I’ll admit I’m as bad as most survival show watching fanatics! Whenever I see a piece of equipment that is new to me on one of these episodes, I instantly want to know what it is and where I can get one. Of course, in my line of work, that goes double for the knives and other cutting tools being used. One blade in particular, and I know I’m not alone in this, alluded me for me for years, the Malaysian style “parang” British Broadcasting star Ray Mears favors for all his machete work.
Given the wide range of jungle choppers available in this country, it was always a mystery why no one was importing parangs from South East Asia. Tactical Knives’ own globetrotting columnist Reuben Bolieu solves this eternal problem with a visit to the factory of Chop Kwong Yuan Loong in Perak, Malaysia. Now you can order a genuine Mears’ parang straight from the source! Look for the July 2012 issue on the newsstand April 1 and read all the details!