Valiant Co.
COMMENTS ON OUR PRODUCT

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Mr. ES (WA, Australia):
For the past 15 years, my wife and I have been engaged in the crafting of bushwalking staves. The timber used is known as "Gimlet" (Eucalyptus Salubris). It is a desert timber, extremely strong and very hard. It grows in dense thickets and the harvesting of sub-dominance stems from sustainable regrowth assist the remaining saplings. An annual fee is required from Conservation and Land Management to harvest the timber. 70 to 90 sticks are taken on a trip and these average 1 1/2" at the base.
Over the years I have used numerous blades, but none of them compare to the Golok (AJ-01S) I have been using for the past 2 years. (Note: he bought his first Golok in Oct. 1998; this letter was written in Nov. 2000). I am able to cut a whole load without touching the blade once. The design of the knife allows for a short swing in the thickets with a maximum depth of cut. It is light to carry and would be useful as a general camp knife.
Mr. BB (USA):
It (AW-02D) exceeds my expectations in every respect. It is a wonderfully well made piece.
Mr. LL (USA):
I received my Barong (AP-04) today, pretty prompt shipping. I am very pleased with the quality. I'm a practicioner of "X" and have difficulty finding tradional-looking Filipino bladed weapons that are decent quality. I'm glad to see the blade tang is pinned to the handle to prevent fear of the blade flying out and that the fit and finish are very nice for the price. I will definitely let my fellow practioners know about your products and will order more soon.
Mr. GE (France):
The golok and the parang (RJ-06, AB-02, etc.) are great! Thanks a lot for the cool transaction.
Mr. BM (USA):
Received it (AP-05) about a week or so ago. It is beautiful. My teachers at the "X" Gym are very impressed with it and are probably going to be ordering from you. I plan on ordering more myself. Thanks for the great product!
Mr. BP (USA):
Got my three swords (AT-01, AS-02, US-01) and am well pleased with them. The batak sword is very nice indeed.
Mr. MMA (UK):
Received the golok (discontinued line) and it is great. Lovely weight to it and the sheath is beautiful on it ... am very pleased once again.
Mr. BS (USA):
I received the Naga Golok (AJ-12D). I am very pleased with it to say the least. First the design is beautiful, the handle and the scabbard are perfectly matched and flow smoothly together. The execution of the carving on both the handle and the scabbard is superb... The blade too is beautiful, with the waves of the damascing. Second the feel of the golok is fabulous. The visual beauty of the knife and the feel and balance in one's hand produce a sinuous, almost sensuous experience.
Mr. SR (USA):
I received the Damascus Sanduko Bolo (AP-07D). The sword is beautiful. Excellent craftmanship!!!
Mr. JA (Canada): Recommendation!
After seeing a review by singularity on knifeforums I corresponded with him and subsequently bought a Kelapa (AJ-05) and a small Survival Golok (AJ-01S). I was intrigued by his fantastic claims and wanted to see just what these blades were capable of. I've only had the blades for two weeks but since my fantastic claims now probably exceed his, it's time to write my letter of recommendation. There is of course a purpose in doing so at such an early stage of testing. My interest in blades is centred around the wilderness and survival uses, and a blade for outdoor living or survival is a serious matter. I've certainly tested the blades very abusively, but I am one person and the experiences of many are needed. There are three factors at play any time any tool is used - the situation, the tool , and the user. Only by using the knife you have purchased and discussing with others its use, can you really learn its potential and shortcomings - for you. Every tool has those regardless of cost or even centuries of development. No tool by itself will ensure survival, but in combination with experience and knowledge it very likely might! So please come over to Knifeforums and read all of the details in full. Perhaps you will wish to join in the discussions.

But let's get onto the blades! Why would you consider purchasing one - and what's so special about them that you might want to read more about them?

The blades I received are certainly beautiful, as shown in the pictures. Many will put them on a wall, instead of hiding them in a drawer when not being used. Just be careful of children or uninformed people examining them! More astounding to me was the sheer amount of workmanship that went into blades of such low cost. Some people of course are only impressed by the latest steel and synthetic sheath - but that's something to know about oneself before ordering. One can go further in beautifying the blades by using an etching solution to bring out the tempering lines even in the cheapest of the Valiant blades. For those less caring of looks, it gives a great deal of information about your particular blade in terms of its tempering.
The handling characteristics of the blades are superb. The horn handles are well designed for grip, allow a variety of grips and do not become slippery when wet. Despite their security, they do not leave your hands blistered after a few hours chopping. The hidden tangs are certainly an advantage in very hot or cold conditions. The blades I have are well balanced and accurate in chopping. Those are very important factors because such an efficient tool is also capable of doing deadly damage to the user: it cannot be otherwise.

