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Good machete

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Stevekozak, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    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?
  2. powderhead


    Jun 21, 2010
    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.

  3. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
  4. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
  5. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
  6. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    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?
  7. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    Thanks for the link. Do you have this machete? If so, how has it worked out for you, what have you done with it?
  8. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    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.
  9. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    Thanks. I am rereading your original thread. :wavey:
  10. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    18" Nepalese Kukri (nuff said) ...or the British m43 clone
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  11. JDSTG58


    Feb 4, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013
  12. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    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:
  13. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    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.
  14. 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.
  15. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    I like kukri machetes. The heavy front portion is so much easier to chop with.
  16. Have you considered a hybrid type tool?

    I use a "woodsman's pal" pretty regular, and really like it better than a true machete.
  17. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    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
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2011
  18. Jeepnik


    Mar 5, 2008
    +1 on the Woodsman's Pal. They turned in a very good performance during WWII, for both brush and Jap removal.
  19. Texas357

    Texas357 Señor Member CLM

    Jan 3, 2007
    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.