Two parangs returned by Pos Malaysia
Sad news for us at Sepuh Crafts. We are halting all international sale of parangs for the time being. Recently, two of our parangs, destined for Germany and Australia was returned from Pos Malaysia. The parangs never even left Malaysia!
We made several calls and was told that they are now enforcing a regulation that does not allow Parangs (categorized as dangerous weapons) to be shipped via air parcel. All parcels are now 100% scanned, so it does not matter how we declare it, they would still see it.
The only option they say may be other courier service. So, we contacted DHL and turns out they too no longer ship items dangerous weapons for consumers. Not sure what that means but I have a feeling it would be ok to ship commercially as in bulk.
Anyways, we at Sepuh Crafts have no choice but to make this difficult decision to halt all sale of parangs to be shipped internationally. However, it is still okay to ship the parangs locally. So, if you are travelling within Malaysia, we can still have them shipped to you locally.
We will continue to search for ways to overcome this. In the mean time, I would like to apologize for any inconveniences caused.
August 2017 lot of parangs for sale. There are some shorter (roughly 8 inches) blades on offer
The new lot of parangs are finally ready for sale. I have just collected the sheaths from Raman a few days ago. There are not many parangs. We have added the (roughly) 8 inches parangs into the offerings. They are slightly cheaper but maintains the same quality as their bigger ‘brothers’. The parangs are forward heavy with a spine about 5mm thick.
Please click on the parangs for sale page and email me via the Contact page to place your order. As usual, prefered payment method will be Paypal because by far it is the safest way to send/receive payments.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
A pair of traditional adze heads which too us months to complete because blacksmith can’t find the right steel. Thank you Paul for your patience
I have to announce that new lot of parangs from Sepuh Crafts will face some delays in the next few months. This comes after some rather sad news from one of our craftsman that is involved in the finishing of the parangs. Nevertheless, we will try our best to get some quantities out and meet some of the orders.
Christopher parang setup includes his full tang blade
I am stoked! Christopher from San Jose CA, USA emailed me a few pictures of his Sepuh Crafts parang setup. He paired the parang with a full tang blade from LT Wright (The Genesis) on the sheath. A good pair combo for any outdoor field use.
The Sepuh Crafts parang is paired with a LT Wright Genesis fixed blade. A good looking combo!
Our thanks to Christopher for sharing his parang setup
Having a smaller knife piggy back on the sheath is a good idea. Many of the locals who use their parang in the jungle would have a smaller blade for food prep too. In the jungle, a parang cuts through many types of vegetation and this leaves all kinds of sap on the blade. Hence, it does make sense to have a smaller blade for food prep (especially).
I want to thank you Christopher and Jarle for taking the time and effort to send pictures to share on Sepuh Crafts. We are very happy and proud to see the parangs in a foreign land serving their owners.
How Jarle of Norway ties his parang to his body
Here are some pics of parang setup sent to me from Jarle of Norway. After posting some pictures he sent us on our last blog post, I received some questions on how the sheath is attached to the cordage. This is an good trial and test parang setup with excellent results.
A Sepuh Crafts parang with its waist wear set up by a customer from Norway
A few weeks back, I received a picture of Sepuh Crafts parang from a customer in Norway. It is always good to hear from customers who are fielding our parangs in the outdoors. It is also interesting to see how customers have their parang setup for wear around the waist. Our two sided lanyard ready sheaths allow for multiple setup and this is one of the many ways.
Here are a few more pictures of the parang in Norway wilderness.
Parang in use in the wilderness of Norway
Parang close to you even on the hammock, always ready to get back to work!
Some feedback from our Norwegian customer:
“I absolutely love this parang! It is very effective and very versatile. It is also very comfortable in use. Lovely handle.”
Sepuh Crafts parangs have been sold and shipped to many countries around the world. If you are interested to own one or would like more information, please see our Parangs for sale page or write to me directly via the Contact page.
Jamri demonstrates one of the fire pistons he made
Our traditional wooden fire pistons sets made by Jamri and his son Zaza is now available for purchase. Please click on Fire Piston to view sets available. I have also uploaded videos of each fire piston test onto Youtube. There are 18 videos in total. I did not combine all the videos into a single video as the editing process is too time consuming. On this post, I will share an old video of Jamri showing how to prep and use the fire piston as well as how to store it away.
The morning fog envelops Lake Bera as I drove to see Jamri
A few days ago, I paid a visit to Mr Jamri, our fire piston maker at Lake Bera. It was a weekday, hence an early start is necessary to avoid the office hour traffic chaos in the city. It was a pleasant drive, with the unraveling of the morning fog as I got nearer to his village. Over the phone, Jamri told me he had some good news and I really look forward to be seeing a healthier person this time around.
The long bladed parangs. Also known as duku panjang, parang tangkin or even parang panjai
The duku panjang or long blade parangs are ready and now available. Due to a busy schedule, I have had to delay uploading the pics and details on our parangs for sale page. Here are some pics for comparison purposes. The duku panjang are great all round user parang.
Raman has partially completed the rattan simpeh for this month’s new lot of parang
Yes, some of the parangs for this month is ready for sale. Details and pictures are available on the Parang page. Sale is on a first come first serve basis. If you see one that you like, email me via the Contact page and I will reply with the necessary details.