The wooden sheaths work well. It's an advantage to have a very rigid sheath with a long and extremely sharp blade. Much more testing remains to be done, but the sheaths are durable and in the end you will have to do your own testing in your climate conditions to see if they shrink or loosen. There are remedies for both situations. Be aware that while the sheaths are designed to be protective of your hand, there is a traditional grip for drawing the blade to avoid cuts and one is better not to take risks.
The blades are zone tempered with a sufficiently hard edge and a very tough centre. This is essential to avoid blade breakage, and still have a hard edge. In contrast most machetes are tempered soft throughout: they're tough but easily bluntened. I find that I could chop very hard wood for hours of continuous chopping without resharpening: keeping a blade at peak sharpness though, avoids the possibility of glances. Abusive testing on hemlock stubs (which have very tough inclusions) did not damage the edge, which I find incredible. Normally one would use the sharpened false edge (or back of blade) to cut and break these as they make good firewood in wet conditions here.

A convex chopping edge is essential in allowing chopping without the blade binding in the wood being cut as happens with a machete - which is flat sided with a standard bevel. I have reprofiled the 2" in front of the handle for better cutting potential. This makes the knife more versatile, but necessitates more care in use. That first 2" is not used in chopping, and is the section of any blade most useful for whittling wood since it allows more leverage and control. Some of the blades come sharp and some not so sharp. Unless one wishes to test out of box performance, it is advisable to sharpen them, even before first use. They are forged to shape and then ground and so there will be irregularities. The present cost of the blades would have to be increased to cover increased sharpening, and I believe the purchaser will learn a great deal by sharpening their own blades. You will learn about both the steel and the bevels. I believe this to be essential in learning to trust a blade - serious defects are more often found in sharpening than in actual use - with any blade. Sharpening tools are cheap and advice is freely given on the Internet forums concerned with blades.

I've tried to cover a lot of ground in few words to explain my enthusiasm for the blades. There is the subject, though, of practical usage. In my area, and in going out alone in variable conditions, a chopping tool is vital, since a saw is limited. One has the choice of a hatchet/axe or of a sufficiently heavy knife. Both are absolutely devastating tools/weapons, as history and use well inform us. If one is to be secure in the wilderness under tough conditions, however, one must master their use: there is simply no alternative. I am particularly enthused with the survival golok because of its price and capabilities. One simply can't be concerned with avoiding damage to the blade while learning: that will lead to an accident. Hitting a rock might cause you upset, but hitting yourself will result in major injury. There is the point too that while there are many expensive survival blades around - you will only be able to choose one based on your experience. And there are no shortcuts in learning. The survival golok might not be the blade that you end up with - but there are many compelling reasons why it should be the blade you start with. There is the point of course that a blade is only useful if it is on your person when you need it. I'll begin testing the lighter models in the lineup shortly. I'm expecting to find the same quality based on other people's experience - but there's the question of usage to consider.

I've certainly enjoyed exchanging emails with Suwandi - what a straight up guy! He didn't know who I was or what I was going to be doing to his blades when I first purchased - but he cared enough to ask and soon found out! I was amazed that he cared enough to ask in the first place - it isn't a common experience with people who sell you blades. I've only ever got an honest answer from him: if he doesn't know or isn't sure he says so. I've never had any wild claims from him - any wild claims as to the blades have come from me and other users - and he has presented his blades as simple and honestly made. - always. It can be remarkably hard to have a decent relationship when you are checking someone's product, and even everything they tell you. It just has been a pleasure dealing with wandi for both his understanding and humor!

I guess that's a long answer to the questions of "Any Good?", "Worth trying?" and "OK to deal with?" The simple answer of "Yes." doesn't tell you much, however. "Wild fantastic claims" is a neat term to describe what you have evidence for, in 24 hours of straight chopping and trying to destroy blades and finding only good things. So far the blades look like they're going to outlast me, so you would have to wait a while for the final review. One claim that I can't substantiate with pictures and evidence is how much enjoyment and fun I've had with the blades.

