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Machete Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by jdavionic, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

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    KSF MAchete by (Bark River) or something from Zombietools.
     

  2. smoke

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    I don't like anything with a riveted wooden or plastic handle. I have a Corona that I like, but my Favs are a mod bladed & rehandled Ontario and a homemade bolo that was made from an old cross-cut saw blade. In both cases the handle is linen micarta epoxied and pinned with brass threaded rod. I actually tapped the threads thru the handle material so the handle can't loosen.
     
  3. Huntinfool

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    Well I was going to suggest a US medical corpsman knife. But when I went lookin' for a pic on the net. I see they run from 185 to 300 bucks. Yikes I have my dad's one of the few things I have left from him!

    they are real heavy duty and quite thick bladed.

    My pics are on photobucket just didn't want to go and upload em I'm on dial-up takes forever.

    So here are a few I found on the net sad but I guess they are a collectors item now.

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    ~HF~
     
  4. Puppy

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    I've never really cared for the saw-backed machetes, especially when a good bow saw makes really quick work of anything to thick to hack.

    Granted it's an extra item to carry but they are (at least mine is) really light weight & inexpensive (albeit a bit bulky) but the amount of wood they can cut vs effort required, makes a bow saw definitely worth having IMHO.
     
  5. mes228

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    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.
     
  6. Puppy

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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.
     
  7. emt1581

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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.

    -Emt1581
     
  8. Huntinfool

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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.

    ~HF~
     
  9. jdavionic

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  10. Stewy31C

    Stewy31C ImW/Stupid->

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    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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  11. Sportsfame18

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    that looks like the machete from the Book of Eli.
     
  12. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

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    The blade has holes like that one, but the handle is different.
     
  13. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter

    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/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000048

    [​IMG]



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

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

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

    http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=006703

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


    A pic of one...not mine..

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  14. humanguerrilla

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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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  15. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter


    Is it the Scrapizashi??
     
  16. jdavionic

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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.