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Stevekozak
09-05-2011, 18:35
I know there has been threads on this subject, but I can't find them. I need recommendations for a good machete. I need one that will be effective for clearing brush, and for any SHTF situations that might come up. Sharp, sturdy, and easy to sharpen would be prime requirements. I am not looking for a big knife, or a survival blade, but an honest to goodness machete. Suggestions?

powderhead
09-05-2011, 18:57
I have a 36" Tramontina I use from horse back to clear trails. I've had it for years and can't find another that long to replace it if it ever breaks. The Tramontina has been going for twenty five years or more though.

jdavionic
09-05-2011, 19:24
I started a thread about a year ago on this topic...
http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1246527

I ended up getting a Martindale No. 227 Bolo
http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/3d/d9/bacc_12.JPG (http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/3d/d9/bacc_12.JPG)

relayman
09-05-2011, 19:32
If you want to " buy American " http://www.ontarioknife.com/catalog/category/73

TangoFoxtrot
09-06-2011, 02:36
Gerber Perang.

RatDrall
09-06-2011, 05:46
I have a 36" Tramontina....

This ^ or another South American workhorse.

ESEE has a VERY NICE machete, the blade is made by Condor, and ESEE adds a very comfortable wood handle.

http://www.knifeworks.com/eseekniveslite-machete.aspx

Stevekozak
09-06-2011, 06:03
I started a thread about a year ago on this topic...
http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1246527

I ended up getting a Martindale No. 227 Bolo
http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/3d/d9/bacc_12.JPG (http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/3d/d9/bacc_12.JPG)
I knew I had seen a thread on it!! It wouldnt come up in a search for me though. How has that Martindale worked out for you so far?

Stevekozak
09-06-2011, 06:04
This ^ or another South American workhorse.

ESEE has a VERY NICE machete, the blade is made by Condor, and ESEE adds a very comfortable wood handle.

http://www.knifeworks.com/eseekniveslite-machete.aspx
Thanks for the link. Do you have this machete? If so, how has it worked out for you, what have you done with it?

jdavionic
09-06-2011, 06:07
I knew I had seen a thread on it!! It wouldnt come up in a search for me though. How has that Martindale worked out for you so far?

I like it. It's got good weight to it and the grip is well constructed. A friend ordered one at the same time and has used his much more. He likes it as well.

Stevekozak
09-06-2011, 06:15
I like it. It's got good weight to it and the grip is well constructed. A friend ordered one at the same time and has used his much more. He likes it as well.
Thanks. I am rereading your original thread. :wavey:

FireForged
09-07-2011, 17:52
18" Nepalese Kukri (nuff said) ...or the British m43 clone

JDSTG58
09-08-2011, 13:55
.......

RatDrall
09-09-2011, 05:46
Thanks for the link. Do you have this machete? If so, how has it worked out for you, what have you done with it?

Not yet, but I do have a pile of ESEE blades. Every one is well thought out and purpose built.

Reviews from elsewhere say that the large wooden handle eliminates "hot spots" over a day of chopping.

I will be buying a JUNGLAS as soon as possible:

http://www.knifeworks.com/eseejunglas10-inchknifeblackblademicartahandleskydexsheathandcorduabackingpre-oder.aspx

bdcochran
09-09-2011, 06:59
There are a number of good suggestions. I have some inexpensive machettes from South America. I tend to get hot spots. Yes, I could wear gloves.

I just ordered a Martindale with sheath from Machette Specialists. I am trying a micarta handle.

minnshooter
09-09-2011, 13:40
Check out Fiddleback Forge. Andy is a custom knifemaker out of Georgia who makes some unbelievable knives and now he is making a line of machetes. He makes them in 12", 14" and 16" models. Check them out. I have one of his 14" models.
http://www.fiddlebackforge.com/index.cfm

mixflip
09-09-2011, 14:48
I like kukri machetes. The heavy front portion is so much easier to chop with.

SFCSMITH(RET)
09-09-2011, 14:59
Have you considered a hybrid type tool?

I use a "woodsman's pal (http://www.woodmanspal.com/)" pretty regular, and really like it better than a true machete.