Mr. BH (USA):
I really like it (AJ-12D). Cut some willow this weekend, single stroke through up to about 1.5-2 inch pieces no problems, and no change to the edge.
Mr. LW (USA):
I put the golok (AJ-01M) through some paces it performed very well. Edge retention is excellent, fit and finish are very nice. The blade chops well and it bites deep into soft woods, I noticed a little vibration when chopping harder more seasoned wood. All in all a very nice package.
Mr. UH (Germany):
...let me state one thing "Your Kerambit (ES-03) is the best on the market for that ammount of money" ... so I recommended your products to my friends, also because of the good handling of sending the knife.
Mr. CC (USA):
I received the knives. I am quite impressed with the quality and value. The workmanship on the standard kerambit (AS-09) is superb. The mini kerambit (ES-03) has some flaws with the grind on the tip of the blade, that I am sure I can correct with my whet stone, otherwise it is a fine piece.
Mr. TA (USA):
The blades (AJ-02, AJ-03S, AJ-04, EJ-05) you sent are an absolute work of art. They are beautiful! The blades are very hard and take a razor edge. However, I have had a problem with the Golok Tani. The blade developed an almost 2cm.long crack 9.5 cm.up from the handle. Also, the horn handle on the standard Golok has a tendency to stress fracture on the back side of it near where the blade inserts into the handle. These stress fractures are not a big problem. I drill a small hole over the crack and inject 2 ton epoxy. The epoxy fills the crack. This seems to solve that problem O.K. I thought you would like to know. Hey, other than that I have no complaints! (Note: QC problem, we've replaced the blade!)

I received the Goloks (AJ-01L, AJ-01M) in fine condition. They are absolutely beautiful! Mate you sure put out a fine product! Also, they work as good as they look. These Goloks put my old G.I. "X" (Note: famous brand) machete to shame.

Mr. DS (NSW, Australia):
Received the knife (AH-04D). Suprised at the quality of the steel. Impressed would sumise my feelings.
Mr. JB (USA):
The knives (UJ-01, RJ-01, RJ-12) arrived yesterday. They were worth the wait.. The carvings are marvelous.I look forward to ordering more in the future... got my eye on some of those damascus blades. I cant wait to show the guys I train with my new toys.
Mr. RS (UK):
The quality of all the pieces (AJ-15D, EJ-01, RJ-03, etc.) is definitly outstanding, the keris especially is absolutely brilliant ... had the opportunity to see my students blades, R's golok (RJ-07) was very nice, especially the carving on the sheath and handle.
Mr. CM (USA):
My talibon (AP-06) arrived today. I couldn't have expected more. Quality is top notch. I'm looking forward to getting a barong.
Mr. MR (USA):
I received the Survival Golok L (AJ-01L) today in good condition. I am very impressed with the quality of the workmanship of this piece! Everything from the beautiful scabbard to the handle and blade is of very good quality. All this for an unbelievable low price! I am a knifemaker my self, and I could not begin to make a piece like this for anywhere near this price. Very impressed...
Mr. LMD (Ireland):
...received the kujangs (EJ-01, RJ-11A, EJ-02), and I am very pleased with them ... ordering more item shortly for my students.
Mr. RM (USA):
...and I must say they all (AT-01, AW-06, JJ-02) exceeded my expectations - very impressive! All very solid, cleanly finished, and well balanced. My compliments to the craftsmen.
Mr. ES (Vic, Australia):
Mini Kerambit (ES-03) arrived today. It is certainly a beautiful, as well as exotic knife... very well made, and the natural wood handle slabs are particularly nice.
Mr. PN (USA):
...received the parcel right on time... VERY happy with the quality of the items (AW-04D, 2x)... Thank you for your prompt service and high quality products.
Mr. WT (USA):
I did indeed receive my order (AJ-01L, AS-02, ES-02, ES-05, RS-01), and it is fantastic. I love the goloks especially. It is so nice to be able to do my djurus with authentic weaponry. Again, I thank you for your outstanding products and service.
Mr. JS (France):
I am very very pleased with these blades! The Golok Survival M (AJ-01M) is beautiful, sheath of a superb wood, blade very well crafted too. My file puts the edge in the 55-58 RC, just right. The Golok Loka 1 (RJ-01) is sure very well crafted too, and is more very nice short sword than a machete. The Badik (RS-01) I will use for the kitchen.

I must explain that I am used to Kuhkries, and I own two "X" kukhuries, one 18 inches, one 16.5 inches, and a "XX" Ghurkha light khukhurie. I took them all to the garden. I have got all kind of woods in the garden, ranging from dried Olive tree and cyprus which are very very hard, to banana tree, which is really soft, passing through yuccas, bamboos and orange trees.

