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Old 08-03-2012, 06:26 PM
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Reading a lot of threads (not just here...) I hear large blades called different names.
I am talking about machete, parang, panga, golok etc.. etc..
As far as I can make out, these are actually names for basically the same thing -
a largish, agricultural hand cutting (maybe I should have said hand-cutting.. )
tool.


F'rinstance, this and anything of a similar size is known as a Parang in Indonesia




As is this.....




While this - almost exactly the same length - is known as a Golok (or Panga) in
the Phillippines...





And I can't for the life of me remember what the locals call these
(almost identical to the Indonesian Parang) but they are from Thailand...





Not trying to start any wars here, all I am saying is that these are all "local" names
for what is basically the same thing.... a forking big farmers knife.......

Discussion only - no punching, kicking or scratching........
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:14 PM
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Agree totally, my favorite all things to all folks blade shape is the parang (AKA many other names) an awesome all round tool but unfortunately does not muster as an EDC over here.....

Cannot understand why


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Dunno really because, and quite rightly, it's down to what the locals find best for the task.

My personal understanding though (and it'd probably wrong) is folks think of a Parang as having some Heft - meaning weight advantage to a chopping task. The subtleties aren't necessarily covered by the badge.

Whilst a machete is just something light that clears your path all day without being tiresome.

Anyway, I think it varies based on what's best for the local bush to be honest.

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