PhotoFeller
09-09-2011, 15:30
If you want to " buy American " http://www.ontarioknife.com/catalog/category/73

I have several US Army issue machetes purchased at the Ft Myers gun show. These were made by Ontario, I believe. One has a saw edge on top of the blade while the other is a plain blade machete. Quality is good, but not equal to a $100 machete. I paid about $15-$20 for each of mine. Highly satisfied with these as tools. If you want something showy, look at brands that boast special features.

I also own a Junglas, which is awesome, pricy, but ideal for camp chopping, heavy use and survival gear. It is an upscale tool for serious chopping duty

Jeepnik
09-09-2011, 17:39
Have you considered a hybrid type tool?

I use a "woodsman's pal (http://www.woodmanspal.com/)" pretty regular, and really like it better than a true machete.

+1 on the Woodsman's Pal. They turned in a very good performance during WWII, for both brush and Jap removal.

Texas357
09-09-2011, 23:11
My machete that has seen the most use was a cheap no-name model. Tennis racket tape on the grip, 3 layers that is probably down to just 1 now. The blade doesn't look like much, since I used it to tend a fire(s) etc., but the edge is good.

In my experience clearing heavy brush, taking a break every 15 minutes to hit it with a sharpening stone (The Puck (TM)) meant I got more done than the guy next to me who just kept going. Never needed a file for it, just the stone.

Make sure the blade is a little bit flexible. A lot of machetes seem to be made too hard (like knives), but that just means they are harder to pull out when they get stuck in something hard, harder to resharpen, and more likely to get chips/cracks.

Go get a cheap one, use it a while, and see where your experience takes you. 18" seems about perfect for me.

Tom Kanik
09-11-2011, 17:01
I have a LOT of knives and a handful of machetes, but the Tramontinas that I bought for about $6.00 are the best by far for clearing brush.:cool:

FireForged
09-11-2011, 17:14
ok ok, I couldnt stand it.. I ordered a martindale and while on the site, I ordered a "grandaddy" by zac brown.

uz2bUSMC
10-05-2011, 11:59
Sorry to bump and aged thread...

Personally just got back into the mix of machetes and decided that I wanted something that could handle heavy chopping and a wide range of heavy duty uses, thus, I didn't want to go with a thin bladed machete. I also didn't want to lay down the coin for a fancy overgrown knife because I wouldn't care to subject it to hard use. Anywho, my probing of the interweb eventually lead me to a slab of steel with and edge for $24 ($31 with USPS Priority), perfect. My idea is to season the blade with Frog Lube for corrosion resistance. Should make a great tool aside from the weight for hiking. There are other negatives of course, I don't think it will do so well for light brush and vines but we shall see, it should fair pretty high for Zompoc, however.:supergrin: Opinions?

http://www.greyeagletrader.com/custom/cart/edit.asp?p=124059

FLA45fan
10-05-2011, 19:12
anyone try the SOG machetes from Dick's Sporting Goods - about 20 bucks?

Texas357
10-05-2011, 19:57
Sorry to bump and aged thread...

Personally just got back into the mix of machetes and decided that I wanted something that could handle heavy chopping and a wide range of heavy duty uses, thus, I didn't want to go with a thin bladed machete. I also didn't want to lay down the coin for a fancy overgrown knife because I wouldn't care to subject it to hard use. Anywho, my probing of the interweb eventually lead me to a slab of steel with and edge for $24 ($31 with USPS Priority), perfect. My idea is to season the blade with Frog Lube for corrosion resistance. Should make a great tool aside from the weight for hiking. There are other negatives of course, I don't think it will do so well for light brush and vines but we shall see, it should fair pretty high for Zompoc, however.:supergrin: Opinions?

http://www.greyeagletrader.com/custom/cart/edit.asp?p=124059

I'd say that is a little heavy, and "seasoning" the blade sounds like you are just playing with it. Never heard of a blade needing seasoning.

Bushflyr
10-05-2011, 22:24
Way too heavy. If you want to chop something get a saw. Faster, lighter, less tiring.

I have a half dozen machetes by far the best of the lot is the Condor Golock (http://www.machetespecialists.com/co14ingomahi.html) followed pretty closely by the Ontario GI model (http://www.machetespecialists.com/onmijuma.html). Both are light and whippy, just what you need for cutting brush. Any heavier takes too much effort for prolonged use. If your area tends toward heavier brush, get a heavier blade. Once you go over an inch to an inch and a half or so a machete rapidly loses it's edge over another tool.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-29358752693524_2178_15756425

Bilbo Bagins
10-06-2011, 07:48
I don't have a machete, other then crappy ones that I tried to use for yard work.