The Golok Survival was just great! The sheath is thin enough and the weight light enough so that it can be attached or sticked through the belt with confort, not like my 16.5 Kukhurie, which is much much heavier (1kg). Swinging the blade is not inconfortable, because the handle design is one of the bests I have experienced, and also because this is a light blade, with also some length which gives some reach. The convex edge is superb, and never gets stacked in the wood when deep in it, or at least much much less than the kukhuries. The blade geometry is great and I find it much more usefull than a kukhuri, I specially like the flat tip, very useful to scrape things and dig wood. Useful is also the sharpened false edge, for heavy work, or splitting bamboo. Also there is none of the tendency to turn in the hand which is felt with khukuries some times.

The Golok outperformed the khukuries in every aspect of cutting, whacking, push cutting, penetration, speed, reach, and was not a bit tiring. The blade and sheath is half the weight of the shortest khukuri, and I like that. Blades like these are made to be used, and carried, and weight in that case is important. So for the back pack, I'll appeciate the solid sheath, little space taken, and the weight. The edge is at the right hardness, and can be touched with a burnisher on spot, but I do not see why it would be needed, unless trying to cut stones. For the story, My Khukries are traditionally differencially tempered, up to 60 RC in the middle of the blade (which I think is too hard), down to 45 at the tip and handle (which is too soft). These Golok blades are just right, hard, yet resillient. The temper starts a few centimeters after the handle, and seems constant on all the length. The exact same kind of quality I like in the steel of the "XX" khukhurie. It really holds the comparison.

This Golok will be with me every time I am in the garden, and will follow me in the wilderness. It is just the most adpted tool for my use I have found and used so far. As an addition the price of the tool really makes it totally unbeatable in terms of "quality for bucks". It beats all blades I had, which I paid at least three times the Golok's price.

Mr. SM (USA):
I put both the Survival Golok L (AJ-01L) and the Golok Babad (CJ-01) to heavy use yesterday. I was concerned about how thin the blade on the Babad is, and it did sustain damage in use. I'm not at all upset - I was cutting dead tree branches that had broken other blades. In fact, I was actually impressed with how well the Babad held up, given how slim it is. The Survival L was spectacular. It took care of everything. It did work that had broken thicker, heavier blades that I own. The men who made it must have a good understanding of steel.
Mr. DL (New Zealand):
It is as I expected - it (AB-01) is defintely a user and very nice. I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but it handles very well... The quality of the blade grinding is excellent!
Mr. WH (USA):
My Golok (AJ-01L) came today. To me truthful, it surpasses my expectations. I was expecting it to be a stout, working blade, but not expecting the superb finishing on the handle, nor the full-height convex grind. The sheath, also, is very well made, and perfectly fitted.

I'll add one more comment about the Golok--it cuts!! How I managed it, I'll never know, but I somehow lost hold of the handle while dressing the edge (I have a belt sander with a leather stropping band) and finally regained my hold as my hand was about half way down the blade. In a way, it's a relief--I haven't severly cut myself in years, and was wondering when it was going to happen! And, I christened a new blade at the same time :) Anyway, I just thought this was really funny (since my best friend made special note that this happened within an hour of opening the box) and wanted to tell you that this is sufficient demonstration--I don't think I'll need to test the Tachi on my head now!

It is here (Damascus Tachi, limited run production), and it is beautiful. The forging flaw on the blade is very minor, and I'm not worried about it. The carving on the handle is exquisite, while the handle itself is very comfortable, despite its fanciness. I could not resist--I pulled out a couple of practice mats (rolled up canvas, covered in leather) and did some cutting. This is a heavy sword, and while that translates into lessened maneuverability (somewhat) it also means that it cleaves through targets that other katanas just stick in. The edge geometry is really wonderful, and I won't be doing any reprofiling. The sheath, also, is very nice...it fits perfectly and doesn't rattle around on the blade like most others do. Overall, I think this is one the best made swords I've ever handled. Likewise, the bowie blade (Damascus Knife, discontinued line) is wonderful and I'm going to have a grand time finishing it into a knife.

