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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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Meeting a Blacksmith in Pekan Darat

In my last trip, I had the opportunity to meet Uncle Sobri who is currently working full time as a blacksmith. Uncle Sobri has his own shed which he shares with some other blacksmith. I was pretty amazed at the amount and variety of machinery he has. Although the place can be quite rickety, you can see that a lot has happened there. Some tools are really worn out and I am sure have been used very very well.

Uncle Sobri mainly makes rubber tapping knives now, as he needs to make something that is able to sell . However, all the rubber tapping knives he makes are sent further north like Baling and Betong, as Kedah itself does not have much rubber plantations anymore. According to Uncle Sobri, most have converted to Palm Oil.

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Uncle Sobri making Rubber tapping knives

When I dropped by on the second day of fasting, i did not see anyone else working, but Uncle Sobri. He was hammering his rubber tapping knives in his simple forge and anvil , tucked in one corner of his shed. He was gracious enough to take a short break and show me the shed and it’s surroundings.

The shed is pretty well equipped , and there are at least 3-4 furnaces , and about 8 power hammers and about 10 anvils scattered around . All are in working order except for one power hammer which has been dismantled for servicing, and a few other small machines where parts have been stolen.  Sadly, not many are used anymore, as the youngsters prefer to work in the factories now.

an old power hammeran even older pwoer hammer
One of the power hammers                         And an even older one

Some machines I noticed were bench grinders, a small wood lathe machine ( probably unused for 10 years ) , metal cutting machinery , hydraulic press, circular saw  and many more. I’d say this shack is pretty well equip. Only problem is there is no one using it.
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Anvils and more anvils

Waking around the shed, you can really see that this place has been used very well. According to Uncle Sobri, this shed was used by his late father. At that time, blacksmithing  was one of the main industries in Pekan Darat , and this place was bustling with activities. He said then, youngsters would come over after school and work at the forge for some pocket money, as well as to learn the tricks of the trade. Even the womenfolk would sharpen newly made knives and parangs in front of their houses for a few ringgit.

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Uncle Sobri with a kacip.
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Uncle Sobri’s small workspace , with the furnace ahead and anvil on the left.

Below is one section of the shed that really amazes me. This section is where they clamp the rubber tapping knife to be ground down . Check out the amount of metal shavings! It looks like a huge pile of sand and even  like a sculpture . They must have not cleaned this place for ages, and I’m sort of glad actually. Even the wooden bench used to clamp the rubber tapping knives is very worn out. Try and count the number of nails holding it together and you should be able to guess it’s age!

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The sharpening / grinding section

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The clamping bench

Just about 2 meters away from Uncle Sobri’s workspace, there is another shed with another blacksmith. Unfortunately, when I was there, he was not around and I did not get the chance to meet him. From what I understand, this guy does make parangs . So i hope to come again soon and get some made up. I’m keen to see if he can make some nice and good pieces.
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Another workshop just nearby

 

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A recent visit to the Pekan Darat Blacksmith

Pekan Darat blacksmith shed
The Old Building in front and the newer one at the back

Recently I had the opportunity to drop by Pekan Darat again. It looks like PERDA has some big plans for Pekan Darat. It is reported that they have spent rm 1.5 million to bring the Blacksmithing industry back to it’s glory days.

Perda has extended the original metal working building towards the back , with lots of space for new machinery and tools. As of my visit in July, all they are waiting is the arrival of the machinery . Even the smaller shed on the right got a new cemented floor. From my first visit, it looked like it was being used regularly, but now most of the tools are missing .
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The Smaller Shed

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The signboard at the front of the shed.

I think it’s a good call to bring back the Blacksmithing industry to Pekan Darat . We’re keen to work together and see what they are able to produce.

Here is a link to a newspaper report to the Project by Perda – http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/03/17/rm1-5-mln-allocated-to-develop-blacksmithing-industry-in-pekan-darat/

 

 

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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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