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jdavionic
07-25-2010, 18:09
In going through my packs, I found that I have a nice Gerber saw, hatchet, etc. But one thing I noticed was missing was a machete. I had one but I think I lost it in a hunting or hiking trip last year. It was not a good one.

But now I'd like to get a good machete for my BOB. Can you recommend one?

Thanks.

Puppy
07-25-2010, 19:01
I have had several over the years but my favorite is an el-cheapo 18" Corona, the co-molded rubber grip is comfortable & tacky enough that I can use it all day without having to wear gloves & the blade is hard enough to hold it's edge, yet soft enough is easily resharpen when needed.

I use machetes several times a year to clear out brush, saplings, etc that overgrow a couple sections of my property so lean more towards "practical" vs "tactical" & I heard that these Corona's are really popular in South America so I picked one up a couple years ago & have been very pleased for the measly 10 bucks that I spent on it.

jdavionic
07-25-2010, 19:06
I have had several over the years but my favorite is an el-cheapo 18" Corona, the co-molded rubber grip is comfortable & tacky enough that I can use it all day without having to wear gloves & the blade is hard enough to hold it's edge, yet soft enough is easily resharpen when needed.

I use machetes several times a year to clear out brush, saplings, etc that overgrow a couple sections of my property so lean more towards "practical" vs "tactical" & I heard that these Corona's are really popular in South America so I picked one up a couple years ago & have been very pleased for the measly 10 bucks that I spent on it.

Thanks. I'm not really look for "tactical" either. I've got plenty of gear to serve that purpose. I'm mainly looking for one that can hold up well for a long time. I want it to be comfortable to use...i.e., good grip. Probably a heavier blade than the el cheapo that I lost.

mes228
07-25-2010, 19:09
Tramotina, made in Brazil. Any made in South America really work as they use them every day. Tramotina is a very good one at a very reasonable price.

ranger1968
07-25-2010, 19:11
I have had a number of machetes over the years, and I highly reccomend the Cold Steel machetes, my favorites being their "heavy machete" and their "bolo" models. They are made of thick steel, with a full tang and a molded polymer handle that will not crack, break, or loosen the way a cheap riveted or screwed -on handle will over time.....

I have also had good luck over the years with Ontario machetes as well, they were the mil-spec for many years and they are also a quality item.

Syclone538
07-25-2010, 23:04
I have a couple cold steel machetes, and while the quality isn't what I expected, they are still a good value. You will have to sharpen it before you can use it. The handles are comfortable. I bent one a little, don't know how as I didn't notice it right away, but I know it wasn't anything near what they do in their videos. I did get it real close to straight again though.

mitchshrader
07-26-2010, 00:02
You're happy with Gerber, stick. The Gerber Gator is about 25$ and has a sawback that actually works, takes a beating, ain't junk, and will do the machete jobs you're likely to encounter. Now if you think you'll be lost in the Everglades, you may want a Collins or a Tramontina or something custom made.. but for anything less than everyday use, that Gerber Gator is spot on.

Stewy31C
07-26-2010, 00:42
After surveying in Florida for almost a decade I've had a ton of machete experience. The one I've used for the past seven years is not perfect, but has been great. I can't remember the brand. The only thing readable is the British steel stamp. I bought it at a flea market but its had thousands of hours of use. Holds a great edge, has some heft to it and Colombian style blade...Gonna have to dig up the name.

I know that doesn't help.

But this will.

Stay away from the cold steel Kukri machete. Bought one was a complete pos. Hard to sharpen and couldn't cut snot.

My K-Bar Kukri can chop a hog's head off. Is good for thick branches and heavy chopping. But it's edge is kind of soft and can nick. But you can sharpen it right out. It's with my BOB bag, smaller and easier to carry then my other machetes.


For general use I'd recommend a Colombian style blade. The best over all IMO.


ETA: there it is with the pink ribbon tied around it. :supergrin: My baby :rofl:

http://glocktalk.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=593&pictureid=2161

mitchshrader
07-26-2010, 02:28
martindale, probably. I'd put it even with Collins, better than Tramontina, much better than Condor or Cold steel..