There is a samurai sword maker named "X" (Note: famous name) who makes 'user grade' swords for practice / competition. They are differentially tempered, and much touted for their cutting ability. A friend of mine who has hosted some cutting exhibitions with me has a new "X" katana, and asked if I wanted to try it (sending more practice mats to meet their maker). I did, and liked it, but then asked if he wanted to try my new tachi. After ribbing me a bit for how fancy the handle was, he picked it up--and then immediately remarked how comfortable it was in his hands. Between what he and I were able to do in the following ten minutes, and then measuring our results, your tachi was shown to have a 15% to 20% cutting advantage over the "X" katana. The edge will still shave hair off my arm. Just thought you'd like to know!

By the way, I've tried that big Chinese sword (AW-10), and it really cuts! It is definately heavier than I'm used to, but still very controllable--especially if I'm smart and stick to vertical cuts. I must agree that you've made some pricing mistakes... you don't charge nearly enough for your products! "Y", "Z" (Note: famous brands) and some others had better hope the public at large doesn't catch on!

Mr. TP (Thai):
I received the Damascus Klewang Sumbawa (AT-02DS) yesterday. I am extremely pleased with the sword. The damascus blade is superb - being well forged (no flaws), well proportioned, and surprisingly sharp for something 'fresh out of the box'. The beauty of the blade is matched by the fantastic buffalo horn handle. The large handle exhibits no cracks, chips or other flaws as is commonly seen with buffalo horn handles from other suppliers. The details on the carving are also very crisp and clear. Despite its large size, the handle is extremely comfortable and its shape ensures no slippage. Looking at the scabbard, I can tell that a lot of care went into making it. The two halves are extremely well fitted. In fact, I can barely see the seam in which the two halves join. Scabbards are usually made as an afterthought, but this is certainly not true with this sword.
I have been collecting old and new weapons from South & Southeast Asia for over fifteen years, and can safely vouch for the quality of your product. I would go so far as to say that you offer the best modern weapons in terms of functional beauty, historical accuracy and price. Truly one of the best buys for traditional edged weapons off the internet!
Mr. DL (USA):
I received the shipment of 2 survival goloks (AJ-01L, AJ-01S) in good order. I am very happy with the quality and craftsmanship of your products. I noticed that there were no belt loops on the scabbards but went back to your website and realize now that these particular items are listed as with or without belt loops... I certainly would like to have a damascus/pamor blade now that I have seen the quality of the Survival Goloks.
Mr. BG (USA):
I have received my knife (AH-02D) and I am very pleased. The damascus patterning is very nice and the blade is as fine as I was expecting. Though somewhat heavy for camp/survival carry, I was interested in the blade shape for a survival knife. The clip point edge is very good for taking off the small limbs of trees to make poles, the long curve of the true edge slices veggies and bread beautifully and its surprisingly easy to peel vegetables with! The weight forward design chops well and the blade can be used as a decent draw knife. The hilt fills the hand well and there is no slipping while using the blade. The only small drawback is that the carving of the hand doesn't allow you to hold the hilt near the butt for the most power in a chopping stroke. The riccasso however, lets you choke up for fine carving on small pieces and a thong run through the "hand" can be used for control while using the wide area near the knife point for scraping or skinning work. The point is a bit soft so that you can't dig into the wood and pry with it, but when it bent a little it was very easy to straighten...
... Over all I would give the blade an 8.5 out of 10 for a survival knife (if you could have only one knife to depend on anywhere in the world). I look forward to doing more business with you in the future.
Mr. SI (Germany):
Ive forgotten to write. Yes, I have received my knives (AJ-08DS, EM-01). Im very happy with your products and with your service.
Mr. BC (USA):
I received my Golok (AJ-01M) in good shape. I can see what the guys at Knifeforums were talking about, this is one fine blade. Great workmanship, great knife. Thanks for the quick service.
Mr. EC (USA):
I received my Damascus Parang Lading (AS-01D) yesterday and I am impressed. The whole parang, sheath, blade and grip are beautiful, and for the price amazing.
... I said I'd be back, your blades are too good to resist. The parang you sent me is now the most beautiful and functional blade I own. I am used to the heavier blade of a kukri but with practice the parang is fast becoming my favorite.

I just finished pruning an oak tree in my back yard. The parang made short work of the small brush. The edge retention of the Damascus steel is great. I'm still learning the "draw cut" but when I get it right the blade goes through wood like it was smoke. One thing I have noticed, the horn grip is very well designed. I haven't even come close to getting a blister on my hand or losing my grip on the parang. It seems the high tech knife makers with their computer designed grips and space age synthetic materials don't have much to brag about when compared to designs and materials that have been refined by centuries of practical use.
... Word of mouth, even over the net can be powerful advertising. Reviews of the survival golok on Bladeforums were what led me to you in the first place. I have had to deal with poor quality and bad service all too often from other companies, you are a welcome breath of fresh air!