Anyone knows if the gerber gators are any good, especially the junior model. I'm trying to look for something that would chop, saw and do light baton splitting in one package.

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_10051_26581_-1?color=Dropped-0016393381&Ntt=0016393381&Ntk=All&cid=CSE-BingShopping

http://amarczak.pl/foto_prev/20110415_gerber_gator_jr_machete/20110415_gerber_gator_jr_machete_0002.jpg

Chuck TX
10-06-2011, 10:27
I like the18" Ontario machetes a lot as far as the less expensive ones go. You have to sharpen them first, however, they come duller than a butter knife.

uz2bUSMC
10-06-2011, 10:46
I'd say that is a little heavy, and "seasoning" the blade sounds like you are just playing with it. Never heard of a blade needing seasoning.

Hmmm, playing with it? So putting a lubricant that essentially "seasons" the metal to improve corrosion resistance and makes upkeep easier is "playing with it"? Interesting. What do you consider not playing with it?

uz2bUSMC
10-06-2011, 10:49
Way too heavy. If you want to chop something get a saw. Faster, lighter, less tiring.

I have a half dozen machetes by far the best of the lot is the Condor Golock (http://www.machetespecialists.com/co14ingomahi.html) followed pretty closely by the Ontario GI model (http://www.machetespecialists.com/onmijuma.html). Both are light and whippy, just what you need for cutting brush. Any heavier takes too much effort for prolonged use. If your area tends toward heavier brush, get a heavier blade. Once you go over an inch to an inch and a half or so a machete rapidly loses it's edge over another tool.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-29358752693524_2178_15756425

Yea, I know it's heavy as hell, but I kind of like that. I'm sure the heft will make it terrible for light brush but we'll see. I did almost purchase the one you have pictured, however.

ETA: Also, is that Condor resistant to bending? I've tweaked quite a few machetes, that's why I strayed away from the thin bladed variety this time.

Bushflyr
10-06-2011, 12:21
There's a technique to using a machete properly, you don't swing it like a baseball bat and make it plow through whatever you're cutting. Keep your wrist straight and use the entire blade to slice. You can bend the Condor, but it bends right back. I've only tweaked it once when I stuck it in a brush covered stump. A springier steel may be better, but it's pretty good. Again, the key is to use it like a knife, not an axe.

awtCZ
10-11-2011, 08:20
I don't have a machete, other then crappy ones that I tried to use for yard work.

Anyone knows if the gerber gators are any good, especially the junior model. I'm trying to look for something that would chop, saw and do light baton splitting in one package.

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_10051_26581_-1?color=Dropped-0016393381&Ntt=0016393381&Ntk=All&cid=CSE-BingShopping

http://amarczak.pl/foto_prev/20110415_gerber_gator_jr_machete/20110415_gerber_gator_jr_machete_0002.jpg

I've never used the Gerber Gator but their full sized machete with the saw on the back is garbage, the tang only goes a third or the way thru the handle.

I recently got the Marbles 14 Inch Bolo Camp Knife and I love it, it was razor sharp from the factory. http://www.machetespecialists.com/mabocaknwior.html

Stevekozak
10-16-2011, 07:06
I wound up getting a Condor El Salvador machete, as I have not been able to find the Martindale I was looking for (had decided to the the same one as Jaidanovic). It seems to be a pretty nice machete and has a really nice leather sheath. I did some basic brush clearing with it the other day, and it worked pretty good. It is fairly heavy and I had to smooth out some sharp places on the molded handle, but over all, it is pretty good blade. I am considering trying the Condor Bolo for a shorter blade. What does everyone think about these Condors?

beatcop
10-16-2011, 08:33
Ok, who has used a $6 Walmart one....sorry to bring the thread down to that level.

emt1581
10-16-2011, 10:57
I just got my Rajah II last week and this thing is a beast!! A pocket knife but more like a pocket machete given it's Kukri shape. Would I do heavy yard work with it? No. But would it do the "odd" job...oh yeah! BTW, for heavy "work" I'm pretty confident the Gurkha Kukri will leave any typical machete in the dust. It is heavier and more expensive though.

-Emt1581