Martindale & Collins tied for first & second, Tramontina third & Gerber Gator 4th, and the big China machete they sell at Home Depot (orange handle guard) is HEAVY (but not extreme duty) for brush clearing..it's about the quality of Cold Steel stuff. You can wedge the others into that list figuring price against quality, but if you're about serious business and don't want to buy but one this lifetime..

Collins or Martindale. They'll either one cost you double what the Gerber Gator does unless you just luck out. The Tramontina will be considerably less, close to the Gators cost. The thing that makes the Gator a bang/buck winner is that FUNCTIONAL sawback. That's extremely rare, & a feature that makes it worth hauling around.

lawman800
07-26-2010, 02:50
I have a Cold Steel Kukri machete. Not as sharp out of the box as their other offerings but for $15, I ain't complaining either. 1095 Carbon steel will take an edge so I am not worried.

Gerber Gator is a good machete as well.

paulgl26
07-26-2010, 06:08
i use this one
they have a really nice sheath for it
http://www.machetespecialists.com/mabocaknwior.html

hackinpeat
07-26-2010, 06:34
When I hit the brush I carry a machete made back in the 1920s era in england, it is from the same company that made most WWI and WWII bayonets for english and eventually, US troops.

I Ditto on anything made in south America though, it will last a lifetime if you don't lose it!

humanguerrilla
07-26-2010, 07:02
Recall on some Gerber Machetes
http://www.gerbergear.com/images/pdf/machete.pdf

In the kukri dept. if you have more than a lot of disposable income...
Killazilla II
http://www.bussecombat.com/home/index.shtml

mrmedina
07-26-2010, 07:14
[QUOTE=humanguerrilla;15703056]Recall on some Gerber Machetes
http://www.gerbergear.com/images/pdf/machete.pdf

I still want a Gerber anyway..........:wavey:

mrmedina
07-26-2010, 07:16
Recall on some Gerber Machetes
http://www.gerbergear.com/images/pdf/machete.pdf



I still want a Gerber anyway..........:wavey:

whogasak47
07-26-2010, 11:49
http://cgi.ebay.com/SHEFFIELD-STEEL-27-PANGA-MACHETE-MACHETTE-MACHET-KNIFE-/150461891146?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23083a424a

or :Search ( Hutu , Tutsi, Rwandan Genocide .)


http://cgi.ebay.com/Cold-Steel-22-Panga-Machete-Camp-Knife-97PM-New-/120562928802?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Collectible_Knives&hash=item1c121c4ca2

jdavionic
07-26-2010, 15:46
martindale, probably. I'd put it even with Collins, better than Tramontina, much better than Condor or Cold steel..

Martindale & Collins tied for first & second, Tramontina third & Gerber Gator 4th, and the big China machete they sell at Home Depot (orange handle guard) is HEAVY (but not extreme duty) for brush clearing..it's about the quality of Cold Steel stuff. You can wedge the others into that list figuring price against quality, but if you're about serious business and don't want to buy but one this lifetime..

Collins or Martindale. They'll either one cost you double what the Gerber Gator does unless you just luck out. The Tramontina will be considerably less, close to the Gators cost. The thing that makes the Gator a bang/buck winner is that FUNCTIONAL sawback. That's extremely rare, & a feature that makes it worth hauling around.

Martindale machetes are tough to come by in a retail store. Ebay has some. Looking online, it looks like they are popular. I wonder if the British brand that Stewy31C cited was a Martindale as well. Ring a bell, Stewy?

Stewy31C
07-26-2010, 20:10
Martindale machetes are tough to come by in a retail store. Ebay has some. Looking online, it looks like they are popular. I wonder if the British brand that Stewy31C cited was a Martindale as well. Ring a bell, Stewy?


Not really. And after looking at them most seem to have wooden handles. Mine has a plain jane plastic handle w/ lanyard hole. Honestly I think it's a cheaper brand. It was only like 25 bucks.

The Martindales look nice and well made, never used one though.


