" or 12" blade? (re: the enep)
12, but I like the smaller versions also.
What about a Panga? Decent forward weight, most are inexpensive and it would be easy to mod.
I have a British pattern from Ex Ghurka House that is a hunk of mean steel. The only shortcome to me is the handle. If I were to purchase another, it will have to be a full tang wood handled variant. Which brings me to my Tramontinas. Whoa Nelly! That's a heckuva piece of steel. And most likely my go to for the heavies. Not that the khukri couldn't handle things, it's just that the Tramontina is much more "user friendly".
My parang has taken quite a bit of abuse but makes me question what could cut better without wearing ME out. I've debated buying something better , but I don't know what that might be.
New to me blades that are on my radar are all Condor. The mini duku is probably the top of the list followed by the Boomslang and the Warlok.
When you grip the ball of the Mini Duku it acts as a pivot for more speed with less force.
I use my Aranyik K-1 Enep more than many other tools of the same size. It is a bit heavy so my Bark River Golok (made with modern materials and weighs only a pound) works for longer periods of time with no fatigue.
I am always open to new options though.....
I have Condors mini duku, warlock, village parang, bushcraft parang, pack golok and jungolos. I love all of them and I'm hooked on Condor machetes now.
I have all but the Enep . Like most things it depends on individual needs . When I grab a Kukri I'm thinking belt axe duty . As well as the added benefit of using it as a draw knife and other task the design lends itself to . The Parang in it's own rite is a great tool . But I wouldn't put it against a belt axe for heavier chopping . As far as a tough as hell do with it as you will knife it's IMHO hard to compare most blades to the ruggedness of a well made Kukri . In my experience my personal choice would be an appropriate style of Kukri . For hardcore chopping being the call of the day I'm grabbing my Panawal Angkhola . Panawal meaning full tang , Angkhola meaning chopper . As more of a mix of chopping and heavy belt knife type chores limited only by the users familiarity with the the design I'd opt for my lighter weighted but still highly capable Service No.1 . It weighs a few ounces more than most larger production "knives" and less than others . And offers a more versatile design . And then you figure in the cost @ usually less than $100 easily with a no nonsense lifetime warranty on the tool and it's hard to beat . And yes they do honor their warranty (EGKH) unconditionally !