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My Parang collection

TWBryan

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Not sure if it's of any interest, but took pics of parangs today and wanted to share.
 

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TWBryan

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Depends on how long you want to chop. ;) In general the short parangs can be considered thinner, safer hatchets. You should not have issues cutting 3-4" logs, or splitting foot-long sections of same.
 

Gulfalan67

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Ancient history. Doing a clearout of my office today I found this. Not a parang but a regular machete. An artifact of my Congo expeditions in the 1980s. No idea I still had it. Most handy slogging through the Ituri basin and ‘Darkest Africa’ (Am I allowed to say that in these more enlightened times?).

I might actually sand the rust and sharpen for continuing use in the rainforests of my home...

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Gulfalan67

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Very neat looking old Martindale. What kind of hide is that wrapped on the handle?
Wow, never knew it was called a martindale. That’s just grip tape on the handle…been there 35 years…It was retired following my final trip into ‘dinosaur land’ in the year of our Lord 1988 AD. Found it again on the weekend.

Lot of history to that piece. Seen it’s share of sweat tears and unfortunately, blood…

I should investigate its restoration guided by those who have knowledge about such things

Alan
 

peteff

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It looks like my Martindale No2 Golok. I just made it a new canvas sheath as the old one had disintegrated. Mine is just a branch lopper but I like things shiny.
 

Gulfalan67

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It looks like my Martindale No2 Golok. I just made it a new canvas sheath as the old one had disintegrated. Mine is just a branch lopper but I like things shiny.
Hey just looked up ‘Martindale Golok’ online and that’s certainly what it looks like to me. Mine lacks the crocodile stamp on the blade though. How interesting that it is still manufactured and sold…? I would love to sand the blade back to shiny. It’s still pretty sharp and the visible corrosion is only superficial.

Thanks for the information.

Alan
 

38thfoot

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Martindale say they stamp all theirs with their crocodile badge and also have three grooves on the blade; they also make them exclusively with a 13” blade. There are a lot of similar machetes which are generally marketed as “Martindale/British army style” which tend to have a shorter blade and are often sold in the outer sheath of a SA80 bayonet scabbard. As long as it cuts what you want it to cut then it’s probably not an issue.

I’ve not got either as someone stole mine but as I found it in a forestry block in Germany it’s not as annoying as it would have been if I paid for it!

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