Mini-parang

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Mini-parang

Post by Storm Crow » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:46 pm

I've been working to get ready for the upcoming Denver Knife Show and the Usual Suspects Gathering, both happening in August, as well as working on commissions. It's kept me busy. :)

Here's a mini-parang I'll be taking:

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Positioned a little differently in the light:

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The steel is my favorite, 5160, that has been triple normalized, triple hardened and triple tempered. The handle is a curved integral socket wrapped in hemp cord, with three-strand hemp cord Turk's head knots fore and aft. I tried something new, using West epoxy to impregnate the cord. I like the results very much and will definitely be using this more.

The blade is 10 1/4" long, including the choil, and 2 1/2" at its widest. The spine thickness tapers from approximately 3/16" next to the handle to 1/8" at wide spot.. The overall length is 16 3/8". It shaves hair nicely. :)

Here's how it looks in hand...or paw, as the case may be.

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Re: Mini-parang

Post by Nickthezombiehunter » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:22 pm

Nice work
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by xd dude » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:24 am

I love the way your hemp wraps look! I'm glad to see your still doing that.

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Re: Mini-parang

Post by Storm Crow » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:52 am

Thank y'all!

XD Dude - I'll be doing more using this epoxy. I like using the natural shellac sealer with the natural hemp cord, but this epoxy just works much better. I'll play around at some point with mixing in some India ink with the epoxy to make black handles like I did with the shellac.
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by bumblingbear » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:48 pm

Nice work!
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by xd dude » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:49 pm

How well does that wrap hold up with rough use?

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Re: Mini-parang

Post by Storm Crow » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:55 am

This should be pretty darn tough, more so than the shellac or wood hardener I have been using. The epoxy is rock hard and has made the cord a solid mass. The wood hardener required a saw to get the cord back off, but this is even harder.
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by Woods Walker » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:58 am

The steel is my favorite, 5160, that has been triple normalized, triple hardened and triple tempered.


Why is 5160 your favorite? Just wondering.
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by Storm Crow » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:32 am

It's a tough steel, which is good since I like to make big brush choppers. It moves well under the hammer, responds very well to a simple heat treatment, and has good edge retention without being difficult to re-sharpen.
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by procyon » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:20 am

5160 is very good for its lower carbon content.
You may give up just a bit in the edge, but it tends to make up for it in durability.
Very nice knife.
The handle sounds like it would be tough. My only question is how smooth is the finish?
We handle a bunch of corn knives that see a LOT of use around the farm.
This epoxy and cord is something the older boys could do if it won't take off hide with prolonged use.
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by Storm Crow » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:58 am

You're right about the durability, but I've also gotten some really good customer feedback on its edge-holding as well. It's a good blade steel for most usage; I'd sure want higher carbon content for a razor, though! The chromium content helps harden it more than just plain 1060 does.

There's a bit of texture to the handle, not bad. The tighter you get the loops of the wrap together, the smoother you'll get it. Using a smoother synthetic cord over the rougher hemp would smooth it some as well. I'm going to try it on paracord next. The thinner the epoxy, the better it'll impregnate the fibers.
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Re: Mini-parang

Post by procyon » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:54 am

Storm Crow wrote:You're right about the durability, but I've also gotten some really good customer feedback on its edge-holding as well. It's a good blade steel for most usage
Oh yes. I agree.
The corn knives that we use clearing the fence lines or snapping wire off the spool generally are 5160. You can take off a pile of saplings before you need to touch up the edge (although when the boys decide to use one to cut high tensile wire - it means I get to do some more grinding...).

I was just wondering if the fiber pressed down in the epoxy well and could be smoothed out some.
So far the biggest issue for our working knives is that wood handles get slick when wet and will crack eventually. Pressed leather rings makes for a better handle, but none of the kids can make one yet and it takes me quite a bit of time to turn one out for something that I consider a 'working tool.'
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