Article number: K-FFX-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.
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.
Blade: Stainless steel N690Co Cobalt Vanadium – thickness 6 mm – Black Idroglider coating
Hardness: HRC 58 - 60.
Length: blade 170mm – overall 300 mm.
Handle material: FORPRENE.
Weight: 340 gram
Sheath: Cordura with survival kit.