And about those saw backed edge machetes. Definitely use extra care. If you hit something that the machete doesn't cut into at the wrong angel or awkward swing you may end up smacking yourself in the face with the teeth.

jdavionic
07-26-2010, 20:15
Not really. And after looking at them most seem to have wooden handles. Mine has a plain jane plastic handle w/ lanyard hole. Honestly I think it's a cheaper brand. It was only like 25 bucks.

The Martindales look nice and well made, never used one though.


And about those saw backed edge machetes. Definitely use extra care. If you hit something that the machete doesn't cut into at the wrong angel or awkward swing you may end up smacking yourself in the face with the teeth.

Yea, not sure I want something with teeth on the opposite edge. The Collins that I saw have the rubberized, molded grip.

fnfalguy
07-26-2010, 21:07
Try a kukri instead and you won't be sorry!

FireForged
07-27-2010, 06:58
KSF MAchete by (Bark River) or something from Zombietools.

DISPENSER 4 HIRE
07-27-2010, 21:50
For something more extreme, and entertaining:

http://zombietools.net/tools/

smoke
07-28-2010, 13:05
I don't like anything with a riveted wooden or plastic handle. I have a Corona that I like, but my Favs are a mod bladed & rehandled Ontario and a homemade bolo that was made from an old cross-cut saw blade. In both cases the handle is linen micarta epoxied and pinned with brass threaded rod. I actually tapped the threads thru the handle material so the handle can't loosen.

Huntinfool
07-29-2010, 01:07
Well I was going to suggest a US medical corpsman knife. But when I went lookin' for a pic on the net. I see they run from 185 to 300 bucks. Yikes I have my dad's one of the few things I have left from him!

they are real heavy duty and quite thick bladed.

My pics are on photobucket just didn't want to go and upload em I'm on dial-up takes forever.

So here are a few I found on the net sad but I guess they are a collectors item now.

http://www.icollector.com/images/1598/17173/17173_0013_1_lg.jpg

http://www.knifeforums.com/ubbthreads/files//386459-001110-002.jpg

~HF~

Puppy
07-29-2010, 02:40
I've never really cared for the saw-backed machetes, especially when a good bow saw makes really quick work of anything to thick to hack.

Granted it's an extra item to carry but they are (at least mine is) really light weight & inexpensive (albeit a bit bulky) but the amount of wood they can cut vs effort required, makes a bow saw definitely worth having IMHO.

mes228
07-29-2010, 05:09
Guys, I did not recommend the Tramotina out of Brazil on my own thoughts. I suggested them as several Special Forces people, that had experience in Jungles. And lots of machete use, recommended them highly. They cost almost nothing ($15 - $20) and seem to be very well made. I have also been told several times to buy only machetes made in South America as all made there will work. Apparently those made else where may or may not really work well. People in South America use them so much that most all of them will work well. I have used one around my lot and they seem to do very well and substantially built. The steel also seems to be well selected for the job.

Puppy
07-29-2010, 05:31
I like the handles of the Corona's better than I do the Tramotina's.

Corona's are made in Colombia while Tramotina's are made in Brazil I think, other than that I think the quality of their blade's steel & their perspective prices are very similar.

emt1581
07-29-2010, 20:50
I know which I wouldn't recommend... those cheap POS ones from Wally World. I bought one a few years ago...dulls easily, rusts easily, and flimsy as hell.

I know it's not a machete but I LOVE my new ScrapYard knife. It might not cut through 2" thick brush but I'd put it up against the toughest brush I've seen in my area.

-Emt1581

Huntinfool
07-29-2010, 21:41
I was just today looking through my latest catalog from Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

They have several machettes and kuri knives for sale in the 15 to 35 dollar range.

~HF~

jdavionic
07-31-2010, 18:19
I found this video, which I thought was interesting.
http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/survival-zone-jungle-machete.html

The machete looks a lot like an Ox Head Jungle King I
http://www.wellingtonsurplus.com.au/showProduct/CUTLERY/MACHETES/MA31084/OX-HEAD+JUNGLE+KING+1+MACHETE

jdavionic
07-31-2010, 20:01
Here's an El Salvador Condor that I liked. It includes a leather sheath.
http://www.machetespecialists.com/coetdabuma18.html

Just not sure I like having a stainless blade.

