I had been busy for a couple of weeks working on fabricating some tooling to hopefully make certain forging more efficient with my hydraulic forging press. To help get back into the swing of hammering sharp-and-pointies, I forged out this parang. I really like this; it wants to take off limbs, from trees or otherwise. :D
The steel is 5160, forged from 1/4" stock and retaining much of its thickness in the spine. It's been given my typical triple normalization, triple hardening, triple tempering cycle that I use on 5160. The handle is an integral socket with olive drab paracord for the main wrap and black for the two-strand Turk's head knots, impregnated with Minwax Wood Hardener. The blade length, including the choil, is 13" and the overall length is 19 1/2".
It shaves hair right nicely. :D