Bidor 12 Inch Ray Mears Styled Parang

(2 customer reviews)
Bidor Tools, Malaysia
  • Blade Length: 12″
  • Plastic injected textured grip that’s pinned to the tang.
  • Tempered 5160 Spring Steel.
  • Primary grind established at factory but may require further sharpening for desired edge.
  • Not aesthetically pristine and may have minor blemishes that are not considered defective.
  • Very rugged and natural finish

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From: $53.99


These parangs are authentically made in Bidor , Perak. Hand made by the orginal owner’s son, they have 80 years of experience in blacksmithing. Their works are famous for their hardiness and ability to keep a sharp edge. The blades are differentially tempered for maximum effectiveness and durability.

Ray Mears popularized this parang shape, which is very similar to the Duku Chandong of Sarawak. A very capable chopper in the right hands. Suitable for large branches, trees and anyone needing a good survival or bushcraft tool .

SKU: BD12RM Category:

Blade Length

12 in.

Total Length

18 1/4 in.


1 lb. 1 oz.

Width at Widest Point

2 in.

Blade Composition

5160 Carbon Steel

Blade Thickness (Above Handle / At Tip)

5.72 mm. / 2.23 mm.

Blade Style

Blade Detail

Primary grind established at factory but may require sharpening before first use., Rugged Finish

Handle Material

Hard Plastic / Polypropylene

Country of Origin


Based on 2 reviews

5.0 overall

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  1. faultroy (verified owner)

    I think this the best parang on the market. You can get a prettier parang by ordering a My Parang, but this Bidor is extremely efficient and well balanced.

    What no one has mentioned is that these parangs taper from a thickness of 3/16ths inch at the junction of the tang and the plastic handle to about 1/8th inch at the tip, making it incredibly well balanced.

    So well balanced in fact that the Parang is the favored bush tool of the British SAS.

    I’m purchasing another because for about a year now, I’ve been trying to purchase a second one, but it has not been available.
    And who knows how long they will be sold.

    For years, I used to laugh at those promoting a “one knife tool,” until I started to handle this Parang. It is incredibly well balanced, and if You are looking for a true “one knife option,” this is about as close as it gets.

    Another point, why they call this a “Ray Mears tip,’ is beyond me. We call this kind of blade tip a “Sheepsfoot” in the USA. And they have been making them this way forever.


  2. Chris V (verified owner)

    This is an excellent tool. I have 3 wind damaged trees that I am taking down. I have decided to save most of the small limbs for stick stove fuel. I have 2 other machetes I have been using to limb the branches, a tramontina 12 and a OKC 12 camper. I really like both of them. This is just better though. The quality of the blade and its geometry are t superior. I can swing it forever like the Tramontina but it cuts slightly better than the Ontario on thicker stuff. My son and I made a giant pile of 8 inch long sticks with it tonight. He just continuously feed me branches and I chopped non stop. It looked like a beaver dam when we finished. No rub spots on my hand. No arm soreness. I don’t do very much real labor anymore so I was impressed. Again great tool. Pretty sure this is going to be my new big kitchen knife also.

    Chris V