I have always wanted a Golok and Parang. A year or two back Condor Knife and Tool started showing pics and teaser threads about this Golok and their Parang. I knew I had to have one when they came out since they are a fraction of the price of the beautiful and functional Valiant models. I got the latest copy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works catalog this month and there it was. I picked up the phone and placed my order. It was back orderd about a week, but it didn't take long to get here.
Overall Length is about 20.5". It had a sorta flat grind with no secondary bevel. After chopping some yaupon holly down, I convexed the edge. Can't really tell a lot of difference doing this, but I'm no champion chopper either.
It tapers from 1/4" at the handle to just under 3/16" at the tip.
Thanks to Shiney for turning me on to PVC sheaths. I had a section of pipe that was perfect for this job. After shaping, it was sanded down and given two coats of black Krylon fusion. Then left to sit in the sun all day.
Top of handle.
It fills the hand pretty good.
Overall it chops well and cuts through stuff up to an inch thick with one whack. It did chop one pine tree down that was the size of my wrist with three good whacks.
While we (me and dog) were out there we found a few burrows. I have been trying to train him to go in the hole and bring me some dinner. He is getting pretty good and going in. Now I just need to find one with a critter in it. He is a Toy Fox Terrier. If you know of any survival dog huntin trainers out there, let me know.
God Bless Yall!