Yes, we now have a new lot of parang at Sepuh Crafts. They are finally here and available for purchase. The parangs actually arrived a few weeks ago but due to work and personal commitment, I was not able to get them handle fixed for sale. Thankfully, I manage to squeeze some time to get a few pieces ready. Please click on this LINK to view pictures of what is available. Alternatively, you can write to me via the CONTACT page. I will try my very best to reply your email soonest possible.
Just arrived at Sepuh Crafts, awaiting secondary processes
After nearly two months working to and fro with the parang makers, Sepuh Crafts have finally received the first batch of the ‘updated’ Ray Mears style parang. What are the changes? Besides improving on the blade design, we have also made some changes to its wooden handle.
Some months back, I sent a Borneo parang to Mac (a.k.a Colhane) to do a review. I find Mac to be a no-nonsense outdoors-man with an honest and practical approach to jungle camping, tools and methodology. When I first approached him, he warned me that he will be strictly honest on the review. Well, I expect nothing less. The parang is an Iban style parang from Borneo, each piece crafted by the same bladesmith using mostly non hi-tech machines. I doubt if there is (ever a) perfect parang but I use several parangs from the same maker and I find it the best around. Mac is really busy back in the US. He told me he will do a review on the parang later. In any case, he manage to do this quick cutting task with the parang. Happy watching!
Good news. More of the parang candong from Borneo has arrived. We are currently sorting out the parangs undergo the secondary process of inserting the brass pins. This will take a bit of time. As soon as they are done, those that have written in to inquire about the parangs can expect an email with pictures from us.
If you are interested to purchase one of these parangs, do write to us via our Contact Us page.
Interest on the parang candongs from Borneo has been encouraging. Fredde’s video on the parang has probably helped create the interest. As of today, we have received more than 2 lots of the parangs and we hear that the makers are happy as they now have a more constant (monthly) order.
The original parang came without a pin through the handle and blade
The Borneo made parang which was sent to Mr Fredde (a.k.a Hobexp on Youtube) actually came without a pin attached to its blade and handle. I have seen so many parangs when I travel and a pin through the wooden handle to hold the steel blade in place is actually not common at all. But having said that, there is always a possibility that the blade may fly out of the wooden handle posing a potential serious accident.