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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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Old 08-01-2010, 16:20   #42
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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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Old 08-04-2010, 10:38   #47
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 19:22   #49
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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.


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

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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.

http://www.knifetests.com/ColdSteelK...ctionTest.html
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Old 09-14-2010, 17:16   #51
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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.
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Old 09-14-2010, 20:04   #52
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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.
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Old 09-14-2010, 21:20   #53
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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.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:32   #54
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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.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:37   #55
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Machete

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.
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Old 09-05-2011, 19:42   #56
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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.
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Old 09-05-2011, 19:47   #57
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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.
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Old 09-05-2011, 20:29   #58
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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.
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Old 09-05-2011, 20:47   #59
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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.

http://www.knifetests.com/ColdSteelK...ctionTest.html
Watching those videos made me buy mine. I love it.
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Old 09-15-2011, 20:44   #60
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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.
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