Mr. ED (France):
I received my Parang (AB-02)! A beautiful machete, like a hope. I can promise you this will not the last one Ill buy at Valiant. I see some others which I think will be great!
Mr. EW (USA):
I wanted to let you know that I received the Keris Solo Ladrang (Antique Section). I am very happy with my purchase. You have been very easy to work with and I appreciate all your help. I look forward to purchasing more items from you in the future.
Mr. DW (USA):
I have received the products and have had a couple of days to familiarize myself with them. I have been an avid blade collector and user for many years now and seldom have I ever seen such fine craftsmanship. The Damascus Scimitar (AK-15D) and the Golok Babad (CJ-01) are of remarkable quality. It is impossible to find such beautiful damascus for a more reasonable price. I have not seen many knives whether they be production or custom that are so well made. Thank you very much for making such fine weapons/tools available and I will surely order from you in the future.
Mr. NS (Belgium):
I've received the Keris and the Golok, they are gorgeous, this is my first keris and I really love it. It's a pleasure to deal with you and I look forward for my next blade.
... I've received the three blades two days ago, they are fantastic, I've already tried the golok, works extremely well and the Badik (AB-02)is a small wonder.
Mr. AE (Denmark):
Hi, I received the two kerambit (AS-09) today, and not only was shipping fast, but the knives are beautiful! Really good craftmanship, I'm very very pleased with my purchase. Thanks!
Mr. CA (Canada):
Just wanted to let you know that my Golok Kelapa (AJ-05) came in today and I'm thoroughly impressed. It is incredibly well finished and ready to go right out of the box. As far as I can tell it can out chop my 18" Khukuri. Thanks for the great product. ... Did I mention that I really like my GK? Anyway thanks for the great service Wandi. I'll have no problem recommending Valiant knives to anyone looking for a well built, well priced tool. Thanks mate.
Mr. BF (NSW, Australia):
My survival golok (AJ-01L) arrived yesterday with the proto-type webbing attachment and I am very impressed! First of all it's so light, compared to the damascus bolo I have already from valiantco! Even sheathed with a wooden and buffalo horn scabbard with a webbing attachment to carry on belt, backpack, etc: it's still ludicrously light, and when I'm going to be carting this thing everywhere the less weight the better! There is no heaviness in the tip of the Golok (Survival L), it swings easily and balances well in the hand, yet it's still heavy enough to cut through 3 inch thick branches in a single swing (how do I know? Because the moment it was out of the box I took it outside to the garden where the trees have been growing out over my carport and I did a little machete pruning). Compared to cutting and chopping with either a khukuri or a bolo, the Golok does need more cuts to go through very large timber, but it doesn't tire out the arms or grip as much. Probably because of the lightness of the blade and the very minimal jarring from the partial tang and buffalo horn handle. Over extended use (1 hour) I found the golok to outperform the khukuri I have which has a timber handle and full tang, I had achieved as much work in the same time with no blisters (it's got a very comfortable, firm grip) and no aching muscles in the arms. Finally, I must add that although the Golok is very light, the blade has a utility edge and thick steel spine. Even on the odd mis-timed swing as I got tired or lazy, the edge did not fold or chip and there is not a mark to show under bright light once I wiped away the sap and oiled down the blade. The edge is still sharp after a tough hour of cutting deadwood and knotted branches and I have to admit that although the stones will come out to give a final edge and polish to the blade (because I like to do that with all my knives), I would deem the sharpening on the golok field worthy and ready-to-use straight out of the box! And last but not least, although how a tool looks is the least of my concerns (I prefer utility and usefulness to looks every time) it's a great bonus to tool that is both eye-pleasing and completely functional. I think it's a great design and lightweight enough for anyone who wants to be prepared for any occasion, be it hiking/camping in the bush, on army maneuovres, or working on the land... There's a reason the SAS use the golok design when in the jungle and a reason why it survived as a unique design in south-east asia for so many centuries. A time tested tool still performing strongly in the modern day :)
P.S. I have yet to test out the webbing attachments in the field, it will go with me on my next infantry course in January and I will give you my feedback: But from looking at the mounts, stitching a materials I have every confidence that it will be up to the rough treatment it will be going through!


NOTE: Comments are taken and edited from email responses after late February 2002. Unfortunately we couldn't recover heaps of other emailed comments before that date!


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