Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, None
A good intermediary blade
I use the Duku on my property in the mid Appalachians, clearing the reclamation sort of plants that enter a field: locust, briars, Russian olive, wild rose. It does hard duty. I will use it to cut anything, including hardwood deadfalls of four inch diameter or less. I will use it to skin locust posts. It is light enough that it doesn't tire my arm. So far it is serving well. The pros: the Flowers designed duku parang is fast and lean. I was looking for a blade that can serve as both brush cutter and weapon. It cuts brush very well. The weight forward is well designed. The sweet spot is about 2 inches rear of the point and two inches deep. Tremendous cutting power. The cons: the steel should be a bit harder---1085 would do. It takes a ding too easily if you're going at roots, of a briar patch for example, and you hit dirt and rock. The handle is slick. It rolls. Needs more diameter and ovoid would be better. Same problem as the Condor kukhri machete, which I traded away. I remedied the roll problem by slipping a bicycle innertube over the handle. The tube also provides some friction against the leather at the point where the handle enters the sheath tunnel. Otherwise the parang bounces around and could possibly bounce out if you have to haul ass. Get used to hacking, fellow survivalists. Few things are going to come from the factory the way you want them. Con: the sheath leather is good quality, but the swivelling rivet which secures the belt loop to the sheath is too small. The diameter should be twice what it is. I'm expecting it to give way. I hope I notice when it does. The diameter does not support the motion or the weight of the machete when hanging on your belt. The fit and finish of the handle are good. The tool is full tang. The rivets are flush and well executed. The length is about right for a machete and defense reach. As a weapon, in my perception, the blade should be one millimeter thicker. With that, the Duku Parang would serve excellently as both brush beater and sword. The price is about right. It is about a $100 tool. It's not cheap, nor high end. It is a good general purpose brush beater and defense blade. Go for it.