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Old 05-24-2012, 00:22   #1
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My New Favorite Machete...

Maybe. I still need to run it head to head with my Golock. Pretty darn close if not better though.

I started off with a Condor Bolo. It looked like it had potential, but I was sadly disappointed. In stock form the bolo is way too heavy to swing for more than a few minutes, balanced too far forward for jungle work, and has a horrible fat grip. Hard to hold on to and blisters in minutes. It might work OK in 1"-3" hardwood, but you're better off with a khukuri or, better yet, a saw.

So I took the grinder to it. Now it's light, quick, has a nice grip, and goes through bamboo like buttah.

Shown with my 18" Ontario GI for comparison.

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And a stock photo of the original bolo for reference.

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Old 05-24-2012, 00:43   #2
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Looks good, i use a machete's around the place here a lot, i need a new one thou, been looking at different types.



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Old 05-24-2012, 00:50   #3
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Get a Condor Golock. Out of the box the best machete I've found so far. They're about $25 on Amazon. I also want to try the Mora #333. That looks like a nice one for packing.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:35   #4
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Get a Condor Golock. Out of the box the best machete I've found so far. They're about $25 on Amazon. I also want to try the Mora #333. That looks like a nice one for packing.
I'll check em out.



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Old 05-25-2012, 00:49   #5
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:11   #6
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:34   #7
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I broke my 18" Ontario machete last fall while ATVing. I rolled my atv sideways down a hill and got it wedged into some trees. Took me 3 hours to hack it out and broke my machete . It basically sheared off about 6" above the handle. That machete was 30+ years old.

On the other hand I found a 22" (edited: actually a Stanley) machete stuck in the ground out in the woods on my hunting property this spring. Looks like it had been there a couple years. It was near an old hunting blind but I don't recall seeing it before so whoever left it was trespassing. It is kind of a unwieldy beast.

My other machete is a Tranmontina made in Brasil. It has 14" blade. It is pretty handy for camp chores but doesn't chop as well as my old Ontario.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:43   #8
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Condor parang for me. I have cut 2 inch branches with 3 whacks.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:54   #9
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Condor parang for me. I have cut 2 inch branches with 3 whacks.
But try clearing vines, grass and jungle trail with it. I guarantee you won't be swinging it for hours on end unless you're Andre the Giant.
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:46   #10
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I have a Cold Steel kukri machete and 2 handed samurai machete. Nothing wrong with them, but I also don't have many trails to test them on living in Los Angeles.
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