They have this one in high carbon steel, but the sheath is just as expensive as the machete.
http://www.machetespecialists.com/coelsama18in2.html

Stewy31C
08-01-2010, 00:11
I found this video, which I thought was interesting.
http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/survival-zone-jungle-machete.html

The machete looks a lot like an Ox Head Jungle King I
http://www.wellingtonsurplus.com.au/showProduct/CUTLERY/MACHETES/MA31084/OX-HEAD+JUNGLE+KING+1+MACHETE


That was a great show and bad ass machete. Have that saved on my DVR. The reason I bought the two kukri machetes I own(which are basically the same style). Good for a small design that excels at close and heavy chopping work. The one he owns looks sharp enough to cut anything down, vines, trees, zombies whatever.


I've always wondered if he put that edge on the blade himself. Or had someone else do it or it was bought that way. That is one mean blade.

Sportsfame18
08-01-2010, 00:52
that looks like the machete from the Book of Eli.

jdavionic
08-01-2010, 06:11
that looks like the machete from the Book of Eli.

The blade has holes like that one, but the handle is different.

LongGun1
08-01-2010, 08:19
Not exactly a machete..

..but the SRKW Battle Rat is what I use in place of one.

The Battle Rat specs are as follows:
Steel: SR-101
Blade Length: 9.5" (measured from handle)
OAL: 14.5"
Blade thickness: 0.25"
Aspect Ratio 1.87" (aprox)
Primary Grind Height: 1.6" (aprox)
Weight: 510g or 18oz (both aprox)


Also doubles as a camp knife, camp axe, shovel, fill-in-blank...


The Resiprene-C handle absorbs the shock of heavy chopping...

..& tougher than nails!


Test on a REAL CONCRETE block...NOT a Cinder block..

http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000048

http://prod.bsis.bellsouth.net/coDataImages/p/Groups/19/19619/folders/20171/115745concreteblockchop1.JPG



If I ever decide to go "Book of Eli".. :rofl:

..I might tote my 27" SRKW Rodent Waki...

SR101 differentially treated steel with multi-colored (black/red) G10 laminate handle

http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=006703

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEfN-sNHWIY


A pic of one...not mine..

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j176/jerrybusse/RodentWaki3.jpg

humanguerrilla
08-01-2010, 08:38
Lg,
also looking forward to seeing Scrapyard's next knife, a Wakizashi style too rumored to be around $300.

LongGun1
08-01-2010, 09:59
Lg,
also looking forward to seeing Scrapyard's next knife, a Wakizashi style too rumored to be around $300.


Is it the Scrapizashi??

jdavionic
08-01-2010, 10:12
Not exactly a machete..

..but the SRKW Battle Rat is what I use in place of one.




Also doubles as a camp knife, camp axe, shovel, fill-in-blank...


The Resiprene-C handle absorbs the shock of heavy chopping...

..& tougher than nails!


Test on a REAL CONCRETE block...NOT a Cinder block..

http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000048

http://prod.bsis.bellsouth.net/coDataImages/p/Groups/19/19619/folders/20171/115745concreteblockchop1.JPG



If I ever decide to go "Book of Eli".. :rofl:

..I might tote my 27" SRKW Rodent Waki...

SR101 differentially treated steel with multi-colored (black/red) G10 laminate handle

http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=006703

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEfN-sNHWIY


A pic of one...not mine..

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j176/jerrybusse/RodentWaki3.jpg

The first one is just too short for what I'm looking for. The second one is a good length...but dang, it's expensive.

I've got some nice fighting / multi-purpose knives. But I really need a machete. I one with decent length, robust handle, good steel that can be sharpened in the field, and good weight to make the clearing work easier.

humanguerrilla
08-01-2010, 12:10
Is it the Scrapizashi??

