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Old 07-25-2010, 18:09   #1
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Machete Recommendations?

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?

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Old 07-25-2010, 19:01   #2
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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.
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Old 07-25-2010, 19:06   #3
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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.
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Old 07-25-2010, 19:09   #4
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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.
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Old 07-25-2010, 19:11   #5
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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.
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Old 07-25-2010, 23:04   #6
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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.
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Old 07-26-2010, 00:02   #7
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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.
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Old 07-26-2010, 00:42   #8
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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.


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Old 07-26-2010, 02:28   #9
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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.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:50   #10
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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.
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:08   #11
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i use this one
they have a really nice sheath for it
http://www.machetespecialists.com/mabocaknwior.html
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:34   #12
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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!
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:02   #13
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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...
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[QUOTE=humanguerrilla;15703056]Recall on some Gerber Machetes
http://www.gerbergear.com/images/pdf/machete.pdf

I still want a Gerber anyway..........
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I still want a Gerber anyway..........
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Old 07-26-2010, 15:46   #17
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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?
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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.

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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.
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Try a kukri instead and you won't be sorry!
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