Fox Parang Bushcraft Jungle Knife model FX-0107153

Published: October 3rd, 2011 by The Edge Observer 5

The traditional Parang is the equivalent to the South American machete but has a heavier blade that is optimized for chopping and shaping the woodier jungle flora found in the knife’s birthplace of Southeast Asia.

Drawing of a traditional Parang Knife

Parangs are generally for bushcraft, but are also used as carpentry tools and occasionally weapons. Typically the blades are fashioned from leaf spring, are around 12″ (approx. 30 cm) long and are sharpened with a varying edge. The spine of the blade normally sweeps down to provide a sharp utility tip similar to a wharncliff. The center is sharpened with a steeper angle for chopping while the blade has a shallower bevel toward the handle for controlled cuts.

The handle found on the traditional Parang is usually wood (occasionally bone) and has a large outward sweeping pommel to prevent the handle from slipping forward while chopping in the humid jungle environment.

Fox Parang Bushcraft Jungle Knife model FX-0107153

The Alfredo Doricchi designed Fox “Parang Buschcraft Jungle Knife” is more parang inspired than parang. This knife uses the Austrian made Bohler N690co steel found in most contemporary knives of Italian origin and is coated with a black finish very similar to Benchmade’s BK1 that Fox calls their “Idroglider” coating. At 6.7″ long (17cm) and .23″ (6mm) thick the Parang has a sizeable, weighty blade but still comes in at about 5″ shorter than the typical traditional variety. The Fox Parang has a steep upswept belly with a small drop at the point which begins and terminates within the swedge area. It does not have the typical wharncliff like tip but rather the opposite.

The spine of the parang has a good inch and a half of useable jimping followed by a gentle upward curve allowing for a controlled grip when choking up on the blade. The deep choil also lends itself well to this grip however the edge’s continuation up to the choil will make its use precarious without some modification.

Parang three quarter view.

The knife has a hidden tang and the handle is made from forprene. Forprene is a hard injection mouldable synthetic that feels rubbery to the touch and gives good grip. It is known to be impervious to liquids including oils and solvents, but can potentially crack in sub zero temperatures when exposed to excessive shock. Along the surface there is some scalloping for your fingers with moulded ridges. Overall the ergonomics are a bit awkward and the fairly straight pommel ignores the anti-slip feature of the original indigenous design. The front quillion is adequate to prevent forward slipping but won’t help much while chopping. Two holes drilled after the blade (one on the quillion and one near the spine) and a useful lanyard hole at the end of the handle allow for different lashing configurations.

Fox Parang with Cordura Sheath

The knife comes with a MOLLE compatible cordura sheath and a small survival kit that can be attached to the front of the sheath or left behind. Webbing and snapped straps allow it to be attached your belt (via snapped strap or velcro fold) or MOLLE compatible gear. The cordura is line with a thick plastic sheeting and the two halves are separated by a dense foam. Straps hold the knife in place by snapping over the front guard and around the centre of the handle. Unfortunately the strap for the front guard is sewn into the knife side of the sheath rather than from the back, causing it to get cut and abraded when the knife is drawn if you don’t hold it out of the way. The sheath also lacks a drainage hole which should be on all sheaths in my opinion, for easy cleaning/drainage. two loops on either side of the knife are designed to hold the supplied glow stick.

The Survival kit comes in a waterproof aluminum tin containing several typical items including :

  • Gauze
  • Matches
  • A flint steel and striker
  • A tea light
  • A whistle
  • A wire saw
  • Snare wire
  • A compass
  • A small pocket knife with a nail file and scissors
  • A roll of fabric adhesive bandage
  • Salt
  • A small fishing line, sinker and hook
  • Sewing kit
  • Paper and pencil
  • band-aids
  • a razor blade
  • A small waterproof container

Fox Parang Mil Tec Survival Kit

Overall the quality of the included items is very poor and could be excluded. The extra pouch for the kit and the tin are useful if the purchaser fills it with items of better quality.

All in, the Parang is a reasonable buy with some decent chopping power bundled with an adequate sheath. The handle ergonomics are a bit to be desired and classification of this knife as a parang is a bit confusing in that it lacks the typical shape, length, varied edge and handle of it’s original predecessor. It might more accurately be described as “inspired by Southeast Asian blades”.

Fox ParangFX-0107153 IssuesFox Parang Bushcraft Jungle Knife FX-0107153FX-0107153 MOLLE Compatible SheathFox Parang Sheath and Glow Stick

Pros

Good heavy blade
multiple carry options

Cons

Questionable handle ergonomics
Poor quality survival kit

Specs

Total Dimensions and weight :

Length 11.8″ (30 cm):
weight 12 Oz (340 g)

Blade :

Blade Length 6.7″ (170 mm)
blade steel : Bohler N690co 58-60 HRc
blade thickness .24″ (6 mm)
cutting edge 7″ (17.78 cm)
Black “Idroglide” or “Hydroglide” coating

Handle :

Forprene
Hidden Tang

Sheath

MOLLE compatible
Cordura
Includes pouch with survival kit and glow stick

Made in Italy

5 Responses

  1. DanNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, it’s been too long… great to see you back in the saddle man. :) This blade looks interesting although in some ways it may have missed the mark. Either way it’s definitely different. Very nice review as always.

    • The Edge ObserverNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Dan (and Rob). The studio has been slammed with other work so last month had been difficult to get the knives in… Late October and November are going to be full of interesting blades and a heap of new reviews. As always, thanks for watching and reading!

  2. Rob RobideauNo Gravatar says:

    Nice review on a very unique blade. The grips look funky, but overall, I like it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. alfredoNo Gravatar says:

    A ton of thanks to Andrew for invite me on his blog. I’m AD, the designer of the FKMD Parang Bushcraft Jungle (besides other 2 knive’s for Fox). As wrote on Bladeforums, I designed this knife as a “general purpose knife – able also to chop down a 4-5″ woods whit a little effort”. The handle is great for the 99% of the tasks (cutting, carving, skinning etc.), but for pure chopping I suggest a simple lanyard or a D-guard: this help a lot on chopping, you will cut off a large wood with no problems. I agree with Andrew on the poor quality of many items included in the survival kit: as a note we know that everyone set up his own survival kit as per his needs, I saved from the original items the botton compass, any sparatraps, the file saw, the pencil. Ask me for any questions, congrats to Andrew for the great job.

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