Yeah. cool.

http://www.scrapyardknives.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=422147&an=0&page=0#Post422147

Jeepnik
08-01-2010, 13:30
You might want to consider a Woodsman's Pal.

http://www.protoolindustries.net/woodmanpal/products.html

humanguerrilla
08-01-2010, 16:05
Was looking up prices
and wow...

not a lot of tang, but big handle and blade
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B000Q9BBZI/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0

Jeepnik
08-01-2010, 16:20
Was looking up prices
and wow...

not a lot of tang, but big handle and blade
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B000Q9BBZI/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0

Very old saying, you get what you pay for. Since I've never had to replace one (though I've bought a few more) and my oldest is over thirty years old, amortized, it's very inexpensive.

Stewy31C
08-01-2010, 23:02
Turns out jdavionic, your assumption was right after all.


After some work sanding a lot of the rust off I could read it good. It is a Martindale.

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/119/l_14cec37811fd4c5790c138ac997527e4.jpg

jdavionic
08-03-2010, 18:32
Well, I finally made a decision. I decided to buy a Martindale No. 227 Bolo
http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/3d/d9/bacc_12.JPG

I picked it because it was high carbon steel, good reputation, excellent weight for my application (1 lb, 6 oz), and thick blade (4 mm).

Many thanks to all of you that offered suggestions. The thread is a good mix of different solutions.

I never knew that a seemingly simple tool like a machete could have so many variables. There are many, many designs. And there is no "ultimate solution" that works for everyone. It depends on your environment and what applications you're trying to satisfy.

For me, I was not interested in a "tactical" application for this machete. I was strictly interested in a machete for cutting through thick under brush in N GA. I wanted something with good weight, thick blade, could be sharpened in the field, good handle, and good reputation.

Thanks again :wavey:

I'll post pics of the actual machete when it arrives.

Stevekozak
08-04-2010, 06:29
Well, I finally made a decision. I decided to buy a Martindale No. 227 Bolo
http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/3d/d9/bacc_12.JPG

I picked it because it was high carbon steel, good reputation, excellent weight for my application (1 lb, 6 oz), and thick blade (4 mm).

Many thanks to all of you that offered suggestions. The thread is a good mix of different solutions.

I never knew that a seemingly simple tool like a machete could have so many variables. There are many, many designs. And there is no "ultimate solution" that works for everyone. It depends on your environment and what applications you're trying to satisfy.

For me, I was not interested in a "tactical" application for this machete. I was strictly interested in a machete for cutting through thick under brush in N GA. I wanted something with good weight, thick blade, could be sharpened in the field, good handle, and good reputation.

Thanks again :wavey:

I'll post pics of the actual machete when it arrives.
Glad you found one you liked. WHat did you have to give for it?

Lone Hunter
08-04-2010, 09:42
Nice ! I have a Martindale and like it fine. BTW if you go on vacation say to an island or such you can pick them up pretty cheap !

jdavionic
08-04-2010, 10:38
Glad you found one you liked. WHat did you have to give for it?

$48 - includes the sheath and shipping cost.

17119jfkioe
08-04-2010, 11:15
I have a Cold Steel Kukri machete. Not as sharp out of the box as their other offerings but for $15, I ain't complaining either. 1095 Carbon steel will take an edge so I am not worried.

Gerber Gator is a good machete as well.

that is an excellent blade. I would recommend it for a budget machete. But if you can spend a few extra buck you should check out the Ka Bar kukri machete. I have this one and it is wicked! it comes with a very nice sheath too

http://www.knivesplus.com/KA-1249-KABAR.HTML

humanguerrilla
09-10-2010, 19:22
Wow, besides the Bear Grylls hokieness...looks very interesting and $29.95

Feb 2011 Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete
http://www.rockynational.com/6329_31-000698_Gerber_Bear_Grylls_Parang_Machete.html

Don H
09-13-2010, 13:53
After surveying in Florida for almost a decade I've had a ton of machete experience. The one I've used for the past seven years is not perfect, but has been great. I can't remember the brand. The only thing readable is the British steel stamp. I bought it at a flea market but its had thousands of hours of use. Holds a great edge, has some heft to it and Colombian style blade...Gonna have to dig up the name.

I know that doesn't help.

But this will.

Stay away from the cold steel Kukri machete. Bought one was a complete pos. Hard to sharpen and couldn't cut snot.

