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Parang By Daniel Boll

Bryan Bondurant

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Daniel is a good friend and member of the forum with a very bad internet connection. He recently sent me these pictures and asked me if I could post them for him. Mostly he is a perfectionist at the grinder but he likes to forge knives for himself. This is his second Parang, the bold type is his own words regarding the design and what it is. I too have come to the same conclusion as he about the usefulness of the design compared to bolos, machetes, and the kukri but both of us tend to chop into bamboo and snakes, for both of these the Parang seems the most advantageous design.



Daniels Own Words,


.........heres my new parang. In earlier days i prefered a kukhri, but that changed. a parang is much more an allround tool than a kukhri, and nearly the same power of impact (even, at least i think, a little bit more).



Its a beautiful piece of stag, that i bought at the hunting show. blade length is 30 cm and the handle 14 cm. steel is 55 Si 7.some kind of spring steel.



Converted to inches its 11.8 on the blade and 5.5 on the handle giving it a overall length of 17.3 inches. The piece of 25mm round bar is gift he sent me from Germany, 100V1(1.2833) 1% carbon, 0.10% vanadium,




Daniel Jeremiah Boll





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byran omg bro HUGE PICS!!!!!! but well worth the wait....lovely blade your friend has crafted thanks so much for sharing it with us... btw man from the heart of darkness??/ i thought you where in thailand,not the congo!!! just joking man....long live king leopold!!! NOT!!!

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart,and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart...

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Well Bryan, thanks for showing :)

This is a hell of a chopper, I am absolutely sure. And the stag is really nice!

I do love Daniels knives, they are one-of-a-kind, all of them.



The steel is W2 by the way ( I know cause I sent it :) ).



Knifemaker, Germany

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Nice work. I always like SE Asian blades.

Ben Potter Bladesmith



It's not that I would trade my lot

Or any other man's,

Nor that I will be ashamed

Of my work torn hands-


For I have chosen the path I tread

Knowing it would be steep,

And I will take the joys thereof

And the consequences reap.

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I had to dig around but finally found these pictures of Daniels first Parang and the Python sheath he made for it. The picture of the Bladesmith is Daniel at his very simple forge made out of what the locals use for a barbecue grill and a hair dryer. It just goes to show you that beautiful work can be produced with simple tools, he is a very talented knife maker. I hope someday he gets his internet running good enough to start showing off some of his work here as he is making knives all day everyday, its the only thing he does as far as I know.











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