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Golok or Parang?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by Preacher Man, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man Moderator Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    I grew using machetes, but never used such models as the Golok or Parang. Which of these beauties would be better suited for general outdoor use? I'm thinking camp area preparation, chopping, batoning, brush clearing, and maybe as a draw knife. I like the lines of the Parang better, but I think the Golok may be a better choice for chopping/batoning. Has anyone here used both and can clarify this for me?
  2. Briarbrow


    Aug 18, 2010
    All I can really tell you Preacher Man is either is very similar as the terms are very general. Edge profiles blade geometry better suited to wood, woody plants-- Just because one manufacturer calls his blade a parang and another golok does not mean their chosen design/shape is what makes it one or the other. (I'm not saying one would be exactly like the other either. Knife or Kniv. could be same or similar tools; different cultures)So perhaps you have some specific models in mind.
  3. ROCK6

    ROCK6 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    The lines often get a little blurred between the two. Most of the goloks I've seen are typically thicker and shorter, although that isn't always the case. I've also seen more goloks with sheep's foot or almost straight up-curve...basically not much of a point. Parangs I've seen are more often thinner and longer, but again, not always the case and I've often seen more with a distinct point and they are often longer in blade length.

    These are all called goloks and you can see a lot of variations:


    I don't have any pictures of parangs, but Condor's and even Valiant's both show a heavier blade (1/4") with a significant weight-forward balance and pretty long. I've seen some more along the lines of a machete for lighter vegetation.

    The thicker and more weight-forward designs would be better choppers for hard woods...of course they can be a little taxing on using like a regular machete. I think the designs of the golok would make it a more robust blade to baton if needed.

    I would make the assumption that names are just that and actual designs and use are regionally more definitive.

  4. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man Moderator Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    Oops. :eek: Maybe I should have clarified that I'm looking at Condor's Golok and Parang specifically.
  5. Moosez45

    Moosez45 Custom Antlers, Factory Knives... Moderator

    Jul 14, 2010
    I say go with the Golok. I got to use both last weekend, and Golok seemed better suited for camp work. The Parang is a BEAST. Its thick, and chops real well, so does the Golok, but the Parang is weighted way forward. That Golok sits in the hand well, and the shorter length makes it a little more wieldy(sp?).

    Go with the Golok, you won't be disappointed.

  6. TheGame


    Sep 24, 2008
    I don't have the Parang, but I really like the Golok. I'd take that over the Parang as it was easier to wield than the Parang. Seems like it would make a fine camp blade.
  7. Bopleo


    May 31, 2004
    go with the Golok
  8. Mark Nelson

    Mark Nelson

    Feb 21, 2003
    Both?...just saying....:D
  9. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    I prefer a pointier barong myself, but that's my personal preference.
  10. grunt soldier

    grunt soldier Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 4, 2009

    you don't count as you happen to be one of the lucky few with a FB machete in the 12 inch version, lucky sob :)
  11. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Hey...I didn't go there....

    Lol, that was hilarious :D
  12. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man Moderator Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    Thank you for the advise guys. The consensus seems to be for the Golok for a camp knife.
  13. Shoki


    Apr 10, 2007
    Though I don't have a golok, I own a parang and I think the golok would be the better choice. Don't get me wrong, I love my parang but the golok looks like it's better suited for camp tasks outside of hacking brush with a really neat machete. In fact, I'm ordering one for myself for x-mas to take on my spring camping trip.
  14. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man Moderator Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    Again, thank you everyone for the advice. I'm going with the Golok. But now I'm curious. What is the Parang better suited for?
  15. CoyotePhysics


    Jul 14, 2010
    From the design it looks like the parang would be an absolute beast at clearing small saplings (<2" diameter) or bamboo, anything that you want to cut through with a single swing. It probably is better than the golok for lighter grasses, but the condor eco-survivor would be cheaper and better than either for that task.
  16. billygoat78

    billygoat78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 24, 2009
    agreed, these terms are somewhat fuzzy regarding the actual blade shape you get. considering your uses and what condor calls golok and parang, i'd go with the golok unless you're cutting through sugar cane or something. they're both for chopping/clearing, but parang to me is more of a wider pancake-type blade, see the FOX parang for a classic (if somewhat short) parang shape.
  17. ROCK6

    ROCK6 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    I know there are more knowledgeable people on this forum and some from the regions where specific designs originated are commonly used, but here are a few of the different designs and uses...I took this from Machete Specialist's website. They are a great resource for machetes and have some good info:

    I thought it was interesting that they included parangs with the goloks in the machete category. I think Mistwalker is correct in that the generalized use is pretty similar; however the length is the biggest distinction where the golok is more often shorter and handier for varied applications.

    It's also interesting that they categorize what we often refer to as a "standard" machete as the Bush Machete. Regardless, it's a good collection of information and I like the definitions and typical uses for the different designs. Large chopper (machetes, khukuri, etc) designs have always intrigued me as to their development, uses and specific regions where they originated.

    All said and done, I think you'll be quite pleased with Condor's Golok model as a camp chopper/tool.

  18. grunt soldier

    grunt soldier Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 4, 2009

    ohhh and now you laugh at us poor sob's who don't have one. well i'll be :)

    just messing man, i can't wait for him to get some cranked out. i want a 12 and probably a 14, and maybe a 18,
  19. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    How about the mini golok or mini parang?
    oh wait crap, Joe Shhhh.
  20. Moosez45

    Moosez45 Custom Antlers, Factory Knives... Moderator

    Jul 14, 2010
    OOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I'm tellin'!!!!!

    Wait, its you I'd have to tell. Can't go tellin' on you to you, that would just be ridiculous. :D


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