My K-Bar Kukri can chop a hog's head off. Is good for thick branches and heavy chopping. But it's edge is kind of soft and can nick. But you can sharpen it right out. It's with my BOB bag, smaller and easier to carry then my other machetes.


For general use I'd recommend a Colombian style blade. The best over all IMO.


ETA: there it is with the pink ribbon tied around it. :supergrin: My baby :rofl:

http://glocktalk.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=593&pictureid=2161




Love my kukri's, tough as nails and cheap. After heavy use I can put a good edge on it in minutes.

http://www.knifetests.com/ColdSteelKukriMacheteDestructionTest.html

shadow_dog
09-14-2010, 17:16
Bought a Cold Steel Heavy for less than $20 at Smoky Mtn Knife Works a few years ago. Today makes the third time I have used it. Got to say I really like it. Next time I am at SMKW I am going to try to get a sheath for it. Had the Woodsman Pal for about 6 months now. Never used it yet, however, I am going to give it a "test/tryout" in a couple of weeks. Got it for $29 at an antique store. Couldn't pass it up. Like new condition.

ranger1968
09-14-2010, 20:04
The Cold Steel Heavy Machete is my favorite for all around use, as it works equally well as a brush cutter, hatchet, weapon.... and with the blunt end, it could even ve pressed into service as a shovel.

robinsok
09-14-2010, 21:20
So i feel like i can weigh in on this topic. I started shopping for a machete a couple months ago, looked at several, and ended up purchasing two of them. A cold steel kukri machete, and a sog, Sogfari with the 18 inch blade. Sog makes it with a 13 inch blade also but i went with the longer model. It has the saw on the back of the blade.

I ordered them off of amazon.com, and got them in, and was really unimpressed with the cold steel. To call the edge an edge on the cold steel is a dramatization. It is really dull. I am probably going to sharpen it before i even try it out. So i got an itchy mouse finger, and ordered the Ka-Bar kukri machete as well. It costs as much as the other two combined, 48 dollars, but i got it in and i'm really impressed with it. I took it out to clear some low hanging limbs in my yard that are a hassle to mow under. It actually cuts the thicker stuff better actually, a limb one inch in diameter cut through with one swing. With the smaller branches and vines, I had to pull them tight to get them to cut easier. It is a hefty blade, a lot of weight to it, and it feels good in the hand.

I also tried out the Sogfari machete on some plants and grass that i am cutting out of my garden. It cut up that stuff really well, but it certainly wasn't tough work. I will have to give this thing more of a workout when i get out to our land.

The cold steel may be a fine cutter once i take a bench grinder to it, but i have to say i was less than impressed with it right out of the box, it just feels cheap, and yes i know that it only costs ~20 bucks, but still. I have one other cold steel knife and I was fairly happy with it.

Overall, if I had to make the choice again, I would purchase the Ka-Bar kukri and the sog. Those two are real nice and would both take some hair off my arm right out of the box.

smoke
09-15-2010, 06:32
The cold steel may be a fine cutter once i take a bench grinder to it, but i have to say i was less than impressed with it right out of the box, it just feels cheap, and yes i know that it only costs ~20 bucks, but still. I have one other cold steel knife and I was fairly happy with it.

Do yourself a favor and use only a belt sander and file. No cutting blade should ever be exposed to a bench grinder.

mes228
09-15-2010, 06:37
Some posters here remarked on the lack of sharpness on machetes purchased in this thread. It's pretty much a "given" that a machete must be sharpened to your desires. Some brands come sharp, however far more come not sharp. You may need to profile the cutting edge and sharpen yourself. Many also come with a dull tip section. I've been told this was because machetes when in camp or the user takes a break. Are just stabbed in the ground wherever the men sit down. Don't know if that's true, but have observed that a lot of machetes come pretty much un-sharpened toward the tips last couple of inches. Just an observation.

Big Bird
09-05-2011, 19:42
I have a Martindale 14" Golok that I'm fond of. I think I paid $40 with shipping. Its the same design the British SAS use. The handle had some sharp edges and needed some work with a file and some sand paper and I convexed the edge on my belt sander. Machetes really do much better with a convex edge....

