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Old 07-29-2010, 05:09   #26
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Machete

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.
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:31   #27
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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.
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Old 07-29-2010, 20:50   #28
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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.

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Old 07-29-2010, 21:41   #29
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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.

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Old 07-31-2010, 18:19   #30
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I found this video, which I thought was interesting.
http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/surv...e-machete.html

The machete looks a lot like an Ox Head Jungle King I
http://www.wellingtonsurplus.com.au/...KING+1+MACHETE
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Old 07-31-2010, 20:01   #31
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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
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Old 08-01-2010, 00:11   #32
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I found this video, which I thought was interesting.
http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/surv...e-machete.html

The machete looks a lot like an Ox Head Jungle King I
http://www.wellingtonsurplus.com.au/...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.

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Old 08-01-2010, 00:52   #33
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that looks like the machete from the Book of Eli.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:11   #34
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that looks like the machete from the Book of Eli.
The blade has holes like that one, but the handle is different.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:19   #35
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Not exactly a machete..

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

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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/cg...;f=10;t=000048

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

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

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

http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/cg...;f=10;t=006703

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


A pic of one...not mine..

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Old 08-01-2010, 08:38   #36
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Lg,
also looking forward to seeing Scrapyard's next knife, a Wakizashi style too rumored to be around $300.

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Old 08-01-2010, 09:59   #37
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Lg,
also looking forward to seeing Scrapyard's next knife, a Wakizashi style too rumored to be around $300.

Is it the Scrapizashi??
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:12   #38
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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/cg...;f=10;t=000048

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

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

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

http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/cg...;f=10;t=006703

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


A pic of one...not mine..

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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.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:10   #39
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Is it the Scrapizashi??
Yeah. cool.

http://www.scrapyardknives.com/ubbth...e=0#Post422147

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Old 08-01-2010, 13:30   #40
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You might want to consider a Woodsman's Pal.

http://www.protoolindustries.net/woo.../products.html
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Old 08-01-2010, 16:05   #41
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Was looking up prices
and wow...

not a lot of tang, but big handle and blade
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...e=UTF8&index=0

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Was looking up prices
and wow...

not a lot of tang, but big handle and blade
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...e=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.
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Old 08-01-2010, 23:02   #43
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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.

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Old 08-03-2010, 18:32   #44
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Well, I finally made a decision. I decided to buy a Martindale No. 227 Bolo
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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

I'll post pics of the actual machete when it arrives.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:29   #45
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Well, I finally made a decision. I decided to buy a Martindale No. 227 Bolo
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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

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?
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:42   #46
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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 !
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Glad you found one you liked. WHat did you have to give for it?
$48 - includes the sheath and shipping cost.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:15   #48
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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.
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
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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...g_Machete.html

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Old 09-13-2010, 13:53   #50
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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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Love my kukri's, tough as nails and cheap. After heavy use I can put a good edge on it in minutes.

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