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Buying MY Parang in Malaysia

 

 

Here is a list of shops you can purchase MY Parang products in Malaysia.

1) COREZONE
LG-02, Lightbox 29,
Jalan LGSB 1/1,
Pusat Komersial LGSB,
Off Jalan Hospital,
47000 Sungai Buloh,
Selangor

Malaysia
T: +03-6143 5656
E: gear@mycorezone.com
W: www.mycorezone.com

2) Lafuma
YellowStone Sdn Bhd 
No.16, Jalan Telawi,
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603-22871118
E:
customercare@lafuma.com.my
W: www.Lafuma.com.my

3) Lusuh Adventure
No 2A, (1st floor) jalan H-3, fasa 5,
Taman Melawati 53100
Kuala Lumpur. (near laman Pengantin)
T: +6011- 12207394
E: lusuhadventure@gmail.com
W: www.lusuh.com.my

4) Uptown Outdoor
T: +6019- 4547753
E: uptownoutdoor@gmail.com
W: fb uptown outdoor
IG: uptownoutdoorshahalam

5) Outdoor Pro
Address: B-04, Blok A Pekan Francais MARA,
Taman Sri Pulai Perdana,
81300 Johor Bahru,
Johor.
T: +60 17-749 0549
E: outdoorproent@outlook.com
W: www.outdoorpro.com.my

6) Jenoba Outdoor
Address: Lot 266 Tingkat 1 ,
Jalan Haji Jusoh,
22000 Jerteh,
Terengganu
T:09 – 690 4623
E: Jenobatrading@gmail.com

7) Thomas tools ( Penang Based )
W: www.thomastools.com.my
T: 019-4741337
( Sends worldwide )

8) Explorer Outfitter
@Publika
11-19, Level G4/U1, Block C5,
Publika Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Mont Kiara,
T: +603-6201-0551/6206-2831
E: explorer@exploreroutfitter.com
W: www.exploreroutfitter.com

9) Fishingline Tackle (M) sdn bhd
No. 32-34-36, Jalan Permas 10/5,
Bandar Baru Permas Jaya,
81750 Masai, Johor
T: 07-386 1500
F: 07- 386 2500

10) Outdoor World Adventure
2, Jalan Dagang SB 4/2,
Taman Sungai Besi Indah,
Mines Wellness City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
T: 017-875 5222

11) Outdoor Concept
B2-22-2 Space U8,
Persiaran Pasak Bumi U8,
40150 Shah Alam
Selangor
T: 017-255 0341

12) K2 Adventure
69-1, Jalan Damai Niaga 1,
Alam Damai, 56000
Kuala Lumpur.
T:017-918 9138
E: k2_adventure@hotmail.com
W : www.k2adventure.com.my

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FAKE Bidor Parangs


Fake Bidor parangs

fake bidor parang 3 Yes, they are out there , beware. Some say imitation is another form of flattery , but unless you know it is a fake, you can be easily be cheated when buying a parang. Fake Bidor parangs should be avoidedas they may be made of inferior quality steel, I’ve even heard of some using rebar ( construction steel ) and their heat treatment may be of suspect as well. If you buy a fake Bidor Parang, you may end up with a piece of useless metal.

Bidor Balcksmith workshop                                    The genuine Bidor Blacksmith workshop

When I first went to the Bidor Blacksmith many years back, Ah Pin mentioned to me that there are many fake Bidor parangs out there. Initially I thought not much out of it, until recently when I went around looking for various types of Parangs sold here in Malaysia. Whenever I had the time, I would drop by a hardware shop and get whatever parang brands I could find. And much to my surprise , many have the word or name “BIDOR” stamped  or stuck on them , despite not being made in Bidor.

bidor BlackmisthsMr. Chin Pin Yon ( Left )  and His Son in law – Foo Yong Ming ( right ) with the magazine article

As far as I know, there are two parang blacksmiths in Bidor, and they are just about 100 meters from each other. One is Chop Kwong Yuan Loong and the other newer one is Mak Heng Seng . There may be a few other small traditional makers around, but I have not seen them.  Chop Kwong Yuan Loong is the authentic Bidor parang maker and they have been featured in the Tactical Knifes Magazine ( July 2012 issue ) , as you can see in the picture above. Outdoor Dynamics Sdn Bhd gets their parangs from Chop Kwong Yuan Loong . Outdoor Dynamics also supplies parangs to Machetespecialist.com , so yes, they do sell authentic parangs from Bidor. As for the other Blacksmith in Bidor, we did attempt to meet them some time back, but they were  cold and uncooperative.    authentic bidor parang stampAuthentic Bidor Parang Stamps – The Crossed swords and BIDOR are their trademark. The Crossed Swords and BIDOR MALAYSIA are these made specially for Outdoor Dynamics.

Bidor is a town in Perak, Malaysia , so if the parangs are not made there , it would be wrong to put the name “Bidor” on it. Imagine a knife with the word “Seki City” but made in Iwata Japan. That would be misleading and not right. Some red flags that these are fake Bidor Parangs  are:  Stamped BIDOR , but the factory address is in another state , has the Bidor Stamp, but use a different Logo , ie instead of the crossed swords, they have the picture of a Bear or 3 stars. One even copied the sticker but had a different address ( in another state of course ) and another just stamped “BIDOR” without the crossed swords.

Below are some pictures of the fake Bidor parangs. I am not sure of the quality , but if they need to copy someone else, then that from the start is not good.

fake bidor parang 1fake bidor parang 2 So if you are looking for authentic Bidor Parangs, keep and eye for the red flags. In my opinion, a brandless parang is better then a fake Bidor parang. To be sure, buy your parangs from a reputable dealer.

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A short visit to Pekan Darat , Penang

 

 

What does Seki City, Mora , Solingen, Ayuthaya and Pekan Darat have in common? If you are into knives, Seki City  and Solingen will definitely pop up. These knife cities are well known and it was much of a surprise for me to know that Malaysia itself has it’s own knife city located in Pekan Darat,  Penang.

I visited Pekan darat about 2 years back after hearing about it from visiting the  Kraftangan office. It was not too far away but I’m not too familiar with the mainland part of Penang, so it did take some searching and asking around.

Pekan Darat is a small township in the middle of paddy fields, well known for the knife / metal smithing industry. Pekan Darat ( literally – Land town ) used to be famous at one point for it’s barter trading system, but that used to be a long time ago. Metal smithing was believed to have started there in the 16th century and the original Blacksmiths were brought in by the then Sultan of Kedah , to equip his men with proper fighting tools. At that time, there was war going on against the British who were in Penang , as well as the Thais ( Kedah – Thai War ) .

Once the war ended and peace regained, the need to make weapons decreased and the blacksmiths had to look at other products to keep their livelihood. This is when they started making knives, Parangs, Goloks, kacip , sickles, rubbber tapping knives and other agricultural tools.

Sadly, most of the blacksmiths now have passed on , or are too old to work. The younger generation seem to have passed this tradition and prefer to work in the factories for more secure and lucrative jobs. When I was there, I did meet one who was making some parang sheaths . He said he made them according to clients request only , and works when he feels like it.

Sad, but that is the state of the industry now.

 

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