I bought it from these guys--probably on of the best selection of machetes on the web and great prices too.

http://www.machetespecialists.com/sh13incrgowi.html

My Bark River Golok is in a class by itself. I had it with me this weekend cutting some brush blinds for bow season... Its the best of the best but has a big price tag.

lawman800
09-05-2011, 19:47
I have a cold steel kukri machete and the two handed katana machete. Both cleared brush in the backyard with ease. Not razor sharp out of the box luke their other stuff but I didn't expect it with a machete.

jdavionic
09-05-2011, 20:29
The thread comes alive again...thanks BigBird :)

A friend bought the same machete at the same time. He's used it to clear brush here and there on his new land purchase. It's worked well. Mine has not see as much use...but I love it. It's got a good weight and the handle is well constructed.

Lone Kimono
09-05-2011, 20:47
Love my kukri's, tough as nails and cheap. After heavy use I can put a good edge on it in minutes.

http://www.knifetests.com/ColdSteelKukriMacheteDestructionTest.html

Watching those videos made me buy mine. I love it.

bdcochran
09-15-2011, 20:44
ESEE (Formerly RAT Cutlery) 18 Inch Lite Machete with Natural Micarta Handle with Cordura Sheath

Regular price: $104.99

Sale price: $69.99

paulgl26 recommended this item. I received it today. Made in El Salvador. The handle will never give me a splinter. Handle has hole for 550 cord.

Texas357
09-15-2011, 22:10
Some posters here remarked on the lack of sharpness on machetes purchased in this thread. It's pretty much a "given" that a machete must be sharpened to your desires. Some brands come sharp, however far more come not sharp. You may need to profile the cutting edge and sharpen yourself. Many also come with a dull tip section. I've been told this was because machetes when in camp or the user takes a break. Are just stabbed in the ground wherever the men sit down. Don't know if that's true, but have observed that a lot of machetes come pretty much un-sharpened toward the tips last couple of inches. Just an observation.

You aren't really using the tip of the machete for chopping much, and a sharp tip will tear up the tip of a canvas machete sheath.

bdcochran
09-15-2011, 23:30
Another comment on sharpening. People sometimes watch too many movies. They think that a combat knife or machete (think the PHilliipines around 1900) must be sharpened to be effective. Not true. A slightly dull blade is better.

If you ever feel the need to sharpen a knife, machete or sword and don't know what you are doing, consult a professional or have a professional do the job.

Texas357
09-16-2011, 17:08
If you make a machete too sharp, it just gets dull faster and more work to resharpen. If you are actually using the thing, you'll learn about a "working edge."

foxtail
11-13-2011, 20:31
I have a outbound blade machete bear claw model. Its expensive but worth the money. Its durable high quality blade that keeps a sharp edge very well. Its weight help with choping down thicker branches and I love they way it looks. The site has some pics if you want to see what it looks like.
http://http://www.outboundblade.com/bear_claw.html (http://http//www.outboundblade.com/bear_claw.html)

tucsonbill
11-15-2011, 12:04
I have three that I bought down in Honduras for about $4.00 apiece. The blades are about 26" long. One is from Costa Rica (Imicasa #127) and has a cutlas like appearance. Two are from Colombia (Gavilan C 11 T) and have a Martindale bolo look. All have a checkered black plastic handle, and don't slip when your hand gets wet.
They are all working machetes, bought in a hardware store. Surprisingly well balanced and don't tire your wrist out.
I agree with those who say a belt sander sharpens a machete the best. Put it in a vise and use a file for touch up.

Troy R
11-16-2011, 17:11
Get the Bear Grylls Gerber model, Its pretty nice and very stable felling. None of the flimsy vibrating cheap crap

awtCZ
11-17-2011, 09:59
I think I've posted it here before but I love my Marbles Bolo Style Machete.
Thick sturdy blade and comes razor sharp. At the site I'm linking to there is a video of their machete specialist reviewing it.
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-29358752693524_2178_12253225

http://www.machetespecialists.com/mabocaknwior.html